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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:39 pm 
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Going to Santa Fe, NM with family for a vacation. Looking for any riding advice or routes to go on.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:49 pm 
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There is a nice climb up to the ski area. Easy to find on a map.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:48 pm 
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I've only been mountain biking there.

But, the ski area north east of town, as mentioned by beatle, is pretty nice. Lots of USFS roads out there, and 475 is nice way to get out of town and up into the mountains.

What kind of bike will you be taking?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:45 am 
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beatle wrote:
There is a nice climb up to the ski area. Easy to find on a map.


Thanks, I'll definitely plan on that.


LeDuke wrote:
I've only been mountain biking there.

But, the ski area north east of town, as mentioned by beatle, is pretty nice. Lots of USFS roads out there, and 475 is nice way to get out of town and up into the mountains.

What kind of bike will you be taking?


Yeah the 475 route to the ski area sounds like a perfect route for a ride. Definitely will do that. This trip I'll only be taking my road bike with.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:43 pm 
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Up to the Ski basin is a fun climb, going out to Camel Rock is a pretty straight to the point ride as well.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:48 pm 
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There are lots of roads you can take for interesting and scenic rides. But first, do be aware that people speed, often with alcohol, and there's little or no respect for cyclists. It's not a particularly bike-friendly area. And there is limited street lighting so it gets very dark very quickly. Outside of town, don't expect too many gas stations, water stops, that kind of thing -- which is normally a plus except when you need one. And rains can cause a lot of partial washouts where the road surface suddenly becomes loose sand and gravel for a bit.

All that said, you can ride south towards Galisteo and Madrid. The road to Madrid is a simple out and back, but the views are beautiful and it's mostly uphill heading south, so you get a nice fast return. Madrid is always interesting.

If you go up past the Lodge you quickly get into Tesuque, a beautiful area with lots of paved roads cross-crossing the countryside. Rollers but nothing serious. If you go farther out, you start heading uphill and can gain a fair bit of elevation quickly.

If your road bike is gravel-ready, there are many additional roads with some tough climbs and great vistas as you go off the main paved roads. You don't need much more than, say, a 27 or 28 mm tire with a little bit of tooth to it -- it's typically dry and mud clearance or mud treads aren't necessary. In fact, I'd suggest that if you want the most options close to SF, you might just fit as big a tire as you can on your road bike with a good textured tread -- not knobby but something reasonably light and fast but with grip in hardpack.


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