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So I'm signed up for the New York Century September 12th (I'm going to ride the whole thing). Here's my dilemma: I can't decide which bike to take: my street bike, a Raleigh Technium that's been with me since 1984 (dear old thing) or my road bike, a Bianchi EV Boron. The Technium is obviously heavier and slower and less nimble all around. But I'm worried that the course will just give a real pounding to the Bianchi. Not that it's made out of tissue paper, obviously, but it's only a year old and I'm kind of tender with it still. It lives at my dad's house in Connecticut where I ride it all over the place on nice smooth Connecticut roads, but it doesn't have a lot of city miles on it.

I'm very comfortable on both bikes, although I have a feeling the Bianchi would be more forgiving over the distance.

Any thoughts from others who have done the ride in the past or might be planning to do it?

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ITNOC (not verified)
NY Century

Once you get past the Prospect Park rest stop area the ride pretty much opens up. The crowd of cyclist begins to spread out a bit. The streets are/were well paved last year. I would go with the bike that is most comfortable to ride.

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Christian Edstrom (not verified)

Ride your EV Boron!

You bought a nice bike, so you should ride it. There's nothing on the TA Century that would preclude you from riding your nicest roadbike.

- Christian

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Scott (not verified)

Do you mean the Escape NY Century on Sept. 18? I agree that you should go with the most comfortable bike. Your Bianchi should be fine.

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Sarah (not verified)

No, I mean the NY Century, which is all within the 5 boroughs...which is why I'm concerned about a rough ride. But I think I'm going to go with the Bianchi.

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Scott (not verified)

Hmmm... not familiar with that ride. Good call on the Bianchi. Let us know how it works out for you.

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Rick Braun (not verified)

That ride is the Transportion Alternatives Century Bike Tour. You would be better off with the Bianchi for such a long ride on roads.

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Sue Foster (not verified)

I've participated in the NYC Century the past 5 years. I have a road bike that I treasure (Specialized Allez Comp) and a hybrid that I also love. I always do this ride on my hybrid and I'm always thankful as I'm bumping over a lot of rough broken up pathways and sidewalks. This is not a ride made for speed, so I leave my speedster safe and sound, hanging on my wall.

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