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Old 06-18-05, 04:04 PM
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philly ---> new orleans

hey, i'm moving from philly to nola the first week in july. just wondering who's repping that far south and any reco for good LBSs, weekly rides, that kind of thing. peace.
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i'm moving to nola in august to live with my girlfriend. see you there.
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Old 06-18-05, 11:53 PM
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i was there a few weeks ago and the ground was steaming...have fun getting used to that humidity
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I visited nola for the first time a couple of months ago and fell in love with the place. I'm envious.

I believe there's a guy name "nolageek" that rides a sweet Biacnchi fixed gear in nola. Not sure I've seen him around as much lately, of course I haven't been around as much as I once was.

Enjoy your life in the big easy.
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i grew up in louisiana, baton rouge mostly and new orleans a bit. new orleans is one of the worst cities ever for bike riding. cars are nuts there. it's a great city though, as long as you can keep yourself from drinking to death at the bars which are open 24/7. avoid bourbon st.

a really nice ride is down river road, the road that follows the mississippi river. it's pretty curvy so it's not highly trafficked by cars and it's very scenic. watch out though cause the cars on it can be prett dangerous due to their low # and their belief that this means they can drive 70mph down this curvy road.

there's a bike collective called <a href="http://planb.bikeproject.org/">Plan-B</a> that's pretty rad, and there's a bike shop nearby in the french quarter that's pretty good, staffed by good folks, but i can't remember the shop name or the location. if you go to Plan-B they should be able to tell you cause shelley from the bike co-op works at the shop. she also publisher a rad biking zine called chainbreaker.
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oh, NOLA also has some of the worst roads (not as bad as NYC for the most part though) and highest # of deaths and injuries due to dooring according to some website i saw.
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Not many good bike shops here I am afraid. GNO Cyclery is pretty good and the owner is a nice guy. Another one that is ok is Adam's Cycleworld or something like that but I quit using them do to the very small selection of items in the store. Riding here is ok there is a good path along the river for training during the week and if you are willing to take an hour drive there are some nice rides across the lake. When riding on the road be very careful people here just do not look for bikes.
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i'm from new orleans.

its crap for cycling. roads are terrible, and drivers aren't afraid to run you off the road. dont even try vehicular cycling or anything like that. only real place to semi-ride is on the levee (like mattc and evannyc said). there are some good but short trails near baton rouge (the lakes!) and in mississippi though.
where will you live?
adam's bike shop near tulane is definitely one of the best around; i'm not a fan of gno. they have a schwinn store in metairie too.
always wear sunscreen.
and you should maybe pm rainman and nolageek because they both live there and can give you good tips because they actually live there AND ride.
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wow, thanks a lot, i guess. i'd love to know where you got those dooring statistics from.
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Originally Posted by beatifik
i'm moving to nola in august to live with my girlfriend. see you there.
cool man.
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East Bank Cyclery is the old Schwinn place, but a pain to get to if you live in the city. Also Bayou Cycles is not bad. And I have to repeat do not try to take your lane and such in this city. Other than that it is not to bad but you do have to lookout where you go and avoid some areas for your own personal safety. I had a friend get knocked off his bike with a brick.
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really depends on where you live, but a bike shouldnt be your sole source of transportation in NO (nor would i complement bike with public transportation)

and guard your bike as you would your crack

and for weekly rides, check gno but its mostly roadie action, and some mtb/trail rides in other circles.
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New Orleans here as well. My favorite LBS is Bayou Bicycles, although I don't stop in as much as I did before I moved closer to Adams Bicycle World.

What areas do y'all live in? Uptown/Broadmoor area here. Would be nice to see some other fixies rolling around.. I've seen a few in the Marigny, but that's it.

And yes, watch your bike at all times! Had one stolen a month or so ago.
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