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    Nashville Cycling scene

    Just curious if anybody on the board is from the Nashville area and if so how is the riding down there? We're moving from the Detroit area to Hendersonville, TN this summer. I have heard the area is great for recreation but am hoping to hear from someone here.

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    Trace bikes are great people, they do excellent work for great prices, and are just very sweet. They organize a weekly ride that is quite fun as well, has various pace groups from intense and fast to very easy-going. There is no commuter culture to speak of, but a pretty impressive weekend warrior/club rider scene. Gran Fondo bikes I believe also organizes rides, and sells a great selection of race-oriented bikes, as well as having one of the best bicycle fitters I've found anywhere (Lee I believe).

    Percy Warner park has a great fun slightly hilly 11.2 mile loop you can cycle through the trees. Greenways have been extended through much of nashville, and make for great low-speed cycling though they have too many people on them for any kind of ride with real pace. The ride to percy priest dam is very nice.

    Lots of fun local rides go on over the summer. There are more than a handful of local organized rides running from 10-100 miles, most with multiple distances.

    In general, if you go somewhere around town to ride, the riding is excellent, just enough hills to keep you from getting too terribly bored, and wide open roads make for pleasant riding. The Natchez Trace (which Trace Bikes is located at one end of) runs from Nashville to somewhere 450ish miles south-southwest, and is great cycling. You will find that biking from your house to bike routes is manageable but not all that pleasant, the downtown/midtown roads just aren't very bike friendly.

    Feel free to message me with any Nashville cycling questions you have.

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    Nashville is growing in to a great place to cycle. there is plenty of country riding and they are working (slowly) on greenways following the cumberland river. Gallatin road wich goes through Hendersonville will eventually have a bike lane on both sides going from Nashville to Gallatin.

    there are several bicycle shops and clubs. lots of planned rides and t-shirt rides. i have joined up with a group called Nashville slow ride on meetup.com we do planned rides several days a week from nightly exercise rides to weekend jaunts with food and beverage deciding the end points.

    also if you will be here in time the Nashville Tour de Cure is May 22. there is a link to it in my signature. feel free to sign up and join in.

    as for recreation links search google for Land Between the Lakes, Priest Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Natchez Trace, Percy Werner and Edwin Werner Park, Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Stones River Greenway, walkbikenashville.org/, nashvillecyclist.com/, fogbees, the bikers choice (hendersonville bike shop), and more.
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    Thanks guys, sounds promising. I won't be moving down until late June/early July so I'll miss the ride in May but I'll look you upi again when I get settled in down there. Would you say Hendersonville is a pretty good place to raise a family overall? I was torn between there and Spring Hill area but Hendersonville looked as if it were a little safer and more promising recreationally. I also liek that its about an hour and half closer to Michigan , making those holiday trips a little more tolerable.

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    I grew up in Hendersonville and still live only about 15 miles away from there. It is definitely a great place to raise a family, and this is some great riding as well. Good mixture of flat to moderately hilly to really hilly terrain. There is also a great bike shop in Hendersonville called Biker's Choice. I've bought all my bikes from them and the service is great. There is also a local bike club called The FOGBEES that hold rides every weekend on occassionally through the week. I've riden with them several times and they have a wide range of ride speeds and distances. I've included the links to both below.

    http://www.thebikerschoice.com/
    http://fogbees.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poolagoo View Post
    Thanks guys, sounds promising. I won't be moving down until late June/early July so I'll miss the ride in May but I'll look you upi again when I get settled in down there. Would you say Hendersonville is a pretty good place to raise a family overall? I was torn between there and Spring Hill area but Hendersonville looked as if it were a little safer and more promising recreationally. I also liek that its about an hour and half closer to Michigan , making those holiday trips a little more tolerable.
    Ouch, should've looked closer at Spring Hill. It's MUCH less crowded than Hellville and 60 miles closer to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Just MHO, though. When you make the move, PM me and I'll invite you out for a night ride on the Trace this summer. We host three or four cycling events per year. I live 12 miles past Leiper's Fork and .5 mi from the Trace. Some of the best cycling anywhere. Spring Hill has a series of new recreational projects going on AND much lower taxes on the Maury County side than H'ville.

    Btw, there's a ss/fg ride next Saturday March 27th emanating from the Kroger parking lot on West End @ 9:00 AM. It's rounding out to be a 50 miler largely on the Greenways out past Percy Priest Dam and back. Call it the 'Rides of March'. Not limited to ss/fg, though. 'No drop' rules apply. No affiliation w/Harpeth Bicycle Club or anything like that. We just like to ride and let people know via the grapevine.

