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Riding Around Atlanta Episode 3 – Roswell to Dunwoody

*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.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be discussing a route from Roswell to Dunwoody, a few miles southeast of Downtown Roswell.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making the trip excessively long.


This Route starts at the heart of GA’s first Cycling Friendly Community (thank you Bike Roswell!) Roswell.  It is approximately 10 miles long and has around 625 feet of climbing with a net loss of 50ft; slightly downhill on the way there.  It should take less than an hour of total time at an average speed of 12-13mph.  We try to avoid Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. for the most part by taking you through a nice park just east of GA400 south of the Chattahoochee river.

Leg 1 – Crossing the river

Starting from Downtown Roswell, on Canton St., head east on Norcross St.  Go across Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. and ride about 1 mile until you arrive at the traffic circle.  Once at the traffic circle take the first exit to the right.  Once on Grimes Bridge Rd. you will go down a long hill then climb a nice 0.4 mile stretch to descend again to the stop light that intersects with Dogwood Rd.  Take a right onto Dogwood Rd and continue straight for about 1.5 miles until you reach the intersection of Hwy 9 and Riverside Rd.  Turn left onto the Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. bridge and cross the river with caution.  This bridge will be the part with the most traffic during the ride.

Leg 2 – Under GA400 to the east side

Once you cross the Chattahoochee river you will take a quick left onto Roberts Dr.  CAUTION!  You will most likely be on the right lane of Roswell Rd. after crossing the bridge and will have to cut through 2 lanes of traffic to get to the turning lane.  Once on Roberts Drive you’ll ride some rolling hills until you get to Island Ford Pkwy.  Keep an eye out for it since it’s not an ordinary intersection and sort of hidden.  You will notice that this Pkwy has a gate keeping cars from entering.  You’ll have to ride around the gate to get in.  Island Ford Pkwy takes you through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area which is very nice.  It has a big hill to climb out of, but it is worth the ride.  Once getting to the top of the hill after the lake you will notice a road going off to the right. Take this road and go around a second gate to get out of Island Ford Pkwy.

Leg 3 – Chattahoochee Nat. Rec Area to Dunwoody

Once out of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area you will be riding on Northridge Rd.  This is basically the Eastern end of Exit 6 on GA400.  Ride approximately 0.8 miles and across a roundabout until you get to the Roberts Dr. and Northridge intersection.  At that point you will see the exit to GA400 North to your right.  Turn left onto Roberts Dr.  Once on Roberts Dr. you will continue it for about 1.7 miles crossing Spalding Dr. until you arrive at the Dunwoody Village.

Congrats! You’ve made it to Dunwoody from Roswell.  Now it’s time to check what Dunwoody has to offer 😊

What to See:

  • Brook Run Park
  • Treetop Quest Dunwoody
  • Dunwoody Nature Center
  • Spruill Center for the Arts
  • Village Burger
  • Carbonara Trattoria
  • Old Hickory House

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.

Group Riding - DOs and DON'Ts


 Cycling is a beautiful sport.   There is something special about the simplicity of riding a bike.  It gives us the freedom we all crave and allows us to travel at our will to places that would otherwise be too distant by foot.

After the first few miles (or months) of simply “riding a bike” we all learn that there is so much more to it.  It’s a competition against ourselves to see how far we can push our bodies and minds while also knowing that it is beneficial for our health.

Then there is the social aspect of the sport.  Riding in a peloton (herd of bikers) you interact and socialize with others who share the same passion for the sport as you.

We want you to enjoy your time on the bike; we also want you to be safe while doing it.  Here are a few tips on how to be safe and mindful of others during a group ride:

