Questions about cycling in Ft. Lauderdale

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    Apr 05, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    I'll be visiting Ft. Lauderdale for 5 days late this month and want to get in a couple days of riding.

    Any suggestions on where to rent a road bike? I found MCruz and wonder whether it's a decent place. I won't have a car so it needs to be fairly close to where I'm staying - off Las Olas Blvd. near the beach.

    What are some good 60-70 mile routes?

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    Apr 06, 2010 12:54 AM GMT
    atljohn said...What are some good 60-70 mile routes?

    Off Las Olas near the beach might mean you'll be along N Birch Road and its cross streets, where most of the gay resorts are. From there you might take AIA north along the beach, which maintains a bike lane both North & South for a few miles. But then it gets dicey.

    I've pedaled that way a number of times, and frankly, most of South Florida is not bike-friendly. Heavy traffic, narrow lanes, endless traffic lights, dangerous drivers. Legally motor vehicles in Florida must share the road with bikes, but few drivers honor that, and the police never enforce it. Hence we have lots of accidents & fatalities. One of my group rides along that stretch of A1A was a memorial ride for a biker fatality. South Florida is known as one of the most bike-hostile metro areas in the US, with few bike lanes, and road designs that can be simply impassable for bikes.

    I'd say your goal of 60-70 miles is virtually impossible, without a car to take you out of that area. Even when I pedal down to Key West it's scary and difficult. But tomorrow I'll phone some bike shops I know, see if they have any route suggestions. I'm not aware that any rent bikes, but I'll check that, too. Those places I've seen that rent have mainly beach cruisers and MX-style bikes.

    I'll also check if there'll be a group ride you can join near you, as some go along A1A. They're usually no more than 40 miles, and have no formal traffic control, but they are typically on Sunday mornings, when traffic's light, and there's safety in numbers. Will get back with you...
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    Apr 06, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    Watch out for the road kill...
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    Apr 06, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    There are lots of good bike shops scattered along US-1.

    Google might help, too. I see them all over the place (used to be a rider).
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    Apr 07, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    I would echo the safety issue although once you get north of Commercial Blvd. the biking is a lot better. Then it's up A1A to Boca or Delray Beach and back.

    I ride this most everyday and although I sometimes feel I have a bullseye on the back of my jersey it's one of the better places to ride in East Broward.

    I haven't heard of M Cruz for rentals before but it looks like they are the closest to Las Olas. Hopefully, they'll have something for you.

    Good luck!