Under Contruction

Rough Draft

Introduction

 

Believe it or not, I thought riding around each of the Finger Lakes in a single season was an original idea.  It wasn’t until after the third lake that while browsing a bookstore in the bike section that I saw several books on the subject. 

 

This book differs from those books in several ways: 

1. I tried to ride with the lake always on my right.  Nothing worse than having to admire the scenery across a couple of lanes of traffic.

2. I tried to stay as close the lake as possible – often opting for less desirable roads.  I’ll try to point out alternatives in the route if you are looking for an easier ride.

What to wear

A good pair of riding shorts are a must.  Almost more important than a good seat, is the clothes that cover your seat.  The proper padding will save your butt.  Non-bike riders will scoff, but at least you’ll be able to sit down while explaining your attire. 

 

Good riding gloves also help lot.   Gel works for me.  Here again, you will not realize how bad cheap gloves are until you experience good ones.

 

For a T-Shirt – anything but cotton.  Cotton is well suited for sitting on the couch or a walk around the park, but when it comes to sweating: it gets soggy and sucks.   The name brand I use is “CoolMax” but anything synthetic form your local running or biking store will do,

What to Eat

Just about nothing beats a fig Newton and banana break.  Energy bars are a good backup, pack nicely and have a half life of a million or so years.  I usually pack a couple of Ibuprofen and a no-doze or two.  Chapstick if you’ll be gone a long time.  Two water bottles: Always start looking for a refill as soon as th first one is empty.  An hour without water at the end of your ride is no fun.

Gears

The most important thing to know about gears is that you ought to use them.  Use them all.   In general, the longer the ride, the higher your cadence should be.  It takes a lot less energy to pedal a little faster in a lower gear then trying to power your way along in a high gear.  If it feels like you are pedaling a little too fast and a little too easily – you are probably in just the right gear.  That said – don’t be afraid to experiment and see what other gears feel like.  After riding along a long stretch of road, try shifting up or down a notch.  Sometimes you’ll kick yourself for not shifting sooner. 

 

The following chart shows how to calculate gears.  You can see that when I’m on the smallest sprocket in the front and the largest sprocket in the back, my effective “stride” is 39 inches.  For every push of the pedal, I am going about three feet (pretty much as if I were walking).  This is my granny gear and works great for monster hills.  It’s not fast, but since I installed it, I’ve yet to find a hill that is too steep.

 

The circumference of a circle can be found by multiplying pi ¶ (which is equal to 3.14159265) by the diameter of the circle


 

For a 27inch tire, the circumference is 84.823 inches.

F= Front Sprocket; R= Rear Sprocket

 

F

R

# of front

Teeth

# of rear teeth

ratio

Raw gear

Inches per half pedal

3

1

52

26

2.00

54.00

85

3

2

52

23

2.26

61.04

96

3

3

52

21

2.48

66.86

105

3

4

52

19

2.74

73.89

116

3

5

52

17

3.06

82.59

130

3

6

52

15

3.47

93.60

147

3

7

52

14

3.71

100.29

158

3

8

52

13

4.00

108.00

170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

42

26

1.62

43.62

69

2

2

42

23

1.83

49.30

77

2

3

42

21

2.00

54.00

85

2

4

42

19

2.21

59.68

94

2

5

42

17

2.47

66.71

105

2

6

42

15

2.80

75.60

119

2

7

42

14

3.00

81.00

127

2

8

42

13

3.23

87.23

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

24

26

0.92

24.92

39

1

2

24

23

1.04

28.17

44

1

3

24

21

1.14

30.86

48

1

4

24

19

1.26

34.11

54

1

5

24

17

1.41

38.12

60

1

6

24

15

1.60

43.20

68

1

7

24

14

1.71

46.29

73

1

8

24

13

1.85

49.85

78

 

Conesus

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

1.       East on 20A (15)

2.       Right onto East Lake Road

3.       Right on 8 (West)

4.       Right on 256 (North)

5.       Right on 20A

 

Mile By Mile

Hemlock

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

1.       Start East on Rix Hill Road

2.       Right onto 15A

3.       Right on Kellog Road

4.       Right on 15

5.       Right on Federal Road

6.       Right on Harder Road

7.       Left on Blank Road

8.        

Right on Rix Hill Road

 

Mile By Mile

 


Candice

 

Getting There

Turn By Turn

1. East Purcell Hill Rd

2. Right on Canadice Lake Rd

3. Right on Johnson Hill Rd

4. Right (North) onto SR-15A

5. Right Purcell Hill

Mile By Mile

 

 

Honeoye

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

1. East on US-20A

2. Right (South) on East Lake Rd]

3. Right onto CR-36A [W Lake Rd]

4. RIGHT (East) onto US-20A

 

 

Mile By Mile

 

Canandaigua

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

 

1. Start east on Lakeshore Dr (East)   0.7 mi

2.  Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-364 [East Lake Rd]

3. Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-11

4. Continue (South) on CR-39 [Bare Hill Rd]

5. Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-10 [Vine Valley Rd]

6. Continue (South) on S Lake Rd

7. Turn LEFT (East) onto S Vine Valley Rd [South Vine Valley Rd]

8. Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-364

9. Bear RIGHT (South) onto West Ave.

10. Stay on West Ave. (South)  87 yds

11. Bear LEFT (South) onto Sunnyside Rd

12. Continue (South) on W River Rd [Sunnyside Rd]

13. Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto SR-245

14. Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto Parish Rd

15. Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-21

16. Turn RIGHT (East) onto CR-16 [W Lake Rd]

17. Stay on CR-16 [W Lake Rd] (East)

18. Turn LEFT (North) onto Seneca Point Rd

19. Turn RIGHT (East) onto Barnes Rd

20. Turn LEFT on West lake Road (CR-16)

21. Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Parrish St.

