Address: 670 Houze Way, Roswell, GA 30076    Phone: 770-642-4057    Hours: Mon - Thurs 10am -7pm,  Fri 10am -6pm,  Sat 9:30am - 5pm,  Sun 12pm - 4pm

Riding Around Atlanta: Episode 1 Roswell to Alpharetta

RATING (1 Bicycle = Low, 5 Bicycles = High)

Atlanta has grown a good bit over the past years.  Areas that used to be green landscapes with nothing but farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and housing developments.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for other modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta / Fulton has several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock between others.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads that are good for some great rides. 

We all ride bicycles for different reasons.  Some people ride their bicycles as a hobby, some as a way of transportation and others for fitness and health.  No matter what your motive is, you can find a good place to ride around Roswell. Here are several recommendations on roads you can take from Roswell to other cities in the North Atlanta Area.  Our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making your trip excessively long.

Roswell to Alpharetta

Route #1

The most direct route to Alpharetta from Downtown Roswell is via Highway 9, however, we do not recommend riding your bicycle on roads like Hwy 9 (Alpharetta Hwy).  When leaving downtown Roswell there are two “bike friendly” arteries that will get you across Hwy 92.  These are Woodstock Rd. and Crabapple Rd.  Out of these two we prefer Woodstock Rd.  While the route is a tad longer it has a flatter profile and provides better scenery through some nice suburban neighborhoods.  Once across Hwy 92 you can turn right onto Hardscrabble which is basically a straight shot to Alpharetta.  Roads like Mayfield Rd. and Mid Broadwell are the two best ways to approach Alpharetta.  This route takes you through Milton, home of the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub which hosts the Olde Blind Dog Cycling Club.  Length is approximately 10 miles and should take less than an hour for the average rider.

Route #2

An alternate route to the one mentioned above is to take Westside Pkwy all the way to Academy St.  To reach Westside Parkway from Downtown Roswell you must take Norcross St. heading east to Grimes Bridge Rd. then continue onto Old Roswell Rd which turns into Westside Pkwy.  This route has 2+ lane roads and bike shoulders, however, the speed limits are higher (45mph) so make sure you are comfortable with vehicles passing at those speeds.  Another benefit to this route is the fact that it takes you through Avalon.  This new live/work/play complex holds numerous businesses and restaurants which make it a destination of its own.  This route is approximately 9 miles and should take less than an hour.

Things to see in Alpharetta:

• Alpharetta City Hall
• Avalon
• Wills Park
• North Point Mall
• Alpharetta Greenway
• Jekyll Brewing

Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

Cycle Greater Yellowstone - August 19, 2017



Iconic, Wild and Magnificent, experience one of the most beautiful Ecosystems with Roswell Bicycles and Cycle Greater Yellowstone.

Cycle Greater Yellowstone is a fully supported bicycle tour traveling through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem each August.  This year's route will start and finish in West Yellowstone, Montana with 6 days of riding and includes a layover day in Driggs, Idaho.  Your registration fee enables us to inspire and educate people from around the world about the wonders of Greater Yellowstone and also provides valuable support for our conservation work. We invite you to take the next step to earn CGY Gear, support the work of Greater Yellowstone Coalition and invite those that may want to help that aren't pedaling.   


Roswell Bicycles has generously donated your choice of a Giant bicycle to win - yes, you get to choose between a road bike, cross bike or mountain bike.  Each entry is $10.  You can enter as many times as you like.  We will be announcing the winner on Thursday, August 24 during Cycle Greater Yellowstone.  You do not need to be present to win!  Even if your are unable to ride with us this year, you can still win a rad bike and support the work of Greater Yellowstone Coalition!

To register or donate please visit here.

Roswell Bicycles Sponsors Dirty Spokes Productions Events


Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, GA

This premier off-road duathlon is one of the best in the Southeast. Participants can choose to race either of two race formats and one of the several categories. Race registration will include: Chip Timing, Dri Fit Shirt, Clif Bar samples, Squirt Lube samples, Gatorade, and more.  For complete race information and registration go to the Off Road Duathlon webpage

Two race formats:

Traditional: Run, Bike Run - 3.8 Mi Run, 10 Mi Bike, 2.1 Mi Run

Novice: Run, Bike - 3.8 Mi Run, 10 Mi Bike



Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, GA

(Race #3 of the Chainbuster Mountain Bike Series)

This 6/3 hour mountain bike race is a classic! With a few modifications, this will be the same great course  and same great venue (fast and fun) as last year's race. The mountain bike race will start from the main "mountain bike parking lot". Race registration will include a Dri Fit Shirt, Chip Timing, Clif Bar Samples, Squirt Lube Samples, Sweet Swag (winners prizes) and an awesome experience!.  For complete race information and registration go to the 6/3 Hour Mountain Bike Race webpage



"Besides doing our very best to give our customers the ultimate experience in purchasing their bicycles, we also give them our very best service and support after the sale. However, we don’t believe we’ve become one of the largest bike shops in the country just by selling bicycles. We love our customers, and we support them as well as cycling advocacy by being one of the most community involved bike shops in the country. We think the cycling community appreciates that, as well." (Todd Kaib, Roswell Bicycles)

 For more information, contact: Frank Eastland, Roswell Bicycles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Tim Schroer, Dirty Spokes Productions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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