The Chester Springs Ride
Many people come to Hybrid Cycles and say they would love purchase an electric bike if only there was a safe place to ride them. They are right in that Chester County is not the most bike friendly area, especially the main roads; however, we are blessed with miles and miles of small country roads, with very little traffic and the most beautiful scenery you could ever imagine. One of those places is in my own back yard in Chester Springs.
My wife and I are on the hunt for unique out-of-the-way places for our customers to peacefully enjoy riding their electric bikes. We will share these rides on Hybrid Cycles’ Facebook page as well as our website. We have a goal of finding about twenty scenic rides, in the 15 mile range, mostly in Southeastern PA but we’ll also include rides in neighboring states. We will use the following criteria: low traffic, scenic, peaceful and a little challenging. A must is a nearby restaurant, with a casual and friendly atmosphere, where we can enjoy a pleasant meal along the way or at the end of a terrific ride. We will also rate the difficulty of the ride based on the percent of hills. (see below) We welcome input from our customers on your favorite places to ride and would be happy to post them on our facebook page and website.
So here is our first recommendation: The “Chester Springs Ride” (Difficulty Rating 7.5)
The ride starts in the parking lot of the Henrietta Hankin Library located near Rt 100 & 401. From the library get onto Lexington Ave and follow for a short distance to Birchrunville Road. Make a right and after about 1.8 miles the road will eventually narrow and turn into a compacted gravel road where the only thing you may run into is a cow or deer. (See map with route to follow and some photos from a recent ride) You can weave around in this area for up to 12 miles (about 2-3 hours depending on your average speed) We like to ride slowly along the stone-lined fields and experience the stillness, the country air and the beauty of restored stone farmhouses, ponds, grazing cattle and horses.
At the end of your ride, you can have lunch at Ludwig’s Grill or enjoy a great sandwich at Montesano Bros. in nearby Eagle PA. My other favorite places in Eagle are Pearls Farm Market, Scooped Ice Cream/Gelato and Capt’n Chucks Crab Cake. Tell us how you liked your ride and send along some photos.
A word of caution: Although this is ride is very peaceful, cars will pass you from time to time and some the roads are winding and can be quite narrow. We recommend you stay safe by wearing bright clothing, helmets and obey traffic laws. You are riding at your own risk.
8…………..30% hills (typical Pennsylvania)
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