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The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!

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Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates

Hold on to your kits, kids. We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival have a lot of exciting updates to pedal through. Grab a water bottle and enjoy!

The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates: Sat, June 11 - Sat, June 18!

Woohoo! We're heading into year #3 for the ACF and, boy oh boy, do we have a lot of great things planned! Some teasers:

  • We're launching the first ever pop-up MTB single track with REI
  • We're activating the first ever Atlanta Cycling Festival Village at Atlanta Streets Alive (Think Olympic Village - But better)
  • We're leading an art + tech + bike series thanks to the help of Wahoo Fitness
  • We're creating a whole "Class/Words" learning series, powered by Bike Law GA
  • We're hosting an "Unseen Atlanta" ride, taking you to places you didn't even know existed in Atlanta
  • We're incorporating rooftops and skylines - That's all we're going to say

We'll have MTB, road, tandem, lights, art, tech, words, volunteering, learning, advocacy, culture, doughnuts, beer and a whole lot more! Realistically, we're looking at 40+ bicycle events for the entire week. Take the whole week off: You'll need it. 

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ACF Create Grant Submissions Are Open - $2,000 Grant

To help create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure, we proudly host The ACF Create Grant. The one time grant gives you $2,000 to start your bike business/idea here in Atlanta, GA. Submissions are now open and will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm. Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Apply for the ACF Create Grant now.

Bicycle Camping - Tickets Are Almost Gone!

Each year we and our good friends at Zipcar host Bicycle Camping to raise money for the year's festival. Permits, beer, swag and doughnuts aren't cheap - This event helps us cover a lot of up-front costs. Plus, it's incredible amount of fun. If you like bikes, beer, camping, yoga and burritos, then you should totally join us. Dates: Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17.

Register For Bicycle Camping now.

Sponsorship Is Now Open

You're $$$ can make the 2016 ACF a reality. Plus get you all sorts of neat digital and in-person perks. If you want your message to reach healthy, active and passionate people that love Atlanta - Then you've come to the right place!

Lean How To Sponsor The ACF now.

Volunteer/Lead A Ride Is Now Open

Want to volunteer during the Festival? Or perhaps you want to host a fun bike ride or event? We love that idea! Around 60% of our events are community driven and organized. Here's your chance to show why you love biking in Atlanta. 

Volunteer/Lead A Ride now.

We Have An Awesome New Website

You might have noticed that our dot com has changed a little bit! We've launched a completely new, super fast, SEO-friendly website. It's mobile ready and will allow us to integrate/share events like never before. We had the honor, privilege and luck of working with the following to make it happen:

Phew! Last big announcement -You're awesome. But you already knew that. We look forward to riding bikes with you in June!

Ding Ding Ding,
The Atlanta Cycling Festival Team

The 2016 Officially Official ACF Wrap Up

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Just a few weeks ago, the 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival kicked off, promising a week of bicycle magic!

After 9+ months/270+ days/6,480+ hours worth of planning, permitting and collaborating, we proudly hosted the 3rd annual bicycle festival, boasting over 46+ bike events for the week. 

To say that we're a tid bit tired, is a tid bit of an understatement. To say that we're also a tid bit proud, honored and pleased with our work/bringing the festival to you is, well, also a tid bit of an understatement.

As the wheels start turning for the future of the Atlanta Cycling Festival, we wanted to take this time to do a little wrap up. So clip in. 

But before we do, a quick BIG shoutout to Tube CreativeREIWahoo Fitness, Bike Law GA, WABE Atlanta, New Belgium Brewing and all of our phenomenal 2016 sponsors and partners. Please, support and love the chain lube out of these businesses. 

We Grew

At each of our events, we did head counts and tracked all the numbers. Based on the data, festival attendance grew by 14% and we had roughly a 40% female/60% male breakdown. That's really exciting to us because it means to us that new people are finding and/or biking in Atlanta. 

