Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 04-27-09, 10:55 AM
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Wife and I will be in town for the NCAA Softball tourney the end of May. Thinking about bringing the road bikes. Any good group rides around? In-laws live way out Santa Fe by Oak Tree.
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Check out the Oklahoma Bicycle Society and their calendar of events. They have big weekend rides, as well as weekly rides on the site. Welcome to the Sooner state.
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We're actually thinking of moving there.

Pros:

1. Wife's family lives there
2. economy in OKC is actually growing
[edit to add number 3.] boy is it cheap to live there. Big ass house in a nice part of town with allegedly good schools (Edmond) for $60-100 a square foot, depending mostly on how old it is, as far as I can tell.

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0. Wife's family lives there
1. higher percentage of the popular vote went for McCain in OK than in any other state, including McCain's home state of Arizona, Caribou Barbie's home state of Alaska, and freaky fundamentalist outpost Utah
2. doesn't seem to be all that bike-friendly
3. flat as a board and dry as a bone
4. Tornados!
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Dude, don't move here. It sucks.

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So much misinformation, don't know where to begin. How much do you and wife ride? If you want a nice stroll, go with the obs, if you want a little more challenge, come meet with us on Tues/Wed night or Sat sun morning, we will do 50ish in the evenings and 70-80 on the weekend. We are not hammerheads, well at least most of us are not. It could be quite warm by then so bring appropriate dress. SSeriously I am not sure how up to date the obs web site is as far as rides. If you show up at Oakdale School, which is about a mile east of I-35 on Hefner Road, at 6pm any night but especially tues wed, or sat/sun morning(7:30-8), there will be someone there, introduce yourself and have at it. Flat as a board? Not hardly. If you have ever ridden east of I 35 and North of I-40, there are plenty of nice rolling hills and some that are not so nice, especially if you factor a 20 mph south wind. OKC may not be that bike friendly in terms of bike paths, but there are lots of riders who seem to get by. At any end of the city basically you just find a paved road and keep going. Suck? Not hardly. Very robust economy( we already lost our gm plant several years back) centered around the military(Tinker Air Force Base) and energy(oil and natural gas).We have NBA basketball with an up and coming team, don't be fooled by their record this year. We have triple A baseball, the big 12 conference baseball and softball tournaments every year, the womens college world series every year, OU and OSU football just a short trip up or down I-35. Sooner girls basketball final four, Sooner men final eight. So if you are a sports fan, you will love it here. McCain-well some of us might see that as a positive but we are willing to make room for those who see otherwise. And as far as moving to kansas city, well have fun in February when it is 60 here and 35 there- have a nice ride, and dltsdhyitaotwo.
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Oh yeah, Oklahoma's weather is so much better than Kansas City. I recall a blizzard in the middle of March that dropped 12 inches across the state. 3 weeks later, the Western half of the state was burning. Oh yeah, and we're in a drought. And last night we had baseball sized hail. Having lived on 3 continents, Oklahoma has the worst weather I have ever experienced.
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Blah blah blah. Nothing wrong with the weather here, except it's a little too windy. It just makes riding all the more challenging. And as for the hail, well, that's just another reason to wear your helmet....
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Originally Posted by n00bL35 View Post
Oh yeah, Oklahoma's weather is so much better than Kansas City. I recall a blizzard in the middle of March that dropped 12 inches across the state. 3 weeks later, the Western half of the state was burning. Oh yeah, and we're in a drought. And last night we had baseball sized hail. Having lived on 3 continents, Oklahoma has the worst weather I have ever experienced.
Yea kansas city has great weather- man I have spent some balmy nights in Arrowhead Stadium (what a pos btw) watching Big 12 football. Freezing in the winter, hot and humid in the summer. You can have it.
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How does freezing in winter and hot and humid in the summer not exactly describe Oklahoma?
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How does freezing in winter and hot and humid in the summer not exactly describe Oklahoma?
It does. It also describes many other states, as well as several other countries and parts of the world. I've come to terms with the fact that, no matter where you go, there'll be something you don't like about the weather sooner or later. Oklahoma may run the gamut, having just about every type of weather known to man, but at least we have SEASONS here. Hey, at least it's never boring.
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Oklahoma has two seasons. Bloody freezing and disgustingly hot like an orangutans butthole. That's it. For example, in mid march, it snowed Saturday, and was 80 degrees Sunday. No transition. Seasons. *scoff*
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Hey, I didn't say what ORDER the seasons came in. So we had winter on Saturday, then summer on Sunday. Out here, we've been having fire season, tornado season, monsoon season, dust bowl season, spring, and even some summer. And that's just this week. Ya gotta love it.
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Through the years, I have learned that whether people like a place is more dependent on the people than the place. Some people hate Colorado because it's too cold, some hate Texas because it's too hot, but a lot of us manage to enjoy ourselves and the places we're in, regardless of where that is.

