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Florida Freewheelers

 

From the club webpage:

Who are the Florida Freewheelers? more than 600 members - People like you who ride bicycles for recreation, fitness, and sport. The club has riders of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels ranging from recreational to racing. You may see cycling enthusiasts from the age of two to ninety-two.

What do we do? bike rides in the Central Florida area - Our members ride bicycles -- road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, tandems, and recumbents. We offer several types of regularly scheduled rides, so you can choose the ride that best suits your riding skill. All rides have designated leaders, and maps are handed out at the start of each ride. For newer or less experienced riders, the ride leader makes sure no one rides alone.

 

What we have to say:

When I came to Orlando in 2001, I used a mountain bike first, since I expected not be able to ride a road bike due a lot of traffic. After I heard from Florida Freewheelers, I joined one of club rides in Oct 2001. This was a T-ride and I remember the four people I was riding with: Jack, Billy, Bea and Joyce. With my mountain bike I was barely able to hang on to them. After two rides with them I joined the club.

Since at that time I was here by myself and my wife still in Germany, the Freewheelers became almost something like my family. Most of our friends we have today, we originally met through the Freewheelers. No wonder, since we share the same hobby.

After riding a while with the T-group, I finally realized that a road bike seems to appropriate bicycle. Finally I bought my road bike and start riding with all groups. We are not really interested in riding fast and competitive, we just like to cycle longer distance. The Freewheelers with their different groups gave us those opportunities.

The Freewheelers do have an amazing amount of great volunteers. Having different rides each weekend for all groups, with a dedicated ride leader makes it an extraordinary club. In spring they organize the well known 3 or 6 day Safari and in November they over their famous "Horrible Hundred" century.

We are glad that we met the Florida Freewheelers and they are a big part of what we enjoy during our stay in a foreign country.

Here is the breakdown in groups, for which they offer rides each weekend:

Type Description
A 20+ mph: Experienced Riders Only. Be able to read a map and change a flat. Very fast to racing pace.
B 17 - 21 mph: Experienced Riders Only. Be able to read a map, change a flat, and ride 20 miles not-stop.
C 15 - 18 mph: Be able to read a map and change a flat, but don't be upset if you get dropped.
D 12 - 15 mph: Beginner Ride. Ride leader will make sure no rider is dropped.
S 10 - 15 mph: Leisurely, social ride. Distance varies. Ride leader will make sure no rider is dropped.
T Tourist: Longer Rides at a slower pace. Be able to read a map, change a flat. Don't be upset if you get dropped.

In addition they sometimes offer special rides for Mountain bikes, Recumbent, Tandems or Highwheel's.

 

I highly recommend that you come to one of their club rides and check it out yourself. After a while when you like it, join them and become a member of the family.

Check their webpage: http://www.floridafreewheelers.com

 

If you would like to see some pictures from Florida Freewheelers events look here: Freewheelers Pictures

 


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