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Friday Poll! What's your favorite loop?(26 posts)

Friday Poll! What's your favorite loop?look271
Apr 4, 2003 7:11 AM
I know that unless you know the area, this will be irrelevant, but what the hey...
Here's mine-Bull road loop. Start out by going down a nice flat section along the yellow breeches creek, then a long gradual climb up Brennaman road, over to areas outside of Pinchot state park. This winds through narrow roads, climbing up Andersontown road, dipping down through mature forrests, along a small creek, up over a couple more hills, over to Moor's mountain and DOWN! quickly. Roll home. About 30 miles. Going there now! Bye!
Fruit loop.......... nmafrican
Apr 4, 2003 7:14 AM
Oyster Bay and back from Downtown Brooklyn. (nm)onespeed
Apr 4, 2003 7:15 AM
Apr 4, 2003 7:49 AM
Fresno, foothills, Walker Grade, Goat Mountain, Oakhurst, Bass Lake, Northfork, Powerhouse, Auberry, Prather, Fresno

101 miles. Lots of climbing.
Barrington Hills .About 40 mile round trip.PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 4, 2003 8:03 AM
Some of the steeper hills in an otherwise flat Chicagoland area.
Yep. And its pretty country too.Kristin
Apr 4, 2003 8:21 AM
Someone will have to post a Barrington Ride report one day. Perhaps I'll borrow a digi and do just that.
Second that nmgreg n
Apr 4, 2003 10:59 AM
Barrington Hills. Love to hear about that route!!techie470
Apr 4, 2003 5:28 PM
Starting in Schaumburg head east to Busse Woods, do 2 loops. Exit the forest preserve from the southwest corner. Ride the side streets heading west and just a little north to Poplar Creek Forest Preserve. Do another 2 loops then back home to Schaumburg. A metric century right outside my front door. This is best done REAL early on the weekends or on a weekday to avoid the crowds in the forest preserves.

I used to ride a busse because it was nearbyKristin
Apr 5, 2003 5:23 PM
But the path always kinda sucked. There are always hoards of people milling around there. But any ride that began at my front door and ended up in Barrington was at least 42 miles long.
Bellville-Cat Spring-New Ulm-Industry-Bellville....MXL02
Apr 4, 2003 8:20 AM
Texas Bluebonnets at their finest.
Lake St. Louis to St Paul Mo.Spoke Wrench
Apr 4, 2003 8:47 AM
Locally it's referred to as the Dog Prairie loop after the Dog Prairie tavern in St. Paul. This is the ride that I recommend to people who are intimidated about riding on the road. It's rolling country roads with a few short but pretty steep climbs. Distance can vary from about 25 to 40 miles. The locals in the tavern are used to bicycle riders wearing funny clothes and are friendly. I'm planning to ride it Sunday morning.
hows about a mini-gathering soon?JS Haiku Shop
Apr 4, 2003 8:54 AM
seems we have quite a few RBR posters within 5 hours of STL. in fact, chicago is a few miles closer to st. louis than is elvisville, and i'm driving that 5 times this year (including for the MV24 in New Baden IL).

we could all find a cheap hotel to crash the weekend and perhaps encourage Mr. Wrench to map out a nice 60+ mile route for some saturday in the future. there seems to be some nice lumpy topograhy on the St. Louis side of the Mississippi River.

Spoke, your thoughts?

any takers?
hows about a mini-gathering soon?4bykn
Apr 4, 2003 10:18 AM
Count me in, maybe. I'm about 160 miles north from St Louis on I-55
Count me in (hopefully)vindicator
Apr 4, 2003 11:47 AM
What with kids and stuff, scheduling's always tough, and Sundays are better than Saturdays, but that doesn't mean there aren't ANY Saturdays between now and winter where I could make it. Sounds like fun to me. Saturdays do get better for me starting June 7.

hows about a mini-gathering soon?rogue_CT1
Apr 4, 2003 11:09 PM
No offense to those Momentum boys out in St. Charles, but if you come to St. Louis, you need to cross the Missouri River and ride on the St. Louis County side. The local favorite is called the Smoke House to St. Albans ride. This ride has good steep climbs and nice scenery. Best of all, when you get to the little town of St. Albans there is an old general store called "Head's" that is virtually untouched by the modern world. It really is a treat as cyclists gather there for a gator-aid and a snack before heading back to the Smoke House.

We've been doing this route for several decades now and it is still one of the best in the area.

