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Old 02-06-06, 01:27 PM
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I'll probably be relocating to Charlotte (from Portland, OR) by summer time. What's it like over there? Looks pretty flat. Do y'all have to drive elsewhere to get in some good hill training? :) The weather looks decent as I'll be commuting on bike. I've spent a week there on business last summer and liked it a lot ... one of the few places where I'd like to live, ride, work. How are the winter's? I really dug the food.

Any opinions would be appreciated.
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I live right outside of Charlotte (Belmont) and it's not flat at all.
I ride some back roads in Belmont, Mt. Holly, Stanley, etc. and find tons of hills. Sometimes they're relentless!!!

The weather is good. I have only missed a few rides because of winter weather where there was ice. Other than that, the winter high temp. average is around 50+-. We'll get some spotty 30s or high 20s but it's rare.
Summer can be a beast if you aren't use to heat+humidity. I ride early morning or late and it really helps.

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Originally Posted by substructure
I live right outside of Charlotte (Belmont) and it's not flat at all.
I ride some back roads in Belmont, Mt. Holly, Stanley, etc. and find tons of hills. Sometimes they're relentless!!!

The weather is good. I have only missed a few rides because of winter weather where there was ice. Other than that, the winter high temp. average is around 50+-. We'll get some spotty 30s or high 20s but it's rare.
Summer can be a beast if you aren't use to heat+humidity. I ride early morning or late and it really helps.

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excellent. that's good to hear. thanks!
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Have you learned to like grits yet?
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Have you learned to like grits yet?
Cooked. Not instant.
And livermush.
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grits are good w. butter ... livermush. not sure about that one, rather spam and eggs instead.
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Substructure lives north and west of Charlotte, I live south and east of Charlotte, and there aren't any hills of consequence on this side of town. But there are a lot of rural roads with what I would call rollers. Just figure out where in Charlotte you might find yourself living and I'm sure someone will let you know what the terrain is like. There certainly is a variety.
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don't listen to them...you don't have to love grits (or livermush)...i moved from Eugene, OR to Matthews, NC and the landscape is pretty much the same but it is a LOT hotter here...and another thing there isn't very many places here to ride unless you live (or drive) way out of the city...

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btw...people here can't drive...(just to warn you)
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I live about 18 miles south-southeast of Charlotte. I can leave my driveway, and in about 30 minutes be on the NC/SC line and some of the loneliest roads around these parts. I can climb the "Mt. Waxhaw" hills, then Rehobeth Road (long steady easy climb) to the water tower, and still be within 15 miles of the house.
There are the hills climbing out of Van Wyke, SC at the brickyard just over the border.
A short drive over to the Crowder Mt. area on the west, north west side of Charlotte provides some nice hill work. The UNC-C area has many nice hills a short distance from campus, heading to Davidson and beyond. About a two hour drive will have you in the Marion area and you can climb Hwy 80 to the Blue Ridge Parkway, then turn left and follow it to the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park and climb to the top. The round trip from Marion to Mitchell and back is about 60 miles by Hwy 80, or you can lengthen it by any of the other crossings of the Parkway further north.

But, there's plenty of flatland to share, hurry on down.....
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serotta, we have traveled the same roads on a daily basis.

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Originally Posted by saintx
serotta, we have either traveled the same roads on a daily basis.
You must be that A.. hole that keeps dropping me, then looking back and taunting me!


I usually ride mid-mornings, out Weddington Rd, down 16 to Rea, left on Audry Kell, then it varies, sometime to 521 then left, other times I stay short and do Marvin, New Town, Henry Harris, Crane or some combination, then back to the house via Gray Byrum, Weddington Chase, New Town, cut through Aero Plantation, Cox Rd, then home.
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I use to live in Charlotte as well..............rolling hills would be at best. If you want climbing you will have to travel a few miles. I live in Asheville now and the hills here are mountains to flat landers and our mountains are like Everest peaks to most. I take these on rarely, try to find decent accents that are usually 6% in grade. Ivy Hill which is a regular route for a local bike club is a very hard almost 1 miler straight up that the grade has to be twice what I like or do. I did it once and thought my heart was going to come out my jersey! I am just a flat lander by birth trying to become a mountaineer!
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Originally Posted by serotta
You must be that A.. hole that keeps dropping me, then looking back and taunting me!


I usually ride mid-mornings, out Weddington Rd, down 16 to Rea, left on Audry Kell, then it varies, sometime to 521 then left, other times I stay short and do Marvin, New Town, Henry Harris, Crane or some combination, then back to the house via Gray Byrum, Weddington Chase, New Town, cut through Aero Plantation, Cox Rd, then home.
no no I'm not the Knave of Marvin!!!
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Originally Posted by saintx
no no I'm not the Knave of Marvin!!!
Should I start a thread, and spend weeks trying to get an elusive picture? I just don't think I could be eloquent enough to carry off a weekly series entitled the Knave of Marvin. maybe the Saint of Sandy Ridge

Ah, enough Hijacking.....

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Hi I live in the south west side of Charlotte and there is a good variety of riding here. I moved here from West Virginia and I have found Charlotte to be a great place to ride. If you want flat roads they are around but most of what I have seen is rollers. Plus there is some very nice steep hills tucked away here and there.

The best thing about Charlotte is the availability of rides. There are tons of club, charity and group rides in the area. But if you want to get serious, with in a couple of hours of Charlotte there is some of the most grueling centuries in the country. Lastly, I have ridden every weekend except one since the time change.

The only thing I don't like here is the traffic. Most of the roads have a 35mph+ speed limits and everyone drives 10 mph over that. So the major roads are more like race tracks. Good luck with the move!
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True and of ya really want some hill you can travel about 50 miles North and hit the mountains.

Charlotte is ok, too many people for me though.
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Coolio. Thanks for all the info. Looks like we'll be pulling the trigger in August. Just in time for the heat and humidity. HA!
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