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Old 12-17-17, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by timgriffin2
Strange that our paths crossed yesterday from looking at the cyclemeter map - unfortunately I was at a funeral at 49th St. and 38th Ave and then to the after service gathering back behind Biff Burger in the neighborhood you rode through. I lived on Sunset Beach back when you could rent a place for $200/mo. My wife and I stay sometimes at the Sunset Beach Cottages right behind that 7-11 in your pic for a mental health break weekend.

My son will be down from upstate NY this week for a 2 week visit and requested that we take a bike ride along the beaches. I haven't been along Gulf Blvd for a while - how is the construction that they had going on? I'm still very leery of riding in traffic though. Looking at your cyclemeter it looks like you have an idea that I hadn't really thought of - riding on small side roads a lot and not on the main drags through town.

It scares the crap out of me because I never drive anyplace these days without seeing people totally distracted texting and driving!
Yeah we were very close by ! I bartended on Sunset back in the early 90s at Beach Nutts which was across the street from the 7-11 which is now a house or condos. I try to stay off the main roads and ride parallel to them through neighborhoods when I can, Gulf Blvd isn’t to bad from Indian Rocks beach to Passé A Grille, there’s either bike lanes or the “bicycle chevrons” which give full lane access.
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A beautiful day in Florida

Sunday I took the Crosstrail for a 22 mile ride from home out through the Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey Florida (NW of Tampa) and back. I took a few pics to give a perspective of the Starkey Park bike path which is a 6.5 mile linear path totally through old Florida palmetto, scrub oak, live oak, cedar and pine trees. As typical with the habitat there are areas of shade and open sunny areas depending on which eco climate you're passing through at the moment.

The path is paved the entire way

I LOVE the Live Oaks that grow here with some twisting and turning themselves into works of art

And the Palmettos are everywhere - love them too

There are also stretches here that have little to no sun cover and can get pretty hot and humid in summers. For the unprepared there are a few water coolers along the way filled with ice and water by park staff and "usually" have water available - I have seen it when it was a really busy biking day where the coolers were empty. Being prepared is the best with your own supply of water

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Old 12-20-17, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by timgriffin2
Sunday I took the Crosstrail for a 22 mile ride from home out through the Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey Florida (NW of Tampa) and back. I took a few pics to give a perspective of the Starkey Park bike path which is a 6.5 mile linear path totally through old Florida palmetto, scrub oak, live oak, cedar and pine trees. As typical with the habitat there are areas of shade and open sunny areas depending on which eco climate you're passing through at the moment.

The path is paved the entire way

I LOVE the Live Oaks that grow here with some twisting and turning themselves into works of art

And the Palmettos are everywhere - love them too

There are also stretches here that have little to no sun cover and can get pretty hot and humid in summers. For the unprepared there are a few water coolers along the way filled with ice and water by park staff and "usually" have water available - I have seen it when it was a really busy biking day where the coolers were empty. Being prepared is the best with your own supply of water
I ... Am ... So ... Envious.

I love Florida, esp. the Gulf Coast (the area I know is Naples/Marco). Great pics!
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Old 12-20-17, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by timgriffin2
Sunday I took the Crosstrail for a 22 mile ride from home out through the Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey Florida (NW of Tampa) and back. I took a few pics to give a perspective of the Starkey Park bike path which is a 6.5 mile linear path totally through old Florida palmetto, scrub oak, live oak, cedar and pine trees. As typical with the habitat there are areas of shade and open sunny areas depending on which eco climate you're passing through at the moment.
Nice ride ! I have to get up that way sometime and give it a ride, does the new extension of the Pinellas Trail come close to it ? I have a lot of time off the next few weeks, I may just do a over night ride and stay at my friends place in Tarpon Springs.

