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Old 05-04-14, 09:51 PM   #1
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NYC Five Boro Bike Tour

I filmed this today. Largest bike event in the US; over 32,000 riders.
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Old 05-07-14, 05:24 PM   #2
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Nice. I've seen a number of Bromptons complete the Five Boro Bike Tour even on 3 speed. Heck, I did it on a Dahon Piccolo 3 speed years ago. Over the years, I've seen a number of people complete this ride on BMX bikes, single speed beach cruisers even bikes on training wheels!
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Wow that is a huge number. Here in Melbourne there is the Around the bay in a day ride, which had about half that number in 2012. 210km. I did it once in 2005.
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I was on this year 5 boro bike tour with my new Birdy Disc. Last year I did it on my Specialized road bike. I was able to keep up with my road bike friend up the slope but my legs hurts much more this year. I guess I had to paddle harder on an 18" folder than on my road bike. If I do this again next year...I'll have to think hard which bike to use.
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Thanks for the video 1nterceptor. There were alot more folding bikes at the Tour than I expected. I thought I would be the only one but I saw a good number of Bromptons, couple MUs and Curves and BFs. Hell, there were some guys I saw who were riding CitiBikes. I didn't feel out of place at all.

Wasn't too tired riding my Speed D7 on the tour. Even made it up the Verrazano in lowest gear, which I'm personally really proud of . But I wasn't out to break any speed records or keep up with hardcore roadies. I wonder what it would have been like to ride it with a faster road bike, but my folder is super comfortable for me with Big Apples and a nice PureV saddle.
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