A return to semi-real cycling in Florida!

August 14, 2009 · Print This Article


  • Distance: 9.54 miles
  • Time in motion: 34minutes 55 seconds
  • Average speed: 16.7 mph
  • Max speed: 22.0 mph

I have ridden my Trek 7.3FX around downtown St. Petersburg quite a few times already, but since adopting Kiki (who?) a few months ago my cycling has been put on hold.  I was greatly inspired once again by watching the Tour de France.  Now, I have discovered a new 3-lap area of sorts similar in length to the laps I rode many, many times around the imperial palace.  Quick thoughts about riding in Florida?  of course it’s hot, nice to have dedicated bike lanes, basically all roads are totally flat, at least one road cyclist is not elitist and friendly.

I have since refined and ritualized this ride in two subsequent rides.  I got my average speed up to a high of 18.2 mph, which I was proud of.  I only ride in front gear 3 and rear gear 7.  Only.  Even when I make my two U-turns I stay in 3-7 as a sign of not easing up at all.  Maybe I’ll consider dropping it down to 3-8 for stretches?

Of course my new full-time math teacher job is going to put a big dent in my immediate cycling time.  I’ll have to adjust to a whole new schedule again.  I want to soon ride on the Pinellas Trail too, one of the many cycling only roads that stretches for miles and miles.


3 Responses to “A return to semi-real cycling in Florida!”

  1. Victoria
    on August 12th, 2011 1:23 PM

    Hi Jason: I WAS a cyclist for many, many years when I lived in Atlanta. When i moved here in 2003 (St Pete), I rode with the St Pete Bike Club for a year. Eventually I got frustrated and quit. Ever since I have been trying to find “pure” cyclists in St Pete, but I have not been successful. It is a good town for triathletes! Anyway, if you want to do training rides & around 200 miles a week, i am interested !! I have collected several local ride maps. Victoria


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Hi Victoria….thank you for your comment and offer. I am still riding just a Trek 7.3FX (cross/hybrid bike) and only average around 17.5mph on my usual 11 mile loop from Snell Isle through downtown St. Pete to 22nd Ave S via 3rd St and then back to Snell Isle. This I can do riding from my front door. I would like to do longer rides, but I find myself never getting around to putting my bike in the car and taking it somewhere. I really like to just ride door to door.

    I have only ever ridden with other cyclists on what we called “cyclo-camping” trips, basically touring but only one day riding to destination length trips.

    I would be interested in seeing what local rides you have on your maps though.


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