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Kendall/Coral Gables, FL road ride recommendations

Old 10-17-05, 07:15 AM
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Kendall/Coral Gables, FL road ride recommendations

I'm considering spending a week or so staying with friends this winter, trying to get lots of miles in. I've visited a couple of times, but most of the places I've gone by car don't seem like great roads to ride on.

Any resources/recommendations for road rides of 60 miles and up would be appreciated.
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Old 10-17-05, 07:25 AM
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This is probably too far North for you, but I go from Ft. Lauderdale (actually, Hollywood) to Boca straight up A1A. There are bike lanes about 80% of the way and a good stretch right along the beach. The only downside is the pretty consistent onshore breeze, which means a crosswind the whole way. From my place in Hollywood to Boca and back is 63 miles.


I have no idea about the conditions of A1A in Dade county, though.
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HI: Have your friends point you the way to Coconut Grove. My favorite ride is through Coconut Grove to Key Biscayne over the Rickenbacker Causeway. You should also check out the ride through Coconut Grove along Brickell and out to Miami Beach. If you need more information just give a shout. Ciao
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There are a number of organized rides set up by Everglades Bike Club. You might want to check out their website for rides and routes. You can also call some the local shops like Bike Tech (Bird Road) or Mack Cycle and they can help you. I live in Coral Gables and from there there are routes to Key Biscayne, Miami Beach (Venitien Causeway) and south to Black Point and Homestead. There will be a Speedway Century on Octber 30 that will be a great ride. Personally I'd suggest you stay out of Broward if you are interested in maintaining decent speed. There is some interesting people watching along A1A but far too many lights and cars.

If you need more info let me know.
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Old 10-17-05, 11:55 AM
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I live in Broward and riding along A1A is beautiful. I've ridden from Commercial blvd. North up to Hillsboro inlet and back on a beach cruiser (before I had my road bike). It was a beautiful 8hr. round trip ride. No hurry.
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Concur with the ride from Ft Lauderdale north through Lake Worth is pretty bike friendly. Although, it can be windy, it is fairly bike friendly with paths for most of the trip and contrary to popular opinion, biker aware drivers. (most of the time )

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