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NJ Area RBR Gathering....Anyone Interested??? (x-post)(31 posts)

NJ Area RBR Gathering....Anyone Interested??? (x-post)biknben
Aug 15, 2003 5:35 AM
(X-Post from the Ride board)

Just sending out a flyer to see if anyone would be interested in a NJ area RBR Gathering. I know we have a few NJ riders and more in NYC.
I grew up in Northern NJ (Passaic Cnty.) and know routes up there. I live outside of Trenton now and have plenty more down here.

Some possiblities include:
-Passaic Cnty. to Greenwood Lake to Bear Mtn., NY and back (one of my favs)
-GWB to Bear Mtn. and back
-Trenton to LBI and back
-Flat century loop between Trenton and the shore. (Possible FG century?)
-I also have a couple hillier routes in Western NJ off of Rt 78 and 22.
-More suggestions are welcome of course.

Available weekends:
Aug. 30-31
Sept. 6-7
Oct. 3-4

Let me know if you have any interest.
I'm interested....newridr
Aug 15, 2003 6:29 AM
And I'm sure I could dig up some members of my club, as well. I'm in the Summit, area - right off 22 and 78. Hope we get more responses.
I'm interested....twowheelMarc
Aug 15, 2003 6:43 AM
I'm interested too - I live in the west orange/livingston/millburn area. I don't know if I'm ready for a century ride yet but let me know what you're planning, I'd definately be interested.
Any Date or Route Preferences???biknben
Aug 15, 2003 7:44 AM
Let me know what dates are good for you. Do you have any preferences regarding a route? Do any of the ones I mention tickle your fancy?

Just in case the thread quickly goes off the page, check the "ride and clubs" board for updates.
that just might be the ticket...bicycle268
Aug 15, 2003 7:51 AM
we could get a nice group together and map out some good routes!
GWB is ez to find from CT as well as NY/NJdzrider
Aug 15, 2003 8:02 AM
Have ridden through Sterling Forest and Harriman State Park, and the Warwick/Great Gorge area and enjoyed it a lot.
GWB is ez to find from CT as well as NY/NJbiknben
Aug 15, 2003 8:14 AM
I grew up and started riding in Wanaque, NJ. Just South of the NY border. My parents are still there. I often dunp the kids off with Grandma and head North on the bike. I make my way through Ringwood to Sterling Forest / Harriman SP. I'm quite fond of the area myself.

BTW: Where are you in CT. I have in-laws in Litchfield & Torrington. I often bring up the MTB and ride at Nepague (sp?) It's a park/resevoir in West Hartford or New Hartford (something like that).
Nepaug(sp) is in New Hartford.dzrider
Aug 15, 2003 9:12 AM
I'm in Glastonbury, 10 miles SE of Hartford. My 1st wife grew up in Warwick, NY. The road from Greenwood Lake to Warwick was really pretty back in the 70's - a doable climb and cool descent in either direction. It was also fun riding thru the onion fields around Pine Island.
For what it's worth.....newridr
Aug 15, 2003 9:16 AM
I'm originally from CT. Lived in Brookfield, right outside of Danbury. Transplanted to NJ 3 yrs ago - job/girlfriend. They'll get ya every time.
I'm in - Bear mtn area top choice /sept OK / nm/katschor
Aug 15, 2003 9:14 AM
Sept 6-7 gets my votenewridr
Aug 15, 2003 9:19 AM
But maybe mid to northern NJ would be best for those of our friends interested in coming down from upstate NY or CT.
Well, since you drove to PA.....KG 361
Aug 15, 2003 9:20 AM
I could make it to NJ gathering, if you'll let me :-) As far as I know, any of those weekends would be "OK".
Mark...FYI...This would be a haul for you...biknben
Aug 15, 2003 10:34 AM
You're about a 2 hour drive from my place. I'll be traveling about an hour and 20 minutes to get to the ride start. Bear Mtn. is on the Hudson River in NY. This would be quite a trip for you.