badger1, the weather here has been perfect for riding for the last month or so, I’ve been taking full advantage of it, really looking forward to this weekend, temps in the lower 80s and light wind and no rain.
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Originally Posted by Scooty Puff Jr
Nice ride ! I have to get up that way sometime and give it a ride, does the new extension of the Pinellas Trail come close to it ?
It's still quite a way from Tarpon Springs to the east and north from the north end of the Pinellas Trail.
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Originally Posted by timgriffin2
It's still quite a way from Tarpon Springs to the east and north from the north end of the Pinellas Trail.
I’m going to do a little research and see where the Pinellas Trail extension ends and if there’s a safe way to get to the Starkey Trail.
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Did a 'Le Tour de Bullhead' before the winds kicked up again. . . .
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I rode my 1991 Schwinn Criss-Cross to the barber shop to get a haircut this morning. It was just 8 miles round trip, but it was only 5 degrees F (-5 windchill). I picked up the Criss-Cross a few months ago to be my winter bike and it has been great so far. Initially I was planning to get rid of it in the spring, but its been a fun ride so I'm thinking of keeping it.
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Took my Sirrus to Victoria and back (about 25 km) in the rain to test the new tires and fenders I just installed yesterday.
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Originally Posted by Caocao
in the rain to test the new tires and fenders I just installed
... and ...?
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And everything worked as advertised!
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The usual around town meandering I like to call 'Le Tour de Bullhead'. . . . . .
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Using the cycling layer on google maps I found a really fun looking circle that went past work. Thought I'd explore it last weekend and see if it could work for me. The route started on an old railway line which has been turned into a gravel cycle path that I'm familiar with.

I had no idea what me or my bike were capable of, it was my 2nd time on it. About 15km into the ride I cross a bridge and get down onto a canal route. Was a bit hesitant as I didn't know what riding on grass would be like.



Anyway I get going and riding on the grass, while there's a bit more resistance than gravel/tarmac you get used to it really quick and it feels great.



After 5-10km of grass it turns to mud and puddles, of course it had rained the night before! For some reason, I didn't fully process this change of trail, just kept pedaling. I was actually amazed I managed to keep going, the mud was at least 5cm deep in places. I learnt quick quickly that standing up to pedal was counter productive



Total ride was 35-40km, took me a few hours. Got nice and muddy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Spent a good hour cleaning my bike the next day.

Have another adventure planned for today

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Originally Posted by Naem
ride was 35-40km, took me a few hours
when preparation meets opportunity
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Originally Posted by Naem
Using the cycling layer on google maps I found a really fun looking circle that went past work. Thought I'd explore it last weekend and see if it could work for me. The route started on an old railway line which has been turned into a gravel cycle path that I'm familiar with.

I had no idea what me or my bike were capable of, it was my 2nd time on it. About 15km into the ride I cross a bridge and get down onto a canal route. Was a bit hesitant as I didn't know what riding on grass would be like.



Anyway I get going and riding on the grass, while there's a bit more resistance than gravel/tarmac you get used to it really quick and it feels great.



After 5-10km of grass it turns to mud and puddles, of course it had rained the night before! For some reason, I didn't fully process this change of trail, just kept pedaling. I was actually amazed I managed to keep going, the mud was at least 5cm deep in places. I learnt quick quickly that standing up to pedal was counter productive



Total ride was 35-40km, took me a few hours. Got nice and muddy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Spent a good hour cleaning my bike the next day.

Have another adventure planned for today
Good stuff!
I was trying to see what type of tyres you had on it, are they knobby mtb/off road?
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Looks like the Giant Crosscuts to me.
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Good stuff!
I was trying to see what type of tyres you had on it, are they knobby mtb/off road?
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Looks like the Giant Crosscuts to me.
Thank you, and dueWest is correct.

So far I'm really liking them but to be fair I have nothing to compare them against. I notice wind resistance far more than tyre resistance on the road and my current view is the next set of tyres, while still hybrid, will be as large as my frame will fit.

Personal riding style at the moment
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I notice wind resistance far more than tyre resistance on the road and my current view is the next set of tyres, while still hybrid, will be as large as my frame will fit.

Personal riding style at the moment

Yesterday was a 15mph wind. Riding with the wind was all uphill. Downhill was against it. Much more of a workout going downhill against it. I love less rolling resistance as well. Still, may up mine to 40c when the time comes.
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Withaloochie trail between Holder and Inverness

First ride of 2018
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67 km today after a looooong break... All asphalt.

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I got to figure out where to post this stuff after going out for beer and biking ! The day started out kinda chilly, but as the day went on it got much warmer. I got stuck in a “marathon” on the trail heading out, no big deal, but there was a lot of runners out on the MUP. Not a big deal, they stayed to the right, and I called out “on the left” when passing, all good.

This was funny though.





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I got to figure out where to post this stuff after going out for beer and biking ! The day started out kinda chilly, but as the day went on it got much warmer. I got stuck in a “marathon” on the trail heading out, no big deal, but there was a lot of runners out on the MUP. Not a big deal, they stayed to the right, and I called out “on the left” when passing, all good.

This was funny though.





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