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Old 08-18-15, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sdivek
Where does the Bethpage Park bike path start?
North end is sunnyside ave and Woodbury road. South end is Merrick road in Massapequa.
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Old 08-20-15, 12:47 PM
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Had the good fortune to meet up with oldnslow at Cedar Creek this morning. Got to chat for a few minutes and then we were on our way. He was headed home but I decided to ride down to Jones Beach again having just completed a ride to Tobay and back. The humidity level was way up there and the steel deck of the Wantagh Parkway drawbridge had puddles of condensation. Like a skating rink. Slippery!! Be careful.
A good morning for me.... 32 miles total.
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Old 08-20-15, 01:02 PM
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It was nice meeting you...

Yes, humidity was insane. Once i stopped i as soaking wet and it was pouring into my eyes and burning.

It would be nice to have a LI Bike Forum group ride. Maybe in the fall when we can have a relaxed ride on the north shore.
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Old 08-20-15, 05:20 PM
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I haven't had a "good" ride since my trek from Pt Jeff to Greenport a few weeks ago, but I've gotta say that I am LOVING being on the bike these past few mornings on my way to work. The temps and the breezes are the closest thing to perfection I have experienced in a while.
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I'd be interested in a LI Bike Forum group ride. Just need to craft something that the average rider can handle.
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Originally Posted by qajaq
I'd be interested in a LI Bike Forum group ride. Just need to craft something that the average rider can handle.
We could do a early Sunday Bethpage to Oyster Bay. I recently did a easy, 13.5 average, with a group that a "C" rider should be able to do. On the way back the more advance can split off and do some hills.
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Went on the Brickwell (Farmingdale) Sunday morning ride. 31 miles @ 15.7 with 1500' climbing.

https://www.strava.com/activities/375702089

Nice ride, great group (6) and cool, overcast weather.

You should come, Sundays @ 8:00am from the Farmingdale store (back entrance).

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brick...115897?fref=ts
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Old 08-24-15, 01:33 PM
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Looks like a very good ride. The terrain profile on Strava shows a bunch of pretty steep climbs but they are quickly followed by nice descents. Not quite ready for that just yet. I've just been doing flat stuff and accordingly I've fitted my bike with a old Ultegra 6600 (10spd) 14-25 cassette. Don't think I would want to take on that terrain with that gearing.
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Old 08-24-15, 01:35 PM
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Rode down to Cedar Creek Park and on to Tobay Beach this morning. Left the house real early 5:20 AM. Of course it was still pretty dark 'cause sunrise wasn't until 6:13. Lights required. Summer is winding down and we have lost more than 20 minutes of daylight in the morning since the start of the month.

Humidity again was oppressive, ninety percent, but I was treated to a nice sunrise over the bay. Didn't feel too bad as long as I was moving but when I stopped I realized I was soaking wet. None of the usual hazards on the bike path (runners, walkers, skaters, skateboarders, cyclists etc) but enough other stuff to be wary of. That slippery deck on the drawbridge was covered with condensation, plenty of broken clam shells just waiting to slice a tire, rabbits that wait until the last millisecond to dart in your path, geese that won't get out of your way (and their droppings too), and of course the bugs. Don't ride with your mouth open. :-)

Back home by 7 AM. Twenty two plus miles in an hour and a half makes me happy.
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Did a easy 22 today, Massapequa to Plainview and back.

Unable to catch the blond in the SUV that cut around me turning onto Washington Ave. Almost put me into the curb.
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Back from a week backpacking in Custer & Gallatin Nat. Forests in Montana. And what a week it was. Great weather except for repeated snowstorms/sleet/rain/ice on Tuesday which forced us to stay buttoned up in camp at Rough Lake at 10,145 feet. Only a few, ahhh, exciting moments, and no mosquitos! Tomorrow I get to see if a week at those heights and a bit higher have turned me into a cycling superman. Judging from previous experience, it has not....
Speaking of cycling supermen, while driving from the trailhead back to Red Lodge we met several cyclists who had ridden up to the summit of BearTooth Pass at 10,947 ft. They had taken about 3 hours to cover about 30 miles from Red Lodge to the summit with a total climb of about 5400 feet. If that wasn't enough, they now had to descend the other side, another 35 or so miles to the next habitation at Cooke City. It was 40 degrees and the wind was blasting when we met them. I was very happy for the down jacket I had on. I shook their hands and took the group picture for them at the summit post.
I'll think of them next time I feel a whine coming on about one of our local anthills.
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Hey Joe,

Beartooth Pass. I know that road or should I say I'll never forget that road. Drove it out of Billings Montana a very long time ago. My Chevy 350 V8 struggled mightily with the climb. Narrow road, lots of tight switchbacks, snow everywhere (in late June) and tremendous drop offs. You're not going to go off that road and live to tell about it. Real white knuckle driving. Can't imagine it on a bike. Don't know which would be worse the grind on the way up or the terrifying descent. No doubt those guys are cycling supermen!
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My hiking buddy and I met a friend from Billings for dinner post-hike in Red Lodge. He's a cyclist as well as a hiker, as we are, and he tries to do a ride over the pass every year. He's in his mid 60's and missed doing it this year only because of knee surgery. He did a 5 day backpack in the Bob Marshall Wilderness instead. He says the ride over the pass isn't bad as long as you gear down and don't try to set a record, as the average grade is about 6%. I've been over the pass 6 times now but not on a bike. Yet.

