This group is dedicated to riding bicycles for fun , fitness , and recreation. Keeping that in mind , the majority of the riding will be done off road , away from the busy , possibly distracted cell phone and texting automobile drivers . We will explore the various rail trails in Dutchess , Orange , Ulster , and Columbia counties.
Most of there trails are paved , except for the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New Paltz , the Hurley trail in Kingston, and the Stewart Buffer Lands in Rock Tavern , which are a mix of crushed stone and hard packed dirt. While any bike could be used on the paved paths , a dedicated road bike would not be very comfortable on a gravel and dirt trail. A hybrid , comfort , or mountain bike would be more comfortable in this environment. The choice of ride , though , for the various trails , is entirely up to you.
So , for anyone that used to ride and wants to get back into it ( clean the dust and/or clothing off of it and take it out of the basement/shed...) , or anyone who presently rides that would like some company , check out the nice rail trails that are springing up all over the Hudson Valley.
Some of the trails are relatively short ( 2.5 miles one way) , while others are a pretty decent length (5-11 miles one way).
During the ride or afterwards , if there is any interest to grab a bite to eat , or something to drink , or just an ice cream cone or shake (depending on our location) , we can play that by ear.