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Old 07-03-10, 04:42 PM
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Help me out, Cleveland!

Hello Cleveland cyclists!

I will be in Cleveland for 2 weeks starting July 11th. The problem is that I will be staying at a hotel right downtown...specifically the Doubletree that is right be the lake/Burke LakefrontAirport. The problem is that I probably will not be done with work until about 4:30 to 5:00pm daily.

Is there a safe/decent route that I can utilize for training that I can get to easily from the hotel? I've seen some of the other posts, and the shop rides look great, but I don't think realistically we can get to them in time. REALLY don't want the MUP route as I don't think they would appreciate cyclists using it for race training.

Any specific routes or ideas are appreciated.

Thanks!

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Sorry, my meaning by easily getting to a decent route is ROLLING from the hotel, not loading gear and driving to the ride, which is OK on the weekend, but looks to be nearly impossible through the week. Sorry I wasn't more clear.
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From your hotel head west for about a block to East 9th Street. Then head north until you get to North Marginal Road and then head east. There is a bike path that runs along the lake.

It's not the longest path but I think you can get 10 miles or so before it ends.

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=1111+Lakeside+Avenue+East,+Cleveland,+OH+44114+(Doubletree+Hotel+Cleveland +Downtown%2FLakeside)&daddr=Unknown+road&geocode=FQlZeQIdvoEh-yk3uG-OePowiDHT20VTwtY6zQ%3BFedvegIdIEwj-w&gl=us&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=14&dirflg=b&sll=41.582965,-81.578808&sspn=0.029982,0.084543&ie=UTF8&ll=41.537623,-81.594086&spn=0.120011,0.338173&z=12&lci=bike
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Marginal is dead*no traffic). take it all the way out to Eastlake.
Detroit is dead too and then gets fun/urbany busy in lakewood which connects to the metroparks
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Guys, thanks a lot, I'll start taking a look at these on mapquest. I crashed during a race yesterday, so training may or may not be in the cards.

The big item is are either of these choices good for serious training (intervals, etc.)? I don't want to be "that guy" on a multi-use path...

Again, thanks for the input, it really helps.
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Originally Posted by tjspahr
I will be in Cleveland for 2 weeks starting July 11th. The problem is that I will be staying at a hotel right downtown...specifically the Doubletree that is right be the lake/Burke LakefrontAirport. The problem is that I probably will not be done with work until about 4:30 to 5:00pm daily.
Tom,

Click here and check out the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway.

It is right at Burke Lakefront Airport!

Please note: Cleveland has a lot of areas with high crime rates. Watch your back! AND, always lock your bike! It would be best if you found someone to ride with you. I don't recommend riding alone.
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Originally Posted by WoodyAutumn
Tom,

Click here and check out the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway.

It is right at Burke Lakefront Airport!

Please note: Cleveland has a lot of areas with high crime rates. Watch your back! AND, always lock your bike! It would be best if you found someone to ride with you. I don't recommend riding alone.
I've done the lakefront route out to mentor headlands and back alone and with just my wife more times that I can count. It's not that bad. Even Cleveland in general isn't nearly as bad as it was back in the day. Mind your own business, pay attention to what is going on around you, avoid potential iffy situations rather than blindly riding into them, and you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by nocondorfx
Marginal is dead*no traffic). take it all the way out to Eastlake.
Detroit is dead too and then gets fun/urbany busy in lakewood which connects to the metroparks
Yeah. It's dead. I rode North Marginal from East 9th to East 150th this week and was amazed how empty it is. Once we got to Bratenehl we had to pay a little more attention but it was basically us and the road.
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Originally Posted by WoodyAutumn
Tom,

Click here and check out the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway.

It is right at Burke Lakefront Airport!

Please note: Cleveland has a lot of areas with high crime rates. Watch your back! AND, always lock your bike! It would be best if you found someone to ride with you. I don't recommend riding alone.
I commute that route from Willoughby and or Wicliffe depending if I do a full or partial commute. The only problem is there can be a bit of traffic in the Euclid section, also the surface in Euclid is a little rough in places, but I ride 26". I am unsure how far you will be riding but there is a bike lane starting in Eastlake which is about18 miles outside of Cleveland. The Bratenahl section is great, peacful and my favorite part of the ride in. If you need a bike shop off of that route Blue Sky Cycles is on E 185 in Cleve. Crime has not been a problem for me on this route.
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