We Activated The First Ever MTB Rooftop Course

Thanks to the incredible vision, work and support of REI and Georgia Tech Parking and Transportation Services, we shutdown two levels of a parking deck to launch a bike-topia. We had bicycle laser tag, bicycle vendors, bicycle portraits and, of course, the REI MTB Pump Track. It was completely splendid! Check out the photos here.

REI MTB Pump Track
We Started A New Business/Biking Idea

Each year, we hold the ACF Create Grant: A $2,000 grant to start your bicycle business/idea here in Atlanta, GA.

At our annual Atlanta Pecha Kucha, we announced the 2016 winner: Atlanta Beam.

BEAM (Bicycle Electronics And Makers) is a collaborative project to bring bicycling and electronics together for some nerdy fun. The two wonderful ladies (Leslie and Lauren) are super smart and have big plans for this open source collaborative project in Atlanta. 

BEAM's first product: They researched, built and launched bicycle laser tag at our Big Opening Party. Here's what that looked like:


How freakin' rad is that!

We Created A Bicycle Jobs Portal

Thanks to the support of Wahoo Fitness, we were able to create the "tech" track for this year's festival. One big factor of that was creating a bicycle jobs portal.

Basically, businesses purposefully submitted their openings to us so that they could hire bikers like you. These companies believe in Atlanta, cycling and innovation.

The jobs portal was activated in our mobile app, but you can find the mobile friendly bicycle jobs portal here

We Combined Bike + Tech

For the first time ever, we created a "tech" track to combine biking and technology. Atlanta has a huge tech scene and there is quite a bit of overlap with techies and bikes.

What'd we do? Well, we found an awesome iOS developer (who bikes) and launched our first ever ACF mobile app! More so, thanks to our Bicycle Technology Director, we had a bike hack night, a bike tech networking event and more. 

We Combined Bike + Art

This year, we hired a Bicycle Art Director to make sure that we were arsty smartsy. And, golly, did she do a good job. Thanks to our BAD (Awesome acronym, right?) we hosted the first ever Quick Release Art Print Show, The Atlanta Night Market and much more!

We Financially Supported Great Bike Orgs

One of our core values at the ACF is that the more we grow, the more we give: Both in time and financially.

Thus, we built in that 5% of our net profits go to all the nonprofits that helped with the festival, plus, a portion of the New Belgium Beer sold goes to The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Sadly, we don't have the final numbers yet - Our bicycle accountant is still crunching the digits. But the numbers look better than last year.

And, yes, we do have a bicycle accountant: Rebecca at Wells Tarkington. She shreds the Atlanta roads with her kids in tow. 

Will There Be A 2017 ACF?

Ah, the big question. Based on the numbers and experience, it seems like the Atlanta Cycling Festival is, well, wanted. Maybe even needed. Who knows. 

For right now, we'll keep it simple: Yes, there will be a 2017 Atlanta Cycling Festival BUT we need your help.

How Can I Help Make The 2017 ACF A Reality?

That's a wonderful question! Here are 3 easy ways to help make another Atlanta Cycling Festival happen:

  1. Take our survey: We need all the feedback so we can plan and implement an awesome festival.
  2. Purchase our remaining swag: We have a lot of leftover gear that we need to get rid of. Bonus: It's on super flash sale!
  3. Spread the good word: Tell friends, family, lovers, causal enemies all about the Atlanta Cycling Festival. And feel free to use the hashtag #AtlCyclingFest.

Phew. I think that's it for now. We'll be sharing a video or two in the near future. But, until then, thank you for reading, supporting and making the 2016 ACF amazing! Helmets off to you!

The Top 12 Events You Must Attend At ACF 2017

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Holy guacamole! We're just a few days away from the 2017 Atlanta Cycling Festival. Coming June 10 - June 17, we've got 45+ bicycle related events during the week.

Knowing that there's a lot to digest, we've come up with our patent pending, super duper helpful The Top 12 Events You Must Attend At ACF 2017

To get you ready and excited, here's our 2017 ACF Promo video from the talented folks at Tube Creative.


