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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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    Quote Originally Posted by stachemaster View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by stachemaster View Post
    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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