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When did roundabouts come around? I first encountered one in 1977. A friend and I were driving from Virginia to Keene. We were looking for Antioch University. According to our paper maps (no GPS then), and directions, Antioch was close to Keene’s Central Square.

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After a long winter and a slow spring, many of us wondered if it would ever get warm again. We’re wondering no more. The last few weeks have been brutally hot and humid! It appears the “dog days” of summer are upon us.

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It was our first campout of the season and the first-ever for our 6-year-old grandson, Iver (McMurdo-Minnich). We wanted a campground that offered lots of activities and amenities. We could do without hook-ups but thought flush toilets and showers would be nice. The youngest camper had two t…

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Not too long ago, when there weren’t any mountain bikes, 50 years ago, bicycles were made to go on roads, mostly paved. They had tires, brakes and geometry suited for that type of travel. But then, riders started going “off-road” and found their bikes not well-suited for rough riding.

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Looking for a place to ride with your family this Fourth of July weekend? Want a place that’s low or no traffic, relatively easy riding and scenic and shady? Try riding the gravel roads of the valley. There are many choices from National Forest service roads to town dirt roads and old loggin…

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A few years ago, I wrote a column about taking dad biking on Father’s Day as a family activity. Two places I recommended then were Albany Town Forest and Bartlett’s Thorne Pond, but there are other good choices closer to Conway. One area full of both single track and dirt road possibilities …

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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, …