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Biking in Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston has the reputation of being a bike-friendly city.

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CHARLESTON, SC, May 28, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In many ways, Michael Kimner is a classic American success story. He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Business Administration, and put it to use right away with the first of a series of jobs in the Energy industry. Over the next twenty years, he had seen the industry inside out and from top to bottom, focusing primarily on risk management and trading. Along the way, he picked up his Series 3 FINRA license. Today, Michael Kimner is an independent Investment Management professional who lives and works in South Carolina.

Working as an independent means that Michael Kimner is his own boss. As such, he must shoulder a lot of responsibility, but he has the background for that. More importantly, being an independent gives him a great deal of latitude in his schedule. Michael Kimner finds that he has pencil in plenty of leisure time in addition to his professional responsibilities. One of his favorite activities his riding his mountain bike, which is something he tries to do every day.

Mountain bikes are a very specialized style of bicycle. Early mountain bikes were developed in part in California during the 1970s. They were modified from cruiser bikes, and early enthusiasts used them for riding mountain trails, largely in the Marin County area north of San Francisco. But the utility of mountain bikes goes beyond twisting mountain trails, and Charleston, where Michael Kimner makes his home, is mostly flat.

Charleston was, in fact, on Bicycling magazine's list of the fifty best cities in America for bikes. The magazine specifically singled out the flat terrain, along with the region's mild weather, and the generally positive attitude toward bikes exhibited by city leaders. There is even a localized bike website,, that features cycling tips, news on International bike racing, and other items of interest to cyclists like Michael Kimner.

As Michael Kimner knows, South Carolina itself placed #34 on a list of Bike Friendly states. The list was compiled by a group called Bike Friendly America, and used such criteria as the bicycle friendliness of state laws, policies and funding priorities, education programs, current and planned infrastructure, evaluation and planning, and the enforcement of bike laws.

Michael Kimner has discovered the sheer pleasure of getting on a bike and riding it. In addition to his mountain bike, he also rides a road bike for long distances, although he admits that the mountain bike is his first choice. He knows that bike riding is not just fun, but is also a great way to stay in shape. Bike riding provides an excellent cardio-vascular workout, and is a lot easier on legs and ankles than running is. "Cycling gets your legs moving and your heart pumping without pounding your joints," according to Andy Clarke, the president of the League of American Bicyclists.

Michael Kimner is also a golf enthusiast, and the Charleston area is blessed with many fine golf courses, including two nationally ranked courses at the Daniel Island Club.

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