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Old 05-02-17, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
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.
I have a road bike so I stick to paved roads. I'll usually do 15-25 miles depending on how much time I have. When I was riding more consistently I would also do 30-40 mile rides with friends on the weekends. I haven't done any serious riding after the TD Bike Tour last year. Since I'm looking to get back into riding I'll likely start increasing my mileage.

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Old 05-03-17, 05:11 PM
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Another very windy day. Took the Bethpage MUP north to shelter from the wind and did a quick 32 miles.

Had a problem with the chain jumping a tooth on the past 2 rides, so i replace the chain and problem solved. It even shifts smoother so it was time.

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Old 05-03-17, 09:06 PM
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Went up to Greenlawn/Northport area & explored a bit. And yes, the wind still blows.

Heads up; Old Country Rd, from the top of the hill by Mt. Misery all the way down the hill past the Presbyterian church, is really dangerously rough. You have to take the lane and the leftmost side of it to boot, which the motoring public of course loves. Either that or really crawl down. It's a very easy place to get hurt.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Heads up; Old Country Rd, from the top of the hill by Mt. Misery all the way down the hill past the Presbyterian church, is really dangerously rough. You have to take the lane and the leftmost side of it to boot, which the motoring public of course loves. Either that or really crawl down. It's a very easy place to get hurt.
It's bad, but i did it the fastest ever (31mph) on my CX bike with 32mm tires in March. (I love that bike).
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Old 05-04-17, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
It's bad, but i did it the fastest ever (31mph) on my CX bike with 32mm tires in March. (I love that bike).
If you've never been there I ought to bring you to Beacon.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
If you've never been there I ought to bring you to Beacon.
I've been on Beacon on my Emonda and went over 40+ down it. If I remember correctly it was pretty smooth with good lines of sight.

Not the pothole ridden, rough surface and twisty curves of Mt. Misery.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I've been on Beacon on my Emonda and went over 40+ down it. If I remember correctly it was pretty smooth with good lines of sight.
Yes, we descended it on one of the tandems on Sunday's AA ride, and hit 43.7mph with use of the brakes. We're usually much more conservative than we used to be regarding descending speed (smarter?), but I knew the road was in good shape. I think the Mrs would have started yanking on the rear brake cable if I had let things get much more exciting. I remember the moment we first hit 40mph years ago; she told me to pedal harder then!
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My first ever ride in "clipless" shoes was when I picked up my new (2011) Trek Madone 4 in Geneseo, NY (where my son was in college). On the way back we went down a rather long and steep hill. It was much faster that I wanted but I also didn't want to fall behind my son. After I asked how fast and he said 45mph.

It was nerve racking to say the least.
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Another windy ride. I had to slow down when going downhill into the wind since the crosswinds were bouncing me all over the place.
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We slept in on this damp & dreary morning, allowed the murk to burn off, & set out on a relaxed ride up to Cold Spring Harbor for lunch at the out door tables at the Gourmet Whaler on Main Street. No affiliation but they make a tasty turkey club sandwich. Good food, nice setting, and a pleasant 34 miles with the better half, what's not to like? (Maybe climbing the hill on Turkey Lane with that turkey club onboard?)
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Old 05-09-17, 03:38 PM
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Caught up on sleep after a bit of a work marathon, so short 24 miler today. Bethpage MUP users beware; there is a pile of sand washed down onto the path right under the LIE bridge, at the northern end. It's deep enough to take someone down.

Might do some distance tomorrow & head out toward Stony Brook, 70 odd miles.
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Stymied!!!!!

Kind of.

Was headed east, crested a hill just past Sunken Meadow, and heard a clunking up front. Headset (threaded type) was waaaaay loose! I went into my saddlebag to get my phone & get the exact location of a bike shop in East Northport I've been to once, to discover I left my pump home. Dang it. I took a break at Old Dock, went up into Kings Park where a kindly auto mechanic lent me 2 wrenches to fix the headset, and set course for home. 54 miles, headwind both ways of course. Great day, no "call of shame".
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Stymied!!!!!

