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    Quote Originally Posted by af2nr View Post
    Here are a couple of new links for the Bama peeps. Alabama Cycling Association, which is the new race group for Alabama, http://www.alcycling.org/index.html . Also Alabama Cycling News, which is a overall cycling focused site with a bit of everything, http://www.alabamacyclingnews.com/ . Hope to see you all on the roads this year.

    MPR, we are going to be doing a "training camp" down in Baldwin later this month. Think we are staying out on Ft Morgan road somewhere?
    Great!!

    Please PM me with details. I need to get in touch with a few Alabama riders anyway.

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    Moving to Huntsville area. Was there last weekend and didn't notice any shoulders, anywhere. So where do you ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panic View Post
    Moving to Huntsville area. Was there last weekend and didn't notice any shoulders, anywhere. So where do you ride?

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    I'm not sure if you're talking to me or not so I'm going to address your question as if you were.

    There is about 30 miles (each way) of beach road that has a bike lane about the width of a car lane. There is a two lane road with a dedicated bike lane that goes to Ft. Morgan. That is about 24 miles each way. And finally there is a state park, which has a dedicated bike lane and light traffic that's a 6 mile loop.

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    Bob's Bike Shop in Birmingham. Don't know B-ham but it was right down the street (31?) from Sanford University. I met Mike and a second person (I'm sorry I forgot his name-J?) Both were great people and a pleasure to talk to. I don't get up to B-ham at all and yet they took the time to talk with me. These guys and this shop seemed top rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPR View Post
    Bob's Bike Shop in Birmingham. Don't know B-ham but it was right down the street (31?) from Sanford University. I met Mike and a second person (I'm sorry I forgot his name-J?) Both were great people and a pleasure to talk to. I don't get up to B-ham at all and yet they took the time to talk with me. These guys and this shop seemed top rate.

    There are actually two Bob's, both on 31. One is in Vestavia and one in Homewood, which is basically on each side of Samford. There is also a Mike at both shops, Miller at the Homewood shop and Hurley the one in Vestavia. Bob's is a good place and they have some good people working for them. There are a couple of other shops that are great as well here in B'ham.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panic View Post
    Moving to Huntsville area. Was there last weekend and didn't notice any shoulders, anywhere. So where do you ride?

    Thanks
    This is a valid concern, not only in AL but several other states in the southeast (FL panhandle is the exception, very good shoulders on many roads). Most roads in Alabama have no paved shoulder at all. Just a white line and a drop off. I lived in Auburn, AL area for several years. I rode side streets around Auburn / Opelika without many problems (errand and commute trips) and went for longer rides out of town on rural county roads with little traffic. A lot of my riding was on unpaved Lee county roads ("red dirt roads") on a heavy duty road bike equipped with 700x38 tires and fenders. I've also ridden thousands of miles of backroads in Talladega Natl Forest east of Anniston and the east central AL area, north of I 85 and south of I 20. Endless backroads through the hills of Randolph and Clayton counties and almost no cars.

    Many parts of Alabama outside the few major cities are loaded with rural county roads with very few cars, which can be fairly manageable for bicycles to use. You just need to avoid the main roads between any two populated areas, those can be a real hazard. Get one of those DeLorme road atlas books that have all the detailed back roads and do some exploring. You would be surprised at what is out there, I was.

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    MPR,
    Sorry I forgot to give you a heads up but we were down there this past weekend, Thursday-Sunday acutally. We rode Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wasn't as warm as we had hoped for and Saturday was quite wet. Overall it was a good trip though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by af2nr View Post
    MPR,
    Sorry I forgot to give you a heads up but we were down there this past weekend, Thursday-Sunday acutally. We rode Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wasn't as warm as we had hoped for and Saturday was quite wet. Overall it was a good trip though...
    I'm glad you enjoyed it. I couldn't have joined you as I was out of town on work. It's been hit and miss down here between the weather and me being "under the weather".

    let me know next time you're headed this way and we'll get a ride in.

