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Ice Bikes of Buffalo make National Geographic Travel list

National Geographic's "Traveler" magazine tracks down the world's most novel activities in its "Get Active" section. In its October issue, entitled "101 Reasons to Travel Now," a Buffalo winter activity makes the cut.

The focus is on Ice Bikes of Buffalo, which debuted last December as one of the new perks to the revamped Canalside. Instead of only being able to skate on the 33,000-foot sheet of ice, visitors could rent a bike -- featuring a blade in the front and a single wheel in the rear -- if they wanted more stability or to try something new.

Canalside visitors enjoy ice skating and the ice bikes on a bitterly cold January day.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Canalside visitors enjoy ice skating and the ice bikes on a bitterly cold January day. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

An offshoot of Water Bikes of Buffalo, which featured in the summer of 2013, the ice bikes received plenty of local and national attention last winter, including coverage on Yahoo Travel, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post and much more. Joining the ice bikes on the National Geographic list are hikes on off-the-radar Turkish trails, kayak tips along bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico and surfing in Peru.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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