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Away Game: Ride the Hills of Harriman State Park

It’s always good to spice things up with a different starting point every once in a while. This week, let’s meet up in Harriman State Park (if anyone wants to ride share from Nyack, we can do that too!)

Photo Credit: Alltrails.com via GoogleMaps

The starting point is the Reeves Meadow Information Center on Seven Lakes Drive near Rt 17 in Harriman State Park (it has free parking!) We’ll ride Seven Lakes Drive to the Palisades Parkway spinning up and coasting down about 1,600 feet of elevation. Since there is no place to buy refreshments (except for vending machines at Tiorati Circle), bring enough water and a snack.

Directions to Reeves Meadow Information Center – Take Rt 17 North, turn right on Seven Lakes Drive. The Visitors Center and parking lot is about a mile and a half on the right. (more…)

June 10: Strictly Bikes in Ft Lee

The line at Farm Boys, a breakfast vendor stop along the road on Wed July 23, 2014

The line at Farm Boys, a breakfast vendor stop along the road during RAGBRAI 2014. Bike Nyack hasn’t quite reached the popularity of the 10,000 cyclists who ride the annual (Des Moines) Register-Great-Bike-Ride-Across-Iowa, but give it some time, you never know… :>)

Let’s Meetup at 830 at Memorial Park in Nyack and ride to Strictly Bikes in Ft Lee, NJ.


Route is 
down Piermont Avc and 9W to Strictly Bikes in Ft Lee. On the way back, we might take a Hudson Drive for a pretty ride along the river.

Bring water bottles, your helmet and tire fixins’

Rain rules: if it’s raining 30 minutes before ride time, it’s called. And if rain is predicted after the start of the ride on WeatherUnderground.com, it is also called.

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June 3: The Two States Of Lake Tappan

Two states, two counties, two wheels and one big reservoir. Join us for a fun Sat morning spin from Nyack to Nanuet via North Jersey where we will circle where Lake Tappan straddles NY and NJ.

This ride starts at 830a in Nyack at Memorial Park — meet at the corner of Piermont and Depew. We’ll follow the river South and turn at Sparkill and proceed West through Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale. Then we cross Veterans Memorial Highway by Blue Hill Golf Course and take Sickletown Rd. Right before Rt 59 we turn right and circle back on Western Highway. Return via Bradley Parkway with a less hilly option of Western Hwy and the Clark Rail Trail if the group prefers.

LoopAroundLakeTappanBring your helmet, water and flat fixins. Approx distance 25 miles, avg see 15 mph. Questions? Email dave@NyackNewsAndViews.com. (more…)

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Sat May 27: Hackensack River Route To Oradell

Oradell Train Station Photo: Credit: Adam ElmquistThe ride takes us through mostly residential streets with a stretch that hugs the Oradell reservoir, which is connected by the Hackensack River to Lake Tappan and Lake DeForest. We’ll stop, rest and regroup in Schirra Park — named after hometown hero and Mercury 7 astronaut Wally Schirra. (It’s next to a great bagel shop and across the street from a cupcake concession, too). (more…)

This Just In: Pearl River –> Englewood (5/21)

It’s not the Gran Fondo. But if ride leaders Lila and Paul find a Cheese Shop in Englewood, maybe they will retitle this “The Grand Fondue.” (cue rim shot)

Sunday Ride – May 21 @9:00, Pearl River to Englewood

This ride starts in Pearl River (No. Middletown Rd), we ride through Orangeburg and down to Englewood via Knickerbocker Ave. Stop for coffee then head back into Piermont before going to Pearl River. Local roads into New Jersey and then Rt. 501 into Piermont and back to Pearl River. About 30 miles.

Start/End point – 139 N Middletown Rd Pearl River in the parking lot behind small strip mall(Neighborhood Pharmacy) – corner of Brightwood and North Middletown Road in Pearl River. (King Kone is across the street on North Middletown Road).

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May 17: Rockland Bike Club Annual “Ride of Silence”

Ride of Silence on Wednesday May 17 at 6:30p in coordination with the international Ride Of Silence.

