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Charlotte NC Bike Highlights?(8 posts)

Charlotte NC Bike Highlights?msmootsiemartin
Oct 15, 2003 5:16 PM
We're heading to Charlotte to celebrate Thanksgiving. Not being too familiar with the area and having a few days to spare is there anything in or near town that we need to check out? Any interesting shops, outlets, manufacturers, etc that we should see?
re: Charlotte NC Bike Highlights?astrobiker
Oct 15, 2003 6:23 PM
I was in Raliegh back in May and got is some nice riding. NC has a good DOT website that has lots of cycling route maps thoughout the state. You can order them for free. The maps are not really very good, frankly, but they will get you close. Some of the individual counties have really good maps. Do a google search to find the sites.
re: Charlotte NC Bike Highlights?ridgerider
Oct 15, 2003 7:35 PM
If the weather's nice and time permits, head for the hills northwest of Charlotte for some fine riding. The Boone area and the foothills below have challenging routes with great scenery. http://blueridgebiking.tripod.com
re: Charlotte NC Bike Highlights?gf99
Oct 16, 2003 3:59 AM
If you're thinking about riding, check out:
www.tarheelcyclists.org - road - some good routes listed
www.tarheeltrailblazers.com - mtb
You can rent mountain bikes at www.southparkcycles.com.

For things to do, Discovery Place and the Mint Museum of Craft & Design downtown are good choices for visitors. The IMAX at Disovery Place currently has a show call Top Speed which has a mtb downhill racing segment featuring Marla Streb (drool).

If shopping is your thing, go to the enormous Concord Mills mall for a mix of regular and outlet stores as well as several entertainment options. More upscale shopping can be found at SouthPark Mall or Philips Place.

There are good eats to be found all over.

A trip to the mountains as someone else suggested is never a bad option, but if you're here for the Thanksgiving/relatives circuit, I'm guessing you'd be looking to stay closer to town. There's some good hiking and rock climbing nearby at Crowders Mtn state park (exit 13 off I-85).
Couple of things........abicirider
Oct 16, 2003 4:04 AM
If you have kids (which I don't) you may want to go to the Discovery Place in uptown charlotte kind like a Science Tech museum type place the kids would love it, If you are a NASCAR Fan (which Iam not) you need to go to Mooresville exit 36 off I-77 that is where all the race teams have their shops, Concord Mills Mall is the big shopping center outlet, Carrowwinds the amusement park about 20 south of charlotte in Rock Hill, SC will be closed for the season I think, as far as riding be careful the roads in the charlotte areand nearby surrounding areas lack shoulders as a whole due to the hard winter lastt year many of the roads are still in pretty bad shape with pot holes.
If you are interested you can email me at
uscfmasters@netzero.com I can give you some riding cue sheets where the roads are not traveled much, also a couple of rides a couple hours north of charlotte in the foothill near wilkesboro and Brushy Mountain.
The big Bike supplier located in Charlotte is Gita Sports
If you want more info you can email me I live in Mooresville,NC but never ride in Mooresville.
You May want to check out Lake Norman and Duke Power State Park if the weather is fair.
Enjoy your stay.
Be Safe Out On THe Roads!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Foregot one good bike related place....abicirider
Oct 16, 2003 4:15 AM
its a little drive about 2 hours but you may want to check out Defeet they are located off I-40 west just past hickory, NC on Fridays from 11-5 they open their dicount outlet shop seconds overrunns etc socks 5.00 pair other stuff 50% off retail you can go to their web site.
Ray Still
re: Charlotte NC Bike Highlights?Sadlebred
Oct 16, 2003 4:36 AM
For the mtb scene, check out www.smallbrowndog.com.
potterstarwheel
Oct 16, 2003 5:06 AM
If you don't mind driving an hour or so, there are a ton of small potters in the Seagrove area, off Interstate 73/74 and south of Asheboro. Families in this area have been making pottery for generations, and there are small pottery studios all over the place. There's a pottery museum in "downtown" Seagrove where you can get a map with locations of all the potters. You can easily spend a day here driving around to different pottery studios, with wide variations in styles. Good prices at lots of the places. It's a fun, offbeat way to spend a day.

The NC Zoo is close to Seagrove as well. It's a nice outdoor habitat zoo. Also in that area is the Uwharrie National Forest, which has lots of hiking and mountain bike trails. Another nice place to hike is South Mountains State Park, northwest of Charlotte.