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Old 08-01-13, 12:49 PM
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best month ever -- more than 1000 miles

I have just completed the best bicycle month of my life. For the first time ever, I rode over 1000 miles in the month. I had never before even hit 900 miles in a month; my previous high was 832 miles.

The month was not without its low points, specifically when I was hit and knocked off my bike by a wrong-way cyclist. But, overall I enjoyed the fabulous weather, which allowed me to break personal records for miles ridden in a two-day period (154), a three-day period (208), a week (379), and a month (1002). And I did my third century, hitting 102 miles one day, even if I didn't break my one-day record of 117 miles.

Here is a graph which shows my monthly totals since last summer:



I might never have such a good month again; so I am very happy to have had it this one time. There is no better place to be than New York, and there is no better time to be here than during the summer.
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Originally Posted by Ferdinand NYC
I might never have such a good month again; so I am very happy to have had it this one time. There is no better place to be than New York, and there is no better time to be here than during the summer.
Hey, this is great. Congratulations. I live in NYC as well and ride my bike every day to/from work. And, coincidentally, was also knocked off my bike by a wrong-way cyclist a bit a go. Anyways, would be interested in hearing what long-distance routes you do regularly. I do Palisades Parkway a few times every month, and try to ride out to Montauk once a year. But I am always looking for other great routes.

Where else do you go? Any good resources you have found for great routes in the Tri-state area?
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Hey, this is great. Congratulations. I live in NYC as well and ride my bike every day to/from work. And, coincidentally, was also knocked off my bike by a wrong-way cyclist a bit a go. Anyways, would be interested in hearing what long-distance routes you do regularly. I do Palisades Parkway a few times every month, and try to ride out to Montauk once a year. But I am always looking for other great routes.

Where else do you go? Any good resources you have found for great routes in the Tri-state area?
I usually ride within the boroughs. Yesterday I did a game I like to call "Queens Hi-Lo", in which I visit the highest- and lowest-numbered streets and avenues in Queens.

I really love the avenues in Manhattan. I'll often ride up and down those avenues, up to upper Manhattan and back down, taking one avenue after another. I enjoy having the bike lanes on First, Second, Sixth, and Eigth Avenues, and uptown on St. Nicholas Ave. But the riding is tremendous also on avenues without a bike lane, such as Madison and Third. I also like the many bridges to the Bronx: Willis Ave., Third Ave., 138th St., 145th St., Macombs Dam, et cetera, which one gets to at the tops of these avenues.

The long avenues of Brooklyn are also fun: 4th Avenue, Kings Highway, Flatlands Ave, Coney Island Ave. Then there's Beford Ave., which has a bike lane on almost the entire length. (There is a bike lane in the middle of Ocean Parkway; but it's sort of annoying because you have to go up and down the curb cuts at every intersection. So, when I ride on Ocean Parkway, I just ride on the service road.)

I sometimes hit the two great dedicated bikeways, the Hudson River Greenway and the Shore Parkway (Belt Parkway) Greenway. While I am glad those things are there, and while I like the opportunity to ride for long stretches without stopping, I must admit that those roads are a bit too remote for me; I prefer riding on normal streets, despite the stop-and-go nature of it. Still, the Harlem River Greenway, which goes from Dyckman St. to 155th St., is pretty nice.

When I mentioned the bridges to the Bronx, one bridge which I didn't list there is the Triborough Bridge. I'm sure you know that that bridge takes you first to Randall's Island. It's fun to tool around on that island, which now has orientation signs to help a bicyclst find his/her way around.

For my longest rides, I have gone to New Jersey. I love riding in the cities of Hudson County; when I take the George Washington Bridge, I always go south in Jersey, whereas many other cyclists only go north. I go through Bergen County to get to Hudson County; the feel of places like West New York, Union City, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Bayonne is a lot like the feel of sections of Brooklyn and Queens. A few times I have gone from Jersey City to Newark, via one bridge that goes to Kearny, and then a second which goes from Kearny to Newark.

A couple of times I have done a tri-state ride, most recently on my 100-mile day during that gloriously hot week a few weeks ago. I first hit Connecticut by riding up Boston Post Road; then I came down into the Bronx, took the Washington Bridge into Manhattan, then the George Washington Bridge into Jersey. Then down to Bayonne, where I went over the Bayonne Bridge into Staten Island. I rode to the ferry and took that to lower Manhattan, from which I rode back home.

I admit that I rarely go to Long Island, except if I am visiting someone. I haven't ever explored in Long Island. How long is your ride out to Montauk?
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Originally Posted by Ferdinand NYC
I usually ride within the boroughs. Yesterday I did a game I like to call "Queens Hi-Lo", in which I visit the highest- and lowest-numbered streets and avenues in Queens.
Great stuff. I love riding the city streets as well, but like to spend some time alone, just me and the open road sometimes. I ride from the UWS down Broadway and then 7th to get to work in Chelsea. Bike lanes are starting to get a bit congested with Citibikers.

I have followed the Montauk Century route. Take you through some interesting parts of LI, including some really unreal areas out in the Hamptons. About 140ish miles from UWS, then easy to take the train back in. Lots of fun, usually with a good tail wind.

Here's the route: https://www.mapmyride.com/us/weehawke...-route-1553715
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That's alot of hard core riding! LOL!
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