see also [ Where to Look ]
How can I find riding partners?
For most people, the best way is to join a bicycling club.
Check out the list of clubs.
For some other ideas, see our page on
How can I find an organized ride for a day?
Try our page of Events, and also look on the
websites of Clubs.
What are some routes near my special place?
Here are some routes for frequently requested places:
If you know roughly where it is on a map, try going to
main map and clicking near your place -- or click on the name
of a place near yours.
For bicyling-related information beyond just routes, see the
of towns and counties and local areas.
If you know which county, you can look under
by County. For each route, check the list of "start
points" for the name of a town near your desired place.
If you know which side of the Hudson River, you could look under
side, West side,
along the River (perhaps on Both sides),
or New York City. For each route,
check the list of "start points" for the name of a town near
your desired place.
Where can I find nice places to ride together with my children?
See our map of Gentler Places :
-- or the text page of Gentler Places. Many of these places are good for a family
with a variety of interests and requirements -- inline skates (e.g.
"Roller Blades" trademark), roller skates, wheelchair,
jogging, -- or walking with a stroller.
What are some gentle or shorter routes?
Try our list of routes sorted
by difficulty category, under
See our map of shorter
Sometimes I don't have access to a car. What are some routes that
I can reach by putting me and my bike on a train?
See the list of train stations with
nearby bicycle routes.
Which routes are the best?
Best for who? and for what?
One thing for sure, everybody has different preferences -- and
different route preferences in different seasons and different
The routes that Sharon and I have fun riding together again and again
are listed on Our Favorites.
Where can I see a list of all the routes?
Go to the list of all the routes, sorted by
Or try the list of all routes by
Parking -- How come some of the route descriptions
do not say where to park my car?
Because where to park a vehicle is often a complicated thing, about
which many drivers have different approaches, and many local residents
and businesses have different opinions, laws, and unwritten local
conventions. See Parking.
Bike Shops -- What are some bike shops near my
Try our list of Bike Shops.
Where can I rent a bicycle when I visit the Hudson
list of rentals.
So far it's a short list. Keep in mind that the Hudson valley is not like many countries in
Europe where you could hope to rent a bicycle at any major train
Mountain Biking -- What about off-road
riding in the Hudson valley?
We're leaving the serious mountain biking for somebody else's website.
But for some ideas for gentle off-road riding, see Places
for Families with Children.
Actually when we started out riding, it was on mountain bikes, on trails and
unpaved roads. Then we started to wander onto the public roads a little.
Then we tried slick tires, and life hasn't been the same since. Our feeling now is
that the great road routes of the Hudson valley (see
are clearly superior to most of the mountain bike paths around here. We use
knobby tires only when we travel to other regions.
We rode all the routes on this website using 26-inch wheels with slick tires
like Specialized Fat Boy 1.25-inch. Our advice to folks with mountain bikes in the Hudson valley: Take a course or at least read a book on how to ride
effectively on the public paved roads along with the cars and trucks (see
The risks of riding on the public paved roads
are real and serious, but those risks can be evaluated in light of a wider range
of strategies and techniques.
Then decide if you can handle those risks. If Yes, first learn and
practice some of the concepts and skills described in some of the
Then mount slick tires on your
mountain bike (you might also need thinner wheels) and try out some of the routes
on this website. Try riding with a club.
Also try out some of the descents on
and see what a difference slick tires makes. If No, then keep on enjoying
Long-distance Touring -- I'm
planning a multi-day tour that passes through the Hudson Valley -- what
are some route ideas and other info?
Try our page on
Long Distance Touring through
the Hudson Valley.