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Cycling Events October 2013 – Recreational and Family Rides

Take a Kid Mountain Biking DayOctober 5th is the 10th Anniversary of the International Mountain Bike Association’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
To find an Event Near you go to IMBA’s Interactive Map
These events are a great way to introduce a kid to the great sport of Mountain Biking.
Most Events include family friendly group rides, Demos, riding tips and giveaways.

Some Events we recommend are:

New Jersey

Trips for Kids JORBA

RSVP required – email to
Bikes/safety gear available – first come first serve
10AM – 3PM lunch will be provided
Parents not riding must stay at location
Waiver forms will need to be completed for all riders

Event Details
Date and Time:

Sat, 2013-10-05 08:00 – 13:00

Event Contact
 Rick Archer
Phone: 856-237-7836

JORBA and Marty’s Reliable Cycle
Take a kid mountain biking day presented by Marty’s Reliable Cycle and JORBA (Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Associaton)

– Guided Kid’s Mountain Bike Rides (guardians must ride too)
– Kid’s Mountain Bike Demos
– Helpful mountain biking info

The ride is about 4 miles long and both the child and parent/guardian have to come on the ride.

The first 25 kids to sign up receive a free water bottle from Specialized. If we get more then 25 kids then we have some Marty’s Bottles that we can give them.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids. Let’s get them out on the trails!
For more info, please email
or Mark

Event Details
Date and Time: Sat, 2013-10-05 10:00 – 12:00
Black River Park Trail, Roxbury, NJ and Dickerson Mine Preserve Mine Hill, NJ
Contact: Mark Perez
Phone: 201-650-3176

Mountain Creek Bike Park

Event Details
Date and Time: Saturday October 5th 9:00-5:00

Event Contact

 Chris Gengaro
Phone: 908-489-7545


Yorktown Cycles – Blue Mountain Peekskill, NY
Saturday- October 5, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 2:00 pm

The day will include:

-kids group ride
-obstacle course
-lots of fun for all!

What to bring:
Your bike, helmet, water and of course a kid!
For more information, please contact
(914) 245-5504

Trips for Kids Metro New York

Come Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day with Trips for Kids and Bicycle Habitat

This family-friendly event is appropriate to all ages and all skill levels. We will be doing kids rides and clinics to celebrate of the International Mountain Biking Association’s national “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day”.You and the kids can bring your own bike( in good working condition), or pre-register to borrow a complimentary bike from Trips for Kids.

Preregister here:

It’s free. It’s off the F train. It’s a day packed with adventure. Highlights include:

Seven miles of trails. All ages and types of riders are welcome to participate. Raffles and Great Fun !

Trek will also be there with their 2014 demo bikes ( for the big kids)

Come out explorer the city in a new and different way, meet the MTB community, including IMBA, CLIMB, Discover Outdoors, NYCMTB, and your local neighbor

Register now for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Bicycle Habitat!

Event Details
Date and Time:  Sat, 2013-10-05 10:00 – 3:00
Event Contact
 Andree Sanders
Phone: 917-658-9289

Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Last Dirty Thursday

This Thursday, 9/26 is going to be the last Thursday work day this year. Sections 1 & 2 are pretty much done and open, but Art wants to spend a few hours marking and fine tuning a few spots.

He will probably head in on bike from Lot C around 3 or 4, so feel free to meet him somewhere on the lower section. He could probably use a few extra hands.

Thanks to all the Thursday volunteers that came out this year!

Ringwood Singletrack – from VideoTrailReviews.Com on Vimeo.

Bike Repair Handbook from Park

repair-article-iconPark Tool has always been known for quality tools.
Their products can be seen on the workbench of most Bike shops.
In fact to paraphrase James Crumley. “I don’t trust a shop that doesn’t use Park tools”

Park’s business is about keeping your bike rolling. And to help ensure that it is, the Park Tool Website has an online reference guide to help you perform almost any bike repair.
Each repair references the tools you need to perform it and has detailed pictures of each step.

