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Old 03-13-09, 11:10 AM   #1
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FG/SS on Five Boro Bike Tour

Has anyone done this before? Can you run it with just a front brake, I couldn't find any details on equipment on their website.
Any experiences running this Tour on a FG/SS?
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Lots of people have.

I've never done the 5BBT but the beginning is very slow and crowded to the point where I think a lot of people would rather not be on a brakeless track bike.
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plenty have done it before you.
97% of the participants ride department store bikes that break down as soon as the ride gets started.

ask yourself if its worth the $$ - slow moving start, very crowded, wobbly riders, mostly on city streets except for the bqe and verrazano. plus the waiting for hours to catch a ferry back from staten island.

not trying to poo-poo on your fun time, but there are better group rides. I prefer the TA century or the Tour de Bronx in october. Then there are group rides with the NYCC, times-up or other organizations - no reason to not get out there on your own any day of the year.
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I did the last 3 on a FG. Skip the start and start further uptown just ahead of the ride leaders and fall in w/ the pack. You'll stay ahead and won't have to deal w/ the wobbly riders when you get to the QB bridge.
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plenty have done it before you.
97% of the participants ride department store bikes that break down as soon as the ride gets started.

ask yourself if its worth the $$ - slow moving start, very crowded, wobbly riders, mostly on city streets except for the bqe and verrazano. plus the waiting for hours to catch a ferry back from staten island.

not trying to poo-poo on your fun time, but there are better group rides. I prefer the TA century or the Tour de Bronx in october. Then there are group rides with the NYCC, times-up or other organizations - no reason to not get out there on your own any day of the year.
Very true. I was thinking of riding with some family members, but if they don't go then I probably won't ride it.
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plenty have done it before you.
97% of the participants ride department store bikes that break down as soon as the ride gets started.

ask yourself if its worth the $$ - slow moving start, very crowded, wobbly riders, mostly on city streets except for the bqe and verrazano. plus the waiting for hours to catch a ferry back from staten island.
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Which is why I never do this ride.
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