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Old 04-28-07, 07:34 PM
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Trying to maintain a cohesive sub-group during this event is challenging. Keeping track of even one or two friends whom you've known your whole life is tough enough...never mind new acquaintences. Trust me, you'll occasionally get separated and will have to look around for a minute or two to find each other. It happens.
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There's talk of a post ride meetup/food/drinks that people can drop in on. Thoughts?
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We need a BikeForums code. How about a "BF" penned on to the back upper right corner of the bib?

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Man that was fun today! 54 miles from door back to door - full police escort, only stops were intentional. Looking forward to next week, I'll be on the Queensboro Bridge apparently. I should wear something that would identify me...hm......

After the last of the group passes I'll hightail it the rest of the way to Staten Island again - still putting out for drinks at a meeting place...someplace....
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Originally Posted by cwodave
We need a BikeForums code. How about a "BF" penned on to the back upper right corner of the bib?

Any Takers?

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Yes, that sounds good.
I'll mark on upper right corner.

And I'll take a my roady but swap out the pedals for comfortable one.
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Old 04-30-07, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by cwodave
We need a BikeForums code. How about a "BF" penned on to the back upper right corner of the bib?

Any Takers?
Know what? Should put it on a half index card and pin it - marker would be very hard to see on the bibs (had to wear one yesterday for the ride).
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Old 04-30-07, 09:55 AM
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We need stickers that say something like "My Bikeforums Name is __________"
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We need stickers that say something like "My Bikeforums Name is __________"
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I think we'll all just naturally gravitate towards any brew producing device.
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Old 04-30-07, 03:17 PM
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so the front line is better to start, right?
what time should I be there, hum.

I have to take LIRR and subway.

I'll put MTB pedal on my roady with MTB shoes.
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Yeah - the front will be better. Earlier the better!

Look out for me on the Queensboro Bridge!
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Unless you have an agenda in the start area, why don't you wait along the route in the 20's or 30's and join in there? Join in after the front package passes. Might save you from getting in so early and sitting around . . .
You can wave at me at 135th & Madison when you make the left turn to the bridge.
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I'll pin the index card and maybe we'll meet up ... would love to down some brew
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Originally Posted by mikeE46
I have to take LIRR and subway.
If you take the LIRR just ride down. Come out on 34th St, go East or West till you hit the water, go south and ride 20 mins until you get to the park. It's about 5-6 miles give or take and will be quicker than the subway when you include wait times.
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I have a quick question for folks who have ridden the 5 Boro bike ride in the past. According to the website, registration is now closed. However, last year I just went to the start early in the morning, filled out a waiver, and joined the ride.

What are the chances I will be able to do this again? Does anyone have experience just joining the 5 Boro bike ride without meeting the registration deadline? Do they really check to make sure you have a bib? I mean, there are THOUSANDS of riders - can I just hop in?
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No chance of registering in the morning. I was talking to the people who actually run it - this is the most they've ever had and are bracing for an angry onslaught of people at the starting line.

I'll be on the QB bridge - I don't think I'm kicking people off. I know they will be VERY vigilant about checking before the Verrazano Bridge and at rest stops. Part of that is insurance and to thin out people on the Verrazano, there are expansion joints that will absolutely grab the widest of wheels up to the hubs - you have to get off and carry it over them. Since much of the route is on city streets you could tag along for most of it.
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+1 to most of Air's comments.
Registration is closed, period. There will be no waivers to fill out, etc. Nothing stops you fromjust joining in, but see checkpoints, below.
The tour is basically maxed out as far as facilities and roadway capacity are concerned, mainly in Manhattan. Our experience is that by the time the Tour arrives at the BQE, maybe 20-30% have already abandoned, but that is highly variable depending on the weather in general and winds in particular. My sense is that overall rider quality is improving. Improving being a relative term here.
Checkpoint protocall for this year is not defined yet, but you can be assured that riders without the current year vest will not be allowed onto the VZ Bridge. Whether this is also applied at the Furman St. / Atlantic Ave. entrance onto the BQE is not clear and in any case could be changed on the fly depending on how many unregistered riders are actually out there on Sunday.
Note to Air: unlike Sunday's marshals' ride, the expansion joints on the VZ Bridge are covered with thick rubber or particle board sheeting on Tour day. This has been the case since the VZ was first used back in the 1970's.
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Note to Air: unlike Sunday's marshals' ride, the expansion joints on the VZ Bridge are covered with thick rubber or particle board sheeting on Tour day. This has been the case since the VZ was first used back in the 1970's.
Ahh - that makes sense, thanks!

