Category Archives: Ed’s Corner

“Moderate Difficulty”

I cycled a lot during the summer of 2011. Every week, I cranked out at least fifty miles on the Silver Comet and added a spin class or two to my usual routine so I would be in peak condition for the up-and-coming trip: a cycling tour of Tuscany. I did not want to be [...] Read Full Article
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Bearly A Trail (part 2)

A big part of me wanted to stay at the tunnel with people rather than heading toward the raspberries, (and anything eating raspberries) but we pointed our bikes south and pushed away. I remember thinking to myself what the TV interview with those folks would sound like after they found parts of me mixed in [...] Read Full Article
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Bearly A Trail (part 1)

For twenty years, I have dedicated at least one vacation a year to hauling my bike to a far away trail for a new and exciting trail riding experience. I enjoy reminiscing about past trail riding trips almost as much as taking new ones.   I have vivid memories of each and every trip. It will [...] Read Full Article
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Finally We Are Studied!

After negotiating the myriad of issues from adjoining neighbors and tediously maneuvering through the govern- ment process, I have the privilege of riding my bike down each new trail and seeing the joy we have created on the faces of the people I meet. Every mile we build is worth the effort. I really do [...] Read Full Article
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The BeltLine Lifestyle by Ed McBrayer

As the Director of PATH, I have spent a fair amount of time over the past seven years working with the BeltLine team and neighborhood leaders to plan and build the Atlanta BeltLine Trail from Piedmont Park though east Atlanta. This project has been challenging and sometimes even frustrating for everyone involved. We all kept [...] Read Full Article
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Falling Gracefully

Am I the only guy who can remember every fall they have had on a bicycle?  I’ve never been injured to any degree so it’s not the doctor bills or hospital stays that bring my falls into such sharp focus, but I do have a vivid memory of each and every one. Most of my [...] Read Full Article
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Mount Trashmore

When we were searching for a route for the Silver Comet Trail between Rockmart and Cedartown, Polk County graciously offered to let us cross the northern edge of the Polk County Landfill with the trail.  Without the luxury of an abandoned railroad in this area, we were hard pressed to find the connection we needed. [...] Read Full Article
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So Much More Than A “Bike Trail”

To many, the phrase ‘bike trail’ conjures up a vision of muscle-thighed men in brightly colored spandex, scattering  women, children, and small animals as they whoosh by in packs of twenty.  I am frequently referred to as the ‘bike trail guy’ when I’m out stumping for money or looking for land for a new trail.  [...] Read Full Article
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Fenders and Kickstands

Back in the days of bottled Coke, skinny ties, and drive-in movies, my bicycle had a cushy seat, fenders over the wheels and a flip-down kickstand. This fully-equipped tank probably weighed sixty pounds or more, with fat, white-walled tires and a bell I rang to scatter pedestrians and small animals. At some point in time [...] Read Full Article
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FURRY KIND

Almost every weekend during warmer months, my friends and I pack our cycling gear and head out to a trail for a day of socializing and exercise. Rural sections of the Silver Comet and Arabia Mountain Trails are my favorite places to ride where the smell of honeysuckle is in the air, the creeks are [...] Read Full Article
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