Jersey Jaunts - Cycling in New Jersey (and nearby states)

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My Homemade Bike Trunk
A very detailed NJ bike Map
Worth the Drive
Washington DC trail network

My cycling information is organized by Trails, Tours and Rides, with each class of jaunt presenting it's own advantages and disadvantages.

Trails - Trails are specific routes on pathways with no motorized traffic. You can start and stop whenever, and wherever you like, but you are on your own should you experience mechanical breakdowns or get lost. You should also carry sufficient water for the length of the ride.

Here are the trails that I've ridden and reviewed
  • Edgar Felix & Freehold-Jamesberg Bikeways + Route 18 Greenway, Manasquan & Wall NJ, 2010
  • Lehigh Valley Gorge Trail Jim Thorpe PA, 2006, 2008
  • Henry Hudson - Southern section Matawan to Freehold, 2009
  • Henry Hudson - Atlantic section Hazlet to Atlantic Highlands, 2009
  • Manasquan Reservoir Howell NJ - 2008
  • D&R Feeder Canal Trenton, Lambertville, Frenchtown NJ, 2010
  • Manhattan Greenways ride, 30+ possible miles,  2007
  • Sandy Hook Multi-use Sandy Hook NJ, 2007
  • Washington DC Trails Arlington VA, 2010
  • Erie Canal - Erie Canal Heritage Trail multi-day tour ,2010
  • Erie Canal - Old Erie Canal State Park trail & Mohawk Hudson Bikeway multi-day tour, 2011

  • Tours - Tours are rides on public roadways with controlled or banned vehicular traffic; bicycles generally have the right of way. These tours are usually organized with a specific start time, and route, and utilize ride marshals or police escorts to ensure the safety of riders.

    Tours and rides almost always provide rest stops, some are better than others, but all will have at least water and are typically spaced every 8 to 10 miles. Often rest stops are located in parks or other public areas with rest room facilities.

    Here are the Tours that I've ridden and reviewed
  • The Great 5 boro bike ride by Bike New York - 2010
  • Bike tour of Bergen - 2009
  • Bike tour of Edison - 2010
  • Bike Trenton - City tour of Trenton, 2007
  • Bike Philly - 2010

  • Rides - Rides are self-guided tours on public roadways with uncontrolled vehicular traffic. Route selection is usually based on safety and points of interest. I've included organized charity and bike club tours in this section when they take place on open roads. Riders typically follow a paper cue sheet with turn-by-turn directions, often queue sheets are supplemented with painted arrows on the roadway.

    Here are the organized rides that I've ridden and reviewed
  • Autism ride Lincroft NJ - 2005
  • Freedom Valley Philadelphia to Valley Forge, 95% OFF STREET! on Schuylkill River Trail - 2008
  • Pumpkin Patch Pedal Jamesburg - 2007

  • On your own
  • Central Jersey Boardwalk ride, 17 1/2 possible miles - 2010

  • Yet to be explored rides, trails & tours
  • Bike Elizabeth
  • George Wash Bridge Challenge
  • Pedal Pittsburgh.
  • Twin Lights Ride by Bike New York
  • Harlem Valley Trail Ride by Bike New York
  • Farmlands Tour Lincroft NJ
  • Lawrence-Hopewell Trail Partially developed trails
  • Tour de Franklin Charity ride for food bank
  • Tour De South Brunswick, South Brunswick NJ
  • Tour De Tuckahoe, Tuckahoe NJ
  • Tour De Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY
  • Tour De Queens, Queens NY