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Old 07-26-05, 12:11 PM   #1
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nyc century fixed

http://www.transalt.org/calendar/century/index.html

anyone here doing this ride fixed? i'm about to register.
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Old 07-26-05, 02:34 PM   #2
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Hey nine, I'm doing this ride too. Anyone interested should register by July 30th to save $5. See y'all there.
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Old 07-26-05, 02:42 PM   #3
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Nothing like paying to do a ride with a whole bunch of people
that you can do for free solo.

Sort of like paying to ride Prospect Park over the weekend, I suppose.

It's all in the marketing.
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Old 07-26-05, 02:49 PM   #4
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well, I did the ride last year (fixed) and it was great.

eat_raw: if you can figure out a way to have a 100 mile course marked in spray paint on the roads and on maps and cue sheets, with 5+ rest stops with good food and marshals and SAG personnel to help you fix anything from flats to tacos (and get you to a subway station if they can't) and a very well-planned ride through dozens of NYC neighborhoods and parks that you've likely never been to for free you should tell us all how. Besides, most of the $$ goes to Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for biking and public transport that does a lot of good stuff for the city. The marshals and food people are mostly volunteers. This is the cheapest organized century ride in the area from what I can see.

Seriously, this ride might not be for everyone, but if you love NYC and feel like you haven't seen it all you should check it out. There are thousands of people riding, but it isn't like the 5boro ride at all -- no mob scenes, no waiting forever to get started and the roads are not crowded. I had a blast last year. It is hella fun to get out and see so many people riding.

Nice feature: if you sign up for the 100 mile ride you start before all the other groups and if you keep a good pace you'll never find yourself swarmed by wobbly once a year riders. The 100 mile group is pretty tight and there are a lot of good vibes (especially after the people that are racing through the course have dropped you.)
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Old 07-26-05, 02:53 PM   #5
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reckon I'll be there
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++ noumena9

i didn't ride fixed last year, instead riding my roadie bike.

it is a lot of fun, and you get to see a lot of NYC. i'm not sure if the course this year goes to kissena, but you could do a couple of laps once you got there.

fun. just don't do anything like eat stupidly large amounts of food on the west side highway when you still have 7 miles to get home... that gets uncomfortable.
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Is it pretty flat or would you have to stand every few minutes?
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Old 07-26-05, 08:51 PM   #8
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I did it fixed, (the bike that is). One of my daughters also rode fixed my other daghter rode a single speed and Kevin the bike builder rode a single speed. (Darn freewheelers). We rode the 65 mile route. Lots of fun.


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Old 07-26-05, 08:51 PM   #9
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this is a fun ride... did it last year fixed, and counted (i think) 5 other track bikes - noumena, i imagine one was probably you.

i'm gonna ride again this year, and i encourage y'all to do the same. transportation alternatives is a great organization, and they do a lot to help cyclists in this city. plus, you get to see how many krispy kremes you can throw down your gullet before wanting to hurl 2 miles later... we should get a gang rolling for this, methinks.
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im definately interested. not sure about doing the 100 course, but 65 sounds good. i could be pressured to hit 100 maybe though.
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Old 07-26-05, 09:34 PM   #11
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any century i can ride without ever leaving the city sounds good to me...especially since the start/finish is only 15 min from my apartment...i will most likely be there...should we have a fixed gear group to all ride together?
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Old 07-26-05, 09:54 PM   #12
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im definately interested. not sure about doing the 100 course, but 65 sounds good. i could be pressured to hit 100 maybe though.
100 dude. everyone is doing it...
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i've never come close to doing a century, but i definately think im gonna do it.

the longest ride i've done in a day was 40ish, but that was pretty high speed and non-stop.
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Old 07-26-05, 10:23 PM   #14
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I've done a metric, but never a full 100. I'll sign up if we can get a good group together that's down to take it easy. I haven't logged any substantial mileage in about two months.
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hella - how long have you been in NYC? i thought you lived in chicago or something
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I signed up. Anyone else from Boston going?
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Ok, I was thinking of doing this century it might be prettier, but you guys are almost convincing me to do the NY one.
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Ok, I was thinking of doing this century it might be prettier, but you guys are almost convincing me to do the NY one.

turkey swamp park from sandy hook? man, that sounds like some work.
have you ridden down there much before? it is quite flat and smooth, but kind of boring at times.
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Old 07-27-05, 09:38 AM   #19
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let's do both centuries!
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turkey swamp park from sandy hook? man, that sounds like some work.
have you ridden down there much before? it is quite flat and smooth, but kind of boring at times.
No, I've never ridden down there.
Just looked at the details, you have to be there by 7:30 and it's a 45 min ferry ride. I have problems making the 7 am sat rides
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Old 07-27-05, 11:52 AM   #21
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i know i rode this ride, is this the one where they hold everyone out in astoria park halfway through to recollect the ride? if so, start at the beginning of that group!

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Old 07-27-05, 01:48 PM   #22
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They didn't hold us last time.... that was where the bbq was and it was a nice place. But agreed on getting the hell out of there... the whole drama of going across the triboro is very tedious.. lots of steps and stopping and people that are not strong enough to lift their bike (can you imagine not being able to lift your bike?!) that need help, etc. also the bike path on the triboro is like 4 inches wide.

My idea for this year is use a 75ish inch gear, start early, hydrate tons, don't stop for more than a couple of minutes along the way and finish asap. Hopefully this ride will be on a cooler day. It was pretty hot last year going across LI City at 2pm. Ugh.
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I'd like to do this ride. Anybody ever do it on 48x16?
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Old 07-27-05, 03:32 PM   #24
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If I do it, I'll be on a 47x16.
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there are virtually no hills in nyc, so you should be fine...
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