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The Art in Riding a Bike

The artistic Cyclist

The art in riding a bike. Indeed you say (with snobby up-turned nose). Riding a bike is merely a physical endeavor you turn the pedals with your feet and steer with your hands – There is no art in it.
Well consider this, playing a musical instrument is just a physical endeavor as well. You press the piano key, fret the note on a guitar, strike a drum. It is the same for the painter and the sculptor even the writer expresses himself through a physical act.

That’s it you say. It is the expression of oneself that makes true art where is the expression in riding a bike.

To which I say there is no truer expression of oneself than when riding a bike. The artistic rider is one with their bike, the trail and everything around them. Where others see a fallen tree or other obstacle the artistic rider sees an interesting line to continue the flow of the experience.
The art happens in the moment and like a great concert you need to be there to experience the full effect, recordings just wont do the moment justice.

Well what about suffering? The true artist suffers for his craft working tirelessly to create something worthwhile.
Ha I say when was the last time a musician went to ER playing the wrong note – (There is a joke in there somewhere).
The stakes for making an error are definitely greater for rider who is pushing the boundaries of what they or others have done before.
A cyclist definitely knows their share of suffering as evidenced by their scars and trips to the ER.
However It rarely feels like work even when tirelessly trying to refine an aspect of our riding. We do it for the pure enjoyment. Riding is our passion. The suffering is in not being able to do it.


JORBA Festival Returns


Mountain Bikers rejoice after a 3 Year hiatus the JORBA Festival returns with a new name and location.

The “Jungle Jam” will take place on Sunday  September 21st 2014 at 126 Airport Road, West Milford, NJ

(The Former site of Jungle Habitat Safari Park)

The event will have all the fun of past events:

There will be group rides for all skill levels, the coolest show you will ever see by Pat “The Human Vise” Povilaitis, a limited attendee ride and appearance by local pro Jeff Lenosky,

a women’s skills clinic and ride by Rock N Roots Training, kids rides, demo bike fleets, a huge raffle, and much, much more.

 Jungle Habitat is much smaller in size than Allamuchy (Previous site for Jorbafest) and its surrounding parks it is a great place to ride.

It has flowing lines, technical sections, some climbs with remnants of the parks previous structures which give rise to some of the trail names

like: Animal Chute and Otter Slide.

For complete details and Flyer Click here

My First Bike

My First Bike

My First “Real Bike”

I remember waking up on Christmas morning and seeing it prominently displayed in front of the Christmas tree multi-colored lights reflected off the shiny white finish on the bike. This was more than a ordinary bike. This was a Evel Knievel Bike! Adorned with decalled plastic red white and blue accents it looked like a dirt bike. It had a gas tank and a #1 plate and knobby tires. That first bike would be my bike for the next 3 years until it was stolen from out of a storage area under our front stairs. I moved a lot and in this one apartment which had two flights of 15 stairs and limited living space it wasn’t possible to store it inside the apartment.
I rode that bike everywhere on that bike. The over-sized motorcycle style seat often meant I would have a passenger on the back.
That first bike lead to a number of firsts as well. My first “real” kiss from a girl that I had given a ride to.
My first “real” crash where I face planted after hitting the front side of a landing ramp. I went over the bars and broke part of my front two teeth.
I remember cleaning that bike all the time – my current bikes would be jealous. It must have been the desire to keep the Red White and Blue looking sharp, and a sense of pride that I felt whenever I rode that bike. It resonated with my inner daredevil riding as fast as I could, trying to jump as high as I could (even if it was only a few feet) trying out whatever tricks kids were doing.  Back then you could ride along neighborhood streets without fear of getting run down by cars. Me and my friends would ride to nearby West Hudson Park . We would ride on the dirt trails/paths down stairs and always looking for stuff to jump. In the spring there would be a big pile of sandy dirt dropped for the parks baseball field. For a few weeks we had the ability to build a series of jumps our own little bmx track (emphasis on little) but it was fun and it was exciting. Through that spring, and on that bike a seed was planted that would grow over my lifetime. My First bike will always hold a special spot in my heart and mind. Although I may have had many bikes since then – My Evel Knievel bike will always hold that special spot – FIRST Bike.