#1: Kids - Learn To Ride A Bike With Strider Bikes

We're excited to have Strider Bikes as a big partner/sponsor this year AND we're super pumped about helping create the next generation of adorable two wheel riders. For children ages 2 to 5 or up to 60 lbs, we'll have Strider Balance Bikes and helmets ready for them to learn with. For older ages, they'll need their own set of two wheels and helmet. Event takes place Saturday, June 10th, 10:00am.

#2: The Atlanta Bicycle Yard Sale

We're hosting a bicycle yard sale! We'll have used bikes, new bikes, gear, swag, art and a whole lot more. Come find that old vintage bike you've been looking for - or the road speedster that you've always wanted from local Atlanta bike sellers and bike shops. Want to sell your stuff? Register as a vendorEvent takes place Saturday, June 10th, 2:30pm.

#3: ACF Big Opening Bash

It's time to party! We're kicking off the first day of The Atlanta Cycling Festival in style with our Big Opening Bash. Come join us for: Bicycle fun from all the ACF sponsors, interactive demos and bicycle vendors and a Bike-In movie: The Goonies. Event takes place Saturday, June 10th, 6:00pm.

#4: Bicycle Lane Cleanup Day

Hop on a Yuba Cargo Bike (we'll have 4 to share) and join the Atlanta Cargo Club as they host a bicycle lane cleanup day! We're going to travel around the city cleaning up messy bike lanes, small parks and more. Come experience the #CargoLife. Event takes place Sunday, June 11th, 10:00am.

#5: Atlanta Streets Alive

In tandem with the Atlanta Cycling Festival, Atlanta Streets Alive brings people power to Marietta St & Howell Mill Road! The fun kicks off at 4pm with a bicycle parade and continues until 8pm. Enjoy biking, skating, walking and rolling down the streets during this fun, free, family-friendly event! Make sure to check out the CLIF Kid Ride Zone - More kids on bikes. Hip hip! Event takes place Sunday, June 11th, 4:00pm.

#6: Bike Tech Nerd Meet Up & Networking

During this event, attendees will learn about different bike technology in the marketplace and networking with like-minded technology professionals and bike enthusiasts in and out of your community! Oh, and there may be some possible job opportunities. Special thanks to General Assembly for making this event a reality. Event takes place Monday, June 12th, 6:30pm.

#7: DANGEROUS LIVES - Living On The Right Side Of The Road

Join Bruce Hagen and his Georgia Bike Law team of Strangers-To-No-Danger as they expertly guide you through all the DANGEROUS life scenarios one might encounter on a bike. And then what do about them. Event takes place Monday, June 12th, 7:00pm.

#8: The One Ride

Like the spokes on a wheel, there will be rides starting all over the city. Our goal: Come together at one central hub and ride together, meeting at Centennial Olympic Park near the Fountain Of Rings. Goal: Have Auburn Ave lined with bikes. Event takes place Friday, June 16th, 6:30pm.

#9: Fruit Tree Bicycle Tour With Concrete Jungle

Come join Concrete Jungle and The Atlanta Cycling Festival for a fruit tree tour on bikes! For this bicycle tour, Concrete Jungle has curated some of their favorite Atlanta fruit trees. This 10-13 mile bike ride will take you through some of Atlanta's most historic neighborhoods, filled with all sorts of tasty hidden goodies. Get you tickets here. Event takes place Saturday, June 17th, 9:00am.

#10: Livin' That Bike + RV Life

Ever wanted to take that cross country bike trip? You get excited, start to do all the research and then, suddenly, you're hit with a wallop of reality: What will you do with the family? Well, worry no more, future adventurer - Welcome to the Livin' That Bike + RV Life presented by Roadtrek. Event takes place at Saturday, June 17th, 3:00pm.

#11: MTB Pump Track From REI

Back by popular demand and bigger than ever, join the REI Atlanta crew as they bring out their huge MTB portable pump track! This track will wind through woods, with jumps and dips galore. Bring your own mountain bike or demo some of the new REI Co-op CyclesEvent takes place Saturday, June 17th, 6:00pm.

