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Old 02-26-18, 07:53 PM
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Anyone on these forums ride road bikes or ride mountain bikes? I am located near allaire and I am looking for more people to ride with. I am also looking to find some events or get together rides if anyone can point me in the direction to find those that would be great also
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Anyone on these forums ride road bikes or ride mountain bikes? I am located near allaire and I am looking for more people to ride with. I am also looking to find some events or get together rides if anyone can point me in the direction to find those that would be great also
Check mountain bike meetup or MTBNJ. Both are fairly active. There are also several shops (DJs, Brielle Cyclery & co, Peddler, there are more...) that hold events/rides. On Tuesday nights in the Spring/Summer/Fall, JORBA hosts a beginner (sociable pace) ride at Allaire every [tues]day at...6:00? A large portion of that same group does trail maintenance once a month in the park, after which they ride, conditions permitting. It's a good way to meet new people/connect with other riders.

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Some travel would be involved, but there is the Princeton Freewheelers.
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Check mountain bike meetup or MTBNJ. Both are fairly active. There are also several shops (DJs, Brielle Cyclery & co, Peddler, there are more...) that hold events/rides. On Tuesday nights in the Spring/Summer/Fall, JORBA hosts a beginner (sociable pace) ride at Allaire every [tues]day at...6:00? A large portion of that same group does trail maintenance once a month in the park, after which they ride, conditions permitting. It's a good way to meet new people/connect with other riders.
both of my bikes are actually at brielle right now getting a full overhaul tune up, ive done a few trail maintenance before at allaire. I'm looking for events or races that I can challenge myself, either on the mtn bike or the road bike, but idk how to even find that lol
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Some travel would be involved, but there is the Princeton Freewheelers.
princeton is so beautiful, i would not be against riding out that way at all!
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princeton is so beautiful, i would not be against riding out that way at all!


Even prettier (and hillier) are Hunterdon and Warren Counties, but they are even further drive. Sometimes the Central Bucks Bike Club does rides through there. The West Jersey Wheelmen also ride there:


Western Jersey Wheelmen | Central New Jersey Bicycle Club


There are a couple of events in that area:


Flemington Jewish Community Center - Home


Home - Central Jersey Bicycle Club


If you are in shape now, there are 9 spots left for this:


HellofHunterdon.com |


I have never done it, but I know a very strong rider who has. She said it's very hard.
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Even prettier (and hillier) are Hunterdon and Warren Counties, but they are even further drive. Sometimes the Central Bucks Bike Club does rides through there. The West Jersey Wheelmen also ride there:


Western Jersey Wheelmen | Central New Jersey Bicycle Club


There are a couple of events in that area:


Flemington Jewish Community Center - Home


Home - Central Jersey Bicycle Club


If you are in shape now, there are 9 spots left for this:


HellofHunterdon.com |


I have never done it, but I know a very strong rider who has. She said it's very hard.
that's a great set of links to get started! thank you for so much for the responses!
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Beachwood Bikes in Beachwood, NJ., holds a Thursday night Mountain Bike Ride at Jake's Branch Park (you need a minimum of a 750 lumen light to ride). it is a flat trail ride but the darkness adds another degree to it. Once it ends in late April, it switches to a Thursday night road bike ride. It is a 21-24 mile ride along the Toms River and Barnegat Bay and back. Pretty flat which but always a head wind which is the challenge.
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Beachwood Bikes in Beachwood, NJ., holds a Thursday night Mountain Bike Ride at Jake's Branch Park (you need a minimum of a 750 lumen light to ride). it is a flat trail ride but the darkness adds another degree to it. Once it ends in late April, it switches to a Thursday night road bike ride. It is a 21-24 mile ride along the Toms River and Barnegat Bay and back. Pretty flat which but always a head wind which is the challenge.
thats awesome man, thanks for the heads up. sounds like something I would enjoy!
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How is central NJ for road biking? I've heard the northern part away from urban areas is beautiful.
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...I am also looking to find some events or get together rides if anyone can point me in the direction to find those that would be great also
https://www.bike.nyc/events/twin-lights-ride/

I had a great time doing the 55-miler last year. I'm considering the full century this year, but I'm registered (and paid) for two other rides this year and a third might trigger a financial audit.
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How is central NJ for road biking? I've heard the northern part away from urban areas is beautiful.

