With the coming of the summer months come the vacationing families, and with that multitudes of people riding bikes on the nearly 100 miles of bike trails on the island, and 12 miles of beach. If you want to avoid crowded conditions, then here are a few tips.
If riding on the beach, pick a time when the tide is close to its lowest point as the sun bathers and families at play are spread out. When the tide is close to high, they are all congested closer together and you will be weaving in and out of bodies and may be forced to ride through water, which we ask that you not do. The salt eats through the bike lubricants and quickly will rust the chain.
When riding on island bike pathways avoid areas that are usually congested such as Coligny and Pope Avenue, Harbourtown and South Beach in Sea Pines. Areas that are fun to ride in and not congested are Shelter Cove, the new Shelter Cove Town Center, the trails just north of Port Royal Plantation, Palmetto Bay Road, and Palmetto Bay Marina village, and Point Comfort Road.
Finally, if you have a way to transport your bikes, riding the pathways and dirt roads in the Pinckney National Wildlife Area is a lot of fun.
The second annual Chamber Bike and Dine Week is underway and we are so excited to see so many people participating. The island has been hopping with riders of all ages biking to lunch, dinner and of course the beaches.
Bike & Dine week which runs from April 28th through May 4th is presented by the Hilton Head Island & Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Many local restaurants like Bomboras Grill and Skillets Cafe are offering special menus to all enthusiasts that arrive by bike.
“Hilton Head Island has always been famous for its many restaurants, and it’s great to see our fame as a cyclist destination growing so well,” said Coligny owner JR Richardson. “What better way to showcase both than by combining our love of biking and fantastic food? Coligny is proud to sponsor such an ‘only-on-Hilton-Head’ event.”
Tomorrow’s Islander Beach Ride is the largest event of the week. It’s a free bike ride, organized by the Town and the Bicycle Advisory Committee on Saturday. The ride kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Coligny Beach Park. Riders of all ages will cruise up the beach to Palmetto Dunes and back, children are more than welcome to come so please feel free to bring the whole family.
Coligny will be providing free Bike and Dine week water bottles to the fist 100 riders, so get there early. If you plan to drive to the event, please park in the beach parking lot on Pope Avenue. Again this is a free event and no registration is required
If you need to rent a bike for this event or if you just need a quick tune up, please feel free to drop by the shop before the race.