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Old 04-10-17, 04:29 PM
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Signs of Spring!

As sure as the tweeting of the birds and Commanders in Chief are signs of spring 2017, I experienced 3 more this afternoon.

1. My first "F##k you, fa##ot!" of the year. And I wasn't even on the road, was heading home on the Bethpage path when a troglodyte passenger in a car on an adjacent street belted that out. Well done there, bro.

Moron.

2. On a happier note I shortly thereafter got the friendly "Hi there" toot from a passing car. Angelina Jolie was driving that one. Yes, I'm sure of it.

3. Finally, within 200 yards of home, I was nearly taken out by a swan chasing a Canada goose in some sort of avian altercation that saw the goose almost run his head right into my front wheel. If I had survived I'd be preparing roast goose tonight.

Planning on riding out to Nissequogue tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
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Old 04-10-17, 08:11 PM
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Those swans are really aggressive.
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Well, I missed OldnSlows mark of 57 miles by 1, which means I rode my age. I went out to the mouth of the Nissequogue River in Kings Park. Great day to be out although spanked by the changeable winds (again). Left knee was a bit sore from getting hit by a hospital bed (which weigh a couple of hundred pounds) at work the other night, so took it easy.

Road hazard; Old Bridge Road heading down towards Ft. Salonga has been smoothly paved, inviting a fast descent, UNTIL the last 150 feet or so before the intersection with Bread and Cheese Rd, where it is suddenly a potholed rubble strewn mess that should not be hit at speed. Also, Quaker Meeting House Rd is being repaved and is partially closed.
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The roads just suck big time this year.

I suspect I'll be riding my Soma with the 28mm tires a lot.
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Did a quick 27 today since i was short on time.

Headed out with a base layer under my jersey. Half way I had to remove it, it was that warm.
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Made a few changed to my Emonda. I replaced the 90mm stem with a 110mm and dropped it a 5mm spacer. Just got back from a 20 mile "shakedown" ride and i'm still comfy. so I guess its OK to do a much longer ride this weekend.
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Old 04-15-17, 11:22 AM
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Windy (again) 43 miler with 7 riders through Huntington Bay. Some NASTY potholes out there. The steel tandem sure smooths out the bumps better than the Cannondale.

Near mutiny took place when the captain (me) was told by the crew to STFU and pedal. Next I'll find myself adrift on a lifeboat in mid ocean.
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Old 04-15-17, 01:24 PM
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82 miles and yes, it was windy heading south. 15,3mph, 2115' and 2450c.

I'm tired.

Kaos Joe sighting on the way to Huntington.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
82 miles and yes, it was windy heading south. 15,3mph, 2115' and 2450c.
I'm tired.
Kaos Joe sighting on the way to Huntington.
We didn't see you. Were you in one of the northbound groups that passed as we were going south?

82 miles, hats off! You're ready for a century. I don't think I've broken 60 yet this spring. But I will. I'm contemplating a Montauk run soon.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
We didn't see you. Were you in one of the northbound groups that passed as we were going south?
Yes... was that on Washington? I don't remember.

It's hard to miss you on that tandem.

Caught the return leg of the Huntington club ride from Greenlawn to Massapequa Park. I headed to Tobay first and then met then at the bagel store in town. not a good place to eat for a Jew on Passover. I rode with them back to Greenlarwn and then took the long was back through Dix Hills and Farmindgale. I had the wind in my face, 16mph, the entire ride back from Greenlawn.
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We went with extremely fast AA ride (after being sold "only 17mph-ish"- yeah, right) and stayed with them for 15 miles......peeled off when it got hilly. Too early in the year for those heroics, being only 3rd club ride on a tandem, I think. 36 miles total.

Happy Easter & Passover to all.
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Rode with HBC to Timberpoint.. 43 miles @ 13.9mph

Gotta say it was the worst group ride ever. People riding 3 across, running red lights, unable to keep up, going ahead, flipping off cars and even one guy answering his cell phone.

