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With the outdoors in vogue due to the coronavirus pandemic, mountain bikers, trail runners, walkers and bird watchers are discovering or reclaiming some close-to-home and under-the-radar properties to play.

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Three years ago, two gentlemen wrote letters to the editor in The Conway Daily Sun, encouraging bicyclists to ride on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Tod Powers, then president of the Mount Washington Valley Bicycling Club, wrote in to challenge those ideas. Peter Minnich’s letter…

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With bicycling seeing a rise during the pandemic and a majority of schools opening in the coming days, it’s a good time to remind cyclists and motorists about the civilities of sharing area roadways.

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Mountain bike equipment is always evolving to meet riders’ needs and style. Front shocks and rear suspension were added to make riding over rough terrain more comfortable. Disk brakes replaced V-brakes for better stopping power. Tires grew and got fatter as bikers searched for perfect rides …

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It’s easy this time of year finding newly picked produce around the valley. Farm stands, whether it be the results of work from full-time farmers or backyard hobbyist gardeners, abound on many backroads that also happen to be favored cycling lanes.

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No, Marty, road cycling is not on life support, it’s just changed for many people. It’s no longer the carefree activity it used to be. We are more aware of the dangers and risks of riding on the pavement.

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Instead of rubber hitting the road, cyclists are gravitating toward gravel and mountain biking trails. Tight-fitting and brightly colored Lycra has become something of a fashion dinosaur as more concealing than revealing bike shorts and loose fitting flannel shirts have joined the landscape.