I'm super excited about Sunday and getting to ride half of it again, can't wait!
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Air and Schlichting, thank so much for the info.

From what I gather, it sounds like it might be worth a shot to ride along in the event through Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and most of Brooklyn. However, I should bring my own snacks & water since I might not be allowed into checkpoints.

I don't want to cause any trouble, but I really want to join this ride. I had a blast last year.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
We need stickers that say something like "My Bikeforums Name is __________"
Definitely spell out BikeForums and don't go wth BF. How many people will ask "Your boyfriend's name is 'fuzzydave'??" (Not that there's anything wrong with that) I know my brother wouldn't let it go.
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Ha!!

Don't forget c-town; this ride goes through NYC, home of food at every street corner. You can always stop at a deli, grab a sandwich and keep plugging - as long as you're not on the FDR or BQE of course
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I live in Brooklyn right by the Commodore John Barry Park checkpoint, so I can just stop home to raid the fridge!

(Note to self: Put something in the empty refrigerator.)



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Ha!!

Don't forget c-town; this ride goes through NYC, home of food at every street corner. You can always stop at a deli, grab a sandwich and keep plugging - as long as you're not on the FDR or BQE of course
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Originally Posted by DSchlichting
Our experience is that by the time the Tour arrives at the BQE, maybe 20-30% have already abandoned, but that is highly variable depending on the weather in general and winds in particular. .
I didn't realize that there was such a high drop-out rate for such a short ride. I guess it's all relative.

c-town - maybe you can hang out near Astoria or Commodore Barry and try to beg a vest from someone who is dropping out.

At last year's NY century some of us had Bikeforum stickers on the sides of our helmets. Easier to spot than a name tag.
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Even some of the marshalls on Sunday decided to end it before the Verrazano. If you're not used to riding over 20 miles it can get tiring and that bridge is daunting - still the largest suspension bridge in the country.
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I didn't realize that there was such a high drop-out rate for such a short ride. I guess it's all relative.
I sort of remember some marshals pointing towards the Brooklyn Bridge as a major bail-out point for those who wanted to return to Manhattan.

Also I think some folks never quite made it past those sidewalk cafes in Williamsburg or Dumbo
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OK, let's clarify: checkpoints vs rest stops.

There are official rest stops along the route at
Center for Science & Math, FDR Drive & 116th
Astoria Park (though is this cut off at some point),
Con Ed Learning Center
Commodore Barry Park
John Paul Jones Park
Plus there are porto-potties along the route in various places. There is no credentials check in these facilities. These are managed by the Tour Corps --non riding 5BBT volunteers. Regular riding marshal teams are normally used to direct traffic in/out/around the rest stops.
And as others have pointed out, along the local streets there is the usual plethora of establishments.

All of these facilites which are literally on the route will be packed. Bring enough fuel to run on or maybe going off the route a block or two in Queens or Brooklyn will be more efficient.

Checkpoints are almost toll booth-like passages at 63rd St. immediately prior to the left turn that begins the climb onto the Queensboro Bridge, Furman St. / Atlantic Ave entrance to the BQE and Fort Hamilton Pkwy / 92nd St. These are run by defensive tackles in nice black suits --provided by a private security company. These guys are not paid to negotiate; security issues already discussed here drive that. My own opinion is that unregistered riders will be reminded of their status at 63rd Street, may or may not be bounced at Furman and definitely out at 92nd St.


Stacy is correct that many riders do not make it past Dumbo --or Greenpoint for that matter. For those who cannot/do not go further, the Cutoff Team is responsible for directing riders towards the Brooklyn Bridge.
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