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Old 05-29-2011, 07:08 PM
 
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I am moving to the Triangle and my husband is an avid road biker. He regularly rides 20-80 miles with groups or solo. We're wondering which areas of the triangle are best for road biking. We're looking at Cary, Bedford, and Chapel Hill. Can anyone recommend a popular and safe area for road biking? He is willing to drive to a ride but prefers to be able to leave from home. Thank you!
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:19 PM
 
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When I was into road cycling (20 mi rides after work each day and a long 60 mi ride on the weekend) I found that my favorite places to go were out in the country. . . . . . No traffic lights, long 2-lane roads with minimal traffic. . . etc. All of the places that you mention are more heavily populated with more traffic and stop lights.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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A friend of mine is an avid biker. She has ridden with groups on Meetup. You might want to look up a group on there and ask an organizer.

She always seems to go on ridiculously long rides, in ridiculously hot temperatures, in ridiculously congested areas -- until they make it out into more open areas, all on the same ride.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:33 PM
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I live in a neighborhood next to Bedford and i ride around 60+ miles a week. I usually meet with people at the trek store of Raleigh and ride out there on Mondays and thursdays (33 miles). You can ride the 1.5 miles to the store and meet for most rides.

If you go to raven ridge and head north you are out of traffic in 2 miles and can do 70+ rides solo or in groups.
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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There are groups of road bikers around Cary quite frequently. I'm pretty sure that Cycling Spoken Here has a group.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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There are groups of road bikers around Cary quite frequently. I'm pretty sure that Cycling Spoken Here has a group.
Yep, lots of road bikers in Cary. You don't have to head west very far to encounter country roads with less traffic. Quite a few rides start at Cycling Spoken Here:

CSH Summer Road Rides 1 - Trek & Gary Fisher Bicycles

Bicycle Chain has some as well:

The Bicycle Chain Calendar - Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex - The Bicycle Chain

I'm more of a greenway/Umstead rider myself, but there are tons of group road riding opportunities in SW Cary.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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Yeah. I'm more of a greenway/Umstead rider, too. I don't even own a road bike.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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I live in North Raleigh near Bedford -- I can't say I have ever seen bicyclists on Falls of Neuse -- but if you can make your way backroads to Raven Ridge, then there tons of bicyclists that go on Raven Ridge and Possum Track and over to Norwood Road or Six Forks and I have no idea where they go from there.

The bicycle store (?Trek) on Raven Ridge would be able to tell you where they ride. It is my understanding that folks meet there - leave their cars in the parking lot & set out on a ride. If your DH can make his way to the bicycle store, then he could just ride from home. I pass bicyclists every day on Raven Ridge/Possum Track. They aren't the best roads (no bicycle lane) but they are not heavily traveled.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:00 PM
 
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There's a good scene up in N. Raleigh, which I know very little about. Also from Cary/Apex/Holly Springs you can do a LOT of riding around Jordan and Harris Lakes. That is my area, I live near the Lee/Chatham County Line near Hwy 42 and cycling is great. I rode 47 miles on Friday, zero traffic lights, and only unclipped once to rest (didn't need to stop at all for any traffic, to give you an idea of the roads!).

The other place that has a really good scene is Chapel Hill, and specifically around the "Dairyland" area, so-named I assume because of the farmland, but also great because one of the known routes is a metric century that has a stop at Mapleview Farms (homemade icecream from local cows) near the end.

The Chapel Hill area may be a bit hillier than around the lakes in Wake/Chatham/Lee counties, for better or for worse.


Long story short, there is (IMO) a very vibrant cycling scene here.


It's worth checking out Trianglemtb.com. It's actually an MTB site, but lots of roadies there too (including myself, on both kinds of bikes).

It is worth mentioning that this is an area that is not 100% used to bikes, so there is some waning animosity towards cyclists. I hate to be the one to bring it up, but it's only a matter of time. Fact is that most drivers, and most cyclists are very cool, and mindful of one another, but there is a small minority of both poplulations that make it tough for the other, and for the rest of us... Worth knowing. I find that if I go to the places that are more frequented by cyclists (those places mentioned herewith), that cars are more expecting and understanding. Just a thought.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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I have some family members who ride avidly, mostly in groups affiliated with/leaving from the Finley YMCA. If you are interested in North Raleigh, that's where a lot of the rides start.
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