I've just started getting into bicycling, I was going to say again but I've never really been serious about it before. My old bike is a Jamis Explorer - great, fun bike, but it's a trail bike for the dirt more than the roads and I have to work really hard to keep up with people and peddle constantly - no coasting for me! But I decided that I was going to get a new bike - more of a hybrid/street bike. It's the Trek 7100 - I love it! I don't have to bend over the handle bars and it's so comfortable to ride!
How does this fit into Upstate NY you ask? There are so many awesome places to ride! I've barely scratched the surface and I'm enjoying every bit of it. The new Trail that goes from NYMills, by the Ramada to 840 and up in that area is awesome (watch out for Goose Poop though) :) The canal trail is awesome too! You can go from Utica to Fort Stanwicz and it's just way cool! Today I'm going to ride the Parkway to Bleeker (it changes names when you hit Genesee) - and continue on till I get to New York Mills, Main street and head north to the Fitness Mill and then west to New Hartford Street and use those back roads to get to my house. I know, I know, I am avoiding Burrstone Road (LOL) I hate that hill with a passion and it would shorten my ride by 2 miles at the least.
I'll bring my iPhone so I can send pictures from the ride - but I will stop my bike to take pictures! :)