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Has anyone ever ridden Bike New York?(11 posts)

Has anyone ever ridden Bike New York?CRM
Mar 5, 2002 7:07 AM
Do you recommend this event? Also, do most people ride road bikes or mountain bikes? The route is apparently all roads but the pictures in the brochure show almost exclusively mountain bikes. I'd prefer to ride my road bike, but I don't want to crush my wheels on poor NYC streets if that's the problem.
Er, what event???mpm32
Mar 5, 2002 7:32 AM
Bike New York - May 5, 2002CRM
Mar 5, 2002 8:18 AM
Also called The Great Five Boro Bike Tour. A one-day, 42-mile ride through traffic-free streets, highways, avenues and bridges of the five boroughs of New York City (from the brocure).

No web site, apparently, but a phone number for information (212) 932-2453.
this year...quadzilla1
Mar 5, 2002 7:41 AM
a buddy of mine has done it 4 times & says it's a blast. I will be doing it this year for sure. He has done it every time on a road bike. I was thinking the same thing about the mountain bike. Also known as the 5 boro tour.
Mar 5, 2002 9:17 AM
There will certainly be a number of potholes, some very wide and deep, but I don't think you'll ruin your wheels. If, however, loss of any of them will cause you unbearable grief, then go on a mountain bike.
The tour pace is very relaxed, terrain is flat, surrounding scenery is great - you get to ride on streets, highways and bridges of New York City traffic-free. If you've never done this ride - go for it. I enjoy it a lot. The ride is very crowded, though, so arrive early.
re: Has anyone ever ridden Bike New York?Becky
Mar 5, 2002 9:34 AM
I did it last year and it was a disaster. The ride organizers had an open registration and, as a result, had way too many riders. (I understand that registration this year is limited to 25K.) We walked the first couple of miles until traffic spread out some and, even then, things never really opened up to allow a good cruising speed. The group I was with (5 of us) rode at a steady pace that would allow us to finish in time, but we were diverted about 20 miles into the ride onto a shorter loop. Evidently, the organizers were worried about people not being able to finish in time. There are a great deal of people on this ride who only ride their bikes for this event and have no understanding of proper bike handling and communication when riding in a large group, making for some scary moments.
I have similar concerns about this year's ride and they are magnified by the events of 9/11....i fear that there will be more than a few folks who go simply to gawk or reminisce while in Manhatten.
I don't mean to be overly critical, but I do want to be honest about my experiences. As for which bike to take, go ahead with the road bike- I used mine last year and had no problems.
YEP. Horrible time.Sintesi
Mar 5, 2002 10:55 AM
Ridiculously overcrowded. From Battery Park to Central Park took like an hour and a half, maybe more, probably only actually rode (if you can call it that) my bike 20% of the way. So don't wear your road shoes, wear sneakers. Once you get through CP expect to cruise at about 10-13 mph max. I had to take a leak in Harlem and the wait for the port-o-let was 45 minutes. I was pretty much miserable by this point. The people who do ride are by-and-large non-cyclists who pull their Pacificas and Huffys out of the garage a few times a year. You can't even enjoy checking out other people's bikes. :(

Most people were pretty good natured though, and I guess some find it fun to be a part of mass events like this but I was disappointed. I wouldn't ever ride it again. Just being honest, sorry.
YEP. Horrible time.Pjkad
Mar 5, 2002 7:11 PM
I agree. Did it with a road bike and the traffic was so thick someone fell into me and my wheel pretzeled. Major pot holes and cobble stones in Brooklyn. Fun to be part of the mass group but too many people. Maybe on a mountain bike with the right expectations.
re: Has anyone ever ridden Bike New York?Hap
Mar 5, 2002 10:03 AM
I have ridden it several time but it has been awhile ago as I am no longer in the NYC area. It was always crowded at the start and one year they held us in Queens for awhile to rebunch the group!? Great views, fun ride. Road bike recommended. Get there early to start near the front.

re: Has anyone ever ridden Bike New York?Mud
Mar 5, 2002 10:38 AM
I've done it several times - typically on a mountain bike with slicks. I think this is the better way to do this ride, as the roads can be really bad (the one exception is a nice 10 mile stretch of highway in Brooklyn.)

As the other posters have mentioned, it's REALLY crowded (estimated 30,000 + riders) and unless you can start at the front, the first hour or so is mostly pushing. At about the 20 mile mark, it opens up and is a lot of fun, having the New York roads, bridges and hiways to yourselves. You do this ride more for the New York experience and the views - not for the experience of doing a road race.

Logistically, it's a headache if you need to find parking, etc. Also, if you're going to do the ride with a group, it's really hard to keep together with all the crowds. Motorola TalkAbouts can be very handy!
If that's the one with the 30,000 person mass startcyclinseth
Mar 6, 2002 9:33 AM
that's sometime in the middle of summer, it looks misserable. A few years back I got caught in Central Park with this ride and I counted no less than 4 accidents between 59th street and 110th. Of course that figure is pretty low considering that the entire roadway was shoulder-shoulder bike-riders. I saw them another year trying to cross the 59th street bridge. Wow, it looked like the Lexington Local at rush hour. Not fun. There are always a large percentage of knuckle-heads on these rides who've thought that they just entered the Tour De France and are convinced that Lance Armstrong is at the front of the group, and dang gumbit, if they aren't going to try to beat him to the finnish line.

Besides, do you really want to ride along the BQE in 99 degree weather. Sure the roads may be clear on the south-bound side, but there is a traffic-jam backed up from the Tri-boro to the Verrizano, and that's your route buddy.

Have fun!!!