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Old 09-04-08, 07:10 PM   #1
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Bike Path Explorer from Columbia, Maryland

Hello everyone.

My first bike was a red Schwinn 20" fat tire hand-me-down that got 46 years ago. In turn I handed this bike down to my cousin and graduated to a spiffy NEW 26" 2-speed Schwinn Racer (thin tire, red). This was the hotest bike in the neighborhood until the five and 10-speeds started showing up. I loved the two speed because it was an internal hub shifter that had me riding while my buddies were trying to figure out how to untangle their deraillers. After I got married we moved into a small townhouse with no space for storing the beloved Racer. I gave it away to get room in my storage shed. That was 25 years ago.

Recently, I retired and gifted myself with a foldie, 2008 Dahon Vitesse D7hg. I still really like internal geared hubs. Now I can explore the extensive system of Columbia, Maryland bike trails that my assessments have been funding over the past 30 years. If you want to ride and commune with nature at the same time, Columbia has your ticket. These bike trails are amazing!

Looking forward to meeting you on the trail and on the boards.

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Old 09-05-08, 11:25 AM   #2
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Hi hankski, do you have photos of where you ride? Let's see if the trails are as good as you say!

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Old 09-08-08, 06:30 PM   #3
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Thanks.

No photos yet... Here is a link to a site where they are attempting to map the whole system. From what I am seeing they only have about 60% of the paths.

http://www.wayfaring.com/maps/show/37435

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Nice mapping effort...now to convince the powers which be to expand in various directions so that it's possible to leave Columbia for even more cycling fun!

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Other Trails Near Columbia

It would be great to hook up with the B&A Trail that runs near BWI Airport, about 10 miles from Columbia.
This trail runs between the airport and Annapolis approximately 20 miles in length. I noticed a bike trail in DC area along Rhode Island Ave near the REI store where I bouth the bike. I wonder if that one goes into town... near all the attractions. I doubt it... but still a nice thought as a hook up trail...
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Welcome to BF.
If you're retired, why did you get a folder? I'm semi-retired (63) and work 2-3 half days a week at a bike shop.
IMHO a folder would be way down on the list, just below recumbent.
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^^^

I'm thinking he likes to travel! I'm going to have to think about doing the same when I finally do get around to retiring.

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Old 09-22-08, 05:57 PM   #8
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Space the final frontier...

The reason I got a foldie is storage space. I live in a small condo townhouse with no basement or garage. My shed could accommodate a bike, but then there would be room for nothing else. This is an ideal compromise.

Actually, I am finding that the Dahon is not much of a compromise. The ride quality is excellent. Light tires. v-brakes, and a Shimano 7 speed internal hub shifter works well on these bike paths. The other advantage is that I can put it in the trunk or behind the seat on the truck and not worry about a bike rack when I do travel.

I took some pictures of the bike trail between my house and Savage Park which I rode last Thursday. It was 15 miles roundtrip. I'll post them as soon as I can get them off the camera.
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Picture of typical Columbia Bike Trail

Attached is a picture of a typical section of a Columbia. MD bike trail. I have other shots that show it going through an underpass under a major highway as well as some scenic stuff along a local lake. Today I took a ride over a bridge that crosses US29 (6 lanes) to the west side of town. This was an 11 mile ride around two nice lakes and through Town Center.
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Columbia MD Bike Path Map

Here's an even better map of the pathway system in Columbia MD:
http://www.columbiaassociation.com/p...athwaysMap.pdf
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