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consularrider
12-20-2012, 03:13 PM
I got an email from Bike New York with info on the 2013 ride. Registration (http://www.bikenewyork.org/ride/five-boro-bike-tour/register/) opens on January 22. No repeat of the lottery for 2013.

jrenaut
12-20-2012, 04:11 PM
Last year's was a really cool experience, but I don't think that I'd do it again. For anyone who hasn't done it, I'd recommend it.

PeteD
12-20-2012, 10:26 PM
Definitely psyched to do this. Glad it's a first come first served; I had friends that some were able to ride, and some weren't because of the lottery.

Jason B
12-24-2012, 05:13 AM
for the return, is taking the Staten Island ferry free and part of the ride, or do you have wait in line and purchase tickets? I've got to assume this is a mess at the end. Thinking of this ride, but a little worried about the return.

jrenaut
12-24-2012, 07:22 AM
Ferry is included. For me it was a bit of a wait, but not terrible.

bikesnick
12-24-2012, 09:00 AM
We have done the ride several times, staying overnight in NJ. On the morning of the ride, we have parked at the ferry. Taking the ferry over early in the morning is easy and after the ride, you do not need to ride the (crowded) ferry back.
/bs

Megabeth
12-24-2012, 03:01 PM
We did the ride back several times back when there wasn't a lottery. Last time we did it was in 2001. So, some of this information may be dated...

It is definitely a great ride. Riding and looking up at Radio City Music Hall just sticks in my mind. Riding over the Verrazano Bridge was flippin' fantastic. You get to see New York in a way you never otherwise get to see.

But, if you do it, get there early early early to be near the front. We had lots of bottlenecks on short inclines (like the 59th Street Bridge) where folks hopped off their bikes without warning and starting pushing them up causing a domino effect because folks couldn't get by. This happened several times during the ride. They might have taken care of some of that over the years; but, it can definitely slow down your ride experience.

We also learned to plan on spending the night after the ride. It saves a little of the worry of having to wait to get on the ferry and then get too tired on the ride home. I believe we stayed at the Embassy Suites near Battery Park (I used points for the hotel night, definitely worth it). So, it was a short ride from getting off the ferry, getting to the hotel, and then getting a good dinner.

Over the years, it just got a little *too* crowded so we stopped doing it, since we'd done it several times before, in favor of some other rides. But, I do recommend doing it at least once.

consularrider
01-21-2013, 05:14 PM
Just a quick reminder that the registration for 5 Boros (http://www.bikenewyork.org/ride/five-boro-bike-tour/register/)opens tomorrow (Tuesday, January 22) at noon. I expect it will sell out quickly.

consularrider
01-21-2013, 07:29 PM
Just a bump to get this as the first group ride thread on the Forums page. Hope whoever goes enjoys the ride.

PeteD
01-22-2013, 10:57 AM
If bikenewyork.org doesn't load for you:

https://cui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=3246704&mailingId&recipientId&style=active

consularrider
01-22-2013, 11:03 AM
Registration is now open. Let the feeding frenzy commence! :D

FYI PeteD's link is working much better than the one I posted earlier.

PeteD
01-22-2013, 11:10 AM
Guess we'll need to coordinate:
If you want to ride with your friends and family, stay tuned for an e-mail containing important instructions. Linking your friends and family ensures that you are assigned to the same start time on Tour day and makes packet pickup faster and easier!

krazygl00
01-22-2013, 12:09 PM
I did the five-boro in 2012 but I'm not sure I'd do it again. The only way might be to make it into a party weekend.


for the return, is taking the Staten Island ferry free and part of the ride, or do you have wait in line and purchase tickets? I've got to assume this is a mess at the end. Thinking of this ride, but a little worried about the return.


Ferry is included. For me it was a bit of a wait, but not terrible.

This. I did the 2012 ride also and it is just somewhat of a line to get on the ferry. I think we waited 45 minutes, but it was at the end of the ride and there was lots of socializing to do. Put this way: It doesn't stick out as a bad memory from the ride. You'll be far more frustrated by ride stoppages through bottleneck areas such as parts of Central Park and by newbs with poor bike handling skills.