New Jersey Transit Offers Service to Mountain Creek

NJ Transit Bus Service to Mountain Creek Bike ParkOrdinarily when a bike meets a bus it doesn’t end up too good. But Beginning this Saturday….

 NJ Transit will offer Bus Service to Mountain Creek Bike Park

NJ Transit has Partnered with Mountain Creek to offer some great discounts


  • A Mountain Creek Full Access Lift Ticket – Save $5
  • A Mountain Creek Cross-country Lift Ticket – Save $2
  • A Mountain Creek Experience Downhill Package – Save $10
  • A Mountain Creek equipment rental – Save $5

The Bike Park discount can be obtained by presenting your bus receipt at the Bike Center. The NJ TRANSIT bus receipt must be dated for the day of redemption for the discount to apply.

These offers are not valid on previously purchased tickets. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offers expire September 2, 2013.

You can even bring your bikes on board the #304 since there is storage space on the bottom of the bus. Please note that NJ TRANSIT is not responsible for any damage caused to any bike stored below the bus.


  • Grand Cascade Lodge – Save 20%
  • Minerals Resort & Spa – Save 20%
  • The Appalachian – Save 20%

NJ TRANSIT customers can book lodging by calling (973) 827-5996, extension 2 and mention promo code PARTNERS

Restrictions apply. Subject to availability. Valid through September 2, 2013. Guests must present their #304 bus fare receipt dated for the day of arrival to receive the discount at the front lodge desk. Discounts only apply on same day of fare.


NJ TRANSIT’s #304 bus will depart from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, making stops in Weehawken, Union City, North Bergen and NJ TRANSIT’s Wayne Transit Center. This service will begin on June 15, 2013, and conclude on September 2, 2013. The bus route will make interim stops upon request along 30th & 31st Streets in Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen and at NJ TRANSIT’s Wayne Transit Center in Wayne.

Bus service will operate on Saturdays, Sundays and on the holidays of Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 plus Friday, July 5 and Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

I spoke with Leslie at Mountain Creek and She stated that bikes would be able to travel on the Bus via the under bus luggage bays – Not sure how well that is going to work.

Some buses are equipped with Bike Racks on the Front and or Back of Bus but that would allow for a maximum of 6 bikes to be transported. I sure this will require some kinks to be worked out. If you a have an Experience positive or otherwise please post here I will followup with Leslie next week to see if she received any feedback.


Port Authority Bus Terminal (Gate 326) Union City (31st Street & Bergenline Avenue) Wayne Transit Center (Route 23 South & West Belt Parkway) Mountain Creek (Red Tail Lodge)
8:45 am 8:55 am 9:15 am 10:25 am



Mountain Creek (Red Tail Lodge) Wayne Transit Center (Route 23 South & West Belt Parkway) Union City (31st Street & Bergenline Avenue) Port Authority Bus Terminal (Gate 326)
5:30 pm 6:40 pm 7:10 pm 7:20 pm

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time. Give the bus operator your bus ticket and he/she will give you a yellow fare receipt. Be sure to keep your receipt so you can take advantage of the discounts at the mountain.

At Mountain Creek Red Tail Lodge, customers may transfer to/from a connecting shuttle provided by Mountain Creek serving the Crystal Springs Grand Cascades Lodge, Crystal Springs Minerals Resort & Spa and Crystal Springs Black Creek Sanctuary.


