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Best Atlanta Bike Trails for Cycling Enthusiasts to Explore this Summer


man riding bikeThis is the time of year for bicycles to be taken out of bike storage and prepared to ride through the many amazing bike trails in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Featured below are four bike riding destinations in Atlanta that many cyclists will be exploring this summer. The four Atlanta bike trails of focus for today are Silver Comet Trail, Big Creek Greenway, Stone Mountain PATH and Suwanee Greenway.

Atlanta Bike Trails

Silver Comet Trail

The Sliver Comet Trail begins at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and the East-West Connector in Smyrna, Georgia and runs all the way to the Alabama border. There, it meets the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama. A former rail line, the trail runs more than 60 miles through Atlanta forest, farmland, ravines and more before extending into Alabama. It features a gentle grade and scenic views all along the way and is a great destination for bike riding in Atlanta.

Big Creek Greenway

The Big Creek Greenway is a flat, winding trail with plenty of shade and is divided into two sections. The southern portion (Roswell/Alpharetta section) runs parallel to North Point Parkway. The northern portion, which begins north of Webb bridge, extends south 8.6 miles to a parking lot at Big Creek Park off Old Alabama Road near Holcomb Bridge Road in Fulton County. It is one of the best bike paths Atlanta offers, and with YMCA facilities along the way it can be a great pick for the whole family.

Stone Mountain PATH

The Stone Mountain Trail begins with the John Portman Cycle Track at Centennial Olympic Park. Then, this Atlanta bike trail continues across Piedmont Ave in downtown Atlanta, along the Freedom Parkway trail and ends at the loop around Stone Mountain. The 19-mile-long trail does require on-street travel for almost four miles, in Candler Park and through Clarkston. The trail connects downtown Atlanta to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Historic site, the Carter Center, Fernbank History Center, downtown Decatur, Stone Mountain Village, and Stone Mountain Memorial Park.

Suwanee Greenway

The multi-use Suwanee Creek Greenway offers a great bike riding experience in Atlanta. This bike path extends four miles along Suwanee Creek through forest and wetlands, with bike paths offering mostly solid surface for cyclists throughout. The greenway connects 400 acres of parkland with residential and commercial areas. Bike Riders in Atlanta can begin this trail at George Pierce Park on the northern end of Suwanee Creek Park at the southern end and pass through Martin Farm Park.

Store Your Bicycles with Storage World

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Bicycle Storage Tips for Atlanta Cyclists


man cyclingBicycle storage best practices will keep your bike in excellent condition throughout the year. To kick-start your bicycle storage, we’re offering the top bike storage tips that cycling enthusiasts need to ensure their bikes are safe, secure and peddling further through Atlanta this summer. Those bicycle storage tips include cleaning your bicycle before storing, avoiding garage storage, storing bicycles together and placing your bikes in a self-storage unit.

Clean Bicycles Before Storage

Before placing a bike in storage, it’s important to thoroughly clean the bicycle. Take a few minutes to wipe and polish the frame, reflectors, handle bars and seat. Use a brush to remove any mud and grit from the wheels, joints and brakes, and then you’re ready for bike storage. This will also help you prepare your bike for riding as soon as its removed from storage, and prevent the build-up of rust and grime.

Beware of Bike Storage Near Cars and Tools

Cars, snow blowers, shovels and tools that occupy the garage could become a damaging combination of items when stored with a bicycle. It only takes a simple bump from your car door to knock a nearby bicycle over, causing damage to any number of items. If you must use your garage for bicycle storage, consider hanging them from the ceiling with manufacturer-approved bike hooks. But if this can be avoided, we recommend keeping your bicycles out of the way of everyday items, and storing them in a shed. Or, if the riding seasons is over, there are a variety of self-storage units that could help during the winter months.

