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Orlando, Florida(6 posts)

Orlando, Floridanoveread
Feb 21, 2003 7:12 AM
So the second week in MArch (8th-15th) I'll be in Orlando, FL. The change in weather from here in frigid Wisconsin will be a blessing. But this is a family trip and I'm not taking a bike! But this does not mean I won't have time to ride. With the racing season a month away, I don't want to be stuck on a trainer all week if I don't have to be. It would be nice to take advantage of the weather - and lack of hills! :) - to ride outside.

Is there a reputable shop near Disney that rents by the day and if so, I need suggestions for rides, say a 30 mile loop and a 50-65mile loop.

Any help would be appreciated! My email is fourlakes_99@yahoo.com

Noveread
re: Orlando, FloridaDaveLobster
Feb 21, 2003 7:45 AM
The Windermere Roadies ride out of (surprise) Windermere, which is very close to the attractions area. Most of the rides start at Windermere Elementary School. You can find out more at windermereroadies.com (including ride maps).

As far as a rental bike, I would suggest you just bring your own. I don't know of any shop renting out racing caliber road bikes.

-Dave W.
re: Orlando, Floridanoveread
Feb 21, 2003 7:57 AM
Thanks for the info. I know that shops aren't going to rent out racing bikes! It doesn't need to be a top-flight bike. I'll check into what might be available in Windermere...

Thanks,

Noveread
re: Orlando, Floridaafrican
Feb 21, 2003 8:24 AM
Try e mail this guy, Marty Gaal, he is a really nice guy and he rides the Windemere rides. Here is his web site and he has a message board, just post the question on his board, if anyone can point you in the right direction he can.

http://www.martygaal.com/
Sweet! Thanks! nmnoveread
Feb 21, 2003 9:15 AM
re: Orlando, FloridaIan
Feb 22, 2003 4:02 PM
I am one of the Windermere Roadies. We are an unofficial group, which you will see if you visit our website, one of us (Manny) just happens to be good on a computer and created the site.

Anyway, we ride out of Winderemere Elementary School on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday there are usually about 10-15 of us and we usually ride about 40-45 miles. On Sunday, the entire Orlando area comes out for the ride. There usually at least 40-50 riders on a slow day, and our largest group last year was 142 riders. Of course the ride will break up, with levels from pros (Ivan Dominguez, winner in NYC rode with us early last year) to the average weekend warrior.

Oh, and don't think it is flat here. It isn't Colorado or North Carolina, but I can do a 40 mile loop and get in over 2,000 feet of climbing. And our steepest hill grade hits 14%.

As far as renting a bike, I am pretty sure you are out of luck. There are not any shops in town that I know of that rent bikes, from road to MTB to cruisers. You may want to call Bike Works, 407-297-1550 and try to work something out, but as a general rule, they don't rent. I would ship your bike into them, have it assembled and then ride it. They are about 20 minutes from Disney, and 10 minutes from Windermere. Windermere is about 15 minutes from Disney. And do not think that you will be able to ride from your hotel on Disney property, that would not be smart. Put together large two or three lane roads, with a good amount of traffic and a bunch of tourists that do not know where they are going, it is not a good combination.

Anyway, hope you have a good trip, if you have more questions, let me know.

Ian