Urban Athletics: Member's Choice Bike Ride (Final Plan!)

  • November 25, 2012 · 9:15 AM
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Okay, democracy has proven that it is a viable system once again ... some people cast their vote, others follow along with the masses. But in the end a workable solution always seems to win out.

The final plan ...

It seems like you guys love to eat and ride, ride and eat, or just eat and eat, so that is what this ride will be about. Many thanks to Karen for providing some good suggestions that I've used for inspiration.

We are going to start our ride in City Hall Park and head up and over the Queensboro bridge where we will double back to peddle around Roosevelt Island. This oft forgotten spot in the middle of the East River is an interesting bit to explore and the recently-opened Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial park is a sight everyone should visit. From here we will head back to the Queens mainland for a bit of ethnic eats in Astoria.

First stop on our gastronomic adventure will be Arepas Cafe for a little taste of Venezuela here in NYC. Our focus here will be to try as many different Arepas as we can -- delicious unleavened cornmeal patties split in half and filled with cheese, meats, and dressed with toppings. Then we'll head to The Queens Kickshaw, one of the nabe's newest gems known for having some of the best gourmet coffees, craft beers, and ciders in the area. If you're still hungry they also serve fantastic fancy grilled cheese sandwiches and other munchables. And to stave off our food or alcohol-induced coma, we'll make our way back to Manhattan with a brisk ride through Williamsburg and over the Williamsburg Bridge to our starting point.

The important stuff ...

  • Distance to cycle will be about 25 miles. This is going to be a casually-paced ride of about 10 - 12 mph. We'll be riding in bike lanes whenever possible but you should be comfortable riding in traffic and in a group. Helmets are a smart choice but we are all adults.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock to leave our cycles. Bring a spare inner tube, patch repair kit, and air pump.
  • It is going to be cold for this ride, dress accordingly.
  • Check your email before you head out for last minute meetup updates as well as my mobile phone number which will be sent to those who RSVP.
  • Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.
  • Rain or snow cancels the meetup.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It's really nice to see that I am not the only one lacking the better part of reason when it comes to spending a day freezing our a**es off riding around town on a bitterly cold fall day. Thanks to all of you that made it out, new and old members. Enjoying the day with you and sharing a good time makes the frostbite worth it. Yeah ... almost. :)

    1 · November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This tastefully descriptive post reads as if someone was toking on a little appetizer influencer when wrote. I'm down for whatever. QUEEEEEEEENSSSS!

    November 21, 2012

  • Peter r.

    Where do we meet?

    November 21, 2012

  • eric

    Still no concrete destination yet?

    November 20, 2012

    • Chris C.

      It's ninja mask time!!

      November 20, 2012

  • Stephanie G.

    Great ideas karen! I like the roosevelt island idea and the Washington themed ride. I'd like to do Brooklyn, but I don't think they are recovered enough from the hurricane. I think we should meet around 10 or 11 or even earlier so we are ready for work the next day.

    November 17, 2012

  • Karen

    Lots of ideas involving food and bikes! 1) ride tram to roosevelt island, do a lap , then cross bridge to LIC and get greek food and coffee in astoria, or ride through to greenpoint/williamsburg and stop somewhere there; 2) ride to jamaica for annam brahma vegetarian food (run by followers of sri chimnoy); or 3) a washington theme...from wash statue in union square, up west side through wash heights over wash bridge and back to Fraunces Tavern downtown where he slept and 4) i'd love to check out this North South Greenway trail, start from cortland park in bronx or take metro north up to a town and ride our way back down ...could stop in Rory Dolan's in Yonkers for irish food.

    November 4, 2012

  • Szilvia

    I have an idea!

    November 4, 2012

  • Eva

    well we could take amtrak to lancaster but i dont think we can take our bikes. too bad cuz there are maps that show bike routes thru the back countries where we can see the real amish communities and not just the tourist section.

    November 1, 2012

  • Szilvia

    Eva, I love your idea too. But Amish Country is quite far...
    Kevin: Because I really like to hang out with your group for two reasons. One is that I do not have to think and two is that I get to places (thanks to you and you doing the work) where I haven't been to or almost forgot about.

    October 31, 2012

  • Eva

    i would love to do a bike tour of the amish country...

    October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Team, I won't be joining you for this one but I'd like to join for future even. The only obstacle I see is that I don't have a bike...lol. Does anyone know where I can rent a bike for future reference?

    October 29, 2012

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