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    Hello from Philadelphia

    Hello, my name is Greg. Getting back into the sport. The last 8 years my ridding has been pretty much non-existent due to travel for work, new wife and then new baby. All in that order. I have an old old Cannondale, thus my username, ole'cdale. Looking forward to seeing you all out there in the forums.

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    [QUOTE=ole'cdale]Hello, my name is Greg. Getting back into the sport. The last 8 years my ridding has been pretty much non-existent due to travel for work, new wife and then new baby. All in that order. I have an old old Cannondale, thus my username, ole'cdale. Looking forward to seeing you all out there in the forums.

    -Greg[/QUOTE

    Hello and welcome to the forums Greg. I live in Trenton NJ and frequently travel by train down to Philadelhpia to ride the Schuylkill River trail. I am a newbie, returning to cycling after a long layoff (over 20 yrs). I am looking for good rides in Philly.
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    For group rides in Philadelphia, there's the Bike Club of Philadelphia, www.phillybikeclub.org, a very active group; cue sheets available on the web site. There are several suburban groups, if you want group rides that take you a bit further out into the surrounding greenery. I belong to Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, www.suburbancyclists.org, based in Montgomery County.

    I don't know about this suggestion for Greg (with the demands on your time, you might not want to drive out to Bucks County to ride), but baj32161, why would you come into Philly to ride the trail over and over when you have such wonderful riding in your own area? Mercer and Hunterdon counties have dozens of great routes. If, as a newbie, you're uncomfortable with road riding or unfamiliar with routes, my other club, Central Bucks Bike Club, has rides at virtually every level every weekend, and is a very nice group of people. Check out www.cbbikeclub.org.
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    I grew up in Lawrenceville and rode quite a bit in that area for a long time. I enjoyed heading up thruogh Princeton and via the Great Rd heading out to Skillman and other little towns in that area for some good hills and quiet roads. I did the Anchor House Ride for Runaways 4 times, many years ago. Considered doing it this year. I am new to the rides in the Philly area, if I learn of any I will let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lrzipris
    For group rides in Philadelphia, there's the Bike Club of Philadelphia, www.phillybikeclub.org, a very active group; cue sheets available on the web site. There are several suburban groups, if you want group rides that take you a bit further out into the surrounding greenery. I belong to Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, www.suburbancyclists.org, based in Montgomery County.

    I don't know about this suggestion for Greg (with the demands on your time, you might not want to drive out to Bucks County to ride), but baj32161, why would you come into Philly to ride the trail over and over when you have such wonderful riding in your own area? Mercer and Huntingdon counties have dozens of great routes. If, as a newbie, you're uncomfortable with road riding or unfamiliar with routes, my other club, Central Bucks Bike Club, has rides at virtually every level every weekend, and is a very nice group of people. Check out www.cbbikeclub.org.
    Because my girlfriend lives in Philly and she is a teacher and off all summer...AND, silly me, I may have thought about riding with her when I went down to visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lrzipris
    For group rides in Philadelphia, there's the Bike Club of Philadelphia, www.phillybikeclub.org, a very active group; cue sheets available on the web site. There are several suburban groups, if you want group rides that take you a bit further out into the surrounding greenery. I belong to Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, www.suburbancyclists.org, based in Montgomery County.

    I don't know about this suggestion for Greg (with the demands on your time, you might not want to drive out to Bucks County to ride), but baj32161, why would you come into Philly to ride the trail over and over when you have such wonderful riding in your own area? Mercer and Huntingdon counties have dozens of great routes. If, as a newbie, you're uncomfortable with road riding or unfamiliar with routes, my other club, Central Bucks Bike Club, has rides at virtually every level every weekend, and is a very nice group of people. Check out www.cbbikeclub.org.
    Don't you mean Hunterdon County?
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    Spelling corrected, and I also apologize if I seemed to be disparaging your ride choices. I find that the trails around here--the Schuylkill and both sides of the Delaware--get boring after a couple of trips each year, and I probably project that attitude too easily onto others.

    However, there are great alternatives around the region, and I was just trying to offer those, in case you guys were unaware of them. As you may know, besides the Anchor House ride, there are lots of great event rides around, both charity and club-sponsored. I particularly enjoy rides in the Pinelands and southern Jersey. The SCU web site has a comprehensive list titled "Non-SCU Calendar."

    How about making a CBBC ride part of a date with your girlfriend, baj32161? Post-ride, you could browse in New Hope, Lahaska, or the flea market south of Lambertville. Hey, I'm just trying to share my enthusiasm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lrzipris
    Spelling corrected, and I also apologize if I seemed to be disparaging your ride choices. I find that the trails around here--the Schuylkill and both sides of the Delaware--get boring after a couple of trips each year, and I probably project that attitude too easily onto others.

    However, there are great alternatives around the region, and I was just trying to offer those, in case you guys were unaware of them. As you may know, besides the Anchor House ride, there are lots of great event rides around, both charity and club-sponsored. I particularly enjoy rides in the Pinelands and southern Jersey. The SCU web site has a comprehensive list titled "Non-SCU Calendar."

    How about making a CBBC ride part of a date with your girlfriend, baj32161? Post-ride, you could browse in New Hope, Lahaska, or the flea market south of Lambertville. Hey, I'm just trying to share my enthusiasm!
    Understood...but understand that I have ridden those areas (and I do like them) and was specifically looking for rides in Philadelphia. I do not know Philadelphia very well and my girlfriend was asking about that area...she lives near the Schuylkill River. She is not ready for anything more than a few miles and does not want anything with alot of hills or traffic.

    Nonetheless the suggestions are appreciated. If she ever gets as enthusiastic as I am we will do some rides in Bucks Co., either just the two of us or we will join a group or club. Besides I don't think she has ever been to the areas you have suggested. She is originally from Texas and has only been here (there) for 3 years.
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    From the Bike Club of Philadelphia's ride archive, you'll find several fairly flat rides in or around the immediate city environs, particularly among Myra VanI's cue sheets: http://www.phillybikeclub.org/ridelibrary/

    BCP has a lot of rides that start at the Art Museum or Fairmount section of the city.

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