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    NYC Ride.... a question

    I have a question. Next Sunday is a NYC ride with some other bikers. They do this annually and around 30 plus bikers show up and three or four ride leaders lead the ride. I am looking forward to this ride!

    But my question.... I am not sure what bike to take. My road bike or my commuter bike.

    My road bike: I have ridden it a lot. First bike I bought and know the ins and outs of it. I love it.

    My commuter: Is a mtn bike modified into a commuter. Have only ridden about 5 miles on it. It is heaviet duty then the road bike.

    Now... my thinking:

    I dont want to break a spoke with my road bike in NYC. I am a heavy guy.
    A lot of stopping on this ride.
    My mtn bike might be able ot take the bumps and cracks better.
    Since it is not a fast ride, I was thinking maybe mtn bike but the one thing that concerns me is that it is a new bike and I havent ridden it much. Just turned it into a commuter.

    Thoughts?

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    Your road bike should be fine for that ride but if you can get in some miles on your mtb before the ride it is probably the better bet. If you can't get some miles on the mtb before the ride, then stay with the road bike. The last place to learn how your new Mtn bike rides and handles is in the middle of traffic in NYC.

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    I wouldn't worry too much about using a roadbike
    in NYC. If your wheels were built properly with the
    correct number of spokes for your weight, they
    should be fine. Here's me riding my usual bumpy
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I have a question. Next Sunday is a NYC ride with some other bikers. They do this annually and around 30 plus bikers show up and three or four ride leaders lead the ride. I am looking forward to this ride!

    But my question.... I am not sure what bike to take. My road bike or my commuter bike.

    My road bike: I have ridden it a lot. First bike I bought and know the ins and outs of it. I love it.

    My commuter: Is a mtn bike modified into a commuter. Have only ridden about 5 miles on it. It is heaviet duty then the road bike.

    Now... my thinking:

    I dont want to break a spoke with my road bike in NYC. I am a heavy guy.
    A lot of stopping on this ride.
    My mtn bike might be able ot take the bumps and cracks better.
    Since it is not a fast ride, I was thinking maybe mtn bike but the one thing that concerns me is that it is a new bike and I havent ridden it much. Just turned it into a commuter.

    Thoughts?
    Why would you be more likely to break a spoke in Manhattan than Medford? Are the streets in Manhattan that much worse? (Not entirely a rhetorical question, since I've not been to NYC since 2008.) I'd save the mountain bike for Manhattan, PA, and bring the road bike.

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    Which are you most comfortable on? That is the one I would take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Why would you be more likely to break a spoke in Manhattan than Medford? Are the streets in Manhattan that much worse? (Not entirely a rhetorical question, since I've not been to NYC since 2008.) I'd save the mountain bike for Manhattan, PA, and bring the road bike.
    Manhattan, PA, is a few miles west of Ansonia and Pine Creek Gorge - lots of places for mountain biking. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Manhattan, PA, is a few miles west of Ansonia and Pine Creek Gorge - lots of places for mountain biking. :-)
    http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail...lid=BGN101-035

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    when i do group rides, unless i know the other riders are very slow, id prefer to take my road bike because then i have a better chance of keeping up without overexerting myself

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    If I had to ride slow (5mph) throughout a city while looking up at tall buildings, I would bring a bike with a more upright riding position. Otherwise, I would bring my road bike and blast through like a courier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green427 View Post
    If I had to ride slow (5mph) throughout a city while looking up at tall buildings, I would bring a bike with a more upright riding position. Otherwise, I would bring my road bike and blast through like a courier.
    The roadies I've seen in Manhattan really moved. I think the Speedy Chef would be better off with the road bike. I wonder how much of the route uses the various bike paths and lanes?

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    I commute through Manhattan on a road bike. You definitely need to pay more attention to roadway conditions. Not just potholes, but metal plates, uneven joints, large cracks, garbage slicks, construction debris. At the same time the cars, pedestrians and other cyclists demand more attention than the suburbs. If you are not used to these urban condtions (I know every pavement defect and cobblestone on my route) I would not recommend taking a road bike with narrow tires. However, if your road bike can clear 28s you should be ok. I regularly ride 25s but switch to 28s in wet or low light conditions. There are no big, long climbs in Manhattan, so weight is not really critical. The hardest climb I am aware of is from the West Side Greenway to the George Washington Bridge. Not a biggy. Unless this is a fast group ride (in which case they are probably taking routes with good pavement) I would leave the road bike home.

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    Take the road bike. I ride 23's and bunny hop stuff all the time if I can't ride around it due to traffic. NBD
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I have a question. Next Sunday is a NYC ride with some other bikers. They do this annually and around 30 plus bikers show up and three or four ride leaders lead the ride. I am looking forward to this ride!

    But my question.... I am not sure what bike to take. My road bike or my commuter bike.

