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NYC Bike Show 05/01-03(14 posts)

NYC Bike Show 05/01-03bent_spoke
Apr 23, 2003 4:21 PM
I'm planning on riding in the 5 Boroughs Ride on 05/04 & possibly attending the bike. I've never been to a bike show & I was wondering if the NYC Bike Show is worth attending? Do they have any good deals? How's parking, as I'm coming down from CT? Keeping my fingers crossed for good weather!
re: NYC Bike Show 05/01-03StewartK
Apr 23, 2003 4:40 PM
I don't know about the bike show, but my advice to you about Bike New York is to get there very very early, unless you'd prefer to walk.

I went last year with my daughter and a friend and it took us seven hours to complete the course! We were towards the front of the second third of riders and spent much of the time walking. "Lowlights" of the ride were walking over the 59th Street Bridge and standing in line for over an hour to get over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (the ride ends as soon as you get over the bridge).

Good luck.
I heard that the beginning was slow, but we're planning to...bent_spoke
Apr 24, 2003 5:17 AM
hook up with the ride in Central Park & hopefully ride more from the front. At first, when my friend explained about the 30,000 people & 5-8 miles of slow riding(walking)it didn't sound to exciting. I'm hoping that this will be a better plan as long as the weather holds up. Also, we should get in more like 70-75 miles including bar stops plus pics.
I heard that the beginning was slow, but we're planning to...StewartK
Apr 24, 2003 6:52 AM
Starting in Central Park sounds like a good idea. As I recall there weren't many opportunities for bar stops or veering off the course to extend the ride, but I wasn't looking for either of those. If you do make bar stops or add mileage I would think you'd probably run into the same congestion problems I experienced by ending up further back in the pack.

Like I said, my experience was a nightmare, but I know it can change from year to year, and depending on where you are in the pack. I'd love to read a report from you after you've done it.
Both not worth itss-nyc
Apr 24, 2003 4:34 AM
Bike Show:
I have been to the bike show in the past when it was held at the WTC and it was a few booths (not more than 10) filled with marketing people that really knew nothing about the bikes. Maybe it will be different this year but I doubt it.

Bike Ride:
If you are the type of rider that has a hybrid, bought it becasue all your friends have one, have left it outdoors for over a year so that everything has rusted, have no air in your tires, forgot how to change gears, and like to walk more than ride... you are going to have a great time otherwise you will be very frustrated that you wasted a day in NYC.

just my humble opinion!
Tuning up my backup bike so I don't sacrafice my main ride....bent_spoke
Apr 24, 2003 5:27 AM
I was leary about the riding skills of 30,000. I rode part of the 9/11 tribute & things got a little too close for comfort when riding in the city. There weren't that may riders, but like you mention these people don't get out much & it's unlikely they've ridden in a group. With your comments, I think that I pass it up if it rains, otherwise, I'm already entered. Also, I'm hoping that it turns out better if we're more to the front of the ride.
Go if it rains!ss-nyc
Apr 24, 2003 9:20 AM
I did not mean to sound like such a downer... Just get to the start as early as possible so you can be upfront. I doubt the hybrid crown will be there at 7am.

From the website:
Q. What time should I arrive?
A. Get to the formation area with your vest visibly displayed –- see the downtown map in the Tour Program -– by 7-7:30am. Remember, the later you arrive, the further back in the Tour you'll be.

If it rains I would still go because you are using your backup bike, most people will bail out, and you will still get to do the ride but this way with less people.

Both not worth ittwospoke
Apr 24, 2003 5:31 AM
While I agree that the ride is not exactly like doing a ride out tin the country, and yes there are a lot of boneheads on the ride, if you come with that in mind, I think that it is a very fun ride, riding on the BQE and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge are way cool, and if you manage to start near the front you can usually ride at a fairly decent tempo.

And if you are already in the city, I think that the show is worth checking out, I scored some good schwagg last year, again I think that the key is to going in with an open mind and just have fun browsing and seeing what's there.
Both somewhat worth itdante
Apr 24, 2003 5:39 AM
Bike show is relatively big, lots of crap but some decent stuff, ok deals (3 HUGE bins of socks, 3/$10), mostly it's just fun walking around with beer (there was a vendor last year selling $2.50 beers) and staring at bikes. You can test bikes out in a small area setup, but not sure that it's really big enough to determine much about the bikes.

BikeNY depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking to maintain that 22mph pace and not let your heart rate go below 60%, you're not going to have fun. You're probably going to hate it. Take time to look at the scenery, stop and relax at the rest stops, enjoy the fact that you can ride on the BQE, the 59th Street bridge and the East Side highway with no traffic. Take a leisurely pace b/c of all the rest of the people, and you'll have fun.

Beware of Bike NYsidley
Apr 24, 2003 9:52 AM
Couldn't pass up an opportunity to bash Bike NY. I had a terrible experience.

First, you will walk 5-8 miles no matter where you are in the pack.

Second, I saw a lot of accidents - I mean a lot! Be careful. These people WILL NOT know how to ride in groups.

Third, you will be going through some really crappy neighborhoods. Don't think you can get off the route in Red Hook, Brooklyn in your lycra shorts and go have a beer. If the route is the same, once you're out of Manhattan (where I live) you're in industrial s%&* holes which look more like my hometown (Detroit).

Lastly, my fiance got heat stroke waiting for the ferry back on Staten Island. Not that it will matter this year (it was what 29 last nite) but be prepared to ride on black top for 6-7 hours. It can take a toll on even a mild day.

Good luck. Don't drink and keep your distance from the idiots that will sure to be out there.
then NYBike show is worth it, if only for the $2.50 beers....bent_spoke
Apr 24, 2003 11:34 AM
actually, I expect that we riding at a killer pace & half the reason for me is to get some nice pics of the City from places that you ordinarily don't get to. As part of our routine, we'll also be taking in the GWB, to miss the start & get some miles in.
Just do it!velocity
Apr 24, 2003 10:22 AM
So long as you have low expectations on speed, expect bike congestion, remain alert, the 5 Boro can be fun (at least once). It's a unique opportunity to ride on car-free roads with friends who aren't as serious about cycling as most RBR denizens are. I especially had a blast riding on the FDR (espressway that runs along the east side of Manhattan). You also get to see parts of Manhattan that you probably would not otherwise visit or see. However, I do not plan on ever doing it again!

The NYC Bike Show's also worth checking out. They'll have free valet bike parking I believe.
meant to say you see parts of NYC you don't normally see (nm)velocity
Apr 24, 2003 12:09 PM
I can't believe I got talked into the gawd awful ride again.Sintesi
Apr 24, 2003 5:05 PM
Oh well I'm going with a bunch of chuckleheads hopefully we'll make it fun by telling jokes. Last time everyone got separated and I had to wait 45 minutes to take a leak in Harlem. Goes right by my apt in Brooklyn, maybe I'l bail out there.

How early does everyone think you should get there? Last time I walked to Central Park.

The Bike show has expanded and is okay maybe not great. I only go for the cheap DeFeet sox and occasionally one can find a cut-rate deal on some bibs or a jersey that makes it worthy. I once had my hands on some Castellis that some bum snatched from my grasp. Good for brochure collectin.