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biking in Maine??(7 posts)

biking in Maine??jjeff
Feb 19, 2002 6:24 PM
Considering a move to the Farmington/Augusta area in Maine. Having never been there, I visited Farmington a few weeks ago and in my limited exploration did not notice many road bike friendly roads (no shoulders, narrow, and rough). I did not have a chance to check out Augusta however. It the move happens, my wife would work at Farmington and I would work in Augusta, so that is the range of where I'm looking. Around Farmington lumber trucks were predominant on the roads - kind of scary for me on the bike. I know that winter riding would move indoors . . .

Any thoughts on riding in this area?
re: biking in Maine??JerryZ
Feb 20, 2002 1:38 AM
I think the most bike-friendly areas are probably along the coast. Around Augusta should be pretty decent. Yes, you're right about the road conditions. Winter does take its tole on the roads. I live in Limestone where is worse still, but I still manage to get in all the riding I can handle. You can find out more on biking in Maine from the Maine Bicycle Coalition at www.bikemaine.org. Drop me an email if you like.

Jerry
re: biking in Maine??PegLeg
Feb 20, 2002 6:44 AM
My inlaws live in the Augusta area. I ride in that area on a fairly regular basis during the summer months.

There is actually quite a bit of good riding. I like to go out towards China, Weeks Mills, Windsor etc. You are the right, the roads have narrow shoulders and sometimes are not in the best of conditions.

If I were moving up there I would be more worried about finding a good LBS. I have not seen to many in the area.
Ayup. . .2nd the road out to China Lake area (Highway 202). . .js5280
Feb 20, 2002 10:04 AM
My grandparents have a camp on the south side of China Lake. Highway 202 has a nice shoulders w/ rolling hills, I remember seeing another cyclist riding there and me wishing I had my bike. You're right though, most Maine roads are twisty, rolly, no shoulders, and have big trucks/RVs/etc. to make a deadly combonation. Ride safe! Beautiful area though, I've been going there since I was a kid, I go back whenever I can.
AYUH. . .3rd the road out to China Lake area (Highway 202). . .werdna
Feb 20, 2002 1:51 PM
My grandparents have a cottage on China Lake. I go up there every summer, and I have brought my bike a few times. I have ridden around the lake a number of times. It's a lot of fun and very pretty. Other areas to consider: Albion, Oakland (I think there is a good LBS there), the Belgrade Lakes, and of course, the Maine coast (Rockland, Rockport, etc)

Cheers,
Andrew
re: biking in Maine??raboboy
Feb 20, 2002 6:48 AM
My wife is from Maine (coast), but lived in Farminton for a time, and we now have friends that live in the Farmington area and I have been there many times. Yeah, no shoulders and winter is harsh, BUT no traffic, long stretches of pavement with no lights and plenty of hills to choose from (it's quite close to Ski Country). It's a beautiful area (summer rocks and the autumn colors can't be beat anywhere else), but be certain that you can handle the long winters. They get A LOT of snow there. Besides moving the bike indoors, you should definately take up skiing (downhill or x-crountry), snowshoeing, otherwise the winter will feel even longer.
Time for X-training a SugarLoaf [nm]jagiger
Feb 20, 2002 7:57 AM