West central NJ--Hunterdon and Warren Counties--is really nice. Little know trivia: Hunterdon County consistently ranks near the top of the list of wealthiest counties in the entire country as measured by median household income. IIRC, it slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 last year. Unfortunately, I-78 is contributing to its development, but there are still many beautiful and quiet places to ride. Saw a bear while riding there a few years ago.
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How is central NJ for road biking? I've heard the northern part away from urban areas is beautiful.
Avoid the Shore during the summer months (unless riding from 5:30AMish-8:00). Also, define "central"...everyone has a different idea of what it means.
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If you want to try something long in NW NJ, this is really nice:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6221896


There is a place to get food and water at mile 17.2. Water and bathrooms Old Millbrook Village at mile 25.5. Aside from that, there is little on route until Layton at mile 62, so bring sufficient portable eats. If you wan to make it an overnighter, there is a Days Inn at the intersection of U.S. 209 and PA 447, only a few miles from the start. Best ridden in the spring and fall (before it gets cold). Recreational traffic is heavier in the summer with boaters, rafter, etc.
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The route you are trying to view is not public.

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Jersey Shore Touring Society does MTB rides at Allaire during the winter and road rides in Monmouth County year round. We do a ride every Saturday from Allaire.
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The route you are trying to view is not public.

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Sorry. Didn't realize I had saved it as private. Re-saved as public.
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Epic route! Too bad about the start and finish being separated though. I can see how there's just no bike route beyond the end point River Road/Kittatinny Point Visitor Center and there's no way to start form there either. It works if you have someone dropping you off by car.


(Also, sorry if my previous post seemed harsh; I simply cut & pasted the message. I probably should have put it in quotes or at least removed the bold.)

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Epic route! Too bad about the start and finish being separated though. I can see how there's just no bike route beyond the end point River Road/Kittatinny Point Visitor Center and there's no way to start form there either. It works if you have someone dropping you off by car.
I think I must have made the map for my own personal consumption, which is probably why it was listed as private. You can connect the start and finish. I ended the map at the walkway along I-80, which is how you get back into PA.


I will fix it now and also get rid of the glitch that takes you off of River Rd. Sometimes I hate RWGPS. It sometimes helps to put in driving mode to avoid it going off on tangents.


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As many times as I've crossed the Gap on I-80, I've never paid attention to whether there's a walkway.* That makes a great loop.

Once in a while I bump into an issue with RWGPS but when I remember how easy and powerful it can be, I get over it. The fact that it uses AI to pick driving versus cycling versus walking (or even draw your own lines) is pretty amazing. I live in Rockaway (along I-80) and wanted to plan a route to the GWB. I just clicked in two spots--start and end--and it had a 40-mile route mapped in a second. I went in and tailored it to my liking, but it would have taken quite a long time to hand-jam the full route.

*In retrospect, I knew the Appalachian Trail crosses there...
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It's not the quietest of walks. The first time I did it was after Hurricane Floyd. I was riding home to Philly after crossing the country (Seattle to Bar Harbor) and had to take refuge at a motel on U.S. 209 maybe 5 miles above Port Jervis, NY until the storm passed. The next day I ended up riding from there all the way to New Hope, PA. There was no one on the road on the NJ side of the National Recreation Area. Had to walk through an overflowing creek and slide my bike under at least one downed tree. When I got near the end of Old Mine Rd. I found that the traffic light that controls the narrow, one way section had been taken down by the storm. I am not sure I was even supposed to be riding back there.


One of favorite mini-tours is to rent a car one way to Port Jervis and ride home over three days, staying at Worthington State Forest, which has a nice campground along the river. You can rent canoes and kayaks there. Took a little paddle while there for two days during a bike trip home from Brattleboro, VT:
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