Ahoi from Prague.
I picked up this nice little ride from an ad off Craigslist that turned out to be a bike shop.
I was very sad to leave my steed at home but I learned very quickly it was the right thing to do for a number of reasons.
First this bike folds allowing it to go onto the metro.
Secondly snow was not predicted during my stay but guess what it is snowing, need them thick tires
Third look at this road, you can turn a corner and this is what happens.
Finally there are some bike lanes, but for the most part we share the road with not only cars but the metro.
So it's great to have a bike that can hop up curbs and then back off. Beware of your surroundings and how you can get out of the way
As you have cars doing ridiculous car things. This one here sped up to try and beat the metro. I took the above picture alone about five seconds prior to this. I notice cars like to speed and especially bully people crossing the street they will do their left turn and stop inches from people who have the green walk symbol. I do cross the street with pedestrians rather than traffic because once the cars get their green light what they do from there is unpredictable.
You will also run into one way streets, or this, a sudden change in the flow of traffic. Not to worry this is one of the advantages to being a bike rider, like I said proceed with caution, but do what you gotta do.
I'm standing on the metro tracks in the middle of the road. Why?
Because this is where pedestrians wait until the light turns green. Prague started their metro in 1974 so bravo for making it work even if it's a little wacky. I used it to go pick up my bike and it was very easy.
*One final note for now. Bike shops are not everywhere in the city. Get whatever you may need when you are at the shop. You may not come across another one when you need it.