|Subject: Re: NYC Five Borough Bike Ride|
I have not done the bike race and don't know the route. If you post it then I could give you better feedback. You are right that Brooklyn Heights is not very hilly, however, if the race takes you through the Bronx (Riverdale &other sections) and some parts of upper,upper Manhattan (Inwood, Washington Heights) there can be some *very* steep hills.
I don't know if they store bikes or not but the Larchmont Inn, on 11th Street in The Village is very nice and inexpensive. It's more a small hotel than B&B and you do share a bathroom with some other guests. A friend of mine stays there all the time and she loves it. The rooms are very charming, the location is great, they give you a small breakfast and it's under $100. a night. http://www.larchmonthotel.com/