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    Riding around Madison, WI?

    We were thinking about taking our road bikes to Wisconsin for some summer riding (summer 2015). We are considering the Madison area because it's easy to reach (by plane). Are there some nice routes around there? We like to ride approx. 50 miles +. Road biking only. Thanks.

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    A good starting point...Bike Maps - Bike Madison - City of Madison, Wisconsin

    If you like hills, drive about an hour west of Madison (Dodgeville/Mount Horeb area) for some challenging stuff.
    Bike Routes near Mount Horeb/Bluemounds State Park | MapMyRide

    Or go north to Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo. Beautiful challenging riding, although not as tough as the Bluemounds/Dodgeville/Mount Horeb area. Bike near the Wisconsin River by Prairie du Sac. You won't regret it. Plenty of touristy stuff if that's your thing.

    Or make a run to one of the breweries. If you like beer, you can't go wrong with the New Glarus Brewery which is SSW of Madtown. It'd be in your 50-ish mile range depending on where you're staying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    A good starting point...Bike Maps - Bike Madison - City of Madison, Wisconsin

    If you like hills, drive about an hour west of Madison (Dodgeville/Mount Horeb area) for some challenging stuff.
    Bike Routes near Mount Horeb/Bluemounds State Park | MapMyRide

    Or go north to Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo. Beautiful challenging riding, although not as tough as the Bluemounds/Dodgeville/Mount Horeb area. Bike near the Wisconsin River by Prairie du Sac. You won't regret it. Plenty of touristy stuff if that's your thing.

    Or make a run to one of the breweries. If you like beer, you can't go wrong with the New Glarus Brewery which is SSW of Madtown. It'd be in your 50-ish mile range depending on where you're staying.
    How far is Baraboo from Madison? We would like to be able to ride out of Madison or at least not have to drive an hour to get to a ride. Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shona View Post
    How far is Baraboo from Madison? We would like to be able to ride out of Madison or at least not have to drive an hour to get to a ride. Thanks for your help.
    Baraboo would be further than your 50-ish miles. It'd be about that one way.

    Another suggestion, pick up set of these:
    http://https://store.wisconsinbikefe...s-set-of-four/
    Color-coded roads indicate the bike friendliness of a given road. Green = great, red = not great, blue = ok. I've used these for twenty years. They're worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Baraboo would be further than your 50-ish miles. It'd be about that one way.

    Another suggestion, pick up set of these:
    http://https://store.wisconsinbikefe...s-set-of-four/
    Color-coded roads indicate the bike friendliness of a given road. Green = great, red = not great, blue = ok. I've used these for twenty years. They're worth every penny.
    thank you. I could not open that link. What is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shona View Post
    thank you. I could not open that link. What is it?
    A set of four bicycle maps for the state. Try again...click on the Bicycle Maps (Set of four).
    https://store.wisconsinbikefed.org/

    More detailed info on this set.

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    Thanks for your help. I just read that summers in Wisconsin are rainy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shona View Post
    Thanks for your help. I just read that summers in Wisconsin are rainy.
    No prob. Muggy, yes. Rainy? Compared to where? Average annual precip is ~34". We do get more of it in the summer. Bring rain gear, but don't plan on using it much. June tends to be wetter, but these last several years of Julys and Augusts have been downright arid. At least the mosquitos haven't been so rampant.
    Climate Wisconsin - temperature, rainfall and average

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    Wisconsin does have some great riding. And great beer too. There are a couple of motels in New Glaurus by the trails that connect to Madison that cater to bike tourists, and there's enough to see in New Glaurus to keep you busy if you make it a day trip from Madison. Don't be surprised if the natives (cheeseheads) are hard to understand, they talk funny up there.

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    I'm comparing to drought ridden south central Texas. Seriously, I don't like to ride in the rain for safety purposes. Maybe July would be best. And thanks to No Motor? for the New Glaurus suggestion.

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    http://www.swissaire.com/ We stayed here about 5 years ago, and they let us keep our bikes (2) in the room with us or there was an enclosed hallway we could have used if we wanted. Highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Wisconsin does have some great riding. And great beer too. There are a couple of motels in New Glaurus by the trails that connect to Madison that cater to bike tourists, and there's enough to see in New Glaurus to keep you busy if you make it a day trip from Madison. Don't be surprised if the natives (cheeseheads) are hard to understand, they talk funny up there.
    The Sugar River bike trail runs through New Glarus to Brodhead. And Sugar River Pizza is right on the trail. I ate there last summer with friends after doing a one day tour. Great pizza with outdoor seating and an impressive selection of brews. Damn, I'm getting thirsty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    The Sugar River bike trail runs through New Glarus to Brodhead. And Sugar River Pizza is right on the trail. I ate there last summer with friends after doing a one day tour. Great pizza with outdoor seating and an impressive selection of brews. Damn, I'm getting thirsty.
    We ate there after riding around and before we got back to the motel. It was great, and I'm getting thirsty too.

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    The Glacial Drummlin Trail connects, for the most part, Madison to Milwaukee, 60 miles or so. Some paved, some crushed limestone.

    The research Milwaukee busses back to Madison, they are equipped with bike racks on the front.

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