Cycling in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is relatively user-friendly for cyclists. Getting around town, the number of streets with bike lanes is growing and growing. Popular route locations vary from Shelby Bottoms near downtown Nashville to quaint, country roads from Spring Hill to Franklin. Since there is so little traffic congestion (relatively speaking), it is easy to get to numerous rides in a very short time.
A number of popular, very good bike shops have sprung up in Nashville to meet the demand caused by access to fabulous biking routes. Among these outfitters are:
* Grand Fondo Cycles: 5205 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205
* Bike Pedlar: 2910 W End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
o Associated with Allanti: 144 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
* Trace Bikes: 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221
* Harpeth Bicycles: 1110 Hillsboro Road # B230, Franklin, TN 37064
* Cumberland Transit: 2807 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Likewise, there are a number of popular cycling clubs to choose from.
* For the beginner: The bike club associated with Trace Bikes is particularly friendly to new cyclists. This group has a women’s only group ride every other week during prime cycling season. In addition, Trace Bikes has a monthly full-moon ride (make sure to bring a strong front and rear light for your bike).
* For everyone: Harpeth Bike Club (HBC) is the largest of the clubs and includes people of all ages and abilities. Among their popular rides is the Sunday morning pancake ride in Franklin. Cyclists meet at a designated school, bike to the pancake eatery, and bike back to their cars. HBC also has regular Tuesday night rides from both Poplar elementary and the Healthways parking lot in Cool Springs. The 26 mile option on the Healthways ride is fast. So don’t fall off the paceline (or you won’t catch up) and try as hard as possible to get behind the tandem which is typically on this ride because there is just nothing like drafting off of a tandem!
* For very serious cyclists: When Gran Fondo has group rides, inquire as to the level of the ride. Granted, there is an all women’s ride out of Warner Park that’s for the neophyte cyclist, but when they are having a club ride, they do not want you there unless you are in the upper echelons of biking.
As is evident, there are numerous cycling outfitters and cycling clubs in the Nashville area. Find the club for which you are best suited, and log some miles.
By Mary Fall Wade