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    Biking to the U.S. Open

    So I spent a bit of my Wednesday night building up a total beater fixed gear bike to ride to the U.S. Open on Thursday, lock it up and not have to worry about it. Bike came out just like I wanted it, ugly, but very functional. I actually can walk to the Open in about 25 minutes, but I figured why walk when I can ride. Anyhow, I get there, find a good spot to lock the bike up on a lamp post, find my friend and head on in. A few hours of getting baked in the sun got to us, so we decided to head out into Flushing Meadow Park to find some good shade and relax before going back to see more tennis. On our way out I notice that my bike was gone.

    I tracked down a cop and asked him if he knew if anybody was removing bikes from the area (it did not even cross my mind that it would have gotten stolen b/c the thing is *uuugly*). The cop told me that yes, the Parks Department was going around clipping bikes that were locked anywhere near the grounds of the U.S. Open. He was very friendly actually, got on his walkie-talkie and found out for me where they were taking the clipped bikes. I thanked him and told him that if they are going to clip locks that they should have signs saying you can't lock up your bikes there. He agreed, apologized even though he had nothing to do with it and wished me luck.

    After watching some more tennis I went to find this office where the bikes were being taken too. I found two parks police types standing outside of what looked to be the office and asked them if they could help me. One them asked me what my bike looked like, went into the office and came out with it in less than 2 minutes. I asked him why they were removing bikes and he told me that it was at the U.S. Open's request b/c they are concerned that there might be bombs in the bikes that are left unattended. I asked him why there weren't any signs and he said that signs don't do much good b/c people just take signs off (I was sort of baffled by that response). He then told me that the Bike Rental shack that is in the park is allowing people to lock there bikes there, something that would have been nice to know beforehand. Since I had my bike back and since it did not seem worth discussing much more with this guy, I just left annoyed and out a good lock, but at least I had the bike back.

    This got a bit longer than intended, but let me share one more part that I found extremely funny. This office where the bike was taken to is actually closer to the U.S. Open grounds, the subway and the Long Island Railroad than where I had my bike locked, so if there was a bomb in my bike it would have been in a much more dangerous place. And I am fairly sure that they did not take any bomb dogs or bomb squad to inspect the bike before storing it away. I really found the whole situation rather ridiculous.
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    if anyone ever removes a bike they should leave some kind of note that it has been removed and not stolen and where to pick it up. would make it so much easier.
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    How long would it have taken to walk again?

    Nice job on the bike by the way.

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    wow, i was riding through the park the other day and the cops would not let me ride anywhere near the courts. i told them i had to get to home depot. i gather they didn't care wheter i got my goo gone or not. it took me an extra 25 minutes to ride around the park and get to the depot. i'm glad u got ur crappy beater back though. smart to ask if the bikes where being removed. i would have just thought it was stolen and gone to drink my sorrows away.
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    who won
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    Quote Originally Posted by marqueemoon
    How long would it have taken to walk again?

    Nice job on the bike by the way.
    You don't know how many times I told myself, "why didn't I just f****n walk?"

    As for the bike, thanks. I am very happy with it.
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    this thread is useless without pics.

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    picture of the bike once it made it safely home
    Quote Originally Posted by [165]
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmotoguy
    if anyone ever removes a bike they should leave some kind of note that it has been removed and not stolen and where to pick it up. would make it so much easier.

    problem with this is the person who saw them cut the lock, leave the note, and haul the bike off could in turn go and claim the bike as they could probably describe it.


    i used to live in forest hills and regularly ride over there - man i miss ny. also used to do some mtnbiking in forest hills park and then at a place out past st. john's. cross a few roads between wooded sections and you ended up out on the greenway or greenpath or whatever it was called. loved being able to tide out of my door in f'hills and hit the trails w/o having to use the car.


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    Best proof I had that the bike was mine was that I had the pedals in my pocket. I have MKS removable clipless pedals on a few of my bikes.

    iridetitus, someone could have gone and claimed the bike on their own anyway since all they asked me to do was describe the bike. At the end the guy asked me for ID, but all he did was glance at it. Maybe the mere request for an ID would scare someone away though. BTW, I live in Forest Hills, right where the LIE and the GCP meet, across from Flushing Meadow Lake. Where is Forest Hills Park?
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    Quote Originally Posted by acavengo
    Best proof I had that the bike was mine was that I had the pedals in my pocket. I have MKS removable clipless pedals on a few of my bikes.

    iridetitus, someone could have gone and claimed the bike on their own anyway since all they asked me to do was describe the bike. At the end the guy asked me for ID, but all he did was glance at it. Maybe the mere request for an ID would scare someone away though. BTW, I live in Forest Hills, right where the LIE and the GCP meet, across from Flushing Meadow Lake. Where is Forest Hills Park?
    queens blvd to ascan ave - head south. cross austin street and keep going until you dead end into metropolitan. right and quick left on to 72nd. go to the end of the street. right in that area is a day care, horse stables, neighborhood, etc. can get into the park in that area through an underpass where the equestrians cross into the park. from there is a tight little singletrack trail up to left - short, super steep climb about 20' long. or go straight, but my loop started left.

    great place to ride, ton's of trails, some drops, fastnflowy stuff, etc. used to be off limits to bikes but i rode out there at least three times per week and never saw the horse-mounted cops *in* the park. they usu stayed on the road through the park. and, uhh....lots of lonely cats lookin for other lonely cats if you know what i mean.
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    [QUOTE=dylandom]wow, i was riding through the park the other day and the cops would not let me ride anywhere near the courts. i told them i had to get to home depot. i gather they didn't care wheter i got my goo gone or not. it took me an extra 25 minutes to ride around the park and get to the depot. i'm glad u got ur crappy beater back though. smart to ask if the bikes where being removed. i would have just thought it was stolen and gone to drink my sorrows away.[/QUOTE

    Huh. Last Sunday, I was able to ride right up to the bike rental office during the midst of the final Agassi match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iridetitus
    queens blvd to ascan ave - head south. cross austin street and keep going until you dead end into metropolitan. right and quick left on to 72nd. go to the end of the street. right in that area is a day care, horse stables, neighborhood, etc. can get into the park in that area through an underpass where the equestrians cross into the park. from there is a tight little singletrack trail up to left - short, super steep climb about 20' long. or go straight, but my loop started left.

    great place to ride, ton's of trails, some drops, fastnflowy stuff, etc. used to be off limits to bikes but i rode out there at least three times per week and never saw the horse-mounted cops *in* the park. they usu stayed on the road through the park. and, uhh....lots of lonely cats lookin for other lonely cats if you know what i mean.
    The park you are describing is Forest Park. It is a nice place to mountain bike.

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    You built this bike specifically to ride to the US Open? It would hav etaken 50 minutes to walk there and back. Did you spend more than 50 minutes building the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notfred
    You built this bike specifically to ride to the US Open? It would hav etaken 50 minutes to walk there and back. Did you spend more than 50 minutes building the bike?
    Yes, and it is never going to be used again!

    Seriously though, I built it b/c I needed/wanted a beater bike for short trips, errands, grocery runs, etc. The U.S. Open trip just happened to be its first use. The bike was getting built at some point or another either way.

    As for time to build, it may have taken a bit more than 50 minutes, but not much.
    Quote Originally Posted by [165]
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