The Mall At Shelter Cove is no more. Most of it has been torn down and a massive new development is underway. Anchored by a model Kroger grocery store, this new development, called Shelter Cove Town Centre will host new restaurants, shops, pedestrian walkways, parks, and over 200 full time occupancy apartments.
There will be a park extending from one end of the development to the other with new bike trails that will run up to Singleton Beach Road and then on to the beach. This development will re-vitalize the center of the island and offer residents and visitors a lot to chose from in way of activities.
More can be read about this development, and artist renderings viewed at the developer’s web site: www.sheltercovetowncentre.com .
Riding Tigers Bike Rentals offers bicycle delivery free of charge to visitors staying in Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove, and nearby areas.
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.
With over 100 miles of bike trails on Hilton Head Island there are numerous places to view native and migrating wildlife. Any pathway that takes you close to marsh areas, such as Shelter Cove, the end of Beach City Road, Point Comfort, behind the new Shelter Cove Town Center, will offer the opportunity to view a wide variety of marsh birds, and sometimes otter.
Deer are also abundant on the island, as well as alligators. Both species can be viewed in all of the gated communities, which have multiple lagoons.
Dolphin are also common all around the island and can often be seen off the beach in all areas, in Broad Creek (access viewing points in Palmetto Bay Marina area), and all along Calibogue Sound if you are staying in Sea Pines Plantation.
And, there is Pinckney Island National Wildlife Area, which is located west of Hilton Head Island off of Route 278. You will probably want to take your bikes there on a vehicle as it is a long ride from most locations on Hilton Head. There are a lot of bird species to be seen with a wide variety of habitat, as well as armadillos, deer, raccoons, rabbits, and fox. Dirt pathways crisscross the island. Bring water and snacks or lunch.
A great day trip is to take your bikes on the ferry to Daufauski Island where you can see a totally different island environment. The embarkation point is located to the right before Palmetto Bay Marina.
Enjoy our island wildlife!!
When you view our web site you will see that we have many different size bikes to rent. We have bikes for adults, and bikes for kids. As far as the kids go you can start by checking the size of the tires on the bikes they ride at home. Most between the ages of 8 and 10 are probably on 20 inch bikes. And those 11-14 may be best suited for 24 inch bikes. For the little ones we have 16″ bikes with or without training wheels.
If it turns out that what you chose isn’t correct once you receive your order, we will replace it with the correct size.
Adults sizes are pretty simple to figure out. We rent mostly unisex bikes, which have a step through frame. They come in two sizes, 24″ and 26″. Anyone 4’6″ to 5’2″ are best suited for a 24″ bike. The rest will do well with 26″. The exception to this is guys over 6’1″. For them we have men’s bikes, which have a larger frame, and a horizontal bar.
And we haven’t forgotten the kids who aren’t yet riding on their own. An ally cat, or tagalong as we call them, attaches to the adult bike and the child sits on a seat, has handlebars, and pedals to follow along. The child does not have to pedal. He/she can just sit there and enjoy the ride.
There are pictures of all of our bikes and attachments here at our web site. If you need help with your choice, you can call us directly for assistance.
Many bicyclists seem to think that they have the right of way when faced with vehicular traffic situations. This is simply not true, and is often the reason bicyclists get hit by cars. Before you head out on a bicycle ride on any of the Hilton Head bike trails make sure you and your family know the rules of the road.
Do not expect vehicles to stop for you even if you have the right of way. Be cautious crossing streets and use the pedestrian crossing light.
If a vehicle is trying to pull out into traffic, and you need to ride in front of it, be sure to make eye contact with the driver so he/she knows you are there and what your intention is.
When riding on a street always ride with traffic, not against it.
Always use a bike path when one is available. Stay off the streets.
When overtaking another cyclist or pedestrian always say “passing left/right” so they get out of the way.
When crossing an intersection with your crossing light be aware of vehicles making a right turn with a red light. They are supposed to give you the right of way since you have the crossing light, but not all drivers are aware of this.
If you are driving a vehicle, never stop and wave a cyclist on as this is likely to cause an accident.
Wear a helmet. Although there is no helmet law on Hilton Head, it is advisable to wear one anyway for your own safety. Falls on the head can result in very serious injury.
When riding on the beach stay out of the soft sand. It can cause the front wheel to suddenly pull right or left and cause a fall. We had this happen to one of customers once and she ended up breaking her ankle in 3 places.
