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Old 03-11-14, 11:40 AM   #26
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Thanks, but it's doubtful I'll make it back. Queens is a hell of a commute from Minnesota.
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I ride Kissena now. Actually we just got an update that the last of the snow was shoveled off this morning.
I took the Men's clinic 2 years ago which was put on by the Pink Rhino Racing team and I expect them to host it again. The Kissena FB page should give you an update on the clinic so LIKE the page for updates. Until then they never had a men's clinic and without it I never would have learned to ride a fix gear and of course race on the track. Nice group of young and old and worth the adventure. Hope to see you on the track.
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Thanks for that. I'll mark my calendar. Will I meet any of you guys there? It/they will be my first time(s).

I see Kissena has added clinics to the calendar, too. They are on April 13 and May 4. The "Twilight Series" of races is also announced: 6:30 on Wednesdays from April 23 through August 27th. Good thing my Wednesday evenings are free.

Does anyone use Kissena? I'm getting excited thinking about this. I never saw myself as playing this role, so it's good to step out of myself and give this a try.
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Queerpunk, I know you were at Kissena, but my inviation was meant for NOGLIDER and now corrected. In anycase we'll save you a spot if you come to visit
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Thanks guys. I'll like the facebook page and watch for updates. I'm finally giving in to Facebook. I've been on it for years but have avoided using it for information and communication.

I got some new (lightly used) shoes on craigslist. The cleats came in, and I put them on today, so now I'll be riding with SPD-SL. Gotta put the pedals on now and take a test ride.

I got the no-float cleats, figuring that security is more important than long-term comfort. Make sense? The shoes are tight, too, which seemed appropriate. Very few shoes fit me, so I usually have to choose between too tight and too loose. The widest part of my feet is not unusually wide, but my pinky toe is farther out than normal, so wearing wide shoes doesn't help. I usually buy shoes that are too long so I don't squash my toes, but I didn't in this case, deliberately.
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I want to stress again my thanks to you folks, for welcoming me. I'm excited and even scared.

I live in the West Village, on Greenwich St near Charles St. I just checked with google maps. By a hilarious coincidence, the cycling route they most recommend and the mass transit they most recommend are both estimated to take exactly one hour and 21 minutes. First of all, the coincidence is hilarious. Second of all, damn, I wish it weren't so far. Hey, I shouldn't complain that I'm so close, right? And I might be able to drive there from time to time. I left my car up in the country almost a month ago, and I hate driving in the city, but I might have some times when I can borrow my wife's car. (I am planning to sell my car, since I don't need it any more, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Where do we keep the round tuits, anyway?)
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... but thank god I don't have to take Queens Blvd. I used to ride that when I was in high school, because I didn't know other ways. Also, I used to cross the Queensboro Bridge on the roadway. There was no bike lane then! Scary!
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Tom once you settle in at Kissena you may find some car rides to Manhattan or Brooklyn. A few folks rent Zip Cars if that helps. The advantage(?) of the subway is you come in a bit less stressed...maybe not. A big issue is lack of lights so we have to start at 6:30 otherwise we never finish. It'll work out and lots of riders just bike back and forth.
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I live in the West Village, on Greenwich St near Charles St. I just checked with google maps. By a hilarious coincidence, the cycling route they most recommend and the mass transit they most recommend are both estimated to take exactly one hour and 21 minutes. First of all, the coincidence is hilarious. Second of all, damn, I wish it weren't so far. Hey, I shouldn't complain that I'm so close, right? And I might be able to drive there from time to time. I left my car up in the country almost a month ago, and I hate driving in the city, but I might have some times when I can borrow my wife's car. (I am planning to sell my car, since I don't need it any more, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Where do we keep the round tuits, anyway?)
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