Originally Posted by hschisler
That has got to be a great ride, and I'm going to put it on my schedule for next year.
I'm curious what the downside of this escored ride through Manhattan is like, if any -- as in: is it difficult, nerve-wracking, tense, dodging pedestrians, etc.? I understand you are on closed streets, etc., but is the pace reasonable? I'm not one who worries about keeping up with others. If the speed is typical surface streets, that's cool. Just looking for some observations on how it works.
No real downside to the run. The pace is mostly slow, from waiting, to inching along, then spurting ahead. I was near the rear so I can only guess what the lead bikes were up against. It is mostly a 1st gear event when on the side streets of Manhattan. As a LT rider, you know we have to work at riding at 3-5 mph. A lot of clutch slipping, stop and go, etc. To add to the slow riding fun is the feature of Manhattan street surfaces that are not nice flat surfaces. Years of utility work results in uneven surfaces, just when you go to put your foot down during a stop.
We rode nose to tail, side by side, or single file in some tight areas. Max speed was about 30 mph. Plenty of opportunities to look around at the one of a kind city surroundings.
The experience of riding thru the Lincoln Tunnel, with random cycles that sported open pipes, was just like being next to a jet engine in full afterburner. Even with earplugs, I wanted to put my hands over my ears.
web site just posted the 10/06/07 date, so you can plan ahead. Check their site, they plan to post some pictures of this years event.