#12: ACF Closing Bash

What better way to say goodbye to ACF 2017 than with a big party! Come join us at Eventide Brewing for a night of beers, vendors, food, REI MTB Pump Track, the first ever Nonprofit Cargo Bike Challenge and more! Event takes place Saturday, June 17th, 6:00pm.

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BONUS EVENT 1: Bicycle Speed Dating

Time to find love on two wheels! Join the ACF team as we bring back our Algorithm Of Bicycle Love to help connect you to that special-someone-on-two-wheels. We'll do 3-5 rounds of bicycle speed dating and then head back to the bar for mixie-mingle. Event takes place Tuesday, June 13th, 7:00pm.

BONUS EVENT 2: Red Bike & Green-Atlanta Presents: The Hunt

The Hunt is a ride that leads you to an undisclosed park location to partake in a hunt for giveaways and prizes. Modeled after your childhood Easter egg hunt but fashioned for adults to have fun. Event takes place Thursday, June 15th, 7:00pm.

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Wow! What a week. We can't wait to celebrate bikes, Atlanta and life with you June 10-17! Check out the complete event calendar here.

Our Step By Step Guide On How To Get Your Bike Ready For Spring

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Our Step By Step Guide On How To Get Your Bike Ready For Spring


Spring is upon us and now's the time to get your bike ready for Atlanta's prime riding season. Since this winter has been particularly cold, there's a good chance you haven't been on your bike much. So when you do ride, you may hear all sorts of new, not so fun noises.

Fear not! We at the Atlanta Cycling Festival have some tips and tricks to get your bike ready and in shape for spring... and then the Atlanta Cycling Festival (Coming May 19-25)!

Step 1 - Make Sure You Have A Bike

This may sound ridiculous but bear with us. 

In March 2015, Atlanta residents approved the $250 million Renew Atlanta Bond Program which authorized improvements, upgrades and repairs to infrastructure and transportation throughout Atlanta.

Thus, we've seen new bike lanes and infrastructure, helping to increase the number of new bike riders in the city. And, according to the 2017 City Of Atlanta Annual Bicycle Report, a lot more are on the way. 

We postulate that many of folks will realize that spring is a great time experience life on two wheels and want to join the fun.

So, where's a good place to find a bike? We highly recommend:

Full disclosure - the above are sponsors of the ACF, but we're confident that you'll get an amazing bike and awesome service. 

Step 2 - Wash That Bike

Dirt, grim and gunk are probably plentiful in your bike's drivetrain. And if you haven't biked in a few months, then all that junk is probably caked on. 

The fix: Go get a bike wash kit. REI has a pretty great selection of tools and washes to get you started. Make sure that you dry your bike thoroughly to avoid rust.

Does washing your bike seem like a lot of work? Fear not yet again! The Atlanta Cycling Festival will have a bike wash station at Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, April 8th, from 2pm-6pm. Come enjoy DeKalb Ave like never before AND get your bike oh-so-clean. 

Step 3 - Apply All The Bike Lubricant

After you've washed your bike, it will need to be heavily lubricated. There are a lot of bike lubricants out there, so talk with your local bike mechanic to see which they prefer. 

Here's a quick video on how to lube like a pro. 


Step 4 - Check All The Little Things

Your bike is clean and lubed! Hooray! Here's what you need to check next:

  • Check bike tube air pressure; pump if necessary
  • Check the spokes
  • Check brake levers
  • Check brake pads
  • Check derailleurs
  • Check chain


Step 4A - Realize That The Above Is A Lot Of Work And Take It To Bike Shop

We totally understand that doing all the above is a lot of work, so it may just be easier to take your bike to a bike shop for a spring tune up. Any of the shops listed in Step 1 are a wonderful choice for bike repairs/tune ups. 

Don't have time to take your bike to the shop? Call VeloFix Atlanta. They'll come to you!


Step 5 - Get Out And Ride!

The moment of truth: Time to go for your first ride! Need some suggestions? Make sure you check out:

And there are many, many more. Once you start attending one group ride, you'll quickly find many more. 

