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    Default 86 mile- Mat Valley Big bike loop route , (Alaska Cycling on paved roads)

    I've ridden all but the last part of Hollywood to Big lake & Big Lake rd.
    Hope to do that part soon.

    As you can see, the big loop can be shortened to match whatever length ride you want to do.

    And : can be lengthened if you want to with out doubling back on you route..
    To me it's more fun to ride loops than go to & from
    (although I do want to ride the paved bike trail from Wasilla to Willow & back sometime this summer)

    Hope to be able to do this loop in one day, by the end of summer

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    Saw lots of cyclers today, great day to ride.
    Nice to see the local paved bike trails getting more use !
    Hope out be out riding in a few weeks.
    Bet this weekend will be lots more.

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    Did I see you on P fishhook on Sunday mb? Thought that might have been you in bright yellow/green

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    Not me,
    been laid up for 2 weeks.
    Hope to be back riding soon.
    Usually have one or the other Alaska bike jersey on, white 29er mt bike with rear bag, flo-green helmet.
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    Were you out riding ?

    Wanted to go bad yesterday & today, best weather for riding this year
    Soon I hope.

    I am looking to find a few folks to ride with, no speed demon here, avg 10 to 12 mph average on 20 to 40 mile rides.
    Usually starting point is the bike trail by Jackovich (between Sears & the Harley shop) on E Blue Lupine
    Having fun with it & getting exercise & seeing a lot of the Valley

    My next ride I want to try 36 mile loop via: KGB, Hollywood to Big Lake , big lake rd to Parks & back.
    Then I'll have ridden all the roads on the Big 86 mile loop, just in short sections
    ROUTE: KGB/Bg Lk/Parks

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    My wife and I just picked up our new Kona Rove road bikes! Can't wait to get out and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronP View Post
    My wife and I just picked up our new Kona Rove road bikes! Can't wait to get out and ride!

    Awesome.
    Never thought I'd enjoy riding so much. Got started & now having a lot of fun with it.

    Nice trail along the Mat. River to get the fitting adjustments tweaked.
    Goes to Bodenburg Loop in the Butte. 6 or so miles from Palmer .
    ROUTE Map

    A road or hybrid bike would be better & faster for the majority of the riding
    I do but the comfort & fit of the mt bike for a beginner like me is working well.
    Probably be looking to upgrade as I get more saddle time.

    Choice of a Hybrid or road bike then, I like the front shock so a hybrid with some
    comfort features may fit my riding style.
    Would be lighter weight than the 29er .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Awesome.
    Never thought I'd enjoy riding so much. Got started & now having a lot of fun with it.

    Nice trail along the Mat. River to get the fitting adjustments tweaked.
    Goes to Bodenburg Loop in the Butte. 6 or so miles from Palmer .
    ROUTE Map

    A road or hybrid bike would be better & faster for the majority of the riding
    I do but the comfort & fit of the mt bike for a beginner like me is working well.
    Probably be looking to upgrade as I get more saddle time.

    Choice of a Hybrid or road bike then, I like the front shock so a hybrid with some
    comfort features may fit my riding style.
    Would be lighter weight than the 29er .
    We rode that trail this morning. 16 miles round trip from the house and it felt great! The bikes we got are cycle/cross, they are pretty cool and handle the pavement as well as gravel. I'm liking it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronP View Post
    We rode that trail this morning. 16 miles round trip from the house and it felt great! The bikes we got are cycle/cross, they are pretty cool and handle the pavement as well as gravel. I'm liking it so far.
    Great.
    That's one of the best trails in the valley, very few road intersections & pretty flat.
    Great scenery & ride along the river too.

    New generation of bikes with bigger tires are much more comfortable to ride.
    I'm not into racing, but love getting good comfortable exercise &
    Keeping it fun.

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    Did the KGB Hollywood to Big Lk back on Parks today.
    Good ride, mostly level. KGB paved trail has lots of gravel/rock in places.
    Road the trail in places & the roadside in places , good berm .
    Remembered to tun by Raven's Ribs this time & down to Hollywood, & cross Vine, KGB end of Vine is narrow.
    Hollywood don't have much of a shoulder, but little traffic & good visibility. Big Lake road, good shoulder all the way to the Parks.
    Nice warm day ride. a little wind but not bad. Saw a few other riders.
    Paved trail on the N side of the parks from Pitman is OK, some gravel spots, to W Machen Rd, I took Machen
    all the way to Lucas & then on W Nelson to get thru Wasilla.
    Bogard/ SM/PWH & back thru subdivisions to Blue lupine.
    40 mile.
    Have done the 86 mile loop no in sections, I like this route.

    If you get tired or want to cut it short, take Vine or S Johnson to the Parks.
    Want more, take Pitman & Shrock to Seldon.

    Route : 40mi kgb big lake loop

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