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therider - Oct 24, 2019 - 04:23 PM
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It's been over a month since anyone posted anything, is this board dead now? I thought I saw something posted stating atlbike.org had a FB page, which I found, but it doesn't look like much is happening there either.
jrc55 - Oct 24, 2019 - 05:15 PM
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Geek's still busy looking round the corner instead of down the road.

Joe
webgeek - Oct 25, 2019 - 02:39 AM
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jrc55 wrote:
Geek's still busy looking round the corner instead of down the road.

Yep, I've been Zwifting, riding around Watopia, sometimes Surrey Hills.
Much of the old gang have moved or quit riding,
even the Paulding sheriff said trail traffic is off 40% what it use to be.
I call it the Lance bubble.

Also, many of those that gravitate toward boards don't like facebook, so there wasn't a transition.

Plus our gang was going too fast to add new riders, like the Tues rides @21+ avg typical.
Thus,, we never had a good sense of community.
rlaz - Oct 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM
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Geekster, I keep hoping facebook will die a sudden, but painful, death and forums like this used to be would become the norm again. Same thing happened with the SORBA site. A ton of rides were organised on this site back in the day and I met everyone, or almost everyone, I still ride with today through this site. Damn, I miss the fun we used to have on this. We did used to have a real community back in the day. Seems we all knew everybody else or at least knew of them.

Good see you're still riding - even if it is indoors. I may break down and do Zwift this winter when I, and it is a certainty that I eventually will, get irritated with the annoyingly gung-ho spin class teachers. Thank goodness for earplugs. What trainer are you using to connect with Zwift?

Robert
webgeek - Oct 26, 2019 - 03:49 AM
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rlaz wrote:
Good see you're still riding - even if it is indoors. I may break down and do Zwift this winter when I, and it is a certainty that I eventually will, get irritated with the annoyingly gung-ho spin class teachers. Thank goodness for earplugs. What trainer are you using to connect with Zwift?
Robert

Good to hear from you Robert.
Good spin classes are the best winter training IMO.
But they've mucked up the local spin programs with hip-hop swill, really sad how mismanaged the gyms are.

The Kaiser spin bikes they had at LA Fitness are really good and can simulate out of the saddle work, whereas most home trainers can't.
You're sitting way too much with no breaks. it's not the same.
I repurposed the red Basso for a trainer bike with a Wahoo Kickr, that's tied to an Intel i5 Win10 desktop. Dual displays so I can keep myself occupied.
rlaz - Oct 26, 2019 - 02:38 PM
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Thanks for the information. You went big time with the Kickr! I've kind of had my eye on the Kickr Snap if I end up going the Zwift route. The Kickr would be the perfect resting spot for my old red Cannondale but I don't think I can bring myself to pay the premium for the Kickr. Thanks again for the info and good hearing from you!

Robert
webgeek - Oct 26, 2019 - 10:07 PM
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rlaz wrote:
Thanks for the information. You went big time with the Kickr! I've kind of had my eye on the Kickr Snap if I end up going the Zwift route. The Kickr would be the perfect resting spot for my old red Cannondale but I don't think I can bring myself to pay the premium for the Kickr. Thanks again for the info and good hearing from you!

Robert

Wahoo is local. I purchased a refurb unit at a good discount, full warranty too.
Why compromise miserly dude?
$780
https://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/bike-trainers/kickr-core-indoor-smart-trainer-reconditioned
jcasses - Nov 08, 2019 - 05:17 AM
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The Lance bubble......sounds about right. I for one found other things to do. I still have my bike, haven't moved, I ride it maybe once a year. It's still fun......that one ride a year makes me remember how fun riding is. My last ride I managed to catch a wheel of a few riders speeding by......boy was that fun......the memories came rushing back to me......it's so fun to go fast. Still busy with "other things". Right now "other things" rule. Glad ya'll are still at it but yes......seems like the cycling craze has slowed since Lance. He lied, he cheated, fooled us all.....gave us a reason to find "other things".

JC
jcasses - Nov 08, 2019 - 05:18 AM
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Can anybody name the US riders in the last TDF?
jcasses - Nov 08, 2019 - 05:18 AM
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No Lance. No Floyd. No Tour de GA. Hows BRAG doing these days? ........not much to cheer about.
jcasses - Nov 08, 2019 - 05:19 AM
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The Lance bubble......sounds about right. I for one found other things to do. I still have my bike, haven't moved, I ride it maybe once a year. It's still fun......that one ride a year makes me remember how fun riding is. My last ride I managed to catch a wheel of a few riders speeding by......boy was that fun......the memories came rushing back to me......it's so fun to go fast. Still busy with "other things". Right now "other things" rule. Glad ya'll are still at it but yes......seems like the cycling craze has slowed since Lance. He lied, he cheated, fooled us all.....gave us a reason to find "other things".

JC
biker1881 - Nov 08, 2019 - 09:47 PM
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I can't speak to the board. But attendance at organized rides seems down. There are less organized rides as well. I noted this is the least I have ever travelled for rides. A lot of rides are folding and only the big ones are mostly left (Serrano, BRAG, MACC just to name a few).

On the local front in middle GA, rides seem to include only those that are racing (20+ mph). So nothing is going on outdoors to entice the casual or beginner rider.

I am ok with riding solo but most are not. SO they have either quit riding or ride indoors. Or gravel / woods. Many are sick of the dangers of the road as well.

