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Old 04-25-11, 06:58 PM   #1
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First time roadie, new to Toronto

Hey folks, total Noob here. Just bought my first road bike (2011 Allez Comp) and Im looking for riders,routes,tips, encouragement...whatever from others in the GTA. Moved here for work, dont really have anyone to ride with nor do I know where to go. Im 29, in good shape and ready to ride as of May. Be in touch, thanks!
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Old 04-26-11, 07:49 AM   #2
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What part of Toronto are you in?
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You don't mention where you live, but you could check out the Beaches Cycling Club:

http://beachescyclingclub.ning.com/
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check out www.tbn.ca
Variety of rides, best day for roadies is Sunday.
Hope to see you there

ps: I may be starting a Tuesday night ride from Lakeshore/Strachan area, stay tuned for details.
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Old 04-29-11, 01:34 PM   #5
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A lot of the LBS in the GTA sponsor group rides, D'Ornellas, Cycle Solutions, Pedal Performance in Pickering... The list goes on.
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For those of you who asked, I live on the western border of The Annex (I think)...Bloor and Christie. I'll definitely check out those sites. Thanks for the input and keep me posted of any news.
Also, keep in mind that this comong tuesday will be my first day EVER on a roadie...cant effin' wait!
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For those of you who asked, I live on the western border of The Annex (I think)...Bloor and Christie. I'll definitely check out those sites. Thanks for the input and keep me posted of any news.
Also, keep in mind that this comong tuesday will be my first day EVER on a roadie...cant effin' wait!
this is my 2nd summer riding and i'm awful...and i've only ever ridden solo. I figure as awful as i am, i'll eventually get better with practice. I'm at Bloor and Ossington if you ever want to go for a ride. I don't really know good routes though and i make them up as i go along
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I'm another new-ish Toronto roadie. I just finished building up my first real/modern road bike but have been riding around the city for years and started getting more serious last year. I'm a bit west of you guys, in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. I've been looking at various group websites, but not really knowing what I should be looking for/not being at the right skill level to fit in.

How about starting up a bit of an unofficial Toronto newbie group ride? I'd be up for riding with other people who will laugh with me when I fail at disengaging my clipless pedals rather than at me...
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Old 05-03-11, 12:27 PM   #9
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I find doing a loop that stretches to Etobicoke on the west and Ashbridges/Beach area on the east is easy and quick enough for an evening, after work ride. Most of it's bike trail too, Martin Goodman from around Bathurst to Etobicoke, QQY to Lakeshore to Cherry to that park that leads to Leslie and on to Ashbridges to the east. To stretch it out, you can take detours into High Park and Leslie Spit when it's open. If you're looking to draft and hammer, don't do that on this route.
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I am in Burlington and do not know anyone with whom to ride either. There is some good riding in this area with some nice country roads. You can feel free to PM me should you want some info.

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@Cowboy AND King of Lunch

Im completely down for starting something un-official like that. I know nothing of routes but the one suggested by Yossarian seems do-able.... send me a msg or something...Im not sure how the whole PM thing works but feel free to give me a shout. Im 29 and Im in pretty good shape. Let me know I check the site regularly.
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perfect, i'm 27 and not in shape...but working on it.
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I've ridden parts of that route, and it is nice if there aren't too many pedestrians on the Martin Goodman trail. Definitely not a route for hammering.
I don't really know any other good routes, but I keep looking for something that seems good on MapMyRide and Strava.

Should we try to arrange some time to try a ride? I won't be free until about wednesday or thursday next week, but the forecast so far is calling for rain from wednesday on.

Oh, and I'm 25, and in some sort of shape, but nothing to write home about. Also working on it.
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BTW, when you get to Etobicoke, the trail spits you back onto Lakeshore. You can follow that down a mile or two and hang a left to get back on another trail. Check your bike maps to get the exact location. Or you can just stay on Lakeshore since traffic's moving slower at that point. If you must have hill climbing, hit up Bayview parallel to the DVP. You have to cross Lakeshore around Cherry to stay on the trail up to Pottery Rd., then keep climbing from there on Bayview.
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Jeesh.. you young 'uns !

