Tuesday, August 13, 2019

New Outside Column!

Yeah, that's right, I rode my bike to the airport recently and I totally can't get over myself:
So obviously I'm getting a dedicated airport bike now; I'm just deliberating over which material. 

20 comments:

wishiwasmerckx said...

Podium!

Paul MacCready said...

Skip the airport and just pedal the plane.

Fergie said...

I also want to see better access to AMTRAK train stations. In addition to secure bike parking areas outside stations, I would love to see better access for bikes on trains. I rode to Penn station, and boxed my bike up, but checking a bike as boxed luggage is much more involved then just hanging it on a hook. If you could get on and off of AMTRAK with a ready to ride bike at almost any station, that would open up amazing possibilities, (as opposed to the few stops that offer luggage service, then unboxing a bike).

As of 2017, there was talk of adding bike hooks on all trains, but I don't know if talk had turned to action.

NYCHighwheeler

Chazu said...

Which material?

"Aerospace-grade Titanium"

Paul MacCready said...

That link was supposed to be: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacCready_Gossamer_Albatross

Very Slim Pickens said...

When airport commuting don't wear a helmet, wear a beanie with a propeller that spins in the wind.

Some guy from upstate said...

My next air travel will be in early November, so my main concern up here in the 518 is the fact that there could be six inches of snow on the ground when I get back. So far, I've been pretty happy with the put-your-bike-on-the-Amtrak option, but that's obviously destination and time limited.

theEel said...

weed.

Catching up said...


You are a brave soul, especially with the "bike lane" disappearing, as you put it, but now I want to try it sometime.
Is it just me or are more apartments in the city now adding or advertising bike rooms?

Billy said...

You need to curate your airplane bicycle to match the airplane you'll be flying in. Crabon for the Dreamliner 787; aerospace-grade aluminum for a 737; wood for a Wright Flyer.

anonymous said...

I've flown a few times, but never commercial. Bell H-13, L-5, L-7, C-54 cargo version, CH-47 Chinook, C-54 passenger version. Each time was great.

But to deal with airport traffic, the TSA gropers, then to be stuffed into an aluminum tube with a bunch of smelly drunks? Pass. I'd sooner donate a kidney.

Bike2LGA said...

Welcome to the club!! It is a glorious ride. I need to breathe new life into my #Bike2LGA campaign!

Former pilot said...

VFR or IFR on ride to airport?

I used to ride IFR (speed, distance, heart rate, cadence, power meter etc.), now I ride VFR - wrist watch only.

dnk said...

Tan Tenovo, just curious: were the racks indoor or otherwise weather-protected?

Serial Retrogrouch said...

...TanT, you gotta increase the smugness quotient by taking your bike with you... unfurling it at the destination airport, and riding from there.

...That could be another 20-30 miles in your legs, and possibly another C-note in your pocket... and your smugness would be uncontainable.

...I've done it a few times... and I can tell you... you never get over yourself for it.

HDEB said...

Fantastic that BSNYC cycled to LGA! Next time, consider the Port Morris BX connector bridge to Randall's island to Queens span triboro -- the 59th st bridge seems considerably out of the way. Keep pedaling all : )

Beck the biker said...

Allez allez allez! Premiere du malloit a aerodrome! A soft-sided MLC (Patagucci rules this luggage category) pretty much fits in a Wald giant delivery basket, just saying.

Winnicycle said...

Well, the Google bike commute route from SF actually goes right through the San Francisco airport. But I would worry about leaving the bike there. Maybe that would be a factor in choosing the right bike?

BikeSnobNYC said...

HDEB,

I don't like riding over the Triboro, I don't like heights and the low guardrail freaks me out. (Plus I don't want to get a ticket.)

--Tan Tenovo

DaveD said...

Last I heard, bikes are prohibited on the long boring road out to the Denver (airline serviced) airport. You should be chartering or flying your own plane. Plus it's very doable, getting to airports that handle General Aviation aircraft. I used to haul a Vitus road bike around in a French built Socata Trinidad (flew it myself) when I lived in the Bay Area.