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Old 01-17-03, 06:56 PM   #1
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Hello from South Jersey

Hi. I'm a sort of old guy (mid 40s) who loves regular, fairly short road rides. I've always been a somewhat casual biker but I'm getting more and more sucked in every year. For the last couple of years I've even THOUGHT about a century! What a wild and crazy guy I am, huh? I'm also one of the recent rats escaping from the bicycling.com forums. j/k, they're also very nice.

These forums look great - any place with a Winter Biking forum has to be good. I love winter biking, but my winter rides are usually fairly short mainly because I can only get out on dry weekends, so the endurance just isn't what I would like, but I always enjoy them immensely anyway.

I'm looking to expand my biking horizons, so I'm sure I'll find plenty of ideas here. My pet peeve is that I can't commute because the toll bridge into PA near me doesn't allow bikes. Commuting would be an excellent way to up my biking time, but I doubt that bridge will ever change. So I like that you have an advocacy forum.

Oh yeah, I'm from the "as cheap as possible" school, so I still ride an 88 Raleigh Technium that I've loved since day one. But as long as I don't look at or ride any beautiful new bikes, I'll stay perfectly happy. After all, it's not about the bike, right? It's about the biking, isn't it?.
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Old 01-18-03, 03:54 AM   #2
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Ralph: Welcome to the Bike Forum! You will like it here. I am originally from New Jersey -- Montclair. We used to have a place in Harvey Cedars, on Long Beach Island. Great biking -- flat as a pancake! How about the Pine Barrens? Would that be a great area for an extended bike trip?
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My pet peeve is that I can't commute because the toll bridge into PA near me doesn't allow bikes. Commuting would be an excellent way to up my biking time, but I doubt that bridge will ever change. So I like that you have an advocacy forum.
That's one of my pet peeves as well. It's ridiculously difficult to cross the Delaware river on foot or by bike. I believe that the Ben Franklin is the only bridge under the Delaware River Authority that has access for bikes or peds. and even then they close the walkways at night.
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How about the Pine Barrens? Would that be a great area for an extended bike trip?
Yes! I'm planning on doing some weekend tours when it gets warmer. Of course the best way to see the pines is with a fat-tire bike.
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OK, thbirks, now there's at least two of us, let's go get em! I've written to the DRPA and gotten only "The bridge was built without a bikeway." That's it, end of story. But they're getting a new director, so maybe there's hope. I keep meaning to write my congressman, also.

How is it to cross the Ben Franklin? I think it's a little sheltered, isn't it? The Commo Barry is wide open and high, so it can get very windy. It even blew me around on a motorcycle, so that could possibly be one of their excuses.

I'm on the fringes of the Pinelands, so they will make a great destination, trmcgeehan. But I always want to head into the sand. Does anyone do that to a bike? I really lust after a cyclocross bike for such rides.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Ralph
OK, thbirks, now there's at least two of us, let's go get em! I've written to the DRPA and gotten only "The bridge was built without a bikeway." That's it, end of story. But they're getting a new director, so maybe there's hope. I keep meaning to write my congressman, also.[/QOUTE]

well, you've done more than me. I live 30 miles from Philly so I only get to ride over the bridge occasionally. I would be interested in starting something to get access over the bridges though. I'm planning a trip up to Easton, Pa along the canal path and I can't cross over the Burlington/Bristol bridge on my bike. Which screws everything up. There is an organization called the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia that could be of some help. http://www.bicyclecoalition.org/ I'm going to send them an email.

[QOUTE]How is it to cross the Ben Franklin? I think it's a little sheltered, isn't it? The Commo Barry is wide open and high, so it can get very windy. It even blew me around on a motorcycle, so that could possibly be one of their excuses[/QOUTE]

The walkways on the BF are on the top of the bridge, overtop of the speedline. There's not much shelter. I imagine in a wind it wouldn't be so great but the view is wonderful.
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OK, thbirks, now there's at least two of us, let's go get em! I've written to the DRPA and gotten only "The bridge was built without a bikeway." That's it, end of story. But they're getting a new director, so maybe there's hope. I keep meaning to write my congressman, also.

How is it to cross the Ben Franklin? I think it's a little sheltered, isn't it? The Commo Barry is wide open and high, so it can get very windy. It even blew me around on a motorcycle, so that could possibly be one of their excuses.

I'm on the fringes of the Pinelands, so they will make a great destination, trmcgeehan. But I always want to head into the sand. Does anyone do that to a bike? I really lust after a cyclocross bike for such rides.
a cyclocross bike will get you nowhere in the sand, ... in fact, NOTHING will. I got lost in the pine barrens last year, and I had to walk my mountain bike for around 3 miles. it was pretty ugly .

i use the ben franklin walkway all the time... and i agree, it's an amazing view.

OCSJ does a mountain bike off of Carranza Rd. on the Batsto trail. I think the trail is well-packed enough to be rideable. you should check it out.
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