Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run over

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Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run over

Postby TwoWheels » Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:46 pm

Hi, I am thinking about buying a road bike or hybrid. I want to learn to ride the long rides. Can't really do that on a trail, and I don't want to ride down the side of a mountain. Is there anywhere I can ride in Cobb on the road or something paved and it be long enough for it to be worth the trouble? Thanks for any help.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby ScubaCruz » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:35 am

If not your local bikeshop's schedule ride, then check these sites for group rides (to get familiar with the area by following others lead). Getting started on the road years ago, we did a lot of Silver Comet riding, then some local shop rides and lots of riding from the Anhueser Bush Plant (BUD PLANT) in Cartersville off I-75. Strongly suggest getting to know your local shop, or two, for assistance and guidance.

Silver Comet -- http://www.silvercometga.com/index.shtml

Official Silver Comet site with other PATHS in metro Atlanta -- http://pathfoundation.org/

Site/forum I like for road stuff -- http://atlbike.org/index.php

Another forum (actual club) roadies mostly -- http://www.bikesbl.org/

Trish's site list tons of rides, races and routes for road, mtn, cyclecross, velodrone & more -- http://www.sadlebred.com/

A great local ladies' club/site -- http://www.sorellacycling.com/
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby chromohero » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:39 am

The woods.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby k2biker » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:00 pm

I've done multiple routes all over Cobb Cty for the last decade and never got run over. Just don't ride in the dark without bright lights -- front and rear -- and obey traffic laws. That has done me well for years.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby Sadlebred » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:55 pm

Road riding? Get a road bike, not a hybrid.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby TwoWheels » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:30 pm

Well, I didn't know there were so many mountain biking places available. I live near Allatoona and saw the Allatoona Creek, but I did want to ride on the road because I didn't think I'd get there enough. Also, because I'm trying to be fit I thought I could ride on the road anytime.

Thanks for all the links.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby joelfehrman » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:01 pm

One of the benefits of road riding is that often the road is dry when the trails aren't, and Allatoona is one of the last to dry out due to the high clay content of the soil there. This is especially true this time of year and early summer when there seems to be an afternoon shower more often than not. There are many times when I find myself substituting a road ride for mountain biking due to wet trail conditions.

To answer your original question, I think you will be much more comfortable road riding if you go out with an experienced rider and learn to ride with traffic. As Charles mentioned following the rules of the road will help to keep you safe, but there is also a lot of "tribal knowledge" that you'd be better off learning from experienced riders to make you more safe and predictable (i.e. when to take the lane, when to ride to the front of traffic at a light, etc.). I think a couple escorted rides will be a big benefit to you. And finally, don't get discouraged when some road rager honks or yells at you because they don't know/respect the rules of the road. It comes with the territory. I stopped wearing my jersey with my school's logo because it was clearly drawing unwanted reactions :evil:
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby TwoWheels » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:08 pm

So should I have two bikes then? I'd like to do both kinds.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby kevrider » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:18 pm

TwoWheels wrote:So should I have two bikes then?

as a minimum. :thumbup:
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby TwoWheels » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:31 pm

kevrider wrote:
TwoWheels wrote:So should I have two bikes then?

as a minimum. :thumbup:


Well, I guess I better pick then because one bike for now.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby grog » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:39 pm

While, yes, a specific road bike and a specific mountain bike are ideal, for someone just starting, you can get by with a mountain bike and a set of slicks. That's what I did for the first five years I rode.

Go for a mountain bike - you CAN ride it on the road right off the bat - and get the most bike for the buck you can afford (i.e. if you have $250 to spend, get as much bike for $250 as you can as opposed to a $200 bike and $50 in slicks). You can pick slicks up later and change the tires out when you want to ride road or do what I did - pick up a spare set of wheels and just swap the wheels out (easier than swapping tires). Again, not ideal and there are negatives to that as well but it'll get you by until you are sure you're into biking and can scrape up more money.

Just my $.02 . . . others (likely) feel differently.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby TwoWheels » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:42 pm

Would you get a straight metal fork or the suspension one? No disc brakes okay?
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby DrDanBatchelor » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:23 am

You need 5 bikes.
Tandem
FS mountain bike
HT mountain bike
7 speed Beach cruiser
Road Bike
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby trhoppe » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:48 am

Buy a hardtail 29er mountain bike. Don't worry about slicks and all that, you're "training" not trying to race and go faster. You'll go faster by getting in shape.

You'll burn through your knobbies quicker by being on the road, no big deal, tires are $40 each new, and $20 on here from someone. You'll still get a year out of them even riding all the time on the road.

Ride in neighborhoods, ride all the cool dirt up in Marietta area, and hit the silver comet. Once you're in shape and addicted to biking, buy a real road bike and get in on some shop group rides. Hybrid bikes are useless.
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Re: Where can a new rider ride in Cobb County & not get run

Postby Tweety » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:28 pm

trhoppe wrote:Buy a hardtail 29er mountain bike. Don't worry about slicks and all that, you're "training" not trying to race and go faster. You'll go faster by getting in shape.

You'll burn through your knobbies quicker by being on the road, no big deal, tires are $40 each new, and $20 on here from someone. You'll still get a year out of them even riding all the time on the road.

Ride in neighborhoods, ride all the cool dirt up in Marietta area, and hit the silver comet. Once you're in shape and addicted to biking, buy a real road bike and get in on some shop group rides. Hybrid bikes are useless.


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