FEATURED SPONSOR

Atlanta Bicycle Crash Attorney


For the past 3 years, Bruce Hagen and his Atlanta Bike Law team have been huge partners and sponsors of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Bruce and his team are avid cyclists, lovers of beer and incredibly active in the Atlanta bike community. 

Each year about 50,000 Americans are injured, and approximately 500 killed, while simply riding their bicycles. And, despite the growth of the Atlanta BeltLine and other metro Atlanta bike plans, our region remains a dangerous one for bikers. Georgia drivers continue to be aggressive or inattentive to bicycles with which they share the roads.

If you're ever injured in a bike crash/wreck (And gosh golly we hope that you never are), we confidently recommend the personal injury attorneys at Bruce A. Hagen Law.

BEHOLD: The Exciting Future Of The Atlanta Cycling Festival

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BEHOLD: The Exciting Future Of The Atlanta Cycling Festival


Dear Reader,

Hi! How are you? I am fine. Thank you for asking!

Well, let’s just dive right into the big news, little news and medium news around the future of the Atlanta Cycling Festival.

THE BIG NEWS: A New Festival Director Has Arrived!

For the past 8 years, Jeffrey Wisard (The guy writing this article), has been creating, producing, promoting, hosting, leading bicycle rides/events/films viewings/hummus + potato chip tastings/bike camping trips and a whole lot more. From The Mobile Social to the Atlanta Cycling Festival, creating these events has been a heck of a lot of fun. I’ve never run the show alone, though - I’ve always surrounded myself with incredibly smart, reliable, honest, big-minded and huge-hearted individuals that have used their talents to make these crazy bike ideas a reality.

Despite this, though… It’s time for me to stop the metaphorical bike, dismount, take a big bite of a CLIF Bar and hand the handlebars over to someone new.

Why?

Well, frankly - You and the city deserve the best possible Atlanta Cycling Festival. While there is still some juice in the ol’ legs left to keep pedaling along, I’m keenly aware that this energy isn’t sustainable. To maintain and grow the ACF into the festival that I’ve always dreamed it to be, it’s time for me to step aside.

For 2019 (and beyond), Mark McCampbell, will be taking the handlebars and making the ACF the best it can be.

Mark comes from a 20+ year events background, is an avid Atlanta bicyclist and has amazing plans for the future of the ACF. More so, Mark is partnering with Musimatic - his family’s business to bring even more power to the festival. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Musimatic has been involved in concerts, festivals, and conventions, such as Dragon*Con for most of its life.

Mark and company understand and fully believe in the mission of ACF in being the most impactful bike festival in the southeast. Their desire is to create an unforgettable experience which will serve to reconnect the seasoned biker to what makes riding great, to connect the new and curious rider with their own bike story, and to help develop a deeper and wider connection with the city of Atlanta.

To this end, I know that they can bring to the festival their abilities, resources, and technical expertise to increase the scope of the ACF to help it to become the greatest cycling event not only in the southeast, but beyond. In fact, Mark can't wait to talk with you. Drop him a line at: twowheelsgood@atlantacyclingfestival.com.

THE MEDIUM NEWS: Nothing Is Changing In 2019

Despite a new festival director with a powerhouse of ability behind him, the festival will remain exactly as you remember it: 20-30 events all around Atlanta for the entire week. Also, the commitment to give back to the Atlanta cycling community (fiscally and physically) will 10,000% stay in place.

Beyond 2019 - who knows? But I’d expect some awesome large scale productions… maybe even a film festival with a tech bent and a concert or two. Ideas that wouldn’t have been possible with our resources in the past.

THE LITTLE NEWS: Surprise! There’s No Little News - Just Big Thank Yous!

