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Old 07-15-10, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hello from Roanoke

I live in Roanoke, VA and picked up a bicycle after 17 years since last one. I was taking my kids to local park and allowing them to ride for a few hours, and this was boring for me. I purchased inexpensive road bike 21 spd, and joined them for the rides. I forgot how much fun it was to ride and enjoy being outside. I've outfitted my bike with speedometer, lights, pump, patch kit, and pannier and will hopefully commute to work 8 miles away one day.
I'm 32 and have remained in good shape from working out so I didn't experience leg fatique when riding several miles the other day. There aren't alot of bike lanes in the city, so if I decide to commute I'd have to hit the main roads.

I have enjoyed reading the threads and have been lurking for awhile. Are there any good sites for bike routes beside google maps?

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Old 07-15-10, 07:03 PM   #2
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Welcome "M" to Bike Forums.

Main roads and neighborhood roads are the way I ride.
Sunday AM on your bike is a good time to explore routes to your work place.
Google Maps has bicycle routing.

You should post in the Commuting Threads for help.
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Old 07-15-10, 07:05 PM   #3
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Haha the addiction begins! Congrats on getting a new bike! And welcome to Bike Forums!
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Welcome to forums. I agree with checking out the commuting forum.
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depending on where you are in the 'noke....

these seem like excellent places for car-free biking...
i walk my dogs on these pretty often... im planning on getting back in the swing of biking and
doing some tuning on the greenways before I hit the streets too much.
http://www.greenways.org/
many of these are connected by neighborhood bike routes.
lucky you if you can pull-off part of your commute here!
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