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TOUGHEST CLIMBS IN ROSWELL, GA

 

Living in the Atlanta suburbs has its ups and downs, literally.  The terrain in Roswell can create a love it or hate it relationship with cyclists.  There are those who weigh next to nothing, natural climbers, and then you have the more vertically challenged rider... the average guy. Here are a few climbs that will leave an impression on you, doesn’t matter if you like them or not.

River Run Climb – 0.7 miles at 8% average gradient, max of 15%

This climb is found south of Downtown Roswell, closer to the main square.  It starts from Marietta Hwy. (on an uphill!) and once the real fun starts it feels like you’ve been kicked in the face.   You’ll struggle not to stand up or even go up it.   Once you get to the top of the steepest part at 15% it continues its punishment with a lower grade slope but your exhaustion will make you wish it’d stop.

Old Alabama 2 market Blvd – 0.7 miles at 4% with a max grade of 9%

This one is just deceiving.  Famous for its appearance every year in the GA400 Century, it’s appropriately referred to as the “mother in law”.   It’s a two-part kind of climb.  The first part is a good quarter of a mile with a max grade of 8% then you get a short relief.  Not for long…  Soon afterwards you will encounter the second part, slightly worse than the first.  About 1/3 of a mile long with gradients peaking close to 10% towards the end it feels a lot harder after having done part 1.  

The organizers of the GA 400 Century have made sure you have to do it twice during the 100-mile event in case you weren’t tired after doing 7k ft of climbing for the day.  At the top of this climb there is Sky Zone (trampoline park) or what you could call “heaven”.

Oakhaven Climb in Brookfield Country Club – 0.3 miles at 6% with a max gradient of 17%

This one starts easy and slowly tightens its grip on your heart and lungs.  If it were a movie scene it’d be the part where you are between one of those car-crushing machines and the walls are closing in but suddenly somebody drops a bomb in it when things are starting to get bad.  Yeah that’s the feeling.

Halfway up it throws a stop sign at you at an appropriate 6% grade.  Then what, you’ve lost all momentum and now it’s time to hit those 10% + slopes… survive it and be on your way to Mountain Park, home of some of the most notorious climbs in North Atlanta.

Inverness Climb in Azalea – 0.1 miles at an everage of 13%, max grade of 16%

Done with your flat ride along the Chattahoochee river?  Want to spice things up a little?  Don’t worry, just keep riding west of Azalea Dr. onto the Inverness neighborhood and you’ll find a burner.

This one is short but more painful than what it sounds.  You either crush it in one intense sprint or be prepared to suffer through an extremely low cadence all the way to the top.  This is the knockout punch, sort of like an undercut to the chin. 

Want to know a fun fact?  The climb before it is almost as hard so by the time you get to this one you’d be wondering why you decided to keep going.

Martin Rd Killer Hill in Martin’s Landing – 0.4 miles at 8% average grade, peaking at 14%

This one is located in one of Roswell’s most famous neighborhoods, Martin’s Landing.  While this neighborhood has an endless amounts of cruel slopes we will be discussing two, starting with this one.

This one starts hard with a good kick above 10% for a good 0.1 miles.  Once it has you dizzy and begging for mercy it throws you a slow and dreadful 0.3 miles where you’ll be averaging possibly less than 10mph while putting out all the power you have.  Get to the top and be rewarded with a 35mph+ downhill towards the little lake in the neighborhood.

6 Branches Dr. aka THE Martin’s Landing Climb – 0.5 miles at 7% with max gradient of 13%

If there was ONE climb in Roswell this would be it.  Famous for its appearance in the Thursday Night Bike Roswell ride, this is what the A-group (fastest) used to shred those who were “not supposed to be there in the first place”.  Sort of the natural selection for cyclists.

This one starts hard and it ends hard with a little bit of give between both tough points.  It’s lengthy enough that a quick sprint won’t get you out of it any sooner.  The initial kick peaks at 14%.  Stand up and hear your bike beg for mercy… then rolls easy but not too easy.  Lose too much momentum and you’ll find yourself in trouble for part 2.

Part 2 will deliver a blow of 10% plus pain that will have you questioning your love for cycling.  Could you believe there are people who can average 15mph + through the whole climb?

Check the Strava leaderboards around Roswell GA and see how you compare.  Did we forget any tough climbs?  Let us know in our Facebook page and we might feature it in our next episode.

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Riding Around Atlanta Part 4

* This route is for experienced riders.  There are several short stretches with traffic.

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Riding Around Atlanta

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and houses.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  Major highways as well as beautiful back roads closely tie these cities.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be discussing a route from Roswell to Woodstock, a few miles West of Downtown Roswell.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making the trip excessively long and complicated.
This Route starts at the heart of GA’s first Cycling Friendly Community (thank you Bike Roswell!) Roswell.  It is approximately 17 miles long and has around 950 feet of climbing with a net loss of 110ft; slightly downhill on the way there.  It should take about an hour and a half of total time at an average speed of 12-13mph.   Roads like Arnold Mill and Hwy 92 are not ideal places to ride your bicycle in, however, sometimes connectivity is an issue and these roads are the only way to get there.  While you may be riding on one of those roads during your travel you will not be riding on either one for more than what is  practically needed.

This route contains 2 sections that we deem have high traffic and at least two major climbs that can prove to be difficult for some.  Keep reading to find out where those are.

Leg 1 - Roswell to Mountain Park

Starting from Downtown Roswell, on Canton St. (from your favorite coffee shop or restaurant) head north until getting to the intersection with Woodstock Rd.  Once there, take a left and ride through one of the roads in Roswell with some of the best bike shoulders.  Once you reach Jones Rd. make a left and ride up and down some small rollers until you get to stop sign at Bowen Rd.

