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New England Bicycling

Lots of scenic roads through forests, along the coasts and on the islands of New England....

Bicycles for rent on Nantucket Island MA
Bicycles for rent on Nantucket Island MA

Bicycling in New England is a popular sport, whether you're renting a bike for the day to tour Cape Cod National Seashore, or are determined to travel the entire length of Vermont's Route 100.

Bike shops for renting or repairing bikes are here and there, although it must be admitted there are a lot more shops selling expensive, sophisticated bikes than there are places renting simple bikes for a day's outing.

In many places old railroad right-of-ways have been turned into rail trails—perfect bike paths with level surfaces, easy curves and grades.

Among the most prominent bike trails are the ones in Cape Cod National Seashore, as well as the Shining Sea Bike Path between Falmouth and Woods Hole MA, and the Minuteman Bikeway from Boston to near Concord MA.

The islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket MA, and Block Island RI, are perfect for bikes, and even Boston has bike paths along both banks of the Charles River.

Bicycling on Nantucket Island MA
Biking to Siasconset on Nantucket.

In Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom, check out the Kingdom Trails Association's network of mountain biking paths. More...

In Maine, try the Eastern Trail from Kittery to South Portland. More...

Numerous companies operate bike tours in New England, with Vermont, Massachusetts and Block Island RI as favorite destinations. One such is Great Freedom Adventures of Sherborn MA. More...

There's lots more info about bicycling in the USA available from the Adventure Cycling Association.