  • Follow the leader – most group rides, from the most beginner friendly to the more advanced, tend to have a group leader.  They are in charge of making sure that rules are followed and since they have ridden the route often they are ones to give good advice when it comes to safety. 
  • Don’t get discouraged – Sometimes leaders will comment on your riding (constructive criticism), it does not mean they don’t like you, it means that you might be doing something that could potentially endanger the safety of the group and disrupt the rhythm.  They are just trying to keep the group together safely so everyone can enjoy the ride.  It might even help you become a better rider!
  • No leading without knowing the route - Being upfront trying to lead while not knowing the route is a good way to get riders lost, or worse, potentially causing an accident when people are turning at wrong points.  Don’t know the route?  Stay behind the leader.
  • Do not play music – unless you are with your best group of friends and all of them love hip-hop, avoid putting music on your phone or doing something that might distract or take the joy out of someone’s ride.  Not everybody likes metal and most riders are out to enjoy a good time of meditation.  Keep the radio for your solo rides and commutes.
  • Do not chat too much or talk on the phone – Some rides are more social than others; however, try to keep your focus on the bike ride.  Most people are there to get a work out and while the occasional chat is nice it can also become a distraction.  Go hang at a bar after the ride and chat your lungs off with a good pint of beer .
  • Do not overlap wheels - Unless you are riding in the pro peloton with 200 guys there is no need to overlap wheels in a road full of traffic.  This is a hazard that most cyclists overlook and by default end up seeing the asphalt on a very personal level.  Keep distance between you and the guy up front.  Also learn how to read other riders as riding skills may vary in the group.  You are responsible for your own front wheel.
  • Bring your own supplies – Sometimes we do forget a tube or the CO2 cartridge but be ready to take care of yourself during a ride.  Most cyclists are willing and able to help but it is important to be self-sufficient.  Bring your phone and at least a credit card in case you need to call your significant other or UBER to take you home.
  • Check your bike before the ride starts – It’s no fun to stop the group every 5 miles because your GPS has fallen off, your tires have low pressure or you’ve dropped the chain 3 times.  Make sure that your bike is in top shape before every ride and take it to the shop at least once a month for an inspection. 
  • FOLLOW THE RULES!  - The term Social ride or C pace usually means a slower or moderate pace; A-Pace or Up Tempo means fast and for the more experienced rider.  Do not go and show your “mad skills” on the social group or don’t show up on your Unicycle at the “fastest road ride in town”.  This will eventually land you in a place you don’t want to be.
  • Be comfortable with your skill level – Everybody wants to get better and part of that starts with acknowledging and evaluating your current status.  Do not ride “over your head”.  Look what happened to the rabbit when he/she raced the turtle, steady and persistent wins the race.
  • Smoothness trumps Surges – A smooth ride is a fast and safe ride, surges should only be done when trying to drop the group, which defeats the purpose of a group ride.  Surging (attacking) is for racing where your intent is to leave the group behind.

Those are just a few suggestions that will help you and your fellow cyclists enjoy a good time together.  While some of these do not apply to all group rides, they are good as a “rule of thumb” if you are riding with a particular group for the first time.

Make sure to take a look at our ride / event calendar and come ride with us!  We will be more than happy to answer any questions and also be your riding buddies .

Like the Bike Roswell! Guys and Gals say, “Lets ride our bikes”!

Training Tips - Rollers or Trainer?


Training Tips – Rollers vs Trainers

Don’t let your fitness plummet during the winter, keep yourself going with an indoor trainer or rollers.  These are very efficient training tools that can help you stay in top shape during the winter months, so you can roll into the ’18 season harder than ever.

Why choose one over the other?

While you can use all of them for strength training each one delivers slightly different benefits.  Here is a quick snapshot showing trainers vs smart trainers vs rollers:

Trainers and Smart Trainers

Trainers are the easiest way to get into indoor training.  They just require you to hop on the bike and pedal.  Falling off a trainer is very rare, you are more likely to fall off rollers.  You can train hard on an indoor trainer and reap huge benefits from it.  Users also tend to become mentally stronger since they must constantly pedal on an environment that doesn’t provide much entertainment and “suffer through it”.  Trainers come in different trims.  We will quickly cover Magnetic and Fluid then go a bit into Smart Trainers.

Here is a snapshot on how Magnetic trainers compare to Fluid trainers:

Smart trainers take indoor training to a whole new level.  You get the same benefits of a trainer with the added benefits of it being more entertaining and providing a more dynamic workout.  These trainers can be paired up to “video game style” simulations (e.g. ZWIFT) making them very entertaining while seamlessly providing structured workouts.  They come equipped with their own power sensors, so it is the ultimate tool for the serious rider trying to get faster.


Rollers are another great way to get your dose of indoor training.  These are good for the more experienced rider looking to improve their pedaling efficiency and balance.  Doing rollers can help you maximize your power output on the road, making you even faster!  They require more concentration which can be tough but also feels like time passes by a bit faster.  *Off the saddle and high intensity efforts can be a little tricky but some trainers do offer resistance and rocking motion mechanism to allow for better “sprints”.

Rollers are a great tool to make sure you are using your power in the best way possible.


Rollers and trainers go well together.  IF you can get both, it’s the way to go.  Increase power with the trainer, increase efficiency with the rollers… combine them both and WIN!

Smart Trainers (direct drive)
CycleOps Hammer

Smart Trainers
CycleOps Magnus

Fluid Trainer
CycleOps Fluid 2

Magnetic Trainer
CycleOps Mag+

Tacx Galaxia
Cycleops AL Rollers with Resistance

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