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Old 01-11-10, 03:17 PM   #1
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Florida Bike Rentals

I'll be in Florida in February. From Tampa to Orlando to Daytona and I'd like to rent a bike and ride some scenic trails. beachfront would be nice. i'm more interested in historic buildings in cities tho. any rental shops and self-guided tour suggestions? there are 2 of us and one bike rental i saw at $50 a day for a road bike is too much. I'd be ok to spring for $30 each.
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Here are a couple links to start with, anyway.

The only place that I know rents bikes is Orlandobikerental. You can rent a hybrid for $30, but if you can spend $50, you can get a road bike or a recumbent trike. They are directly on the West Orange trail, which is a nice 50 mile round trip MUP.

Here is a map of the state with links to lots of other shops. I don't know which others rent. There is one shop right on the Pinellas trail in Tampa that rents bikes, but I can't recall which one it is.

Speaking of trails, here is a link to many rails to trails MUPs accross the state.

If you like historic buildings, you should drive an hour north when you are in Daytona, and see St. Augustine. Good luck, and have fun. I hope you get some real Florida weather by then, not this 40 degree stuff we're getting right now!

p.s. Tour suggestions--I don't know how far you want to go, or if you are focused on riding or sightseeing. The Pinellas Trail in Tampa (about 70 miles round trip) and the West Orange Trail in Orlando are both decent low auto traffic rides, with lots of chances to stop and shop or eat.

The Van Fleet Trail, between Tampa and Orlando, is a wonderful straight flat ride, about 60 miles round trip, with little traffic of ANY kind, but bring your own supplies. The Canaveral National Seashore/Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge has miles of very low traffic roads, with lots of birds, snakes, and gators to see, if it's warm enough. It's about 50 miles or so to see it all. Again, you need your own supplies out there.

If you want a big ride, try circling Lake Okeechobee on the LOST trail, about 100 miles all the way around. That's about an hour south of Orlando. There are lots of places to camp and fish there, if you are into it.

There is also good road riding along most parts of route A1A near the ocean from Jupiter to Cocoa, and along the inland coast of the Indian River in St. Lucie and Cocoa.
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Old 01-11-10, 08:57 PM   #3
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If you are in the Daytona Beach or the New Smyrna Beach area, there are TONS of bike rentals for the beach. Anywhere along A1A in Daytona Beach. In New Smyrna Beach, a few on Flager Ave., on beachside.
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St. Augustine is on my list of attractions. But unfortunately I'm coming down with my son. He's not much of a rider and isn't about to go 100 miles. I'll print these things out so I can find something when I'm there.
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Dave's World Cycle rents bike. I don't know for how much. You could give them a try. They are a small chain in Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, and Orlando. They have a web site so you should be able to just go there and check them out. I think you can rent bikes at the West Orange Trail head too. But I don't know the price.

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