A different kind of long ride

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on March 18, 2012

When I talk about a “long ride” I usually mean something like a fast ride to Nyack and back. I took a different kind of long ride today. I did a long loop through Harlem, over to Randall’s Island, then down through Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and back through the Lower East Side, SoHo, the West Village, and then came home via the Hudson River bike path. 

I had a fun time just cruising along. Randall’s Island, in particular, was fun because it’s a mix of pavement and gravel/dirt paths. There are some great views of Manhattan and Queens from the island and the RFK bridge.

Next time, I think I’ll find some more places to visit in the various neighborhoods and make it a day trip through the outer boroughs!


23 1/2 Hours

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on March 11, 2012

Here’s an interesting 10 minute video I found. The message isn’t new, but it’s a good one to repeat. I’m guilty of a lot of the bad habits here.

Bike Commuting 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on March 11, 2012

I started commuting by bike in early 2009. After three years, I’ve tried a few different bike styles. To date:

  • Single speed with drop bars and panniers
  • Fixed gear with swept back bars and panniers
  • Folding 3 speed (the Brompton!)

The Brompton was a bit of retail therapy, but I did enjoy commuting on it for the past year. The 3 speed hub is great and the fold is a neat conversation starter and solves a lot of problems storing the bike when at work. What didn’t work so well with the Brompton was trips that took me from one part of town to another.

As small as the Brompton folds, it doesn’t go everywhere in NYC and it can be a pain in the butt to move around crowded spaces. I ended up locking up the bike outdoors a lot — a process that’s easy but somewhat defeats the purpose.

I think I’ll keep the Brompton for now and perhaps try bringing it on some trips to Boston or Washington DC, but I’m going to go back to riding the Raleigh. I’ve been riding it a bit more lately and have forgotten how fun it is. I’ll be adding a generator hub so that I always have lights, as well as a two speed kick shift hub so that I have a low gear for the hills.