There are plenty of shenanigans such as people unfamiliar with group rides trying to make crazy passes and causing wrecks (you'll see plenty of these unfortunately) and of course you'll see the requisite speed demons making it into a race. You'll also see some priceless images like 400-pounders in full kit on carbon bikes with 24-spoke-count wheels, all manner of barely roadworthy contraptions which some may loosely refer to as "bikes" (these will be mostly locals), clowns (by virtue of costume and by virtue of behavior) on bikes, super hipsters and the dorkiest of the dorkiest on wheels.


We did the ride back several times back when there wasn't a lottery. Last time we did it was in 2001. So, some of this information may be dated...

It is definitely a great ride. Riding and looking up at Radio City Music Hall just sticks in my mind. Riding over the Verrazano Bridge was flippin' fantastic. You get to see New York in a way you never otherwise get to see.

But, if you do it, get there early early early to be near the front. We had lots of bottlenecks on short inclines (like the 59th Street Bridge) where folks hopped off their bikes without warning and starting pushing them up causing a domino effect because folks couldn't get by. This happened several times during the ride. They might have taken care of some of that over the years; but, it can definitely slow down your ride experience.

We also learned to plan on spending the night after the ride. It saves a little of the worry of having to wait to get on the ferry and then get too tired on the ride home. I believe we stayed at the Embassy Suites near Battery Park (I used points for the hotel night, definitely worth it). So, it was a short ride from getting off the ferry, getting to the hotel, and then getting a good dinner.

Over the years, it just got a little *too* crowded so we stopped doing it, since we'd done it several times before, in favor of some other rides. But, I do recommend doing it at least once.

In 2012 they did corrals for a staged start which many reported as being much better than years past.

One of the highlights for me was one of the best lattes I've every had at Sweetleaf Coffee and Tea (https://plus.google.com/113949000007108758944/about?gl=us&hl=en) just as we were leaving Queens about to enter Brooklyn. This year's route goes via the same route so if you love good coffee you should definitely stop by.

Oh, one last thing (as he does his best Columbo): I and the two other guys I rode with felt like we needed to keep to a decent pace so we could enjoy the festivities at the ride end. The festivities turned out to be blah, so don't hurry. There is no beer, not even any that you can buy, the food is unmemorable, the whole thing was kind of a let-down. So...take your time while riding. Stop if you want. Look at stuff. Take lots of pictures. You're not going to miss anything at the end.

jrenaut
01-22-2013, 12:28 PM
Oh, one last thing (as he does his best Columbo): I and the two other guys I rode with felt like we needed to keep to a decent pace so we could enjoy the festivities at the ride end. The festivities turned out to be blah, so don't hurry. There is no beer, not even any that you can buy, the food is unmemorable, the whole thing was kind of a let-down. So...take your time while riding. Stop if you want. Look at stuff. Take lots of pictures. You're not going to miss anything at the end.
Seconded.

consularrider
01-22-2013, 12:41 PM
... Oh, one last thing (as he does his best Columbo): I and the two other guys I rode with felt like we needed to keep to a decent pace so we could enjoy the festivities at the ride end. The festivities turned out to be blah, so don't hurry. There is no beer, not even any that you can buy, the food is unmemorable, the whole thing was kind of a let-down. So...take your time while riding. Stop if you want. Look at stuff. Take lots of pictures. You're not going to miss anything at the end.

Also agree with this observation (2008 version).

consularrider
01-25-2013, 09:54 AM
Bike New York (http://www.bikenewyork.org/ride/five-boro-bike-tour/register/)is reporting that the regular registration for the 5 Boros Ride has sold out.

PeteD
02-20-2013, 03:12 PM
If you want to ride with your friends and family, stay tuned for an e-mail containing important instructions. Linking your friends and family ensures that you are assigned to the same start time on Tour day and makes packet pickup faster and easier!
Group email went out today. If anyone's interested in riding in a group, PM me and we can get a group setup. However:
YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, MARCH 1 at 1PM EST TO SIGN UP AS A GROUP. (Emphasis as in their email).

btj
04-12-2013, 09:13 AM
So who's riding this year? Just got my email saying I'm part of the red group.

Also, what is the best way to get to NYC without a car? I know there are certain Amtrak trains that allow bikes, though I haven't researched enough to find out if the line to NYC allows them.

Greenbelt
04-12-2013, 01:43 PM
So who's riding this year? Just got my email saying I'm part of the red group.

Also, what is the best way to get to NYC without a car? I know there are certain Amtrak trains that allow bikes, though I haven't researched enough to find out if the line to NYC allows them.