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Old 08-26-15, 07:37 AM
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What a great morning, cool, dry and the roads were empty.

Massapequa - LIE - Jones Beach - Massapequa.

36 miles.
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I agree - Great morning. I was surprised by how dry it was. 5:45 AM ride Water Mill South to Montauk point and looped back through EH Northwest, SagHarbor, BH. 77 miles 4:18 ride time. Only went through 2 bottles, I felt like I was hardly sweating compared to last weekend
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Massapequa - Dix Hills - Greenlawn - Huntington - Woodbury - Muttontown - Plainview - Farmingdale - Massapequa

49 miles and 1950' climbing.
https://www.strava.com/activities/378909048

It was a great ride until I approached Clinton Ave in Farmingdale, a pedestrian (on a cell phone) jumped out between the cars. I swerved to miss her and went down. Luckily i was barely doing 5mph, but I banged up my right knee. No real damage to the bike other than a mark on the rear derailleur and right brake lever. Needless to say she never looked back.

I was able to finish the ride but now, 4 hours later, my knew has swelled a bit. So no riding for me for a few days.
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oldnslow: Did I see you heading south on Woodbury Road about 5pm? And did you see that taxi cab driver talking on his phone and swerving all over the road?
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I was heading south on Woodbury but it was more like 3:30.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I was heading south on Woodbury but it was more like 3:30.
Good, because I remember looking at this cyclist from my car, knowing that this out-of-control cab was a short distance up the road, and wondering if I should stop and give him a warning of what was coming. The traffic was moving too fast, though, so I didn't.

Hope your knee feels better soon.
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Sunset is getting earlier and earlier so I need to ride after work as often as possible, until it's too dark. On my way from work in Farmingdale to home in Queens I stopped at the Bethpage Bikeway starting point on Merrick road and rode north as far as I felt comfortable, turns out about 6 miles (12 miles r/t). Uneventful, not too busy. I need to remember to fill my tires before I start - my Downtube folder's rear tire (20" 1-3/4") was nearly flat, and after I filled it the ride was much easier. This is my go-to ride after work, but Jones Beach is Plan B, maybe next time - nothing prettier than riding toward the sunset alongside the beach!
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Went on the Brickwell (Farmingdale) Sunday morning ride. 31 miles @ 15.7 with 1500' climbing.

https://www.strava.com/activities/375702089

Nice ride, great group (6) and cool, overcast weather.

You should come, Sundays @ 8:00am from the Farmingdale store (back entrance).

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brick...115897?fref=ts
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if you like that route, here's a route i've been doing for about a decade from the same parking lot. it's basically the Runner's Edge loop that the tri team used to ride as part of their training. it's a pretty good loop, no real crazy climbs, but enough of a challenge to make someone a better rider. if you like it, just go to the top right of the page to export it, then export the TCX Course to your Garmin...

you can also modify the route to do it from the library parking lot if you want to do it from where the MPBC meets...

Runner's Edge Loop - A bike ride in Farmingdale, NY

and i'm in if you guys wanna meet up for a group ride. i have dozens of routes if you guys want to use a few, just let me know where you wanna go, if you want some hills, and how far you wanna ride. and if you wanna have a few different groups, so the faster guys can push themselves and the slower guys can follow in another group but everyone rides the same route, that's fine with me too.

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Old 08-30-15, 08:51 AM
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At last I get to add a ride. After a summer of hardly riding, met my buddy Kevin at his house in MatzohPizza for a 25 RT to Tobay at 8 AM. Hard to believe its my first time to the beach all year. Nothing hard, 14 avg., got lots of talking in. Beat the crowds as well, could see the hoards descending down the path on our trek north.

As a derivative of the movie phrase "build it and they will come" seems to be true. I have never seen so many cyclists on these paths in all my years of riding. As well, I was out in Montauk yesterday and thought there must have been an organized ride going on. Literally hundreds of riders on Montauk Hwy going each way, from Southampton to the point. I guess cycling is getting popular !.
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Rode up, from Massapequa to the Tobay Triathlon in Oyster Bay.

40 miles round trip and my knee feels OK.
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Hey OldnSlow2 Sorry to hear about your encounter with a clueless pedestrian but it looks like things turned out better than you first thought. On another note I did the usual home to Tobay and back this morning. Another 22+ miles helped me break the 500 mile mark for the month of August which is a personal best. Nice sunrise over the water. Got off the trail before 8 as many folks were arriving.
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Nice 70 mile loop on the south fork this morning 6-9:45 am. A bit chilly starting off. Fall is on its way for sure
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