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  1. Very true. I do use Street View a lot to preview...

    Very true. I do use Street View a lot to preview roads I've never been on.

    Our bad google experience was trying to use our small phone screens a couple years ago, which led us on a few...
  2. Thank you! Local knowledge is the best. We...

    Thank you! Local knowledge is the best.

    We found on past trips that local knowledge beats paper maps, and paper maps beat google maps -- ideally, of course, the local is an old-timer who knows...
  3. Bern, Just when you mentioned the Rubel map I...

    Bern,

    Just when you mentioned the Rubel map I remembered I bought the Eastern Massachusetts section a couple years ago for a different trip and just dug it out now! My map drawer is so full I...
  4. Excellent. Thank you. That sounds like a good way...

    Excellent. Thank you. That sounds like a good way to go. I'll have to check out the bus schedule for the bridges -- hopefully they come often enough. I have memories of Misquamicut and Narragansett...
  5. Tom, I appreciate it. The ride will be with my...

    Tom, I appreciate it. The ride will be with my wife and, while we don't hammer it out, we don't usually meander much either because we normally budget between 75 and 90 miles a day based on our past...
  6. Brooklyn to Provincetown - question re CT and RI coastal routes

    Planning a ride from Brooklyn to Provincetown via Long Island (Orient Point > New London ferry), I'm wondering about the navigability along the CT and RI coast, potentially through Newport.

    We...
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    Sticky: Poll: Helmet as handlebar decoration

    I just don't get it. Every day I see people with their helmet hanging on their handlebar. So not only is it not protecting their head, the helmet has made their riding LESS safe, dangling and...
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    My wife and I rode from Brooklyn to Niagara Falls...

    My wife and I rode from Brooklyn to Niagara Falls last summer on a 6-day trip... long about July when many parts of the Canal were flooded from the torrential rains. Our plan was to take the Canal...
  9. Definitely harder to get myself out there as the...

    Definitely harder to get myself out there as the temperature drops. I ride if it's above freezing. I'll even ride at temps in the 20s for short distances.

    In the city, commuting has become so...
  10. One ride I think is worth it is from Burlington...

    One ride I think is worth it is from Burlington across to the islands of lake Champlain and heading up toward the Canadian border. The hills on the island are small and rolling but the scenery is...
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    Good point. How we're viewed depends so much on...

    Good point. How we're viewed depends so much on location. I've ridden in various states and towns outside NYC and gotten honked and yelled at by drivers who I assume are thinking, "Get your elitist...
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    By all means, yet you missed the point of my...

    By all means, yet you missed the point of my comment.
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    Yes, I meant, judging as a monolithic group. I...

    Yes, I meant, judging as a monolithic group. I let driver/ped/cyclist know when they endanger my life, I just don't follow the OP's suggestion of spreading the word to my fellow cyclists that we have...
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    I'm sure we've all been on the receiving end of...

    I'm sure we've all been on the receiving end of blanket judgments about arrogant cyclists. However, I do feel like our numbers in NYC are finally getting the tipping point where we're not viewed as a...
  15. I agree that it's faster, mostly because you...

    I agree that it's faster, mostly because you don't backtrack the couple blocks and down over the parkway to get onto the green way. As for smoother, I don't know that the pavement is any smoother on...
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    I've done Portland, ME to Brooklyn, by way of New...

    I've done Portland, ME to Brooklyn, by way of New London->Orient Point, LI ferry. My wife and I did it in 4 days, and that was about 400 miles. We did not camp; we stayed in motels and B&Bs.

    I'm...
  17. I've biked some of those streets, but not sure...

    I've biked some of those streets, but not sure about all of them. It's a more car-centric area than closer to Manhattan, as I'm sure you're aware.

    Just to contrast, here's the Ride the City...
  18. Those photos are awesome.

    Those photos are awesome.
  19. thunderworm, My wife and I did Portland, ME to...

    thunderworm,

    My wife and I did Portland, ME to Brooklyn, NY last summer -- 4 days, 400 miles. We actually went down through RI to New London, CT and took the ferry across to the tip of Long...
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    I agree with Papa Tom, Orient Point Ferry is a...

    I agree with Papa Tom, Orient Point Ferry is a terrific way to get beyond Long Island for some bike rides, not to mention the North Fork itself. Once in New London, I've gone over to Groton and then...
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    Thanks a lot for the cue sheets. And for the...

    Thanks a lot for the cue sheets. And for the warning about weekdays. I'll look at the route variations. I probably won't do it until Spring because the days are getting a bit short for 130 miles (at...
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    Indyfabz, My mistake, on the map of...

    Indyfabz,

    My mistake, on the map of Philadelphia I saw the Schuylkill Expressway, which goes over the Walt Whitman Bridge -- and on closer inspection I see bikes aren't welcome on it.

    Thanks...
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    Andre, Thanks for the info. We'll avoid...

    Andre,

    Thanks for the info. We'll avoid Kensington Ave. And we'll look for Spruce Street once we get into Philadelphia. I'll have to study the map a bit more. As with you, I have found that google...
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    Andre, First of all, your English is...

    Andre,

    First of all, your English is excellent. There are many native English speakers who write much worse than you.

    Thanks for the route and the video. No, I don't mind urban riding -- I do...
  25. Poll: Not owning a car, but once in a while renting...

    Not owning a car, but once in a while renting one, gas is the factor I often forget when planning my bike trips. I recently rode with a friend from Brooklyn to Worcester, MA via Long Island and the...
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