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Old 03-07-12, 08:06 PM
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I am going to be in Binghamton, NY in a couple of weeks for my kids' synchronized swim meet. Assuming the weather is ok, I would love to find an organized (or disorganized) club ride. A search yielded the "Southern Tier Bicycle Club" but the website's "Ride Schedule" is stuck on Fall 2011 so I am wondering if the club is doing any weekend rides yet.

Anyone know? Or any other suggestions for good riding in that area? I am looking for something in the 40-60 mile range.
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Ride calendar should be out very soon. At this point there are rides going on but given the weather they tend to be spur of the moment. You should get on the STBC listserve, I think you can find info on how to do that on the STBC website you found. It's a great group of folks, and some beautiful roads!
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Not sure what type of group you are looking for -- we have a subset of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club that we call Wheels to Meals, primarily a group of retirees that typically does a 30 to 40 mile ride with a lunch stop. Very social group and great company however, the pace is not conducive with getting a workout hence I always try to ride from home to the start so I can get 10 to 25 miles in on each end of the ride at my pace (what ever that me be on a given day).

The rides are on Tuesdays and Thursday and are often posted only a day or two before the event. Not a rain or shine group but a pretty hardy group that does ride in some less than ideal weather. The posting for 3/1 just came out. I will ride from home which will add 15 miles to each end. Not sure when you will be in the area but you would be welcome to join us. Email me directly at rporterfield at stny dot rr dot com and I will try to forward any ride pertinent postings to you

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Meet at 10:30 AM Tuesday 3/13 at Great America in Greene for a Ride to Oxford. 30 miles - Terrain an easy 3. Check after 8:30 AM on Tuesday in case the weather is not cooperating.

Directions to start: From Binghamton area - I81 North to Exit 6 right at bottom of ramp onto US11 and "To NY12". Straight ahead and road will become NY12. Follow NY12 through Chenango Forks to Greene. As you descend hill approaching Greene, make a right turn onto S. Chenango Street, then a right into Great American lot.

Want a shorter ride? Meet at 11:10 AM at the intersection of the Brisben bridge road and East River road. Miles 18 - Terrain an easy 3

Directions to alternate start: From Binghamton area - I81 North to Exit 6 right at bottom of ramp onto US11 and "To NY12". Straight ahead and road will become NY12. Follow NY12 through Chenango Forks. In Greene you will cross NY206. From there, continue on NY12 about 5 miles to Brisben. Street parking, or at intersection of bridge road with route 32. Meet the group about 11:10.
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Also, check out the Ride Calendar on the STBC website -- you checked only the ride schedule which is stuck in the fall, but the calendar is up to date and has rides on weekends starting in April.
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We also have a list of rides that we might consider "favorites". they are listed in the "Bike ride datatbase" found on our public website. You can use it to pick a ride to your liking. There are probably over a hundred listed.
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Also, check out the Ride Calendar on the STBC website -- you checked only the ride schedule which is stuck in the fall, but the calendar is up to date and has rides on weekends starting in April.
Thanks. But apparently I have to be a "member" to check the "Calendar" and also I am looking for rides on March 24th and/or 25th...which is before April.
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You could check in with the guys at Chenango Point Cycles when you're here to see if there are any rides you could hook up with. I know they do Friday mountain bike shop rides, not sure if there are any road rides they organize. Stop in and see them - nice guys, nice shop.

I put in the majority of my miles commuting, but I also get in some decent weekend rides. How long of a ride are you looking for? Where will you be staying? It's pretty easy to find nice loops from 20 to 100 miles without much effort.
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