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

  • Nov 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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  • Kevin

    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. :)

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kevin, doing it right as always. Food stop was spot on (oh so yummy) After staying with this group for a while, you can honestly say that you know more about New York than most New Yorkers. Anyone who ever says that they don't feel right at home with this group is an outcast of society. Maybe I shouldn't leave positive feedback. Word might get out and make it impossible to RSVP.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    YEAH! Home in one piece... beautiful views and tasty food on this butt-freezing-cold ride... thanks Kevin and all the crew for making it so enjoyable

    November 25, 2012

  • Kevin

    People, my apologies but I am the victim of a cancelled ferry boat and I am going to be about 20 minutes late. Please wait for me in the Starbucks on the corner of Beekman Street and Park Row so you are out of the cold. Sorry again.

    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

  • Henry

    I'm not sure I feel comfortable leaving my bike outside unattended even if it's locked up. Any thoughts? Could we eat outside by our bikes? :)

    November 21, 2012

    • Kevin

      We haven't lost a bike yet to theft, don't jinx us now. :) Seriously though, we aren't far from our bikes during our stops but I can understand the apprehension. If it were warmer dining al fresco would be an option but it's going to be brisk Sunday (41 degrees or so) so I am trying to limit our stationary time outdoors.

      November 21, 2012

  • Kevin

    Peeps, I've updated this ride with a final plan, take a look. If your plans have changed and you can't make this meetup, please change your RSVP to not attending. Don't be a no show! Thanks.

    November 21, 2012

  • Julie

    I propose we bike around all of Manhattan (I missed this ride the first time).

    November 17, 2012

  • Szilvia

    I do have an idea...

    November 3, 2012

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