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Road Biking in Florida????(6 posts)

Road Biking in Florida????dealspinner
Jun 16, 2002 7:53 PM
I am relocating from Chicago to Florida (Aventura or Ft.Lauderdale). I wanted to know of a few good bike shops and what is the riding scene is like. Also...where are good places to ride!! thanks!!

re: Road Biking in Florida????Ian
Jun 17, 2002 5:39 AM
We have great riding were I live in Orlando and the outskirts of Orlando (Clermont), but I have ridden down there and it is a little different than what I am used to up here. In Orlando, we ride at 8:00 am or 6:00 pm, we have hard group rides and group recovery rides. We have flats rides and hill rides, we can ride 25 miles or 75 miles. I had a buddy move to Ft. Lauderdale and when I was down there on business he told me to bring my bike.

In Ft. Lauderdale the riders only seem to have one speed, FAST. They will take off and hammer for 30-40 miles and basically spit as many people off the back as possilbe. And I hope you are a morning person, all the rides start at 6:00 am. I did the Tuesday morning ride out of Mike's Cyclery, it rolled at 6:00 am sharp. There were about 35 riders and it went up A1A and back. After a warm up at 20-21 mph the pack picked it up into the high 20's, sometimes hitting 30. The only saving grace for me was we would have to slow down for the occasional red light. I hung on as long as I could and as soon as I stated slowing down, so did the rest of the pack. We had reached the turn around point. I hung in there until about half way back when the front of the pack attacked through a red light. I sat up and muttered "Have a good time", it wasn't worth it to hang on. I happened to catch them a few miles down the road because a drawbridge was up and got back in the pack. As we neared the finish the pace picked up and I had people riding closer to me than I have in USCF races, they take it serious down there. Lots of attacking and then a sprint for the line.

Now, I know that is kind of a negative picture, but there are some good points. We were done riding before 8:00am, great if you have to get to work. And riding down A1A as the sun came up was a sight to behold.

Anyway, contact Mike's Cyclery or Downtown Bikes, they both have group rides out of the shops and can point you to other group rides in the area.

Can't resist...Wannabe
Jun 17, 2002 8:21 AM
"We have flats rides and hill rides"

Hill rides? Where? I'm in Orlando every year! Or are you just talking about riding over some freeway overpasses?! :)

All in jest, but still, hill rides in central florida?

They do have magic mountain (nm).Bruno
Jun 17, 2002 10:20 AM
Can't resist...Ian
Jun 17, 2002 12:13 PM
In Clermont we have some great hill rides. Well, maybe "great" is a strong term for someone riding in Colorado, California or North Carolina.

Anyway, there is 40 mile loop I do that has 2,400 feet of climbing. Of course we don't have any long sustained grades, but plenty of short steep ones. Our steepest hill hits a 14% grade. The group I ride with recently worked out a route where we can do a century with a mile of elevation gain. The hills around here a good enough that I was able to train for Six Gap and complete the ride in 00' and we are going back again this year.

Agree about A1A at sunrise...GreenFan
Jun 17, 2002 5:15 PM
DO yourself a favor now and again and take the bike up to Palm Beach, Jupiter Island, or some of the less built up sections of A1A. The rides can get a little boring (grid lined road planning) with the wind either at your back or in your face, but all and all there is plenty of good riding in South Florida.