Adults (12+) Children* (5-11), Senior Citizens (62+) & persons with disabilities Children (4 and under)
Port Authority Bus Terminal One-way Round-Trip $12.75 $25.50 $5.75 $11.50 FREE* FREE*
Weehawken/Union City One-way Round-Trip $6.20 $12.40 $2.80 $5.60 FREE* FREE*
Wayne Transit Center One-way Round-Trip $4.40 $8.80 $2.00 $4.00 FREE* FREE*

*Family SuperSaver Fares allow 2 children, ages 5 – 11, to ride free with a passenger paying a valid fare on weekends and holidays.

If you are departing from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, be sure to purchase your ticket before boarding at Ticket Windows 1 – 10 or from a Ticket Vending Machine. Departing from Wayne Transit Center, purchase your ticket from a Ticket Vending Machine. At all other locations, you may pay on board the bus.

For additional Mountain Creek information, visit www.mountaincreek.com or call 973-827-2000.

via New Jersey Transit.

2012 Year in Review

Rideyourbike.us 2012 Year in Review

2012 was a great year for cycling in the Tri-State area. In this post I will look at some of the people, places, and events that were, 2012.

In road cycling New Jersey played host to the Grand Fondo NJ in Morristown and was also a big portion of the Grand Fondo NY and and the NYC Triathlon  Why? Because the terrain and roads that follow the Hudson River on the New Jersey side are great for riding the hilly terrain, scenery, and cycling culture are the reason that week after week so many cyclist take to 9W and head up to the State Line, Piermont, Nyack, and Bear Mountain.

In mountain biking it looked like New Jersey would be loosing its premier downhill and Freeride park in Vernon NJ.
News of Diablo’s closure started circulating in January of last year soon after that it was announced that Mountain Creek would take over the mountain bike park and it would open in May for the 2012 season. I was able to get out and ride there over the summer and really enjoyed numerous intermediate and beginner trails. Don’t worry there are still all of the Expert and Advanced trails that you know and love as well as a Jump bag and some new stuff for those who must go faster and bigger. Mountain Creek is set to open for 2013. Season passes are available now.

New in 2012 was the completion of a pump track in West Milford New Jersey – The pump track is a welcome and needed addition to the area. Hopefully the success of the track will lead to the development of a BMX track and racing in North Jersey as well as more parks incorporating pump tracks into there design.

In 2012 Jungle Habitat saw the development and improvement of trails in the park making it one of the local favorites. After Hurricane Sandy JORBA was out in full force to ensure the trails were back in ride ready shape. As always a special thanks goes out to JORBA and its volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure that there are trails to ride.

Six Mile Run – Although Six Mile Run is not a new park, 2012 put the park  in the mainstream of places to ride with the park gaining plenty of buzz in message boards and blogs. It is no wonder with a loop that is almost 15 miles in length. The park has plenty of rollers, jumps, twisty singletrack, and lots of man made features. Six Mile is a must ride for 2013. Also great about this park is that the whole family can enjoy it besides singletrack you can ride for miles on the canal towpath.

Waywayanda – 2012 also saw Waywayanda become more of a mainstream place to ride instead of just a “local in the know” favorite. This may be due to GPS units or better marked trails but whatever the reason it seems that a lot more people are making the trip to Waywayanda for a great day of riding.

2012 saw the fall of one of cycling’s greats Lance Armstrong – I have always been and will continue to be inspired by his ability to ride a bike and push himself harder than the other riders in my eyes he is a champion.
Off the bike his work with the Livestrong foundation should be commended. Whatever your opinion of Lance is as an athlete I hope you will not “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and will see that the Livestrong foundation does so much good for those affected by cancer.  

The 2012 Olympics MTB race showed that mountain biking could be watched real time and be viewer friendly by utilizing a short-track man-made course the London Olympics organizers did a great job

On a personal note I would like to thank John and all the guys at the Cosmic Wheel for getting my ride in top shape on last minute notice for the Thanksgiving day ride then providing me with an early Christmas gift by getting my 8 year old Cyclops Fluid 2 trainer warranty’d 

2012 also saw the beginning of things to come for rideyourbike.us  in 2013 we will continue to improve the sites navigation ensuring mobile compatibility. Providing you with great trail reviews, maps, and all the information you need to get out and ride.

