Ride Report: 718C Micro Tour 4

Biking to a destination outside of NYC from NYC has its rewards. But first you must escape from New York.

On July 6-7, I went on another Micro Tour with the amazing shop crew of 718 Cyclery. At this point I’m 4/4 for these monthly weekend excursions. Has it been challenging? Hell yes, but I’m ecstatic about the adventures, learning how to pack my bike, and pushing myself on endurance and bike touring. Best of all, the ride leaders and crew have been nothing but amazing—a reason in itself to tickle your bike-camping fancy.

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Ride Report: 718c Micro Tour 3

SUNSCREEN. Don’t knock it.

If Micro Tour 2 was lush wonderland with green canopy providing cover from the harsh sun, Micro Tour 3 was its opposite: a beautiful ride under an unobstructed blanket of UV rays penetrating the Earth’s surface, and the breeze the only reprieve from the unceasing heat of the sun. The end result? Getting sun-baked as fuck and suffering varying degrees of sun burns and sun rashes.

But I digress. This isn’t about how badly sunburned we were. This is about Micro Tour 3 to Floyd Bennett Field!

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Ride Report – 718c Micro Tour 1

Sometimes riding in the rain is nice. The pattering of droplets against your body as you cruise around has a meditative quality that’s different from cruising around on a beautiful sunny day. Sure, it’s inconvenient but what really gets you, what really chills you to the core and makes you wish you were anywhere else but the flat surface of 9G is the wind.

Combine the wind with camping gear strapped to your steel bike, and you have a recipe for “I’ve made a huge mistake.”

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Women’s 100

Last month, I had the opportunity to ride with a group of awesome bike ladies from WEbike NYC. I don’t hang out with them as often as I should, but I’ve never felt disappointed after going on a ride with them. I’m not a social butterfly. The idea of meeting up with a bunch of strangers for a bike ride is somewhat anxiety-inducing, but in the end, I’m always happy I go. I haven’t quite made any strong friendships but that’s a reason in itself for to get off my ass and get (bike) social. Continue reading →