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    Hi guys, I'm a new rider from Birmingham. I live near St. Vincent's Hospital. My friends and I just started riding again after years of sitting around playing video games and going to school. If anyone wants to get together and ride, we are always up for it. (You might want to wait a month or two for us to get back into riding so you aren't disappointed ) I'm glad to see there are so many riders from around here!

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    tkeon, be sure to check out the rides on http://www.bhambikeclub.org/.

    These are mostly recreational level club rides, with some B/C riders slumming in at times. The A's generally ride other rides that we know about and can steer you to if you get tired of pulling .
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    Botanical Gardens, Tuesdays, six o'clock...pick a group and route, all ages all abilities

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    Did it for the first time last night. Great group! Great ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoke50 View Post
    Did it for the first time last night. Great group! Great ride!
    Glad you enjoyed it. Next week I may have to bring some gears, but in the form of this old ride
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    90 Miele Gara_____________02 Casati Dardo (g/blue)__02 Casati Dardo (y/blk)
    03 Casati Dardo___________08 BF IRO (fixed)________10 Vassago Fisticuff (IGH)

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    Wow ... That one even has two chainrings on the front. I'm headed to the the state park to check out the "Watermelon Ride".

    See ya next week

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    On Saturday, April 26, The Tour de Cure rolled through Birmingham and raised about $64k for diabetes research. Team UAB was well represented. Thanks to all... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmax1 View Post
    On Saturday, April 26, The Tour de Cure rolled through Birmingham and raised about $64k for diabetes research. Team UAB was well represented. Thanks to all... .
    The Tour de Blue was also rolling...Matter of fact several of the TdC riders hit the rest stop I was working for the TdB, at the junction of 25/78. I have never seen such looks of disappointment when some realized they were at the wrong stop. We didn't turn anyone away but did point out they were at the wrong stop. Both were for great causes and could have raised MUCH more for each group if not on the same day...
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    Attached is a link to a "local" cycling forum for the B'ham area, give it a look.http://jamoli85.ipower.com/index.php...84efca3ff02542
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    Quote Originally Posted by af2nr View Post
    Attached is a link to a "local" cycling forum for the B'ham area, give it a look.http://jamoli85.ipower.com/index.php...84efca3ff02542

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    Hey af2nr I think your forum needs a link on the BBC site. Not enough members to keep it going. I wouldn't think they would mind and it would be nice to have good Birmingham forum running anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoke50 View Post
    Hey af2nr I think your forum needs a link on the BBC site. Not enough members to keep it going. I wouldn't think they would mind and it would be nice to have good Birmingham forum running anyway.
    spoke50 it actually isn't my forum. I either found out about it through d'dog's email list or through the Alabama Cycling News website? I wouldn't think Jamie would have any problem with it being linkied through anything locally though. I agree it could use a LOT more traffic to keep it afloat though...
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    Hey guys, Eddie Jones from Gardendale AL.....I have modded and Supermodded on mtb sites all over the net and I think I have found a really good site here. Any questions about where to ride in my neck of the woods just ask. If you want to ride, just ask as I am always ready to ride. Mostly mountain but with the addition of a Surly CrossCheck, I guess I am good for some road riding as well. I am a super clyde at about 260lbs and I am a little old so take it easy
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    Welcome Beavis! I'm not sure you'll find a lot of MTB's on this thread, but I could be wrong. Have you checked the BUMP site? It looks like they have a small forum or maybe just a blog. Otherwise you will fit in find on most of these forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoke50 View Post
    Welcome Beavis! I'm not sure you'll find a lot of MTB's on this thread, but I could be wrong. Have you checked the BUMP site? It looks like they have a small forum or maybe just a blog. Otherwise you will fit in find on most of these forums.
    I know most of the guys at BUMP from mtbr. I just recently got a CrossCheck so I won't totally be an mtb guy. I am already liking this site alot. It appears to be really cycling oriented in all of it's incarnations so I should fit in fine. I already know some of the names here so that makes me feel at home as well
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