Let me take this spot to give a bunch of big ring thank yous to all those that have made the ACF what it is today:

  • Thank you to the past ACF staff: Maria, Nick, Ann, Kathleen, Catherine, Julie, Michael, Trang, Jyotsna and Sharanya; without your talents, this festival would have been totally lame
  • To our “from day 1” sponsors: Tube Creative, MailChimp, WABE; you were the first to believe in the ACF and, thanks to you, it’s better than anyone could have imagined
  • To our “from day 1” partners: The Spindle, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, SOPO, RBG, Atlanta Triathlon Club, GA Bikes, The Mobile Social, Pecha Kucha and Civil Bikes; Atlanta would really be terrible without you
  • To our “3+ years” sponsors/partners: REI, CLIF Bar, Georgia Bike Law, Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, BRAG, SBL, Gerry Weber  and Eventide Brewing; Exploring this city on two wheels would we boring as heck and a lot less diverse without you
  • To The Doughnut Ride: David - you and your doughnut team have, for the past 5 years, added to our joy and girth. Thank you!
  • To all of the ACF volunteers: Charles, Leslie, Corney, Niklas, Bryan, Kevin, Jordan, Maria, Bryan Jesus, Ned, Barbara, Doctor Steve, Steven, Erika, Erin, Sharif, Ezz, Susan, Chris and so many more; You brought smiles and safety in all the best ways
  • To Kyle Torok: A sounding board, selfless helper, bringer of inspiration + ideas and darn great friend; No yelling at car in Grant Park during the 2010 BeltLine Bike Tour, no ACF
  • To my wife, Trang: Without your suggestion that we should check out the Cork County Cycling Festival, the seed would never have been planted.  And your encouragement and support help make ACF into a reality
  • To you: The riders, the lovers of Atlanta, the keepers of the ATL cycling culture: Get your gloves on, snap your helmet in place and get ready for the crazy ride that is the future of the Atlanta Cycling Festival

Thank you. And see you on two wheels very, very soon.

Much love and chain grease tattoos... 

Your Pal,
Jeffrey

Ride, Event, and Volunteer Submissions are Open!

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Have you ever thought? Gee I wish there was some sort of amazingly awesome and stupendously super cycling festival where I could help others to discover Atlanta on two wheels… Well think no longer because do we have the answer for you!

We are excited to announce that Ride, Event and Volunteer submissions for 2019 are open! What makes the Atlanta Cycling Festival truly great is…well frankly you. That’s why we need your biking greatness. If you want to lead a ride, host an event, or volunteer to help make this year’s festival better than ever, this is your chance.

So what ideas do you have? Perhaps a Slowest Bike competition, or maybe a tour of Atlanta’s finest Pizza Establishments? We know that you are just brimming with fun and creative ideas, so send them along to us and we’ll be in contact for the next steps.

The deadline for rides will be April 5th, so don’t waste any time and come show people what we love about life on two wheels!


Lead a ride or host an event at the Atlanta Cycling Festival

FEATURED SPONSOR

For the past 4 years, Bruce Hagen and his Bike Law Georgia team have been huge partners and sponsors of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Bruce and his team are avid cyclists, lovers of beer and incredibly active in the Atlanta bike community.

Each year about 50,000 Americans are injured, and approximately 500 killed, while simply riding their bicycles. And, despite the growth of the Atlanta BeltLine and other metro Atlanta bike plans, our region remains a dangerous one for bikers. Georgia drivers continue to be aggressive or inattentive to bicycles with which they share the roads.

If you're ever injured in a bike crash/wreck (something we sincerely hope will never ever ever ever happen), we confidently recommend the personal injury attorneys at Bruce A. Hagen Law.


Spring has Sprung! How to Get Your Bike Ready and Where to Ride it!

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The first day of Spring is here and its time to pull that bike out of the garage/shed/broom closet/whatever. If winter has been keeping you in (like the rest of us) then it’s time to dust off those wheels and get your bike into top shape for the Atlanta Cycling Festival 2019 (May 11th-17th)!!!

As the weather gets warmer you might ask yourself…

Where is my bike? Do I have a bike? Does my bike work? Is my bike the right bike for ACF?


Well we have the answers for you!

I don’t know, it’s your bike. If you don’t you then you should! If you’re not sure, then don’t worry because we can help with that! A resounding yes!

