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Old 08-31-12, 12:37 PM
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I'm in South STL around the Bevo mill area! Let's cycle!
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Originally Posted by EdwardMH View Post
Hi I am Edward 47yo Male I just joined the Forums. I live in Battlefield, Mo. I do not have a bike yet but am looking, here is my introduction post. https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...904-New-Newbie Anyone in the area I can learn from my primary goal is health and fitness (weight Loss, control diabetes). looking for info on where to begin, where I can ride safely ect.
Edward,

Welcome! I live in SW Springfield, and my rides take me through Battlefield pretty frequently. As you well know, we live in the middle of the Ozarks, which means a lot of rolling hills, many of them with comparatively short, but sometimes very steep, gradients. My trips through your town are primarily on the Old Wire Road (I come from Springfield via Weaver/FR178) then out west of town towards Farm Road 115 (talk about steep); I take 115 north, past Republic Road, then around the power plant. I frequently turn west (left) at FR164, and cross Highway 60 (West Sunshine St) and head towards Brookline, which is a little more flat than other areas; there are a few farm roads west of MM ( a little hillier), or you can head back east towards Springfield - you will pass through the city limits of Republic a couple of times - and there are more farm roads north of FR156 that are not too heavily traveled.

When you feel more comfortable riding around some of these roads, Farm Road 115 will take you all the way north of Chestnut Expressway - I frequently take this and wind around the industrial/shipping area next to I-44, and make my way over the interstate via Division to FR123, which I take north to the Frisco Highline Trail just north of Kearney St. Farm RD115 is a little more heavily traveled - speed limit is 45, but some locals think it's 55-60 - but it is a great way to go north and south most of the length of Springfield, and there are multiple opportunities to head back east towards town by way of other Farm Roads, most of which are not too heavily traveled.

If you are looking for some non-highway traveling, and have a way to transport your bike, the Greenway Trail which runs from National and Sunset to Battlefield Rd/FF is a nice option; I use a section of it between Nathaniel Green park on Scenic - heading west, where I take the bike path on Battlefield back east, or go north on a sidewalk that starts just west of Carver Middle School.

I would recommend looking at some of what I just described on Google Maps, and driving some of the routes just to make sure you feel safe.

I got back on the bike after a 20-year hiatus, and have gone from barely able to ride 5 miles to 50 miles in the past year and a half... best of luck in picking out your bike, and if you start to get into it like I have, you will find that appropriate clothing - bike shorts and jersey, shoes, gloves, etc. - will make a lot of difference in comfort and overall enjoyabitlity. Hope to see you around!

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Old 09-23-12, 07:43 PM
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Biking from St. Louis and south??

Hi everyone - my husband and I are planning a bicycle ride from Jefferson City, MO to Dexter, MO (one hour south of Cape Girardeau) - we are planning to take the Katy Trail to St. Charles but are undecided as to how to go once off the trail and then south. We would greatly appreciate any help you can give for us to have a safe, enjoyable trip from St. Louis to Dexter.

Thanks in advance for any advice!!
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Old 09-24-12, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by gaylordsoapco View Post
Hi everyone - my husband and I are planning a bicycle ride from Jefferson City, MO to Dexter, MO (one hour south of Cape Girardeau) - we are planning to take the Katy Trail to St. Charles but are undecided as to how to go once off the trail and then south. We would greatly appreciate any help you can give for us to have a safe, enjoyable trip from St. Louis to Dexter.

Thanks in advance for any advice!!
Have you considered the ACA Great Rivers trail down to Cape Girardeau? You could take the Katy to Dutzow, then pick up the ACA route. There's plenty of B&Bs in Dutzow/Washington, and many of them will take you across the bridge there, which is one of those old two-lane affairs that is not suitable for bikes. Dutzow is about 70 miles from the Jeff City North Trailhead, so it is doable in a day.

Alternatively, take the Katy to the Page Extension bridge, go into St. Louis and work your way down from there.

I'm in Jeff City. If you are in the Mid-MO area, I'd be happy to get a map to you.
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Old 09-24-12, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by lanahk View Post
Have you considered the ACA Great Rivers trail down to Cape Girardeau? You could take the Katy to Dutzow, then pick up the ACA route. There's plenty of B&Bs in Dutzow/Washington, and many of them will take you across the bridge there, which is one of those old two-lane affairs that is not suitable for bikes. Dutzow is about 70 miles from the Jeff City North Trailhead, so it is doable in a day.

Alternatively, take the Katy to the Page Extension bridge, go into St. Louis and work your way down from there.

I'm in Jeff City. If you are in the Mid-MO area, I'd be happy to get a map to you.
If you and your husband decide to take lanahk's advice, I highly recommend that you stop and enjoy a meal at the Dutzow Deli. Excellant food at very reasonable prices. They have some great desserts too. The deli is located on the trailhead in Detzow, you can't miss it.
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Old 09-25-12, 03:55 AM
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Welcome Gaylordsoapco! The ACA route maps is a good idea, another suggestion is the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). I just recently got the guide book to the MRT and it is a pretty thorough book.

Being from SEMO I have been looking at what it would take to ride down there, would like to do that sometime. I'm also near Jefferson City, and the Katy Trail is an excellent ride to the StL area, the planning is in the going south from there isn't it. Not sure I'm up for the hills between StL and the Benton area though. Another place to look at possible roads to travel is the Missouri Bicycle Federation/ MOBikeFed. Good luck with your research, I'm enterested in what you figure out.