Considering the decline at the moment, I worry what things will look like in 5+ years.

jcasses wrote:
No Lance. No Floyd. No Tour de GA. Hows BRAG doing these days? ........not much to cheer about.

therider - Nov 11, 2019 - 06:06 PM
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biker1881 wrote:
I can't speak to the board. But attendance at organized rides seems down. There are less organized rides as well. I noted this is the least I have ever travelled for rides. A lot of rides are folding and only the big ones are mostly left (Serrano, BRAG, MACC just to name a few).


I went to Claxton this past weekend for the Cruisin in the Country century. I've always wanted to do it even though I knew that ride has been in a huge decline for many years now. They only had 150 pre-registered riders, and they'd be lucky if all those showed up (didn't look like a lot there at 8am). Of course it was pretty chilly at the start, around 40F, but it did warm up to about 55.

Maybe people just get tired of doing the same rides all the time, idk. I used to do the Wilson 100 and Covington century every year but now I don't.

I started riding gravel this year, pretty excited about that since it's such a nice change from 30 years of road cycling. New adventures await......
biker1881 - Nov 14, 2019 - 10:15 PM
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therider wrote:
biker1881 wrote:
I can't speak to the board. But attendance at organized rides seems down. There are less organized rides as well. I noted this is the least I have ever travelled for rides. A lot of rides are folding and only the big ones are mostly left (Serrano, BRAG, MACC just to name a few).


I went to Claxton this past weekend for the Cruisin in the Country century. I've always wanted to do it even though I knew that ride has been in a huge decline for many years now. They only had 150 pre-registered riders, and they'd be lucky if all those showed up (didn't look like a lot there at 8am). Of course it was pretty chilly at the start, around 40F, but it did warm up to about 55.

Maybe people just get tired of doing the same rides all the time, idk. I used to do the Wilson 100 and Covington century every year but now I don't.

I started riding gravel this year, pretty excited about that since it's such a nice change from 30 years of road cycling. New adventures await......


I was at Cruisin' as well and did not start until 9 AM. I thought the ride was well organized and well done compared to a lot of others rides I did this year. It's not even close to what it was prior to 2010 but it's still pretty dang good.

That registration number is disappointing. They offered a discounted rate of $35 at one of the BRAG rest stops earlier this year. Guess not many took advantage. We will see if they do something similar to UTC and decide to fold after a milestone anniversary (next year's UTC will be the 30th and Cruisin's 25th).

As far as Cruisin' goes, I think it's location. There isn't a strong enough local population to support rides like that. So it relies on a ton of out of town visitors and I don't think many want to drive to these rides anymore. The big ATL rides don't have much trouble attracting riders.

The starting price for the Wilson and Covington are huge negatives ($55-$65). The Serrano and MACC remain hot due to low cost relative to the amenities provided. Location and price seem to be the two biggest factors.

Feels like the road rides as we know them are dying. Not just organized rides but the amount of interest itself. Look at the age of the ride organizers and participating riders and it could be the beginning of the end....sad to say. Guess we'll see what next year brings. But I am seeing a lot more gravel rides and a lot more Zwift rides. Could be as simple as safety and getting the eff away from cars
biker1881 - Nov 14, 2019 - 10:18 PM
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[quote="biker1881"]
therider wrote:
biker1881 wrote:
I can't speak to the board. But attendance at organized rides seems down. There are less organized rides as well. I noted this is the least I have ever travelled for rides. A lot of rides are folding and only the big ones are mostly left (Serrano, BRAG, MACC just to name a few).


I went to Claxton this past weekend for the Cruisin in the Country century. I've always wanted to do it even though I knew that ride has been in a huge decline for many years now. They only had 150 pre-registered riders, and they'd be lucky if all those showed up (didn't look like a lot there at 8am). Of course it was pretty chilly at the start, around 40F, but it did warm up to about 55.

Maybe people just get tired of doing the same rides all the time, idk. I used to do the Wilson 100 and Covington century every year but now I don't.

I started riding gravel this year, pretty excited about that since it's such a nice change from 30 years of road cycling. New adventures await......


I was at Cruisin' as well and did not start until 9 AM. I thought the ride was well organized and well done compared to a lot of others rides I did this year. It's not even close to what it was prior to 2010 but it's still pretty dang good.

That registration number is disappointing. They offered a discounted rate of $35 at one of the BRAG rest stops earlier this year. Guess not many took advantage. We will see if they do something similar to UTC and decide to fold after a milestone anniversary (next year's UTC will be the 30th and Cruisin's 25th).

As far as Cruisin' goes, I think it's location. There isn't a strong enough local population to support rides like that. So it relies on a ton of out of town visitors and I don't think many want to drive to these rides anymore. The big ATL rides don't have much trouble attracting riders.

The starting price for the Wilson and Covington are huge negatives ($55-$65). The Serrano and MACC remain hot due to low cost relative to the amenities provided. Location and price seem to be the two biggest factors.

Feels like the road rides as we know them are dying. Not just organized rides but the amount of interest itself. Look at the age of the ride organizers and participating riders and it could be the beginning of the end....sad to say. Guess we'll see what next year brings. But I am seeing a lot more gravel rides and a lot more Zwift rides. Could be as simple as safety and getting the eff away from cars

I am hoping BRAG and Franklin Johnson can figure out a way to attract the younger riders. Even with a steady ridership of 1,000+ riders, most of BRAG's riders are 50+. But given what we have discussed and the logistics of pulling off a week long ride, he may have his work cut out for him.
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