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Help: looking for good rides in New Hampshire(5 posts)

Help: looking for good rides in New Hampshiremlbd
Jul 3, 2003 6:12 AM
My wife and I will be spending about 4 days in the White Mountains next week. We're undecided about whether to bring our mountain bikes or our road bikes. I'd rather bring the road bikes, but i can't seem to find much info on good routes to ride. Anybody have any recommendations? Any good websites i should check out for info?

Thanks a bunch!
We stayed near North Conway last summer.dzrider
Jul 3, 2003 6:24 AM
The road riding was great for scenery and hills, but I was glad to have 32c tires as many of the roads were bumpy and I do like my comfort. I found an lbs northwest of North Conway that gave me some good tips about places to ride and encouraged me to join their shop rides. Their schedule didn't work out with the family schedule, but their info was spot on.
Bring your road bikes.eyebob
Jul 3, 2003 7:25 AM
The mtb riding is tremendous, but not by any stretch smooth, or unforgiving. If you like roots, rocks, climbing and moderately technical descents then by all means, bring your mtb. rig. THe road riding is tremendous. The roads are generally great, but expect sketchy sections. It's New Hampshire after all. Where are you staying? That'll help me, help you.

re: Help: looking for good rides in New Hampshirefirstrax
Jul 3, 2003 7:02 AM
Not sure where your staying but heres a sweet route from N.Conway.
Take 16 north to 302 west all the way over to Cannon Mt. Stop here for a while and look at where our state symbol used to be. Then take the Franconia Notch bike path down to Lincoln. Lincoln is going o be your last chance for food/water for a while so stock up. Then take the Kancamagus highway back to 16 in conway. I think its about 90 miles round trip.

Currently that route will have 4-5 miles worth of construction but its very passable.
well, since i live in conway.rufus
Jul 3, 2003 8:42 AM
the route mentioned by firsttrax is a good one, and very popular with the locals, although i don't have the stamina for it. you can also go in the reverse direction, over the kanc to lincoln and then back down 302. i believe it's somewhere around 80-90 miles total.

for something a bit shorter, but still plenty of climbing around the north conway area, you can do the route 16/kanc/bear notch road loop, probably somewhere around 40-50 miles, also a very popular route. if you want to try a really steep but short climb, you could ride over hurricane mountain road.

another good ride would be to follow route 16 from north conway, through pinkham notch over to gorham, east on route 2, and then back on route 113 over evans notch to chatham, through north fryeburg, maine, and then back to north conway. i believe this is also around 80 miles.

best place for ride info would probably be the red jersey cyclery, located in glen, NH. i's post a link, but their website appears to be down. there is, or at least used to be, a road biking organization called the mount washington valley wheelmen(i think), but i can't seem to find anything on them.

there are also pretty nice bike shops in littleton and gorham that could help you out.