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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…

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A post on the White Mountain NEMBA’s Facebook page peaked my interest. Brian Wade from Freedom wanted to know, “What’s the best trail everyone would recommend to introduce a little shredder (age 8) to go mountain biking?” He asked that people please include where to park, too.

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I recently saw the first official announcement of a new NEMBA mountain bike map. It caught my attention for multiple reasons, but, first, and foremost, it signaled the end of an era for my husband, Peter Minnich, and me. Prior to this map for 25 years, we were the producers and sellers of mo…

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We finished loading up the camper and van to set out on our first camping trip of the season. It had only taken us two months to get it together. But, finally, it was all in there — fishing gear, bikes, food, rain gear, etc. We were sure we had everything we needed — famous last thoughts. We…

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There’s something elegant about completing a loop. Out and back excursions are OK, but successfully circumnavigating an area is much more interesting. There’s more variety in the scenery and more challenge in the mapping and navigation. There’s something in the human psyche that loves finish…