I've been back on the bike after an absence of 35+ years (I'm 57) and now that I'm back on a road bike I've been riding solo for the time being. Since I work out of my house, I usually do a 27K/16.5mi loop 3-4 days a week through the quieter parts of the Waterfront trail, the Highland Creek trail and some sidestreets that usually takes me almost exactly an hour. I'll do a longer ride time permitting on weekends that will take me on the same loop but extended on the east side over to as far as Whitby just east of Lakeridge road.

Since I live a stones throw from the Rouge Beach, I've been asked to join in the group rides hosted by Pedal Performance in Pickering but I just can't get up early enough to meet them at 8am. I'll probably join in later on in the summer.

Most places that host group rides split up into about three groups each group riding at different speeds. They usually regroup at a couple of designated spots to allow the slower riders the catch up so if you are out of shape, you're not going to get dropped.

There are lots of good routes in the east end with plenty of nasty little hills to climb if you know where to go. The Waterfront trail and some of the other bike paths are fine during off hours or early in the day out here but evenings and weekends usually results in my taking alternate routes down a lot of side streets.

One nice ride for those of you who live in the Mississauga area is to ride from the Lakeshore up to Belfountain in the Caledon Hills. I grew up in the Clarkson area and a bunch of us used to ride up there (about 100km round trip) on the weekend. I was about 16 when I first did that trip.

I'm planning on taking my bikes up to my cottage (south of Bancroft) this summer since there are plenty of places to go up there.

A couple of people I know have also suggested the Bancroft Hilly 100 or (60, 80, 160, 240k depending on what you can stand doing)
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-346288.html but since that's not until September I'll have until then to decide on whether I want to participate.
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BTW, when you get to Etobicoke, the trail spits you back onto Lakeshore. You can follow that down a mile or two and hang a left to get back on another trail. Check your bike maps to get the exact location. Or you can just stay on Lakeshore since traffic's moving slower at that point. If you must have hill climbing, hit up Bayview parallel to the DVP. You have to cross Lakeshore around Cherry to stay on the trail up to Pottery Rd., then keep climbing from there on Bayview.
ok, i did that bayview parallel climb early this morning....i had no idea it existed and it just about killed me. because i only ride in Toronto, i am definately not used to climbs like that.
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That climb is still safely within Toronto. It also takes you past the Brickworks farmer's market. And I did say, "If you MUST have hill climbing..."
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oh yea, i know that. i was just saying that because i ride only in Toronto, i'm used to pretty much flats like the Martin Goodman trail. it was nice to try something different even though i wasn't prepped for it.
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The Bayview Extension climb is part of my regular ride. If you want a steeper climb try Pottery Road instead.

Alamknm - I take both bikes up to the Bancroft area as well for 2 weeks over the summer. My favourite road loop includes Elephant Lake Road, South Baptiste Lake Road, Highway 62 (busy and a long, steep climb that makes Bayview look easy then a fast downhill to Maynooth), then the Peterson Road-about 75k. A great area to ride - lots of hills, mostly little traffic and hardly any other bikes.
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Hey, I'm right near Bloor and Christie too, and I just got my first road bike this spring, and have only been on a few rides with it, though this past weekend I did ride it Niagara. I'm not that fast, and I did get dropped while riding with a couple of other guys on that trip.

PM me if you guys are up for a ride. We can go as hard as the weakest.
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I am in Burlington and do not know anyone with whom to ride either. There is some good riding in this area with some nice country roads. You can feel free to PM me should you want some info.

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Me too! I'm in aldershot, where abouts in burlington are you?
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The Bayview Extension climb is part of my regular ride. If you want a steeper climb try Pottery Road instead.

Alamknm - I take both bikes up to the Bancroft area as well for 2 weeks over the summer. My favourite road loop includes Elephant Lake Road, South Baptiste Lake Road, Highway 62 (busy and a long, steep climb that makes Bayview look easy then a fast downhill to Maynooth), then the Peterson Road-about 75k. A great area to ride - lots of hills, mostly little traffic and hardly any other bikes.
Hmm.. That section of 62 is busy, especially with the logging trucks but that loop sounds good. My cottage is down on Wollaston Lake just east of Apsley. I'll probably take both bikes with me this summer and hit the 620 over the Apsley. There are some evil hills just outside of Apsley.
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