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Rideyourbike.us – April Events

April has seen a dramatic shift from the cold overcast days of March to warm sunny days.
Spring is upon us So unless you are laid up like me after a mishap at Rays get out and Ride 

Trail Maintenance

Jorba volunteers have made great progress during their first day in 2013. Section 1 of 5 of the proposed trail re-routes has been cleared and raked with a great start to bench cutting and rock working. We plan to continue with tread work over the next series of work days, until this section is complete and open for riding. 

Dirty Thursdays begin on April 4, 4:00-7:00 pm.
For those looking to get in some week day work. Meet at the work site when you can by foot or bike. RSVP Art White for location by 2:00 that day, so he has enough tools. Art plans to pull tools in to work site by bike and trailer.

Monday, April 8

Bike and Walk Morristown is hoping the weather will be nice by this date for the return of their Meatless Monday ride. This ride will leave at 6:30 pm from Drip Coffee on the Green (whether it is open or not), and head over to Carmel Haifa in Morris Plains for what organizer Kendra declares is ‘New Jersey’s best falafel and hummus.’

Tuesday, April 9

Paramus REI is holding one their popular FREE Bike Maintenance Basics classes from 7:00-8:30 pm.  If you ride a bike, you’ll want this class – I know, as I’ve taken it myself.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Wednesday, April 10

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Thursday, April 11

Missed the Tuesday class? You can still get to Paramus REI for their popular FREE Bike Maintenance Basics class from 7:00-8:30 pm.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.


Saturday, April 13

Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association’s Trips for Kids heads to Allaire State Park in Farmingdale.  Meet up at the Hospital Road Lot at 10:00 am.  The event lasts until 3:00 pm, and lunch will be provided.  Your RSVP is required and parents not riding must stay at the meet up location.  Waiver forms will need to be completed for all riders.  If needed, bikes and safety gear will be available on a first come/first serve basis.  Email TripsforKids@jorba.orgto RSVP or with any questions.


Sunday, April 14
Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Meet at the Ryerson Middle School (130 Valley Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456) at 9:00 AM
Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Steady rain cancels
If you have enjoyed any of the trails in Ringwood this is your chance to give back and make the trails better.
Click Here to see what a day of trail maintenance looks like.

Tim Sullivan will be hosting a 12:00 noon Bike Tour through Newark Branchbrook Park’s famous cherry trees. Come see the largest collection of cherry trees in the US in full bloom. The blossoms will be better and the group will visit the official Branchbrook Park Bloomfest at the halfway point of the tour. The noon start to gives  you time at the festival for Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food choices, and more.  The meet-up is at the Prudential Concert Grove between the lions. If you can look across the lake and see the cathedral, you’re in the right place. The course is about 8 mostly-flat leisurely miles long, and you’ll be walking your bike through cherry groves. It’s easy for beginners and kids.  Riding rain or shine, and PLEASE wear a helmet!  Post-ride, Tim will lead the group down to the Ironbound (just east of Penn Station) for some food and sangria! He knows all the back street spots that are cheap and dee-licious! There is no fee for the tour. Wear pink in cherry solidarity if you want. Qs?: Call Tim at 973-997-6461 or email tim@tsoup.com

Wednesday, April 17

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Sunday, April 21
Race #1 of the H2H 2013 Race series (NJ State Championships)
Blue Mountain is a great venue with many tight technical sections, rock gardens, power climbs, steep descents. The course is fast and sets up riders for a lot of side by side racing.
Event:Chain Stretcher
Location: Blue Mountain, Peekskill, NY
Promoter WMBA
  

