Let no one say we haven’t earned spring this year. With May being National Bike Month, it’s time to breathe in the warm fresh breezes of Northern New Jersey and take to the bike trails you’ve been dreaming about all winter. Here’s your local guide to biking around Newton, NJ, as well as a list of the best Toyota accessories for avid cyclists. Don’t leave home without one.
The A-B-C Safety Check
If you escaped this year’s virulent strain of flu, pat yourself on the back: you got a pass this year. But how did your bike do throughout its forced hibernation? Giving it a preliminary safety assessment is as easy as A-B-C:
Check the tires. Do they have the firmness of a basketball? If not, time to add some air.
Inspect the brakes for both front and rear tires. The front tire should lift slightly off the ground and the rear tires should not rotate when pushing the bike forward.
Lift the rear wheel off the ground and rotate the pedals forward. Does the chain move smoothly on its rings or need additional lubricant? A spritz of WD-40 or tiny application of axle grease can go a long way.
Finally, take a look at the wheels. They should be aligned and not rubbing on the brake. If any components of your bike aren’t passing the A-B-C test, take it into a bike shop.
Bike Accessories for Your Toyota
Now that your bike is ready, you should consider which Toyota bike accessories to take a look at. Is your four-wheeled ride ready to give your bike a ride? Toyota makes several types of bicycle racks and other accessories, including:
- Locking Fork Mount Bike Racks for the Tundra and Tacoma
- Roof Racks for the 4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Matrix, Tacoma, Land Cruiser, and Sienna
- Deck rail system
- Mini tie-downs with hooks
- Truck bed D-rings
- Cargo divider and exterior cargo net
And since getting to the best mountain trails often involves off-road driving, equipping your Tacoma, Tundra, 4Runner, or Land Cruiser with mud flaps, fog lights, a hood protector, and paint protection film are excellent ways to safeguard it from the elements.
If you need to order bike accessories for your Toyota, visit Toyota World of Newton. We not only place special orders for genuine accessories, we also install the accessories for a low price!
Best Mountain Biking Trails
Once you have your bike ready and your Toyota accessories installed, there’s nothing stopping you from heading on out. If you’re a mountain biker, you can find plenty of Newton-area trails to keep you keep you in the saddle until next winter. Check out these parks for starters:
High Point State Park, located 7 miles north of Sussex can be accessed from Route 23. Ride up to High Point Monument, situated at 1,803 feet above sea level, for a breathtaking patchwork panorama of forests, farmlands, valleys, and ridges spread over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. You can even see the Delaware water gap where the Delaware River divides the mountain ridges of Pennsylvania from those of New Jersey.
Kittatinny Valley State Park, located 9 miles off Route 80 via Route 206 in Andover, offers mountain biking on two historic trails: the Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail. Both were once railroad routes and their cinder surfaces appeal to bikers.
Stewart State Forest, just over the New York border in Orange County, includes 18 miles of gravel roads and 22 miles of trails throughout its 5,300 acres of wetlands, forests, and fields. Designated mountain biking trails are clearly marked.
Best 2018 Road Cycling Events in Newton, NJ
Road cyclists of New Jersey, fill your 2018 calendars with any or all of these noteworthy cycling events:
Tour de Staten Island is an hour and 20 minutes away from Newton, so it offers an early season warm-up for both the Toyota and the bike. This event features a 35-mile course through diverse Staten Island scenery, traveling through Freshkill and Great Kills Parks to the historic Richmond Town neighborhood and on to the ocean with views of monumental Verrazano Bridge and the New York Harbor – April 22, 2018.
Pedal for Promise bills itself as South Jersey’s premier spring ride. Beginning and ending in Tabernacle, the charity event offers 15-mile, 30-mile, 42-mile, and 100-mile courses looping through Burlington County – May 12, 2018.
Go the Distance for Autism, beginning and ending in Paramus, is Northern New Jersey’s biggest charity cycling event. It is comprised of 3-mile, 10-mile, 25-mile, and 50-mile scenic routes, culminating in the Family Fun Festival – June 3, 2018.
Ztrek, starting and ending in Somerset, is an annual charity event. It features a choice of 25-mile, 45-mile, 65-mile, 100-mile rides through the scenic Central New Jersey countryside, as well as a children’s bike rally – July 28, 2018.
Bike MS Country Challenge, beginning and ending in Morristown, offers two days of riding and covers 100 miles along some of New Jersey’s prettiest roads, through historic towns, and around the Great Swamp. – September 15-16, 2018
Gran Fondo, NJ, beginning and ending in Morristown, is Italian for big ride or big endurance. The New Jersey event ranks as one of the top three Gran Fondos and features 18-mile, 42-mile, 62-mile, 75-mile, and 107-mile rides along scenic roads. Plus, it offers all the excitement and foods of European biking festivals. – September 9, 2018
That’s far from all the biking awaiting Newton cyclists. For more local races, check out this 2018 Calendar of Regional Events.
Order Your Toyota Bike Accessories in Newton, NJ
Excited for the trails? Don’t forget to order and schedule an installation of your Toyota bike racks and accessories from our Newton Toyota dealership. We have numerous spring Toyota parts coupons and accessory deals available, as well as discounts on used Toyota SUVs that your bike can call its second home.
Contact us at (973) 459-4442 or visit our Toyota dealership in Newton, NJ, at 66 Hampton House Rd.