Shop Ride Report: Graham Hills NY, September 27, 2015

September 26th, 2015

Fall temperatures of 60 degrees and an overcast skies met the 718 crew as we gathered up at Graham Hills in Mt. Pleasant, NY.  Riders were split on transport method, with half arriving by car and the other half by a 45 minute train ride on The Harlem Line of The Metro North Railroad.

We had a great mix of riders, from experienced Continental Divide veterans to Mid-Atlantic shredders to beginners.

The group took off from the parking lot, determined not to get lost "this time". Within 20 minutes, we were already debating where we thought we were on the map.

The group broke into 2 groups based on interest level in certain trails.  One interesting thing that was going on was a few riders testing our bike packing set-ups in preparation for our Vermont Trip this weekend

As with other courses in Westchester County, the going was rocky and rooty.  In addition, alot of tree cover has fallen, causing the trails to be semi-obscured by leaves.

The ride started at 10am, and some riders stayed on until 6pm. The goal of this group is to introduce new-comers to mountain biking, while providing experienced riders and escape from the city.

Shop Ride Stillwell Woods August 29, 2015

After a year of hitting the trails every Tuesday, 718 Cyclery has shifted our group rides to Saturdays. Today's ride was at Stillwell Woods in Syosset Long Island (NY).

The idea behind there rides are to get experienced mountainbikers rides out on the trails, as well as introduce new riders to the sport.

In order to show how easy it is to escape from NY, we arranged for one group to travel by train. The Long Island Rail Road has some specific rules about train travel with bikes, so we made sure everyone was up to speed. The group took 2 trains, and consisted of 12 riders and 3 718 staff members.

Arrival of the first train load

We were fortunate enough to bring some great demo bikes for our riders to test out, including bikes from Kona, Salsa, Focus and Yeti.

The group moved out from the parking lot and into the wood at about 10:30, and reminded riding until about 2pm.  We had lots of bike swapping and testing. The conditions were rather dry, leading to some sandy stretches, and also leading to a few spills.

Looking forward to our next ride on September 12th at Blue Mountain. Sign up Here