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Scouting for Rumble thru da Bronx 7

Will have to wait to find out what happened on NYC’s 2nd participation in the World Naked Bike Ride.
Rumor has it, according to twitter: { #wnbrNyc headin east on bleeker 200 strong.}

Meanwhile I had a mission to scout out the Bronx for our upcoming book on biking in NYC. I combined this effort with Stone Tone, who’s been organizing messenger style alleycat races here in NYC for a couple of years.

In two weeks, he’ll be throwing: Rumble Thru da Bronx now in it’s seventh year.

First I stopped over at Vanderbilt Ave. to check out their auto free World Cup viewing party. The street will be closed to motor vehicles for the next two Saturdays, which is becoming a tradition throughout the summer known as Summer Streets.

Here is some more info:

Thanks to the DOT, Vanderbilt has received some bike friendly attention and is excellent option for riding through Brooklyn. It also houses the bike shop: Brooklyn Bike and Board.

I popped over to see Brian the owner and tell him I was sorry for his loss. Last week he was robbed from within the building and had 20 of his customers bikes stolen which were in for repair.

More about that from the Brooklyn Paper.
Thanks to some helpful work by the 77 precinct detectives, the shop has already been recovering bikes.
According to the store’s Blog, some observant people have been seeing the stolen bikes posted on Craig’s list. The thieves may have been crafty breaking in to this local business, but posting the bikes on craig’s list with a phone number and address?
Find out more here.
In an effort to make right on the theft, Brian has posted a list of the stolen bikes. If you spot any of these…please say something.

Then I went on to link up with Tone at the Wreck Room, over on Flushing.

We had a few Bloody Mary’s and then headed out to confirm the checkpoints for Rumble. Since most New Yorkers don’t know the Bronx, this race makes everyone an “outta-towner.” It becomes much more about endurance and hopefully following the wheel of someone who’s done their homework. To level out the playing field its has been a tradition to post all the checkpoints on line and to pre-ride the course.

Tone decided to review his checkpoints and invited anyone else to come along for the ride.

We were joined by Harold and Janessa who wanted to tag along.

After playing some French Connection in Queens,

we headed over the only path to the Bronx from Astoria, the RFK bridge formerly known as the Triborough.

Actually we headed off of Randall’s Island (a go-between Queens and the Bronx) and went to 125th St. in Manhattan to pick up Dave August Trimble. Dave is a serious road racer who wanted to check out the rumble course in hopes of winning it.

Then it was back to the Bronx to wait at the start of the race which will be at Joyce Kilmer Park. Here we were joined by last years winner, JT who is looking for a repeat.

We scooped out the checkpoints:

We were joined by Gio at some dope graffiti:

Then hung out in Pelham bay park after a tiring ride.

See all the photos on facebook.

Here are the Checkpoints according to Tone:

1. st. marys pk(e.146/st.anns)
2. big pun RIP mural(e.163/rogers pl)
3. Bay Plaza shopping center(Checkers fast food)Bartow av/baychester av
4. baretto point pk(Tiffany st/ viele av
5. peace park( W’Bridge Rd/Pelham pkwy N.)
6. 890 Faile st(Junn-Junn’s house)
7. stony tone stomping grounds(e 172/3-Boone av
8. williamsbridge oval playground(Bainbridge av/Reservoir oval east)
9.city island (the end)
10. Gun Hill #2 train station (white plains rd)
11. pelham bay park #6 train station
12. Finish–Orchard Beach
–checkpoints can be done IN ANY ORDER!!!

Here is a list of all the checkpoints on google maps.

The race always ends up at Orchard Beach with a party and amazing food West Indian food by Roz.
also Tone is looking for checkpoint people, so if you don’t want to race, but want to come out for the festivities…hit up Tone. nycmesskings{at}gmail.com

See you in the Boogie.

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