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itsflantastic
09-07-2007, 03:06 PM
Hey,

Anyone here ever belong to this club at one point or another?
I'm moving up to the Bangor Maine area on Oct. 1st, and I can't find anything about any bike clubs that far north in Maine. Closest I came is the Belfast bike team, still 40 miles away.

Anyway, from what I can tell, the Maine Free Wheelers are the huge biking presence in the Bangor area, but I can't find anything else out about them. Anyone have any info???

All my Mainer's raise your hands. :beer:

Thanks!
Dan

cpgardner
09-07-2007, 03:40 PM
Hey, can't speak for the Maine Free Wheelers, but you should definitely make a trip down to Belfast now and then. Lots of really nice people and quiet rolling hills.

Send me an email or a PM, and don't disassemble your bike, because October in Maine is cycling's best kept secret. Oops.

davids
09-07-2007, 04:17 PM
I'm not a Mainer, but I play one for eight weeks every summer. My wife's a school nurse, and during the summer she and my daughter work at a camp between Augusta & Belfast. I spend plenty of time riding through those central Maine hills on summer weekends. I know a handful of routes, and nothing about the cycling community...

I won't be riding up there again until next June, but keep me in mind!

itsflantastic
09-07-2007, 06:48 PM
Well I looked into it a bit more and called some local shops. Apparently the Maine Free Wheelers have all but disbanded.

Looks like my chance to reinstate, and organize a bicycle club!!!
I'll see about this a bit further of course, but I'm going to start thinking up KIT designs :D

Dan

Ted
09-07-2007, 08:31 PM
Talk to Scott at Pat's Bike Shop in Brewer; he has been around as long as anyone. A regular group ride leaves at 6 on Mondays and a fast group on Wednesdays.

Do check out
http://www.exploremaine.org/bike/bike_tours.html
The rides listed are all good. Some have new asphalt and the traffic is not bad.

I hope to see you at the Cadillac Challenge http://web.mac.com/zorbathegeek/Cadillac/Home.html One hundred miles of the prettiest area in the US. (from a Mainer's perspective).

Ted

e-RICHIE
09-07-2007, 08:33 PM
we were in bangor last week.
what do folks do up there?

itsflantastic
09-07-2007, 08:38 PM
That looks awesome!!!

That was going to be my moving day, but I might switch my going away party so that I can make it!!!!

As for what dolks do in maine. . .Nothing too exciting =)

I'm moving there to start a Children's Music and Media company with my brother. Books and Music. That sort of thing. Why Maine? He met a girl from Bangor and they moved back there together. He runs a recording studio there, and so it is the logical place to launch this venture.

Now I'm gonna see about this Cadillac Century... That looks Sweet!!!

Dan

itsflantastic
09-07-2007, 09:22 PM
I hope to see you at the Cadillac Challenge http://web.mac.com/zorbathegeek/Cadillac/Home.html One hundred miles of the prettiest area in the US. (from a Mainer's perspective).

Ted


Hey Ted...

I'll be there. I just changed the day of my going away party, and the day of my move to do it. . .

I dunno, it just seems like the way to start off my new life in Maine :cool:

Cheers,
Dan

jerk
09-07-2007, 09:45 PM
we were in bangor last week.
what do folks do up there?


if its halloween, pumpkin.

jerk

Louis
09-07-2007, 09:48 PM
I'm moving there to start a Children's Music and Media company with my brother. Books and Music. That sort of thing. Why Maine? He met a girl from Bangor and they moved back there together. He runs a recording studio there, and so it is the logical place to launch this venture.


Dan,

Good luck with the relocation and the new business. Maine's a bit of a weird place. My sister's lived there for the last ten years or so, and I've visited her a bunch of times. One's family could have moved there several generations ago, and in many places you would still be considered "from away." Lots of local poverty, and lots of out-of-state money (especially on the water). The decent weather riding season is not terribly long, but if you don't mind somewhat grungy weather you can get lots of riding in (depending on the roads, which in many areas are so-so).