If you need a little more than some tools and a guide, you can get hands on instruction at the Park Tool School.
All classes are taught at Local Bike shops by expert mechanics.
To Find a shop near you goto:

Six Mile Reservoir and the D&H Canal Trail

sixmilerunreservoirIn Somerset NJ is a hidden gem for biking of all kinds. From road to trail riding there is something for everyone at six mile run reservoir site and the surrounding area.

About an hour from the GWB this place is well worth the trip.

Don’t ride six mile run after a heavy rain the soil takes a while to drain and conditions are slick as snot when wet.

Certain areas allow for bow hunting however on  Sunday’s  hunting is prohibited through-out the park.

My ride today consisted of a short ride on the single track from Jacques Lane Parking Lot to the Canal Road parking lot.

Six Mile Run

Abandoned car on the red trail

The single track at six mile is excellent. Tight and twisty with some off camber sections.
There are plenty of roots and some rock, logs, v-ditches, and man-made features make for a challenging and exhilarating ride.

 Six Mile run Trail Map




Bridge on the D&R Canal Path

One of the many Bridges along the D&R Canal Path

I then rode a short way south on Canal Road to Blackwellsmill Road and made a left to go over a wooden bridge and start on the canal path at mile marker-21.
The Canal path is almost completely flat with only a few short rises. It crosses over a few spillways which are reminiscent of the Pave in France.

Although the trail is not too interesting from a strictly riding point of view (straight and flat), the scenery along the trail more than make the D&R Canal Path a worthwhile ride.

At 34.3 miles long, the D&R Canal Towpath is the longest completed trail segment of the East Coast Greenway (ECG).
The ECG is an ambitious effort to create a trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles. Starting in Maine and ending in Key West Florida, the ECG links all the major cities of the eastern seaboard.
Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.
New Jersey East Coast Greenway Map

Where to Park:

  • Mountain Bike Ride : Route 27 Lot by the soccer field
  • Canal Path: 625 Canal Road , Somerset NJ 08873
  • Mix it Up: Jacques Lane Lot

Pictures from today’s Ride

Ramapo State Park Ride

The Van Slyke Castle Water TowerRamapo State Park.

This weekend was my first attempt at trail riding since I broke my leg back in March. My intention was to ride the path around the lake from the top of Skyline down to, and around the lake and then back up to Skyline Drive. I went with a friend who was a bit of a newbie.  I figured he would keep me from trying anything too stupid. But while riding we decided to try some  singletrack. Our first foray off-road was a section of the cannonball near Skyline Drive.

It felt good to be riding single-track again, but my ankle gave me a reminder that I was not fully healed every time my back wheel hit a rock or root.

So we got back on a paved road and pedaled down to and around the lake. About half way around we spotted the trail head to the lower section of the Cannonball. This part of the Trail takes you to the 287 overpass.
About 1/2 way down, we decided to turn around and get back to the fire-road. This part of the trail was a bit much for my first trail ride after 6 months. And worse yet my friends first mountain bike ride ever.
After a loop around the lake, we were back at the cannonball trail head. Not wanting to do the same loop again, we turned around and started up the Green trail which led us out to the pipeline. The pipeline trail is a rolling section of single-track that goes on for miles. It has some steep rocky loose sections which can be difficult to climb. The pipeline intersects with the Green, Blue, Orange and White trails.
We rode the pipeline trail for about a mile, not really sure where we were going (or where we were for that matter). But with a sense of adventure we continued on. We rode the rolling trail (trudging up the climbs and smiling down the descents) Past the Blue trail finally turning back into the woods at the White Trail (Castle Point)
As soon as we got on the trail we had to dismount. The incline was steep and made up of slabs of rock and boulders. The Castle point Trail is not open to bikes and is only open to foot traffic. This was difficult hike-a-bike terrain and with every step my ankle was letting me know that this was not my finest idea, but we continued on.
About a 1/2 mile in, we came upon the Van Slyke Castle ruins. (Built in the early 1900’s it was abandoned in the 1950 and later burned by vandals in 1959) The ruins and the views of the area 350 feet below made the effort well worth it.
The hike from the ruins back to Ramapo Lake was difficult at times we had to hand our bikes down to one another. There were a few ride-able sections, which provided some relief for my ankle and soon we were back at the fire road that encircles the lake.
We rode the Cannonball back up to Skyline this is a challenging trail with plenty of obstacles and switchbacks definitely more fun to ride down.
(If you can ride up this trail clean without dabbing pat yourself on the back)
All in all I would say my 1st mountain bike ride was a success.

