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Old 06-11-08, 09:37 AM   #1
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anyone riding from Manhattan (NYC) to Tour of NY this Saturday?

Is anyone riding from Manhattan to Prospects Park Tour of New York this Saturday?
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Old 06-11-08, 09:48 AM   #2
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I will be riding in my SUV.
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Old 06-11-08, 09:58 AM   #3
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somewhere in the back of my head i knew you would be the first to respond. What time should i be waiting outside for you to pick me up?
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I might swing through lower Manhattan on the way there, but, ummm, why? I mean, aren't you supposed to just ride your bike there?
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yeah, im riding. I was looking for others to ride with because i dont know the route well.
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yeah, im riding. I was looking for others to ride with because i dont know the route well.
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just head for the brooklyn bridge and you're sure to meet up with someone.
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just head for the brooklyn bridge and you're sure to meet up with someone.
must be a post '99 thing.
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What's the matter, Botto? Are you afraid that if more people come out to race you'll have more competition? Your fragile ego might drown in the depth of the gene pool?

Seriously, one option is to take Flatbush the whole way there. I don't like it because the pavement sucks and the traffic can be a pack of wild d-bags. Here's how I do it...

To get there:
Right onto Tillary Street.
At the end of Tillary, left on Court Street.
After (I forgot how far) left onto Union Street.
Union Street runs right into the park

To get back to the Brooklyn Bridge:
Go back the way you came on Union Street (you will have to go against the traffic briefly - fun!)
Right onto Bond Street
Left onto Bergen Street
Right onto Smith Street
Left on Atlantic Avenue
Right onto Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard
You'll see it from there.

The chances are actually pretty good that you'll see people going out that you can hook up with a group that's riding back.

Have a good ride.
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Maybe Lance will ride over. He was just in Englewood Cliffs being interviewed by CNBC's Maria B. They asked him if he still rides his bike and he replied 'Yes, I ride right past here every day'. That's because when he's in Manhattan he does the GWB to 9W up to the Piermont/Nyack/Bear Mtn corridor ride.

Hey, Lance is 35+ now, maybe we can get him to ride for GL. He would become our new Team Leader. I'll bet he'd get in those breakaways, eh?
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What's the matter, Botto? Are you afraid that if more people come out to race you'll have more competition? Your fragile ego might drown in the depth of the gene pool?

Seriously, one option is to take Flatbush the whole way there. I don't like it because the pavement sucks and the traffic can be a pack of wild d-bags. Here's how I do it...

To get there:
Right onto Tillary Street.
At the end of Tillary, left on Court Street.
After (I forgot how far) left onto Union Street.
Union Street runs right into the park

To get back to the Brooklyn Bridge:
Go back the way you came on Union Street (you will have to go against the traffic briefly - fun!)
Right onto Bond Street
Left onto Bergen Street
Right onto Smith Street
Left on Atlantic Avenue
Right onto Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard
You'll see it from there.

The chances are actually pretty good that you'll see people going out that you can hook up with a group that's riding back.

Have a good ride.
They'll find your remains floating in the East River.
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Old 06-11-08, 02:42 PM   #12
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Maybe Lance will ride over. He was just in Englewood Cliffs being interviewed by CNBC's Maria B. They asked him if he still rides his bike and he replied 'Yes, I ride right past here every day'. That's because when he's in Manhattan he does the GWB to 9W up to the Piermont/Nyack/Bear Mtn corridor ride.

Hey, Lance is 35+ now, maybe we can get him to ride for GL. He would become our new Team Leader. I'll bet he'd get in those breakaways, eh?
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What's the matter, Botto? Are you afraid that if more people come out to race you'll have more competition? Your fragile ego might drown in the depth of the gene pool?

Seriously, one option is to take Flatbush the whole way there. I don't like it because the pavement sucks and the traffic can be a pack of wild d-bags. Here's how I do it...

To get there:
Right onto Tillary Street.
At the end of Tillary, left on Court Street.
After (I forgot how far) left onto Union Street.
Union Street runs right into the park

To get back to the Brooklyn Bridge:
Go back the way you came on Union Street (you will have to go against the traffic briefly - fun!)
Right onto Bond Street
Left onto Bergen Street
Right onto Smith Street
Left on Atlantic Avenue
Right onto Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard
You'll see it from there.

The chances are actually pretty good that you'll see people going out that you can hook up with a group that's riding back.