Having said that negative stuff, the natural landscape and the variety is incredible, and if you're an outdoorsy type (hiking, kayak, boating, whatever) there is tons of neat stuff to do.

Enjoy your new life "Down East"

Louis

rounder
09-07-2007, 10:06 PM
Hey, can't speak for the Maine Free Wheelers, but you should definitely make a trip down to Belfast now and then. Lots of really nice people and quiet rolling hills.

Send me an email or a PM, and don't disassemble your bike, because October in Maine is cycling's best kept secret. Oops.

Wow...Belfast . Never knew that anyone had heard of it. Going there next week for vacation and stay on Swan Lake (lot's of relatives there). It's pretty there but not as touristy as other nearby places. And also...not very far from the fried clam hotspot at Lincolnville Beach.

itsflantastic
09-07-2007, 10:09 PM
Dan,

Maine's a bit of a weird place.


As my brother likes to say about Bangor,

It's So Far North, It's The South :banana:

oldfatslow
09-07-2007, 10:33 PM
My wife and I did a week long self supported (credit card) tour of Maine on our tandem last summer. We rode from Portland to Rockland to Bar Harbor to Rockland to Booth Bay Harbor and then back to Portland. We stayed at some great bnb's and small hotels along the way (Rockland in particular has some beautiful Victorian homes and surprisingly good restaurants). Maine's back roads were quiet and beautiful and more rolling than we expected (and reminded us a lot of biking in Ireland)

Two pictures are attached one of the tandem loaded as we leave Portland and one at the top of Cadillac Mountain (our only stay over day so we could explore Arcadia without panniers). More pictures for those interested at: http://www.publicartzt.shutterfly.com

You'll love the roads of Maine (at least in the summer).



Good luck to you.

rounder
09-07-2007, 10:40 PM
As my brother likes to say about Bangor,

It's So Far North, It's The South :banana:


You will probably love it there. Bangor is on the Penobscot River which runs off from Mt. Katahdin (northend of the Appalachian Mountains) and runs into Penobscot Bay (one of the prettyest places in Maine). The people there are decent and appreciate what they have. Good luck.

itsflantastic
09-07-2007, 11:09 PM
You will probably love it there. Bangor is on the Penobscot River which runs off from Mt. Katahdin (northend of the Appalachian Mountains) and runs into Penobscot Bay (one of the prettyest places in Maine). The people there are decent and appreciate what they have. Good luck.


Yeah, I'm very excited actually. I've spent a lot of time up there recently. My brother has a little cottage on a spot right on the Penobscot. We go kayaking right out of his backyard. From the time I've spent there, I can definitely say that I do love the people up there quite a bit. Very genuine. I'm psyched to be a Mainer.

As exciting as riding my fixie around NYC can be, i'm looking forward to having rolling hills, greenery and scenery back in my cycling life (not to mention hiking, skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, snow shoeing, etc.).
-dan

cpgardner
09-08-2007, 07:14 AM
Wow...Belfast . Never knew that anyone had heard of it. Going there next week for vacation and stay on Swan Lake (lot's of relatives there). It's pretty there but not as touristy as other nearby places. And also...not very far from the fried clam hotspot at Lincolnville Beach.

If you're up through the weekend, the Belfast Bicycle Club is riding a century on Saturday 9/15. 7:00 AM at the Reny's parking lot (Just beyond the top of the hill downtown, headed away from the water).

rounder
09-08-2007, 12:53 PM
If you're up through the weekend, the Belfast Bicycle Club is riding a century on Saturday 9/15. 7:00 AM at the Reny's parking lot (Just beyond the top of the hill downtown, headed away from the water).


Thanks for the offer but will not be arriving until Saturday night. Good luck with your ride.

bostondrunk
09-08-2007, 02:14 PM
Is Poulin's bike shop still around (in Auburn, I think)??
I also remember Pat in Brewer from like 15+ years ago, nice guy.
Another nice shop way back when was Rainbow Cycles in Augusta (I think...might be getting Augusta and Auburn mixed up....new baby....no sleep...). I remember chatting with the owner who had long curly hair, and he sold me one of those weird PI rubber skinsuits.. :)

Fond memories of racing up Streaked Mountain too.... :)

itsflantastic
09-08-2007, 02:15 PM
i'll let you know after i do some exploring!!! I know Pat's is still doing their thing...

