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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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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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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…

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In 2017, I wrote about a young rider from Jackson, Darren Piotrow. He was cycling up Mount Washington Auto Road for the first time. When I interviewed him, he gave this reason for attempting it, “With Mount Washington being one of, if not the most prestigious hill climb around, I wanted to g…

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Cyclists are now discovering the pleasures and adventures of riding gravel roads. These roads are often shady and scenic and the vehicle traffic light. You can spin at your own speed and enjoy the view. The sounds of cars and trucks speeding by are replaced by bird songs and babbling brooks.…

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Twenty-four hours — what can you do in a day? The basics — sleep, eat, exercise/work, wash up, make connections, pay your bills, run errands, clean the house, etc. — you could do all that in a day. Could you ride your mountain bike for 24 hours? Yes, that, too, is possible if you signed up f…

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Sometimes, you get in a rut and forget to explore other options. Lately, I’ve been on a predictable schedule of completing my column on Thursday mornings. That means I’m always too busy on Thursdays to go on Marianne’s Thursday rides. Cycling-wise, I’ve been primarily riding my mountain bike…

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At some point in your life, you’ll come to the realization you can’t do what you did when you were young. You can’t ride as fast and as far as you once did. Those hills you once climbed with ease are daunting. That single-track and obstacles you once hopped over stop you in your tracks. Your…