All the best to you in 2013
Mike A

Get Outside and Enjoy the Ride

Trail Maintenance This Weekend

Trail Maintenance Schedule for November 17th and 18th 2012

Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster have impacted many of the areas trails the volunteers are needed.

What: Eagle Rock Trail Maintenance
When: Saturday, the November 17th @ 10am.
Where Eagle Rock Reservation meet at the Afterglow entrance to the Reservation, in Verona.
Description:  Bring work gloves, saw, pruners, drinking water/beverage, snacks, etc.

What: Wildcat Ridge WMA trail clearing
When: Sat, November 17, 9am – 4pm
Where: 40.966557,-74.475461 (map)
Description: We are going to continue trail clearing Saturday 11/17/12.
WCC registered and JORBA members are welcome to volunteer.
Meet 9am on Upper Hibernia Road, under the power lines.

We will start clearing the Wildcat Ridge Trail ( Yellow) south towards the reservoir.
Be prepared for walking…no bikes.
Wear long sleeve shirts, jackets, long pants, work boots, and bright orange as there will be hunters out there.
I have a few hardhats, but bring hardhat and eye protection if you have it.
Tick repellant, Poison Ivy protection.
Bring water.
Gloves supplied.
Leave your chainsaw at home.
Folding hand saws and two man saws are available.


What: Ringwood – Trail Work
When: Sun, November 18, 8:30am – 1:00pm
Where Ringwood State Park
Description: Jorba crews will split into  2- 3 groups to clear cut logs, branches and re-route trails around root balls. Be prepared to walk several miles with tools or ride bikes along technical trails.
Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Tools will be provided.
RSVP to Ringwoodmtb@gmail.com

What: Allaire Trail Maintenance
When: Sun, November 18, 8am – 12pm
Where Hospital Rd lot

Following TM we will have our annual post-tm campfire and pot-luck picnic.

What: Mercer County Park Trail Maintenance Day
When: Sun, November 18, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Where: 316 South Post Road West Windsor NJ (map)

We will be meeting at the Marina at 9am for all of the 2009 TM dates 

We generally finish around 12 pm – 1 pm Please bring something to drink.
Tools and Gloves will be supplied.

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Weighing on Lance Armstrong

I was not planning on posting anything about the USADA findings on Lance Armstrong. But after listening to CNBC (A business News channel) and many reporters in the mainstream media talk about Lance I had to weigh in. I will keep it short 1) Mainstream media sucks I say this because while Lance was climbing from cancer patient to 7 time Tour de France Champion (Which by the way he still is only the UCI can strip him of his titles) The Mainstream media barely covered the sport of cycling. But since the fall of Lance the media has been racing to cover and sensationalize the Lance doping saga. Most recently CNBC Host

2012 safety information & awareness day

The Fairview Police Department is raising awareness on bicycle safety. It is strongly suggested that parents drive their children to the event. if the child is to walk or ride their bicycle to the event all proper precautions should be taken. All young children must be accompanied by their parents should bring their children’s bicycles to the event for your free inspection all children should have their helmets with them and it must be one in officer will be posted’ Burton Boulevard in Boston and McDonald no child

Team Town Cycle’s 3rd annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! Saturday, October 1

Team Town Cycle: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Oct. 1 – and a spe…: It’s time for Team Town Cycle’s 3rd annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! Saturday, October 1, from 1-3 p.m., at Jungle Habitat, in Wes…

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Got Kids – Checkout the Hilltop Grasshopper

The thrill of racing – If your youngster can ride a two wheeler then it is time they get their 1st taste. The Hilltop Grasshopper is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the fun and exciting world of Bicycle racing. Organized by JORBA this event is geared towards fun with