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Old 04-01-05, 11:38 AM
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How is the cycling in Cincinatti?

Can anyone tell me what Cincinatti has to offer? How are the bike shops, local riding and racing (primarily interested in road), traffic, bike clubs, organized rides, topography, etc.

Thanks very much.
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Cincinnati ia a pretty decent place to ride. Varied terrain, there are some decent hills to climb and plenty of flat spots too and a good mix of city/rural riding. There are quite a few cycle clubs in the area.

http://www.cincinnaticycleclub.org/

http://www.qcw.org/ (racing group)

Bike shops are pretty decent. Each one has their specialties. I prefer Jim's Bike Shop and Cycle Sport. The cincinnati cycle club has a ride just about every day of the week with rider groups that range from beginner to advanced.

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Most of the shops are pretty good. I prefer Oakley Cycles myself. The Cincinnati Cycle Club has rides for just about everyone, although they're a little lacking for the slower types like myself, but not bad overall. If you like hills you're in luck. While there are a handful of flat routes, they get old real fast, because they're pretty much limited to well traveled routes in the river valleys, unless you go way out in the country. Pavement conditions are not very good, but overall the people around here aren't hostile to bikers.
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hey smoore, you looking for road biking or mtn? As this is the general cycling forum.

Are you just visiting the area or moving? What kind of terrain you looking for?

I would also recommend Jim's. He's a terrific guy and has a great shop. The help aint to bad either.
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Road cycling is what I do 99% of the time. Thanks all for the information so far.
Looks like I'm going to have to buy some warmer gear.
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The riding in Cincinnati is very different in and around different parts of the city. Across the river in Northern Kentucky there is good riding as well. I've heard good things about the Cincy cycle club but I haven't tried any of their rides yet.
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Ditto on what the other guys have said.

Cincinnati has some great roads for riding and some decent climbs, along with some punishing gradients that are great for interval training.

And if you're a roadie/racer, check out www.ohiovalleyracing.org

My favorite bike shop is Campus Cyclery, only because they know me by name and carry Felt.
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Isn't there a major 50 or 60 mile, circular path in the Cincy area? Also, I believe there's a rails-to-trails path being built from Cincy to Cleveland. Anyone have more info on these 2 paths?
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There aren't any circular paths that large, although it would be nice. The Little Miami Trail is approximately 60 miles long though. It starts in Milford on the east side of Hamilton County and meets up with some other trails in Xenia. I think you can go as far as Springfield. Construction is well under way to connect it from South Lebanon to Lebanon, but I'm not sure how long that new segment will be, or what happens once it gets to Lebanon. They're working (slowly) on extending the main trail into Cincinnati and the Lunken Airport loop, but that's years away. Eventually they plan to link Lunken Airport to downtown along the river, but that seems even less likely to be finished. The largest loop I know if is in Miami Whitewater Forest on the west side of Hamilton County, but that's only about 7 miles.
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Originally Posted by JJakucyk
The largest loop I know if is in Miami Whitewater Forest on the west side of Hamilton County, but that's only about 7 miles.
One of the nice things about the Whitewater path is that it intersects rural roads that are great for riding. You can start in the park, ride a few miles on the bike trail which is fairly flat, jump off onto the road and hit some hills, come back and ride the rest of the trail. Or you can just keep going around. I've done both, it just depends on the mood that you are in. The Little Miami Trail aka Loveland Bike trail does connect and go to Springfield, or you can go a little west and hit the Dayton city trails. It is very flat and if you want to hit some hills this won't get it.
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There's lots of hills you can ride from the Little Miami/Loveland Trail. It's in the Littile Miami VALLEY after all. Just about any road that intersects the trail will climb out of the valley at some point.
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Originally Posted by JJakucyk
There's lots of hills you can ride from the Little Miami/Loveland Trail. It's in the Littile Miami VALLEY after all. Just about any road that intersects the trail will climb out of the valley at some point.
Yeah, you're right. I don't know those areas so I always just stick to the trail. But you can see plenty of hills and rolling terrain if you get off. I don't know how heavy the traffic is out there though. It is a combination of suburban and rural areas. One nice thing is that as you get away from Cincinnati, the number of people on the trail decreases quickly and you can ride fast if you want.
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best thing you can do is get some county maps and seek out routes along the smallest roads you can find. I've found some great scenic roads and some good climbs this way. Pieced together some different routes so I don't get stuck on the same roads week in and week out.
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The Loveland Trail was the path I was thinking of. I thought it was circular but it still looks very nice.
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Thanks guys, you've been very helpful. I come for a visit this coming weekend...then we'll see? Hope to visit a bike shop or two while I'm in town as well.
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What part of town you going to be in? I am sure that there are a few of us that would bike around the area with you
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I vote for Smitty's in Fairfax, although Campus has done a lot of work for me and Kathy at Oakley is a great bike fitter.
As for riding off the Loveland trail there are some routes marked on the road. the Ladies in Lycra (from the Cincinnati Cycle Club) ride is marked with a LL's, while someone else marked large arrows.
The CCC rides out of the Loveland area (Tuesday pizza ride) alot so it is easy to learn the routes off the trail.
The CCC also rides out of the Harrison area and there is some good hill riding out there.
There is a group that rides in Northern Ky. and there are some really good hills over there.
Some of the routes are published on the website.
Kathi-a former Cincinnati rider
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Originally Posted by Doctor Who
Cincinnati has some great roads for riding and some decent climbs, along with some punishing gradients that are great for interval training.
TRANSLATION: Cincinnati...punishing gradients...great for survival.

