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Old 05-13-16, 04:13 PM   #1
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I am considering relocating to key west and have tried to find organized group rides (riders) without success. Are there any in the area?
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Old 05-13-16, 07:38 PM   #2
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Old 05-13-16, 07:55 PM   #3
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There's really not really anywhere to do any kind of road riding down there, not saying you couldn't go for a long ride on A1A, US1, Overseas Hwy, but most people down there are tourists, and they aren't looking out for bikes. A lot of residents are seasonal too, so there might not be a strong enough road bike culture for a club ? Hell I could be completly wrong, and you may find a huge group of road bike people, and I hope you do !

Back in the late 80's I bartended for the summer right off Duval, I lived with a friend in a tiny tiny house by Beach Dawg park. Even back then we could barely afford rent, but man it was probably one of the best times in my life, at least the parts I can remember. No idea what your situation is, but Key West has gotten so expensive to live there. I'm a old school kind of guy, I was there before Margarita Ville, and when Sloppy Joes was just a cool little dirt hole off Duval. The island to me has lost all its old time charm and become way to commercialized, the cruise ships ruined it for me. It's so popular now that all the people that visit are seriously impacting the reefs and fishery. Used to be pretty bright green and turquoise colored water from Key Largo to Key West, now there's big patches of dark green to kind of brown water when driving through Marathon and Sugar Key.

Hope you get to live there for a while and enjoy the tropical weather, good luck !
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Old 06-24-16, 01:06 PM   #4
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I am vacationing in Key West right now. Almost the entire length of Hwy 1 (about 150 miles) now has a parallel asphalt bike trail. Most places in the actual town of Key West have designated, well marked bike lanes, as well. Bikes are everywhere. Every place of business has bike racks out front. Obviously, much has changed since the early 1980's! Cycling is huge down here now. I've been practicing riding my old mountain bike in the third highest gear, in anticipation of buying a fixed gear road bike soon. No hills anywhere, but some days, riding into a stiff headwind is a bear in the 21st gear of an old 24 gear Gary Fisher Wahoo! I've seen every type of bike, and every type of rider imaginable in the last two weeks. There are hundreds of loaded tourist bikes on the Hwy 1 bike path. To answer the OP question, you should have absolutely no trouble cycling in Key West, as long as you are talking about commuting and road riding. I frequently see groups of cyclists, and I doubt that they are tourists. Mountain biking however, would be a total bust!
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Most of the riding is from one bar to another.
To do any distance riding (greater than a couple of miles) you'd have to ride between the different keys on US1. I believe there are a few rides each year from the mainland to Key West. Some are organized tours. Do some research.
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