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Old 05-31-13, 07:32 PM
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Road biking SW of Disney area

Hey Floridians,
I'm here from Denver, CO, staying SW of Disney World, about 15 miles west of Kissimmee for the next week. I have an opportunity to get
out early next week and do some riding. Wanted to ask a couple of questions:

1) any recommendations on where to either rent a bike for decent price or buy a decent one for a few hundred to $$ ride a few times a year ? (I can leave it here
and just ride it when I visit)
2) what are some good places around here to do 30 or 40 or 50 miles? Back home I'll ride on just about any road except for the interstate, but there are
bicyclists everywhere. Out and about today in the car I saw just one guy on a bike and some road and traffic conditions that don't look too friendly.

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There are plenty of Florida roads that are not cyclist friendly, unfortunately. I don't know the area SW of Disney well for cycling routes. If it was the Clermont area, The Horrible Hundred is an annual road ride in that area, lots of hills. If you mean more towards Davenport or Lakeland, I am at a loss. Google maps and Google Earth may be your best friends here (bike lanes, or the absolute lack of them are pretty easy to pick out on Google Earth). Like most places, people here do not understand that bicycles are vehicles too, add in the distracted tourist traffic around Disney, and it gets dicey.
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Originally Posted by Podagrower
There are plenty of Florida roads that are not cyclist friendly, unfortunately. I don't know the area SW of Disney well for cycling routes. If it was the Clermont area, The Horrible Hundred is an annual road ride in that area, lots of hills. If you mean more towards Davenport or Lakeland, I am at a loss. Google maps and Google Earth may be your best friends here (bike lanes, or the absolute lack of them are pretty easy to pick out on Google Earth). Like most places, people here do not understand that bicycles are vehicles too, add in the distracted tourist traffic around Disney, and it gets dicey.
What about 27 from 192 up to and around Lake Louisa, then back down via 33 and back over to 27? Looks tame enough on the map.
That would be about 45-50 miles for me. Thanks for the repl(y/ies) by the way.
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What about Van Fleet trail or West Orange trail? Both will require driving there. West Orange trail has a bike shop on SR-50 trailhead. They were renting bikes some time ago, I am not sure they still do. Locomotion in Baldwin Park does rent bikes.

There are decent lightly traveled roads around Orlando International airport.

Riding around Disney tangling with distracted tourist moms in rented minivans full of hot, hungry and tired brats? I wouldn't do it and I am a local.

Good luck
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West Orange trail Bikes and Blades 407-877-0600 or 888-281-3341 rents bikes and the West Orange Trail connects with the trails in Clermont so 40 or 50 miles without getting on the road is pretty easy
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Originally Posted by EricL
What about 27 from 192 up to and around Lake Louisa, then back down via 33 and back over to 27? Looks tame enough on the map.
That would be about 45-50 miles for me. Thanks for the repl(y/ies) by the way.
I have friends who have cycled US27 through that stretch and did so safely. I believe there may be some construction somewhere along that section, but I am not positive of that. SR33 should have a nice, wide shoulder. I am not familiar with CR474 nor Dean Still Road, but I see that Dean Still Road does intersect with the Van Fleet Trail, which is said to be a nice ride.
Good luck!
How about letting us know where you went and how things went? Please!
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Ugh. I had to return home unexpectedly, so didn't get a chance to ride. I will be back, probably in the fall, and I'll line up a bike before I leave home this time.
So hopefully I will have a wonderful ride report to share. Until then, stay safe down there!
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Finally got a chance to do some riding on these roads and thought I'd post my perspective as a visitor. Rented a Raleigh Revenio from West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades. Nice shop, I'd recommened it. They provided an extra tube, tool and CO2 canisters along with the bike, plus a helmet (so I didn't have to bring mine). I did bring my own shoes and pedals. 1st day from the shop I headed E/SE into Windemere on 50/Avalon Rd./Lake Butler, then back west on Chase, Ficquette, Porter to Avalon. My 'base' on this trip was near Avalon & 192. Great roads, nice scenery. No problems whatsoever from any drivers, was given plenty of room on the road.
2nd day I went south on 27 from 192 and tried to go west on Sand Mine Rd. Did not get very far, as this is private property after about a mile. Doubled back and continued south on 27, which I was kind of apprehensive about, but even with construction I was fine, no problems with traffic. Got down to Deen Still Rd. and headed west. This was a great road. Not much of a shoulder, but it was empty. To be fair I was on it Sunday afternoon but still - 12-14 miles on this road I think, and was passed by maybe 15 vehicles. Took this out to the Van Fleet Trail. By this time I was running low on water and it was warm (80's). No place around that I saw to get more water. So I did a mile up and back then headed back east on Deen Still to 27. I will be back to do that Van Fleet trail another time, with more water and some food.
3rd day it was down to the upper 40's during the day. I did not bring any cold weather gear so just rode the 21 miles from my base back to West Orange Bikes and Blades, all the way up Avalon Rd. to 50. Wore a t-shirt under my jersey and was fine after getting warmed up. Once again, I'd recommend that shop to any vistors. Quality bikes and nice people.
To sum up, I had a great time, a lot of roads were surprisingly empty and the drivers were nothing but courteous. It was a nice treat to be out there while back in Denver the streets were covered with ice during our recent cold snap.
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