Ted
09-08-2007, 04:35 PM
"I'm psyched to be a Mainer. "

As was noted above, you will never be a Mainer. I, on the other hand, was born here. A friend of mine, who died about 5 years ago at age 93, moved here when he was about six months old. He was always considered to be from away. (He was one of the nicest people I have ever known.)

Ted.

Ted
09-08-2007, 04:38 PM
Pat sold the shop several years ago. Scott owns it now, but the service is still the same.

Ted.

itsflantastic
09-08-2007, 05:45 PM
Okay. . . not a Mainer. . . but my kids? :D

Ted
09-08-2007, 08:17 PM
Only if they are born here.

I don't really understand it. When I was in second grade a new kid came to town. When we graduated from high school she was still the new kid. She still lives in town and she is still the new kid. (this is more than 40 years later). Defies logic you say?

Ted

rounder
09-08-2007, 09:50 PM
Okay. . . not a Mainer. . . but my kids? :D

Ima mainer...born there so can speak with authority. Your kids will all be mainers if they are born there. Doesn't matter if they would have preferred to have been born somewhere else. lol. Anyway, welcome to Maine.

itsflantastic
09-09-2007, 02:30 AM
Thanks for the welcome. I don't really care if I'm the outsider or the insider. . . .as long as I'm welcome =)

I can say this much... I'm going to be a helluva cycling advocate in the Bangor area, so ya'll better welcome me :D

cheeser
09-09-2007, 09:02 AM
As you've already been told, you will always be "from away" if you weren't born in Maine. It's a very interesting phenomenon, but I don't think you have too much to be concerned with. Maine is a beautiful place and the people are very nice - especially if you're not just some "tourist" that invades during the summer. My wife and I would move there in a heartbeat, but good jobs are few and far between.

Good luck and enjoy.

bostondrunk
09-09-2007, 10:15 AM
Dang, looks like the Koala Inn is no longer in Bangor. What about the Ground Round?!?!?! :)

gdw
09-09-2007, 10:29 AM
The place just isn't the same since the Bounty Tavern closed. At least Dysart's is still open.

gdw
09-09-2007, 10:39 AM
"Your kids will all be mainers if they are born there."

Some of the older families on the coast aren't as accepting.

"Just cuz the kittens were born in the woodshed don't mean they're logs."

itsflantastic
09-09-2007, 12:31 PM
The place just isn't the same since the Bounty Tavern closed. At least Dysart's is still open.

Gotta love Dysart's. :cool:

gdw
09-09-2007, 02:23 PM
Dysarts was and might still be an interesting place to visit after the bars close. Quite a unique crowd especially on the weekend in the winter. Truckers, locals, students, prostitutes, John Edwards, greasy food, alcohol....everything needed for a short story by Stephan King. :D

DfCas
09-09-2007, 06:15 PM
we were in bangor last week.
what do folks do up there?


They make antique oxen yoke and chairs,throw them out in the yard, and in the summer the tourists buy these family heirlooms.

rounder
09-09-2007, 09:20 PM
They make antique oxen yoke and chairs,throw them out in the yard, and in the summer the tourists buy these family heirlooms.


Yeah and lobster pots too. There is some of that going on there. But there are also lots of people there who just go to work everyday...not ripping anyone off.

gary135r
09-11-2007, 10:03 AM
Okay. . . not a Mainer. . . but my kids? :D

There is an old saying in Maine, ( If a cat has kittens in an oven, does that make them muffins?). :beer:

jchasse
09-11-2007, 01:09 PM
I moved to Maine in first grade, and stayed through my Sr. year of high school. Made some great friends, but was and always will be an "out-a-staytah" (never heard anyone referred to as "from away").

I was actually north of Bangor (yes, there's still some US territory north of Bangor! :eek: ) Wouldn't mind moving back to Maine someday, but you wont catch me living more than 10 miles from the coast.