Queen City Bucket List: Water Bikes of Buffalo
blog by Erin Daetsch • June 20, 2013 @ 12:01pm
Every year when summer rolls around I am notorious for creating a lengthy list of activities for me and my friends to do. Sound familiar? Yet come August I usually find that list crumpled up in a desk drawer, with three (possibly four) items crossed off. Still sound familiar?
Sure I attend the concerts at the harbor and every festival known to man within a fifteen-mile radius, but why stop there? So to avoid feeling down in the dumps in August, this summer I am changing my ways by making an official summer bucket list. To kick off this exciting endeavor I went water biking on the canalside.
If you haven’t heard, water biking is the latest craze to hit Buffalo. After going kayaking last year, I have been anxious to get back on the water and continue exploring the many miles of Buffalo’s canal district. Once I discovered Water Bikes of Buffalo I did not hesitate trading in my paddle for a pedal.
Whether you are going with friends or family, I guarantee that everyone will get a thrill out of these contraptions. if you are the type who enjoys breaking a sweat, you will be pleased to hear that you will feel a refreshing burn in your legs. After all, these bikes reach a “whopping” 7mph (that is if you choose to go full force).
WBB is also the perfect activity to enjoy with your children. Just be aware that the minimum age requirement is 8 or a height of 48”, which may require you to leave your littlest ones at home.
There is no need to call ahead and reserve a bike. You can pick up one of four types at the canalside, every day from 10am-6pm. We had no problem having to wait, but once the summer season gets into full swing, I predict people will be lining up to test drive this new ride.
The single bikes we rented were $15 for the hour, but for $5 more you can rent the Waterpiller, which owner Frank Florczak described to us as “a ride on the water.” Basically he succeeded in reeling me in to come back again.
Unfortunately, I found that my Vine skills are not as impressive on sea as they are on land, due to my lack of coordination peddling while holding a phone. Nevertheless check out these videos for a glimpse of the action.
For more information, head on over to their website or ‘like’ WBB’s Facebook page. If you want to learn more you can also check out Buffalo.com’s interview with WBB spokesperson, Lisa Florczak.