Participants are encouraged to ride with White Lights in Front & Red Lights in Rear

Add your voice to the call for respect on the roads.The Ride will start and end at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, the county seat.

Why We Ride

2013 Rockland Bicycle Club “Ride of Silence”

The ride honors and remembers bicycle riders who have been killed or injured in collisions with cars and calls on everyone to share the road safely. We’re gratified that no cyclists were killed or badly injured on Rockland County’s roads in 2016, unlike in other recent years. It’s hoped that can be attributed to the combination of growing awareness by motorists and the county’s adoption of a Complete Streets initiative. Join us in remembering Edward Brophy, William “Matt” George, Alfred Zaldivar, Janet Martinez, Robert Carl Pinckert, Ennio Spiri and the many other Rockland County residents hurt and killed in collisions with motorists in the recent past. We ride to honor them; we ride to enforce the message for all road users that Mutual Respect Saves Lives.

Lights are encouraged – red lights on the rear, white lights on the front of your bike. Helmets are required. We will ride no faster than 12 mph, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees for the Ride of Silence. We will ride 5.6 miles silently and single file. Police support will be provided.

Please ride with us to help call for respect on the roadways. And help spread the word — or help organize and promote this event. Police support will be provided for the RBC Ride of Silence. More event details at RocklandBike.org.

May 20: Westward to Westwood (NJ)

A community that calls itself “the Hub of Pascack Valley” will be the destination for us Folks With Spokes on Sat morning May 20. We’ll meet up at Nyack Memorial Park at 8:30a for a 25 mile spin to Westwood, NJ. 

WestwoodNJGazebo_remax-njWestwood has a quaint downtown, a central park with a gazebo and its own stop on the Pascack Valley line of NJ Transit. It also straddles the banks of the Hackensack River, but to be honest, its old banks located in historic buildings are more impressive than the Hackensack, which is more of a creek than a river as it passes through Westwood.

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May 6: Bicycle New Year!

Happy New Year! May is Bike Month — which means it’s the official beginning of the Bike New Year (does that mean all of our Strava rides prior to now don’t count? :>)

Our season opener is an easy 25 mile loop over hill and across a dale to Hillsdale, NJ. Our turnaround point is the popular stop and nosh spot, Ronnie’s Bagels. Meet up at 830a at the corner of Depew & Piermont Aves adjacent to Nyack’s Memorial Park.

Distance is about 25 miles. This is a “no drop” ride. All riders welcome. Helmets required. Remember to bring water bottle and repair stuff for flats.

Route is through Piermont, Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale and Hillsdale.

A word about da weather:  If it’s raining 30 minutes before ride time, it’s called. Also, if the forecast on WeatherUnderground.com calls for series showers after the ride starts, go back to bed!

This Bike Nyack meet up is being run in conjunction with the Rockland Bicycling Club. To sign up for the BikeNyack Meetup group and get notification of future events, visit Meetup.com.

Sun Nov 20: A Rocket Ride For The Rest of Us

jimskellybikewindow201507You have to go back to 1978 to find the first Nyack famous Rocket Ride, an 8a Sunday morning tradition with a 40-50 mile route for those who take their cycling seriously.

Now, there’s a Rocket Ride For The Rest of Us, leaving from the same location at 9a on a slower, shorter route at a more peaceful pace!

It’s still led by the legendary Jim Skelly, owner of the Nyack Bicycle Outfitters on North Broadway in Nyack, who has been leading the way each Sunday for 38 years. (Wow!)

Distance: about 30 miles
Route: Nyack, Piermont, Tenafly, River Vale
Meetup at Nyack Bike Outfitters, 72 N Broadway in Nyack at 9a. Leave by 915a from Runcible Spoon (one block south).

Winter Is Coming. So remember toe caps, bike gloves that cover your fingers and a headband to cover your ears. Those extremities can get chilled even if Sunday’s temp will be in the mid-40’s!

 

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