Fall is the most fleeting of seasons. It’s burst of color a final explosion before the land plunges into a world of abbreviated days, muted grays and biting winds.  Don’t spend it inside, eating bonbons and drinking pumpkin flavored coffee.  We’ve compiled three local rides that start in the city o’ Frederick and head out into the country.  They are not your typical rides, and they avoid the main roads that Frederick cyclists use.  Less traffic, more scenery.  Some of ‘em have pretty big hills.  For all of them, we recommend a roadish bike with fat tires and low gears.  Anytime there is gravel or dirt, exercise caution, especially when descending.  With all of these rides, we’ll post up a cue sheet at the end of the ride description so you can go rock it out just by printing the cue up and clipping it to your bars.  No Garmin needed.

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Let’s start with a S24O primer.  A S24O, aka a sub twenty four hour overnight is just that.  A camping trip that takes under 24 hours to complete.  The short time means you can knock em out over the weekend, or on short holidays.  A more traditional bike tour takes lots of planning and time to execute.  The other hip phrase for these trips is ‘swift campout’, but we’re curmudgeons, so we’ll stick with S24O.  Frederick is more or less surrounded by great camping, some cool dirt roads, and random opportunities for adventures.  This list is by no means a complete one, we left out Greenbriar State Park, Michaux State Forest, private camp grounds, and other stuff that I can’t remember right now.  These are a few starter ideas, places we have been to a number of times and like.

We rent touring bikes and bike camping gear.  All you have to provide is food and clothing!  

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