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Old 01-11-16, 01:43 PM   #1
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NYC 5 BORO REGISTRATION 1/12/2016 - 40 miles through the City

The event is on May 1, 2016, but registration opens tomorrow. Usually sells out within the day. The weather is usually spectacular, though chilly in the AM.

http://www.bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour/

Add a post if you plan to make it. I'm undecided.
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Going with a buddy of mine. It will be my 4th time doing this tour.
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I never do these things. Too many people.
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Have volunteered as a safety marshal 3 times now. Always had a lot of fun.
Not sure if I'll volunteer again this year; or just go as a regular rider.

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It was more fun in the late 70s and early 80s. Now it's too crowded and there are too many nanny rules.

What's the profit these days on flipping tour tickets on CL?
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If my buddy at ConEd gets us free passes, as he said is likely, I am in.

@lostarchitect I hear you about it being too crowded but you should try out the Tour de Bronx this year in Oct. It is free, fun and different then the rest. However it is not a day for flying on the bike like you said.
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I never do these things. Too many people.
What's a NYC resident know about crowds? Until you've been to Beijing or Shanghai, you ain't seen nothing yet. "Welcome to Shanghai, 24 million people and still increasing!"
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What's a NYC resident know about crowds? Until you've been to Beijing or Shanghai, you ain't seen nothing yet. "Welcome to Shanghai, 24 million people and still increasing!"

Yeah, it's nuts there. Even if they're smaller than Beijing, large crowds of inexperienced cyclists make me nervous, so this kind of thing isn't for me.
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Maybe, but probably not... I went once and had some fun, but it's not exactly my idea of a perfect ride. Worth doing (at least) once.
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I'm thinking about it, I'm just not crazy about all the rules and regulations about what kind of bags people can carry, etc. Although my handlebar bag fits within the guidelines, I don't like all the persnickety, seemingly arbitrary restrictions (handlebar baskets are OK, covered baskets aren't? What, are they afraid somebody's going to steal Toto?)
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I'm thinking about it, I'm just not crazy about all the rules and regulations about what kind of bags people can carry, etc. Although my handlebar bag fits within the guidelines, I don't like all the persnickety, seemingly arbitrary restrictions (handlebar baskets are OK, covered baskets aren't? What, are they afraid somebody's going to steal Toto?)
It's called HOMELAND SECURITY. All precipitated by the Boston Marathon bombing. I can't believe how much security presence there is at the Big House or Tiger Stadium these days.

Hard to fit a pressure cooker in a handlebar basket.
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Yes, terrorism has "worked" in that it is changing how we are able to do things, and has already succeeded in fundamentally changing our governance and society. Mainly because we lack the collective will to do what the only solution is: eradication of anything remotely connected.

It won't be long until events such as these cannot be held.

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Yeah, it's a sad state of affairs.
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It's called HOMELAND SECURITY. All precipitated by the Boston Marathon bombing.
My elder daughter was at the finish line 15 minutes before the blast. I hadn't even known what was going on when she texted me to say she was OK

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My Robbie, aren't you the optimist.
The last time we did that my Dad got to muster out from Germany rather than be re-deployed for the invasion of Japan. A life-long Republican, who voted for Nixon THREE times, he voted for Harry Truman in '48.

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We need to do it before we can't afford to....Dis-embed the media, get in with a mandate, and it will be short and somewhat merciful.

You sure don't see any of the refugees fleeing to the east or northeast.
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I've been telling myself forever that I should do this at least once, but never have. So I just signed up. Excuses be damned! I'll blame the beer...
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The morning of the race, park in Staten Island and take the free ferry to lower Manhattan. Then when you finish, your vehicle will be near the Verrazano Bridge finish.
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Thanks for the tip! If I get in enough miles between now and then, I might just park in Fabulous Fort Lee, ride across the bridge and downtown to the start, then back at the end. I won't likely be scorching during the tour, given the crowds, and it shouldn't be much more than 65mi for the day. And I could stop at Hiram's in Fort Lee for cheese dogs and birch beer before heading home...

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We need to do it before we can't afford to....Dis-embed the media, get in with a mandate, and it will be short and somewhat merciful.

You sure don't see any of the refugees fleeing to the east or northeast.

Frankly I don't think that would work, only engender more hatred for the west. Even if ISIS was destroyed you'd then have other groups popping up, just like they did. The whole situation is a big mess and I really don't know how to get out of it. But this isn't a politics forum so probably not the best place for this discussion.
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Yes! Now you've got me hankering for some deep-fried hot dogs...
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< than 3 weeks left for this to happen so bumping this thread.

Chime in if you are going. Praying for good weather.
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I'm in again, love this one.
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I think I'm skipping it this year. Have volunteered a few times in the past.
But getting tired of having to wake up at 3 in the morning to make the 5am marshals' meeting.



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I think I'm skipping it this year. Have volunteered a few times in the past.
But getting tired of having to wake up at 3 in the morning to make the 5am marshals' meeting.

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Marshals' have helped me in the past. Thanks for that. I've done 1997, 2013 & 2015. Sucks for us participants to have 1 less backup. Maybe next year....
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I'm in again, love this one.
Please post a pic or two afterward of those great shots you usually do.
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