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wheeljack 10-09-13 02:51 PM

Intro & a few questions - Upcoming Trip to GA & NC
 
Hello everyone,

I'm new around these forums. Just wanted to take a minute to say hi! I live in the Daytona Beach area of Florida. Mostly ride XC on our local trails. I have a 2000 Airborne steel rigid SS that I absolutely love to ride. I also have a Sette Reken that gets mostly neighborhood time these days. Looking to get a CX bike for some gravel and fire road action and to use for double duty on the occasional road ride.

So, my questions:

1. I'm going to Kentucy in a couple weeks. I will be staying one night in Atlanta (Buckhead area) on the way up and want to fit in a ride. I have ridden Sope Creek before and liked it. Does anyone have a good Atlanta area trail to suggest other than Sope Creek? I will have probably a full afternoon to ride. It needs to be SS friendly.

2. I plan on spending one night in N. Carolina on the way back and would appreciate some suggestions on a good trail to visit. I would probably have a full morning to ride. I have visited Tsali in N. Carolina and would not mind going back since I was only there for one day so I only had about half the trails available to me, but I'd also welcome other suggestions. I would like to visit trails very near I40 or I26 just because I will be working with a somewhat limited time schedule and don't want to eat up too much time driving to and from...

3. Anyone know any Atlanta area bike shops that have a good selection of CX bikes?

Hey, I appreciate any responses. Thanks in advance for your time!

punkncat 10-10-13 06:31 AM

If you are going to be in Buckhead, check with one of the cycle shops on that end of town...Atlanta (Vinings) Cycling, Freeflite, etc. I don't do cross myself, but can recall the guys at the shop I used to work with talking about quite a few around. Wish I could be of more assistance and welcome to the forums.

wheeljack 10-11-13 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by punkncat (Post 16148526)
If you are going to be in Buckhead, check with one of the cycle shops on that end of town...Atlanta (Vinings) Cycling, Freeflite, etc. I don't do cross myself, but can recall the guys at the shop I used to work with talking about quite a few around. Wish I could be of more assistance and welcome to the forums.

Hey, thanks for the input. Yeah, I will get on the phone with them and some other p[laces to see whats available. I think I might go try out Blankets while I'm there. I read good thinks about those trails on Singletracks. Thanks again!

Dwayne 10-11-13 09:06 AM

Blankets is a bit of a drive from Buckhead, but worth it. An alternative is going to Gainesville and riding Chicopee, nice trail system there, too. There's also the Big Creek Park trail system off of GA 400 on the Old Alabama Rd exit, but that's a smaller set of trails, still enough to fill an afternoon if you don't mind riding repeating trails, but also much closer to Buckhead.

wheeljack 10-11-13 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Dwayne (Post 16152068)
Blankets is a bit of a drive from Buckhead, but worth it. An alternative is going to Gainesville and riding Chicopee, nice trail system there, too. There's also the Big Creek Park trail system off of GA 400 on the Old Alabama Rd exit, but that's a smaller set of trails, still enough to fill an afternoon if you don't mind riding repeating trails, but also much closer to Buckhead.

Hey, thanks for the suggestion. I looked everything up and did mapquest directions for everything. I think I will just go back to Sope Creek. I should probably stick with something familiar since I only have one afternoon to ride. Besides, a lot more of the trails are opened up to bike traffic now so I will still get to explore some new places. I forget what a huge area Atlanta is. I need more time to be able to go to a place like Blankets or even Chicopee. I want to try both out, though!

Thanks again-

theblackbullet 10-14-13 07:37 AM

One thing to note: with the government shutdown, the gates are locked up at Sope Creek. There are still bicycles, runners, and hikers out there. From what I understand you just need to find somewhere else to park and the go around the gate. No telling if it will be opened up when you come down in a couple weeks.

wheeljack 10-21-13 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by theblackbullet (Post 16159175)
One thing to note: with the government shutdown, the gates are locked up at Sope Creek. There are still bicycles, runners, and hikers out there. From what I understand you just need to find somewhere else to park and the go around the gate. No telling if it will be opened up when you come down in a couple weeks.

Thankfully, the shutdown is over. Hopefully that doesn't have to be a concern anymore. Sope Creek is one of the most utilized state park areas I have ever been to, anywhere...


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