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

New Jersey Riders!!

Old 01-21-08, 04:45 PM
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New Jersey Riders!!

Does anyone on these forums have the pleasure of riding in New Jersey?

If so, anyone ever been through a town named Cranford?
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Old 01-21-08, 05:04 PM
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Old 01-21-08, 05:45 PM
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Never ridden there, know where it is, though. Good riding there?
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Old 01-21-08, 10:32 PM
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No. Riding in New Jersey is bad. At least where I am. Too much traffic and no shoulder, not to mention the debris on the side of the road.
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I lived in Bergen County half my life. I must confess to riding up into Rockland most days. But I'm a Jersey Boy. NJ RULES.
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Jersey is alright if you know where your going.
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Check out cranford bikes. I know they host a bunch of rides in the area.
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I lived in Bergen County half my life. I must confess to riding up into Rockland most days.

If the George Washington Bridge connected to Piermont NY instead of Fort Lee NJ I'd probably never ride in Jersey!
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If the George Washington Bridge connected to Piermont NY instead of Fort Lee NJ I'd probably never ride in Jersey!
Your loss city boy.
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Originally Posted by Pablo. View Post
Jersey is alright if you know where you're going.
Correct.
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Nice town, some decent bike paths, Cranford Bike Shop has a strong group ride from that shop...Owner is a nice guy.

Head for the Watchung reservation and beyond for more interesting riding, less traffic and some moderate climbs.
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I ride through Cranford on all of my rides that start at my front door, as I try to get out of Union County as quickly as possible and head over the Watchung Reservation into Somerset & Hunterdon counties.

And take botto's advice, use the regional forum next time.
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Morris County is nice. Roads are clean, traffic is moderate except at rush hour, and drivers are usually nice.
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Your loss city boy.

As I taught my 7 year old niece to say whenever her parents asked her to do a chore:

"I think not!"
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I am from Jersey. The west shore near Easton PA in Warren County. The riding around here is excellent
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I like to do loops around the Garden State Mall for my TT training. Especially during the Christmas holiday season. Paramus all the way.
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I like to do loops around the Garden State Mall for my TT training. Especially during the Christmas holiday season. Paramus all the way.
Haha...

I think the Ikea in Paramus is closed on Sundays, not as big as the GS Mall, but not as deadly either.
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Island Beach State Park (20 round trip) is all i've got locally (SSH), once I get my bike i'll head up 35, probably gunna be pretty dangerous though. Or i'll take a 40+ ride through toms river/bayville with some friends. Can't wait to hit some hills up north.

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Mercer County here...jus6t moved back from Burlington. There are more than a few nice roads around here once you get out of the Trenton area. Areas such as Hopewell, Ewing, Titusville and out to Flemington (Hunterdon Co.) can have some lovely riding.

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Originally Posted by MPStevens View Post
Island Beach State Park (20 round trip) is all i've got locally (SSH), once I get my bike i'll head up 35, probably gunna be pretty dangerous though. Or i'll take a 40+ ride through toms river/bayville with some friends. Can't wait to hit some hills up north.
What's "up north" to you? I can think of great hills up north in Sussex County, but then, from where you are, up north might mean the Atlantic Highlands, which also have some great hills, although not as much elevation...
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Monouth County is where it's at. Great beach rides, flats, hills, etc, etc.
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I have family in Burlington County...there's some nice riding out there...although what you guys seem to call "hills" are pretty much just bumps in the road..
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