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    Five Boro Bike Tour 2015

    So who's doing the 5BBT this year? Looks to me like registration is slower than other years. Five days in and they're still not full. Big difference from recent years when they would fill up after just one or two days.

    Based on the videos I've seen, it does look like fun, but I wonder how this girl managed to sneak onto the course:

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    About 1:15 in, she not only doesn't have the bib and helmet cover, she's not even wearing a helmet, which is mandatory for the tour.

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    Maybe its the $92 fee? I've done it many times, but last year my college age kids wanted to join me and was going to cost close to $400 for everyone. I can think of better things to do with that money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    Maybe its the $92 fee? I've done it many times, but last year my college age kids wanted to join me and was going to cost close to $400 for everyone. I can think of better things to do with that money.
    +1 My girlfriend and I were considering it, but the fee kinda stopped us dead. Boston has a similar Bike Tour (though not as cleared out) and it's about 1/2 the price.
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    It's on my to-do list, but not within my budget.

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    6 of 6 people of whom I cycle with have signed up. I just don't have the avail. funds to do it. Looks like a nice ride. I enjoy the Escape New York ride in September.

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    Yeah, I thought the exorbitant fee could be a cause but forgot to mention it. But since I've never ridden it before and many say you should do it at least once in your life, I may bite the bullet this time.

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    Did it once and would not do it again. More time spent not riding than riding. To many people with no experience riding in a group

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetstomper View Post
    Yeah, I thought the exorbitant fee could be a cause but forgot to mention it. But since I've never ridden it before and many say you should do it at least once in your life, I may bite the bullet this time.
    It is worth doing at least once, even for the $92. It was the fact that my kids had already done it that really stopped me from spending the money to do it again, although all 3 never did it together. I never had more than one at a time with me. They'll all be away in college for this one, and unless someone else asks, like one of my overseas co-workers, I'm not doing it this year.

    As an alternative ride, the NYC Century sees more of the city and is not a crowded ride, at least not when you do the full 100 miles. The one spot where it slows is at the Triborough RFK bridge when all of the different groups converge at the stairs after the big rest stop in Astoria. Some parts of Queens get to be boring, but you ride on bike trails like the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway (no motors anymore), the waterfront in Bayside, around to LaGuardia, Rockaway, Forest Park, Belt Parkway (part of the 5bbt), even in the Bronx, but I find the Bronx section winds its way through a little too much and just isn't great riding (not because of the 'hoods, but just from a riding standpoint.) I start in Prospect Park, not Central Park, and that gives you a jump on the crowds too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    It is worth doing at least once, even for the $92. It was the fact that my kids had already done it that really stopped me from spending the money to do it again, although all 3 never did it together. I never had more than one at a time with me. They'll all be away in college for this one, and unless someone else asks, like one of my overseas co-workers, I'm not doing it this year.

    As an alternative ride, the NYC Century sees more of the city and is not a crowded ride, at least not when you do the full 100 miles. The one spot where it slows is at the Triborough RFK bridge when all of the different groups converge at the stairs after the big rest stop in Astoria. Some parts of Queens get to be boring, but you ride on bike trails like the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway (no motors anymore), the waterfront in Bayside, around to LaGuardia, Rockaway, Forest Park, Belt Parkway (part of the 5bbt), even in the Bronx, but I find the Bronx section winds its way through a little too much and just isn't great riding (not because of the 'hoods, but just from a riding standpoint.) I start in Prospect Park, not Central Park, and that gives you a jump on the crowds too.
    When is the NYC Century?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    I can think of better things to do with that money.
    +1

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    When is the NYC Century?
    it's always later in the season, this year it's September 13th...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    As an alternative ride, the NYC Century sees more of the city and is not a crowded ride, at least not when you do the full 100 miles. The one spot where it slows is at the Triborough RFK bridge when all of the different groups converge at the stairs after the big rest stop in Astoria. Some parts of Queens get to be boring, but you ride on bike trails like the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway (no motors anymore), the waterfront in Bayside, around to LaGuardia, Rockaway, Forest Park, Belt Parkway (part of the 5bbt), even in the Bronx, but I find the Bronx section winds its way through a little too much and just isn't great riding (not because of the 'hoods, but just from a riding standpoint.) I start in Prospect Park, not Central Park, and that gives you a jump on the crowds too.
    As someone who has done the NYC Century (okay, not the full century, but part of it) but not the Five Boro, I'm really looking forward to the Five Boro because all the roads along the route are closed to vehicular traffic. Not so with the Century. The Century was fun but, notwithstanding seeing new-to-me sights and riding new-to-me roads, not too dissimilar from the experience of riding everyday. I expect that to not be the case with the Five Boro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leegf View Post
    I'm really looking forward to the Five Boro because all the roads along the route are closed to vehicular traffic.
    Exactly the reason I want to do it. There's just an incomparable feeling one gets from being able to ride (or walk) down the middle of the street without having to worry about being run over by two or more tons of steel. Summer Streets gives a similar feeling with Park Avenue closed to traffic.

    Now I just have to decide whether I want to do it this year or wait for next year, which is the 40th anniversary of the tour. I'm not exactly young anymore and not getting any younger.

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    I decided not to pay the $92 this year. I've ridden it a few times before. My husband and I alternate who rides for charity (Team Athletes to End Alzheimer's), and it's his year to fund-raise. So, I decided to volunteer this year. Don't know if I'll be able to be a ride marshal or if I'll end up handing out bananas at a rest stop, but it'll be interesting to see the Tour from a different perspective.

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    I've done both the 5 Boro & full Century numerous times. The Century is on roads you can ride any day. The 5 Boro allows you to ride on highways that you only get to be on that day. The 5 Boro entry fee has discouraged me from doing it and the Century is a bit more serious, ( = fun). Since the 5B is online registration, and you have to pick up the reg packet. The organizers save in mailing, as compared to the old days, yet the fee goes up and up. You may notice they promote the ride as a 'charity' ride this year because they never did so before and the police dept wanted to charge them for blocking traffic since they did not call it a charity ride. The Century is not traffic free, but your route is laid out for you, and you see iconic spots, Central & Prospect Parks, BK Bridge, Coney Island, Kissena Velodrome, etc.

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    Bike New York has been a charitable non-profit since it was created 15 years ago and the website always said it was a charity. The big stink with NYPD was they wanted to be reimbursed for security and crowd control and said BikeNY wasn't a charity. The judge disagreed and said NYPD couldn't pick and choose what they wanted to be charities. Bike New York did not suddenly start calling itself a charity this year.

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