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Cycling at the Outer Banks(14 posts)

Cycling at the Outer Bankspmf1
Apr 30, 2003 8:32 AM
I'm taking a week vacation at the Outer Banks next week. Anyone know what the riding is like there? I've been once before for a few days and found the roads on the island itself to be not the best (no shoulders, lots of traffic). I did a century several years ago (Tour of the Aligator) on the mainland near there that was very nice -- good, lightly travelled roads.

Anyone have suggestions? Laying on the beach all day bores the hell out of me.
I did it a few years ago...Gregory Taylor
Apr 30, 2003 8:45 AM
Rented a house in Kitty Hawk, and brought a bike. Not really a great place to ride. The island is long and narrow, so the beach front road is pretty much your best bet for stringing together a ride. Windy, sandy, and lots of nasty thorns blowing around. Flats were common.

You have to check out the Wright Brothers museum at Kitty Hawk. Very neat. It's a good place to use as a destination -- there is a loop that circles around Kill Devil Hill and the Wright memorial that probably has the best pavement on the island. There are also bathrooms, etc.

I didn't try out the roads down near Hatteras. Those might be better.
re: Cycling at the Outer Banksbrurider
Apr 30, 2003 8:49 AM
I've spent a week there every summer for awhile and have taken the cycle for about 6 years. We stay at Corolla so my options were always to go south or go south. THe shoulders in some areas aren't the best north of Duck but what are you gonna do? I've never let it stop me. One option is to get off the main drag and head to the streets that are closer to the ocean. Near Whalehead you have a few miles you can do that, and south of the bridge at Kitty Hawk I believe you can go quite a way rding over by the ocean. I would think traffic wouldn't be too bad this time of year. I always look forward to that week at OBX, just frying in the sun and riding to my hearts content. Enjoy.
Rent a surf board or windsurfer. . .js5280
Apr 30, 2003 8:57 AM
Some of the best surf/windsurf spots on the east coast! Use those arms for a change. ;-) Used to travel to OBX from Va. Beach because of the good breaks they have there. 2nd visiting Kitty Hawk for the Wright brothers exhibit. Technically cycling related too ;-)
(shouldve refreshed my screen before I posted). on obx....Steve_0
Apr 30, 2003 9:19 AM
Va beach to OBX? You had it good. We did AC, NJ to OBX about every third weekend in high-school. Leave 3:00 pm right from school, get in around 11. Leave Monday morning at 3:00 am and go right to the school lockeroom to shower (greatly needed after a weekend at Frisko woods with nothing but the 4 b's (bread, butter, beans, beer).

Ahhhh. highschool. I'd break if I tried something like that now.

Good to see some other watermen here.
Apr 30, 2003 9:14 AM
why lay on the beach all day? CH has the best waves on the east coast. Bring your board. If you dont have one, pick up a cheap boogie-board. Bodysurf; anything.

Dont like surfing ? Bring a fishing rod; short ride to the cont. shelf from the OB. Nothing like deep-sea fishing without the 4 hour boat ride the rest of the coast has.

Still bored?, venture up to kittyhawk and take some hang-gliding lessons. Winsurfing in the OB ICW is unparalleled.

Bike? If you have time to bike, then you dont know how to vacation. Leave it home, t will still be there when you get back. I promise.
Apr 30, 2003 10:52 AM
Every year I take a bike vacation. I've ridden across Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Colorado, Iowa, Tuscany, etc. I love a bike vacation. Maybe you should try it sometime.

My wife is 7.5 months pregnant, so we can't do that this year. If I could get a couple of hours worth of riding in everyday, there is plenty of time to do other things too.
Dont get me wrong...Steve_0
Apr 30, 2003 12:07 PM
ive biked through Novia Scotia, Fl, and costa rica twice. Nothing wrong with a bike vacation; but renting a house in duck or CH is hardly a bike vacation. Forget the bike; try something new.

FWIW; If there were waves every day, i wouldnt even own a bike.

Congrats on the baby. We're 7 weeks into our new addition. Life is good.
not the besttarwheel
Apr 30, 2003 9:16 AM
To ride any distance on the OB, you're only option is NC Hwy 12, which runs the length of the banks. It's heavily traveled with narrow shoulders. Traffic is particularly bad on weekends. If you've got time, a better option is to drive to the mainland and cycle some of the backroads along the "inner coastline." Check out the website for the bike club that sponsors the Tarwheel Century in Elizabeth City. They have some good routes posted there. I'll try to find you a link. (nm)tarwheel
Apr 30, 2003 9:19 AM
Apr 30, 2003 10:54 AM
Thats what I had in mind.

I did the tarwheel century years ago.
It's ok, if you manage your expectations.djg
Apr 30, 2003 9:21 AM
You can definitely do a bit of cycling. But it's not what you'd call cycling heaven.

We've always stayed around Duck. From slightly south of Duck running north, you have pretty good shoulder to ride on for a bit (as well as bike path right around the town of Duck itself), as well as a stretch without any shoulder at all. Traffic during the week seems fine; on weekends it can be a disaster. It's mostly pretty darn flat. I've driven further south, but I've never ridden there. As for cycling in the region where I've done it, I'd put it like this: if you want to do a bit of riding during the week--for a change of pace, for some exercise, for a chance to turn the pedals--it's just fine. Flat, but fine. You can ride up to Carolla Light, trudge up the lighthouse steps and enjoy the view, and turn around. If you'll be happy (or happier) with four, flat, 20-30 mile rides, you should absolutely bring your bike. I've always been glad I did. If you are looking for long rides and challenging terrain, forget it. Or explore the mainland. The outer banks (or at least the northern end) are not the place for a cycling vacation.
Outer banks...tbsbiker
Apr 30, 2003 9:56 AM
I;ve been there several times...I no longer bring the bike, instead I bring only my pedals, helmet and some gear. I have been renting a hybred and making the necessary adjustments so I can be at least somewhat comfortable on it..get out early, head north or south early before the wind kicks up...found it not worth the dough to transport the good bike to and fro....peter
re: Cycling at the Outer BanksVikingbiker7
Apr 30, 2003 11:04 AM
Remember to eat at Awful Arthur's, if I remember correctly it is in Kitty Hawk.