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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Tybee Island info

    My wife and I will be going to Tybee Island for four days (Sept 26-29). I read a short description about the Old Railroad Bike Trail. It said the trail is crushed oyster shell and limestone. I have two questions.
    1) Is there easy access to the trail from the main street on Tybee Island? I'll be staying at a hotel on Butler St (US80) a few blocks south of 1st St (US80).
    2) I'm thinking about taking my Kona Jake. I'm guessing off-road tires (Continental Speed King 700x35) would be best. Or would road tires (Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x25) be better?

    I've never taken a bike to the beach so this is all new to me. Thanks.
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    Ron, to access that trail from Tybee it's necessary to ride back to the entrance of Fort Pulaski on Hwy 80. Except for the bridge over Lazaretto Creek you've got plenty of shoulder room and until just before the bridge the speed limit is a strictly enforced 45mph.

    It's been many years since I used that trail and when I did I rode it on 35s. As I remember the surface was pretty good so 25s may do.

    Tybee can be fun to explore on a bike. There is some very decent dining to be had nowadays, too. Sundae Cafe, Hunter House, A.J.s, North Beach Grill for dinner and if you're a breakfast lover the Breakfast Club.

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    Second the Breakfast Club. Go with a very empty stomach.
    But you'll have plenty of calories to burn off.
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    Hit the Crab Shack and order the sampler.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
    Second the Breakfast Club. Go with a very empty stomach.
    But you'll have plenty of calories to burn off.
    And if the line is too long (and at the time you are considering, I doubt this will be the case) the Sunrise across the street is good, too.

    Just doesn't have that Breakfast Club cache'. If "cache'" is quite the word I want...

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    I took my family to Tybee this past April. At low tide, the beach itself is a huge expanse of gently sloping hard-packed sand, and lots of people bike up and down the beach.

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    ^^^You'll want the the 35s for that and a good scrubbing and relube when yer done. But yes It's a real beach pleasure.

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    Sorry but the Kona is my CX bike that only rides on pavement (700x25) or off road (700x35). Thats why I'm considering the trail. I do beach stuff barefooted without a bike.
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    My family was there in August, and I got a good workout on the (FLAT!) neighborhood and city streets. Hardly any traffic, and what little there is moves at 24-30 miles per hour. Crushed a guy my age with expensive everything; me on my 20-yo Spalding, wearing a t-shirt and gym shorts

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    We had a great time at Tybee Island. Checked the weather forecast before we left and decided not to take the bike. It rained Sunday night, most of the day Monday, Tuesday night, and Wednesday morning.
    Lovely beach and laid back lifestyle and Savannah's architecture was awesome.
    Walked up and down the beach Sunday evening, Monday morning (before the rain), and Tuesday afternoon.
    We went to Southern Nights on Tuesday night.
    For those who recommended eating places, here is how I rate some of these places (10 is the best score). Sorry for the bad reviews.
    The Breakfast Club: 5 out of 10 (our friends gave it an 8 out of 10)
    Crab Shack: 3 out of 10 (our friends also gave it a 3 out of 10)
    StingRays: 7 out of 10
    Couldn't find a decent salad anywhere. Had to go to Applebee's for one.
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