Does anyone have any recommendations for areas or routes for a beginner road cyclist in the Charlotte area? I actually live near the Booty Loop but i'm not quite ready to jump into the mix there as I am still getting used to my bike, clipless pedals, and extended saddle time. Currently I just ride through the local residential streets but I would like to venture out a little bit further as my conditioning gets better but still away from the main thoroughfares until I am accustomed to riding in traffic or with groups.
I do plan to do some group rides in the future with a LBS, but right now I don't think I could keep the pace or mileage to join them. But i'm working on it.