There is lots of useful touring info in the "Touring" section of Bike Forums.

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Old 10-27-12, 05:14 AM
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Fall into Winter rides. Anyone near KC down?

I'm new to riding road as of this fall. Since August I've put on a few hundred miles and am disappointed it is cooling off. I'm looking for a few pointers to battle KC wind/weather and looking for someone to ride with. I enjoy riding fast, pushing limits, night rides, and mt bikes as well.

Also looking to fix up an old schwinn road. Open to ideas and will probably need some beta on how to turn this down tube shifter into a slick new ride. My thought is maybe stripping down to frame paint this winter and building from there.

The hope is to have a sweet ride for a few relay triathlons this spring, so I'm wanting to train through the winter and this fall. Any advice or takers?
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Old 10-29-12, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by QuicKsilver7537 View Post
I'm new to riding road as of this fall. Since August I've put on a few hundred miles and am disappointed it is cooling off. I'm looking for a few pointers to battle KC wind/weather and looking for someone to ride with. I enjoy riding fast, pushing limits, night rides, and mt bikes as well.

Also looking to fix up an old schwinn road. Open to ideas and will probably need some beta on how to turn this down tube shifter into a slick new ride. My thought is maybe stripping down to frame paint this winter and building from there.

The hope is to have a sweet ride for a few relay triathlons this spring, so I'm wanting to train through the winter and this fall. Any advice or takers?
I ride road all year round throughout the Kansas City Northland. Pretty much the only thing that keeps me off the pavement is (a) ice on the road or (b) snow on the road. The key to cold riding is lots of light layering to allow you that first few minutes of cold shock, then begin to peel down like an onion as you warm up. I have winter weather gloves and ear warmers (but not a skull cap); if the weather gets really chill this year I may invest in bar hoods and booties but I've not needed them in past years... like every autumn, as soon as it turns colder I begin to think about those items and somehow never get around to purchasing them. Oh well. I also wear tights and double layer socks, or socks covered with plastic wrap if the ride is sloppy and wet. My brevet bike is outfitted with fenders and front bag to accommodate the road crud and to carry the extra layers when I begin to peel. And carrying the extra weight for those items helps, I suppose, with base training! Wider tires allows me to corner more confidently in the muck and I run a Sanyo dynamo hub on the front to power my Busch & Muller lighting ('cuz it gets dark early and just seems to stay that way.)

Unless the work or family schedule gets in the way, I try to ride every day so if you're in the Northland, drop us a line.
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Old 12-10-12, 03:50 PM
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Looking for a riding/training partner in South KC. I'm in the Red Bridge area and am just beginning my riding/training. I'd like to find someone that is interested in riding/training several times a week but is flexible.

I want to build up to a decent race this sprint/summer.

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Is anyone else considering the "Ride The Fault Line" tour?

Just thought I would see if anyone else here was planning to do this tour. I'm familiar with the area, should be a nice ride, not many hills, maybe none. I'm in the beginning stage of planning for it. Anyone else?
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Missouri KATY Trail Ride Registration starts March 1st
https://mostateparks.com/2013-katy-trail-ride

The 13th annual Katy Trail Ride, June 17-21, allows bicyclists to experience Katy Trail State Park from Clinton to St. Charles. Missouri State Parks and Missouri State Parks Foundation invite you to join them on this scenic five-day ride on the nation's longest developed and most popular rail trail.
This year's ride covers approximately 253 miles of Katy Trail and features great food and many fun activities. Hot showers are available at each overnight stop, enhancing comfortable campsite settings. Participation is limited to 300 people so register early to ensure your place on this scenic ride. Registrations will be accepted until May 1 or until the 300 maximum limit is reached.
I just registered and it cost me $370 which included the ride, two meals a day, a shuttle bus from St. Charles to Clinton ($60), and a shuttle bus to a hotel on one day ($20). Not a bad deal.
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Missouri KATY Trail Ride Registration starts March 1st
https://mostateparks.com/2013-katy-trail-ride

The 13th annual Katy Trail Ride.

Good for you JerrySTL, that will be a fun ride, have always heard good things about it. The Katy is sort of my riding/touring playground. Have ridden all of it several times over, but have never been on the DNR ride, it always sounds like fun though. Man, talking about these rides makes the snow and sleet/freezing rain, that is going on outside right now, seem even worse, a bit of cabin fever I guess.
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Originally Posted by DW99 View Post
Just thought I would see if anyone else here was planning to do this tour. I'm familiar with the area, should be a nice ride, not many hills, maybe none. I'm in the beginning stage of planning for it. Anyone else?

Haven't heard about this one. Details? Location? Dates?
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Originally Posted by AZORCH View Post
Haven't heard about this one. Details? Location? Dates?
AZORCH, you can do a Bing search or Google for " Ride The Fault Line " and find out all about it. To answer your question, it's a tour that takes in parts of SE Missouri, NE Arkansas, East Tennessee and Kentucky, June 22-29.
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I'm not in Missouri, but I lives 15 minutes from downtown on the east side. Try the MCT trail system over here. Fairly flat, but there are several loops.
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