Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 07-15-05, 09:14 PM
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Toronto Riding

Hey guys any good places in toronto other than along the lake to ride bikes?
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You'll need to get out of the city, Keel is a nice way out.
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Try victoria Park nice hills to climb
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Originally Posted by 49er
Try victoria Park nice hills to climb
Anywhere else? I find a lot of good places around King/Vaughan. Keele and what intersection are good to ride on?
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Up Up UP & Away!

Good biking begins north of Highway 7... all the way up to Simcoe using McCowan/Kennedy/Warden...
Seriously... WAAAY too congested elsewhere...
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^ Like what? major mac? where it is 80km/hr? Rutherford? A bit conjested when you get near wonderland. There is a street Dufferin and gamble(which is hilly but deserted and you can go 80 km/hr no problem no cops around.
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Originally Posted by BLUEJAYDATA
Hey guys any good places in toronto other than along the lake to ride bikes?
None. None at all.

Leave that hell hole now, before it damages you and move to the mountains out west. Do it now before it's too late.
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GORE ROAD is nice and Hilly North of Highway7. Once you clear Caledon East, there are lots of Hills right up through Alliston.
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I got a bunch of ride maps if you're interested, mainly metric century rides and out of the city.
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Originally Posted by BLUEJAYDATA
^ Like what? major mac? where it is 80km/hr? Rutherford? A bit conjested when you get near wonderland. There is a street Dufferin and gamble(which is hilly but deserted and you can go 80 km/hr no problem no cops around.
Just take one of those streets I mentioned north... On weekends you'll see groups of 5 cars pass you; very little... A lot of cyclists though ^^

Elgin Mills E is SOLID from Markham Rd to 404; it's short I know but there are no cars, nothing, nada - just farm land ... A bit hilly, but nothing you can't handle
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Originally Posted by operator
I got a bunch of ride maps if you're interested, mainly metric century rides and out of the city.
Yeah man send it over. I want to know all the good roads.
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Can anyone recomment a route from central Toronto up to Jacksons Point on Lake SImcoe. By the map, it looks like I could take Leslie St all the way, but I have never riddent Leslie so don't know what it's like.
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Hey Bluejaydata,

Don't know where you start from, but check out some of the ravines: Humber River is good, Tayor Park, Sunnybrook. No cars, just pedstrians dogs and squirrels to watch out for.

I like to do a big loop we call "river to river". Starting at Bathurst/Eglinton head west to Humber trail, down to the lake, east to the Don trail, up to Sunnybook and exit the trail system there. It's about 55km and I would say 75% is paved trails.

Have fun!
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Can anyone recomment a route from central Toronto up to Jacksons Point on Lake SImcoe. By the map, it looks like I could take Leslie St all the way, but I have never riddent Leslie so don't know what it's like.
Leslie should be okay... But just know that Don Mills becomes Leslie after Steeles... or something of that nature... I've never gone up through Leslie ON Leslie after Steeles..
Bathurst is nice because they have a bike lane...
Bayview is nice too, north of Steeles...

Choose your route. Either way, it'll be fun, yeah?

Happy Riding
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Originally Posted by Crash Test
Can anyone recomment a route from central Toronto up to Jacksons Point on Lake SImcoe. By the map, it looks like I could take Leslie St all the way, but I have never riddent Leslie so don't know what it's like.
i've done leslie st to lake simcoe (georgina). it's a nice ride. you ride through newmarket or whatever that city is that's north of toronto.. streets were relatively un-busy and there are some real nice stretches. when you get there it's fun too.

i usually take bayview ave. up north to either bloomington/elgin mills/van dorf side rd/any of these, then go east to leslie, adn then north all the way on leslie.

there and back from around yonge/finch is a nice metric century or so.

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Originally Posted by BLUEJAYDATA
^ Like what? major mac? where it is 80km/hr? Rutherford? A bit conjested when you get near wonderland. There is a street Dufferin and gamble(which is hilly but deserted and you can go 80 km/hr no problem no cops around.
i don't like the west of yonge st. bike riding. but in that area, you go north on either keele, jane, or weston. north of major mac and rutherford another 10km. then u hit king st etc. some stretches are real nice, some not so nice. hilly as you head west to bolton.

i prefer north on bayview up to bloomington/elgin mills, and east. all of that area is good quiet riding.

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^I think its called hwy 19 which is a good ride
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Originally Posted by simplyred
Leslie should be okay... But just know that Don Mills becomes Leslie after Steeles... or something of that nature... I've never gone up through Leslie ON Leslie after Steeles..
Bathurst is nice because they have a bike lane...
Bayview is nice too, north of Steeles...

Choose your route. Either way, it'll be fun, yeah?

Happy Riding
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I got really lost one time on Leslie - if memory serves, it basically ceases to exist for a while...
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Anyone ride from Toronto to Wasaga and what route would you take Hwy 27? How long would a ride take if wind is from the north?
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Well, I guess I shouldn't complain about the weather, since it has been great all summer. But today (Sunday) it's been damp and raining all day and it doesn't look like I'll be able to get a ride in.

At least it's good for the grass!
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I didn't go riding either today. I had plans of potentially doing 100K or so but with the lightening this morning and the potential for more this aft, I decided that I can wait until tomorrow (the advantages of not having to teach on Mondays during the summer). I just wish it'd lift some of this humidity with all this rain..
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I didn't go riding either today. I had plans of potentially doing 100K or so but with the lightening this morning and the potential for more this aft, I decided that I can wait until tomorrow (the advantages of not having to teach on Mondays during the summer). I just wish it'd lift some of this humidity with all this rain..
100k in toronto? where about?
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Eh.. haven't fully decided. I'm a bit of a wanderer... Today I did 70K by biking from downtown (Sherbourne/Dundas) to Clarkson (Mississauga) then back to Sam's Club in Etobicoke (good thing I have big Ortliebs but definately want to get a Burley one day for these trips) and then back to downtown.

Maybe I'll do downtown to Oakville or something like that and back or out to Clarkson then up Dixie (that's the road I took to get to Toronto from Everett a couple of Sundays ago and I noticed quite a few cyclists on it).
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http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/map/index.htm

guys check out this link the PDF file are big but a goodie.
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