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Where is your favorite place to ride?(18 posts)

Where is your favorite place to ride?Whipper
Aug 13, 2002 12:18 PM
Route, cities states or countries. Where are the best rides. I'm looking for a new place to live and want some tastly rides.
re: Columbia County, New York.dzrider
Aug 13, 2002 12:42 PM
Beautiful rolling country roads, a great climb at Bashbish Falls and fond memories. Second place goes to the Maine Coast, prettier but not enough roads.
do you know the catskills at all?pukka
Aug 13, 2002 12:47 PM
i going up there in september to somewhere near liberty i think its called swan lake(i'm not familiar with the area at all) any good tips for the area (40-50mile loops etc)
Any suggested routes in Maine?cabinfever
Aug 14, 2002 4:18 AM
I live in the Berkshires, and often ride into Columbia County, so I agree that it is beautiful. I am vacationing in Maine at the end of this month, and am bringing my road bike. I'll be in the Rockport/Camden area. Any suggested rides?
Any suggested routes in Maine?rufus
Aug 14, 2002 5:59 AM
along route 1 would be beautiful, but probably a lot of traffic, since it follows the seacoast and it is tourist season.

same with bar harbor/acadia state park area.
Smaller routes that go along many of the bays.dzrider
Aug 14, 2002 9:23 AM
I rode from Bar Harbor to Provincetown and decided that Route 1 sucked, so I took many smaller roads that left Route 1, ran along the shoreline and returned to Route 1. To make up for lost time I took the ferry from Boston to P'town and skipped southern Mass. and Cape Cod.
Do tell about Columbia County....sidley
Aug 14, 2002 5:53 AM
Rented a place on the Hudson just north of Germantown this summer and feel like every time I pass one of those unmarked farm roads, I am missing the really scenic stuff.

Any advice would be appreciated
about Columbia County....dzrider
Aug 14, 2002 7:49 AM
I bought a county map and wandered. Many little roads have county route numbers. I'm most familiar with roads south of route 23 on either side of route 22. They are long enough that you don't have to check your map every few minutes and the intersections are often the center of a village. There is also a bike path east of route 22 near Copake.
Hudson Valley Routessidley
Aug 14, 2002 8:31 AM
Thanks for the tip. In the interim I did some of my own research and found this very cool website.
Around Portland OR, Columbia riveralansutton
Aug 13, 2002 12:44 PM
Columbia rive bike trails.
Alan, better cycling in Portland or Bend?curtybirdychopper
Aug 13, 2002 1:26 PM
...just wondering? i realize mtb'ing is super in bend, but i wonder if there is a significant group of cyclists in bend or only fat tire cats. thanks!
Portland or Bend?rockbender
Aug 13, 2002 8:23 PM
Bend has a great road bike community with a fair amount of group rides offered through the shops.

There are some really nice longer loops on the Cascade Lakes Highway, and if you want to climb you can start right outside of town and grind up to Mt. Bachelor.

While I have been in more bike-friendly towns, Bend is actually quite good once you figure out the good routes.

The other cool thing about Central Oregon is that there is quite a change in terrain/flora in a relatively small area... in one ride you can cruise along a river, climb into the Cascades, and then head out east into the desert.
West LArob45
Aug 13, 2002 1:27 PM
When I moved here from San Diego, I thought it would be time to hang up the road bike, but was in for a pleasant surprise. I live in Topanga, just beside Malibu. My daily ride is a 2.5 hour circuit with two 2,000 foot climbs in the Santa Monica Mountains. Maybe 5 cars go by me the whole time. Often a Mercury or Saturn rider to ride along with. Yesterday I did my cruise ride--a four hour ride up and back along Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu to point Magu. Always within a couple hundred feet of the ocean. Sky was blue, mid-70s, ocean sparkling, scent of coppertone in a gentle breeze. Plenty of eye candy everywhere. Hard to ride with a stupid grin on your face...I didn't mention the mountain biking. about a hundred thousand acres of state park land with a couple of hundred miles of trails through them..
And if not West LA, then Palos Verdes. n/mfracisco
Aug 13, 2002 2:18 PM
any mountains or Pacific Highway 1 nmDougSloan
Aug 13, 2002 1:45 PM
Any road where the birds out number the cars. -nmTig
Aug 9, 2002 12:40 PM
Yeah - I'm with that thoughtWhipper
Aug 14, 2002 5:04 AM
Really! I live outside Philly. While there is a big cycling community, I am constantly harassed by cars. In fact, the other day I could hear a dump truck howling up behind me. With no shoulder and on-comming traffic, all I could do is close my eyes and pray.

I want an area where it is a rarity to see a car.

Personally, riding in the western part of the Carolinas is nice. Minimal cars and lot of good roads/hills. However, there are dogs. Big dogs.
western New Englandbcm119
Aug 14, 2002 9:50 AM
Anywhere from western Connecticut up through the Berkshires and southern Vermont are beautiful. I used to live in Columbia county New York , and that is almost as nice. Now I live in Santa Barbara and its pretty nice having warm weather year-round, but the roads aren't as quiet and plentiful. You can't beat riding a single lane road in New England on a crisp fall day.