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Old 01-19-12, 05:29 PM
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NYC Cycling Club/Group Ride

I'm looking for a low-key cycling club or regular group ride in New York, getting a little bored with solo riding. I'm not a racer, but I enjoy an ambitious ride. I did come across the Five Borough Bike Club, NYCC and NYCRC. Anything else out there?
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Old 01-19-12, 10:21 PM
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There is a bike club in Staten Island and the Weekday Cyclists, never rode with either club however.
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Old 01-20-12, 09:55 AM
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I have ridden with the NYCC. It's a good organization, but I stopped riding with them.
The C rides are for complete beginners, the B rides are too slow/not "ambitious" enough, and the A rides are far too aggressive for a group ride.

You might want to try the CRCA. Riding with racers has been fun, and the regular group rides (Gimballs, Triangle Ride, etc) are plenty competitive, without all the "let's stop here and buy carrot cake" crap.

send me a PM and i'll give you more info.
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I'll agree with Ninja, the NYCC doesn't seem to have a middle ground. I did their A19 training series a few years back and it always turned into a hammerfest, even though this wasn't supposed to be for the hard core racers. And then they would stop for waaaay too long a time at a diner. I wanted to ride at a brisk pace, maybe stop for 15-20 minutes at some point, and head back. I also expected to get some different rides in, but we ended up in Nyack 3 times in the first 4 weeks. I then tried a B ride and didn't like stopping so often and the pace was too slow. This was a B17 ride I think. I met up with a few people that were in the training series and they all had the same opinion and were pretty turned off.

With that said, you can give them a try. They publish some of their rides for each weekend to non-members. Maybe you'll find the right group.
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Originally Posted by zacster
I'll agree with Ninja, the NYCC doesn't seem to have a middle ground. I did their A19 training series a few years back and it always turned into a hammerfest, even though this wasn't supposed to be for the hard core racers. And then they would stop for waaaay too long a time at a diner. I wanted to ride at a brisk pace, maybe stop for 15-20 minutes at some point, and head back. I also expected to get some different rides in, but we ended up in Nyack 3 times in the first 4 weeks. I then tried a B ride and didn't like stopping so often and the pace was too slow. This was a B17 ride I think. I met up with a few people that were in the training series and they all had the same opinion and were pretty turned off.

With that said, you can give them a try. They publish some of their rides for each weekend to non-members. Maybe you'll find the right group.
YES. that's what i mean. i did a 70 mile ride with them, and it alternated between:

dangerously fast pace on a tight shared path in a paceline (note, far more dangerous than the training rides i do with my team now)
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incredibly long stops at stores to have cake.

it's like - we've been riding for hours - don't you want to get out of the bronx?
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Old 01-24-12, 01:41 PM
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Check the daytrips listings on the 5BBC website (5BBC.org). Every weekend there are a variety of different types of rides. Also, come March the training series for Montauk begins, and the series offers lots of excellent rides whether or not you are doing the Montauk century in May. Finally, although the 5BBC rides are free, I would strongly suggest becoming a member for only $20.00 a year. The membership fee helps support the Club offering these rides.
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What a disappointing thread! I was planning to join the NYCC for the Spring training, however if its either slow or break neck and is focussed on filling the pie hole - count me out.
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Like I said a year ago, give them a try. You may find the right group with them.

One other thing though, they are very Manhattan centric. If you live in the boroughs you'll spend time getting to Central Park to meet up. I guess you have to meet somewhere, and that somewhere won't be in front of your house.

I did a 5BBC ride this summer, and that was soooooooo slooooooooow that I had to excuse myself. I'm not Lance, even without the steroids, but I need to get my heart beating. (In their defense, they did say it was a tour.)

And to quote a Manhattan resident of some fame (or infamy), "I'd never want to belong to a club that would have me as a member."

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I feel like I'm in the same boat as the OP. Don't need/want a "we're going to yell at you" group, but want a fun, fast, hardworking ride with moderate short breaks here and there. I joined the NYCC when I got here, but haven't ridden with them yet.

This thread is not very uplifting for the new year when I was hoping to meet some new riding partners.
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Originally Posted by Tsuru
I feel like I'm in the same boat as the OP. Don't need/want a "we're going to yell at you" group, but want a fun, fast, hardworking ride with moderate short breaks here and there. I joined the NYCC when I got here, but haven't ridden with them yet.

This thread is not very uplifting for the new year when I was hoping to meet some new riding partners.

I did a ride with the NYCC once and it was actually quite pleasant. It was a group of mostly older riders (40-60 years old?), with maybe a couple of younger people. Former racers or non-racers. We went at a decent pace in a double paceline (~20mph on flat ground?), stopped at a cafe in/near Nyack, then came back. It wasn't a hard workout or anything, just a good ride for an easy day. I've done slower rides with pros.

I don't know anything about their hard days. A19 is for guys who can average 19mph in central park for an hour (at peak fitness), which shouldn't be a hammer fest. But I've heard stupid things about hard NYC group rides, so who knows.

I've met a bunch of people riding in the city, and while I don't live here year-round, I suspect it isn't hard to meet a lot of people biking and join group rides that way. I've been invited to go on rides with a couple of groups, but never had the chance because I wouldn't be in town for much longer.
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Originally Posted by nstone
I'm looking for a low-key cycling club or regular group ride in New York, getting a little bored with solo riding. I'm not a racer, but I enjoy an ambitious ride. I did come across the Five Borough Bike Club, NYCC and NYCRC. Anything else out there?
For a change of pace, try... https://times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php.

You won't get a workout. The rides are social, hangouts, but a lot of them are fun. Try the Central Park Moonlight ride. Depending on your location, you can do a brisk jaunt to/from their rides.
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