Originally Posted by kesam
I Might seem a silly question but do you ride on the roads or the pavements there as someone told me I wasnt supposed to ride on the roads (non cyclist)
Would you still say roadbike is best?
Not a silly question at all . . . As Im sure you've seen already, Florida is a very autocentric state. I had some baaaad
experiences with cars. What worked best for me was to stay in the bike lanes. There are a lot in your area and despite what 'serious' bike ppl say, I stand by my statement that sticking to the lanes is the best policy for FL unless you are in a group. If you go to Jupiter Island, there will be a few places such as bridges or no-shoulder situations where you have to go 'Type-A' and claim your 3', but you should be OK if you remain in a state of hyper awareness !
Im sure you know A1A by the beach runs all the way up the coast in a sort of convoluted manner is the best route to stick to, whenever possible. Another quick, scenic ride is Singer Island. You will want to stick to the island and not
cross the bridge into Riviera Beach. There is a chance that someone will try to separate you from your bike on any block ! Ask me how I know . . .
McArthur Park on the island has concerts and other events that you might find interesting, also.
In summation, you should be able to find some nice rides close to your house. Stick to lanes and use a mirror even if you havent before. Water, water, water to stay hydrated!! I would prefer a bike that's main purpose was speed. Maybe an Alu(salty air) drop-bar, hotrod bike geared seriously high. There is a BIG bike shop off of A1 in Hobe Sound, Martin County too. A left right past the fire house. Check them out. Lots of stuff and not as 'elitist' as the ones in Juno. There are guys who HAMMER up and down A1A in Juno almost every night, too. You might want to find out where they meet.
Again, to the point of redundancy, STAY AWARE !!!!
South Florida will never rate as a bike/ped friendly area.
Please let me know if you have any other questions and if you have a minute or two, post your experieneces. I'd love to hear another persons version of riding my old stomping ground.
LM in KY