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    Senior Member Papa Tom's Avatar
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    Bike Month Kickoff at Flushing Meadow Park

    Did anybody else attend on Sunday, April 26th?

    I'm glad, at least, that it was an incredible day for a bike ride. I pedaled in from Syosset, thinking the event itself would be much bigger and better. While it was great to see all the pimped out bikes, I was very disappointed that there were no manufacturer/vendor exhibits and not a whole lot of anything else, either.

    While I am thankful that TA sponsors events like this, I wonder what it would take to really make this kick-off event more of an attraction. I'm sure the organizers have already tried anything that I might be able to come up with, so I'm not suggesting that I know better than anyone. Perhaps what was missing was $4.50 gallon gas?

    Anyway, Flushing Meadow Park is always a great place to explore on a bicycle. But on Sunday, April 26, there was something magical about the place -- although I can't pinpoint exactly what it was. I could have circled the lake and the World's Fair grounds ten more times if I didn't need to head to the subway to begin my journey home (round-trip to and from Syosset by bicycle...hell no!). I highly recommend this park for family rides and group rides with people who don't want to work too hard. For more info, go to my site at www.geocities.com/nyrides.
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    Oh wow. Sorry I missed it. I really wanted to see those tricked out Indo-Caribbean music bikes. My Mac has been having daily kernal panics and the event must've been deleted from my calendar during the daily crash.

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    it was a beautiful day! some pics:

    teaching kids to ride with the Parks dept.


    my wife dragged her friend out for her first ride in many many moons! It was a hot one out there!



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    Senior Member Papa Tom's Avatar
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    Bike Month Kickoff at Flushing Meadow Park

    I was afraid to ask...were those Tour De Queens t-shirts free? And what about all those green helmets that were floating around?
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    the tees were from last year's event. I believe they were available for people signing up for memberships.

    please note there is another thread on here regarding this year's tour - Registration opens May 26th but you can pre-register.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    I was afraid to ask...were those Tour De Queens t-shirts free? And what about all those green helmets that were floating around?
    I got my t-shirt last year during the Tour de Queens. Maybe it was $5?
    There are still a few available on the TA website http://transalt.org/support/giftshop

    Or you could just wait till this year's Tour de Queens

    DOT gives out free green helmets at various events. They were all over the place at Summer Streets

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    they may have run out of helmets yesterday - they usually get maybe 25-40 kids wanting to learn to ride at these things - Sunday they had just under 100!
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    I was really hoping to make it, but my (pregnant) wife needed me to take her shopping most of the afternoon. I still got a nice ride in the morning though...

    Glad to hear people had a good time!
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    Time Out NY coverage & photos
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