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Lancaster Pa.Tanks
Aug 5, 2002 7:06 PM
Is there any decent riding in Lancaster Pa.? I have just sold the house and will be moving there in mid August. I hate to leave L.A. (lower Alabama), but it's necessary. We have good riding weather here (Alabama) year round, but I imagine it could be tough to winter ride in Pa..

How about clubs, shops ect.? Thanks
lucky you!ET
Aug 5, 2002 7:57 PM
There's some great scenery and riding around Lancaster. Check out

a link to an LBS with high-end bikes in Lancaster. The web site says they'll map you cycling routes too.
re: Lancaster Pa.seyboro
Aug 6, 2002 2:46 AM
... and you get to watch the pros every year!!!
re: Lancaster rider
Aug 6, 2002 2:50 AM
Hi Tank. Glad to hear your moving up this way. I'm from mechanicsburg and blong to Harrisburg bicycle club. Here's a link to lancaster bicycle club:

There's alot of routes to ride over there. You have to get use to the people, so don't leave the "outsider" attitude bother you there. I lived in New Holland for a year, before I got a job down harrisburg. People keep to themselves over in lancaster.

You'll get use to horse and buggies and find that some of the riders will work with you to learn some of the roads. They have alot of back roads once you get away from the tourist areas. It took me about 2 months to learn my way around there.

They're having a "cover bridge century" (metric one) August 18th. If you can make it to that event you can meet alot of lancaster members and other people for information about where to ride. The LBC club is smaller than our club and ERA ski and sport is a good place to find road rides.

If you mountain bike ride try to go to Green mountain bike shop on oregon pike (route 272 out by ephrata). I don't know what mikes website is, but he has some guys who road race.

Alot of guys mtb in the winter, but a few do road ride.

Hope this helps,

Great Ridingbigrider
Aug 6, 2002 3:44 AM
What a dream.

Lancaster is surrounded by Amish and nice rolling hills. You can go west and do hills up and down by the Susquehanna River, go northeast to Adamstown, or cruise country roads and race amish buggies. The winters are cold, but i live close to the area and we ride all but a month(use booties and winter gear).
re: Lancaster Pa.JL
Aug 6, 2002 4:18 AM
Excellent riding in Lancaster and, in general, the surrounding area. There's plenty of varied terrain. The club PA Rider gave you is probably a good starting place for rides. Winter riding can be hit or miss. Last winter was cold, but no snow. You'll have to make your own decisions about the new riding conditions, but with the proper attire you'll be able to get some rides in outside.

Depending where you are in Lancaster county you may find other rides towards the Chester County area within driving distance. Here's some links.

They have links and ride lists to other clubs in the area as well.

Welcome to PA and happy riding.

Funny no one has mentioned the smell and the flies.MB1
Aug 6, 2002 5:51 AM
The farmers in the area use manure on their fields. Maybe the locals get used to it but we always notice the smell and the flies (We say "Ahhhhhh, fresh farm air.").

Lots of good riding though.
yeah it stinkscyclopathic
Aug 6, 2002 10:21 AM
you get used to it in a week
Welcome to the areaRay Sachs
Aug 6, 2002 7:31 AM
I live in Chester County, one county east of Lancaster. The riding in western Chester County and throughout Lancaster County is as nice as I've seen anywhere. Lots of beautiful valleys, rolling hills, steep hills (nothing all that long though), great narrow country roads with practically non-existant traffic, pretty little small towns all over the place. Road conditions are frequently not that good, but I get by with 23s or 25s.

Summers can get pretty steamy, but probably nothing compared to Alabama. The first couple of winters will probably seem cold to you, but you'll acclimate. I commute year round and don't miss many days due to weather.

Welcome to the areaJL
Aug 6, 2002 10:47 AM
Where in Chester County are you Ray? Do you do any rides with the local clubs?

I'm out in Malvern just for reference.

Happy riding.

Welcome to the areaRay Sachs
Aug 6, 2002 3:50 PM
Hi John,

I'm in West Chester - right in the Borough. I'm a member of the Brandywine Club when I remember to send in a check, but I don't think I do more than a half dozen of their rides or so per year. I mostly ride west from West Chester, but sometimes head in towards Malvern and then south from there down into Delaware County. I usually do some portion of the DVBC Brandywine century and the BCP's Scenic Schuylkill Century.

I'm far more of a tourist than a racer wannabe - I generally average about 15-17 mph on typically hilly rides in this area, a bit faster if I stick to the valleys. I do a lot of miles though, so I'll finish just about anything. Let me know if this sounds reasonably close to your speed and if you want to ride some time.

Small WorldLen J
Aug 6, 2002 6:18 PM
I lived in Kennett Square from 1991 thru 1998. Great palce to ride.

Just found this a little late Ray,JL
Aug 7, 2002 1:52 AM
but if you see this, I'll be doing the Dog Daze ride this weekend. I don't race, but I like to "pretend". I usually avg. 16-18 mph. I tend to ride west of West Chester myself. My sister's in the burough, so I use her for a pit stop. I tend to use the local clubs for the organized metrics/centuries.

My email is if you'd like to ride together. Sometimes it's nice to have someone to ride with.

Happy riding.

Lancaster PA (aka cycling heaven, long version)GreenFan
Aug 6, 2002 4:18 PM
Let's start with some basics...alot of the more rural roads (as well as tourist area) have very wide shoulders to accomodate Amish buggies, just gotta watch out for the droppings...very very slippery and you REALLY don't want your front tire to spit that up onto the front of your jersey or shorts. There is plenty of very scenic farmland and some very nice pastoral views along with some wonderful rolling terrain...some good hills, no mountains, but some very good hills none the less. If you like organized charity rides there are several, there is an MS 150 in early summer as well as a little something called "the Nightmare Tour of Lancaster" billed as 170 miles and over 12,000 feet of climbing in ONE day. During USPRO week there is a pro race in downtown Lancaster as well as another in Trenton (about 2 hours east) as well as THE USPRO championship in Philadelphia every year. Speaking of Philly, there are lots of very good shops to be found there and around the suburbs, as well as their associated clubs and or racing clubs/teams. Winter is a throw of the dice...some winters are incredibly mild with very little snow and some bring along loads of the white stuff...snow and slush generally isn't a problem as long as you're dressed appropriately...but riding over ice sucks bad...all in all welcome and enjoy discovering your new home...just be careful about those horse droppings ;)
Thanks everyoneTanks
Aug 6, 2002 7:36 PM
Wow, sounds great. I appreciate all the info.