Now you know the rules of safety for bicyclists. Be sure your kids know them to. Enjoy bicycle rides on Hilton Head!
Every April Hilton Head Island plays host to the Heritage Golf Tournament, a PGA Tour event that this year runs from April 14 -20. It always follows the Masters Tournament and is a draw for many of the top PGA professional golfers. It is held at the Harbourtown Golf Links course in Sea Pines Plantation and is a week of fun for spectators. The easiest way to get in to watch the play is on a bicycle. As long as you have a grounds badge you can ride through either Sea Pines gate for free. There are many places to lock up your bike once you are near the tournament grounds. Information for locations can be found at the event web site, www.rbcheritage.com. We advise calling us well in advance to make reservations for your bikes. Of course, we deliver directly to the place where you will be spending the week. Tickets for the Heritage can be ordered online at the web site, or you can purchase a pass at the event the day, or days that you attend. Be sure to read the grounds rules prior to attending this event as there are days when cameras are not allowed. Enjoy!!
Hilton Head has a wealth of restaurants, so for a visitor it may be difficult to determine which one you want to ride your bicycle to for lunch. So, we have some suggestions that should answer that question no matter what part of the island you are staying on.
For the Palmetto Dunes area you have several options. In Shelter Cove there is San Miguel’s, which is located on the south end of the shopping area. The fare is Mexican and you get salsa and chips free. You can sit outside and have a view of the marina. Inside Palmetto Dunes is Big Jim’s located in the club house at the Robert Trent Jones golf course. They have nice big burgers among other things. There is outside seating where you can watch golfers teeing off on the #1 hole. And if you want to ride a bit farther, north of the Palmetto Dunes entrance at the intersection of Rte. 278 and Singleton Beach Road is Harold’s Diner. This is a favorite with locals.
For those staying in or near Shipyard Plantation you have lots of options, some being close for the North and South Forest Beach area as well. Inside is the Sonesta Hotel with a pool bar that serves food and a nice outside patio at the hotel where meals are served. Coming out the front gate you can ride south on Rte. 278 and go to Fat Babys Pizza and Subs or Reilley’s Bar and Grille. Both spots have a great lunch menu. Coming out the Pope Avenue gate you can ride to Coligny Plaza and eat at Skillets, The Hot Dog Harbour, or Aqua’s beach side bar and grill.
Staying in Sea Pines Plantation you will have many options. Inside the gates is the Salty Dog at South Beach, the Sea Pines Beach House, and two or three restaurants in Harbourtown. And if you are near either the front or ocean gate, refer to the options listed above that are located outside the gates.
For everyone on the south end of Hilton Head don’t miss going to Palmetto Bay and eating at the Sunrise Cafe (fantastic breakfast too). It’s a longer ride, but well worth it.
If we missed an area where you will be staying, then send us an email and we can come up with more suggestions.
Since this ride is all on the beach, it can be accessed from a lot of different points. One can start in the area of the Westin Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Shipyard, North and South Forest Beach, and Sea Pines. This is a drinking person’s ride as it follows a route that takes the biker from one beach side bar to another….great fun. From the north you can start at the Westin beach bar and head south stopping at Coco’s, then the Marriott and Omni beach bars, next Sonesta Hotel at Shipyard, Aqua Beach Bar on North Forest Beach, then The Tiki Hut at Coligny, then on down to Sea Pines with a stop at the Beach House, and end up at South Beach at the Salty Dog.
All these places serve food as well as drinks. And you don’t need to stop at every one. If you did, and drank at every one, you would probably not make it all the way. Best you plan your own route or part thereof. Most of the stops, except for Sea Pines (they are nasty people and don’t like bikers on their property who aren’t staying in Sea Pines Plantation) are shown on the Hilton Head 360 Map. You can pick up a copy of it at many places on the island as it is a give away map. You can also go to their web site ( www.hiltonhead360.com ) and have one sent to you.
Enjoy, and don’t fall over!
Spring comes early here on Hilton Head, and it is one of the nicest times of the year to be here. The weather is warm, there are no crowds, and the bicycling is the best. If you are planning a spring break trip with family or friends, we will have discounted bicycle rental prices to offer you. Email us or call for quotes and keep an eye on our facebook page for pricing announcements.