Map of the Ride

Pictures From the Ride

Castle Point Trail Ramapo State Park

View from Castle Point Trail Looking at the Wanaque Reservoir

Castle Point Ramapo Lake View

Castle Point Ramapo Lake View

Trail back to Ramapo Lake from the top of Castle Point Trail

Trail back to Ramapo Lake from the top of Castle Point Trail

The Van Slyke Castle Ruins

The Van Slyke Castle Ruins

The Van Slyke Castle Water Tower

The Van Slyke Castle Water Tower

The Pipeline trail

The Pipeline trail


Want to do this ride Start here:
Trailhead GPS Coordinates 41.047479, -74.251313

Driving Directions
Take Interstate Route 287 to Exit 57 (Skyline Drive) and proceed north on Skyline Drive for about one mile to the upper parking area for Ramapo Mountain State Forest on the left side of the road

CYCLING EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2013 – Mountain Bike Races


USA Cycling Mountain events in NY

Start Date

End Date



Race Type

Web Site

09/01/2013 09/01/2013 ADK 80K MTB Race Lake Placid Cross Country, Endurance highpeakscyclery
09/01/2013 09/01/2013 New York State Championships Race Roxbury Downhill, State plattekill
09/08/2013 09/08/2013 Round Top Rally Round Top Cross Country NY MTB Series
09/14/2013 09/15/2013 Clarkson Cycling Race Weekend Not Yet Permitted – Contact Promoter for Info Potsdam Cross Country, Downhill, Dual Slalom, Short Track, Collegiate
09/15/2013 09/15/2013 Tymor park challenge Lagrangeville,ny Cross Country
09/15/2013 09/29/2013 Whiteface Fall
Mini DH Series
Wilmington Downhill,
10/13/2013 10/13/2013 Eastern Regional Championshop Finals Roxbury Downhill, Regional plattekill


USA Cycling Mountain events in PA

Start Date

End Date



Race Type

Web Site

06/01/2013 09/07/2013 ABRA Short Track Mountain Bike Series Canceled Oakdale Short Track
09/01/2013 09/01/2013 Maxxis Tires Gravity East 2013 Race #7 hosted by Seven Springs Resort Seven Springs Downhill
09/07/2013 09/07/2013 Tour de Strongland Bike Race-Mountain Apollo Cross Country
09/28/2013 09/29/2013 Penn State Rothrock You Like A Hurricane MTB Race State College Cross Country, Downhill, Time Trial
10/20/2013 10/20/2013 Vertical Earth! Glen Park Mountain Bike Time Trial
Not Yet Permitted – Contact Promoter for Info
Stroudsburg Time Trial Glen Park MTB Racing

Cycling Events September 2013 – Charity and Recreational Rides

charityRides10th annual ride for the Sunshine Foundation is on Sunday Sept 8th 2013. Ride leaves the Library IV in Williamstown at 10 am, and return to the Library. Riding east on the black Horse Pike to Collings Lake then across to rt 54 to rt 40 to Tuckahoe rd. back to Williamstown.The route is 31 miles with one rest stop. There is an additional 15 mile loop that can be added for those who want a longer (46 mile) ride. You can ride at your own pace, and if you don’t want to go all the way we have volunteers who will get you, and your bike back to the Library . Mechanical support provided by Peddlers bike shop.
Here is a link to the route