Every bike can be the right bike because what matters is how you want to ride. Your ability, Your Bike, Your Atlanta is part of our big statement for this year. Some people ride as if they are in the Tour De France, some ride at a nice leisurely pace, some love all types of riding. We want to give everyone a space at ACF so that you can fully experience your bike story!

Some rides will be fast, some will be slow, some will be off-road. So, while perhaps your bike might not be the best option on certain rides, your bike is most definitely right for ACF!

Getting That Bike Ready to Ride

First, Got a Bike?

If you don’t have a bike, or are thinking of getting a new one, then this is the time to do it! If you’re unsure of what you want, a local bike shop is a great source of information. They’ll be happy to help you out and let you try out a bike or two.

As for where to go, we highly recommend:

To be completely transparent here, these are all Sponsors of ACF, but we know you’ll get great service and an amazing bike at any of these spots.

Second, Tune Up!

Wash the Bike - We think that one of the most beautiful things in the world is a sparkling clean bike. Dirt, grime, and gunk have probably built up as you’ve ridden and it’s time to get that stuff off. A few tips:

  • Spraying a bike with high water pressure isn’t the best idea, a bucket, sponge, and soap will do the trick just fine.
  • A Chain Cleaning Kit such as those from REI make chain cleaning a breeze!
  • Dry, Dry, Dry! Dry that bike completely so that it doesn’t rust.

Lubricate the Chain - After that amazing cleaning you just gave the bike, it’s time to lubricate it so that your ride will be nothing but smooth sailing…rolling. If you don’t know which lubricant to use, then talking to your local bike shop should clear it up. Take a gander at this VIDEO to learn how to do it like a pro.

So what’s left? Now that the bike is clean and lubricated be sure to check that these things are in working order:

  • Tire pressure – pump if necessary
  • Wheel Spokes
  • Brake Levers
  • Brake Pads
  • Derailleurs
  • Chain

Everything good? Not sure? Way too busy to handle all this right now? No problem we understand. Head on over to your friendly local bike shop have them do a tune up. Once finished, it will be like #newbikeday all over again!

Third, Ride, Ride, Ride!!

Now comes the really fun part! Put on that helmet, charge up those lights, and get out and ride! If you need a few suggestions, then we are happy to oblige with our…

Mini Atlanta Bike Riding Guide!

Atlanta has come a long way over the last few decades in terms of being bikeable. Bike infrastructure such as bike lanes, and bike share programs like Relay have improved accessibility for riders of all types. There is still a lot to do, but awesome organizations like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) are working hard to make the city a better place for biking.

Safety First

First and foremost, we always advocate for, and require helmets on ACF rides. A good helmet could be the one thing keeping a potentially bad day becoming a much worse day.

Other safety tips we recommend:

  • Awareness – Always know what’s going on around you and ride defensively
  • Take the Lane when appropriate – This one can seem a bit intimidating, but it is your right and sometimes safer to take the lane when you are unable to stay towards the right side of the road.
  • Rules of the Road- Like a car, bikes are considered vehicles of the road and therefore are subject to the same rules.
  • Sidewalks vs. Roads – Always ride on the road not the sidewalk. It can be dangerous for you and pedestrians. Also, it is illegal if you are over 12 years old.

These are just a few tips, for more information to pursue at your leisure, check out these great organizations:

We understand if you’re feeling a bit intimidated about riding the streets of Atlanta. Some roads like Dekalb Ave can be scary, that’s why we recommend this amazing Map to help you get to your destination safely.

So With the Safety Stuff Out of the Way, Time to Ride!

The bike is good to go, you’re helmeted up, now where to ride? Well of course at the Atlanta Cycling Festival is the obvious answer, but since is that not until May we thought we'd give you some suggestions to warm up those legs.

