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some pics of my ride to the beach (NYC)

Old 01-07-06, 02:29 PM
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for no reason, here are a few pics of my nice little ride out to the beach today. temp was about 29f when i started, but because of the sun, it felt pretty nice. i didn't have my booties, so i had to make do with some plastic bags. ghetto but worked well enough.

for those who know the area, i rode down bedford in brooklyn all the way to the end, then traveled along the bike path to marine park\plum beach (i think) area, through floyd bennet field, back up bedford and through prospect park...

i like this ride because you get away from the urban stuff, traffic is lite, and the beach is actually pretty nice.
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Old 01-07-06, 02:33 PM
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Nice collage! I should do the same thing sometime (when my bike out of the shop) of my neck of the woods.
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Old 01-07-06, 02:51 PM
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nice pics
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Cool pics. I've never been to a beach when it's cold outside like that before.
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I study visual art, but am not a photographer.
This shot, if the bike had been facing opposite would have been more dramatic.

I sound critical...:idea.

A car driving from left lower up a hill to right upper will seem more an extreme grade than driving lower right to upper left.
It's similar to the reason why on talkshows the guest sits to the left onscreen.
Nice ride, nice pics.
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Nice pics. I barely recognize PP in the first pic, even though I've been there a million times.

We should hook up and ride together some time now that my arms are healed. I still have my old bikes to ride, maybe get some of the other ****ers from this board too.
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jeff - you're right, that would have made a better shot. that shot is of floyd bennet field, an old aircraft field, that you can ride on. because of the flatness the wind really howls through there, and i just wanted to get the camera out quickly before i froze. wasn't even thinking too much about composition.
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Originally Posted by zacster
Nice pics. I barely recognize PP in the first pic, even though I've been there a million times.

We should hook up and ride together some time now that my arms are healed. I still have my old bikes to ride, maybe get some of the other ****ers from this board too.
hey, congrats on healing up. i felt bad that you were out of commission for so long. but yeah, getting a ride in or a small group together is always a good idea.
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Very nice photos. Glad to see you got a good ride in today...
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Yeah, I'm back. I've even been over to R&A few times to look for a replacement bike. Its a nice feeling to have a big budget and a lot of leftover parts, like a full Chorus group, to shop with. All I really need is a frame.
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Very nice pictures. What bike is that?
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
for no reason, here are a few pics of my nice little ride out to the beach today. temp was about 29f when i started, but because of the sun, it felt pretty nice. i didn't have my booties, so i had to make do with some plastic bags. ghetto but worked well enough.

for those who know the area, i rode down bedford in brooklyn all the way to the end, then traveled along the bike path to marine park\plum beach (i think) area, through floyd bennet field, back up bedford and through prospect park...

i like this ride because you get away from the urban stuff, traffic is lite, and the beach is actually pretty nice.
I've lived in Brooklyn all my life and traveled/biked variations of your route many times, but I can't identify the specific location of the last scenic shot - really beautiful. Where is that exactly, Vermont?
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pics 1 & 3 are interesting. Do you ride against the flow of traffic in NY?
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wow....i know the location of all those pics, and if im not mistaken, in the third pic, which i believe is on bedford, that big building is my old H.S, at the intersection of quentin road!
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Awesome pix ! I'm not too far from you (in CT) but wimped out today thinking it was too cold. Also, my bike is having some mechanical issues that need to be addressed... but the beach looks great. Can't wait for the warm weather. Thanks for posting.
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Nice photos, nice ride, thanks.
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Nice pics. I should take some pics of my coastal rides. I only did 30 miles this morning but we were pushing for the last 20 and actually managed 17.3 mph average for the last 20 miles. It was in the mid 60s here today.

Waves were big here. Probably head high on the set waves. Looks flat as a pancake where you are.
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Originally Posted by cjbruin
pics 1 & 3 are interesting. Do you ride against the flow of traffic in NY?
Pic 1 is Prospect Park on a one-way park loop. Pic 3 is facing back. In NYC, most riders ride on the left on one-way streets because of the buses, but in this case the park was just set up that way. On weekends it is closed to traffic anyway.

That last pic is along the Belt Parkway, I think, about as far from Vermont as you can get.

The water is flat because it is a tidal bay. Even the ocean beaches don't get big waves here.

And all the waterfront is part of Gateway National Rec. Area.
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Originally Posted by zacster
Pic 1 is Prospect Park on a one-way park loop. Pic 3 is facing back. In NYC, most riders ride on the left on one-way streets because of the buses, but in this case the park was just set up that way. On weekends it is closed to traffic anyway.

That last pic is along the Belt Parkway, I think, about as far from Vermont as you can get.

The water is flat because it is a tidal bay. Even the ocean beaches don't get big waves here.

And all the waterfront is part of Gateway National Rec. Area.
Dude, was Joking about Vermont!

Newbie forum question from a supposed 'senior' member, how do you post pic's? I tried awhile back to upload from my HD- as I would with CL, but it didn't take. Does it have to be from a website?
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thats some good shiznit there
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Nice pics Tim! Your bike is a very cooperative model. I esp. like the plastic bag style shot at the end.
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Originally Posted by EGreen
Dude, was Joking about Vermont!

Newbie forum question from a supposed 'senior' member, how do you post pic's? I tried awhile back to upload from my HD- as I would with CL, but it didn't take. Does it have to be from a website?
I shoudda known from your location, but I didn't notice it until now. The litter along the side of the road gives it away anyhow. Gotta be Brooklyn. You'd think with real estate prices here, the landscape would have improved some, but some things will never change.

I know how to post full pics, which have to be from a website, but not how to do thumbs.
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Originally Posted by zacster
I shoudda known from your location, but I didn't notice it until now. The litter along the side of the road gives it away anyhow. Gotta be Brooklyn. You'd think with real estate prices here, the landscape would have improved some, but some things will never change.

I know how to post full pics, which have to be from a website, but not how to do thumbs.
Well, Bloomberg/Ratner et al will take care of the litter as well as wash away everyone and everything so unique and great about this borough to make things nicer for tourists and millionaires.

Whoops ... forgot I'm in the Bike Forums. sorry.
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Very nice pictures. What bike is that?
thanks - it's a 2005 mercier. alu frame and carbon seat stays. i took the decals off a few months ago.
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Originally Posted by cjbruin
pics 1 & 3 are interesting. Do you ride against the flow of traffic in NY?
zac got it right in post 18. for pic 3 - it's along bedford ave, which is a two way street with a bike lane. i wanted a pic of it, but because the sun was glaring into the camera going the proper way, i just turned around and took the pic that way. i always ride with traffic.
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