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Moving to NYC. Which bike to bring, pt 2 (now with cool comparison chart!)

Old 05-24-09, 05:58 PM
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Moving to NYC. Which bike to bring, pt 2 (now with cool comparison chart!)

So I'm still stuck. I'm moving to New York City soon for college (Columbia U). After building a Centurion road bike w/ some spare earnings I have three bikes now, and I still can't decide which to bring.

I'm not that familiar w/ NYC, college life, or living in the big city. I've checked and yeah my dorm will be pretty small, so I'll probably end up bringing one road bike (and get a sheety beater MTB or something?).

My parents want me to bring the Centurion because they picture me getting my bike stolen in the first week, while simultaneously being mugged and then deciding I never want to bike again (which is their fantasy, since they think I'll get killed by a crazy NY driver). But the Centurion ain't much fun.. and the Bianchi and the Schwinn are my babies.. ya know?










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A couple of things:

1) If you bring your bike wherever you go (not sure if you can do this at Columbia, but it's pretty easy at Stevens), you should be fine. I haven't had to worry about either of my bikes being stolen, and both are prime suspects.

2) A single-speed for city commuting will be sort of fun, but you will suffer if you decide to do long rides with it (or race with Columbia, where fixies aren't allowed for road race season). If you have any intention at all with racing (Columbia's team is very, very good), bring the Bianchi.

3) You won't need to worry about grocery getting, since everything you need will be close to you.

With that said, I would bring the Bianchi if you have the chance, or the Super Sport if not.
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You gotta bring at least two.
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Bianchi. the Schwinn is cool but if you can only pick one, I'd say the Bianchi
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And BTW the Schwinn is a really really good looking build. Lugged steel rocks.
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Bring the bianchi for riding and racing. do not ride anywhere where you would leave the bike out. only use it for training and racing. if you need to go to the store or run errands you can pick up a cheap bike on craigslist. also dont forget mass transit is very good in nyc and most everything you need is well within walking distance. everything is close together.

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Congrats on getting into Columbia. Great school, my buddy got his PhD there, so I know the area. I am from Brooklyn NY as well and now live in NJ, less than 10 miles from Columbia.

Take the Centurion for sure at first and feel things out. You can always switch, but the Centurion will be less worry and will suit you needs. If you have the time to ride long distances you will inavariably find your way over the GW Bridge to 9w where I live which is the main road NYC folk ride.

NYC is a different world than you are used to. Buy the best lock you can find and raise you bed up on risers and slide the bike flat under your bed or hang if you can put in a hook (doubt you will be able to though).
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Bring whichever one you like to ride the most. School is tough, life is short, and having a bike with you that you love to ride is worth the risk of losing it. Just be smart about where you leave it and how you store it.
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"Power to get girls"?
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I live right next to Columbia (my wife did her masters there). Bring the Bianchi to race / ride groups on the weekends - store it in your dorm room (get a wall rack or something). Bring the single speed to get around town / have fun / race alleycats / pick up hipster girls. Get a good lock for it. Also, have your parents pick up an insurance rider for the bikes if they are worried about them getting stolen - it's fairly cheap, and if someone does gank your ride ... you get to get a new one.

I ride my single speed in NYC far more than any other bike. It's awesome and mucho fun.
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A few pointers:

1) If you like Starbucks, they allow bikes in their cafes. Local restaurants are a hit or miss; some do, and some don't.

2) If you must leave your bike outside, make sure you can always see it.

3) You probably won't get your stuff stolen in the daytime if you keep an eye on it. It's the nighttime that you have to watch out for, especially in your area (Spanish Harlem).

Good luck! What are you studying at Columbia? I'm in my final year at Stevens Tech, and will do another semester at New York University downtown. (Land of hipsters and hot, materialistic Asian women.)
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"Power to get girls"? "Pick up hipster chicks"?

It sounds to me like you're deluded, but to be sure I checked with an actual female. My wife (who rides) says "that's like thinking that an argyle sweater is going to get you chicks".
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When I went to NYU there were no hipsters or any Asian women whatsoever.
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Spanish Harlem is the other side (east) of the island from Columbia. The area around Columbia is maybe one of the safest in the city. West Harlem south of 135th street is very gentrified, especially the blocks around Columbia.
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Haha, yeah. I'm thinking the Schwinn will be the hipster-chick magnet. The Bianchi maybe (just for the 'cool color' and the fact that it looks a lot like those 'messenger Pista things'). Mostly kidding, I'm not that worried in reality about my bike's power to get chicks. They'll be attracted mainly to my monster quads, anyway.

