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Warning Atlanta cyclistniteschaos
Oct 4, 2002 10:28 AM
Riding in Altanta you learn to accept certain truths.
1. The road will kill your equipment long before the experation date.
2. The idiots behind the wheel will kill you long before your experation date.

But what I can't accept is how awful the shops are in Atlanta. I went to the largest chain, "Atlanta Cycling", and got awful service and overcharged on a chain. I am now boycotting "Intown Cycles" (the mechanics don't even know how to true a wheel) and "Atlanta Cycling" (the mechanic stratched my frame after ripping the chain off in the process of shortening it).

Don't go to:
1. Atlanta Cycling (Vinings Branch)
2. In Town Cycling

What other shops should I add to my list? What shops are great and should be commended?
question for atlanta riders re: turkey day mountain climbJS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 10:33 AM
i'll be in tha hotlanta hizzo for turkey day, and would like a safe place to park and a nice place to start/route for the ride up jack's gap to brasstown bald, to summit brasstown bald, and return. i'm thinking maybe 25-35 miles.

routes/advice/suggestions/partners appreciated. i'm thinking the day before turkey day, or perhaps turkey day early, or perhaps the day after. i'll be staying in peachtree city, so there'll be a little drive involved on my part.

TIA and ta-ta,

don't know what i'm doing for turkey day_rt_
Oct 4, 2002 11:03 AM
yet but i'll be working the day before and the day after. i might be up for a ride the day of, though.

you skinny climbers...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 11:14 AM
...might be encumbered waiting for us "sprinters". LOL.

sounds good. just lemmie know.

Oct 4, 2002 11:18 AM
i'll drop you a line closer to turkey day.

question for atlanta riders re: turkey day mountain climbdave_w
Oct 4, 2002 11:15 AM
Hmmm, good shops... The best stores by reputation seem to be in N. Ga., Cartecay Bicycle Shop in Ellijay and whatever the shop is in Jasper. I had a very good experience with the purchase of a bike from Galyans in town. I don't take my bikes to the shop for service so all I have experience with is purchases.
I live in Peachtree City and might be up for Brasstown. I have ridden 6 Gap a couple of times but only once, in training, turned up the Brasstown road to get a feel...the feel was STEEP. That's one that a triple might be the best choice for. Parking down toward Helen might be good. Where Alt 75 meets 75/17 is a convenient spot, but you would need to climb Unicoi gap then Jacks to get to the Brasstown Bald road. Distance would probably be in the 35ish range.
question for atlanta riders re: turkey day mountain climbJS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 11:26 AM
35ish round-trip or 35ish one way?

unicoi, then jack's, then brasstown sounds fine. what goes up must come down.

FYI, brasstown = 18% average for 2.7 miles, and is the highest point in GA. you guys probably know this, but word to those who don't.

dave, let's coordinate via e-mail as the date draws closer, if you're interested. the actual day of "turkey day" is looking good, since _rt_'s calendar is coolio for the 28th. e-me =

Oct 4, 2002 12:11 PM
in case i have a senior moment and forget to drop you a line, you can find me at:

got it. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 12:16 PM
hey rt ...bianchi boy
Oct 4, 2002 6:42 PM
Do you work at CDC? My sister has worked there for about 25+ years, and my niece just started working their this year. Anne Mather and Maggie Kelly.
question for atlanta riders re: turkey day mountain climbtarwheel
Oct 4, 2002 11:28 AM
Haiku -- I'll be up in the N Georgia mountains (Clayton) visiting family over Thanksgiving weekend. I would be up for a ride on Friday or Saturday after Turkeyday. Thanksgiving Day I'll be tied up with family obligations, but might be able to squeeze in a ride in the Clayton area. Friday would probably work out best, though.

I can investigate routes in the meantime. It can be pretty chilly up there in late November, particularly if you are climbing Brasstown Bald. I brought my mountain bike last year and had to really dress up to keep warm, even riding much slower on dirt roads and trails at much lower elevations than Brasstown. You probably don't want to plan an early morning ride either, for that reason. However, you never know about the weather up there -- it could be sunny and warm too. By the way, you probably know it, but that's a pretty long drive from Peachtree City.

If you're not deadset on climbing Brasstown, there are other nice options in the area. I used to ride a lot around Lake Burton, about a 30-mile loop, which has a lot of long climbs, nice banked curves and views of the lake. The Sautee Valley area also is very nice, much flatter and very scenic, but you want to avoid Helen like the plague (unless it's for beer drinking).

Send me an email:
...e-mail on its way...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 11:38 AM
dahlonega looks like the halfway point betwixt PC and Clayton...actually, shorter on your side and longer on mine (grin). 136 miles from PC to Clayton...ouch.

i'm dead set on climbing brasstown, but not stuck on that being the only ride i do whilst there. BB would be a good ride for turkey day, tho, since i'm going to have to earn those calories. i should be free to catch a ride (BB) on turkey day, and (other) friday or saturday.

to put it another way,

rides = ([turkey day]=BB) and ([(friday) or (saturday)]=other)


we'll be in dawsonville on friday, so that's also an option...
hey, JS. . .Mike P
Oct 4, 2002 4:12 PM
I might be up for that if you don't mind a couple more wheels. I can get down there from Chatt. fairly quick. Let me know if it's ok to tag along even if I can't drink as much beer as I used to.


the more the merrier...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 7, 2002 4:36 AM
...i'll e-you as the day draws closer...
$4 per <b>foot</b> for cable housing...._rt_
Oct 4, 2002 11:01 AM
is the going rate at shops in atlanta!!! for something that i KNOW doesn't cost them more than about 15 cents per foot.

i've yet to find a decent shop around the midtown area, but if anyone knows of any i'd love to hear!!

is Intown cycles the one on Monroe? if so, they were so rude to me that i refuse to ever step foot in there again.

however, i have to say that the guys at the shop (i don't remember the name of the shop, sorry) on Peachtree near the Linens & Things in Buckhead were very nice. i didn't have any work done there though.

Wonderful world of markupPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 4, 2002 5:44 PM
I briefly worked at an electronics store last year and big tickets were marked up at most around 10%... yet the tiny things like stereo wire, connectors and that kinda stuff were marked up the opposite. At times to 1000%. Generally it seems the smaller it is the higher the markup. Then again its supply vs. demand. If noone bought these things at such high markups they wouldn't be able to mark them up. So the consumer is to blame for not bitching and complaining. But at the same time $1 per foot is still reasonable because having to stock it and all of that stuff does take effort on their part and they are in retail.

you are correct...CrazyMan
Oct 5, 2002 8:55 PM
atlanta cycling sucks!!!!
cut my steerer too short...bastards.
buckhead bikes is expensive but decent though.
and riding sucks here....ontario is much nicer.