Can someone reccommend a bike rental place close to st. pete's beach fl?
Can someone reccommend a bike rental place close to st. pete's beach fl?
2005 Felt F55
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How about Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole, 11198 70th Av., (727)319-2453 (about 10 miles away, right on the Pinnelas Trail). http://bicycleoutfitters.net/storelo...location-2.htm
I rented a hybrid from them in March 2009. Excellent service, decent rates, highly recommended.
Last edited by Randy Bosma; 11-02-10 at 10:19 PM. Reason: mizpelin
2011 Masi Speciale Randonneur
2009 Trek FX 7.3
ABC Bicycles is a great bike store that rents Trek 7200's and Gary Fisher road bikes. The staff is great you will love them
6633 Central Ave
St Petersburg Fl 33710
Are you looking for a road bike or a beach cruiser? Do a quick search on Google Maps, plug in bike shops and you'll come up with a list to call. I'm not familiar with any of these, but would recommend Outspokin Bicycles in Clearwater, about 10 miles north. Very good shop - (727) 723-2453. There's more bike shops in Clearwater to choose from, but you might find what your looking for in St. Pete. Have fun.
Close to St Pete loads of rentals, right on the trail.
If you're riding the Pinellas Trail, a word of advice--there's no water stops along the way as there are on the Suncoast Trail and the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, both on the Tampa side of the Bay, so carry lots of fluid or be prepared to make stops at gas stations and convenience stores and restaurants off the trail. Last time I rode the Pinellas from Dunedin all the way down to its southernmost terminus at the downtown yacht club in St Pete I killed a pair of Michelin Krylions due to pinched tube blowouts coming down off those nasty concrete bridges that never seem to mesh smoothly with the trail pavement where the concrete of the bridge ends and the trail recommences. All my replacement tubes blew when I installed them on the road so I had to ride the bike on the deflated tires. I have since upgraded my repair kit and it includes CO2 cartridges and brand new unpatched tubes. Also riding on Conti Gatorskins which have been much stronger than the Krylions however I am also riding the Suncoast and the UTB Trails exclusively as they are much less damaging on the bike. It would take a very good looking lady cyclist to get me back out on the Pinellas!
ABC has a great rental fleet of hybrids and road bikes. The phone is 727-345-5391, they are located at 6633 Central Ave. This is very close to the Pinellas Trail and also close to all the Beaches. They can hook you up with a trail map and a city map, and also give you some really good loops around St Petersburg
Regarding Post #6; I have had much different experiences in the 6,000 miles on I have ridden on the Pinellas Trail in the last four years. Specifically:
1. I have never had a pinch flat.
2. If needed, I have found water and restrooms at each of the municipal or county parks that are spaced along the trail: Blossom Lake Park at MM 9; Seminole City Park at MM 10; Taylor Park at MM 15; Stansell Park at MM 27; Wall Springs Park at MM 29.5.
Regarding post #9:
1. That depends on your equipment. If you are riding a BMX frame or anything with a tire over one inch in width I'd say yes, you could probably could avoid flats. I wasn't able to, my tires are 23 mm wide on a racing bike and the bridge joints blew my tubes. If you are riding 6,000 miles without a blowout, what is your secret (solid tires?)
2. The only park I ever found on the Pinellas was the Wall Park heading toward Tarpon and to get at the water there you have to exit the trail for a good distance. Same as hitting a convenience store on the route. By comparison the Suncoast running through Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando Counties has protected water stations directly on the trail. These are large plastic reservoirs with small taps that aren't used like water fountains. The reservoirs include paper cups or you fill your bottles from the tap. You don't need to make an elaborate exit to access a water fountain in a public park which is a questionable source for hygienic water anyway, as all the children lick the spigots.
3. Finally, I ride 3,000 miles a year mostly on the Suncoast and the Upper Tampa Bay Trails and my evaluation of the Pinellas still stands: comparably it leaves a lot to be desired. It is not a well-provisioned trail. It also is in need of repair where bridges join the pavement. In some places the trail suddenly dies out and you find yourself on a sidewalk with no indication where the trail resumes.
