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Old 06-03-2010, 01:36 PM   #14281
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Hey L (we rode to the 7 factory together that time in boston, had a few beers if you recall).

I'm sure Rich can tell you more trail riding than I, but I'll chime in. There's many trails just a couple miles north of the George Washington Bridge, along the Pallisades that overlooks the Hudson. There are also quite a few trails (called the Greenbelt) in Long Island, with quite a few techie single track paths through the hilly areas of the North shore. Both are easy drives, the GWB is even rideable from the city (I know guys that ride to the Pallisades from Queens and Brooklyn.

There are a few online maps for riding in and around the city. I know there are some paths in southern Brooklyn as well near the ocean, etc.

PM me if you need any advice on the other factor - neighborhoods..... I've lived all over NYC for the last 20 years so I might be good advice (or maybe not) .
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:01 PM   #14282
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:27 PM   #14283
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Hey, I've got a couple of questions for the NYC guy:

I think you've mentioned MTBing before. What kind of trail options are there close to the city?

Do any rock climbing, or know anyone who does? Any decent climbing/bouldering gyms? (Gym climbing for weekdays, after work; I know the Gunks are close enough to go to on the weekend.) This one's more for my girlfriend -- she's the avid climber. But I like to go pull plastic for fun once or twice a week, too.

For about 18 months now I've been working remotely for a company based in Manhattan, and for about 12 of those they've been trying to talk me into relocating down there so I can be in the office full time. I've resisted, because Boston has good options for the outdoor stuff we like close at hand, and is close enough for easy weekend getaways to fun stuff elsewhere in New England.

The pressure to move is getting higher, and it'd be a great career move for me, so it's hard to resist. It'd be nice to know that our recreational options won't take too much of a nose dive.
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Great indoor climbing with Brooklyn Boulders opening last year, and tons of legal mountain biking in or around the city. That said most of the trails are of the shorter variety. I have never lived anywhere other than NYC and don't ever plan on leaving. Having traveled a lot to me there is no other place.
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Brooklyn Boulders their website sucks. But they have a good amount of top roping and more bouldering than any gym i have seen.
Island Rock in Plainview which is on Long Island about 35 minutes from Queens
There is also Chelsea Piers which I have never been to.
The only real outdoor option is the Gunks which is about an hour forty-five form the city and is world class.
Some people boulder a few places in Manhattan including Rat Rock in Central Park.
Biking:
Legal trails in Queens and Manhattan which are shorter but pump tracks, drop offs, logs, etc. Not long routes. But if you leave Queens lots of riding on Long Island and Westchester County. No real hilly stuff, but lots of great riding. I highly recommend Blue Mountain in Peekskill. For riding links check out CLIMB or NYCMTB what we don't have are the long gravel road, double track trails of New England.
If you get more serious drop me a PM, I climb and ride and my gf is really into climbing. Plus I do know the city well and where to live and not live.
BTW I am going to be moving at the end of the month and I have a great apartment for an ADVer since I have a private garage, backyard, hose, etc in Forest Hills, Queens that will be available.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:43 PM   #14284
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Seems like a joke to most of you, but I just rode 10.8 miles in 1 hour and 1 minute with no stops.

That's more than twice my previous distance record of 4 miles in 1 hour with two breaks.




Keep up that rate of improvement and you'll be riding disgustingly high milages in short order. You riding WRL? Be sure to stay hydrated, its frig'n hot out there.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:52 PM   #14285
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A cheapo Schwinn Gateway.



It felt like it was mostly weight on my palms making my ring and pinky fingers numb.

After a while I felt it in my fore arms too.




I also neglected to mention I ran over a squirrel.
You done good...not sure I'd want to ride 5 miles on that let alone 10

I was in a similar position to you I suspect a few years ago. I wanted to get into cycling but not sure I would like it, so I didn't want to spend a ton of money etc. Someone I knew had just bought a bike from bikesdirect.com so nearly 3 years ago I bought a $500 Motobecane there and have not looked back since. I have had to replace the rear wheel (I am lard arse) and the front derailleur in about 6K - I'm even on the same tires and chain.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:02 PM   #14286
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I also neglected to mention I ran over a squirrel.
Good one! We have so many squirrels around here, it can be hard to ride and not get a squirrel.

Saddle issues seem to be a common issue with any 2 wheel vehicle. Most cyclists have owned multiple saddles in their lives and may have several collecting dust in the garage. I do. The padded cycling shorts help quite a bit and some of the basic ones are fairly cheap. But getting a better saddle will also be a hugh improvement. Also the pitch of the saddle is a factor too. Regardless of the saddle, you should expect some discomfort the first ride or two as your ass gets used to riding, but prolonged pain is a sign of a poor fit or bad saddle.