    My road bike: I have ridden it a lot. First bike I bought and know the ins and outs of it. I love it.

    My commuter: Is a mtn bike modified into a commuter. Have only ridden about 5 miles on it. It is heaviet duty then the road bike.

    Now... my thinking:

    I dont want to break a spoke with my road bike in NYC. I am a heavy guy.
    A lot of stopping on this ride.
    My mtn bike might be able ot take the bumps and cracks better.
    Since it is not a fast ride, I was thinking maybe mtn bike but the one thing that concerns me is that it is a new bike and I havent ridden it much. Just turned it into a commuter.

    Thoughts?
    What time Sunday, and what's the route? Depending on your answers, traffic might not be that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I have a question. Next Sunday is a NYC ride with some other bikers. They do this annually and around 30 plus bikers show up and three or four ride leaders lead the ride. I am looking forward to this ride!

    But my question.... I am not sure what bike to take. My road bike or my commuter bike.

    My road bike: I have ridden it a lot. First bike I bought and know the ins and outs of it. I love it.

    My commuter: Is a mtn bike modified into a commuter. Have only ridden about 5 miles on it. It is heaviet duty then the road bike.

    Now... my thinking:

    I dont want to break a spoke with my road bike in NYC. I am a heavy guy.
    A lot of stopping on this ride.
    My mtn bike might be able ot take the bumps and cracks better.
    Since it is not a fast ride, I was thinking maybe mtn bike but the one thing that concerns me is that it is a new bike and I havent ridden it much. Just turned it into a commuter.

    Thoughts?
    tell me more about the ride:
    what time?
    how many miles?
    what route are you taking?
    what type of pace will you guys be going?

    p.s. as pennstater said, keep a lookout for more than just potholes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimnolimit View Post
    tell me more about the ride:
    what time?
    how many miles?
    what route are you taking?
    what type of pace will you guys be going?

    p.s. as pennstater said, keep a lookout for more than just potholes.
    Ride will start at 9:30AM this Sunday, starts at Battery Park, will be stopping to see many famous landmarks, will ride the outskirts of the city, and will cover about 29 miles in 5 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green427 View Post
    Ride will start at 9:30AM this Sunday, starts at Battery Park, will be stopping to see many famous landmarks, will ride the outskirts of the city, and will cover about 29 miles in 5 hours.
    i might be able to make it, would you guys be interested in another rider joining in?
    Last edited by jimnolimit; 12-03-11 at 04:16 AM.

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    To jimnolimit and other members that might be interested in local
    group rides, Five Boro Bike Club has organized rides going on every
    weekend. I've been to one of their rides in the Bronx last month,
    had a lot of fun. Their ride leaders were very friendly and helpful.

    http://5bbc.org/rides.shtml#upcoming



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    Quote Originally Posted by jimnolimit View Post
    i might be able to make it, would you guys be interested in another rider joining in? you can email me at
    You will have to ask the ride leaders over at WCBC, however, they let all of us know that it is now too late for anyone else to sign up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by green427 View Post
    You will have to ask the ride leaders over at WCBC, however, they let all of us know that it is now too late for anyone else to sign up.
    i thought this was just a friendly gathering, i didn't know it was an event that had to be signed up for, maybe another time.

    p.s. would you be so kind to remove my email link from the your post above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimnolimit View Post
    i thought this was just a friendly gathering, i didn't know it was an event that had to be signed up for, maybe another time.

    p.s. would you be so kind to remove my email link from the your post above.
    No sweat, done.

    This group is from the Philly/DE area, and organizes this ride once a year. My first time, as well as many others, on this annual ride.

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    thanks green427, i hope you guys have a good ride tomorrow, the weather is suppose to be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Next Sunday is a NYC ride with some other bikers.
    Did I see a photo of you with your arm around a woman?

    Looks like it was fun.

    In case you are interested, there is an unofficial BCP ride to see X-Mas lights in S. Philly coming up one of these Saturdays. Cannot remember the exact date, but I can find it out. Starts from Performance on Delaware Ave./CVolumbus Blvd. It's a shortened version of a club ride that used to take place every year. It goes past some pretty elaborate displays for row homes.

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    me and women...... get a long! Dont be jelious.... I will give you my tips soon my child. Please have pen and paper ready!

    I would love to do a ride. Can you find out the dates?

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    I sure am glad I brought my hybrid instead of my road bike. If I rode just on the river bike paths, the road bike would have been fine. All other roads were littered with potholes, ruts, people, and more people. With the hybrid, I was able to adjust the shocks between soft & hard, the bike soaked up the bumps well, and the upright position enabled me to see the tall buildings better.

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    I felt the road bike was a good choice for me. The bumps were not much of an issue. If I were to do it again, I would have out on platform pedals and worn street shoes, especially with all the stopping and starting.

    The more upright position would have been nice too.

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