If you're still interested, we could make it work. No intention of discouraging you, just wanted to make sure you knew how far it is.
What's th town it's nearest?KG 361
Aug 15, 2003 10:46 AM
It could be that I could go up a more northern rt that would be more direct, such as I78?
Yes, that would help.biknben
Aug 15, 2003 11:33 AM
I went to Yahoo maps ( and quickly plugged in Harrisburg as the start and Wanaque, NJ as the destination and got rough directions:
I-81 North
I-78 East
I-287 North

Trip distance is 167 miles. Estimated time is 3 hours 8 minutes. At least it's a interstate highways. The starting point I have in mind is literally right off the highway so it would be easy to find.
Thought so.KG 361
Aug 15, 2003 12:22 PM
Lets, see; at say, 70-75mph, that should take me no more than 2.5 hrs. Might be doable. Let me know the details.
Don't forget the NSA/OCE fixte century is still on for Sept 28.MB1
Aug 15, 2003 9:49 AM
It pains me to say I can't go that weekend...biknben
Aug 15, 2003 10:26 AM
I was looking forward to it but my wife is going to be away that entire weekend. I'm on mandatory daddy duty. :-(
Cool...Let's Plan on this...biknben
Aug 15, 2003 10:23 AM
Sunday Sept. 7th.

I'll come up with a loop that starts in Jersey (off Rt. 287) and goes to Bear Mtn. It will probably be a 70-80 mile ride. The route will have considerable rollers with a couple slow climbs mixed in. The climb to Bear Mtn. is approx. 1,000 ft. @ 5%. Pace is determined by the slowest rider. I'm in no hurry. I'll make up a que sheet and map for anyone interested.

Keep an eye on the original thread I created on the "Rides and Clubs" board for further details. If you have any specific questions or something, feel free to e-mail me at
Cool...Let's Plan on this...twowheelMarc
Aug 15, 2003 10:56 AM
Have a wedding that day, sorry won't be able to make it the 7th.
Cool...Let's Plan on this...Live Steam
Aug 15, 2003 4:56 PM
I'm doing the Bear Mtn. ride from Central Park on Labor Day Weekend. It's a memorial ride for a club member who died from a heart attack on that ride, 3 yars ago. Will you use 9W in your route?
I haven't decided on the exact route...biknben
Aug 15, 2003 9:16 PM
I have a route in my head at this point. I've done it quite a few different ways. don't hold me to it later but I'm thinking of approaching Bear Mtn. from the South from 9W. Then after climbing Beat Mtn. returning via Seven Lakes Drive.
Aug 15, 2003 5:51 PM
Aw c'mon, you guys start making plans and the power goes out! That just sucks... I can't make the 7th, gotta go to Colorado that weekend. If anyone doesn't mind, maybe we could choose another weekend? Besides, I think this ride needs a female representative from RBR.

The routes sound great, except that Harriman gets a ton of traffic during the summer and isn't always great for riding in a group. But, I'll go either way, it's an awesome route.
I'll see what I can do...biknben
Aug 15, 2003 9:24 PM
To be honest, your suggestion last week, of having a NJ RBR gathering was what got the wheels turning. I had thought of trying to do one in the past but didn't think we had enough riders from the area. When you brought it up last week, the wheel started spinning again.

On Monday I'll post a new thread regarding a possible date change and see what the repsonse is. There are a couple people that can't do it Sept. 7th. Someone mentioned they are doing a similar route just a week earlier. I also heard from a couple others off-line who wished for a different date. I'll suggest Oct. 5th and see what people say.

I agree, traffic is heavier in the summer around Harriman. I figured after the holiday weekend it would slow down though. Doing it in Oct. could be a great Fall foliage ride too. We see what people say on Monday.
Fall foliage- nice!CritLover
Aug 16, 2003 2:55 PM
SOunds great. I'm totally psyched. You're right about Harriman too, should be fine around that time. Let's see what happens.

Aug 17, 2003 7:31 AM
Early Oct would be OK for me, too. I like riding in the cooler weather =)
I'm intersetedhumbert
Aug 15, 2003 11:25 AM
Just got online because the network is in NYC. I would like to join the ride. I am in Montville, which is just off 287 ( exit 45). September 7 looks good for me so far. Thanks for organizing a ride.
I meant to say "interested"!(nm)humbert
Aug 15, 2003 11:29 AM
I'm in for Sept. 6-7Live Steam
Aug 15, 2003 1:22 PM
Post the details. This sounds like fun.
I'm interestedDaveG
Aug 15, 2003 3:19 PM
Post the final vote. If I am available, I be there. FWIW, I'd vote one of the routes further south
Oct. 4--Escape NY Centuries go up the Hudson via 9W nmgcbgcb
Aug 17, 2003 7:50 AM