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Old 05-23-12, 05:21 AM   #1
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CSRA Cycling: Augusta, GA, Aiken, SC and Surrounding

Hi everybody! I'm brand new to this forum. Moderators: I checked carefully to be sure there wasn't a similar thread already.

Augusta, GA is the first town I've moved to that has a lively cycling community (although Dahlonega, GA might count at least once a year when Tour de Georgia rolls through). Although I've always been a runner, the cycling spirit has caught on.

I stubbornly have been cycling for the last 6 months on a Pacific Vortex that my parents bought me when I was 16 (39 pound knobby-tired WalMart mountain bike product, now about 10 years old). I used it in the Cloverleaf Duathlon this March, where I placed well despite the bike and my lack of cycling training.

I just picked up a 1988 Bianchi Super Leggera (id'd with help from Bianchigirll) from a local rider. I'm addicted!

The Cloverleaf course (Riverwood subdivision) is closed to the public except for on race day, because it runs through the gated community area. HOWEVER, if you like the course, I created another 10 miler that runs through mostly the same areas while avoiding the gated section. I'd be happy to show anybody the course who wants. 770-713-4206 or just email me.

I'm attaching a pic of my bike! Glad to be here!
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I grew up in Augusta up on the Hill.

Lot's of memories of riding around there but due to the growth of Evans, Martinez and Columbia County in general my favorite rides of 30 years ago aren't really practical any longer. They improved the roads for cars but not bikes.

Last few times I rode near Augusta I went by car over to the Sumter N.F. in Edgefield County, SC or up towards Sparta and Wrens.

I saw the picture you posted of the bike. As an owner of two Bianchi's currently (a Campy 10 speed equipped 928 and an old but dear Advantage hybrid) and past owner of two others I predict you'll grow to like that bike even more. A real classic!

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Oh, please take this kindly but when you photograph your bike, especially if you are going to post it in the Road forum, there are some rules concerning presentation.

Drive side out.

Chain on the big ring.

Pedals at 60 or 30 degrees not up and down or horizontal.

No water bottles or saddle bag.

Valve stems should be placed so they match (i.e. both at 6 o'clock).


Just for your enlightenment here are the Rules. Bear in mind only #5 (the V) and #10 really matter.

http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

This will save you some anklebiting criticisms.
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Yikes, I had no idea! I will make the appropriate corrections. Yes, things have grown up a bit around here. I haven't gotten daring enough to try Washington Road or Columbia yet, except for short hops to the store. There are a lot of group rides aroud, but I haven generally stuck with the course I created for myself.
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