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Brooklyn(9 posts)

May 31, 2002 7:00 AM
Does anybody know of a cycling club in brooklyn
or whats the deal with the prospect park to the area and looking to hook up with some heads, what kind of speeds would be an average for these, if any groups.
Several clubs, orgs and groupsonespeed
May 31, 2002 7:08 AM
All meeting the criteria that any rider is looking for as far as speed, groups, pacelining etc.

5 Borough Cycling Club

I dont ride with a group most of the time, so I am not too knowledgable in this area. Someone will pop up with something though.
re: Brooklyncyclinseth
May 31, 2002 8:15 AM
If you're looking for a racing club in Brooklyn then you might check out

Racing in Central Park: Century Road Club Association (don't know the web address)

If you're looking for any level of club riding, from sight-seeing tours through the boroughs to 100+ mile hammer festivals up in the Shawangunk mountains then check out

Most people I ride with will go over the GW bridge and out into NJ or Rockland Cnty and points north (you'll get dizzy if you limit yourself to Prospect Park).

Welcome to the nieghborhood.
riding to NJpgager
May 31, 2002 8:41 AM
This might seem like a dumb question but I'm moving too, from SF, CA to upper west side. Do cyclists ride over the GW bridge to get to NJ...or whatever road takes them to westchester?
riding to NJohmk1
May 31, 2002 8:47 AM
Westchester is on the other side of New Jersey.
If you live on the upper west side you don't need to cross the GWB to get to Westchester.
I think they still allow bikes on the GWB.
riding to NJwarriorcharge
May 31, 2002 9:12 AM
yes take riverside drive and cross the GWB to new jersey,head to nyack /peirmont they are full of cyclist on the weekends
you've landed in prime locationcyclinseth
May 31, 2002 9:23 AM
The upper west side is the best place in NYC for a cyclist.

To get to the GW bridge I will ride up riverside drive (it's actually quite nice) and take a right 165th(?) (I've never actually read what street it is) and go up the hill. Take a left and go down to 177th. Hang a left, go 2 blocks take a right and you are at the path for the GW. If this sounds complicated, just follow anybody heading north on a bicycle, they're all going that way.

Once on the other side the main destination is the Runcible Spoon in Nyack (follow the peleton that makes it's mass exodus up 9w every saturday and sunday morning). If you're interested in a mid-week evening ride, or a short sunday outing forget C. Park and ask how to get to River Road, you will not believe that this could exist one mile outside of NYC (perhaps my favorite road in the entire area)

Westchester on the other hand is a little trickier. I know how to do it, but I don't know the names of the streets. Plus you go thru some sketchy nieghborhoods. I almost always take Metro North commuter train to westchester. Get yourself a bike pass first.
Take your bike on public transportation... You'll live longer...spyderman
Jun 1, 2002 12:10 AM
Or buy a car with a good rack.

I lived on the West Side. IMO there were too many cars/taxis/buses...etc. to consider cycling Manhattan. Some may think it's an easy way to get around, but if the streets don't kill ya the polution/smog will...

A friend cycled the city streets regularly. She was about to turn pro. She got taken out by a driver turning right w/o signaling or looking. She was down for 6 mos! Insurance settlement was ok, but she'll never be the same again.

Of course, SF streets were probably pretty tough too. (Talk about climbing some hills...) You might have the experience to survive here... Although, most drivers there know what a bike lane is. It's a little different in NYC. You either get out of the #$%!ing way or die!

Best of luck!
re: Brooklynwarriorcharge
May 31, 2002 9:19 AM
i was doing the nyack thing last year ,but my wife just had a baby and my buddy moved back to england so i lack a partner and time ,i had heard that guys meet in prospect park for trainig laps,which would improve my fitness (i commute everyday also)and not take me out the house all day