Best Bike Rides in New England: Backroad Routes for Cycling the Northeast States

Countryman. Nov. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781682687475. pap. $22.95. TRAV
Geared toward bike riders who don’t identify with the peloton, this guide by New Hampshire local Sobel highlights loop rides that go through lesser-known New England towns. Most routes can be completed in one to three hours, making them accessible for a variety of skill and fitness levels. An overview chart includes difficulty and distance; most lengths are in the teens, with some reaching into the 20-mile range. Each description includes an elevation profile, making it easy to identify approachable rides. Each ride includes a “treasure hunt,” something fun to look for on the way, and ends with nearby food and swimming options, enjoyable either for families or individuals. A handy “at-a-glance” single-page summary with turn-by-turn directions by mileage for each ride helps immensely with staying on track, as the more detailed description may be hard to follow while making quick turns. Some of the descriptors, like “lost villages,” can be diminishing, and the book lacks for reminders about leave-no-trace practices and environmental awareness, which would have been especially helpful at swimming areas.
VERDICT For anyone living in or near or visiting New England. Also for readers who enjoy scenic, fun bike rides with a dose of history and swimming, plus restaurant recommendations.
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