While gas is expensive and the environment is a nice thing to have, you'd rather go broke and kibosh the planet than be seen peddling around on some lame bicycle. So get a bad-ass bicycle, from Bill's Cosmic Kustoms
A one-man operation run out of a Lincoln Square garage, BCK will fashion you a bespoke two-wheeler out of refurbished, hard-to-find frames, from classic Stingrays to 50s & 60s Schwinn Beach Cruisers whose vintage style will Pacific Blue your mind. Basic options include massive wraparound handlebars, chromed-out fat fenders w/ intricate detailing, hand-stitched seats, wheelie bars, and, for the intramuralist, baseball bat holders; paint jobs range from a slick grey w/ real metal flakes to hand detailing that gives off a rusted-out look, for that ditch-fresh feel. Beyond that, Bill will do pretty much anything that's feasible: right now, he's crafting a bike with a working parachute and another that'll serve as a mobile tiki bar, and he recently completed a propane-fueled number that vomits flame out of a copper tailpipe -- ideal for scorched-earth plunderings of mobile tiki bars
Other options: soon, Bill will start hand-making custom frames, or you can bring in your own bike and Bill will try to de-lame it -- even working out the dings it received when passing motorists threw batteries at you.