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Old 04-11-05, 03:29 PM   #1
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NYC Five Boro Bike Tour

As a newbie registering for my first NYC Bike tour, (May 1st) I was hoping to get tips/suggestions from my fellow New Yorkers. How inconvenient is it to take a bike on the subway that day? Should I park the day prior on Staten Island so I can drive home? If so, is parking difficult there? Are the rest stops relatively close or far from each other? Any ideas would be welcome, as the day is soon approaching..........
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  • Probably as inconvenient as any day on the subway, and then some. Assume that it will most likely be crowded. Be sure that you are in no way obstructing the flow of bodies in the subway. One of those bastards gave me a ticket a few weeks back - $75 bucks down the tubes. At 1am no less..
  • If it's a long way to get home after the ride, you might want to consider having a car at your disposal. Don't know much about SI, sorry. Be sure to plan ahead!
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I plan to bring the bike on the Subway. I've done that for my Century ride in 2 years ago. No problem at all. Just remember, it's on a SUNDAY. Who in their right mind is up at 6am on a Sunday morning.
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This is my advice.

1. Leave the Lance Armstrong special home and enjoy the ride and ALL the free food. Bring your beach cruiser because this ride is slow and easy to complete. In fact, I've seen kids on BMX's with training wheels do the entire tour

2. Stop at all rest stops and talk to people and just enjoy the day

3. There's a big down hill on the highway and make sure there is NO ONE IN FRONT OF YOU because water bottles, keys and cameras will be dropping all over the place. You need to be sure there is no one in front by at least 100 feet.

There's an ambulance at the bottom of the hill where they are carting of bodies to the closest hospital. Don't be one of them.

Remember... Ride slowly.
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Originally Posted by TrukTek2
As a newbie registering for my first NYC Bike tour, (May 1st) I was hoping to get tips/suggestions from my fellow New Yorkers. How inconvenient is it to take a bike on the subway that day? Should I park the day prior on Staten Island so I can drive home? If so, is parking difficult there? Are the rest stops relatively close or far from each other? Any ideas would be welcome, as the day is soon approaching..........

1. How inconvenient is it to take a bike on the subway that day?

Not too hard. Last year I didn't want to go over the last bridge and I had no trouble bringing the bicycle inside the subway. Most riders finish the trip to Staten Island. I'll be going over the Bayonne bridge this year.

2. Should I park the day prior on Staten Island so I can drive home?

You can do that. I don't know what the cost is or how safe it is since I havent driven in years.

3. Are the rest stops relatively close or far from each other?

I don't think they're that far. In fact, I think they're maybe too many! I always stop at all of them to pick up the free food.

Remember.. Go slow.
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As a newbie registering for my first NYC Bike tour, (May 1st) I was hoping to get tips/suggestions from my fellow New Yorkers. How inconvenient is it to take a bike on the subway that day? Should I park the day prior on Staten Island so I can drive home? If so, is parking difficult there? Are the rest stops relatively close or far from each other? Any ideas would be welcome, as the day is soon approaching..........
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Where do you live? If you live in New Jersey, you can drive to Jersey City and take a Water Taxi over to Battery Park. The Subways will not be bad at 6AM, but at the end of the ride, it may be a different story. After the ferry ride back into Manhattan, you will share the Subway with Sunday afternoon commuters. It could be a bit tight.

As for parking on Staten Island, you could do that. If you park in the lots adjacent to the ferry terminals, you should be okay. Just give yourself extra time to get to Staten Island, make the ferry schedue, and get to the start on time. (I tried it one year and we were very late because of the ferry schedule). Now I drive to Jersey City or Hoboken and Water Taxi over.

Its a nice intro ride. 42 miles with EVERYBODY. So slow down and take your time. Bring food to eat on the way and money to purchase food at Ft. Wadsworth. Enjoy the ride.
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