Road bike with Conti original Bontrager 23 mm tires since upgraded to Conti Ultra Gator Skins. "Secret" is to neutral the pedals and flex legs and arms as you descend the ramp, much like a jockey.I wasn't able to, my tires are 23 mm wide on a racing bike and the bridge joints blew my tubes. If you are riding 6,000 miles without a blowout, what is your secret (solid tires?)
The parks that I referenced are really, really there! As far as convenience stores; here are the ones I can remember off the top of my head: MM2+ south side of trail; KOA Campground (MM8); MM 13; McDonalds at MM14; MM 20; MM 23 (Dunedin)...etc., etc., etc.The only park I ever found on the Pinellas was the Wall Park heading toward Tarpon and to get at the water there you have to exit the trail for a good distance.
OK....access a water fountain in a public park which is a questionable source for hygienic water anyway, as all the children lick the spigots.
The great part about riding is how 2 different people can have completely different experiences in the same area. It's what makes the world go 'round.
I love the Pinellas Trail. I've ridden it for years but I'm by no means one of those guys flying by on a really nice bike and who looks like 'a bicyclyst'. I'm the guy riding in regular shorts and a tshirt.
To be sure, there aren't really nice water stations setup on the trail. I've never even heard of places with something like that. That's pretty cool. However, there is water readily available at a lot of parks and there are more than a couple water fountains along the way. Has some kid licked one somewhere? Dunno, never thought about it. It hasn't killed me yet so I guess I'll keep not worrying about it!
The Trail is great for what it is, a casual recreation trail. If you are above a casual cyclist, you may have an experience similar to michelinmike above. I suspect that he's the exception rather than the rule. This does not mean he's wrong in his opinion at all though. Just like I'm a power-user of photography equipment and I won't be satisfied with a point-and-shoot camera that most others would be thrilled with. It doesn't make me right or wrong, just that I want something different out of my experience.
Most of all though, just ride and enjoy.
As to the VERY old request for bike rentals in St Pete - I suspect you long ago got what you needed but I'll second the suggestion of Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole. By the way, they are also right on the trail and have water!
I don't work for Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole, but they have been INCREDIBLY helpful with me for service. They're right off the Pinellas Trail, and I've rolled in there with things coming loose and no tools on me AND THEY JUST HELP YA OUT!!!!!
Top notch service, and if their rentals is run anything like the service department, GO THERE.
Wow, old thread. Ooops!
There HAS to be a way to lube, grind, trim, or paint that!
Ditto the positive comments on the Pinellas Trail. My inlaws live right the trail by Taylor Park, and I ride it every time we visit. There are plenty of places to find water along the trail (modulo your concern over kids licking the fountains ), and the only time I've ever had pinch flat troubles (700x23s just like the above poster) was hitting potholes on Clearwater-Largo.
Yeah, that short stretch where the trail crosses Clearwater-Largo can be confusing 'cause the "trail goes this way!" signage is less than dazzlingly clear northbound. And there's one other stretch down near Tyrone Square Mall where the trail-sidewalk-road-trail navigation can be a bit dicey.
The big negative for me with the trail is the stair-step effect on some of the bridges where the surface levels out on the supports and slopes between 'em. I wonder if they did that deliberately to keep the hardcore roadies from hammering down those slopes and scaring the bejeebies outta the grandmas walking their pomeranians?
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And yes, my road bike DOES finally index, even if it IS only 7speed!
I was curious about that too. Inevitably, the city did that to make the ramps handicap friendly. If the person wheeling themselves up the bridge gets tired, they can stop on the little area where it levels off and take a break before going the next 10 feet to the next one. Blame the ADA! lol.
With that being said, I love the Pinellas Trail!
'06 Giant TCR2 (his)
'11 Raleigh Revenio 1.0 (hers)
there are a few water fountains on the trail, but not alot.
i stopped at outspoken while on vacation. they only had a small 52? cannondale to offer. very nice place though