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Old 01-14-13, 07:31 PM   #1
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Bike New York 5 boro in early May

This sounds like fun. Since there are so many C & V guys in NY, NJ, and PA, maybe others would be interested.

The event is Sunday May 5, the ride is 40 mostly flat miles and last year the weather was awesome, although I missed registration. I plan to sign up, Tuesday Jan 22, anyone else?
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No, not my kind of scene. But is this the ride that goes over the Verrazano? I would love to crash that party!
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No, not my kind of scene. But is this the ride that goes over the Verrazano? I would love to crash that party!
Yes, I think so. I think the party is un-crashable, though there are lots of crashes...
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Ditto. The problem with this ride is that you get a lot of folks who sign up and can't really handle their machines, so there's a ton of stopping and starting and looking out for other folks. I've never done it for that reason, but those have been the reports from friends who have. Cycling in NYC on weekends is bad enough with all the cyclists who take everything a bit too seriously, but at least they know how to handle their machines as a rule.
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I did it once in the early '80s. And swore I would never do it again.
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I did in in '79 or maybe '80 with a club I belonged to. Frankly I was suprised my Mother let me go but since she knew a bunch of the people anyway she OKd it. Since I was a bright eyed young girl in the really big city the first time it was alot of fun. I had never seen so many people on bikes before, there were what seemed likes millions of people. I think the offical number was around 10 or 12 thousand. I always wanted to do it again but never had the chance. Maybe I keep an eye on it this year. When does registration close?
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It is a total zoo. A lot of inexperienced riders wobbling all over the placed, combined with a lot of wannabe racers screaming at everyone and going way too fast for the crowds. I will stay far, far away from it.
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I'd rather dodge bikes than taxis and white vans!
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No, not my kind of scene. But is this the ride that goes over the Verrazano? I would love to crash that party!
I think this is the only way you can ride over the Verrazano bridge, there are security folks hired to pull out cyclists that don't have ride numbers.
I had a blast last year, I think I'll volunteer as a safety marshal again this year.

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When does registration close?
Looks like registration closed in 24 hours last year, first come first served.
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Echoing cafzali and gearbasher - it's a madhouse. I did it somewhere around 80-82 but I have to admit that I had fun in a way. I rode it with a guy from my club who was a little tougher than me, and when we saw how bad most of the participants were, we chose in our youthful way to hammer our way through it. So we tucked and burned our way past everyone, and pushed ouselves outside the ropes on the Verazzano bridge for the downhill blast. The poor volunteers tried to wave us over and we kept screaming at them to get out of our way! That was a hoot, and I'm glad we didnt kill or get killed.
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I've done the ride 3 times now and always had a blast. I think the trick is to start towards the front of the pack- my friends and I stay over the night before on 69th street, so what we've done is cruise down to Central Park and join close to the front of the ride. Never had problems with excessive bike traffic or dangerous riders that way. It's really crazy to ride on shut down streets with thousands of bikes around you. I take the ride at a leisurely pace on my '69 Humber Sports and find that it's a great time. What's more, it happens early enough in the morning that you can still spend the rest of the day in New York. I'd recommend it to anyone to give it a try.
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It is a total zoo. A lot of inexperienced riders wobbling all over the placed, combined with a lot of wannabe racers screaming at everyone and going way too fast for the crowds. I will stay far, far away from it.
I was there in about 1984. This is what I remember of it. Never again.

However, Transportation Alternatives has a similar ride in September, which I've done twice and would do again. It's not as stupid, by a long shot. You get to choose among several routes. The lengths are 15, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. I did the 100-mile route both times. The scenery is great.
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I was there in about 1984. This is what I remember of it. Never again.

However, Transportation Alternatives has a similar ride in September, which I've done twice and would do again. It's not as stupid, by a long shot. You get to choose among several routes. The lengths are 15, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. I did the 100-mile route both times. The scenery is great.
The TA ride in Sept. is the NYC Century. Last year was around 5/6,000 people.
The Five boro bike tour is capped at 30,000 riders + 1/2,000 volunteers. I also
had fun as a volunteer safety marshal for the 2012 NYC Century, will probaly
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However, Transportation Alternatives has a similar ride in September, which I've done twice and would do again. It's not as stupid, by a long shot. You get to choose among several routes. The lengths are 15, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. I did the 100-mile route both times. The scenery is great.
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I did it 7 or 8 years ago. Awesome day. Do it.
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i marshalled about three years ago, in a day-long downpour. spent the day ankle-deep in a puddle on Kent Ave. waving a flag at the crowd so they wouldn't ride into the puddle. drank most of a two-liter of Coke that was half-filled with rum to get me through it. people would spontaneously crash with no apparent cause, although no serious wrecks.

i might be into it this year, but only dressed up in full tweed on my Mercier rando. it could be fun if i went slow and just enjoyed it for what it is.
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