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Old 12-24-12, 10:50 AM
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Relocating to Kyle/San Marcos Area

Hi,

I will soon relocate to the Kyle area, and ride a road bike- but I'm used to riding on nice, flat bike paths. I don't mind street riding if the shoulder is wide and clean enough.

Can anyone recommend any good 'after work' style flatter road rides, 10-15 miles or so, in the Kyle/Buda/San Marcos area?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by SHV
Hi,

I will soon relocate to the Kyle area, and ride a road bike- but I'm used to riding on nice, flat bike paths. I don't mind street riding if the shoulder is wide and clean enough.

Can anyone recommend any good 'after work' style flatter road rides, 10-15 miles or so, in the Kyle/Buda/San Marcos area?

Thanks!
East of I-35 is considerably flatter than the West side which is where most of the contours are. With that said, there's nothing too hilly. The first place I would ride is River Road. Park in the Gruene city lot and head out. It's beautiful riding along the river and even though there isn't a shoulder I've found traffic to be super patient and accommodating even in the busiest time of year. There are some dips and humps but it's very manageable elevation wise.

https://app.strava.com/activities/7270458

There are a couple of rides I have done in the East section which were very flat and went around farmland. It was basically devoid of traffic with very smooth and clean roads. I posted a thread about it here:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...cos?highlight=

I really love riding and spending time in this area and I think you've picked a wonderful place to live. The drivers are incredibly friendly and the views are just wonderful year round. On top of that, Austin is just 30 minutes away and that's a whole different world of fantastic cycling.
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SHV- I'm not familiar with that area, but I will point out that the best riding in the general area tends to be on FM roads and sometimes paved county roads. Roads with a good shoulder tend to be the busier roads, and in a lot of cases, the shoulders are really not very good riding. Some of the FM roads are busier (or even freeways!) around urban areas, but if you pick the right roads farther out, you can have lots of good riding with minimal traffic. The county roads tend to be iffier in terms of pavement condition and are usually harder to string together in a continuous route.

When I first started riding in my area, I started riding with a local bike shop ride, and one benefit of that was they normally did a route that I wouldn't have thought of, which is still my main riding area.
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There are several bike clubs that could help you out. The San Antonio Wheelmen might be a good one to start with. https://www.sawheelmen.com/ You can catch news on rides in the area at www.texbiker.net.
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Thanks all! I appreciate the information.

Alpha_bravo, if I wanted to pick up river road for short after-work rides in San Marcos, where would I park and begin? I believe that your pix say that you started that way that day, due to a cold front?
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Originally Posted by SHV
Thanks all! I appreciate the information.

Alpha_bravo, if I wanted to pick up river road for short after-work rides in San Marcos, where would I park and begin? I believe that your pix say that you started that way that day, due to a cold front?
Apologies for the late reply, I just saw this post.

The best bet would simply be to drive down to Gruene and park in the lot there. From San Marcos, there really isn't a short way to get down to River Road. However, for days when you have a bit more time, the ride down Hunter road (which we did that day) is very manageable and will take you right there. But that will add about 20 miles to your trip.
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I haven't found a lot of roads with wide shoulders other than busy high speed roads like Hunter Lane. Going north from San Marcos on Post Road will get you to 5 Mile Dam where the road is very nice for cycling, but only about 2 miles with a wide shoulder. Crossing over IH-35 at Yarrington Road puts you on a loop with no shoulder, but very little traffic. Or, continue past 5 Mile Dam and take Stagecoach Road into Kyle before returning to San Marcos. That is a very popular bicycle route and the locals are used to seeing lots of cyclists on the roads there.
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