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Old 09-21-13, 01:14 PM   #1
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'Afternoon, from Central Jersey

Hey all,

Just joined to get a little more informed about biking. My wife and I just got new Giant entry-level mountain bikes and we both ride more around town than in the dirt. I've been riding for many years, but had a few years' hiatus after moving to Jersey.

Neither of us are really expert riders, but have been riding throughout our lives.

Look forward to gaining valuable insight and learning more about the sport!

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Old 09-21-13, 01:28 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard

If you are riding primarily on paved surfaces, swap out the knobby tires for some slicker ones (they come in all widths) for slightly more relaxed ride (more efficient, less noise).
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Old 09-21-13, 01:28 PM   #3
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Like they say, couple that stays together spends time together! And what better way, than to be riding bikes?

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A few paths and trails around to ride, depending on where you are.

The D&R Canal trail is a nice long one, the area it terminates in in Trenton however is pretty ghetto, the rest is nice.

Thompson Park in Middletown has a 4+ mile paved loop, not bad.

Sandy Hook has a paved path, about a 13 mile loop out and back.

Henry Hudson Trail in the bayshore is paved....but it stops constantly for road crossings and they are busy roads.

Careful on the roads, a mirror is a good idea, people are inattentive and obsessed with their phones.
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I hear that. We've been considering the right accessories for a while and mirrors are high on the list. And thanks for the trail suggestions - we'll definitely give a few of those a try. To no1mad: right now, I am just trying to get up hills with my two year-old in back without killing myself, but will definitely take your suggestion to heart. We settled on the entry-level mtbs because we knew we would be doing some dirt trail riding occasionally. If we stick with our commitment to ride, we'll get some fat street tires/wheels.

Also getting my wife used to riding on well-trafficked streets. I have no issues with it, but she's quite a bit less confident, so we've been out each day since we got the bikes, just to acclimatize.

Thanks all, for your warm welcome. The "protection" thread was interesting, to say the least.

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Hey all,

Just joined to get a little more informed about biking. My wife and I just got new Giant entry-level mountain bikes and we both ride more around town than in the dirt. I've been riding for many years, but had a few years' hiatus after moving to Jersey.

Neither of us are really expert riders, but have been riding throughout our lives.

Look forward to gaining valuable insight and learning more about the sport!

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Where in central NJ?

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I think it's great that the two of you have something fun and good for you that you can do together! Welcome to Bike Forums!
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Where in central NJ?

Welcome to the forums.
Apologies for the late response - busy weekends for the past few weeks. I actually live near the Oranges, which my wife tells me constitutes "northern Jersey." Still getting a sense of the area, and I like South Mountain preserve, although the rides there are a bit more technical than I am used to, and hard to navigate with small children along. Still, I am pleased with the amount of effort a lot of the townships put in to make their areas biker friendly.

Been riding pretty much every day since I joined the forum.
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Welcome to the Forum! This weekend is International Mountain Bike's 10th annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking. Sounds like you are ready to go! Enjoy the forum and the bikes. I wish I could get my wife riding.
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