Introduction to Mountain Biking – Hosted by REI Paramus Class takes place at Lewis Morris County Park
REI’s instructors will teach you the proper techniques of shifting, braking, hill climbing, descending, body and pedal position, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. Proper trail etiquette and safety will also be addressed. Class will begin at 10:00 am, and is expected to last about 7 hours.  The cost for REI members is $65.00.  Non-members will pay $85.00.  This is designed as an educational ride, not a guided tour; the idea is to teach you how to get more out of your mountain biking experience. This event is recommended for those 14 and older – and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please feel free to bring your own personal helmet, but they will have helmets available for those that do not have a helmet. Space is very limited for these classes, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Ride for the Wildis a benefit ride for Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured wildlife, farm and domestic animals in the Northwest NJ area. The ride starts at 9:00 am, and starts and finishes at Marty’s Reliable Cycle of Hackettstown.  The route is a 40-mile road loop best suited for road bikes, with 2,000 total feet of climbing and a halfway aid station/rest stop at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Beautiful scenery, rolling hills, and more cows, horses, goats and alpacas along this rural ride than cars — bears and bald eagles have been known to make an appearance too!  Registration is a $20 donation per rider, with all of the proceeds go to the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Riders will be provided cue sheets, and road markings will be posted at intersections. Contact Megan at Marty’s of Hackettstown at megan@martysreliable.comor 908-852-1650 with any questions.


Wednesday, April 24

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

 FREE Bike Maintenance Basics classes at Paramus REI from 7:00-8:30 pm.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.


Friday, April 26

Join Morristown’s Community Bicycle Ride, a friendly ride that EVERYONE can do. Meet up at 6:15 pm at Morristown Town Hall – the ride takes off at 6:30 pm.  After the ride, everyone (even those who didn’t ride off the upcoming calories) is invited to mix and mingle with other friendly folks and start off the sunny season right with some homemade ice cream at South Street Creamery for the Bike and Walk Morristown Ice Cream Social, beginning at 7:15 pm.


Saturday, April 27

Join Bike and Walk Morristown at the Sidebar in Morristown for their spring membership drive and first ever Bikes.Bands.Beer event. This party includes music by three fantastic bands: local favorites Eyeswan and Brydgrass, and coming in all the way from Nyack, Srch Party, who was recently featured on WFMU’s Long Rally with Scott McDowell. Each ticket includes a coupon for one of the Sidebar’s great craft beers on draft, and there will be an amazing silent auction. This is also a perfect time to become a member if you haven’t already! General tickets are $15 in advance (including the beer coupon), and $20 at the door. Want to skip the membership line at the party? Get a BikeWalkTown Membership ticket now, get the beer and a year-long individual membership for $35. Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. As always, BWM thanks their generous sponsors for believing that Morristown would benefit from more bikes, bands and beers together in one place: James O’Rourke Physical Therapy, New Jersey Roller Derby, and Be Well.

Sunday, April 28

 Hands-On Intermediate Bike Maintenance class at Paramus REI  will teach you all about your bike parts, basic repair techniques and when you need to seek professional repair help. Topics include cable systems and adjustments to your brakes and deraileurs. To keep the class interactive, seats are limited to 6. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bike to practice on.  Class starts at 11:00 am, and continues through 3:00 pm.  As always, space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Meet at Lot C at 9:00 AM

Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Steady rain cancels
If you have enjoyed any of the trails in Ringwood this is your chance to give back and make the trails better.
Click Here to see what a day of trail maintenance looks like.
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Alexandria Pump Track in New Jersey

Looking to get your Jumping skills together but don’t want to make you first attempt on a gnarly double with crocs below waiting to devour you if you case the jump.

Then head on down to the Alexandria Pump truck where you will find jumps that will allow you to progress as you develop your skills.

What is a Pump Track you ask
A pump track is one of the fastest-growing attractions in biking. It is a continuous dirt loop of rollers and insloped turns, reminiscent of a BMX track but smaller in scale, which can be ridden by cyclists of all ages and skill levels. It teaches riders essential riding skills while building fitness, all in a low-risk environment.

Here are a couple of Short Clips of the Jumplines

Join the Alexandria Pump Track Group on Facebook

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The Best of Jungle Habitat

Jungle Habitat

animalThe Best of Jungle Habitat

The trails snake and wind around the landscape creating a experience that is both exhilarating and challenging.
Trails such as Rhino provide some of the best riding the park has to offer and create a deep woods feel. Riders will be treated to a trail that makes its way through rhododendrons and pine trees, over Natural rock spines, logs, and man made rock features which have become a hallmark of recent JORBA trail work. The technical nature of the park makes the average pace of a recreational ride a bit slower; with a 7-8 mile ride taking around 2 hours. If you looking to be physically challenged try the dump truck climb or the climb on otter slide. There are also some paved road climbs that will give your lungs and legs that burning sensation (If you are into that sort of thing). Jungle Habitat will provide intermediate to advanced riders with plenty of variety, fun, and challenges all in a park that is fairly simple to learn, proving once again that good things do come in small packages.