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    Thanks Nash, I shoudl have been more specific though. We haven't actually settled into Hendersonville yet we were just 95% sure that's what we preferred. I have friends in Chapel Hill and I've heard the schools are great in Williamson county but it would be a longer commute for my wife ( Vanderbilt Medical Center) and I've also heard the crime rate is a bit higher south of Nashville. I've also heard the folks North of Nashville are a little more welcoming, either way we probably really won't know until we get there which is why we plan on renting for a couple of years before we purchase again. I actually saw a beautiful place for rent near Leiper's Fork on 25 acres but my buddy said that probably wasn't where we wanted to be. Not knowing the area all that well I tend to go by his word for the time being but he and I probably have different prioirites as far as what we want ina place and proximity to good riding is one of mine, as well as schools , safety , and commute. I have a job lined up in Spring Hillif I want it too though, big moce, too much to consider.. I'm overhwelmed already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poolagoo View Post
    I've also heard the crime rate is a bit higher south of Nashville.
    I think you are confusing Antioch with Williamson County (Brentwood, Franklin, north Spring Hill). Antioch is one of the higher crime rate areas in the city of Nashville. Its on the Southside between I-24 and Percy Priest Lake. Williamson County while also south of Nashville is on the I-65 corridor and is the wealthiest county in Tennessee. In anycase the crime rate here will be much less than the dystopia wasteland you currently live in.

    You should consider Mt Juliet, nicer and closer to Nashville than Hendersonville but cheaper than Franklin.

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    you also have to look at traffic. rush hour to mount juliet is a parking lot. south of franklin is a parking lot. hendersonville is slow but not as bad as the others.

    also if you have plenty of money to spend the bellmeade and bellvue areas are nice and close to hwy 100 wich is bike friendley.
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    I live west of Nashville in Dickson county, the commute to just south of downtown isn't bad at all. (34 miles by car each way, though google's new bike route featuer shows 30 by bike) I leave by 6:18am and get to work by 7:00am, leave work at 5pm and get home by 6pm. Traffic gets a little slow on 40w at white bridge road but they're adding some lanes / ramps for Briley parkway so it should be smooth sailing once it's all in place. Prices aren't as high in Dickson, and it's pretty rural. I haven't ridden to work yet, though I've thought about using the Bellevue park and ride to shave the mileage down (probably in half...)

    Riding around here (at least on the west side) is great. the Natchez Trace Parkway can seem like it's there just for you. On the weekends I can incorporate it into longer rides and on the weekdays I can catch it on the way home from work and get in a good ride and only be passed by a handfull of cars.

    Lots of bike shops in the Nashville area, seems they pretty much have every price range / brand selection covered.

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    a little off topic, but has anyone noticed DOT adding rumble strips to nearby highways? Highway 96 near fairview & dickson got hit last summer, and hwy 47 over by charlotte later in the fall, and I think hwy 70 near bellevue / narrows of the harpeth area this past winter or early spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavush View Post
    a little off topic, but has anyone noticed DOT adding rumble strips to nearby highways? Highway 96 near fairview & dickson got hit last summer, and hwy 47 over by charlotte later in the fall, and I think hwy 70 near bellevue / narrows of the harpeth area this past winter or early spring.
    All State Routes with a shoulder greater than 2' are supposed to have a rumble stripe (shld < 6') or a rumble strip. This is a fairly new TDOT standard so not all highways have received the treatment yet, but will likely get it the next time they are resurfaced.

    Also shouldnt this post be in the Southeast regional section? I found it on advance search for "Nashville" topics and just noticed its in the clydesdale area.

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    Dang, those rumble strips really ruin some good transition roads, especially when there is 6" of pavement to the right of the white line. (I don't care to ride on highways but often it's necessary to get to the pretty country roads via highway)

    I suppose it should be in southeast... I spotted it watching "I spy"

    oh, also, +2 on the Trace Bikes group - great bunch of folks to ride with.

    Also, when you do get in town be sure to start training for the 2010 Bike MS bike ride "Bike to Jack and Back" in October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwchandler21 View Post

    Also shouldnt this post be in the Southeast regional section? I found it on advance search for "Nashville" topics and just noticed its in the clydesdale area.
    Yes, my apologies, I don't usually leave this section so I just posted here...sorry if it bothered you.
    I'm looking forward to moving South but feel the need to defend my hometown a little bit here as well. Not sure I'd refer to it as a "Dystopia Wasteland", the crime you hear about up here is in very isolated areas, I feel completely safe living ten minutes outside the city and really have never had any problems walking around the city itself at any hour. I was slightly concerned about trouble in TN because it seemed the acts were more random then what they are here , where you pretty much just stay out of a few pockets and you're fine.
    What I found was that my concerns were/are largely due to timing and that the local TN paper had been running some stories recently that stirred debate on the matter and I just happened to be reading up on this at the wrong time, my worries have been eased and I'm excited to hear about the Greenways and the Natchez.
    Again, sorry to post in the wrong forum and I'll be sure to be more careful next time.

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    If you're looking to live in hendersonville or the like you're far from civilization in my world. It's pure suburban hell. Furthest I've lived from the Cumberland river within city limits is about 12 blocks. But, I don't have or want children and the idea of needing a car horrifies me.

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    If you want to live in the real Nashville move to East Nashville or Inglewood. Beautiful neighborhoods and you'll be minutes from the Shelby Park greenway that will you take you north to Metro Center across the Shelby St. pedestrian bridge or south across the bridge over the river to Percy Priest Dam. Lots of cyclists and a great LBS in East Side Cycles.

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    I lived over in/near Inglewood while going to Nashville auto diesel college for a year... I wasn't cycling at the time but I wouldn't consider moving there now. I have a coworker that lives over there near the TBI building... he seems to like it ok. But then, I'm not much for people, or cities. Grew up 4 miles up a dirt road in vt in a town w/ one paved road, no stop lights, and 1 gas pump at the tiny general store.

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