Seriously, if wall climbing is your thing, you'll be right at home around the downtown Cincinnati area.
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Originally Posted by ridealot
What part of town you going to be in? I am sure that there are a few of us that would bike around the area with you
Thanks for the offer, I'm in several business meetings so if I get out at all it will be hit and miss. Don't think I'll have time for any actual cycling. Thanks all for the info might be able to check out a LBS or two.

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Hi All

Just saw this forum when searching on the web for cycling oportunities in Cincinnati.
I will be moving to Cincinnati in a few months from Denmark, and dont really know much about how it is to be on a bike in the US (It seems like there are only cars :-))

I saw a few offers on showing smorre around, I would very much like it I could get that chance.
I used to be a decent rider, did some racing. Currently I am pretty much out of shape, but hope to get back up there, I saw some of the steep climbs in Cincinnati, which really made me want to get back on the bike, though I need to get rid of 15 pounds before I will be any good on the climbs.

Also I have to find out where to live in Cincinnati, would there be any preferances in relation to cycling, would love if I could just get on my bike right from my home, not having to start up the car first.

Thanks, Jacob
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Jacob-

There seems to be opportunities for good rides anywhere on the perimiter of the greater cincinnati region. I am particularly fond of the East side of town. I can ride out of my house and out into neighboring Clermont County and be on low traffic, rolling country roads in no time.

From what I can tell, you should be able to connect with a good group of folks no matter what side of town you end up on and find some good local routes.
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yeah, further away from the center of the city seems to offer the best rideability I guess. Because of the topography, the only roads that get you anywhere and not just puttering around a residential neighborhood or industrial zone inside the city are major highways and 8 lane super roads all crammed with traffic. (If you are a goat and love riding in traffic, then nevermind) The good riding is outside the city on the north and east sides of town. This is also where some of the more affluent neighborhoods are, so you'll need to be fairly well off to live there, though it becomes more affordable on the east as you get further south. Conveniently, the Little Miami Scenic Trail starts out where the old money mega-mansions stop (Montgomery/Indian Hill) and the real houses begin. (Milford is cool area)

Really though, you can just get on your bike ride nearly anywhere in the greater cincinnati area. It doesn't matter where you live. But if you are a roadie, you'll probably want a location at the edge of the metro area where you can get out on the country roads easily and rack up the mileage.

All of the previously mentioned LBS's are pretty good from what I hear. I haven't been to all of them. I like the original Montgomery Cyclery in Montgomery and Cycle Sport in Loveland. Oh yeah, you'll get good on the climbs, 15 pounds lighter or not. There's really no option not to climb hills around here unless you stick to the bike paths, but where's the fun in that?!
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Hi Guys

Thanks for your replies, I never saw them as they where on my page two, sorry about that.
I now know that I will be arriving in cinci next week so it is great to hear that the roads are so good.
I know that I will be living close to hyde park plaza, guess that is a bit in the east part of town, so maybe I can find some good cycling.
I need to buy a bike first though. I have very serious dreams about buying a litespeed, would be fantastic to ride one.

I would be happe to hear from people in that area that would go for a ride with me.
I am ok on speed, but dont have that many miles in the legs this year, so I should not do more than 40-50 miles I think.

I look forward to the climbs :-)
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Everyone above me had great recommendations. If you're near Hyde Park it sounds like Oakley is the best for you.
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