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    thy_wolven_lord thy_wolven_lord's Avatar
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    travel long distance by bike?

    I'm looking for people on long island who would like to meet up from time to time and travel by bike. i have been doing so for years and the people i used to bring cant handle it no more so any one is welcome to join. it normally is like 2-3 people finding about 30-50 miles and back.

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    Might I suggest that your screen name may scare some people away?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    Might I suggest that your screen name may scare some people away?



    Yeah, I must admit that riding with someone named Papa Tom sounds a bit more inviting than The Wolven Lord. If I change my name to Two Wheeled Orc Master then maybe I'll take a ride with the wolf lord.

    I like pie

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    thy_wolven_lord thy_wolven_lord's Avatar
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    i didn't know user names intimidate people lol. its not like I'm out to kill people. just looking for people who are willing to met up from time to time to travel.

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    >>>Yeah, I must admit that riding with someone named Papa Tom sounds a bit more inviting than The Wolven Lord.<<<

    If it was, in fact, THE Wolven Lord, I might consider it. But this guy is THY Wolven Lord. That's what sealed the deal for me!

    (Just funnin' ya, Wolven. Based on your post, you sound like an OK dude.)
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    And I'm puzzled by what you mean by "travel by bike".

    Form the post, it seems that you want fellow LI'rs to go on local 30-50 mile bike rides, not necessarily "traveling" somewhere to take a bike ride, or taking bike vacations. Or am I not getting something ?.

    That being the case, have you looked into any of the local bike clubs ?. All offer weekend and weekday rides of all levels and distances. Even if you are turned off, or intimidated, be aware that one HUGE advantage is these folks know all the best roads to ride on Long Island, as well as mt. bike trails as well.

    http://www.bicyclelongisland.org/

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    i mean like picking out a random area then biking there. stopping at random places on they way etc. depending on who I'm with i still do have 1 friend who will come with me once in a long time but he likes to bmx so we end up stopping at bmx spots and such. meeting bikers and going with them to a random destination is what i meant basically. recently i got 1 person to join me in biking to nj form floral park. destination isn't clear yet but I'm pretty sure its going to be a random town in nj

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    you're describing a bummel... and i'm also at odds to find people in philly wanting to put in 4+ hours of saddle time. i've been out to phoenixville, wilmington (don't ride the george c platt bridge, folks), bus to dover then rode dover to millsboro, bus to cape may then rode to and took the ferry to lewes then continued to rehoboth beach, and, most epicly thus far, train to trenton then rode all the way up 206 from there to succasunna (sooo many hills).

    but yeah i hear ya. finding cyclists who are more interested in the journey than the destination is tough.
    Last edited by rekall; 11-02-09 at 08:31 PM.

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    My one issue with this kind of journey is that in a crowded metro area like NYC, the randomness often makes the journey unpleasant. Experienced cyclists make an effort to ride on roads that they know are appropriate for cycling and as a result, going to make the ride enjoyable.

    Attempting to randomize the destination means possibly following a route that might have heavy traffic, bad or non-existent shoulders, etc... which is NOT my idea of fun !. It's the same thing as riding in a city you don't know and taking wrong turns and ending up on a freeway.

    If you told me you were doing this in a mid-western city, where the roads are traffic free just outside the city limits, I'd support the idea. But to attempt this in NYC (Or LA, Chicago, Boston) seems absurd. If you want to go someplace random, start out in the boonies (eastern Suffolk *almost* qualifies) and then I'd join in.

    And for what it's worth, 30-50 mile rides doesn't get you very far. I live in SW Nassau County and riding 15-25 miles one way doesn't get me much past Plainview or Bayshore. I know the roads in these area's and I plan the rides on certain roads to avoid the random turn that gets me on 110.

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    I agree with Lightingguy. I may be the odd man out here, but 60 to 80 miles is a rest day for me, as it is for a lot of people that I ride with. As for random, if you had ridden with my club 2 sundays ago you would have seen random, since we were paying way more attention to pace and effort than the route and got way off track. We ended up going South to the LIE, then taking the service road back west to get back in the neighborhood.

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    As someone who rarely has time to do more than 30 miles in a day, many of my "random" rides are outside of Long Island, where the scenery can change significantly within even a five or ten-mile ride.

    For example, if you get on the Westchester County Trailway at its southern terminus and ride north all the way into Putnam County (Carmel, NY) it's easy to feel, at times, like you're up in the mountains of some far away place.

    Though it's usually easier to get a ride group together when everyone can leave (on a bike) right from their driveways, you might get a better response if you "market" your ride as a sight-seeing tour of the Hudson Valley.

    There's some info about the Westchester Trailway (aka North County and South County Trailways) at nyrides.freehosting.net . Ken Roberts, who also posts on this group, has a site with even more details and up-to-date info.

    Regarding random rides on Long Island, I agree that this can be really tricky - and possibly dangerous.
    Papa Tom

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