Have a good ride.
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Old 06-11-08, 03:17 PM   #14
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The NY to Nyack corridor rocks.
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The NY to Nyack corridor rocks.
The only bad part is that stretch in between the diner and Clinton Avenue in Tenafly (that goes in front of CNBC's offices) with no shoulder. And you can avoid that by simply riding .5 miles south of the GWB and jumping on the Palisades Interstate Park road that wraps under the cliffs, under the GWB and hugs the river all the way up to Alpine about 7 miles north. That road is always deserted, I rode it last year when I dropped my wife off for surgery in Fort Lee (I was taking her home afterwards). It was always empty when I trained on it in the 90's, and it was similarly empty on that particular day. It's bizarre, like you're in some National Park with nobody in it, with Manhattan right across the river.
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What's the matter, Botto? Are you afraid that if more people come out to race you'll have more competition? Your fragile ego might drown in the depth of the gene pool?

Seriously, one option is to take Flatbush the whole way there. I don't like it because the pavement sucks and the traffic can be a pack of wild d-bags. Here's how I do it...

To get there:
Right onto Tillary Street.
At the end of Tillary, left on Court Street.
After (I forgot how far) left onto Union Street.
Union Street runs right into the park

To get back to the Brooklyn Bridge:
Go back the way you came on Union Street (you will have to go against the traffic briefly - fun!)
Right onto Bond Street
Left onto Bergen Street
Right onto Smith Street
Left on Atlantic Avenue
Right onto Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard
You'll see it from there.

The chances are actually pretty good that you'll see people going out that you can hook up with a group that's riding back.

Have a good ride.
What does that even mean?
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What does that even mean?
Bike racing is a hard sport to start in for a few reasons. One of the biggest ones is that many of the people in it are arrogant, act superior with newbies, or are plain mean to new people. This behavior isn't unique to cycling. It is, however, much more common in cycling than in other sports.

Why are there so many d-bags in cycling? Simple. Their results will only get worse if more and more people come into the sport. They are so selfish that it's more important to them to keep their coveted 26th place than it is to be a steward of a thriving sport.

The simple question in this thread is a perfect case in point. The question was simple and straightforward. Some of the answers were self-oriented, confusing, etc.
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Bike racing is a hard sport to start in for a few reasons. One of the biggest ones is that many of the people in it are arrogant, act superior with newbies, or are plain mean to new people. This behavior isn't unique to cycling. It is, however, much more common in cycling than in other sports.

Why are there so many d-bags in cycling? Simple. Their results will only get worse if more and more people come into the sport. They are so selfish that it's more important to them to keep their coveted 26th place than it is to be a steward of a thriving sport.

The simple question in this thread is a perfect case in point. The question was simple and straightforward. Some of the answers were self-oriented, confusing, etc.
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i don't understand why people have so many problems in regards to cycling. i've always been able to talk to people at races and have a good time. sure, there are a-holes, but generally a very small percentage. it's pretty much the same with this forum.

i think insecurity lends itself to this unfortunate myth about cycling.
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i don't understand why people have so many problems in regards to cycling. i've always been able to talk to people at races and have a good time. sure, there are a-holes, but generally a very small percentage. it's pretty much the same with this forum.

i think insecurity lends itself to this unfortunate myth about cycling.
Or the fact that your life could very well depend on the person riding next to you, which is why you don't trust newbies who probably can't hold their line and freak out when anything happens. That's just a small possibility why road cyclists are fine with helping out newbies with verbal/written help, but hesitant and 'snooty' about riding with them.
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Or the fact that your life could very well depend on the person riding next to you
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To get back to the Brooklyn Bridge:
Go back the way you came on Union Street (you will have to go against the traffic briefly - fun!)
Right onto Bond Street
Left onto Bergen Street
Right onto Smith Street
Left on Atlantic Avenue
Right onto Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard
You'll see it from there.
There's a much better way to do this:

Take Union St back down to 5th av
Turn right onto 5th
Turn left onto bergen st
Turn left onto court st
Turn right onto warren st
Turn right onto clinton st.
Go straight
Turn right onto the bike lane on tillary and the bridge will be right there.
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That road is always deserted, I rode it last year when I dropped my wife off for surgery in Fort Lee (I was taking her home afterwards). It was always empty when I trained on it in the 90's, and it was similarly empty on that particular day. It's bizarre, like you're in some National Park with nobody in it, with Manhattan right across the river.
If you took that road on a Saturday afternoon in the summer you'd see a lot of people riding, and a lot of people walking their dogs unleashed. The stupidity of people in New Jersey never ceases to amaze.
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The stupidity of people in New Jersey never ceases to amaze.
I can't disagree. As a resident of NJ I made the mistake of moving to NY State in 1997. I have been paying for that decision (literally) through the amazingly confiscatory NY tax laws ever since. So I'd say the dumbest thing I ever did as a New Jersey dude was move to NY.
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