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Anonymous's picture

Are you like me and can't get to one of the early morning rides and can get some time after work or cut out early then maybe WE can get rolling.

I am a B 15/16, speed is not my goal for the spin, but rather the company.

My dream is to meet 5:30- 6:00 pm and do 3-4 laps of the park before it gets real dark, maybe more, maybe earlier, perhaps 2 or 3 days a week?

Any lazy legs here?


Anonymous's picture
Evan Marks (not verified)
rush hour

It's gruesome in the park at 5:30 or 6 - heavy traffic in the recreation lane and the auto lanes. Wait until at least 6:30, and then at 7 when the park is closed to auto traffic it feels like liberation. Get a headlight so you can be seen by the human squirrels that look over their shoulders (without actually seeing anything) and dart across your path. Get a taillight so you can be seen on the way home from the park.

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David Regen (not verified)
"Just avoid ""the Night Ride"""

"There have been pretty steady complaints about cyclists riding in a large group in Central Park during early evening hours, and I can't say I blame them: just imagine a big pack without marshals--and with half the riders posessing novice paceline skills. In fact, the CRCA has posted on the front page of their web site that any CRCA member observed riding in the ""night ride"" will be immediately suspended from racing.

If you do go out at night, get a proper light. I have a Cateye HL-EL400 with 3 superbright LEDs that runs on 3 AAA batteries, and it literally lights up the road. I use it in the flashing mode; while it seems to annoy runners, I know they see me coming...if they're looking.

The real danger is from people listening to music on headphones or talking on cell phones; they frequently cross the road with their backs turned to traffic. The worst spot seems to be the Engineer's Gate near the Guggenheim. I can only assume during nice weather that their numbers rise while their lack of attention diminishes."

Anonymous's picture
Rob (not verified)

Thanks for the input.
The 7pm idea sounds logical and I do have the lights etc.

It seems that there is a group biking on Wednesday Pm so I (we) may just join up with them.

I do not live in the city so biking the 8 miles in means for an early am spin I need to leave at 4:45 am.

Thanks everyone


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