Keep Your Bicycles Stored Together

True biking enthusiasts have a stable of bicycles. From mountain bikes, to touring bikes and everything in between, there are specific bicycles designed for specific terrains. To help stay organized and get you on the road quicker, it’s best to store all bicycles together. Whether in a basement, shed, or self-storage unit, keeping all bikes together helps maintain their condition and prevents damage to the bike or other items while in storage.

Self-Storage Units for Bike Storage

Storing your bicycles in a self-storage unit will keep the chains and tires out of the elements, preventing rust or cracking. It will also help keep your garage organized. At Storage World, our storage facilities throughout Atlanta offer 24/7 access to your unit. This means that you will have the ability to grab your bike for that early morning ride as well as that late-night trek after work. Self-storage units also provide a more secure storage option, remaining locked at our storage facility until they need to be accessed.

Storage World offers self-storage specials, as well as household storage solutions, business, car and bicycle storage along with everything else that you need. Stop by one of our self-storage facilities in Atlanta today and speak with our customer service team to find the storage unit that’s right for you.


Spring Cleaning: Boost Your Business


A frustrated businessman seated at a cluttered deskMost spring cleaning guides (including our previous three) are focused on the home. The practice can also greatly benefit the workplace. Many offices have a cleaning crew come through regularly, so there’s less focus on wiping and scrubbing when we talk about spring cleaning for businesses. However, organization plays a major role in all spring cleaning projects, and that’s what we’ll focus on today.

Organizing Your Office or Workspace

Many (if not most) office jobs today revolve around a computer, so not only do you have a physical desktop area to maintain, but you also have a virtual one that needs special attention. Let’s start with the more traditional space first.

Surface

If your desktop is covered with sticky notes, papers, folders and more, sort through those first. Toss any outdated items. Arrange the remaining things according to priority so you can focus on the appropriate projects first once you’ve finished cleaning. Keep frequently used items close at hand (like a pen or two and a notepad), but consider stashing away things like staplers and sticky notes if you only use them occasionally. Don’t throw them into drawers just yet, though. We’ll be cleaning those out shortly.

Try to place your phone on the same side of your desk as your dominant hand. This will prevent you from having to drape the cord across any items you’re working on while talking on the phone and potentially disrupting your organized structure. It should also help keep the phone cord from getting kinked and knotted. Family pictures, knick-knacks and other personal items can help make your space more comfortable, but don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get distracted, and if you spend all day reminiscing about that vacation, you won’t be getting much work done. Position your computer monitor directly in front of you—preferably at eye level. This can help with screen visibility, and it may prevent you from straining your neck.

Drawers

Once the top of your desk is clean, it’s time to see what’s been hiding in the drawers. Empty them completely so you can take a thorough inventory. Toss any garbage like stale or expired snacks, paper scraps and sticky notes containing information that’s already been processed and anything else that’s just cluttering up the area. Sort and organize any remaining objects, and return them to the drawers neatly. Make sure any items you need frequently are at the front of the drawer so you don’t have to rummage around every time you open it.

Email

With the physical space organized, here are a few tips to help you manage the virtual counterpart. Set aside regular time in the morning and afternoon for checking email, but plan on staying focused on tasks and projects for the rest of the day. It’s easy to get distracted by incoming messages, and it can be difficult to get back into a good working groove once you’ve been interrupted. If the incoming notifications prove too tempting to resist, try turning them off.

You can also reduce the amount of email needed with some follow-up phone calls, meetings or office visits when there is any confusion about a subject. It might be easier to hash out the details with a form of communication that’s a little more give and take than the one-sidedness of an email conversation.

Off-site Storage For Businesses

You might have equipment, office furniture, documents or other items that need to be kept off site and out of the way. Those needs could be temporary or long-term. Either way, Storage World can help! We offer month-to-month self-storage solutions with no long-term commitment. Our storage units come in a variety of sizes and feature state-of-the-art security. Talk to one of our self-storage pros today to learn more about finding a storage unit that’s the right fit for your business.


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