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Loop rides are a thing of beauty. Start in one place, circumnavigate an area and arrive back where you started. It’s much more interesting than out-and-backs. You get the feeling of going on a journey and the satisfaction in completing the loop successfully. With a good map or two and a sens…

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“Where can our kids ride their bikes?” is an often heard question at Kids’ Bike Safety Day. Parents want suggestions about safe and interesting places to take their kids biking. Where families can go biking depends on several factors: the age and maturity of the children, their skill levels,…

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Cyclists come in all shapes, sizes and orientations. There are “hard-core” road cyclists, intent on their STRAVA (a social fitness network) ratings and more. Some cyclists are into “touring,” with fully loaded panniers. There’s even a category called “cruisers.” Some cyclists ride pavement, …

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When I was a kid, my dad taught me how to ride a bike and drive a car. I remember learning the physical act of doing both, from balancing the bike to learning how to shift “3 on the column.” I’m sure interspersed with that instruction, my dad covered the basic rules of the road for both. He …

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End of April, we finally got out of the valley. Most of the snow was gone from the yard and we were done skiing. It was too cool for biking, so we headed south to find warmer weather. Not wanting to go too far, but desiring an ocean fix, we picked Cape Cod as our destination. Ten years ago, …

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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 L’s: layers, leaves and light.

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Ever since Peter and I moved to Conway, we’ve been fascinated with areas south of us in Chocorua and Tamworth. We’ve been exploring Tamworth’s dirt and paved road options and combining them with off-road routes to make some interesting “Tour de Jours.”

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North Conway Public Library’s Bike for Books — Mountain Bike Adventure Rides is like that bridal rhyme, “Something old and something new.” For the last 16 years, BFB has been a major fundraiser for the library, offering great rides, good company and fantastic food for a reasonable entry fee.

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As part of our retro-ventures to former mountain bike riding areas, we drove to Bartlett Village to explore roads and trails we rode back in the '90s. Our first stop was the Bartlett Experimental Forest gravel roads. If we had time and energy after, we’d visit trails on the opposite side of …

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Two weeks ago, I lamented the move away from mountain biking trails in the Kancamagus Highway area to in-town trails. I was nostalgic for the “old” trails, where obstacles were the norm — mud, rocks, roots, fallen trees and lost bridges. I promised to go back to areas we rode 15 years ago. T…