Ride Details
Animal Chute to Warthog to Otter Slide to Rhino to Fish down Dumptruck Hill finishing with Lower Chute


Pictures

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Fall 2010 Ride at Ringwood State Park

The trees are almost completely bare, a canopy of leaves cover the trail sometimes hiding the obvious or common line.
The air is filled with the scent of leaves that have already started to decompose and the crisp chill in the air makes it hard to breath until we warm up on a section immediately to the right of Shepard’s Lake (This is the end of the race course figure 8 loop).
The trail is rocky but there is a smooth line through most sections.

We ride across the fire road and continue on the race course. There has been some recent trail work here mostly in the form of reroutes which will allow for some of the over ridden, eroded sections to recover.

These re-routes wind there way through the trail. As we climb up there is a large fallen tree that has become a skinny riding feature there are a few bailouts. My last attempt had me doing a nose dive straight off the top.
We cross the pipeline and here is were we will leave the race course.
We turn right onto the Skyland’s trail. This trail was created a few years back. It is a gradual climb with lots of turns, rocks, a few skinnies, and a wall ride thrown in for good measure. This section has some technical challenges but is a fun addition to what Ringwood has to offer. The Skylands trail runs into the Red trail which is a bit more rolling. This section is comprised of rock skinnies, drops, and steep rollers. At the end of the Red trail (at least this section of it) We head onto the schoolhouse trail The start is a tight technical trail reminiscent of Jungle Habitat after a little while the trail heads up. We climb up switch backs to the top of the trail then drop into the bridges trail.
The bridges trail is named as such because there are about 3 or 4 wooden bridges each about a foot in width. In addition to the bridges you will encounter three rock drops. The 1st and 3rd are the biggest the 2nd rock drop is fairly easy. Riders can use this drop to progress their skill.
The left side of the rock has a smaller drop with the height progressing as you move towards center. After the bridges trail we make our way up a steep loose climb that has my legs and lungs burning. We are making our way to the new Red trail section which is a long climb of switchbacks, off-camber sections, and some rock features. Leading to the switchbacks riders will need to pass through some rock gardens and a rock overpass. Going up is difficult coming down is a lot of fun (See video for a sample of this trail). From here we made our way back passing Lot C and making our way back to Shepard’s lake on the road. As it turned out we still had a little riding left to do after we passed the manor we jumped on the White crossover trail and which put us on the race course and was our final ride out.


Video

GPS

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Hartshorne Woods

Hartshorne Woods

Location: South Jersey
Directions: From Garden State Parkway Exit 117
(North or Southbound) Follow Rt. 36 (East) for
12.6 miles. Turn right (before the bridge) onto Portland Rd.
Follow for 0.7 miles to Rocky Point entrance
Description: With both physical and technical challenges. Hartshorne Woods is a fun place for riders of all levels.
Beginners will find an extensive network of wide dirt fire roads and paved roads. Later as they become more confident with their bike handling skills they can progress to some beginner and intermediate single track trails.
More experienced riders will find a miles of intermediate and advanced trails.
Altogether you can put together a loop that is over 7 miles in length with a terrain ranging from rocky rooted descents, short steep uphill climbs with various obstacles, and fast rolling sections with banked turns and small drops.

Rider Insider
Hartshorne is a great place to ride after a rainy week the sandy soil drains quickly and can dry out after only a day of sun.
Keep your eye out for fun stuff – It is easy to just want to rip through the woods with Hartshorne’s bermed turns and rolling terrain, but keep an eye out to the sides of the trail where there are plenty of drops, some built up jumps, and skinnies along with other “easter eggs” along the trail.