Paved Trails

  • Beltline – This one is evident, it’s a great stretch of paved path with many wonderful watering holes along the way. Just be sure to yield to pedestrians on busy days. Or put some bigger tires on that bike, and head over to the emptier unpaved sections for some off-road Beltlining! Bike type: Any (unless unfinished portions of Beltline then Hybrid/Mountain advisable)
  • Proctor Creek Greenway – This 7 mile spur of the beltline is a newer section that will become part of the Emerald Corridor which will lead up to the Chatahoochee River. A pleasantly beautiful ride through the westside of the city. Bike Type: Any
  • South River Trail – This shorter stretch of paved path sometimes makes you feel like your out in the wilderness all the while still being within the city. This path eventually will run out to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County. Bike Type: Any
  • Stone Mountain Loop – A classic that sees riders all week long. From downtown Atlanta and back the entire loop is about 40 miles, a great way to get those legs in shape for the Espresso Ride! Bike Type: Any

Road and Off-road

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Well whether you’re looking for more road riding, mountain biking, or gravel riding, here are a few suggestions:

  • Silk Sheets – While not actually in Atlanta, this terrific road ride is very close. With rolling hills and multiple distances to choose from, this route takes you through the beautiful area around Serenbe. Though the route is on active roads, drivers are accustomed to cyclists. Check out the TeamEndured website for information on the different routes. Bike Type – Road Bike
  • Southside Park – Built by the amazing people at MTB Atlanta, Southside park is the only purpose built Mountain Biking trail inside the perimeter. When finished it will have three loops ranging from Beginner to Advanced. Take a look here to see what parts are ready to ride! Bike Type – Mountain
  • Dirty Sheets – Another route outside of the city, that sees frequent Atlanta residents. This 20 mile gravel route is a blast to ride and takes you through some of the amazing backcountry of South Fulton. Bike Type – Gravel/Cross/Mountain
  • The Roads of the City – Atlanta is an amazing city, with so much to offer and in our humble opinion, the best way to experience it all is by bike. Hop in the saddle and blaze your own trail through Downtown, Midtown, Edgewood, Westside, Mechanicsville and more! Bike Type – Whatchya Brung

Riding Groups and Events

There are a ton of great riding groups and clubs in Atlanta. So many that there’s far too many to list here, so if you’re interested in finding different groups to ride with then check out sadlebred The site is a great resource for seeking out rides. You’ll find them all welcoming and accepting of all people and riders, but it is good to read the descriptions and know your current ability before jumping on them.

Here are a few rides and groups that we highly recommend:

  • TourDeLanta – An active group of Mountain, Hybrid, and off-road bicyclers who ride various urban single-track loops around Atlanta during the week and different Mt. Bike trails all over Georgia on the weekends. If you’re interested in getting into mountain biking but haven’t taken that leap yet, then their weekday ride (Thursdays 6:30) is a great way to start!
  • Toecutters – Like backpacking? Like biking? Well why not Bikepacking? The Toecutters crew are all tough as nails and the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. When not braving inclement weather to roll out into the wilderness, they have two featured rides in the city. The perfect early morning road ride #MashtoBRASH (Wednesdays at 6:00 am) and the best way to close out the weekend, #SundaytoMonday (Bi Monthly, Sunday, 10:30 am).
  • Velo City – This is not only a great new ride/event in the city, it’s also for a great cause! Velo City benefits Grady hospital, helping them to continue the amazing work being done over there. Featuring multiple distances, you can find your own pace in this annual ride. The event takes place May 4th, so don’t waste any time and register soon!
  • Gear Act – This group is all about getting people active, on the streets of Atlanta, and having a great time doing it. They feature a late night no drop ride that is fantastic, an annual Silver Comet Ride to Alabama, and more!
  • The Mobile Social – A terrific ride for those who want to an easy social ride where you’re not struggling to talk between heavy breaths. Occurring on the Second Thursday of each month, this ride changes routes each time to show off different neighborhoods in Atlanta and the best part is, at the end there’s Beer!

That's a great list to get you started, and if it feels like a lot to take in right now, don't worry because a lot of these rides and groups such as Tour De Lanta and Gearact will be featured in this year's Festival.

Get out on two wheels and see you in May!!

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