The idea of racing and long rides sounds fun and it's why I still want to bring the Bianchi. Any comments on balancing that stuff + college life?
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i really think you should take the ss. after you made your chart, i'm surprised that's not the first thing you concluded. i mean, it's really between the centurion and the ss, but seriously, the singlespeed would be more fun IMO.
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Any comments on balancing that stuff + college life?
Maybe spend this year figuring things out then see if that's an option or realistic?
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Originally Posted by the beef
The idea of racing and long rides sounds fun and it's why I still want to bring the Bianchi. Any comments on balancing that stuff + college life?
as for balancing long rides with college life... well i moved to the city where i go to college, literally, i live here in austin now. so both my bikes are here. what i suggest is take the ss, and have your parents mail you the bianchi? you could take the wheels out, keep it under your bed? unless you get one of those dorm beds you can set up high and store the bike down there upright. that way you can keep that inside all the time except when doing longer rides..

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True story:
Last week a guy I worked with planned on riding in to our offices in Manhattan from his home in Brooklyn. He stopped by for advice about a rear rack and a bunch of other unnecesary gear he thought he might need for a 7 mile ride.

Guy rides in and only fell over once (fail at jumping a curb). Locks his bike up, everything's cool. 5:30pm, goes to ride home and his bike's been swiped.

1 for 1 on getting his bike ripped off.

My advice: for daily riding bring the bike you like least if you're going to lock it up outside. If you plan to keep your bike under lock and key except for when you're on it (i.e. no Starbucks stops) then bring the bike you like to ride the most.
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The idea of racing and long rides sounds fun and it's why I still want to bring the Bianchi. Any comments on balancing that stuff + college life?
You can ride a lot and still do fine in school. It's all about time management.
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Originally Posted by JaRow
You can ride a lot and still do fine in school. It's all about time management.
oh wow, if that's what op meant with balancing riding and school
i ride 3-6 days a week (not including commuting which i do daily). not hard at all. you could get up an hour earlier in the morning and ride for half an hour, you could set aside a half hour after your classes, or do a half hour ride before bed (although when i do that, i usually can't sleep after).

i know peeps who set aside long rides for weekends, either sat-sun morning for two hours or something like that. *shrugs* not hard at all. staying active keeps you organized, i think. keeps you happy? you gotta love endorphins.
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Originally Posted by vadimivich
Spanish Harlem is the other side (east) of the island from Columbia. The area around Columbia is maybe one of the safest in the city. West Harlem south of 135th street is very gentrified, especially the blocks around Columbia.
Am I thinking of the right area? The area I was thinking of is Broadway between 110th and 120th...a few blocks down to the right is Spanish Harlem (not as dangerous as it used to be, but common sense still required) and a few blocks to the left is Harlem (also not as dangerous and is gentrified in some areas)
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Originally Posted by the beef
Haha, yeah. I'm thinking the Schwinn will be the hipster-chick magnet. The Bianchi maybe (just for the 'cool color' and the fact that it looks a lot like those 'messenger Pista things'). Mostly kidding, I'm not that worried in reality about my bike's power to get chicks. They'll be attracted mainly to my monster quads, anyway.

The idea of racing and long rides sounds fun and it's why I still want to bring the Bianchi. Any comments on balancing that stuff + college life?
You'll do just fine. Good spots for finding women are:

- LIM in Chelsea (textile manufacturing school)
- FIT in Chelsea
- Your alma mater to be

Bring your shortest manly shorts, the schwinn and toe clips. You're welcome.
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Originally Posted by JaRow
You can ride a lot and still do fine in school. It's all about time management.
+2.

Time management is key to getting good grades and still having a life. Don't be like me and wait until your sophomore summer session to find this out. My GPA is tarnished for the rest of my time at Stevens because of that (though I'm finally close to 3.0 cumulative; took me three semesters to fix one near-fail and two poor grades (C-). My in-major is a 3.1, so I'm happy.)

As for doing long rides in school, if you follow conventional study methods (1 to 2 hours of studying per course hour), you should have time on the weekends to do long rides, live life and still do very well. You might ride less during finals, but commuting should alleviate for that (ride around NYC; it's pretty and fun to play Russian Roulette )Remember to study smart, not hard. Finals time is crunch time for most because of procrastination and poor study habits, so commitment from the beginning should strongly alleviate final crunches in the end.
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