Best Bike Rides Philadelphia: Great Recreational Rides in the Metro Area

Overview

Go for a Ride!Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great ride? Hidden in and around Philadelphia are some great roads, trails, and bike paths that are fun to explore. Best Bike Rides Philadelphia describes 40 great recreational rides in the metro area. With rides between 5 and 60 miles—including road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and mountain bike rides—it's easy to find an interesting place to ride. Each route includes complete directions, a map, a text description of the area you'll be riding,...
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Overview

Go for a Ride!Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great ride? Hidden in and around Philadelphia are some great roads, trails, and bike paths that are fun to explore. Best Bike Rides Philadelphia describes 40 great recreational rides in the metro area. With rides between 5 and 60 miles—including road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and mountain bike rides—it's easy to find an interesting place to ride. Each route includes complete directions, a map, a text description of the area you'll be riding, the GPS coordinates of the start/finish point, and color photos of one of the ride's features. Also included is information on local restaurants, lodging, maps, bicycle shops, other facilities for cyclists, and community resources. Look inside to find:Detailed maps and directionsRides that explore the city and the surrounding area A variety of rides, from 5-mile trail rides to 60-mile destination rides and everything in between In-depth information about each ride, including length, terrain, traffic conditions, and road hazardsInteresting facts about each areaOptions to create longer or shorter rides
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762777594
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Best Bike Rides Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 928,350
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Hammell has been riding a bike as long as he can remember. As an avid bike rider and ride leader with the Princeton Freewheelers he rides over 2,500 miles a year leading other riders through the beautiful back roads of the Northeast. Mark Ploegstra is an avid cyclist who has crossed many states by bicycle. He sometimes loads his bike with a week's camping gear, and sometimes with just enough to go across town. No matter how much he carries, though, he always enjoys life best from the seat of a bicycle.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1

Introduction 3

About This Book 4

Organization 4

Ride Format 5

Preparing for a Ride 7

Ride Terms 8

The Rides 9

Getting to the Rides 9

What to Bring with You 11

Your Mileage Will Vary 11

Going Beyond the Rides 12

Some Words about Bike Safety 13

Riding in Traffic 15

Map Legend 17

Ride Finder 18

Center City Philadelphia 23

1 Center City Tour 25

2 Falls Bridge 33

3 Forbidden Drive 39

4 Battleship New Jersey 44

5 The Manayunk Wall 51

6 Schuylkill River Trail Ride 58

7 Bryn Athyn Cathedral 65

8 Fairmount Park 71

9 Airport Loop 78

10 Pennypack Park 84

11 John Heinz Ride 91

12 Center City Connector 97

13 Ambler Ramble 104

14 Cobbs Creek Ride 112

Montgomery and Bucks Counties 117

15 Valley Forge Ride 118

16 For Washington 124

17 Washington Crossing Ride 131

18 Doylestown 136

19 Lake Nockamixon 143

20 Tyler State Park 150

21 D&R Canal Towpath Trail 157

22 Green Lane 163

23 Bucks County Covered Bridges 169

24 Farm to Farm Ride 176

25 Perkiomen Trail Ride 183

Delaware and Chester Counties 190

26 Ridley Creek State Park 191

27 Devon Ramble 198

28 Longwood Gardens 203

29 Brandywine South 208

South Jersey and Delaware 214

30 Cooper River Park Ride 215

31 Brendan Byrne State Forest 221

32 Wharton State Forest 227

33 Nixon's General Store Ride 233

34 Batsto Village 238

35 Philadelphia to Atlantic City 243

36 Smith's Bridge 252

37 Newark Ramble 258

38 Blackbrid Loop 264

39 White Clay Creek State Park 271

40 Crossing Delaware Ride 278

Rides at a Glance 285

Bicycling Resources 287

Index 291

About the Authors 293

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