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New Jersey Chefs who bicycle, or bicycle-friendly NJ restaurants

Hi Chowhounders,

Anyone know of any NJ chefs who ride a bike or any NJ eateries catering to cyclists (i.e. offering pancake specials specifically for cycling groups; have bike racks and/or bicycle parking; encourage staff to ride; etc.)? I'm a freelance writer and NJ guidebook author -- I'd like to include the details in my next book update, and maybe pitch a story or two. Thanks!

~Laura

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  1. I never thought of that. I see alot of groups cycling down here on the weekend, we have long paved 2 lane roads through the pine barrens here. I never thought that places to stop and eat as a group would be of interest. Heck, I am clueless enough to wonder why pancakes?

    It will be great to read the replies! I know I wil be learning alot!

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    1. re: Quine

      My husband and his family are the cyclists, I cannot answer the questions above.

      In regards to Pancakes, they do use the term 'bonk' all the time.

      Particularly in cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk, describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen, which manifests itself by fatigue and loss of energy

      Carb loading, eating pancakes, etc, helps with stamina when racing and riding.

      I am simplifying, hope this helps.

      1. re: shabbystorm

        See what I know? I thought carb Loading was only effective was it was "loaded" as in meal /night before, not during the event.

        I knew I would learn. And i used to be a 7-10 mile a day runner...Thank Gods I have pics of that now as proof!

        1. re: shabbystorm

          LOL...."Bonk" means something -very- different to those of us who come from the UK. And usually pancakes are not involved at all...unless you really like it kinky.

          On topic, as a cyclist, riding along the D&R Canal Path through Griggstown, Rocky Hill, Princeton...there are a number of places groups of cyclists stop...most notably in Princeton, which is fairly bike friendly. Small World Coffee is often full of colorful lycra-clad riders on weekend mornings.

      2. I cycle a lot but would not think of stopping for pancakes (would not be able to get back on bike :))

        Most of the popular places out here in Millstone are simple deli's where someone might get a refill of water if they ran out. Some people, not many, stop for a sandwich.
        The two deli's out here in Millstone that attract cyclists are Roy's which is off Millstone road and Sweetman's lane and Clarksburg General Store on Stagecoach road (Rt 524).
        On the weekend its not unusal to see 20-25 cyclists parked at either place taking a break and drinking fluids.

        1. The Lower Bank Tavern, on Route 542 in Lower Bank (eastern Burlington County - just west of New Gretna) is owned/run by a CIA trained gentleman named Bill who bikes to and from work daily. He's quite personable (his bulldog Emily is a fixture at the Tavern) and would probably make for an interesting interview.

          1. Thanks everyone -- and Shabbystorm, I love your explanation about the carbs -- I learned something, too!

            I'm excited to look into these places (and find out more about Bill and his bulldog --love that!) -- please, keep the recommendations coming.

            ~L

            1. Some of the lighter fare places along the D&R towpath in Lambertville/Stockton/Frenchtown would be worth looking at.

              There are many rural general-store type places that are popular with cyclists. Sorry I don't know the names of them but here are a few locations:

              "downtown" Sergeantsville
              corner of Wertsville Road and Lindbergh Road in East Amwell
              downtown Ringoes
              Main Street Eatery in Kingston