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Erie, Pa ridersPaulCL
Jun 2, 2003 11:52 AM
I will be spending the 4th of July weekend with family in Erie. Being a cycling addict, I will bring my bike with me. My plan is to get out for at least one ride either the 4th or more likely, Saturday the 5th. I need a couple of route suggestions.

My family lives reasonably close to the airport - so that can give you a starting point. A good 50 - 70 mile route would be nice. Any suggestions?? I looked at the Presque (sp?) Isle Cycling club, but I didn't see any routes or links that I could follow.

I know I'm early on this one, but this "Ride" board isn't the most active so it pays to be early.

Thanks. Paul
re: Erie, Pa ridersmja
Jun 2, 2003 3:07 PM
What sort of riding do you want to do, i.e., flats, climbs or a combination? Erie county is flat east-west along the lakefront, but head south or east (inland) and you will have to climb. (Elevation at Lake Erie is 575 ft. and rises to over 1900 ft. north of Corry.)

What sort of road surface do you want to ride on? Most of the county roads are tar-and-chip.

Here is the only ride sheet on-line that I have found for this area: http://www.frontierbike.com/page2.html. This focuses on rides that include a lot of the steep, but short, climbs one encounters when riding south into the county.
ThanksPaulCL
Jun 3, 2003 6:01 AM
I live just south of Cincinnati, Ohio so I'm used to big hills. I find flat rides to be boring, so I'll probably choose one of 'frontier's' hillier rides.

Tar and chip roads....not too familiar with that variety. Is that real rough?? Should I bring an extra set of tire???

Thanks. Paul
Hey MJAPaulCL
Jun 6, 2003 8:05 AM
Could you tell me which one of those "Frontier" rides start anywhere near the airport? Or if any of the loops touchn near the airport?? I would really appreciate it. I don't know the streets in the area.

Also...any normal group rides in Erie on Saturdays?? I'd be more than happy to borrow my brother-in-law's Porsche for a few hours to drive to the start point.

Thanks. paul
Hey PCL . . .mja
Jun 6, 2003 2:26 PM
From http://www.picycling.org/home.htm,
"Saturday Morning Group Ride -- Meet at Family First Sports Park on Oliver Road at 8 AM, 2 hours, not for beginners"
(I have never ridden with this group, so I can't comment.) Oliver Rd. should sound familiar: It is part of some of the Frontier rides. Here are the directions to Oliver Rd., http://www.familyfirstsportspark.com/PARK/gettinhere.html

Frontier ride no. 8 is the only one that comes close to the airport, and it is not one of the challenging rides.

If you supply your home address in Ohio, I could mail you custom paved-road maps of Erie county.
mja.PaulCL
Jun 9, 2003 5:22 AM
thanks for the info. I talked to my brother in law who has set up a ride for me with one of his neighbors. I mentioned to my BiL that I was bringing my bike. He mentioned that one of his neighbors is a rider who he bumped into at a party this weekend. Long story short...I have a riding partner for Saturday to show me the area. I really hope the guy doesn't show up on a Huffy. He's probably saying the same thing about me right now.....
mja.wspokes
Jun 10, 2003 5:57 AM
Head toward Mckean and Fairview...Take a ride down from the airport toward the Millcreek access area for a little scenery, if you want another scenic route, head up route 5 north of erie...see the Erie Land light on the east side, head up the FLAT but WINDY route 5 to Westfield NY and See the Barcelona lighthouse. turn around there and come back and you have a easy LONG 50-70 mile loop. Route 5 N is along what is referred to as the NY Seaway trail which is designed with a wider shoulder for a bike route. If you want to stretch the ride, Go up to Dunkirk and check out the lighthouse there and eat at the Greek restaurant before heading back to Erie...flat roads but crosswinds keep it interesting plus awesome wineries and grape fields along the way!

Enjoy
Walt
wspokes@penn.com
Thanks. (nm)PaulCL
Jun 10, 2003 9:37 AM