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Took the camera along on ride to work.

Old 05-02-07, 07:10 PM
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Took the camera along on ride to work.

The nice weather inspired me to take along the camera for some spring time pics of the 'backroads' of lovely Queens and Brooklyn. 10 miles each way. Great way to put in the base training.


The bike:


This is how it starts:


Quickly it turns to this:


and this for a while:



There's one of these intersections that is a 6 way:


Every day is an adventure:


Sometimes I want full suspension:


This makes it worth it:




Safely ready for another work day:
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Sweet rig, nice shots too
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What a sweet bike.
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sweet, that brings back memories.
My commute was 3rd Ave to the Bridge. Then I got tired of that traffic and took Fort Ham to the park, down Flatbush, and then to the Bridge.
You can't bring the bike into work with you? Befriend the doorman, maybe he'll let you bring it to the boiler room.
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I N V U 4 the bike.
I'd love to have a true fixie for commuting but there's a 600ft altitude diff in the 6 miles between home and work, with a couple of steep spots.
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Originally Posted by astrodaimler
sweet, that brings back memories.
My commute was 3rd Ave to the Bridge. Then I got tired of that traffic and took Fort Ham to the park, down Flatbush, and then to the Bridge.
You can't bring the bike into work with you? Befriend the doorman, maybe he'll let you bring it to the boiler room.
My commute was down Ocean Parkway from Ave X, Caton Ave to Prospect Park (always tried to get in an extra lap around), down Flatbush Ave ext , Atlantic Avenue, assorted streets to the Brooklyn Bridge, worked on Nassau Street downtown. Great stuff.

gfrance - pic with the open hydrant...Myrtle Avenue, near Marcy Avenue?
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I have no idea what commuting is like in NYC, so I'm curious about a couple things

(1) When traffic is like that in the third picture down, do you wait in line with the cars? Or try to go around them?

(2) Do you leave your bike outside all the time?
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Thanks for that.
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very cool. thanks. later.
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thanks for the pics.....I think I will stay here a while longer
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Very nice!
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Originally Posted by 89quattro
My commute was down Ocean Parkway from Ave X, Caton Ave to Prospect Park (always tried to get in an extra lap around), down Flatbush Ave ext , Atlantic Avenue, assorted streets to the Brooklyn Bridge, worked on Nassau Street downtown. Great stuff.
Left NYC 10 years ago. I thought that was Ocean Pky!
I always tried to get a lap or 2 in as well in the park.

Now that I'm in Socal, NYC seems sooo...ummm, flat!
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Nice Pictures, and Nice bike, thanks for posting!


I like this picture, but it freaks me ou tthe the bike sits there all day Is that a high pedistrian traffic street?

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I have no idea what commuting is like in NYC, so I'm curious about a couple things

(1) When traffic is like that in the third picture down, do you wait in line with the cars? Or try to go around them?

(2) Do you leave your bike outside all the time?
1) I attempt to get around the one way or the other. Sometimes It's easier to go the center line, sometimes in the crack (slowly) and sometimes even the sidewalk.

2) Yep, it stays outside all the time. I work on the Stock Exchange and the security is very high all around the place. A thief would have to be very brave or very good. I worry more about vandals to be honest.
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Originally Posted by astrodaimler
Left NYC 10 years ago. I thought that was Ocean Pky!
I always tried to get a lap or 2 in as well in the park.

Now that I'm in Socal, NYC seems sooo...ummm, flat!
It's mostly Myrtle Ave.
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Originally Posted by 89quattro
gfrance - pic with the open hydrant...Myrtle Avenue, near Marcy Avenue?
Good eye. Myrtle, around Clinton Hill
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It sure is different, I'll say that.

Thanks for sharing, but not for me.
I'll take 'lil ole Wisconsin and green rolling hills....ah the smell of farm in the air.
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Wow what a commute, very nice bike, thanks for sharing.
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Very nice, very nice. Great shots!! Keepin' it real.

I miss riding in the city so much . . . . .

(sniffle, sniffle . . . i'll be alwright . . . sniffle)
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
Nice Pictures,

I love this pic as well. Not sure why...maybe the simplicity of it.
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That brings back so many memories.

Susprised to see that hydrant open this time of year; must have been Sanitation cleaning the streets.

Speaking of streets, that shot of the road surface is classic; THAT is keeping it real; a far cry from the nicely paved litttle weenie roads in suburbia (although I DO appreciate those weenie roads in suburbia ; I'm spoiled now).

Great shots, the Bklyn Bridge shot, the traffic shot . . .

Ah man, great memories! Thanks for that! That made my day.
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Nice. I visited NYC for the first time in February and took a walk accross the bridge. I remember noticing that a lot of people were strolling or standing around on the bike lane - I imagine there are more bikes about now its spring, but you must be well used to dodging moving objects.
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That bike truely is BADASS. I wish more people would take commute pics like this, always interesting.

Love that last picture.
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Originally Posted by garysol1
I love this pic as well. Not sure why...maybe the simplicity of it.
Also consider the fact that his mode of transportation is much smaller, more environmentally friendly, and quicker at getting him to work than the giant SUV in the background.
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Originally Posted by MrKawamura
Nice. I visited NYC for the first time in February and took a walk accross the bridge. I remember noticing that a lot of people were strolling or standing around on the bike lane - I imagine there are more bikes about now its spring, but you must be well used to dodging moving objects.
In the morning, it's mostly clear, but going home it is clogged with tourists. It's OK with me though. I understand why they are there, and it's mostly on the way up, so I"m going a bit slower anyway.
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