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    Riding in Isle of Palms, SC?

    I'll be there on vacation the week after July 4th and am trying to decide if I should bring my bike. Is this a good place to ride? Any good routes?

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    Plenty of scenic road routes, look into hwy 61 and some of the rural stuff. Not much for mountain biking unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChsSCclyde View Post
    Plenty of scenic road routes, look into hwy 61 and some of the rural stuff. Not much for mountain biking unfortunately.
    There are no mountains in these parts.
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    Sorry just realized I didn't specify but I'm looking for road cycling routes. Thanks for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack95 View Post
    Sorry just realized I didn't specify but I'm looking for road cycling routes. Thanks for the feedback.
    I work at a bike rental busniess. Every once in a while when someone asks for a mountain bike, I jokenly reply we have no mountains to bike on.
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    Unfortunately I ride mountain bikes lol, I don't know what I was thinking, leaving Connecticut. I do have a set of slicks on one though, and it does ride quite nice. I just can't get into that tucked almost fetal position you have to stay in on a road bike. Maybe I'll lose a few more pounds and try again though. I'm sure that has something to do with it. lol Oh, and not to mention the ridiculous prices for all the svelte gear.

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    Definately take your road bike. You can make an out and back loop between Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island and Wild Dunes on IOP. That will get you about 20 miles on bike lanes or low traffic roads. We stay at Wild Dunes a lot which is on the northern end of IOP. I do the out and back to the fort for about 24 miles. If I want more, I take a right out of Sullivans Island over the Ben Sawyer bridge, up Coleman Blvd and then over the new Ravenel bridge (the best "hill" around) and back for about 35 miles and a couple of good climbs. The section of Coleman Blvd sucks because of the traffic, about half of it has bike lanes. If I want over 60, I continue through Charleston then some back roads to Folly Beach and back. If you're interested let me know and I'll do a MapMyRide route for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKMcK View Post
    Definately take your road bike. You can make an out and back loop between Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island and Wild Dunes on IOP. That will get you about 20 miles on bike lanes or low traffic roads. We stay at Wild Dunes a lot which is on the northern end of IOP. I do the out and back to the fort for about 24 miles. If I want more, I take a right out of Sullivans Island over the Ben Sawyer bridge, up Coleman Blvd and then over the new Ravenel bridge (the best "hill" around) and back for about 35 miles and a couple of good climbs. The section of Coleman Blvd sucks because of the traffic, about half of it has bike lanes. If I want over 60, I continue through Charleston then some back roads to Folly Beach and back. If you're interested let me know and I'll do a MapMyRide route for you.
    Here's a link to the local club rides http://www.coastalcyclists.org/rides.htm
    The VW and CBC training rides kick butt and will leave you out in the boonies if you cannot hang on.
    Good stuff and thanks for the replies. If I do try to get to SC-61 or Folly Beach for a longer ride, will I run into any bridges that are illegal to bike over or extremely dangerous? I know the interstates are illegal and I hear you re: Coleman Blvd. but any other roads that I should avoid at all costs?

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    Here is the route i take.
    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/sc...24353688079293
    East Bay and Calhoun through Charleston are not much fun but don't seem to be as bad as Coleman because the speed limit is much slower. Highway 30 looks like an interstate, but it has a very wide sholder and cyclists use it a lot to get to James Island. Harborview is narrow with no bike lane and at times lots of traffic, but you're only on it a short time. Folly Road has a bike lane. All the other roads are quite nice and you will enjoy them. The bike lane on Folly road goes away as you get closer to Charleston and I would avoid it. That is why I take you around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKMcK View Post
    Here is the route i take.
    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/sc...24353688079293
    East Bay and Calhoun through Charleston are not much fun but don't seem to be as bad as Coleman because the speed limit is much slower. Highway 30 looks like an interstate, but it has a very wide sholder and cyclists use it a lot to get to James Island. Harborview is narrow with no bike lane and at times lots of traffic, but you're only on it a short time. Folly Road has a bike lane. All the other roads are quite nice and you will enjoy them. The bike lane on Folly road goes away as you get closer to Charleston and I would avoid it. That is why I take you around.
    DKMcK,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the route information. I did take my bike on vacation but I ended up only doing some short routes because I signed up for a century ride right after vacation. I did the 20 mile loop once from Wild Dunes to SC-703 (Ben Sawyer Bridge), ***** Range Rd., and back across SC-517 (IOP Bridge). The SC-703 Bridge (Ben Sawyer) and ***** Range Road were pretty narrow in places and more heavily traveled than I expected but it wasn't too bad. The IOP bridge had a nice, wide bike lane so that was nice and the wind made things interesting (25 mph ave speed going toward the mainland but only 15 mph coming back). I wanted to try your 60 mile ride but my schedule and my desire to keep my mileage low for the upcoming century made that impossible. I have it in my Garmin and may try it next year since my kids are already asking to go back.

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    anything changed with these recommendations in the last 4 years? I'm heading there this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsoluteZ3RO View Post
    anything changed with these recommendations in the last 4 years? I'm heading there this week.
    Ditto this. Do you have anything to add?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcg878 View Post
    Ditto this. Do you have anything to add?
    i am heading down from VA tomorrow. see you on the road.

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    Lovely cycling weather we're having, eh?

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    i know, right? i ended up not bringing my bike down. just bought it last week, got a cheap trunk rack and got scared about using it for 8 hours. been making due with a beach cruiser with my hands down on the bars

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    I did the ride to Charleston over the Ravenel bridge from Isle of Palms today. It was a nice ride but a hell of a headwind coming back. Here's the route if anyone is interested: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/337396047

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    I have ridden here alot too. I just jump on the bike and ride with no destination in particular. Sorry no help on my part...........I just ride.

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