I made a trip up to Lake Murray last fall, and really enjoyed my little ride around the lake. Story is here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=467651

Beaver's Bend Resort area is really nice, though I haven't cycled there. The Talimena Scenic Drive is pretty well known to cyclists, though not a very good single-speed area. But there should be lots of good cycling around. Get out and explore. Will you be anywhere close to Route 66? Go get some kicks there. My mom grew up in Hugo, and I've thought about riding from here to there. My cousin that got me started riding lives near Durant.

Anyone that thinks Oklahoma is flat hasn't been in that much of Oklahoma.
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a lot of us manage to enjoy ourselves and the places we're in, regardless of where that is.
I couldn't agree more. Oklahoma is so diverse, with plains, canyons, rolling hills, mountains, lakes, rivers, trees, etc. Depending on what you wanna experience, Oklahoma has just about everything if you'll get out there and find it.
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Baetis - We're glad to have you coming. PM me for my phone number, and I'd be glad to ride with you and Mrs. Baetis.

Bob The Nailer - I concur about OBS rides not being the most "spirited." You've suggested some great rides, to which I'd add the Tuesday/Thursday evening (6:30) rides from Edmond's Festival Marketplace at 1st & Broadway. It was formerly the "Al's Ride." Link: http://www.bikeedmond.org/LocalRides.html

As for you, NoobL35, in 90 minutes you went from "Welcome to the Sooner state" to "...don't move here. It sucks." Here are some things to keep you busy for the next eight months: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEEi8ylWACs And enjoy the price you get when selling your house, because you'll be one of very few in the country who sells a house in 2009/2010 who 1) can find a buyer; and 2) won't have to bring money to closing because of falling values. PM me for my phone number and I'll help you pack. Heck, I'll even drive you to the Kansas state line in January. Is New Year's Day good for you?
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Bob, Who do you ride with?

If you want a step up from the obs and not as intense as Bob's group then try the bike buddies. We are an MS 150 training club. We ride all the time. Tues, Wed and Thurs we meet at Lake Overholster for a 30+ mile ride at 6:00pm. Saturdays we meet at Oakdale for 50-60 mile ride. We have been starting around 9:00am on Saturdays. The hotter it gets the earlier we start on Saturdays. We have all levels of riders that come out. Check out our site and join our yahoo group to learn when the rides are. www.teambikebuddies.com If you are here May 23 then there will be the cool tour de meers ride http://tourdemeers.r8.org/ It is a couple of hours South of OKC.

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All you guys stfu.... I'm in Wisconsin and I'd gladly swap climates w/ Oklahoma! At least you can ride outside for the majority of the year there. If it weren't for my job/living situation I'd be back in a snap to deal with the Okie bi-polar/schizophrenic weather...I'll take tornadoes and fire over months of sub freezing (and I do mean SUB freezing) temps.
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Originally Posted by ShooterK2 View Post
Hey, I didn't say what ORDER the seasons came in. So we had winter on Saturday, then summer on Sunday. Out here, we've been having fire season, tornado season, monsoon season, dust bowl season, spring, and even some summer. And that's just this week. Ya gotta love it.
+1 You forgot wind season, which is pretty much all of spring. Living my whole life in OK, I definitely learned how to ride echelon on the road. If you can't do that, you're as good as dropped on a fast ride.
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Thanks everyone so far.

