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Old 04-16-07, 11:16 AM   #1
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NYC 5 boro bike tour on your fixie/ss?

...was wondering if anyone else here is participating in this event. If you have in the past, share your experience on your fixie/ss baby. Also, since this will be my 1st, how was the climb up the Verrazano?

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Old 04-16-07, 11:22 AM   #2
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...was wondering if anyone else here is participating in this event. If you have in the past, share your experience on your fixie/ss baby. Also, since this will be my 1st, how was the climb up the Verrazano?

Last year was my first year doing the 5 Boros - did it on my fixed, but put brakes on for added 'security' in case my legs tired out (a lot of start/stopping for 50-some miles). Glad I did it with my fixie...wouldn't do it any other way.

Climb up the bridge was fine; I ran a 48x17 gearing, no troubles at all...actually wished I would have done 48x16 or tougher (blew past a lot of people up the climb...they all blew past me DOWN the climb).
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Old 04-16-07, 11:27 AM   #3
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I've done it 2 years in a row fixed, same goes for this year. Throw a brake on to avoid the tons of weekend warriors that come out to ride the event.
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Old 04-16-07, 11:49 AM   #4
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yea, trackbike, with a brake. it wasn't as bad as i thought. when we started, all the roadies blew past me, but after a couple of hours, i guess they tired out and i was blowing past them. i lot asked me if i was crazy, but i didn't feel it was that hard.
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Quick question, for those of you that did the 5bbt, were helmets necessary?
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Quick question, for those of you that did the 5bbt, were helmets necessary?
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Old 04-16-07, 12:37 PM   #7
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yep, u get a red vest with a space for sticker with ur number and another sticker with ur number for ur helmet. with 35,000 riders, some novices, i won't risk it. in the tour de bronx, some girl slammed into me, with her bike and i was skidding to prevent the bike from falling sideways, she fell and scraped her hands and knees. she didn't have gloves either so had she been wearing them, it probably wouldn't have been so bad.
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i'm undecided if i'ma 5bbt or if i'm gonna go spectate the Velo City action out at Kissena.
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I've done it I think 3 times on a fixed gear. It's fun and not a big deal, just be careful of all the people who appear to be riding a bicycle for the first time while calling all their friends on their cell phones to say, "hey, guess what, I'm riding a bike!".

I would advise jumping in somewhere down the line rather than starting at the designated and always freezing place downtown. Look up the route and just find a convenient place to jump in. It's super crowded at first and you're better off somewhere up near central park.

Last year was too crowded it and I'm over it but it is fun.
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Old 04-16-07, 05:31 PM   #10
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do both mattio. it goes thru queens so u could say, "peace out" and go to the velo city thing.
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okay tell me if im wrong? i was lookin and it doesn't seem that you HAVE to be registered to participate. regist guarentees water, food, and services provided(bathroom, repair, first aid, and bike reg in case its stolen or lost), but if i just bring water and stuff myself i can still be in it right? for all that $ you pay, i could use that to buy water and neccessities and carry it in my bag. $47 or $55. it seems that is a high price is to sucker those who don't ride the bike as often but i guess it allows others to enjoy the festivals taking place as well. will they really tell you to leave if you aren't regist'd and have a vest?

can someone has been in it elaborate on what exactly you get with all that $ as im just speculating from what i read. is the $ worth it? i really want to ride in it but paying for it sounds like it kinda sucks.
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I'm sure you could easily join in for free. I can't recall if they ever check to make sure you are a registered rider or not. On the other hand, I signed up early and paid the $42 bucks, so I could ride guilt free and not have to worry about such headaches. It's a once a year thing, so what's $40 bucks. My 2.
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yes very true and it'll give me less weight to carry too! good point guess im being too cheap
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totally being cheap. there are check points and if u don't have the stupid vest they tell u to leave. i mean, u'd be the only one without a vest. if u don't want to pay, wait for the the free ones, like the tour de brookyln or tour de bronx. those are fun but u don't get to ride the s.i ferry, the fdr and other streets that are normally for cars. u don't get any good food or free ****. tour de bronx i got one granola bar the whole ride. all the bagels ran out by the time i got there and there were no drinks. when u pay u get free stuff. water bottles, patch kits, sports drink powers and gels. i think they have a car to ride ur ass around if ur tired and so forth.
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Old 04-16-07, 08:13 PM   #15
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I don't know about participating w/o paying the fee - you get a vest and a number to wear which comes by mail, so I'm sure they can spot out the ones along for a free ride...?
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yea, u'll totally stick out like a sore thumb.
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yea your right. i just kinda sucks that if your a biker you have to pay to get in. sort reminds me of a car toll for a bridge. but i will pay now that i know what you get. thanks
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my mom actually won a free ticket to the 5bbt and signed me up for it. I had a great time at tour de bronx, cuz I stuck up front with the competitive jackasses, and was a competitive jackass. is the 5bbt similar, with fast people in the front?
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my mom actually won a free ticket to the 5bbt and signed me up for it. I had a great time at tour de bronx, cuz I stuck up front with the competitive jackasses, and was a competitive jackass. is the 5bbt similar, with fast people in the front?
how early did you arrive to be up front?
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when is this all going down?
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how early did you arrive to be up front?
I didn't arive early, I just passed everybody except the ride leaders
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If you wanna do the ride for free, volunteer to be a marshall. But then you actually gotta do some marshalling stuff and it'll take a while to actually ride the whole tour.
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I'm going with my fiancee. I'll be on the fixed and she'll be one of the 'newbies' on a hybrid. I run 44x17 for commuting, and will probalby keep that ratio and just spin to stay slow... don't want to drop certain people, you know...
I'm looking forward to this, it totally seems worth the entry fee.
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Should be pretty easy since NYC is flatter than a pancake. Sounds like fun.
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