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Best biking in the greater NYC area

Old 03-27-07, 08:05 PM
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Best biking in the greater NYC area

So... Mrs. Eljamoquio is trying to convince me to move to the greater NYC area, and I might acquiesce. We're actually going to be there over Easter, and I wanted to check out some of the bike rides (I'll be driving them) north of NYC.

Being on this board for a while, I've heard of 9W over and over again; I've also heard good things about Harriman State Park/Seven Lakes Road.

Anything else I can't miss while I'm there? I'd prefer to keep it 'closer to home', not knowing exactly where home is, but she'd be working in Spring Valley. So for kicks, let's keep it to Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties.

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Well if you move to Orange County you have a sweet mix of hills steep and steeper and nice rolling hills. and flats for miles. Check out the Orange County Bicycling Club http://www.ocbicycleclub.org/ I love riding out here. Alawys nice. Hey and there are also some houses for sale in the development here where I live in! Good luck in the hunt!
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Harriman is great.....9W not my favorite (too many cars). The further north you go in Orange County the better the local roads get to bike on. And there is the 7 mile MUP up in Monroe. Its basically an old rail line that was paved over, and its kinda packed on nice weekends, but weekdays its cool (and flat).

And I didn't know there were jobs in Spring Valley.....
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"The Knot" (aka Bradley/Tweed/Clausland/etc...the hills between Piermont & Nyack)
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Speaking of Piermont....nice LBS there. Only a 6 out of 10 on the snottiness scale.
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Orange County (and it's bicycle club) is fantastic. Great mix of terrain. If you're up in that area, see if you can get in on a Saturday club ride (otherwise known as "The Hump), just don't tell them that Josh sent you or you'll be in for a hurtin' ... Also, Harriman State Park, is awesome. It's literally my favorite place to ride in the whole world. If you're feeling ambitious, check out Perkins Memorial Drive which is a nice (read: nasty) climb up Bear Mountain. From the top you can pretty much see the whole Hudson Valley, and on a clear day, the NYC skyline is visible even though it's about 30 or 40 miles away. You'll have to work to get up there, but it's definitely worth it. 9W, especially on a weekend is just too crowded, but there are other roads that cut through Jersey (i.e. 501) that mirror the route 9W takes. There's less traffic and the road surfaces are beautiful. Route 9 is gorgeous too, and is on the Westchester side of the Hudson, north of the Bear Mountain Bridge. I highly recommend that, but during non-peak traffic hours. I actually led a ride for the Orange County Bike Club that went up and down the Hudson from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, to the Bear Mountain Bridge and back, the club members really seemed to enjoy it (especially because I had a cooler of snacks waiting in the car for after the ride), I think I have the cue sheet somewhere. When you get out here PM me and I'll hook you up with a few cue sheets (also check out the NYCC ride library http://www.nycc.org/rl_db/home.aspx)
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I lived in Southern Westschester County for 9 years, just north of the Bronx..

You can ride north above White plains and there's lots of good riding up there, and into Connecticut as well...there's a couple pretty strong clubs up there as well. You won't be amiss for good riding...

Westchester is pretty hilly, with several ridges that run north-south, so if you ride east west you get lots of climbs, if you ride north or south less so, but still a fair amont of climbing nevertheless...
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Well Central Park and Prospect Park can't be beat for daily training and group rides. Races too. But when you want to get in the big miles, 9W is great. River road for hilly, almost car-free. Then as you go up 9w, a little known gem is called Tweed Road (blvd?). This branches off of 9W near Nyack, but is a very low traffic road, with real climbing and a great view of the river.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
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..never heard of it referred to as "the knot" before. But I usually ride solo.
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All hail El600JamoquioDuraAce!
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Westchester is for wussy!

Seriously, thanks all for the responses... I'll have to start looking on the map...
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Originally Posted by gfrance
..never heard of it referred to as "the knot" before. But I usually ride solo.

I think the New York Cycle Club gave it the name "the Knot". According to their ride library: To deserve the name "The Knot" a ride must come at the crossroads of Tweed Blvd and Clausland Mountain Rd from every direction.

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http://www.nycc.org/rl_db/ride.aspx?id=127
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http://www.nycc.org/rl_db/ride.aspx?id=173
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Didn't know about that NYCC Ride Library. Thanks for the link joshalope.
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Personally I love 9W. There are nice wide shoulders on most of the road. Once you get close to the Tappan Zee the towns are very pretty and it's nice to bike by the huge houses. Traffic is fairly light on the weekends.

Another HUGE advantage is that another biker is never more than a few minutes away. Helps if you happen to need a tube, tire, or tool.

You'll also pass Toga Bike Shop along the way which I really enjoy.
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Originally Posted by jeffreytaub
Harriman is great.....9W not my favorite (too many cars). The further north you go in Orange County the better the local roads get to bike on. And there is the 7 mile MUP up in Monroe. Its basically an old rail line that was paved over, and its kinda packed on nice weekends, but weekdays its cool (and flat).

And I didn't know there were jobs in Spring Valley.....
Hey, I'm from Spring Valley! Family is still all there. Too bad I didn't ride when I was growing up there. However, whenever I visit, I see a steady stream of cyclists on 9W. What's she going to do in Spring Valley?
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Didn't know about that NYCC Ride Library. Thanks for the link joshalope.
It's an amazing resource for ride ideas, and the best part is that you don't have to be a member to take advantage of it. Your welcome!
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Originally Posted by Pedal Wench
What's she going to do in Spring Valley?
There's a rather large Nursery there... as in horticulture-type Nursery.
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Botto knows some good rides.... He'll have a good reply.... o wait! I guess we will never know.
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Rte. 22 North in Westchester, up to Golden's Bridge or beyond...
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