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Do you mostly ride bike trails/mups or public roads?

Old 07-02-11, 02:34 PM
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As long as it's paved and there are no cars, it works for me. I used to ride more deteriorated semi-paved trails but not anymore. The suburban Mup here that I use is not that crowded, is about 5ft wide and doesn't allow motorcycles so that's fine with me, as long as the peds, skaters and whatnot can understand english like "on your left" or "passing". The challenge is making it to the path safely.
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I ride my road bike when the weather permits. That means taking the bike 3 miles in the car to reach the pavement, and then riding on rural roads with little to no traffic.

Once the cold temps, snow and ice come, the road bike gets put away and I switch over to my mountain bike with studded tires. Then I mostly stick to the gravel roads, where there is usually less ice and less traffic than I'd find on the main highways.

The nearest bike lane or bike trail is over 20 miles away. I have no interest in going that direction when I have literally hundreds of miles of gravel and rural roads to ride on.
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Old 07-02-11, 08:20 PM
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No bike trails/mups around here, so I ride on the road.
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Road. I ride MUPS when I have to, but that's pretty rare.
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Old 07-03-11, 07:22 AM
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I ride almost exclusively on roads, due to the lack of any trails around here. But when I go home to Illinois to visit family, I ride almost exclusively on trails. The trail system around Chicago is fantastic, and the East/West towpath I & M Canal and Hennepin Canals are great too (although both are poorly maintained). My wife's family farm is about a mile from the Hennepin, so I ride it every time we go back. Niote, I have tried it with smooth tires, dumb idea.

The times I have been on the towpaths, there has been no other users on it for miles. Now the trails around Chicago can be pretty busy, and some users are oblivious to what they are doing.

This is the I & M on a fall ride, where the trail was "sort of" closed.

Illinois Prairie Path, suitable for a racing bike, somewhere in the Geneva/Aurora area:

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Old 07-03-11, 07:33 AM
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Almost exclusively on roads (95% +). sometimes on the MUT on the canals. At some point in the next year or so I may buy a used mtb, but, I will still ride mostly on the road. Many major streets and roads have bike lanes in the Phoenix area. The other streets and roads are lightly traveled enough they are safe for riding, with a reasonable amount of vigilance by the rider. The only drawback to riding an mtb is I have to drive to a trail.
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I probably do 75% road and 25% trails. We have over 300 miles of paved trails in the SW Ohio area. Many of them are rail-to-trails and connect small towns. They only get busy near the larger towns and most people refer to them as bike trails in the area.

The first picture was taken on the Little Miami Scenic Trail which is one of the favorites in the area. It's over 70 miles long and a wonderful place to ride.

The second was taken on GOBA last year and is a good example of the types of roads I ride.

The third picture is the river trail that runs through the city of Dayton. You can ride through Dayton on this trail and only need to cross a couple streets. Five Rivers MetroParks does a great job of maintaining the trails. They recently built a bike hub near this location for bike commuters in the downtown area.
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Old 07-03-11, 09:42 AM
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I ride almost exclusively on the road, with an occasional trip on local mups.
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I ride on the MUPs and the streets. Depends on where I'm going, what I'm doing, if I'm just roaming.
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