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Holiday weekend, foliage and fair traffic promise to be intense. Planning ahead, I looked for a less congested place to ride. My thoughts were leaning toward a gravel ride, mountain bike ride, or both. I didn’t want to drive far, wanting something close to Conway. I focused on the Madison/Fr…

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The next few days are looking like fairly nice ones to ride. The valley is loaded with leaf-peeping visitors on buses, in campers, and behind the wheels of virtually every vehicle imagined. That includes bicyclists.

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What a beautiful fall we’re having! Dirt roads and single-track beckon riders young and old to get off the crowded leaf-peeper roads and enjoy the forest in all its splendor. But fall mountain biking is a special type of riding. It requires consideration of the three Ls: layers, leaves and light.

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Corbett Tulip grew up mountain biking in the valley. He and his childhood friends rode together for fun, hiking their bikes up Cranmore, Peaked and Black Cap to ride down.

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Robin Williams was crazy about cycling. Nuts about it. He had an astonishing bicycle collection and an equally admirable stable of notable cycling buddies like Lance Armstrong. Lance idolized Robin. Robin idolized Lance.

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Last Saturday promised to be a great day for cycling. Although the morning started cool, the weatherman predicted a sunny day, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s — a perfect day for riding the Wonalancet Loop. It was a bit breezy, but that might be an advantage when climbing that loop’s ma…

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When I finally decided I needed a new mountain bike, there weren’t any. I stopped at all the local bike shops — nothing in stock in the size and type I wanted. Shop personnel couldn’t even tell me what they’d be receiving in the next few months. Some were looking ahead to 2022 or 2023 for ne…