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Paging New Jersey roadies(13 posts)

Paging New Jersey roadies03Vortex
Feb 6, 2004 12:40 PM
I currently live in NY (Westchester County) and am contemplating a move to NJ of which I am unfamiliar. But, as cyclists yourselves, I am looking for an area that will provide me with good riding out my front door while still maintaining a reasonable (meaning 1-1hr15min) commute into NYC for my job. I just do not know NJ and its towns, etc and looking for some help and guidance on nice roads, areas, etc.

I know there is good riding but I just don't where.

Thanks to those who respond.
morris county,,,bicycle268
Feb 6, 2004 12:50 PM
particularly southern morris (Chatham, Madison,). Within walking distance of trains and buses that get you to downtown manhattan within 45min - hour. Within a 5 miles is the great swamp national wilderness reserve which will lead you out to the rural roads of morris and somerset counties...A+++ riding. low crime , great schools, reasonable taxes.. downside? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Good luck!!
reasonable taxes?!?!?!?ruger9
Feb 6, 2004 3:34 PM
I don't know what Morris county YOU'RE livin' in, but it AIN'T in NJ!!! :)

That aside, you can go as far out as Warren county and still have train access (Hackettstown) to NYC. And I would highly recommend western morris county- in the Chester/Long Valley area- it's real close to the Hunterdon county border, and Hunterdon county has the best riding I've seen in Jersey. And another plus- once you get out of Morris county, traffic drops CONSIDERABLY.
reasonable compared to essex and union counties...bicycle268
Feb 7, 2004 8:38 AM
The tax for a $450k house in Morris county is $4200 while the tax for a identically appraised house in Livingston (essex) is $7800. There's a difference.

I think there's a considerable difference in commute times between Warren counties and southern Morris. A difference of Just 15 minutes each way is HUGE ...IMHO.

I agree with you about Chester/Long Valley.. GREAT riding!!
reasonable compared to essex and union counties...ruger9
Feb 7, 2004 11:16 AM
That's funny... my house is in Warren County ...

279K/5300 in taxes

I can't imagine where in Morris county a 450K house has only $4200 in taxes...
chatham.... depends on when the house was assessed(nm).bicycle268
Feb 7, 2004 4:46 PM
still weird...ruger9
Feb 7, 2004 9:04 PM
I bought my house last August, so I don't know when it was last assesed before that, but the taxes were like 4200. They JUST re-assesed it, and now it's at 5300. For a 3 bedroom, 30-year old house in Warren County. This house, if in Morris county, would easily have been at least 350K (which is why we had to go over the border into Warren.)

It doesn't really matter- ALL taxes in NJ are at highway robbery levels, IMO.
Feb 10, 2004 6:20 AM
I think I'll move to New Hampshire!
re: Paging New Jersey roadiesSteveCnj
Feb 6, 2004 1:54 PM
For a reasonable commute into NYC, you'll probably want to look at communities with access to the Mid-town direct train line. Check out the NJ Transit web site for details. I am most famiiar with the areas of Essex, Bergen and Morris Counties, (I live in Essex Co.) Morris County, Western Essex Co. and Northern Bergen Co. in my view would provide good riding opportunities. (The Eastern part of Essex and southern part of Bergen are just too congested.)

If you provide some additional information wrt to type of housing desired (house/apartment) and other information, perhaps you can get a better idea about what would work for you.
Some add'l infomerckxman
Feb 6, 2004 4:36 PM
If you are commuting to NYC I would encourage good access to the "Midtown Direct" NJ Transit trains; it will cut considerable time from your commute. Places like Summit have several Midtown Direct trains to choose from. Other places offer only one a day. Analyze carefully (there are several "main lines"), otherwise you'll spend a lot of time on the trains rather than riding! Home prices in Morris County are very high as are taxes. As you look westward home prices are less, taxes are less, but still very high. Coming from Westchester you may be accustomed to the level of taxes in NJ but a lot of people are shocked right out of their pedals. Western, northern, NJ (lets say Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex counties) has great roads and a very active cycling community with lots of clubs, rides, etc.
Feb 6, 2004 10:52 PM
Clinton, in Hunterdon County. About an hour's drive to the city; there are plenty of commuter buses, or you can take the Rariton Valley NJ Transit line. About the outer limit of your commute requirements, but the finest riding in the state (Hunterdon County) is right out your door. Plus you can mtn bike at Round Valley. It is a beautiful, historic town that has not yet been swallowed by suburban sprawl. Downside,kind of slow, but that's central Jersey for you.
Feb 7, 2004 8:12 AM
I'd live in Clinton if I could afford it. That's where I did all my riding last summer- I was renting a place in Long Valley. Amazingly beautiful. Plenty of flat if you want it, plenty of climbing if you want it. Low traffic.

I'm going to ride there this year as well, but I live over in Warren county now, so I'll have to climb over Schooley's Mt. every ride.
Another vote for Hunterdon County ...HouseMoney
Feb 9, 2004 10:33 AM
It's where I live & do most of my riding. Somerset & Morris counties also have nice riding, as well as very nice areas to live. Once you know your way around, you can link a ride through all 3 counties. Rural/suburban roads (not much traffic), hills, flats, adequate shoulders, a little bit of everything. Just need to look out for all the suicidal deer darting out in front of you! Good mtn biking at Round Valley and Chimney Rock, too.

The drive from my home to the Lincoln Tunnel is one hour. There's the Raritan Valley train line, a bus that departs from Clinton and another one that can be picked up in Somerville (maybe they're the same line).