A complimentary buffet at the Library IV awaits all riders and supporters. The cost is $45 per rider: $55 day of ride. Non-riders are asked to donate $15 to cover the cost of their food. All money collected goes directly to the Sunshine foundation. This would be a great training ride before the MS 150 on Sept 29th Contact Brian @609-442-6477 for more info or

THE GREAT 100 Sunday, September 08, 2013
Come ride the rolling hills of some of the best roads offered by Scenic Northeastern Pennsylvania.
38,62,100 Mile Routes Available
Online Registration Closes Monday, September 02, 2013 at 5:00 PM, EST
USA Cycling Event USA Cycling Permit # 2013-2683
$25.00 Suggested Minimum Donation
This year’s ride(s) benefit Pedals for Progress.
All net proceeds will be donated to this project.

Full Support, including SAG and Supported Rest Stops.
Please refer to our website for specific details of each ride, including Downloadable GPS Maps and Cue Sheets.

NYC Century Bike Tour
Date: 09/08/2013
Location: New York, NY
Phone: 212-629-8080

The NYC Century Bike Tour is your ride — as challenging or relaxing as you choose, but always fun and rewarding. All routes have been carefully designed with your safety and enjoyment in mind. No matter which route you choose, you will be fully supported by experienced marshals and mechanics along the route with plentiful food available at scenic rest stops. Plus, all riders will receive a commemorative t-shirt and water bottle on ride day. Choose from 15, 35, 55, 75 and 100-mile rides.

The NYC Century Bike Tour is unlike any other bike tour you’ll find. That’s because the routes are designed to show riders the diversity of New York’s neighborhoods and how to navigate them safely. To illustrate bicyclists’ right to the streets, there are no street closings on the NYC Century — bicyclists ride with traffic and obey all traffic laws.

When T.A. inaugurated the NYC Century Bike Tour in 1990, New York City streets had few greenways and even fewer bike lanes. Over the course of the last twenty-three years, the city’s greenway system has expanded tenfold and, each year, the NYC Century showcases a growing bike lane network. The NYC Century Tour is an integral starting point for year-round bicycling.

The first NYC Century Bike Tour attracted about 200 dedicated New York City bicyclists, many of whom were daily bicycle commuters already fighting hard for better bicycling conditions in the city. Today, the ride draws over 6,000 people. Most riders are still New Yorkers, but many come from across the country and around the world. Many return year after year, because they know the NYC Century Bike Tour is the best way to experience the diversity and breadth of New York City.

Bike MS: East End Ride 2013
Date: Sunday, September 15th
Start/Finish Location: 605 County Road 39, Southampton, New York
Registration Fee: $50.00
Fundraising Minimum: $150.00 per cyclist
Route Options: 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile route options
Age Minimum: 18 years and older
Enjoy a cycling adventure with 300 of your closest friends. Choose your challenge, with route options for all cycling abilities. Cyclists will enjoy a scenic and historic ride through the South Fork of Long Island beginning and ending in Southampton, N.Y.
We have route options for cyclists of every level, ranging from 25-100 miles. The ride is fully supported with rest stops, bike mechanics, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line. Cyclists will also enjoy great food and music by RVO at the Finish Line Celebration.
Check-in Times:
25 and 50 mile routes: 8:00 a.m.; Ride begins at 9:00 a.m.
75 and 100 mile route: 7:00 a.m.; Ride begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cyclists may register the morning of the ride beginning at 7:00 a.m. A $50 registration fee and a $150 fundraising minimum is due at time of registration. Cyclists must be off the road by 4:00 p.m.
Bike MS will take you further than you’ve ever gone before. It’s not the miles that matter — it’s the unforgettable journey. Join us for an event that’s more than a ride — it’s anticipation, camaraderie, personal accomplishment, and the knowledge that you’re changing lives… making every mile that much sweeter.
Don’t just ride, Bike MS.

