Tales on Two Wheels

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Hi! I am Kristi June, founder of Tales on Two Wheels.  I am a cycling enthusiast with a serious passion and respect for the sport. I'm addicted to cycling...One could say, obsessed, always wanting to ride and to educate myself more about the sport.  The creation of this blog is inspired by the desire to celebrate and promote cycling and cyclists through writing and photography. Why? Cyclists are awesome! Bicycles and bike gear are awesome (although spandex is an acquired taste)!  Currently, I am the only contributing writer, but hopefully in the future, I can find other writers who love writing about cycling and cycling events. If you are interested in writing on Tales on Two Wheels, email me at TalesOnTwoWheels@gmail.com, If I publish it on the site, I will, of course, give you all the credit. I hope you feel inspired to ride (and write about it) after reading Tales on Two Wheels!

Ride Review of Perpetual Motion Bicycles' Group Ride

Ride Review of Perpetual Motion Bicycles' Group Ride    

     If you like riding in a country setting, come join Perpetual Motion Bicycles in Carrollton, GA for a twenty-five mile ride on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Perpetual Motion Bicycles is located at 1002 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30117. It is right down the street from the University of West Georgia. If you would like to go on an official fifteen mile warm-up ride, be at the shop and ready to ride at 5:30 PM. Otherwise, be ready to roll out at 6:30 PM. The ride starts as one big group but eventually splits into 3 different groups. The fast group usually averages 20-23 mph and is a drop ride. I rode with the intermediate group. We had an 18.1 mph last Tuesday, but the intermediate group can average anywhere from 17-19 mph, depending on the day. The intermediate group is also a drop ride. There is also a no-drop recreational ride that goes anywhere from 13-16 mph. Sometimes they ride a shortened version of the route which is only fifteen miles. 

     Perpetual Motion Bicycles’ route offers a variety of cycling terrains. The ride starts in a residential neighborhood and passes parks, well-manicured homes and even breezes through a finished section of the Carrollton Greenbelt, which has a beautiful winding stream running alongside the trail. Once off the Carrollton Greenbelt and through the light at the heavily traveled Carrollton Bypass/Highway 166, the group ride gradually increases its speed. Instead of subdivisions, schools, and city parks, the view changes to picturesque country scenery. The route goes on well-paved and less traveled country back roads scattered with big red barns, rolling pastures and ripe and ready to pick vegetable gardens. At some points during the ride last Tuesday, I wished I was sitting in a rocking chair on a front porch drinking a big glass of sweet tea instead of riding. I knew I couldn’t completely stop, but I was almost tempted to slow down and take it easy…until I heard the buzzing sound of bicycles passing. Then, it was like, “Scenery? What scenery?” It’s hard to focus on anything but riding when you have competitive cyclists all around you.

     This is probably the most competitive cycling group I have ever ridden with so far. We did a pace line probably only about fifty percent of the time. The rest of the time was someone attacking up a hill or trying to pass…or succeeding to pass me on a downhill, which I don’t mind. It just makes me work harder. If you have a competitive spirit, you will be fine. If not, I suggest riding with the 13-16 mph group. No matter which group you choose, just be ready to climb as West Georgia has hills and at some points this route feels like a roller coaster. There are lots of 3-6 percent grade hills and one 8 percent grade hill that will make you push yourself! There is lot of climbing, but the descents make it all worth it!

     If you can’t make the ride during the week there is a forty-five mile ride on Saturdays that I am sure is equally if not more challenging! Maps of all the rides are on Perpetual Motion Bicycles’ website at perpetualmotionbikes.com. Here is a direct link to the twenty-five mile ride route: http://www.perpetualmotionbikes.com/hub/images/pocketmap25.jpg.

(A special thank you to Trish Albert from Southeastern Cycling for allowing me to be a guest writer and posting this ride review on her site last Monday. Southeastern Cycling keeps cyclists informed of all the best cycling routes, group rides and cycling events in the Southeast.)