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Old 09-11-11, 07:31 AM
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Cycling in Cincinnati

I'm going to Cincinnati tomorrow for a week. From where I live it's actually shorter to drive than fly because of layovers so I decided to drive which means I can bring my bike. Any locals on the forum can give me tips on where to ride?
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I used to live in Mt Adams, if you get a chance go up Monastery St. It is kinda short, but it will test your climbing skills. Rt 52 follows the river and is a nice ride. Downtown and the UC area have become more bike friendly, but traffic can be heavy. Mt Airy Forest and surroundings are good.
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I lived in Mt Adams on a work assignment from 2005 to 2008. I got very familiar doing hill climbs in and around the Mt Adams area.

Some great riding is in/around Eden Park and the Art Museum, Monastery, Elsinore and Hill Street makes for a short route but full of stiff climbs and not for the faint of heart. The view of the city and all surroundings is great from the edge of Eden Park and also from the southern clifftop of Mt Adams.

For more cruise type rides long ventures down Riverside, near the old muni airport and both sides of the river heading north and south into Ky are a great time too.
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Depending on where you are based while your there, check this out, https://www.ohioslargestplayground.co...FcTBKgodp3XZxA The trail goes from very close to the Ohio River all the way north to London, Ohio.
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Cool, thanks all. I've been to Cincinnati for work years ago right on the Ohio (was doing bridge inspections) and I had no idea there were killer hills there. Interesting. I take it they are short and steep.
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Yep, short and steep. Monastery for example in under a 1/4 mile has about a 300 foot gain. I would not recommend going down it until you have seen the street. It has a bend to the left and the road narrows quickly. I saw a couple of really nasty accidents with cyclist failing to negotiate the curve. One guy hit a garage door doing about 45mph, while another plowed into the rear of a parked car.
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Yes, short as in less than 1/2 mile each but some IIRC hover between 10 and 12 percent grade. People look at you funny when you are on the bike heading up them. LOL
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Originally Posted by kaliayev View Post
Yep, short and steep. Monastery for example in under a 1/4 mile has about a 300 foot gain. I would not recommend going down it until you have seen the street. It has a bend to the left and the road narrows quickly. I saw a couple of really nasty accidents with cyclist failing to negotiate the curve. One guy hit a garage door doing about 45mph, while another plowed into the rear of a parked car.
Yikes! Yeah I'll be bringing my cyclocross bike too with the underpowered cantilever brakes so caution will be used.
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What part of town are you staying?
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mikehatten I am on 6th and Race st. right now. Gotta love a street named Race makes me want to go! Think I'll just ride down to the river nd then up to Edan id possible.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
Yikes! Yeah I'll be bringing my cyclocross bike too with the underpowered cantilever brakes so caution will be used.
and while youre at it - if you go down monastery, avoid this little gem...got my front wheel caught in it during a night ride and promptly hit the deck

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll...82.39,,0,35.99
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I miss Cincinnati. I moved away before I started cycling and all I can think about is riding from Northside up Ashtree, then to Hamilton and on up the hill to the Mt Healthy coffee shop. Living in the flat land really makes you appreciate the hills.
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Sorry for the late reply, here is a good route guide for biking in Cincinnati. The red routes can be very treacherous due to fast cars and narrow, curvy lanes, especially at rush hour and after dark.
https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/bikes/bike_maps.html
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there is also a good, lightly travelled MUP that starts around milford and heads up north 50-80 miles (with some road sections). It is an old rail bed, and so pretty flat, but great scenery and decent pavement.
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