Bowen Rd. is a slight uphill until you reach the Hwy 92 stoplight.  Once across Hwy 92 you will pass the Giovanni’s Tile Design showroom to your right, famous for their Bicycle Racing team .  Keep going down a long sweeping downhill towards Mountain Park.  Once at the bottom it is time to climb some more!  This will get you past Brookfield Country Club and up to the entrance of Mountain Park where there is a three way stop sign.

Leg 2 - Mountain Park into Cherokee County

This is probably the most beautiful part of the ride. Mountain Park is a small city between Roswell and Woodstock that seems to have gotten stuck in time as a vacation resort. Beautiful and unique houses surround a small lake that gives it a great vibe of peace and relaxation.  Feels like you are riding somewhere else, not in the Atlanta suburbs.

Go down Mountain Park Rd via a steep descent.  This one has two speed bumps and can get your speed up quickly so be careful.  At the end of the descent you will encounter a stop sign.  Make a right at the stop sign and keep rolling until you get to another three way stop sign where you will see Garrett Lake.  There is a bridge ahead, which is Russell Rd., and a left turn that continues onto Mountain Park Rd.  Make a left turn.  Here you will ride on what is quite possibly the hardest climb on the ride.

Once you climb out of the “stair steps style” hill you will get to the end of the road where there is a stop sign.  Make a right turn onto Wiley Bridge Rd.  Roll up and down Wiley Bridge Rd. and go past Cox Rd. where you will run into another stop sign.  Take a left turn into West Willey Bridge Rd. This road is very pretty and has a nice climb out although not quite as difficult as the one on Mountain Park.  Once you climb out of West Wiley Bridge you will come to an intersection with Hwy 92.  You are basically zigzagging around Hwy 92 to avoid it.

Leg 3 - Woodlands to Woodstock

At the intersection of W. Wiley Bridge and Hwy 92 make a right onto Hwy 92 and ride on the shoulder lane or sidewalk (whichever you are more comfortable on) for about 0.6 miles.  Get to the next stoplight and make a right turn into the Woodlands subdivision.  This Subdivision has a very nice bike lane and takes you through the neighborhood, which has a nice Club House and park. 

Continue on Woodlands Pkwy (take first exit at the round about) until you reach Celandine Place.  Take a left onto Celandine Pl. then take a left onto Persimmon Trail.  This short road will intersect with Ragsdale Rd.  Take a right onto Ragsdale Rd. and then an immediate right onto Trickum Rd.  This road will take you along the Little River Elementary School all the way to Arnold Mill Rd. where you will make a left turn. 

Once you make a left turn keep riding on Arnold Mill Rd. for about 3.3 miles on some rolling hills.  This part of the route is arguably the most congested with vehicular traffic so be careful and choose a bright and sunny day, if possible a weekend day in the morning.

Voila! You have reached Downtown Woodstock.  Now lets see what Downtown Woodstock has to offer

•    Olde Rope Mill Park
•    Little River Trail
•    Reformation Brewery
•    Taste of Italy Pizzeria
•    Canyon’s Burger
•    El Don Taco Truck
•    Salt Factory (like the one in Roswell!)
•    MUCH MORE!

*Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

DOES 2MM MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

 

23mm tires vs 25mm tires

Lately there has been a great deal of discussion on which tires are better, 23mm or 25mm.  Some people argue that the 23mm are faster and others the 25mm.   Here is a summary of the pros and cons of each tire.  This might help you choose between tires next time you are due for new ones.

Weight

In the past few years the 23mm tire has become a tool mostly used by Elite Time Trialists.  Its low weight and ability to be ran at very high pressures seem to be an advantage for those seeking the ultimate performance over a short period of time. 

On average, a set of 23mm tires will save you 40 grams over a set of 25mm tires.  While this may seem like a good amount of weight, is it worth sacrificing other benefits to save 1/10th of a pound?  Some sprinters and professional climbers might argue that those 40 grams make a difference during that explosive effort, however, for most of us the difference is negligible. 

Comfort

The 25mm tire wins all day on this one.  Ran at the same tire pressure the 25mm provides more cushion to your ride helping you ride longer without discomfort.  This usually translates into a more efficient and faster ride.  A tire that beats you up over the course of several hours is more likely to affect your performance than a slight weight penalty.

Rolling Resistance

While the 23mm tire has a narrower contact patch, compared to the 25mm it has a longer contact patch.  The wider but shorter contact patch on the 25mm tire produces less resistance.  It also helps in the traction department, when the width of the tire is key.  Look at the illustration from Continental on their tires below:

Aerodynamics

In this area the benefit is relative to the size of the rim you are riding.   While the current trend on rims is to go wider, there are still those out there running thin 19mm< aluminum rims.  If you were to run a 25mm on a 19mm rim, the tire would bulge creating more aero drag than necessary.  In this case, running a 23mm tire would be more beneficial.  When using a wider (most newer rims are) rim of 21mm or more, the tire sidewalls will sit flush on the rim making it more aerodynamic and adding to the overall benefit of the 25mm tire.

Overall

While 25mm tires seem to outperform the 23mm tire in almost every area there is still a place for 23mm tires.  More at home during Time Trials or for those doing very short intense efforts where weight savings might be a priority over comfort, rolling resistance and traction.
For most of us however, the 25mm simply delivers more benefits.  It is more comfortable, it has lower rolling resistance and better traction compared to the same tire in 23mm.

Come talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.  They will help you determine what size tire is right for you as well as explaining different clincher, tubeless and tubular options.  Take your riding to the next level!

 

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