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Old 07-21-10, 06:10 AM   #1
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Maplewood NJ commuting?

Sorry, this a cross post with the regional discussion, but I wasn't certain which forum would be the best bet.

I'm likely moving to Jersey, working in Midtown, and I'm trying to keep commuting by cycle as much as I can. I'd been planning on using NJ Transit and a folder. But is it crazy to bike to Newark or Harrison and ride the PATH to Manhattan? I don't know the area very well, but I assume there are lots of lousy neighborhoods and busy streets. Still, I'd like to avoid paying the insane costs of a monthly NJ Transit ticket and get some good miles in.

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Old 07-21-10, 07:42 AM   #2
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Do you already have the folding bike?

I don't know the roads from Maplewood to Newark, but hopefully Tom will chime in before long. I do know that the great thing about a folding bike is that you don't have to plan very far ahead. You can take it on the train, or ride it the whole way, whichever you prefer. I commute on a folding bike and frankly don't know any other way I could do it.
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No, I'm in North Carolina at the moment and I commute on a Surly Cross-Check. But I assume I'd get the folder up there -- the selection is far better. I test rode a Dahon Mu in Manhattan yesterday. I'm a big guy, but my wife assured me that I didn't look too much like a circus act. I think she was just being nice. Of course, it being New York, I could ride it naked up Park Avenue and no one would notice.
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Of course, it being New York, I could ride it naked up Park Avenue and no one would notice.
Actually, if any of us saw you I'm sure you'd be mentioned in our "strangest things you've seen on your commute," thread.

Seriously, though, don't sweat it. Wait until you're here, and figure it out then. It'll work out.
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In NYC, folding bikes are all over the place. You won't stand out at all!
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