The route took Islip Ave. which is not bike friendly and some maniac in a car cut through the line making a right turn.

I gotta say I was an offender, on the way back i got pretty far ahead and after waiting for them, i realized that they must of turned. So I had to ride back without them.... still beat them back.

Gonna cross Timberpoint off my list. Not a nice ride... too many busy roads.

My apologies to the ride leader.
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Old 04-17-17, 04:11 PM
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It was just too nice not to ride, so at 4:30 I went out for a easy 20 miles.

I love this weather.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Rode with HBC to Timberpoint.. 43 miles @ 13.9mph

Gotta say it was the worst group ride ever. People riding 3 across, running red lights, unable to keep up, going ahead, flipping off cars and even one guy answering his cell phone.

The route took Islip Ave. which is not bike friendly and some maniac in a car cut through the line making a right turn.

I gotta say I was an offender, on the way back i got pretty far ahead and after waiting for them, i realized that they must of turned. So I had to ride back without them.... still beat them back.

Gonna cross Timberpoint off my list. Not a nice ride... too many busy roads.

My apologies to the ride leader.
There are few roads thru western Suffolk south of the LIE that I care to ride. Oak/Hoffman/Railroad/Union out to Great River is one, thru SUNY Farmingdale to Ruland to Colonial Springs then up/down Bagetelle to the LIE is the only other.

Sad, especially when you are starting in eastern Nassau. You can get tired of Round Swamp.

I've recently just started drive-and-rides, exploring the Wading River area, some nice roads out that way and worth the drive sometimes.
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Old 04-17-17, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
There are few roads thru western Suffolk south of the LIE that I care to ride. Oak/Hoffman/Railroad/Union out to Great River is one, thru SUNY Farmingdale to Ruland to Colonial Springs then up/down Bagetelle to the LIE is the only other.

Sad, especially when you are starting in eastern Nassau. You can get tired of Round Swamp.

I've recently just started drive-and-rides, exploring the Wading River area, some nice roads out that way and worth the drive sometimes.
I agree, SW Suffolk is an area I think of as a place to ride THROUGH, rather than IN, even though I live on the edge of it. The Oak/Hoffman/Railroad/Union corridor is someplace I've only traversed on the way to Montauk. That really is about it. Things do get much more pleasant in my estimation, at Sayville and east of there.

Years ago there was a MPBC ride leader who has since moved away who had a penchant for routing club rides through the most, unlikely, areas.

Tell us more about the Wading River area of which you speak.
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Well, here's one link.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20401975

There's a bunch of possibilities out here for shorter or longer. It helps to be able to create a route and send it to a GPS with Turn-By-Turn mapping, which is how I navigated on unfamiliar roads.

A good parking spot is the park or dog walk lot on the south side of 25, then just head in any direction. The section of Wading River Manor road between 25A and 25 is the only section I would consider "busy", but no more then say Round Swamp.

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Old 04-19-17, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Well, here's one link.
Thanks for that. It looks interesting. Funny how a lot of us don't hesitate to drive out east to access the MTB trails out there but don't do it nearly as readily for a road ride.

As for me, yes, I rode Round Swamp, again, on my way to Caumsett. Beautiful day although I'm sure I had a headwind for at least 40 out of the 50 miles.
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The first day of summer! Nice.

Easy ride in anticipation of doing 80 odd over the weekend with Mrs and friends. I went out to Crooked Hill Rd. & back on the service road, which is badly in need of pothole work and sweeping of sand, especially the eastbound side. Careful on it! 36 miles, but I forbade myself use of the big ring and tried to keep it at 16mph. The muscle memory to work harder is tough to overcome and it kept creeping up. Rode my go-fast which was dumb.

The road work on Quaker Meeting Hse Rd. is done, very nice & smooth now. No sign of a resumption of work on the un-resurfaced portion of the Bethpage MUP which had a completion date in November IIRC.
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I need to get my head examined....

