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So Many Boroughs, So Little Time – Bike Snob NYC


Yesterday was the 5 Boro Bike Tour, and as soon as once more my elder son and I took half, catching an early practice right down to the beginning:

Because it occurs, I’d simply obtained just a little care package deal from Two Wheel Gear, which included this little handlebar bag:

There are many relaxation areas on the 5 Boro Bike Tour (to not point out like 5 zillion delis) so that you don’t have to deliver very a lot with you, however I figured this could be excellent for these little odds and ends you don’t wish to stuff right into a jersey pocket, and it was additionally a handy place to place my quantity:

It’s a fairly lengthy trip right down to the beginning from the place we dwell, so I used the time to make some gratuitous brake changes:

In some unspecified time in the future on this weblog I made a joke about altering my title to Enhance or one thing (I don’t know the context for this, one thing concerning the Puritans perhaps?) and Park Software despatched me this personalised multitool, which as you’ll be able to see I nonetheless use to today.

Whereas I didn’t get a VIP registration, I did get a “Most popular Begin,” which means we may set out with the early wave. (With 32,000 riders, the rollout for the trip takes place in varied waves over a number of hours.) Nonetheless, we had been working a bit behind, so once we obtained there we simply form of jumped onto the route and took off forward of the riders ready to depart. I believe we had been behind our personal wave and forward of the subsequent one, so for awhile we had the streets nearly to ourselves:

My elder son might be turning 13. In lots of cultures when a boy turns 13 his is taken into account a person, they usually mark the event with a ceremony. My very own tradition is not any exception, and as an Orthodox Bicycle owner I noticed his coming of age by bestowing upon him a titanium bicycle:

Not solely does he nonetheless have room to develop into it, however as everyone knows titanium is without end, so this could serve him him effectively for a few years to return, or till he decides he needs a crabon bike with digital shifting, whichever comes first. However in the meanwhile he’s delighted.

The 5 Boro Bike Tour is just not a race. However, it’s not possible to not measurement up the competitors, and as all the time it was fierce:

Even the maillot jaune made an look:

As did the maillot jaune on HGH, in addition to his equally augmented domestique:

Given all that horsepower, very quickly we discovered ourselves heading over the Harlem River and into the Bronx:

Whereas the 5 Boro Bike Tour does certainly make it to all 5 boroughs, it solely pays a cursory go to to the Bronx, like Clark Griswold nodding dismissively on the Grand Canyon:

So all we obtained was some drumming:

And a useless rat:

Sorry if the useless rat grosses you out, however if you trip in New York Metropolis you see a type of roughly each 50 toes.

If I had been organizing the 5 Boro Bike Tour I’d begin the trip additional uptown and apportion extra time to the Bronx, however THANK FUCKING GOD I’m not (severely, I can’t think about how tough the logistics are for all of this, it’s positively astounding), and shortly we had been heading again over the Harlem River to Manhattan once more:

We then took to the Harlem River Drive with the understated dignity for which the 5 Boro Bike Tour is known:

It truly is a deal with to take pleasure in a car-free freeway:

The fox-tailed unicyclists are merely a bonus:

Subsequent it was on to Queens:

You by no means know what child of climate you’re going to get in early Could, however at this time it was positively spectacular:

The 5 Boro Bike Tour goes straight previous the constructing the place my mom lived till final 12 months. To cross the road round right here was all the time a deeply fraught affair, so I’m glad to see town waited till she moved to Florida to lastly make some security enhancements:

At Astoria Park we took benefit of the remaining cease. As you’ll be able to see, as a famous biking character, the NYPD supplies me with my very own safety element at occasions resembling this one:

Simply kidding:

What is not any joke nevertheless is the sheer variety of bananas accessible to you on the 5 Boro Bike Tour:

I imply it’s completely bananas.

From Queens it was on to Brooklyn, which is like no different place on the earth…

…apart from all the opposite boroughs, in addition to some small sections which were grafted onto it from Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Nonetheless, in case you’re accustomed to mafia films you’ll know that every territory is managed by a unique capo, and if you undergo Brooklyn on a motorcycle you’ve obtained to pay tribute to the Godfather

That in fact is the hi-viz security vest of Esteemed Commenter Leroy, who additionally took this picture of us earlier than shaking us down for a sawbuck apiece:

[Photo: Leroy]

By my calculations, 32,000 riders at ten bucks apiece means Leroy netted $320,000, or nearly sufficient to place a down cost on a studio house in Dumbo. No marvel Bike New York will get so many “volunteers” for the trip.

Simply kidding:

Leroy is just not extorting 5 Boro Bike Tour riders, neither is he working a safety racket whereby you pay him “flat insurance coverage” as a result of it will “be an actual disgrace” is one thing had been to “by chance slash your tire” whilst you had been on line for the porta-potty. He really wakes up early within the morning for no different motive however to assist, which really makes me much more suspicious of him.

In Brooklyn, we took benefit of one other relaxation cease:

A reality I simply made up is that it takes all the nation of Equador 9 months to supply and export the variety of bananas equal to what the 5 Boro Bike Tour makes use of in a single day:

One other reality I simply made up however that’s extra believable is that 95% of the bananas put out on the 5 Boro Bike Tour go uneaten, however of the 5% which are eaten, at the very least 4% had been in all probability eaten by me.

After all the large spotlight of the trip is driving on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway after which over the Verazzano Verrazzanno large bridge that goes to Staten Island:

Right here you get loads of elbow room:

After all, simply as we settled into a pleasant tempo, we paid the value for not shopping for Leroy’s “flat insurance coverage:”

My son requested a do-over on that picture:

Relaxation assured his impolite gesture was supposed just for the Flat Gods.

Between us we had it repaired very quickly, although I used to be solely carrying a mini pump, so on the subsequent relaxation space we topped it up with a ground pump the place I thought-about explaining the auto-pause characteristic to those folks:

Then it was over the Verrazzano:

And onto Staten Island for the end:

From there it’s a brief trip alongside the waterfront to the ferry:

That is the place we shot my dramatic time trial scene for the video Bike New York wouldn’t formally endorse attributable to my flagrant helmetlessness (although as you’ll be able to see I’m carrying one for the time trial for the aero advantages):

Lastly it was again to Manhattan in steering class, the place I contemplated how New York Metropolis may simply rid itself of all these pesky cyclists by merely re-routing the boat to Nova Scotia or one thing:

All in all it was a high quality day on the bike.

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