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Community

Community to us means our neighbors 

At Sourland Cycles, we love to help bring bikes and the bike shop, into people's lives, schools, churches/synagogues and work place; literally wherever we're invited to make a difference.  Below is a list of the charitable organizations we support. Its generally our customers who lead us. This is not a thorough list but its the ones we can think of now. Please let us know if we left you out! 

Sourland Conservancy             Lawrence Hopewell Trail               Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space

D&R Greenway              New Jersey Conservation Foundation             Trenton Kappa Foundation

People For Bikes                          Trenton Bike Exchange                         Mercer County Boys and Girls Club

Rails to Trails                   League of American Cyclists                                      Girls In Gear 

 Tikvah Synagogue                        Hopewell Library                       South Brunswick Education Foundation

  GMTMA                  Hopewell  Elementary, High School PTOs                Woodfern Elementary PTO

  Sunnymead PTO                           Franklin Food Bank Ride                            FJCC Farmlands Ride 

                                                    Mercer County Juneteenth Ride


Sourland Mountains and other lovely rural cycling areas in our area

Community also means where we ride. We are fortunate to live in one of the best road biking areas in the US... seriously.  These include the Sourland “Mountains”, the area just east of the Delaware River between Route 78 and Trenton, and the flat area east of Allentown, NJ.

If you would like to enjoy some of these great rides, and get to know Rural NJ better, we suggest you purchase “Rural New Jersey by Bicycle Volume 1” by Thornton Holmes that was originally published in 1999 and just updated in 2016. This book of extremely well defined and lovely quiet bikes rides can be purchased here.

For Mountain Biking there are lots of options as well. We even have short trails near the shop for test rides.

Please support MTBNJ and JORBA, because trails just don’t build themselves. It takes people, time, tools, responsibility, respect and good will toward all park users.

Nearby we have BaldPate County Park, Sourland Mountain, Six-Mile Run, Mercer County Park, Mercer Meadows for beginners, Allaire State park, Clayton Park, the Water Company, and more. And in Pennsylvania, Core Creek and Nokamixon are close.

See for yourself.

Where to Ride

Road Ride Suggestions

This one goes up Goat Hill and down to Lambertville.  Then climbs up to the High School and circles back to Hopewell:  31 miles and 2100 feet of climbing – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36014036

Here's a shorter one, 21 miles and about 800 feet of climbing, that goes through a bunch of the LHT in Lawrence Township.  Good for those that want to minimize vehicle exposure –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36710110

Hopewell to Goat Hill Loop. 32.4 miles, 1646 feet elevation – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41298671

Hopewell to Sergeantsville General Store. 34 miles, 2071 feet elevation – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41419052

Hopewell River Run (Bridges Tour) 38 miles, 2114 feet elevation – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41419178

Hopewell to Factory Fuel Coffee Shop, Flemington. 42 miles, 2167 feet elevation – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38981588

Hopewell to Sweet Melissa’s (Best French Bakeshop in NJ) 56.6 miles, 3315 feet elevation – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41419149

Includes Hollow Road and Rainbow Hill.  29 miles and almost 2k of climbing –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37254375

This one includes the Poor Farm climb and a bit of Pleasant Valley Road,  26 miles and 1300 feet of climbing –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37078474

This flat-ish ride goes up to Mt Rose and through Nelson Ridge then through some flat riding in Montgomery Township.  28 miles and 1200 feet of climbing  – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37013856

Spectacular 62.8 mile 3,776 climbing  – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40334672

Spectacular 35.3 mile 2,076 climbing  – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40334199

Spectacular 26.9 mile 1,685 climbing  – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40333102

17 miles/1073 feet elevation - Getting started in the mountains, welcome to Lindbergh, some up and down.https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41289330

21 miles/1261 feet elevation - Right from the shop up Hollow, Ridge, Saddle Shop, Crusher Loop – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35748201

25 miles/1400 feet elevation - A few loops - Left from the shop up Lou Ellen/Stony Brook - Saddle Shop/Wertsville/Rileyville - down via Hollow - an extra loop through the burbs off Province Line to add/decrease mileage. – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40512760

25 miles/1323 elevation - Tour of Skillman - right from the shop out towards Skillman, Cherry Valley, Burnt Hill Rd, cut through Skillman park, and back via Hollow - pass the shop and do the Crusher loop add-on – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40844198

The Rapha Women’s 100 (km) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28590966

Kerri’s 50-mile Birthday Ride – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28597124

A road ride with some gravel pieces thrown in; 40-mile Gravel course #1 –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28935298

27.2 miles, 1767 feet of elevation gain, keeps us close to the shop – https://ridewithgps.com/trips/27202569