Kind of.

Was headed east, crested a hill just past Sunken Meadow, and heard a clunking up front. Headset (threaded type) was waaaaay loose! I went into my saddlebag to get my phone & get the exact location of a bike shop in East Northport I've been to once, to discover I left my pump home. Dang it. I took a break at Old Dock, went up into Kings Park where a kindly auto mechanic lent me 2 wrenches to fix the headset, and set course for home. 54 miles, headwind both ways of course. Great day, no "call of shame".
If an Aheadset it's a 5mm Allen key. I assume you don't carry a bike multi-tool ?.

If 1" threaded headset I can feel your pain.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
If an Aheadset it's a 5mm Allen key. I assume you don't carry a bike multi-tool ?.

If 1" threaded headset I can feel your pain.
Threaded. I tightened it by hand & it held till I found a gas station.
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Returning from a ride, as I crossed Linden at the Bethpage path the cars stopped but the second car wasn't paying attention and hit the first car. Nothing serious but enough to make plenty of noise and scare the crap out of me.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
Threaded. I tightened it by hand & it held till I found a gas station.
This is what you get for riding old bikes.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Returning from a ride, as I crossed Linden at the Bethpage path the cars stopped but the second car wasn't paying attention and hit the first car. Nothing serious but enough to make plenty of noise and scare the crap out of me.
Yeah, I can imagine that would be an Oh S... moment.

Either Nassau County or TOBAY installed stop signs for cars at this path crossings many jeers ago. The locals were so pissed, the signs were gone in a month.
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The crossing at Haypath can also be risky.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
This is what you get for riding old bikes.
It's not old, a 2001 Rivendell Atlantis. It has a threaded fork because, you know, Grant Peterson.

I remember Frank Peckham, with his engineering background, railing about "who was the idiot who thought a go******d WEDGE was the best way to secure a stem instead of a simple clamp?"

My 1996 tandem has a 1 inch threaded fork too. I checked that one immediately after getting home. It's good. And the Pearl stem is so pretty!
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Yesterday I rode to Bayville

Wave a Red Flag, otherwise they won't go around you.
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West Shore Road, between Bayville and Oyster Bay is being repaired , after Hurricane Sandy.
It is closed to auto's , but they let me through on my Bike !
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Did a nice 28 out in Manorville this morning. I was surprised how chilly it was.

Horse farms everywhere as well as 2 flocks/gaggles ? of turkeys.

Nice roads, my new "go ride in the country" area.

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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Did a nice 28 out in Manorville this morning....Horse farms everywhere as well as 2 flocks/gaggles ? of turkeys. Nice roads, my new "go ride in the country" area.
I was looking at some of your RideWithGps stuff. You have some rather fascinating routes! Very cool, some places I certainly never thought about going.

Looks like the weekend (my weekend off) is shaping up poorly.
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I as a Sophisticated New Yorker visited your quaint Long Island yesterday, enjoying the beautiful weather.

After stopping at my mother's in Westbury (getting there on Stewart Avenue), I went down to Massapequa by means of Newbridge Road, Jerusalem Road, Wantagh Avenue, Jerusalem Avenue, and Parkside Boulevard. I then took 107 back northward to the L.I.E. service road, which I followed all the way back into the City.

Once in the City, I eventually picked up Commonwealth Boulevard, which I took to Hillside Avenue. Then Hillside west to where it hits Jamaica Avenue; and that home to Woodhaven.

It was a very pleasant 60-mile round trip on a beautiful day.

One cannot fail to notice how wonderfully flat the South Shore is. By contrast, the L.I.E. service road, while very useful on account of its long stretches between lights, is far enough north that it is affected by the hills that one finds up there.
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Originally Posted by Ferdinand NYC
I as a Sophisticated New Yorker visited your quaint Long Island yesterday...... I then took 107 back northward to the L.I.E. service road....
107!!!!!!!

Are you daft, man?
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