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Old 06-22-04, 07:29 AM   #1
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Riding in St. Pete/Treasure Island Area?

I'm headed to Florida next week and was wondering if there is a place to rent a road bike in the area? Also any riding trails? Or good routes to use? Any distance will be better than none. Anyone??
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I'm headed to Florida next week and was wondering if there is a place to rent a road bike in the area? Also any riding trails? Or good routes to use? Any distance will be better than none. Anyone??
There's quite a few shops that do rentals although for road bike you'll need to do some calling.
Shop Directory As far as riding there are several options but the Pinellas Trail is one of the more popular for the roadies.
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I live just north of Clearwater. The Pinellas Trail is absolutely the place to ride. It's dangerous here off the trail.

There is another trail north of Tampa. Same style as the Pinellas Trail, but longer.
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I live just north of Clearwater. The Pinellas Trail is absolutely the place to ride. It's dangerous here off the trail.

There is another trail north of Tampa. Same style as the Pinellas Trail, but longer.
It's not that bad off trail but you need to pick your routes. As long as you stay off the main thoroughfares (ie US 19/ 34th Street, Tyrone Avenue etc) you'll be fine. Ride where you feel comfortable
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Hey! Thanks for the info. The trail is not far from where we will be in Treasure Island. I'll have to call around for bikes.
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There's quite a few shops that do rentals although for road bike you'll need to do some calling.
Shop Directory As far as riding there are several options but the Pinellas Trail is one of the more popular for the roadies.
Pinellas trail if you like stop signs.....
I would suggest the suncoast trail, much better for riding one section has 10 miles nonstop, then you can continue or turn around and ride 10 miles back, total of 20 miles with one stop to turn around ..
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Pinellas trail if you like stop signs.....
I would suggest the suncoast trail, much better for riding one section has 10 miles nonstop, then you can continue or turn around and ride 10 miles back, total of 20 miles with one stop to turn around ..
Nevermind the facts that:
  1. He is a tourist from Ohio and probably wants to do the "tourist thing"
  2. He has immediate access to the Pinellas Trail from his base in Treasure Island
  3. That there is NOTHING out there, including shade, places to get more water, or bike shops (for that always forgotten spare part),
  4. He'll need to drive for about an hour or better depending on traffic to get there.

I wouldn't recommend the Suncoast Trail to a tourist unless they displayed severe masochistic tendencies. I'd suggest itfor the locals who have seen all there is and just want to log hard fast miles.
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Yeah, I don't think I want to drive for an hour to get to a place to ride. I ride the city streets here all the time so if nothing else I would ride the streets. I am definitely going to check out the Pinellas trail.
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Let me put it this way, if you are a SERIOUSROADIE who wants to ride, spin and train without STOP SIGNS and roller bladers and you dont care about the scenery then its Suncoast trail.
I drive an hour every day to get there. its worth it in my opinion.

Pinellas trail is an okay trail if you are a ho hum rider who wants to pedal along and be a looky loo and training or spinning is of no interest to you but instead you want to see little shops and a roller bladers and walkers that dont use their side of the trail, and as I said a STOP SIGN every block, that you definately have to stop for because of Floriduhhhhs idiot drivers..

Suncoast trail doesnt have all the pretty girls roller blading, or the veiws of the little shops, but you definately dont have STOP SIGNS everywhere, you can maintain an average speed without worrying about having to stop for a stop sign for 10 whole miles.. Unless you want to stop for water, in which I may add the Trail is maintained by the State Parks so you have fresh cold watering stations, the trail is clean and free of debris and in my opinion the scenery is awsome, I have seen deer, turtles, tons of birds and after a rain the crawfish are everywhere, its worth the drive if you are a serious roadie who wants speed, stamina and training, spinning and sprints etc... and I am sure if you are any kind of rider you will be prepaired and have a patch kit, pump or co2 , etc for emergencies.

Again is you just want a little STROLL on a Floriduhhhhh trail the go to Pinellas and watch out for cross traffic at EVERY STOP SIGN, and watch out for old ladies on the trikes, and families or roller bladers who take up the whole lane, (two lanes, one side is for bicycles, other side is for walkers, but it doesnt work this way, foridians cant read the pictures, so walkers and roller bladers are always in the cycling lane) either way, wherever you decide to ride just have fun and be safe
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Yeah, I don't think I want to drive for an hour to get to a place to ride. I ride the city streets here all the time so if nothing else I would ride the streets. I am definitely going to check out the Pinellas trail.
sorry I didnt realise you had already made up your mind when I posted my last reply, all I can say is be careful on Pinellas trail and have a great visit to Floriduhhhh
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Thanks dude. I will be careful and if nothing else enjoy the rollerblading scenery! I just want to spend some time in the saddle sometime during the week. I'm riding an MS150 ride July 10-11. I can run on the beach for cardio.
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Ahhh!! Beach, sun, sand volleyball and cycling. What a great vacation! Found a place with reasonable rates on Blind Pass Road in St. Pete Beach to rent bikes. Very nice folks there. I ended up just riding on the streets. The drivers were nuts, but I'm used to riding in the city. This weekend is my MS150 ride. Wish me luck, my longest training ride has been 30 miles.
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Ahhh!! Beach, sun, sand volleyball and cycling. What a great vacation! Found a place with reasonable rates on Blind Pass Road in St. Pete Beach to rent bikes. Very nice folks there. I ended up just riding on the streets. The drivers were nuts, but I'm used to riding in the city. This weekend is my MS150 ride. Wish me luck, my longest training ride has been 30 miles.
I'm glad you had fun while you were down. You could have PM'd me I would have been happy to act as a guide. (Hmmm "Will Guide For Beer")
Good Luck this weekend
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Thanks! I should have posted something earlier but didn't really think of it.
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