Bike Shop and Active Wear Boutique Greenville, SC
Pedal Chic Closes Out First Season of Spin & Sip Rides - Bike Fashion and Friendship

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This year we tried something new.  We wanted to encourage more people to get on their bikes again so we started a social ride on Tuesday nights called Spin & Sip.  We posted the rides on our social media channels and it took on a life of it's own.  The concept was simple.  We met on the patio at Pedal Chic bike shop and then rode the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  At first we did not go that far, but no one was left behind.  It was BYOB & B (beverages and bikes) and we rented bikes to those that did not have their own ... yet!

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We asked our riders to share their thoughts on what these group rides have meant to them and here is what they had to say in our Facebook group.

"What this group means to me is life! A new chapter with some new great friends. I felt myself starting to go into a depression so I bought a bike. Within the first week I showed up at Spin & Sip not knowing a soul but felt welcomed from the start. This group made my year. I am so thankful God directed me to it. It means the world to me and I can't wait till next year!!! Love you guys. smile. CJ"

"Riding with the girls was so much fun! It was so cool to sit and sip afterwards! It is so great to be a part of this wonderful group! Everyone looks after each other.Can't wait to ride again soon! Hope we can still ride together some Saturdays!Thanks Pedal Chics for some wonderful memories! smile"

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"After a two year "hiatus", evry mile gave me a new confidence. Very theraputic."

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What did we learn from our first season of this very special ride?  If you start it they will ride!  Looking forward to our next season.  We ride again in March 2013!


Night of Celebration at Pedal Chic "Raise the Roof" on October 16th from 6 - 9 pm

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So this happened last year on October 16th, 2011... our roof caved in during a heavy rain.

And exactly a year later, we want to celebrate and "Raise the Roof" with a party at Pedal Chic bike shop in Greenville, SC on October 16th from 6 - 9 pm. Join us as we thank our loyal customers, honor our steady riders from Spin & Sip and our other shop rides and welcome Anna Cleaver, professional tri athlete and representing Hicapie Sportswear who will bring their fall line and denim line to the party. Listen to the soulful sounds of Darby Wilcox and her band and enjoy delicious refreshments from our great friends at Ford's Oyster House. Stop in and help us celebrate an incredible year coming back from the flood all because of our always encouraging customers and friends! Thank you all so very much! We look forward to great things ahead!

Recent Blessings:

Spin & Sip Riding Group

Voted "Best Bike Shop for Women" by BRAINy Top 100 at Interbike

Money Magazine Article, October, 2012

CNN/Money Video October 2012

HUGE announcement to TBA !!! Stay tuned ...

Visit www.pedalchic.com for all your fall cycling needs!

Robin Bylenga, Creator of Pedal Chic, is Featured in Money Magazine's Second Act


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Robin Bylenga and Pedal Chic are Featured in the October, 2012 Issue of Money Magazine

PedalChic-Money Magazine CNN Coverage

Pedal Chic Received BRAINy Top 100 Award Last Night!

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Pedal Chic was honored to receive a BRAINy (Bicycle Retailer and Industry News) award - "Best Bike Shop for Women" - last night at Interbike in Las Vegas.  Watch Robin Bylenga as she accepts the award in this video clip.  Pedal Chic is a women's specific bike shop offering the latest bike fashion - "Roadways are the new Runways" is the company tagline.

Bike Camping on the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia

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Bike Camping on the Silver Comet Trail in GA

I have always wanted to go on a bike camping trip. These are two activities that I love to do and combining them makes perfect sense to me. After my recent divorce, I promised myself that I would do what I love doing as much as I can, even if I have to do these activities alone. What I am finding is that there are many people in the same situation and I always find someone to ride with or talk to and that makes it even more enjoyable. I would like to thank Nancy Gentry of The Adventure Group Meetup Group for organizing the trip.

So I arrived in Georgia at the Rock Campground (between mile markers 35 - 34) in Rockmart, GA on Saturday am and a group of 10 of us (mostly from Greenville, SC) hit the Silver Comet Trail at 10 am. We rode towards Smyrna and the scenery was great.

There are tunnels, bridges and Castle Rock and very few hills. All in all this was a pretty flat ride.

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We found a Mexican restaurant on Nathan Dean Boulevard to stop and have lunch at mile marker 19 in Dallas, GA. There were many food choices at that marker right at the Chamber of Commerce trail head. There is also a  Waffle House, Ruby Tuesdays, Panda Garden, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell and more so as a side note this is the food jump off. Some of the group headed back to camp after lunch and a few continued on. I was in the later pack. I rode with Andy and Jan and we challenged each other to go farther and had a nice chat along the way.

Yesterday I rode 40 miles for the first time EVER!  I strongly recommend a road bike for this trail.  I recently purchased my Bianchi at Pedal Chic in Greenville, SC, and it was perfect for this ride.

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Day Two Morning Reflections: So here I am, day two, of my bike camping trip on the Silver Comet trail. I had a great night sleep in my new toy, my GO camper/tent thingy.

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Mixed up some really good instant oatmeal and Korean coffee which my nephew brought back for me after his tour in South Korea and now I am good to go. We will head towards Alabama today and will encounter more hills. They actually refer to the hills at heart attack hills. I hope to do at least 40 miles again today.