22. Turn RIGHT (South) onto S Main St.

23. Continue (East) on Lakeshore Dr

24. Arrive Lakeshore Dr

 

 

Mile By Mile

 

Keuka

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

 

1. North W Bluff Dr (North)

2. Turn RIGHT (East) onto Pepper Rd

3. Turn RIGHT (West) onto (W) Bluff Dr

4.  Stay on W Bluff Dr (South)

5.  Stay on W Bluff Dr (East)

6.  Stay on E Bluff Dr (North)

7.  Bear right onto West Lake Road (CR-21)

8.  Bear right onto SR-54A(North-East)

9.  Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-14A [Liberty St.]

10. Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto SR-54 [Lake St.]

11. Stay on SR-54 [E Lake Rd] (South-West)

12. Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-54A

13. Stay on SR-54A [W Lake Rd] (East)

14. Turn RIGHT (South) onto Pepper Rd

15. Bear RIGHT (South) onto W Bluff Dr

 

 

Mile By Mile

 

Seneca

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

 

1. Depart Park Rd, (West)  142 yds

2. Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto Park Rd   0.2 mi

3. Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-20 [SR-5] 0.9 mi

4. Turn RIGHT SR-96A

5. Turn RIGHT onto CR-125 [East Lake Rd] 1.2 mi

6. Bear LEFT (South-East) onto CR-132 [Main St.] 1.4 mi

7. Bear RIGHT (East) onto SR-96A 2.0 mi

8. Turn RIGHT (South-West) onto SR-414 7.0 mi

9. Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-14 [N Franklin St.]   22.2 mi

10 turn RIGHT (East) onto US-20 [SR-5] 1.7 mi

11 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Park Rd   0.2 mi

 

 

Mile By Mile

 

Cayuga

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

 

 

 

Mile By Mile

 

Owasco

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

 

 1. Depart SR-38A [Owasco Rd] (South-East)

2. Bear RIGHT (South) onto CR-61C [Rockefeller Rd]

3. Continue (South) on CR-61B [Rockefeller Rd]

4. Continue (South) on CR-68 [Sam Adams Ln]

5.  bear RIGHT (South-East) onto CR-61B [Rockefeller Rd]

6. Continue (South) on CR-61A [Rockefeller Rd]

7. Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-38 [W Cayuga St.]

8. Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-437

9. Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-38A [Owasco Rd]

 

Mile By Mile

 

Skaneateles

Getting There

 

Turn By Turn

 

1. Depart on US-20 [E Genesee St.] (West)

2. Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-41A [Kane Ave.]  1.1 mi

3. Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-66A [Glen Haven Rd] 3.6 mi

4. Turn LEFT (East) onto Vincent Hill Rd  1.2 mi

5. Bear RIGHT (East) onto Vincent Mill Rd 0.3 mi

6. Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-41 [E Lake Rd]  7.9 mi

7. Turn Left on US-20

 

Mile By Mile

 

Otisco

Getting There

From Route 20, take 174 south.  At the top of the lake, bear left onto Amber Beach Road (Rt 124).  About a quarter mile in, there is a nice parking place.

 

 

Turn By Turn

1. South on 124, Otisco Valley Rd

2. Right onto 113a, Sawmill Rd

3. Right onto 113, W Valley Rd

4. Left onto 246, Churchill Rd

5. Right on 104, Stanton Rd

6. Right on 26, Willowdale Road

7. Right on 26, Willowdale Road

8. Left on 26, Willowdale Road

9.  Right on 26, Willowdale Road

10. Right on 174, Rose Hill Rd

11. Right 124, Otisco Valley Rd

 

 

 

Mile By Mile

Ride Summary 

Distance 17 miles

Average Speed: 14mph

Ride Time: 1 hour 14 minutes

Trip Time: 1 hour 32 minutes

 

A pretty ride.   Most of the east side route is within sight of the shoreline.   Around the bottom of the lake you are treated to a couple of large cow farms.   Coming back up the west side, you can easily look out over the lake and surrounding country.   Except for the one MONSTER hill around mile 10,  (see elevation graph), it’s an easy to moderate ride.

 

In the Embarrassing but true category:…

While pedaling up the huge hill (more like a wall) I ran out of low gears, ran out of energy and ultimately ran out of momentum. As I came to a full stop I could not get my feet released from the pedal straps in time and sort of toppled over. 

 

To break my fall I rolled.   The slope allowed me to really roll and I ended up on my back, holding the bike above me (feet still attached to the pedals).   I was tempted to pedal a couple of times in that position - just in case anyone was watching I might convince them that I had just accomplished an advanced feat of bicycle gymnastics. 

 

Luckily, no one was near enough to witness my embarrassing little oops and I was allowed to pedal away with only minor damage to my dignity.