On the coast here - mostly road, but I do MTB when I can - what of it there is down here that is. It is F L A T down here on the beach so mostly sandy trails with a few dips and such and lots of roots. Road riding is pretty good, again as long as you like flats and don't mind wind. If you're in Hattiesville check out the Longleaf Trace. It's supposed to be a great ride, but I've never made it up there to do it.
then you're lucky. There's a little path at the backside of your parking lot on the left to get on the Trace.
i'm at Mark IV down past Mugshots. I've either got to ride to Mugs and get on the Trace at 7th St or go left and get off my bike to walk it through sand in the S-curve by I-59. Neither route is very safe.
Cool, according to my cyclo-computer i'm averaging about 15 on the "uphill" portion of the trace, and 18 on my way back down to my apt. This is on my MTB, hrm i wonder what i could do with a roadie
You'll pick up quite a bit of speed with a roadie. Even switching your MTB tires for some narrow road tires will make an appreciable difference. We should all get together and ride the trace sometime. I haven't done it yet, but have been looking for an excuse to head up that way. Depending on wind and terrain I average between 17.5 and 19 on solo rides.
About nancy, she has been basically no help to me. every time i go in there she treats me like i'm a bother, i really am not impressed with either bike shops in town. I dont really enjoy trace riding, more for keeping in some sort of riding shape. I do however love bethel, i rode the briar patch down there this weekend and i'm hooked to singletrack.
drew's shop(nancy), hattiesburg cycles, tends to be more geared to roadies, which is cool since there is nothing really but flat land around here.