Recap of day two:

Here we are at the top of the heart attack hills. It was very challenging but doable.

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This part of the trail from Rockmart to the Cedartown Depot  is more challenging. (35 - 52) Rockmart is very picturesque so if you want some good pictures this is your stop.


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There is also an Italian restaurant, Frankie's, right off the trail that is a good stop for a beer or food. They are only open till 3 on Sundays tho. We needed a refreshment stop so we ended up across the bridge in Rockmart on the way home at Hometown Pizza. The wings and pizza are fantastic and they have cold beer, Fat Tire, and deliver to the campground. So Hometown Pizza was our major score on this trip!

Back to the ride … The hills are great if you like to climb. You will be challenged. The worst or best of the hills, depending on your point of view, are near the dump. There is a great scenic lookout at the top of the biggest hill. There is also a remote campground, Camp Comet, around mile 45 if you need to take a break.

The cruise down to Cedartown is very quick after the climb. We found Southern Flavor restaurant just beyond the depot. It is a Meat & 3 for the most part but will feed you well. The peanut butter pie was well worth the climb. Ellis Pub was not open on Sunday when we passed thru but looked like a great stop too.  I am an adventure rider so I am looking for the full experience. Knowing that we had to face the hills again on the way back and just having lunch, only one of us pushed on 10 miles farther. I was not in that group today.

Returned to the campground around 5:30. We did another 40 miles on day two, this time with hills! It was a much more scenic ride then yesterday and we all agreed that we enjoyed this ride more than the day before. It was good to do a flatter ride on day one and then step it up day two.

All in all a very satisfying trip. The Silver Comet is well worth the trip. The trail in Georgia is 60 miles one way and then an additional 40 going into Alabama on a spur trail that ends in Weaver, AL I'm told. That sounds like another ride and another adventure. I did not find a lot of detailed information or reviews online about this trail so we would be happy to answer your questions if you would like more info about our ride. Please leave your comments and questions below.

Written by Wendy Lynam.  Owner of Greenville Marketing Lab and new road biker.

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Press Release for SpokesWomen Events at Interbike in Vegas

SpokesWomen US Events at Interbike in Las Vegas

SpokesWomenUS and Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Collaborate on Networking Events at Interbike 2012 in Las Vegas in September 2012

Pedal Chic Announces SpokesWomen Events at Interbike in Las Vegas in September (click to read more)

Riding My New Road Bike In Greenville, SC

I recently purchased a Bianchi road bike from my favorite bike shop, Pedal Chic, in Greenville, SC.  They have been so helpful to me, a novice road cyclist but avid cruiser bike rider.  I really want to take my cycling to the next level.  Notice I did not name the model of my new road bike because I am a newbie and don't really care about that … yet.

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I took my beautiful new bike out for a long ride this morning, all by myself, on the beautiful country roads where I live in the southern part of Greenville county. I heard that Happy Cow Creamery is a good destination from my house and an attainable distance for me, 10 miles out, so I chose that route.

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I arrived at Happy Cow in about 45 minutes and drove up the gravel drive to find some really happy looking cows.

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I went inside the small retail shop and grabbed a NC Gala apple, some pepper string cheese and a bottle of water. I saw that they had cheese curds, a favorite from my home state Wisconsin, and struck up a conversation with the ladies behind the desk. They told me about an upcoming anniversary celebration they are having on October 6th. Sounds like it will be fun with a live band and all kinds of food sampling. I was amazed at all the local food they had in their small shop; everything from fresh shrimp from Charleston to chicken breading, pretzel rolls, some amazing looking cinnamon rolls to pumpkin butter. I came up 34 cents short and they told me to pay it when I come back next time. I will definitely be heading back there to get some goodies.

I left the dairy and headed back home but noticed a sign for City Scape Winery and Supply 1.5 miles down a side road. I had to check it out. I was somewhat familiar with the wine but had never seen their facility. It is a nice little homestead with another small retail shop. I went inside and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful tasting room.

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The owners, Anita and Wayne Tamme, were very friendly and invited me to sample some wine. I tried the Uptown White (dry and very good) and the Pineapple Riesling (not too sweet and interesting taste). They told me about their tasting events and I told them about a ride a lead from Pedal Chic bike shop called Spin & Sip every Tuesday night. We came up with the idea of a tasting ride and I am excited to start planning it. Check back for more details soon.

I headed back home and it started to rain a little. I loved the smell of the fresh rain hitting the pavement and it cooled me off. The ride was such and inspiration to get out and explore all there is here in Greenville and the surrounding areas. You can do it by yourself or in a group. Experiencing the countryside on two wheels instead of four is a great way to discover hidden gems.

Week Two:  I rode this route again with a friend who is a much more experienced cyclist.  I learned a few things.  We also swung by Cedar Falls on this ride and were impressed by the beauty of the falls.  The climb back up is challenging but worth the effort.

I would love to hear about your experiences and recommendations for more routes in Greenville. I really don't mind the hills.  My goal is to make it up Paris Mountain by the end of the fall.  Please leave your comments below and subscribe if you enjoyed this post.

Written by Wendy Lynam owner of Greenville Marketing Lab and cycling enthusiast.

Check out Robin's video on how to choose the right road bike below!


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