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Old 01-10-05, 02:15 PM   #1
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NY Senator hits the road on his bike!

Ya think ya know somebody, and then...

SPOKES-MAN CHUCK


January 10, 2005 -- Twenty minutes into his regular weekly bicycle ride through the side streets of Brooklyn, Sen. Charles Schumer pauses and jerks his finger toward an elderly Hasidic Jew intently studying his high-tech cellphone.
"Is this a great country or what," he says of the cultural contrast, quickly turning back toward the street ahead and narrowly avoiding a crash with a woman pushing a stroller between two parked cars.

So it goes for New York's unassuming but famously hardworking senior senator, who loves to take long weekend rides so he can get a little exercise, reacquaint himself with New York's boroughs and check in on constituents when he's not in Washington.

Although Schumer's rides are often unplanned, The Post accompanied him on a recent Sunday afternoon trip, spanning almost a dozen miles through some of Brooklyn's oldest neighborhoods.

Beginning at his home near Prospect Park, Schumer rolled his bike a Bianchi out past his doorman and into the winter chill.

We pedaled past the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden before pushing into Crown Heights. He sticks to bike paths when he can, noting the conflicts he's had with wife Iris Weinshall, the city's transportation boss, who does not place the same importance on creating these paths as he does: "The bike people drive her crazy, but they know they have an ally in me," Schumer says.

The highlight of the ride is usually a stop at some bakery or deli where he can grab something to eat. On this day, we drop by San Marco Pizzeria where he chats with customers who comment on the neighborhood or the Jets or the health of various friends and family before we head back into the cold.



Heyy! He's alright.
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Almost a dozen miles!

Just kidding. Good for him.
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Twenty minutes into his regular weekly bicycle ride through the side streets of Brooklyn, Sen. Charles Schumer pauses and jerks his finger toward an elderly Hasidic Jew intently studying his high-tech cellphone.
Haha what a poor choice of words. Almost sounds like he gave him the Finger on first read.
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At least the Senator's riding. I started out on sidewalks and paths, but soon learned the danger and frustration of doing that. Experience is a great teacher--if you don't get hurt in the process: "Is this a great country or what," he says of the cultural contrast, quickly turning back toward the street ahead and narrowly avoiding a crash with a woman pushing a stroller between two parked cars."

God bless him.
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I went to high school with his daughter, she was in my 2nd year french class. She's got an uncanny resemblance to him.
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The other NY Senator's husband received a one-of-a-kind Santana Iso-Grid carbon & Ti 1/2 bike as a gift from Jay Leno last year. Any sightings of the fomer Pres. out riding his new rig?

You'll recall that Leno's $13k tandem gift idea for the former first couple backfired as no one at The Tonight Show thought to consider the Senate rules on gifts. If you're interested in the custom-sized $13,500 travel tandem, Jay Leno is presently the owner. Not sure if he and wife Mavis have taken it out for a spin or not...

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