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Old 03-29-11, 10:31 AM   #1
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Good roads for centuries SW of Cleveland?

Title says it all. I'm looking for that perfect stretch of road to ride a rut in this year. Any distance riders familiar with some well paved, big shouldered non-highway roads around the Olmsted Falls area? I'm willing to drive a bit to get there, the roads around me rattle my teeth out of my head or I'd just bike there. Thanks
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This is NE Ohio...what are these well-paved and big-shouldered non-highway roads of which you speak? Of the few that exist, trying to do a century on them would get real boring real quick.
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Just ride the secondary roads from Olmsted Falls out towards Valley City, Lagrange Litchfield, and Lodi. Plenty of open, empty and decent roads there. Station Road or Island Road are good choices to go South. West River Road is nice once you cross RT 83.

Look up the Lake Erie Wheeler's web site and find the link for Eric Overton's long distance training rides. Every Saturday they ride from Berea for 100+ miles.
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Just ride the secondary roads from Olmsted Falls out towards Valley City, Lagrange Litchfield, and Lodi. Plenty of open, empty and decent roads there. Station Road or Island Road are good choices to go South. West River Road is nice once you cross RT 83.

Look up the Lake Erie Wheeler's web site and find the link for Eric Overton's long distance training rides. Every Saturday they ride from Berea for 100+ miles.
as long as he doesn't mind not having those big shoulders...and this time of year you gotta watch for rough spots on just about every road in the area.
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2/3rds of my rides are out where I identified and there are not many rough spots or potholes. Matter of fact I'll be riding 1.5 hours of Z3 with a 10 second all out sprint every 3 minutes this evening and into the darkness.
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This is NE Ohio...what are these well-paved and big-shouldered non-highway roads of which you speak?
Some of the roads around here look like they were scudded back in the Gulf war and forgotten about! If I ride east on Sprague it gets pretty bad after Brown's hardware. Sprague west of 252 is pretty nice, though. Nice big shoulder and well paved, rare for these parts! I'll probably just hang a right on Sprague, ride towards Root road and explore from there. I plan on riding to Mohican in July. I'll just peck away at finding the best route there. If I ride N to Berea, 252 is nice, too. I see cyclists riding it all the time.

I'll definitely check out the Lake Erie Wheeler's site, thanks.
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http://www.backroadsandbeachesohio.com/ this is interesting
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I live in LaGrange and some of the roads around are pretty good but you have to be awake for rough patches. Once the weather breaks and I'm out and about I'll report some of the better roads.
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Here is a good link with some area maps that might help..

http://www.noaca.org/bikemaps.html
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