Some Video and pics from ride November 2010


GPS Map
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Miles of New MTB Trails found in New Jersey

View from the TopThere is a New Place to ride in New Jersey with a mix of Twisty Climbs, Sweet Flowing downhills, lots of singletrack. Where is this Mountain Biking Paradise you might ask. Well it is in a spot familiar to most Mountain Bikers in NJ. Ringwood State Park. Due to the efforts of Art and Ellen White, The RVCC, and Jorba along with Landowners the group was able to add a section of singletrack starting right in the middle of the race course switchbacks. Today was my 1st time riding these newly cut trails but I am stoked. The new trails have much in common with some of the best features from other MTB Locales. For example there are alternate routes that run along the singletrack. These Provide some drops and other technical features similar to Blue Mountain. The Single track is twisty and makes good use of the space this was reminiscent of Jungle Habitat. There are some sections with offshoots to other trails reminding me of Kittatiney, and of course there are rock gardens which is a hallmark of the Skyline, Ringwood, Waywayanda trails. I have heard that the intent is to connect these trails with the Cannonball Trail off of Skyline (Which was reworked last year) This would create a trail network that would provide riders with some epic rides of 3-5 hours. We were out for almost 3 hours connecting the new trail with the “Secret” and Sections of the Red and Blue.
Below is a GPS Listing of the Ride and Some video of Stefan Koncz


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NJ to become a Mountain Bike Mecca

The trails at Ringwood State Park continue to get better and better.
Last year was the new trail. A section that bypassed a switchback downhill and replaced it with a winding, flowing, rolling, and exhilarating stretch of trail that highlighted how good Mountain biking in NJ can be.

Well this Year Art White and the Rembrandt’s of rock have stepped up their game creating a re-route of a once hikers only trail named “Warm Puppy Rock” by Ringwood Locals.

This trail contains a number of rock features and is somewhat technical. But what Impressed me was how well they were able to utilize and integrate the natural trail lines and rock to create a unique riding experience. (Of note are a rock wall ride and downhill rock spine.)

Jeff Mergler Executive Director of the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) had this to say about this latest trail creation.
“Its truly amazing work and even the people within JORBA (me included) are patting them on the back for the scale of it. Coincidentally, NYNJTC folks have even taken notice and let Art know how nice it came out.”

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Stewart State Park in New Windsor NY.

About an hour from the GWB is the Stewart Buffer Zone in NY State
Stewart State Forest is a 5,600-acre State Park MUA (Multiple Use Area) surrounding the regional Stewart Airport.
Stewart is many things: The number and miles of trails make it an almost epic place to ride, The trails have something for everyone from carriage roads for families and beginner riders, Fast flowing singletrack for more experienced riders and while its not a freeride park there are some jumps and drops to keep a smile on more adventurous riders faces.

Stewart is not a great place to ride after a week of rain though it tends to take longer to dry out than other places like Ringwood State Park. The lower lying areas tend to get flooded and can be extremely muddy but when it is dry or better yet slightly damp conditions are optimal and you can really fly. Stewart has more flow the a city hydrant opened up on hot summer day. The Rock walls, banked turns, and rolling terrain just throw free speed at you.

Stewart host a number of races every year including a favorite of mine the Darkhorse 40
Always a challenge and always lots of fun this year is a 4×10 mile loop

Keep in mind that Stewart closes October to March for hunting season

Read about one Racers experience doing the Darkhorse-40 as her 1st race

GPS Maps:

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Sprain Ridge Park

Sprain Ridge Park
Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers is less than 30 minutes away from the Jersey side of the GWB (traffic permitting) The Park has some of the best riding I have experienced on the East Coast There are plenty of drops, jumps, obstacles, and skinnies. Making this a great place to practice and get your riding skills together before heading to a Freeride park like Diablo or Hunter. Most of the technical features have an alternate ride options or bypasses similar to Blue Mountain.
I have now ridden Sprain Ridge in multiple conditions from Sunny and hot to Rainy and cool. The ride is a workout and the Heat and Humidity can make it difficult so make sure you have plenty of water and food to keep you going. After a week of rain I was pleased to see that the park drains well and was not too muddy. But be careful of the wooden bridges and log hops they can be treacherously slick.
The single track begins right at the trail head and seemingly never ends although there are a few fire roads. The trails are twisty and technical but with more flow than Ringwood. While Sprain ridge offers miles of trails for free riders, it has its physical challenges as well. There are some long somewhat steep climbs and undulating trails to test the legs and lungs of even the most seasoned XC rider.
This is a great place to ride or train. There are a few sections I want to point out:
Roller/Drop right at the beginning of the trail head.
A long rock ridge with a steep roller or drop (This is about ¼ of the way into the trail (See video and GPS).
An open area that is filled with drops, step-ups, skinnies, and jumps (After the Lions Back Ridge you will go down some tight switchbacks then climb to this open area which is a good place to take a break have something to eat and mess around)
A narrow walled downhill section (see video rider coming down with dog)
Wooden Bridge drop Beginner Trail – start off in the bus parking lot. to get there you need to enter the main entrance of the park from jackson ave, go straight and through the opened gate and turn on your first right turn and park where the buses are. The trail starts at the sign opposite of the buses and is called “otter ramble” Intermediate Trail – start off in the main parking lot. to get there you need to enter the main entrance of the park from jackson ave, follow the road, bear left and make the right into the 1st open lot you see. park in one of those spots and the trail starts at the corner of the lot to the left of where you came in up a big hill/boulder combo. this trail is one of the main trails people start with called “north brother’s loop”. if you follow the map you can head north, then east, then south east and enjoy the terrain as it loops back, expect to spend 2-3+hrs on your first time out just to find your way around

Directions from New Jersey:
GWB to 87 North

Take Exit 6A (Stew Leonard Drive)
Continue toward Corporate Dr
Turn left at Corporate Dr
Turn right at Sprain Rd
Turn right at Jackson Ave

For additional Information: http://www.westchestergov.com/parks/Directions/Individual/SprainRidgePark.htm

Pictures:

Video from various rides at Sprain Ridge

GPS Links:
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The Last Mountain Bike Ride of Winter 2009

Mountain Biking at Blue MountainThis Sunday was the last weekend ride of winter 2009. All and all it had been a pretty mild winter. New Jersey only experienced a few snow storms none of which lived up to the hype of the weather forecasts. For most of our winter riding we headed down south to Allaire State Park and Hartshorne Woods. We did however do a couple of rides at Ringwood State Park and Some trails off the top of Skyline Drive. For this Sunday’s ride however we headed up to Peekskill NY. About 15 minutes past the Bear Mountain Bridge is Blue Mountain a mix of flowing singletrack, technical terrain, tricky climbs, and some adrenaline releasing downhills. In short Blue offers some of the best riding in the area.

There was a definite chill in the air at the start of the ride and at the last minute I decided to add an extra layer. We started our ride by going up a trail appropriately called Ned’s Left Lung. I however, needed both my lungs to get up this beast of a climb. This climb was made all the more difficult due to the dirt being especially soft and loamy. Not quite muddy, but a quality that occurs when the snow slowly melts and the dirt can absorb the moisture but doesn’t have time to dry out.
After we crested the top of the “Ned’s Lung” it was time to peel off that extra layer. We rode down the fireroad a bit then turned onto the singletrack. Blue Mountain has some of the best singletrack in the tri-state. Technical trails like monster which twist and turn and go over large rock spines. Other trails like the lower stinger are fast and flowing with some short steep climbs. We did not ride “My favorite Trail” or Chewbacca today but those are also a lot of fun. The park is pretty big at 1,500-acres. Our ride was around three hours. We had two flats and a crash, that to witness was scary as hell. I watched Ian go down a cliff face kamikaze style (no brakes) he was way off the back of the bike and when he transitioned and the front end got away from him. He slammed into a tree with his left side taking most of the abuse. Ian was a trooper though and after a few minutes was back on his bike riding strong. As we rode, the day warmed up. The grey cloud cover from earlier had eventually yielded to bright spring sun.
We finished the ride by taking another go at Ned’s Lung then part of Monster finishing on the lower stinger. After the ride we had lunch at the Firehouse Pub on Welcher Ave. A decent place for a a sandwich and drink.


GPS map from ride:
Blue Mountain
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