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    Senior Member SouthFLpix's Avatar
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    Hello from Miami, FL

    Earlier this year, spurred on by rising gas prices, I decided to purchase my first ever adult bicycle with the intention of commuting to work. Previous to this, I had not ridden since I was 12 or 13 years old and boy was I was in for a rude awakening.

    When I first started riding again, I quickly discovered that I was in no shape to commute to work in the crowded and dangerous streets of Miami. I could not even ride in a straight line! I basically had to wobble the steering left and right just to keep from falling. Like I said, it was a rude awakening, but still I had fun so I decided to stick with it. I kept riding each day for recreation at a local park, usually for 1-2hrs, 3-4 days a week.

    It has now been a few months since that fateful first ride, and I finally felt comfortable enough with my bike to take the next step. So today, much to the shock of everyone I know, I commuted to work on my bike for the very first time ever. It was a very liberating experience for me. I did not have to worry about traffic jams or fitting into tiny parking spaces, and I actually arrived to work full of energy instead of half asleep. Today is the first of day of a new beginning for me.

    Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to introduce myself, and if you have time and are so inclinded please help me with the question of which rack and pannier I should buy for my bike (which I will post in the appropriate forum).
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    Hey SouthFLpix !
    Im north in Juno .....
    Congratulations on your soon to be new obsession !
    It only gets better ! Look / ask in the 'Commuter' section for
    rack help. I ride from Juno into Riviera Beach every day
    and traffic in S.Fl probably is the meanest in the country. Be real careful and
    never trust a car !!

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    Congrats I'm a new rider also...I'm in Palm Beach County.

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    Thank you both for the nice welcome. Getting ready for to ride again this morning, I can't wait.

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    sup fellow Floridians.

    southflpix,

    what type of bike are you on?

    how far is your commute?


    where in miami exactly?

    Chad

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    Hello, it's just under 2 miles as the crow flies. I couldn't tell you the exact riding distance since I currently do not own a cycling computer. The bike is a 2007 Giant Cypress DX, which I purchased from Cycleworld. My commute takes place in the general area of Bird Road and the 826 highway.

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    Senior Member Nimitz87's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
    Hello, it's just under 2 miles as the crow flies. I couldn't tell you the exact riding distance since I currently do not own a cycling computer. The bike is a 2007 Giant Cypress DX, which I purchased from Cycleworld. My commute takes place in the general area of Bird Road and the 826 highway.
    ah, I'm just north of red road/flamingo

    check out www.southbrowardwheelers.com for some group rides....anywhere from 10-12mph to 26+ intense pace lines...

    I've only ridden with them twice but they are a great great group of people that are very friendly.

    Chad

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    Welcome from another Floridian. I'm a couple of hours up 27 in Sebring but I don't like to deal with the traffic in the city in my car let alone my bike. I started riding in late May and when I tried to ride the 2 miles to the convience store it nearly killed me. Last Saturday I rode 45 miles with the group. It gets better and better
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    Hi SFLP, you did well! I got used to riding my bike on a nice MUP when I first started commuting, and gradually graduated to riding in the street. I still don't have to face streets with a lot of cars cluttering up the side, so the only really scary thing is the speed of the drivers.

    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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