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                       Biking Upstate offers Variety and Choice

The New York State Canalway Trail is a network of multi-use trails that runs parallel to current or former sections of the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain canals. When completed, the system will have 524 miles of trails following current and former sections of the canals. The longest of these is the 365 miles long Erie Canalway Trail.

In contrast to this generally flat biking, the Adirondack Region is a premier destination for mountain and road biking. Now, not all Adirondack hiking trails within the Adirondacks allow bicycles - but the ones that do are fast gaining notoriety as a great place to learn, train and explore.

                 Adirondacks Region

Experiencing the Adirondacks by bike offers an incredible way to see the region. Easy, moderate and advanced biking trails wind through boreal forests, cross streams and navigate switch-backs. Road biking routes often stretch through some of the most picturesque vistas the Adirondack Region has to offer. Pedal past deep Adirondack lakes, soaring mountain peaks and through pristine wilderness without leaving the road. Along the way, you'll travel through our charming villages, past farmer's markets - which make an excellent stop for lunch - and meet fellow road bikers.


                 Finger Lakes Region

What makes the Finger Lakes bicycling nirvana?  It starts with our bike-friendly network of country roads with wide shoulders and little traffic, as well as a variety of off-road trails for mountain bikes. The excitement builds with an array of varying terrains, from rolling farmland to long, challenging hills. The reward is always exquisite scenery: vineyards, lakes, forests, farms, and small townsBa dotted with quaint homes and great places to stop for a bite to eat.  


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                                                                                            Biking  Basics

Biking, also called cycling, is the use of bicycles for recreation, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as "cyclists" or "bikers

Bicycles are used for recreation at all ages. Bicycle touring involves touring, exploration or sightseeing by bicycle for leisure.   

Many cycling clubs hold organized rides in which bicyclists of all levels participate. The typical organized ride starts with a large group of riders, called the mass, bunch or even peloton. This will thin out over the course of the ride.

Rides usually consist of several different routes, sorted by mileage, and with a certain number of rest stops with access to refreshments, first aid and maintenance tools.

Mountain biking began in the 1970s, originally as a downhill sport, practiced on customized cruiser bicycles. Most mountain biking takes place on dirt roads, trails and in purpose-built parks. Downhill mountain biking continues to evolve and is performed at places such as ski resorts and open hilly countryside on and off roads.

Bicycles are often used by people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health.