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Old 10-21-10, 07:25 PM
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Newport, RI

I've been up here for two weeks at one of the Navy's schools and haven't seen another person riding yet. I didn't see too much in the regional forum, so I thought I'd check here. The Naragansett Bay Wheelmen (local club apparently) isn't really that local...mostly out in Mass. Does anyone live here?
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Actually, the NBW is quite active in RI and only partially in MA, but its sort of the time of year. Not much action going on as the weather turns south.

I can't really speak for the Newport area since I'm up in Johnston, just outside of Providence, but there are still a few of us riding daily up here.

The Jamestown Classic road race just passed on Columbus Day, and that pretty much signals the final race of the year in RI. There are still some cyclocross events every week in South Kingstown though, and in CT.
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Judging from the way cars drive whenever I'm in Newport (both touristy areas and beach areas), Newport doesn't come off as too bike friendly.
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Newport is a summertown and I agree, it doesn't appear very bike friendly, not necessarily because of how people drive but because of how old of a place it is and how narrow the streets are not to mention a decent amount of cobblesstones as well.
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I can't tell if the OP is taking a poll or looking for places to ride. If looking for places, there is beautiful riding to the east and west of Newport. Narragansett and Little Compton come to mind. The NBW web site lists rides by region and provides pdfs of maps and cue sheets.
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If you do a search, mapmyride.com has a lot of posted routes in and around Newport. There was a cycling club down there at one point but it doesn't look like it's active anymore.

Looks like Naragansett Bike Shop (across the bridge and only minutes from Newport) hosts rides from their shop: https://nbxbikes.com/articles/rides-and-events-pg37.htm Might want to call to see if they they are still doing them this year.

I saw a lot of roadies out on the back road the couple of times I made it out to Newport this summer. While I agree that the roads are narrow and without the the benefit of a descent shoulder, the off season and reduced tourist traffic probably makes this time of year better for riding in and around Newport than any other time.
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I was actually looking to find someone to ride with. It hasn't been too bad finding halfway decent roads to ride on the past two weeks, but I can never get the motivation to ride as fast alone. I wasn't very clear with my first post. Thanks for the link to the nbx website. The shop is still 15 miles from me, though (and over two dangerous-looking bridges), which wouldn't be a problem except I was forced to share a rental car and the rental is going to NYC tonight...I'll be car-less for the weekend, so I'll have to ride right out of Newport.
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I spent a winter in Newport attending school there and later in my career spent a summer there. I was the only rider in winter but the roads were empty of cars too which was nice. Check out the bird sanctuary some Saturday; good place to take a date for a hike. Just enjoy yourself while ashore there and don't worry too much about riding with a club. Make lots of friends amongst your classmates because you'll be meeting them again and again in the years to come in some of the most out of the way places. There is a bridge on the base that used to require that you walk your bike across. If there is no base cop around you can ride across it but if you get caught just take the ticket and don't argue.
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Hey Gator,
I'm in Bristol,right near the bike path which I use a lot just because it is there. When I lived in Middletown I enjoyed the back roads in that area but the rides are short. My favorite area in across the Sakonnet in the Tiverton, Westport, Dartmouth area. There are many fine country roads with little traffic and one can put together a 25, 50, or 75 mile ride. The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen have rides scheduled throughout the winter, barring snow and ice. You can PM me and maybe we can get together for a ride if two bikes can fit in my car and if you can slow down for an old guy.

Although I just bought SPD cleats and shoes and will get more riding in, I'm also waxing my skis in preparation for the that season. Do You ski?
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Newport is my home town and true, it isn't the most cycling-friendly place on the planet. You are lucky to be there off-season, at least. The downtown area, around Spring Street and Thames Street, is narrow and to be avoided. But there is some lovely riding around the beaches, Bird Sanctuary and Ocean Drive. My favorite is the latter, which I last rode in the late 90's when spending time in town for family responsibilities. If you haven't ridden it yet, you just go all the way down Bellevue Avenue past the mansions and the Drive starts at the end. Hardly ever saw any other cyclists, and I'm sorry to hear that hasn't changed. Enjoy having the roads to yourself!
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Ocean Drive is really nice riding. Did some work in Middletown on a windmill back in the late 90's. Rode that loop many times.

Beautiful out there. The summer 'cottages' are amazing.
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Been a few years, but having lived in Newport, I'll say this: you'd have to be crazy to cycle in downtown Newport in the summer. It's literally overflowing with the worst drivers I've ever seen anywhere on this planet.
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