50.5 miles, 3301 feet of elevation gain – https://ridewithgps.com/trips/22833447

30 miles, 2139 feet of elevation gain – https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20208848

24 miles, 1653 feet of elevation gain – https://ridewithgps.com/trips/16831497

34.7 miles, 2548 feet of elevation gain – https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20929221

Round Valley Reservoir and back, 60 miles – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29966160

Mountain Biking

Sourland Mountain Reserve

Six-Mile Run State Park

For more Mountain biking ideas, locations and details, go to:

http://www.mtbnj.com/wiki/Category:Trail_Directory , https://www.trailforks.com/ and JORBA

Join One of Our Ride Groups

We have two women's ride groups typically leaving Wednesday night and Friday morning from the shop. And a beginners-intermediate ride group generally on Tuesday and Friday at lunch time. Call the store or send us an email to get on the list. Rides days will vary depending on the forecast and the season and available daylight.

Join One of Our Women's Ride Groups

We have two women's ride groups typically leaving Wednesday night and Friday morning from the shop. And a beginners-intermediate ride group generally on Tuesday and Friday at lunch time. Call the store or send us an email to get on the list. Rides days will vary depending on the forecast and the season and available daylight.

Lawrence – Hopewell Trail

This multi-use trail is a nearly completed 22-mile loop going from the D&R Canal through BMS-Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, up through Mercer Meadows County Park. into Pennington and then toward the Stony Brook Watershed, and over toward Carter Road. Here there is an incomplete segment. The section from Pretty Brook, Province Line ETS, Carson Rd Woods, BMS Lawrenceville to Maiden Head Meadows park.

The trail map and parking and access points can be viewed here.

Delaware + Raritan Canal State Park Towpath - Frenchtown to Trenton

The section of the towpath was used by horses that pulled coal barges from Pennsylvania to New York City for over 100 years in the 19th and first third of the 20th century.  Today it is a major bike trail over 26 miles long. This part of the  trail is parallel to the Delaware River and can be easily found and accessed in Lambertville, Stockton and Frenchtown.  Significantly there is also a trail on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River which permits you to cycle up the river on the NJ side and return on the Pa side. You can cross the River at Stockton, Bull’s Island, Frenchtown and Lambertville.

The trail map can be viewed here.

Delaware + Raritan Canal State Towpath - Trenton to New Brunswick

This section of the D+R Bike Trail is about 30 miles long and can be easily accessed in Princeton where the trail crosses Alexander Road about 1/3 mile west of Route 1.  Going north from Princeton takes the cyclist to New Brunswick.  Going south from Princeton ends in Trenton. It is possible to connect to the Lawrenceville Hopewell Trail on this section of the D+R Towpath.

It is also possible to connect the sections of the D+R trail on each side of Trenton. However, there is no bike trail through Trenton.

A complete map of the  D+R Towpath can be viewed here.

Bike Tour Routes for the Seward Johnson Atelier Sculpture Exhibit

Here are the various sculpture routes. They have been updated with photos and made public for all to enjoy.

SJ Statue Route - 35.2 mile Ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43639334

SJ Statue Route - 31.9 mile Ride (no Stony Brook): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43730688

SJ Statue Route - 23.5 mile Ride (no Washington Xing or Bear Tavern): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43730954

Local Bike Clubs

Princeton FreeWheelers  and other bike clubs

The PFW Bike Club is a very active club with over 600 members and dozens of volunteer lead bike rides each month.  The Club produces a monthly newsletter showing all the A, B and C rides. (If you are not sure of your relative level of fitness we suggest you start with the C rides.)   To join a ride all you need do is to show up at the designated start point at the designated start time. The rides are listed in the monthly newsletter.  All rides end where they began.

Other clubs include: Western Jersey Wheelmen and Central Jersey Bicycle Club.

More information about the Princeton Free Wheelers can be viewed here.

Bike Donation

Donate Your Used Bike To The Trenton Bike Exchange

Your donation supports the most effective charity in Trenton. Founded by Russ White.

More than ten years ago Russ White founded the Trenton Bike Exchange, an all volunteer group that collects, refurbishes and sells unused bikes. All proceeds go to the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. In six years, they have collected and sold over 20,000 bikes to needy families, and in the process raised $1 million for the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. Kids at the club have a 99% high school graduation rate, while the rest of Trenton is considerably lower.

Drop off at Sourland Cycles any bikes you no longer use and we will take it to the Trenton Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange. The Bike Exchange will put the bike(s) in good shape and find a home for it. More information is at www.BikeExchangeNJ.org

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