The new Mountain bike Skills Park in Gateway Park in Travelers Rest is now open. Â It was constructed with the help of overÂ 250 volunteers and over 110 dump truck loads of dirt and recycled crushed stone Â and concrete. Â It contains a wide variety of features for all ages and skill levels: Â kickstarter, pump track, skinnies, rock garden, dirt jumps and log rides. Â It’s great to have something like this to practice mountain bike skills so convenient to the city.
As one of the warnings says: “how you ride determines whether you ride out of the park or are carried out”. Â There were no serious injuries in this incident, but it was necessary to “throw away the bike” from the top of this hill.
Jim Campbell came across this gem Highboy bicycle which dates back to 1897. Â Everything is in working condition, from the klaxon horn (which surely must have scared the horses!), the pedestrian bell, and the carbon lamps – one of which steers with the front wheel to light the direction. Â He takes the bike out to special events in Greenville so that more people can enjoy the bike.
After 70 years, a vintage grocery delivery bike has found its purpose as the newest Swamp Rabbit Trail attraction. The Trailside Creamery recently commissioned a local Greenville Spinners bicycle club member to restore an old Cycle Truck bicycle for use in selling their ice cream confections directly to the folks using the trail. Â Mark Gordon located the bike, thought to be from the early 1940’s, at a bike show in Ohio and completely restored it. Â A row of bells under the handlebar announces the travels of the “Trailside Pedaler”. Â The Ice Cream Birdhouses from yesterday’s post mark the stop points along the trail.
This bike led a parade of riders on Sunday during the regular Greenville Spinners “Ice Cream Ride” from Linky Stone Park to the Trailside Creamery in Travelers Rest. Â The restoration was a success – there were no bicycle malfunctions along the way.
This weekend marked theÂ 4th Annual National Handcycling Criterium in Greenville. Â Here, Michael Bishop of the Paralyzed Veterans team competes over the 13.8 mile time trial on the ICAR grounds. Â It was inspiring to see the level of competition as they were racing!
Although the USA Cycling Championships will be held in Chattanooga next year, Greenville can look forward to hosting theÂ 2014 para-cycling road world championships. Â It has been 16 years since the event has been held in the US.
The Lucky Bike shop on Sydney Street just off Poinsett Highway has done a great job creating artwork on the building to match the bicycle business. Â They perform bike repairs, as well as refurbish and sell quality used bikes, reCycling them, in effect. Â The building and the all the fixtures inside have also been recycled. Â Watch a short informativeÂ overview video created by one of their customers. Â There are also several good human interest stories on theÂ Lucky Bike Shop Facebook page
The elaborate ironwork of this parking spot leaves no doubt about which type of vehicle parks there. Â It is located at the recently opened TTR Bikes Test Ride Center, located north of Greenville just off Cedar Lane Road and the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The first “Cross in the Park” Cyclocross series was held over the weekend in Cleveland park. Â Cyclocross courses often include unpaved surfaces, and feature a number of obstacles designed to force the riders to walk, jump, run, or climb over them. Â Cyclists must dismount several times over a complete course route. Â This double barrier was located next to the Reedy River – the Swamp Rabbit Trail runs on the other side of the river.
Although the sport does not have a large following in the Greenville area, it is a great way for road racers to keep in shape in the off-season.
After the optimism shown in my last two post, today’s photo highlights one of the challenges our society faces. Actually I am assuming the fella pushing a bicycle is homeless, however there may be a completely different explanation. Regardless the issue remains and will get much worse unless we turn our economy around.
I have been looking for this photo opportunity for a while and was fortunate to catch it last night. What I wanted to catch was the bicycle rack in use on the front of a Greenlink bus. I think Greenville deserve praise for incorporating bicycles and mass transit … After taking a photo the driver honked, rolled down his window, waved, and asked that I take a second photo … smart and friendly.