All on the bike pains are the result of position on the bike. Had you purchased from a local bike shop (such as Richardson Bike Mart), they would have taken care to ensure the bike you purchased would have been the correct size. For more money, you can get the bike fitted to you very well. This starts getting expensive if you have an unusual fit that requires things be moved about (longer stems are not free).

You'll find out quickly that high-end cycling gear gets expensive in a hurry.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:08 PM   #14287
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Keep up that rate of improvement and you'll be riding disgustingly high milages in short order. You riding WRL? Be sure to stay hydrated, its frig'n hot out there.
With my current rate of improvement I'll be doing 100miles in 30 min on monday and 1000miles in a couple of minutes two weeks from now.


WRL?

I went half the distance before I even felt the need for hydration, but I've been hitting the bottle the rest of the day, but haven't felt dehydrated at all.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:12 PM   #14288
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You done good...not sure I'd want to ride 5 miles on that let alone 10

I was in a similar position to you I suspect a few years ago. I wanted to get into cycling but not sure I would like it, so I didn't want to spend a ton of money etc. Someone I knew had just bought a bike from bikesdirect.com so nearly 3 years ago I bought a $500 Motobecane there and have not looked back since. I have had to replace the rear wheel (I am lard arse) and the front derailleur in about 6K - I'm even on the same tires and chain.
After tinkering and getting things in adjustments it's turned into a surprisingly smooth and comfortable bike.

Aside from the numbness parts, I never once had any issues with the function of the bike at all today.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:16 PM   #14289
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Good one! We have so many squirrels around here, it can be hard to ride and not get a squirrel.

Saddle issues seem to be a common issue with any 2 wheel vehicle. Most cyclists have owned multiple saddles in their lives and may have several collecting dust in the garage. I do. The padded cycling shorts help quite a bit and some of the basic ones are fairly cheap. But getting a better saddle will also be a hugh improvement. Also the pitch of the saddle is a factor too. Regardless of the saddle, you should expect some discomfort the first ride or two as your ass gets used to riding, but prolonged pain is a sign of a poor fit or bad saddle.

All on the bike pains are the result of position on the bike. Had you purchased from a local bike shop (such as Richardson Bike Mart), they would have taken care to ensure the bike you purchased would have been the correct size. For more money, you can get the bike fitted to you very well. This starts getting expensive if you have an unusual fit that requires things be moved about (longer stems are not free).

You'll find out quickly that high-end cycling gear gets expensive in a hurry.
Yeah, my uncle is an avid cyclist and spent about 3-4k on the bike he bought several years back (dunno make or model).

I must say though, for how cheap this bike is I've been thoroughly impressed with it once I got things in adjustment.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:50 PM   #14290
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WRL?
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:52 PM   #14291
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Hey Merc, you wear one of these?


I've ridden with a guy that does and claims he loves the stuff.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:19 PM   #14292
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White Rock Lake
Ah. No, I live next to DFW int.

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Hey Merc, you wear one of these?


I've ridden with a guy that does and claims he loves the stuff.
Isn't that stuff highly explosive?

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Old 06-03-2010, 05:21 PM   #14293
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I think I'm going to clean my cleaner as its gotten pretty gritty inside, maybe I'll use some paint thinner for that, then go one more round on one of the chains and see how that works before I start taking the chains off the bikes and doing the full soak.
bingo, this was the trick. was a lot of grit accumulated inside my old chain cleaner, I took all the wheels and brushes out of it, and cleaned everything in a coffee can with some paint thinner and a parts brush... let it dry, then did one more pass w/ WD40 in the cleaner on the chain on my cruiser and voila, all the grit and crunch is gone. shop-towel dried most of the wd40 off the chain, applied a light coat of my favorite lube (triflow), shop-towel dried off most of that, and wow, its like new again. now I just have the other three 'festival' bikes to go... hahahaha.

btw, my old chain cleaner says Made in England, its clear plastic with red moving parts inside, and the swingarm that nominally hooks on the derailleur is also red plastic. no idea what brand it was. its really quite effective, as it has rotating brushes that spin on the sides of the chain, and more rotating brushes that poke through the chain from the top and bottom to clean the rollers and the insides of the plates.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:57 PM   #14294
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Isn't that stuff highly explosive?

It might be a gut bomb. I've never been brave enough to try it.
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:12 PM   #14295
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Hey, anyone have recommendations for road tires? I seem to be in charge of buying new ones for my wife. She needs something that is a good all-arounder, not prone to punctures, and long lasting (she rides 5,000 miles a year or so at this point), without being to slow.

I got her some Vittoria rubino pros last time, they've held up well and had no complaints, but I'm all ears if there's something else I should look at.
I really like the Continental GP4000s http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1014 Yes this store is in England but they ship for free and you'll have the tires in a week. It's the cheapest place you'll find them and these tires meet all of your requirements.
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