We had a thread on this last year. If memory serves, Amtrak was no (NE corridor), Megabus was no, Bolt bus was yes (space available under bus). Fact check me before making any real decisions, though! -Jeff

Dirt
04-12-2013, 02:56 PM
Photo from a previous year's ride:
http://www.fs.fed.us/rangelands/ecology/wildhorseburro/territories/images/burro5.jpg

dbb
04-12-2013, 06:58 PM
Photo from a previous year's ride:

I don't think so. I recall them as being more urban.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/BurrosBlueDiamondOct201111_zps01130d2a.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/BurrosBlueDiamondOct201111_zps01130d2a.jpg.html)

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/LasVegas007_zps78e26060.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/LasVegas007_zps78e26060.jpg.html)

Don't want to let these fellows near the bananas at BTWD!

dasgeh
04-15-2013, 08:58 AM
Really? 3 days and no "NYC is full of asses" jokes?

dbb
04-15-2013, 09:03 AM
Really? 3 days and no "NYC is full of asses" jokes?

You sound disappointed!

dbb
05-04-2013, 02:41 PM
Some random observations from NYC.

Went to the packet pickup and the Primal booth staff gave me a 20% off coupon. He said I could share the number with my friends. OK. Friends, have at it!

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/NYC2013054_zpscb6d2414.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/NYC2013054_zpscb6d2414.jpg.html)

New York's CitiBike is getting rolled out. They have some big stations.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/NYC2013055_zpse1eef20b.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/NYC2013055_zpse1eef20b.jpg.html)

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/NYC2013056_zpscf148bf2.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/NYC2013056_zpscf148bf2.jpg.html)

Mr. Dirt seems to have some followers of pink here in NYC. This one, alas, has seen better days.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/NYC2013057_zpse921479c.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/NYC2013057_zpse921479c.jpg.html)

The Five Boro Ride is produced by Bike New York and the NYC DOT. Wouldn't it be great if DC DOT was a sponsor of Bike DC next year?

dbb
05-05-2013, 05:37 PM
Ride was fantastic. Had a great time. The advice everybody offered was great and made my day even better. Thanks


http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0232_zpsab09bfd5.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0232_zpsab09bfd5.jpg.html)

They split the starts up into three waves of about 11000 riders each. That is a bunch of bikes!


http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0242_zps2595decc.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0242_zps2595decc.jpg.html)

There was every kind of cycle imaginable. A couple of CitiBike early adopters showing off their rides.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0297_zpse11d57c7.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0297_zpse11d57c7.jpg.html)

We owned (for a day at least) half an interstate (this was in Brooklyn). Note to self - temper my future comments about the nature of bike trail repairs. Pothole repairs on interstates are rougher.


http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0300_zpse0c18581.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0300_zpse0c18581.jpg.html)

Crossing the Verrazano Bridge was really nice.

All in all, a fine day for a ride.

KLizotte
05-05-2013, 11:48 PM
Are those trucks/buses travelling over the bridge with the cyclists too?

dbb
05-06-2013, 04:19 AM
Are those trucks/buses travelling over the bridge with the cyclists too?

No. They were parked. Might have been SAG. There was a wide variety of rider experience/fitness so the organizers may have known where riders run out of gas.

Support was amazing.

dbb
05-06-2013, 01:13 PM
There were a number of interesting bikes on the ride. I felt quite ordinary on my hybrid. Here are a few I saw.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0226_zps2281a9d6.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0226_zps2281a9d6.jpg.html)

Bike Friday with drops

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0240_zpscbf53c55.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0240_zpscbf53c55.jpg.html)

Adult Big Wheels?

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0312_zpsaa9453fc.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0312_zpsaa9453fc.jpg.html)

There were a handful of folks on Elipti-Go

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_0285_zps3dbff488.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_0285_zps3dbff488.jpg.html)

The stack of bananas made it feel like BTWD!

KLizotte
05-06-2013, 01:50 PM
Whoa! Big Wheels for adults. I WANT ONE!

I wore mine out as a kid; it completely disintegrated.

dbb
05-06-2013, 04:27 PM
Whoa! Big Wheels for adults. I WANT ONE!

I wore mine out as a kid; it completely disintegrated.

http://bigwheelrally.com/store/adult.htm