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looking for advice on who makes the best map for looking up routes through northern new jersey and new york and long island.
cue sheets are great, but a good map would also be good.
who makes the best for a cyclist?


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Christian (not verified)


Buy Bergen, Rockland, Upper Westchester, Lower Westchester counties, and maybe Passaic, Orange, and Putnam, if you like to ride further afield.

- Christian

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Hagstrom shop

Hagstrom, agreed. Most book store chains will have them, but if I'm not mistaken, there's a Hagstrom shop off of 6th Ave and on 42nd St.

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Carol (not verified)

Hagstrom store is on 43rd just east of 6th Ave.

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Bob Shay (not verified)

You may want to check out mapping software -

It is $50 for the eastern region version and will print out cue sheets. It will also give you the hill profile of each ride and a three dimension view.

You can pick it up at a local Eastern Mountain Sports store - maybe even Paragon - or you can order it directly from the manufacturer.

Good luck,


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Peter "Banana Guy" Kouletsis (not verified)
NYC and suburban maps online
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fred steinberg (not verified)
buy one map...

The Rand-McNally Regional Map. Covers NYC west to Geenwood lake, north to Goshen, Beacon-Newburg, i,e Orange and Putnam counties, plus LI.
The key is the color coding of roads. the blue roads are usually great cycling roads and the black are almost as good: Seven lakes Dr, S. Mountain Rd, Rt301 (Cold Spring-Carmel), Wheatley, Muttontown, etc. Unless you are color blind you can pick out a nice route.
The county maps give too much detail, don't distinguish good from bad cycling roads. Delorme Street Atlas will give you detail mapping of the county maps and a route, but a photocopy of the Rand-McNally will give you alternatives if you go off route.
For County maps I prefer Jimapco for northern counties: Orange, Dutchess, etc.

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rose (not verified)

this is all very helpful.
now, i just need to map out a route around Staten Island. I am curious about riding there---anyone have advice?

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Mordecai Silver (not verified)
Riding on S.I.

"It's best to ride on Staten Island at a time when there isn't much traffic. Sunday mornings are good.

Staten Island has some of the steepest hills in the city. St. George, the neighborhood close to the ferry, was the proposed site of the 2012 Olympic road race. Todt Hill and the area near La Tourette Park are also pretty hilly.

Here's the T.A. Staten Island map:

I recommend Scott Demel's route as a good introduction to riding there. There's also another cue sheet in the NYCC library.

Also, there's a bike club, SIBA, that organizes regular rides."

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