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    Junior Member Californiadrmn's Avatar
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    Good Morning for Atlanta

    Hello all forum members. My name is Paul from Atlanta. I currently have 3 bikes, an old Cannondale Beast of the East that has been taken over by my wife for our city rides, a Gunnar steel hardtail that I love to ride up in the N. Georgia mountains, and a recently converted old Norco steel mountain bike frame. I've built it up into a sweet touring bike complete with a sexy Brooks B17 that fits me just right. I plan on spending 2 weeks riding down the California Coast here in August if the planets align just right. Any advice for a new tourer would be great!

    I've really enjoyed all the info I've gotten from this site and hope to share some as well.

    Cheers,
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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Welcome Paul from another of the thousands (actually closer to 100+) of Atlanta area BF members.


    I read your reply in this thread. Too bad you have such a long drive.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Junior Member Californiadrmn's Avatar
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    Thanks RonH....Now if only we could make the Atlanta roads more bike friendly then we'd be in great shape!

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    Welcome to atlanta as well, I guess you've probably been here, so welcome to bikeforums...I don't know much about touring except that I plan on going across the country one day. Oh and the bike friendly roads, Ron's working on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Californiadrmn
    ...that I love to ride up in the N. Georgia mountains...
    Howdy - just wondering if you happen to know of any good websites or books that describe touring in this area? I'm hoping to do some bike camping later this summer or fall and am wondering where to go.

    thanks in advance.

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    Dog.breath, I'm mostly familiar with the offroad MTB stuff. If this is what your looking for the best book I've found is Off the Beaten Track by Jim Parham. Very detailed book, mostly singletrack trails but there are some fireroad rides in the book as well. You may also be interested in Sorba.org, the Southern Offroad Bicycling Association... I'm still looking for the touring info though, and I'll pass it along as I find it. I do know that the Cohutta Wilderness Area is very spectacular. You could do some sweet forest road riding/camping in this area....Hope this helps!

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    ex.oris.canis dog.breath's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Californiadrmn
    Dog.breath, I'm mostly familiar with the offroad MTB stuff. If this is what your looking for the best book I've found is Off the Beaten Track by Jim Parham. Very detailed book, mostly singletrack trails but there are some fireroad rides in the book as well. You may also be interested in Sorba.org, the Southern Offroad Bicycling Association... I'm still looking for the touring info though, and I'll pass it along as I find it. I do know that the Cohutta Wilderness Area is very spectacular. You could do some sweet forest road riding/camping in this area....Hope this helps!

    Thanks for the info! I'll see what else I can find out about the Cohutta Wilderness - it sounds great.

    -- db

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    Hello, I am live in Atlanta as well. I am also a Flaming Lips fan. Soft Bulletin and Zaireeka are my favs.

    Have a nice day!

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    I am also a Flaming Lips fan.
    There amazing aren't they and very good live...Welcome to the site!

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    nice name californiadrmn, darn, nothing new under the sun.

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