Note re: Local bike stores offer free bike fittings to determine the right size bike for you (one of the most important factors in having a comfortable – and safe - riding experience).
They also offer rentals to try different types of bikes. They provide support for the local biking community, so please patronize them when you can.
Cycle Center– On Harden Street in Five Points, near Food Lion. Website has a tab with area group rides and events.
Outspokin – On Devine Street across from Earthfare. Website has a tab with area group rides and events.
Summit Cycles - On Two Notch across from Spring Valley Target.
South Lake Cycles - On Harbison Blvd.
Triathletes Runners and Cyclists
Recurring Group Rides
See the Events pages on the websites for Cycle Center and Outspokin' for more info on group rides and area races
Friday 6:30pm “Beer Run”; Sun 11:30am
Tues 6pm; Weds 6:15pm, Thur 7pm
Weds 6:30pm from the shop. The group breaks out into three smaller groups during the first 8 miles. 20, 24, and 28 mile options. There is also a slower social ride that leaves from Lake Carolina’s Town Center every Friday night at 6:30pm.
Tri City Rides
Tues & Thurs: (“urban” – hybrids or MTB recommended): ~ 6:15 - 6:30pm (check Facebook page) from the Farm Bureau’s back parking lot, (724 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce, 29033).
These are large group rides for all levels and abilities are represented. Except for the A team of hammers, the rest are no drop, which means we try to make sure that newbies don’t get lost and left on the road. Just let someone in a Tri-City jersey know you’re new and they’ll hook you up with a group to your liking. Helmets and smiles are required. We’re all about fitness and fellowship, so come and join the fun! The ride is currently at 6:30 with later departure times will occur as the daylight increases.
Saturday 9am (road) rides start from Dutch Fork Middle School (1528 Old Tamah Rd) to Little Mountain (abt 40 miles; some do more).
Midlands SORBA (mountain bike)
-Wednesdays 6pm at Poinsett State Park (near Sumter), weather/trail conditions permitting
-Thursdays at 6:00pm at Harbison state forest, weather/trail conditions permitting.
“Both are no drop rides, usually an A and B group. We just ask that you wear a helmet, bring water, and have fun! Come join us for a ride!”
Midlands area cycle / mtn bike paths
Fort Jackson – Passes are required!
Info on Passes
Note: In early June 2016, the cycling community was notified there would be changes to Fort Jackson access. Please check with Cycle Center or Outspokin regarding the latest.
Harbison State Forest: Over 18 miles of multi-use trials with multiple access points. A daily parking pass is $5 but an annual pass is only $25 (and you can print a temporary one immediately when you purchase it online).
Friends of Harbison Forest
Sesquicentennial State Park: About 12 miles of trails, including some tough sandy ones. Admission $5 per adult & $3 per child (ages 6-15; 5 & under are free), or you can get an annual pass for all State Parks for $75 per vehicle.Annual Vehicle Pass
Friends of Sesqui
South Carolina trails
Searchable by county.
Huge online resource for races and fairly short articles on training, tips, and motivation. Mainly for running and cycling. Navigation can be a little tricky. Email newsletter lists area races and new articles without being too lengthy. Good resource for beginner runners and cyclists.
Bicycling Magazine (http://www.bicycling.com/): Good resource for beginner cyclists.
VeloNews (http://velonews.competitor.com/ ): Geared more for competitive cyclists.
Dirt Rag (http://dirtragmag.com/ ): Mountain biking resources.
Additional Facebook suggestions:
“Palmetto TRAC Club” (of course)
Palmetto TRAC Club