83 miles @ 15.3mph, 3150' and 2950c

It felt like the middle of August... maybe not as hot, very muggy. It didn't matter how much i drank, i was constantly dehydrated. I must of refilled my 24oz bottle a dozen times. I need to find a better solution.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I need to get my head examined....

83 miles @ 15.3mph, 3150' and 2950c

It felt like the middle of August... maybe not as hot, very muggy. It didn't matter how much i drank, i was constantly dehydrated. I must of refilled my 24oz bottle a dozen times. I need to find a better solution.
Your head is fine.

We did a fast AA to Crab Meadow from Bethpage, 44 miles, and I drained 3 24oz bottles. Definitely not used to this yet! We were PLAGUED by flat tires....4, 5 among a dozen or so riders,; I lost count. I got a bit crampy towards the end, but the Mrs was super strong and kept us with the pack. If it wasn't for her I'd still be in Melville.

Being we are in a settled area I just go with 2 bottles and resign myself to a stop for refill at some point, rather than carry a lot. Water is heavy, and easy to find here. I once used a lawn sprinkler in Nissequogue when I ran out.
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Pardon me if this is the wrong place to post this question. But I may be moving into the Bladwin area over the summer and I am looking for some places to explore on my road bike. More importantly I am curious how friendly the roads and drivers are to cyclist; especially at night. I am currently in Queens. While it is not too far away, NYC has done a lot in the past few years to create bike lanes and is well lit at night. Due to my work schedule I don't usually get out until the evening when it is starting to get dark out.
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Secondary roads are lit, but can be busy, even at night.

Some roads should be avoided since there are parked cars, no shoulders and a good amount of traffic. You can find back roads that will get you to better areas.

What type of riding and how many miles do you ride?

There's a MUP path from Cedar Creek Park to Tobay beach. It's 9.5 miles each way and maybe 5 miles from Baldwin. There are back roads you can take to get there.
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What a difference a day makes. Another AA ride, 15 riders on 14 bikes, to Port Washington, 46 miles, zero flats and a lot less sweating. The headwind that brewed up on our way home seemed right out of October. The Mrs said she was tired from Saturday, but she could have fooled me.

Road notes for Nassau riders;

The section of Port Washington Blvd north of St Francis was, last season, full of big poorly laid patches that took up the entire generous shoulder and made the stretch pretty hazardous. Those have been repaired well and are no longer an issue. Stonytown Rd and Beacon Hill Rd are also in good repair on the sections where people like to let 'er rip on the descents. We hit 43.7mph going down to the shore on Beacon without pedaling a stroke into a headwind and using a good amount of brake.
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I rode to Tobay and back.... 29 "white knuckle" miles with a 20+ mph wind.
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Originally Posted by klepto1
Pardon me if this is the wrong place to post this question. But I may be moving into the Bladwin area over the summer and I am looking for some places to explore on my road bike. More importantly I am curious how friendly the roads and drivers are to cyclist; especially at night. I am currently in Queens. While it is not too far away, NYC has done a lot in the past few years to create bike lanes and is well lit at night. Due to my work schedule I don't usually get out until the evening when it is starting to get dark out.
With lights on the bike, it's about like the city, just maybe fewer street lamps.

The primary and best routes in Baldwin are the east/west routes that take you west towards about Lynbrook and east as far as Massapequa Park. I'm just east of you and tend to go east then north towards Bethpage. Hendrickson, Lakeview Ave., Seaman Ave., Babylon Tpk., Smith, Grand, Park, Clark is the primary route, it's all north of Sunrise Hwy. Slightly north of that section is Demott, Centenial, Allers, Washington, Camp, Beltagh and make a loop.

Roads to stay off of. Sunrise, Merrick, Atlantic going east/west. All high speed traffic, parked cars and no shoulders. North/South, Peninsula, Grand, Main (Freeport), Newbridge, Bellmore, all major traffic roads.

A good option is to head east and south to Cedar Creek Park, then the bike path to Jones Beach and east to TOBAY. 35 RT or so, just pay attention to wind direction.

Post again when you get situated and your bearings, I'll post some RideWithGPS route/roads.
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