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May 5, 2010

2010 Road Bike Route: 26 Miles in North Boston Suburbs

In the never-ending quest to find a perfect road bike route I'm trying something new. I used to be happy to battle with traffic and stoplights to go on a specific route that went up through the Fells as a start to a big loop through Malden, Stoneham, Wakefield and Melrose. My favorite part of that route is going over the top of Lake Quannapowitt. However, once you've done some serious riding on long, open, light traffic roads it gets harder to enjoy riding around a busy city with lots of interruption and traffic risk.

Many have suggested the right way for urban dwellers to road bike is to load up the car and drive out to the country where a good riding routes are every direction you ride. This doesn't work for me. I can't carve out 20 extra minutes each way to drive out of the city to a more rural setting and ride from there. If I've got an hour or two to ride I want to be on the bike for that entire time. This means I'm constantly on the hunting for a nice route from my house in Malden.

The route I mapped yesterday, and rode early this morning, heads directly north from Malden. The ride up Fellsway East and then Main Street through Melrose and Wakefield isn't too bad (way better than going north on Route 28 where you dangerously ride in the gutter while delivery trucks race by). Not a ton of crazy traffic or intersections in the first few miles, but the ride really opens up around mile 8 when I cross into Reading. Miles 8 through 20 are what I'm looking for; rolling hills, not too much traffic, wide enough road to let me ride near the white line and not over on the shoulder, beautiful trees, lawns, fields, rivers, etc. After mile 20 you're back to Main Street where things get less perfect for the rest of the route.

No flats today also adds to the goodness of the experience. I had to stop a few times to check my map, but all-in-all it was a great route and ride. We'll see what kind of variants come up through the summer.

Posted by mike at May 5, 2010 10:01 AM