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Old 08-24-13, 07:33 PM   #1
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Moving to Franklin-Brentwood TN Area---Looking for good rides and LBS

We are re-locating to the Franklin-Brentwood TN area and am iterested to learn of good local bike shops in the are as well as any good group rides for either racer/strong non-racing types.

Any thoughts welcome and thanks in advance.
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Old 08-29-13, 06:00 PM   #2
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MOAB and Gran Fondo are two good shops in the area. There is a lot of great riding in the Leipers Fork area. Local bike club Harpeth Bicycle Club and check out nashvillecyclist.com for rides that racers usually do, I know there is a Saturday morning ride that leaves from the model airplane field at the corner of Vaughn/Old Hickory Blvd.
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Old 09-02-13, 06:35 AM   #3
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A second vote for Gran Fondo.
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Thanks---the Gran Fondo website has a bunch of rides posted and if do end up moving I'll have to try the group ride you mention. Looks like the terrain will be a lot more interesting than 'ol boring flat Florida.
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... Looks like the terrain will be a lot more interesting than 'ol boring flat Florida.
Yes! We do have some hills here. We also generally have a lot less humidity than most parts of Florida, so it's a trade off.

In addition to the aforementioned areas, I'll add that if you end up in Brentwood, there are 25 miles of paved greenways. They are also inter-connected with some big subdivisions and residential roads so you can add loops of additional miles while staying off the busier roads.

Generally, this area is fairly laid back, and most motorists are fairly biker-friendly. However, most roads around here have zero shoulder - I'm talking about where the pavement stops at the white line, and in many cases, is followed by a deep ditch. A group-ride on these roads is one thing, but going solo is suicide on some of these roads. (We've had a few ugly car vs. bike incidents during my six years here.)
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+1 for Brentwood paved greenways

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Yes! We do have some hills here. We also generally have a lot less humidity than most parts of Florida, so it's a trade off.

In addition to the aforementioned areas, I'll add that if you end up in Brentwood, there are 25 miles of paved greenways. They are also inter-connected with some big subdivisions and residential roads so you can add loops of additional miles while staying off the busier roads.

Generally, this area is fairly laid back, and most motorists are fairly biker-friendly. However, most roads around here have zero shoulder - I'm talking about where the pavement stops at the white line, and in many cases, is followed by a deep ditch. A group-ride on these roads is one thing, but going solo is suicide on some of these roads. (We've had a few ugly car vs. bike incidents during my six years here.)


Brentwood has some very good greenways. Get off I65 at Concord road, go east two stop lights, park at either the park or Brentwood library. Miles of nice paved trails.
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I live on the East side of Brentwood and do a 20 mile loop on the trails/non-busy roads. The trails are fantastic but try to avoid them nearest Crockett Park due to pedestrian traffic.

The LBS mentioned are good and also check out REI, which is in Brentwood. Their staff is very helpful.
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...also check out REI, which is in Brentwood. Their staff is very helpful.
+1. This is my LBS. I don't need much, but I bought my CAAD10 there, so I lean on them occasionally for some free advice, as I continue to learn DIY work. They are very nice, and most of the techs are knowledgeable.

Don't underestimate REI because it's a big retail store.
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My daughter just moved to Leipers Fork, and I have seen cyclists all over that area. Speed limits are reasonable and I haven't seen a lot of traffic in the few times I've visited.
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Thanks for the thoughts. It is now official---we will be living just north of Franklin----have you happened to do any group rides out of either Trace Bike shop or Mac's Harpeth bikes? Curious how those might be as those will be closest shops to me for group rides.
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R&B Cyclery is on the northern edge of Franklin, maybe even in the edge of Brentwood, and they also have group rides. Then there are the charity and larger group rides such as Bike Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT), Harpeth River Ride, and the Jack and Back Ride. It is quite the biking town and for 9 months out of the year the weather cooperates.
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Don't forget to try Natchez Trace, that is for me the best place for road cycling.
Most east Franklin, east Brentwood or southeast Nashville (say southeast of I40, west of Franklin Rd, north of Hwy96) has low traffic roads, with interesting climbs and some bike lanes

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Trace Bikes (Southeast Nashville nice place to park to start Natchez Trace @ Hwy100), RB (North Franklin), MOAB (Franklin downtown)
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