Annual RCDCU Bike-A-Thon for Prostate Cancer
55 Fuller St.
Somerset, NJ
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Online Registration Closes Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM EST
The RCDCU Bike-A-Thon was organized to help increase awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of early detection. A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation who will also be providing Free prostate cancer screening for the cyclist and men throughout Middlesex and Somerset Counties during the days following the event. According to the statistics released from the Prostate Cancer Foundation, over 200,00 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer last year alone. It’s estimated that over 2 million American men are currently living with prostate cancer. As men increase in age the risk of developing prostate cancer increases significantly. Our goal is to promote awareness with this event in hope to spread the word of the importance of early detection.

The Bike Routes: The RCDCU Bike-A-Thon begins at the Renaissance Community Development Credit Union at 55 Fuller St. In Somerset NJ promptly at 9am.

The 3 Mile Fun Ride/Walk: Will start and end in the beautiful Colonial Park located at 156 Mettlers Rd. This picturesque park offers a spectacular variety of features, including the Spooky Brook Golf Course, Duck Pond and beautiful flower garden all along a paved bike/walk path spanning the entire length of the park. This is a great was to get the whole family involved in the event.

10 Mile Ride: Takes you through the the quiet neighborhoods of Franklin Township and out into the reserved open space land. There is a full featured rest stop at the halfway point of this fun ride as well as fully supported SAG vehicle.

30 Mile Ride: This challenging ride takes you through the quiet neighborhoods of Franklin Township into the beautiful Colonial Park, and along the historic Delaware Raritain Canal and Millstone River. Full rest stops in both Colonial Park and at the halfway point in the Wynnefield Somerset Clubhouse in Franklin Park, which will be fully stocked with refreshments and vital fluids. A fully equipped SAG vehicle will be along as well to help should any problems emerge.

The 50 Mile Ride: This challenging ride is for the seasoned cyclist following along the beginning of the 30 Mile route continuing along the Delaware Raritan Canal as well as the Millstone River. It takes you through parts of the historic Rocky Hill section of Somerset following along routes traveled by General George Washington and into Kingston. There will be fully stocked rest areas in Colonial Park, Wynnefield at Somerset Clubhouse and the historic Griggstown Fire Station and will be supported by a fully stocked SAG vehicle.

Whether riding or walking, as a team or a single person, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to “Ride Your Way To Fun And Fitness” and help us “Promote Prostate Cancer Awareness” Lunch will be served at the end of the ride as well as a product raffle and presentations of awards and trophies.

Hillier Than Thou 2013
Port Murray, NJ
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Online Registration Closes Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time
Parking and starting line will now be at:
YMCA Camp Bernie 327 Turkey Top Rd Port Murray, NJ 07865

Dubbed New Jersey’s Toughest Century The event features 100 miles with 12,000 feet of leg busting climbs!
There will be a metric century too.

Although this is not a race, the ride will be timed. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, plus the top finishers in the age categories 35+, 45+, 55+ and 60+.

To add to the climbing fun, enter the Hillier Than Thou KOM/QOM Strava competition! Sign up for Strava before the event and track your ride. A KOM and QOM award will be given to the top male and female Strava winners!!

The riders will be fully supported throughout the whole event. There be 3 rest stops with food, water, port-a-potties and sag wagons out on the course.

Riders will enjoy event T-shirts and a post ride Bar-B-Que with great food, awards and entertainment! Come join in the fun! Any question call 973-227-4462 or email
Day of registration is available; ride fee will be $75.

Last chance to Earn your Pay Dirt Points

Trail MaintenanceH2H Racers Last chance to Earn your Pay Dirt Points
This Thursday 8/29 and Saturday 8/31 will be your last chances to work in Ringwood to gain Pay Dirt points for the 2013 race season. Please feel free to come out even if you don’t need the points.

