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Joe Tasse 11-04-13 10:09 AM

Joe T
 
Hello All.

I'm going to be in Ithaca, NY next week and wondered if anyone knew if I could rent or borrow a decent road bike to cycle around Cayuga Lake on Wednesday, 11/13/13. It's about a 90 mile run. The local bike shops only rent mountain bikes or hybrids.

Many thanks for any ideas.

Joe T (Michigan)
11/4/13

no1mad 11-04-13 10:44 AM

Welcome aboard :).

I took the liberty of moving this from the Introductions forum in the hopes some of the NY natives will be able to help.

Lacumo 11-04-13 08:44 PM

Best of luck in your efforts at connecting with somebody from Ithaca -- it’s a pretty small town. Cornell and Ithaca College make up a major portion of the population. I think you may end up having to settle for an available commercial rental.

Joe Tasse 11-11-13 07:56 AM

Found Glenn Swan
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by no1mad (Post 16217995)
Welcome aboard :).

I took the liberty of moving this from the Introductions forum in the hopes some of the NY natives will be able to help.

Thanks for forwarding my message. I found Glenn Swan of Swan Cycles in Ithaca or just outside Ithaca and he rents road bikes.
I'm looking forward to a crisp ride on Wednesday.
Take care.
Joe

Joe Tasse 11-11-13 07:58 AM

Swan Cycles
 
Thanks for responding. I found Swan Cycles near Ithaca and Glenn Swan seems like a great guy and rents road bikes. So, I'll be trying to cycle around Cayuaga Lake on Wednesday. I'm taking lots of winter riding clothes.
Take care,
Joe

RollCNY 11-12-13 08:42 AM

Just for planning purposes, the south ends of all of the lakes are hillier than the north end, and the west shores are usually hillier than the east. With Cayuga, my recollection is that the west side has more short steep hills than the east.

indyfabz 11-12-13 12:11 PM

Forecast high is for 34 with 20% chance of snow. Enjoy. :)

BTW...I believe RollCNY's recollection is correct.

Joe Tasse 11-18-13 07:52 AM

Right on about Cayuga
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RollCNY (Post 16239785)
Just for planning purposes, the south ends of all of the lakes are hillier than the north end, and the west shores are usually hillier than the east. With Cayuga, my recollection is that the west side has more short steep hills than the east.

I completed the 90-mile Cayuga run and it was as I recalled from the last tine I did it 34 years ago. I was a Cornell student at the time. It has snowed lightly the night before and was 20 degrees when I started. That added to the luster of the ride. The roads were mostly clear with a few dicey spots heading north. When it warned to 34, the roads were fine.

Your recollection of the topography is accurate. There are some moderate climbs on the east side of the lake and some longer steep climbs on the west, particularly in the southwest part near Taughannock Falls. The views were beautuful, especially when the sun was out.
Glenn Swann, who rented me an excellent Peugot rode bike, said there were far more scenic rides but I wanted to ride Cayuga.

Take care and thanks for responding.

Joe

Joe Tasse 11-18-13 07:57 AM

Ithac Weather
 
You had it right. Cool weather in Ithaca for my ride. See my reply to RollCNY.
The temps werd in the 50's the next day. Go figure.
Take care,
Joe

Joe Tasse 11-18-13 07:59 AM

Right on about Cayuga
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RollCNY (Post 16239785)
Just for planning purposes, the south ends of all of the lakes are hillier than the north end, and the west shores are usually hillier than the east. With Cayuga, my recollection is that the west side has more short steep hills than the east.

I completed the 90-mile Cayuga run and it was as I recalled from the last tine I did it 34 years ago. I was a Cornell student at the time. It has snowed lightly the night before and was 20 degrees when I started. That added to the luster of the ride. The roads were mostly clear with a few dicey spots heading north. When it warned to 34, the roads were fine.

Your recollection of the topography is accurate. There are some moderate climbs on the east side of the lake and some longer steep climbs on the west, particularly in the southwest part near Taughannock Falls. The views were beautuful, especially when the sun was out.
Glenn Swann, who rented me an excellent Peugot rode bike, said there were far more scenic rides but I wanted to ride Cayuga.

Take care and thanks for responding.

Joe


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