Bicycle ride

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EN: I hardly use the bus or metro, only if I want to get somewhere very quickly and don't have the time to walk. This blog could also be called "walking the streets of Paris." I walk a lot, everywhere I can, it's important for me to know my neighbourhood, what is around me and how to get everywhere. This monday I started to use the Velib bicycles and I am very excited about that. Bicycle is a popular way to move around Paris. There are many lanes only for bicycles or lanes shared with buses. I learned to understand the rhythm of parisian traffic thanks to being a co-driver on a scooter, this experience gave me a lot of courage and I am not afraid to be in the crazy traffic. It's very easy to subscribe to Velib. You can choose between Velib Classic card (€29 per year which gives you 30 first minutes free) or Velib passion card (€39 per year with 45 first minutes free). There are some interesting discounts for under 26 years old. The trick in using the Velib is to take a new bike every 30 minutes from one of the many stands around the city, so you don't pay more than €1.70 if you buy a day card or you pay nothing if you are a subscriber (except of course, the annual fee). My advice would be, before you take the bike check the tires, see whether the chain is in the right place, adjust the seat and if everything works, enjoy the ride and get ready for some leg/butt pain to come.

SK: Len velmi zriedka pouzivam utobus alebo metro, najcastejsie v pripadoch ked sa chcem niekam velmi rychlo dostat a nemam cas ist peso. Aj tento blog by sa mohol volat "prechadzky po ulicach Pariza." Chodim vela, vsade kam mozem, je pre mna dolezite poznat svoje okolie a ako sa vsade dostanem. Tento pondelok som zacala pouizvat Velib bicykel a velmi sa tomu tesim. Bicykel je popularny sposob, ako sa pohybovat po Parizi. Je tu mnozstvo pruhou iba pre bicykle alebo pruhy zdielane s autobusmi. Naucila som sa rozumiet rytmu parizskej dopravy vdaka tomu, ze som castym spolujazdcom na skutri, tato skusenost mi dodala odvahu a ja sa nebojim bicyklovat v blaznivej prevadzke na parizskych cestach. Predplatit si Velib je velmi jednoduche. Mozete si vybrat medzi Velib kartou Classic (€ 29 za rok, co vam da 30 prvych minut zadarmo) alebo Velib vasen kartou (€ 39 za rok a 45 prvych minut zadarmo). Pre mladsich ako 26 rokov su aj ine zlavy k dispozicii. Trik pri pouzivani Velib je zobrat si novy bicykel kazdych 30 minut z jednej z mnohych stanovisk po celom meste, takze nemusite platit viac ako € 1.70 ak ste si kupili dennu kartu, alebo neplatite nic ak ste predplatitet (samozrejme s vynimkou rocneho poplatku). Moja rada je, skor ako si zoberiete bicykel skontrolujte v prvom rade pneumatiky, ci je retaz na spravnom mieste a nastavte si sedadlo a ak vsetko funguje ako ma, uzite si jazdu a pripravte sa na skory prichod bolesti zadku a noh. 

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