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"Stupid letter writing pedestrians, inconsiderate runners, horse dung, cops ticketing cyclists, parking in bike lanes, ""arrogant"" cyclists, dangerous pedicab drivers, crazy fiat drivers, club A-rides that are like bike races, confrontations with cops, silly helmet/no-helmet requirements....did I miss anything?

Remind us again, why is it you ride a bicycle?

I enjoy such activity immensely. Not only am I thankful for being in good health, but also have the freedonm and good fortune to have actually have leisure time to enjoy such an activity, using some fairly good equipment and to do so with quite a few of you who are reading this message now.

Part of NYC's allure is that it has many things to offer. Many things also means many people. Whether right or wrong, some degree of civility and tolerance for respecting other people's space is needed. One the whole that really is not such a bad trade-off considering all that there is available to us living in such a vibrant and desirable area.

Back to my original question, if you are really not enjoying cycling, then maybe you should consider another activity other than whining on the message board. Really.

Perhaps others will agree with me, but reading this message board of late, there's an awful lot of discontent expressed. Life is a real pisser, isn't it? Or is it not?

'A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore', but that wont stop me from posting my 2 cents. That's just my opinion. You're free to disagree with me. I look forward to you taking me to task while we ride our bikes together."

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)
Amen, the glass is still more than half full.

Consider those who live below 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. If you are capable of getting on a bike, motivating yourself to ride and having the time to do so, give yourself a silver star. Get thee to a country road and smell the flowers. Take advantage of your good fortune and reap the benefits. You might find yourself creeping up towards a 10.

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Carol (not verified)

And ain't it a kick to be growin' old and still be feelin' like a youngster!

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Betsy (not verified)
Amen (nm)
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c (not verified)

I don't know how anyone missed the joke and it was removed, so let me rephrase. you are absolutely right. it is always good to be reminded of the positive and to take the high road. thanks for the reminder,i tend to focus on the negative in most things. but how you guys didn't get the joke, i will never know.

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don montalvo (not verified)
why did you remove the fiat thread? (nm)
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phil (not verified)

I bike because it gives me a physical rush that brings my mental state up, brings my energy level down so that I can sleep (I bike at night -- and avoid all the red light cop traps too), and because it is the only form of physical exercise which I enjoy doing.

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Natalia Lincoln (not verified)
Why We Complain

Yes, we love to ride bikes. We also love to complain. The bemoaning of some godawful new measure proposed by the NYPD, or of the latest bike-hater in the New York Post tarring all two-wheelers with the same brush, or of the senseless closure of X Bridge or Y Bikeway... isn't the rush of negativity equally as thrilling as a swift, perfectly executed descent via Perkins Drive?

Lo, this is why we complain. A high calling, one we heroes of the poison pen will not shirk.

Cycling keeps us young! Complaining reminds us that we're actually not! :D

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Kumbaya (not verified)

Its simple, when Im on the road Im smiling and happy but when I get home and sit in front of this computer I like to b;tch and moan, thats my right. I think you have assumed that you can't have both and still enjoy biking. Roads are for riding, message boards are for bitching.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
your right versus our rights

This message board provides a public good in a public place for the benefit of this bike club and fostering dialogue among those who love cycling. Much like getting tossed from a say restaurant for excessive bitching and moaning, doing the same for anti-social behavoir online is fair game as well. There's less tolerance for such when posting anonymously. I'd write to you directly to tell you this, but you did not provide an email address.

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Ted (not verified)

Censorship is not the answer.

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John (not verified)
Hello... l'm new to the club....but...

can you tell me which shop is the best bike shop in the city?

also... how's do I get to Nyack from the Boathouse?

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)
I don't know if I am taking the bait, but the answers are here..

"Use the search function on this message board to find numerous debates on the unending best bike shop debate.

Routes to Nyack are found on this website as well. Click on Rides on the homepage. Click on Ride Library. Next, click on NJ/Rockland Co. Then select different routes to Nyack from ""select a ride to view its details.""

Welcome to the NYCC."

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Claudette (not verified)
it was bait, indeed

"This ""John"" is a troll."

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Chris G (not verified)

You're probably bithing and moaning cuz you have a mac! ;)

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tailwind (not verified)

Perhaps some highlights of a great ride would balance the complaints.

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chris o (not verified)
Nobody Home - he's riding

Hi Peter - Since I have ridden with you, I hope you know how much I love riding my bike. An easier question is, What do you not enjoy about cycling? Then the answer would be nothing.

As others have mentioned, it makes me feel youthful, especially when I am on my mountain bike. I like getting to work in about 10 minutes, when mass transit or even a taxi (which I would never take) would take more than twice as long. I do get a bit of a thrill in traffic too. There is nothing quite like making great moves in and around traffic. (I do prefer no traffic, however.) I even like crashing, presuming there is no real injury, maybe just some scra*pes and bruises - it is almost inevitable on the challenging mountain bike rides.

I don't agree with you about the recent discontent expressed on the message board. I agree that there is discontent but in reading the board for a little less than 2 years, I can't say there has been appreciable change in the negativity factor of late.

P.S. I had to put an asterisk in the word scr*apes because in the middle is a separate word that is (newly?) censored on the message board.

Ode to Mr. Floyd
I got a track bike used as a commuter.
Its got a silver brake on a chain.
Got a grand steel road bike to prop up my mortal remains.
I got a wild mountain bike.
And I've got a strong urge to ride.
And I got places to ride to.

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