Give me a shout if you come to St. Louis and we can meet up for a good 60-70 mile ride. Also check out for ride info if you do hapeen to find yourself in the St. Louis area.
Yup, that's a good one!Spoke Wrench
Apr 5, 2003 6:43 AM
There's a couple of hills out that way that might give Haiku a chance to try out his low gear.
Lake St. Louis to St Paul Mo.FTMD
Apr 4, 2003 9:06 AM
Ah, the St. Paul Roads. I love em. I'm buying my first house right now and the ease of access to the St. Paul area was one of the deciding factors for me. Of course, the area is threatened by developement coming out of O'Fallon, which is a shame.
Apr 4, 2003 11:42 AM

I'd love to see the specifics on the long version of this one, to add to my repertoire.


Bonny Doonmohair_chair
Apr 4, 2003 8:59 AM
If you live in the SF Bay Area, this is a good one on a clear day. It's not easy, but it sums up why Northern California is such a great place to ride.

Start in Los Gatos, ride up Hwy 9 to Skyline (Hwy 35). Turn right on Skyline and go to Alpine Road. If it's spring, there should be poppies and lupine everywhere. Turn left and descend Alpine (whee!) to Pescadero Road, riding through ancient redwood groves near the bottom. On Pescadero Road, climb thru more redwoods, up and over Haskin's Hill, the scream down the other side all the way into Pescadero. Check out the pink flamingo house along the way.

Refuel in Pescadero. Now head towards the ocean, but turn left on Bean Hollow, then ride to Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy). For the next 15-20 miles, you ride along spectacular coastline like this: (typically with a tailwind)

click here for image...

After Davenport, look for Bonny Doon Road. Turn left and enjoy the 1/2 mile of flat/downhill. After that, it goes steeply uphill (avg is about 10%) for three miles into the small town of Bonny Doon. Go thru the town to Martin Road, then up thru some bizarre moon-type landscape to Ice Cream Grade. More redwoods await as you scream down Ice Cream Grade, but you have to climb out! At Empire Grade, cross over and scream down Felton Empire, admiring more redwoods along the way.

Refuel in the town of Felton. From here you could take Hwy 9 20+ miles all the way back to Los Gatos, but that's no fun. Instead then take Graham Hill Road to East Zayante Road. Zayante is a very popular road for cyclists, but it has a few brutal sections to deal with. Take Zayante all the way to Summit Road, then turn right. Ride all the way to Hwy 17, but don't even think about getting on. Go over 17 and take the first road on the left on the other side, which is Mountain Charlie. This takes you down to old Santa Cruz Hwy, which is a fun descent.

The road splits near the bottom. To the right (straight, really), you can go around Lexington Reservoir on Alma Bridge Road. To the left, you eventually hit 17 at Bear Creek Road. Ride on Hwy 17 for 1/4 mile (there's a third lane here), then turn on Alma Bridge Road. From the top of the dam, take the Los Gatos Creek Trail back into Los Gatos. It's roughly 2 miles on dirt, but it's totally ridable on road bikes. It's better than dying on Hwy 17.

Total loop: 104 miles, 11K+ climbing. Yeah, this is probably not a loop for weekend warriors!

(A variant is not to go down Alpine, but continue to Hwy 84, down to San Gregorio, then over Stage Road into Pescadero. This adds 8 miles and almost another 1000 feet of climbing).
I'd love to do this sometimevelocity
Apr 4, 2003 10:23 AM
I have a hard time naming favorites myself. I used to live in the SF Bay Area but never had a chance to do this ride. Have driven down and done the off-road Wagon Wheel trail, which is definitely one of my fave off-road rides, and have driven on most of the roads you're talking about. I love this area. Thanks for giving so many details!
Sounds great, count me in! nmrwbadley
Apr 4, 2003 11:37 AM
Bennington VT -Cambridge NY-Arlington VTbcm119
Apr 4, 2003 9:58 AM
I do this loop with my friend in North Bennington VT every time I visit him (about once a year seeing that I live in California now). Start in North Bennington, out White Creek road to Cambridge NY, over 313 along the Battenkill to Arlington VT, back down 7A to N Bennington. Then lots of McNeills IPA. About 60 miles.
I've been in LA on business all week so...Dave Hickey
Apr 4, 2003 10:02 AM
On Saturday, I road Pacific Coast Highway from Seal Beach to Dana Point and back. It's about 70 miles round trip. Being from Texas, it sure was nice to ride along the ocean.
That's a nice ridemickey-mac
Apr 4, 2003 10:04 AM
However, getting through Laguna Beach on a crowded weekend day can be a bit tricky.
Head a bit north to Palos Verdes.steve1244
Apr 4, 2003 4:46 PM
Some good hills and pretty scenery!
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