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Old 07-07-09, 05:52 PM   #1
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West Palm Beach, FL/that area riding/pointers?

hey--

I'm going on vacation in a couple of days to West Palm Beach, FL. I was wondering if anyone knew the area, and could give me some info on rides and stuff.

so...questions.

1)how bike friendly is this area?
2)What are some good rides around the area? Distance doesn't really matter, but probably less than a metric century just based on the time I'm going to have.
3)Anything to watch out for? any really terrible roads? (besides obvious interstates and all that)

So i'm thinking since it is a city, I'm going to get out fairly early and go exploring. I live in the mountains, but have been to Florida many times. I've just never thought to ask about routes before I went.

also, if someone could refer an LBS in the area, that would be cool too. PM if you don't feel like advertising.

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If you stay on Flagler - A1A you should be(?) OK.
To me, South Fl should be chopped off at West Palm and allowed to
drift off to sea. Good riddance. Take that suggestion any way you want but
I would ride accordingly....... Head on a swivel
If you want a nice ride thats about 30 miles or so, start at Singer Island and
ride A1A thru Juno/Jupiter to Jupiter Island, eat lunch at Harry and the Natives
or Two Gees in Hobe Sound and come back
That is a nice ride
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Northern West Palm Beach area, Singer Island and North is very nice. Also in the general area is Abacoa?, inland from the Ocean
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^^^^ Singer Island is a little SE from Abacoa...A very close ride though.
Abacoa is a bike friendly area. You can find lots of places to ride to from
Abacoa. The Ocean A1A route is a 10 minute ride from Abacoa down Donald Ross.
Bike shops are J-Town on A1A and Cycle Science on Donald Ross.
This is the area that I live in if you have any more questions

A good rule of :
Anywhere SOUTH of PGA is going to be a little dicey.
Anywhere SOUTH of Northlake is going to be scary
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^^^^ Singer Island is a little SE from Abacoa...A very close ride though.
Abacoa is a bike friendly area. You can find lots of places to ride to from
Abacoa. The Ocean A1A route is a 10 minute ride from Abacoa down Donald Ross.
Bike shops are J-Town on A1A and Cycle Science on Donald Ross.
This is the area that I live in if you have any more questions

A good rule of :
Anywhere SOUTH of PGA is going to be a little dicey.
Anywhere SOUTH of Northlake is going to be scary
Good advice here, especially the last 2 bits.

I'm about 50 miles north in the Pt. St. Lucie/Ft. Pierce area on the Intercoastal. Good riding here as far as traffic goes. Indian River Dr. and long stretches of A1A are lightly traveled but that's probably too far for you unless you have a rental car.

A big +1 to Juno Beach and Jupiter Island. Good roads and dozens (sometimes hundreds) of other cyclists so cars have to be "biker aware."

Jupiter Island is VERY upscale (Tiger Woods built a house there) and the residents don't care an awful lot for all the cyclists but so long as you stay single file and don't roll the 1 or 2 stop signs it's a great ride. When you get to the public beach (I start north and go south) there's great views of the ocean, beach and beach-goers .
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