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Re: [bike-151] Garrett added a post

From: Xi
Sent on: Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:59 PM
Hi,
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My name's Xi, I believe this is the first time I've posted to this since I joined.
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I guess I might as well give out a mini-intro. I live in bensonhurst and work in long island city as a mechanical engineer. It's about an hour each way and I try to get in a ride or two upstate on the weekends.
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Anyway, to those doing the 5 boro tour, don't be surprised if it turns into the 5 boro bike walk, esp in manhattan, where it gets VERY crowded. My girlfriend was knocked over twice a couple of years ago by all the people who basically only took their bikes out once a year to do the ride. Many of the riders have no idea what it is like to ride in a group. I've felt safer riding 30+mph in a paceline than at 5mph with some of those clowns there.
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Now, once you get out of manhattan, it's actually a really nice ride. The best part is being able to ride on the BQE and bridge. Its something that everyone should experience at least once.
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Just watch out on the downhill sections of the bqe. Quite a few people get into accidents either a) going over the rough pavement at high speed, b) hitting someoe else or c) getting hit. Plan accordingly to move predictably because there are always people going way too fast and if you move into their line, they might not be able to stop or swerve around you.

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM, kelli <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey Will,

I'm a new member, registered & riding the 5boro ride Sunday. Haven't done it in the past and the info pack they sent with the bib states that it is "a critical layer" and must be worn during the entire route. I've been told that they have people along the ride to evict those with no bib but not sure about it. With 32k people I hope there's not many extras otherwise those 42 miles will take all day!?

On a side note I rode the Mumbai Cyclothon recently which had many rogue riders who caused problems and actually caused my friend to go down. But that's another story..... perhaps for a beer stop in the future.

Thanks for organizing this group Garrett. I appreciate your efforts which outshine my other groups.

kelli


On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM, will <[address removed]> wrote:
unrelated, but since it's message the whole group day, wanted to ask if anyone is doing the 5 boro bike tour, and if anyone has done it before without a bib and how successful that was for them?? it sold out too fast for me, but i've heard that with 30K riders, no one is super picky about the bibs and stuff.

and if anyone else is doing it, we could perhaps have a mini-meetup?

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM, Alex <[address removed]> wrote:
On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Greg Whalin <[address removed]> wrote:
> Helmets are not required by NYC law, except for children.

My apologies, I missed including the age in my response. ?I do believe
that a bell or horn and working brakes, however, are required,
regardless of age.

Alex



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