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So much misinformation, don't know where to begin. How much do you and wife ride? If you want a nice stroll, go with the obs, if you want a little more challenge, come meet with us on Tues/Wed night or Sat sun morning, we will do 50ish in the evenings and 70-80 on the weekend. We are not hammerheads, well at least most of us are not.
Thanks Bob. Now that ski season is approaching the end I'm trying to get back to my 100 mi/week avg. Would prefer a moderate 17-20 mph avg ride. My wife rides less but we just got a her a new bike (Roubaix Expert) and she is looking to ride the road more this year. Her preference is MTB.

[QUOTE=Sooner Rider] Baetis - We're glad to have you coming. PM me for my phone number, and I'd be glad to ride with you and Mrs. Baetis.[/QUOTE ]

I'll be in touch, thanks.

As far as OK goes, I enjoy going to visit. Some of the nicest people anywhere that I've ever met. I could do without the wind and the damn ice storms at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.
OU fan since BEFORE I met my wife. And before I met and talked to Sherri Coale. And I really like my in-laws.
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Hey Sooner Rider, I just answered a question with a little bit of info, then made a single light hearted jest at Oklahoma. I don't need to watch a propaganda film about Oklahoma. I also don't need to be lectured about home prices since I live in an apartment. Plus, anyone who tries to defend Oklahoma's weather as better than anywhere is deluded. Like I said, I live here, I've gone to school here and I work here. Chillax.
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Chad- I will pm you our riders, although to my knowledge none of them forum here I don't know they would want their name posted, as some of them are escaped felons. The weather in Oklahoma is better and worse than lots of other places, depending on what day it is. Unless you are lucky enough to live in Hawaii, or San Diego, or in one of those SoCal places where you can see the air, there are going to be good days and bad days everywhere. It is the people that make the place and ours are the best, no contest.
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I'll likely be going to OK to visit family in late July. This thread comes just in time - I'll be in Edmond, Shawnee and perhaps around Tenkiller - know of any other fast rides around Shawnee?
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As others have said, good rolling hills in the rural areas east of OKC and Edmond, especially in the area near the little town of Jones. Numerous loops from there to choose from. But they're not all hilly, there are flat loops to choose from also.

Most of the groups departing for Jones from Oakdale School are informal group rides and open to riders that ask to join.

If you're going to be near Tenkiller and you want some hills, you might consider going on up to the dam at the south end of Fort Gibson Lake. There's some mile long climbs there and a 19.2% grade near Sugar Mountain that will test you. I did a 50 mile loop there last weekend.

I guess our best hilly region is Talimena Drive in southeastern OK. Years ago, Car and Driver magazine identified it as one of the top 10 sports car roads in the US. The blacktop (State Highway 1) runs along the top of the mountain ridge line for 60 miles to Mena, AR. There is a loop called the Talimena Triple that has about 8000 ft of climbing over an 80 mile loop. You may want to swap out your cassette before venturing down there.

In OKC There's a MUP that provides about 25 miles of traffic free riding along both sides of the river that runs downtown. It's kinda new so there is VERY little traffic on it - you can even hammer it if you want. There are two lakes in town with road/MUP combos, that although crowded, are still very popular.

Plenty to choose from.

I'd be happy to email some route maps if you're interested.

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Actually its Talihena triple, Joe, and it is happening this weekend for me, hope it doesn't rain too much. Basically starts in Talihena, over the first half of talimena drive, which is a real beeyotch, lots of >10% grades. After about 20 miles you turn south towards Octavia, over a climb called three sticks which is about 4 miles but not as steep as Talimena. Then west from octavia to honobi(watch out for bigfoot). the climb up to honobi is six miles with three nasty false summits which convince you you are at the top only to break you heart when you see that you are not. From there its all downhill back to talihena. great ride. If anyone is familiar with the PAC tour(Pacific Atlantic Coast tour) either last year or this year it comes through oklahoma and does the full talimena drive, all the way from talihena to mena ark. Supposedly that is the most difficult segment of the entire trip.
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Bob - I was wondering what club you ride with. No individual names need to be posted.

We are riding Talimena this weekend. I think we are doing just the big cedar loop. We are staying at the Kiamichi Inn .
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