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Old 05-03-21, 12:03 PM
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Older guy, getting back into biking after many years. Recently moved to Lakeland FL near Tampa. Looking for some nearby short (or non challenging) trails to ride.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
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Older guy, getting back into biking after many years. Recently moved to Lakeland FL near Tampa. Looking for some nearby short (or non challenging) trails to ride.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

Pro Tip

Go to Google Maps and scan down to your local area. In the upper left you have an option in the drop down for "cycling". Click that.
All of the approved bike routes and trails will be highlighted on the map. For your area there are some tremendous trails available to ride.

On my own experience with the area:
Look up an area called Terra Ceia just to the bay side of Palmetto. GREAT place to ride. Should have no issues parking at the gas station or fruit stand right at 41 IIRC. DO NOT park at the little church right in town. They will ticket/tow/boot and have signs saying so.
Look into Siesta Key and the surrounding area. GREAT ride. You can park on the causeway and ride down. The only drawback I have experienced with this ride is a total lack of places that want to allow you to use their RR. There is a public beach access and bathrooms roughly halfway down the route I took and turned around and it was a LIFE saver, lol. Much of that area is resort hotel and high cost houses. Even a couple of the convenient stores in the area would not allow public RR use (or parking your bike out front either).

Inland there are several great and long trails available.

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Juan, Helpful information. Thanks
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Look up Alafia State Park, lots of good mountain bike trails there.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/Alafia
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Originally Posted by MarkMCO View Post
Older guy, getting back into biking after many years. Recently moved to Lakeland FL near Tampa. Looking for some nearby short (or non challenging) trails to ride.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
Lakeland is only about 15 minutes from the Van Fleet trail. Flat and very few intersections.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/pa...et-state-trail
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Older guy, getting back into biking after many years. Recently moved to Lakeland FL near Tampa. Looking for some nearby short (or non challenging) trails to ride.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
TRy Tampa Bay Cycling or Fun Bike Rides on meetup where rides are listed. www.meetup.com/funbikerides
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Another mention I would make is History Bike Tampa. They meet up for a bi monthly ride that includes a bit of telling about the history of the area. Really good ride. They meet, or used to meet over in Ebor and take what was commonly around a 10-ish mile ride. The only drawback I found about the group is that on occasion they don't ride back to the start point, so you can be on your own. We ended up being on a bit of access road we weren't supposed to be on returning to start at one point, but the officer who stopped (the group of) us was super cool when I told him I was from Atlanta and wasn't aware. In truth, it was the shortest route back to the pizza joint we were headed to and didn't know my way back to the way we came to get where we were.

History Bike Tampa (@historybiketampa) • Instagram photos and videos

They are on FB as well.
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there is a ride of Silence in May

there is a ride of Silence in May. it is posted on Tampa Bay Cycling on Meetup
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