Dirty Thursday @ School or Trail side
8/29 4pm until dark

Saturday @ School or Trail side
8/31 9am until 1pm

We will be trying to complete section 2 of the White trail reroute in these two work sessions. We are currently working on the section between Defiance road and Whites road. If you need directions please feel free to email me. We will also be riding the new White trail, Bottom to Top then Top to Bottom on Saturday after we are done working.

For More Information Contact the  Ringwood Trail Crew

Essential Items that every Cyclist needs

There are a few essential items that every cyclist should own. Our top three picks were chosen based on quality, function, ease of use, and price.

Essential Item #1 our Top Pick

Joe Blow Floor PumpFloor Pump – First and foremost every cyclist needs a quality floor pump if your tires are flat you arent going anywhere. I highly recommend the Joe Blow Sport II Floor Pump from Topeak
It is simple to use, has accurate pressure gauge, and Dual head grey side for presta vlaves and black for Schrader a yellow lever locks the head in place pump stroke is smooth and efficient with about 15-20 pumps filling a 100% deflated MTB tube to 35-40 psi




Essential Item #2

Topeak Multitool

Multi-tool – The swiss army knife of tools. This compact (fits in your camelback or saddle bag can fix almost anything that comes up on the trail or road.
Our recommendation is the Topeak Alien II 26-Function Bicycle Tool. This Little package contains:

  • 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10mm Allen Wrenches (Fix a Loose stem bolt, adjust a seat, fix a creaking noise)
  • 8, 9, and 10mm Box Wrenches
  • 2 Chain Pin Compartments (Repair a chain)
  • Phillips and Flat-head Screwdrivers (adjust a Derailleur)
  • Chain Tool (Repair a Chain)
  • 15g and 14g Spoke Wrenches (True a Wheel)
  • Knife
  • 2 Tire Levers (Fix a flat)
  • T25 Torx (adjust with precision)
  • Mini Pedal Wrench Fix a loose pedal
  • Bottle Opener (pop open a well deserved cool one after a ride)

Essential Item #3

Park Hex WrenchesHex Wrenches – Where a multitool is great option when you are out on the trail or road. Any home workbench should have a quality set of hex wrenches.
They are easier to use, can provide more torque, and will make your home shop look pro. our 2 picks are:
Basic Level – Park Tool HXS-2 Professional Hex Wrench Set with Holder
Pro Level – Park Tool bike tools PH-1 p-handle Hex Wrench

ParkP-Type (Pictured) Hex Wrenches provide greater torque and are harder to loose than L-type wrenches.


Have a favorite product or Essential Item you think we missed let us know in our comments section

Recreational Ride – Pines Lake Drive Loop in Wayne NJ

IMG_0789If you have been on Valley Road in Wayne NJ, cycling is probably not one of the 1st things that come to mind with speeding cars, wild deer turkeys and geese it can be a bit daunting.
But North of Hamburg turnpike a bike lane has been added. This makes the ride from Valley to Berdan (which has a wide shoulder) manageable.
If you want to cut out the traffic altogether you can park on Indian Road near the Playground by Tower road. Then about 3 blocks down on your left  you will see  Pines Lake Drive E.
Here you will  find quiet, rolling, tree-lined streets where runners and cyclist outnumber the cars. To your right the lake is almost always visible and all around are beautifully landscaped homes.
The Actual Loop around the Lake is only about 5k which makes it a favorite spot for runners. The rolling terrain can make banging out a few laps during lunchtime or after work a great option when you only have time for a quick workout. I highly recommend checking out this little loop of quiet quaintness your next time in the area.

Some spots of Note:
Van Riper-Hopper Historic House Museum – 533 Berdan Avenue
Greenberry’s Coffee – 239 Berdan Ave


Pines LakePines Lake Drive Waterfall