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Help, New to North Carolina,..where to ride?(9 posts)

Help, New to North Carolina,..where to ride?bdacaret
Jan 15, 2002 1:12 PM
Hi, I live in Huntersville, recently moved from California. I started road riding after being a mbiker, and love it,...just gotta know one thing,...where can I ride around here? I have already tried the business park,...but that's all I know,..any suggestions?

re: Help, New to North Carolina,..where to ride?Ray Still
Jan 15, 2002 3:58 PM
I live just up the street from you in mooresville. Best thing is Email me at or
There are a lot of good places to ride starting in spring vey fast group ride tues thur nights 6pm Cashions market@115is meeting place.
again email me and I can give you a bunch of ride info
I moved here from Orange County CA (Costa Mesa) about 9 years ago .
Charlotte area is awesome for road ridingashleyrenfroe
Jan 15, 2002 7:02 PM
We (a group of guys and gals) do some riding during the week on Selwyn and Queens Rd. West, right in town. Asl any bike shop in Charlotte about "the Loop" on Selwyn Ave. I can give you better directions if you need them.

The Bus. Park is good, and so is Colony Road, which actually has a lengthy bike lane on it.

If you are into Mountain bikes, try Poplar tent road off of I-85 near you, or Francis Beatty Park in South Charlotte of Weddington Road.
re: Help, New to North Carolina,..where to ride?Trent in WA
Jan 15, 2002 10:06 PM
You've moved, more or less, to my home region. I was born in Kannapolis, and though it's been a loooooong time since I lived or rode there, there's a lot of good riding in the region if you like rolling hills. Plus, the drivers tend to be pretty polite. You will get a can chucked at you now and then, but they're usually empty.

When you start feeling bike-shop starved, check out one called The Right Gear. Located in a very unlikely-looking strip mall between Kannapolis and Concord, TRG would be a jewel of a shop in a much larger area. Never in a million years would I have thought my poor little mill town home would support a high-zoot bikestuff dealer. They're good.

Trent in WA,
formerly of Kannapolis, NC
web linkstarwheel
Jan 16, 2002 5:57 AM
Here is a web page that has links to all the bike clubs in NC. There are several in your area. It also has links to the NC DOT's calendar of century rides and other big events.
Head for the hills!ridgerider
Jan 16, 2002 9:55 AM
There are some country roads in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell County where you live that should be good for riding. Many of these roads are carrying a lot more traffic than they did just a few years ago, so pick your riding time carefully. Cool Breeze Cyclery in Mooresville may have some ideas of routes for you. I bought a bike there last year and they were very helpful.

You are living in the Piedmont area of North Carolina which has gently rolling terrain. Do you have an interest in anything more challenging? You are an hour or two away from some excellent mountain road riding that would be great on a weekend. The Boone-Blowing Rock area is great during warmer weather. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the many lightly travelled secondary roads will give you lots of riding options. During the winter, riding in Alexander and Wilkes Counties in the Brushy Mountain range is very pleasant and you won't see many cars, either. The scenery, the workout on the uphills and the sheer exhiliaration on the descents will make it worth the trip.
NC riders, have you ridden Maggie Valley area near Waynesville?Tig
Jan 16, 2002 10:20 AM
I have inlaws that live in Maggie Valley, which I've heard is quite beautiful and full of steep roads. ANY info would be useful.
re: Help, New to North Carolina,..where to ride?Kurt H
Jan 16, 2002 12:22 PM
Yep, I live in Charlotte (near the Mount Holly end of town -your end) and there is plenty of room to ride. I rode up into Huntersville just the other day. Get a copy of the local Bicycle Suitability Map. Most of the bike stores carry them. Take everything on the map with a grain of salt, but it's pretty accurate in terms of traffic forecasts. I think you'll find that Huntersville and Davidson have a lot of lightly travelled, high quality roads. I'm slow, but e-mail me at I'll be happy to help you find some places to go.
Thanks everyone! I am headed out to ride now!!! nmbdacaret
Jan 17, 2002 8:40 AM