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TimmyR

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I am in the market for a budget gravel bike to use during my frequent stays in Miami. It looks a lot like I am leaning towards a Surly, Salsa or maybe a Cannondale.

What bike shops do you local Miami riders like?

It looks like Biketech stocks Salsa and so I assume they can get Surly too.

Thanks!

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Mack's Bikes
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Thanks avintom!

How far is it to get to dirt from near the airport. It looks like there are unpaved roads to ride just west of of the city off of 41/SW 8th.

Hoping to have a bike there in May to ride and train for a June ride.


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There's a lot of trails and different dirt out in Homestead and West Miami.
The Everglades bike club a great Fight Club is having gravel rides now on the weekends in through the week check with them Everglades bike club.
Those guys are the locals and know where all the stuff in the best rides are.
It's a great fight club by the way.
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Thanks!

I stay on the south-side of the airport for about 2-weeks at a time and am going to store a bike there. I am hoping to get some good riding in that is not too long of a drive from there. I will look into the Everglades Bike Club. My goal is to spend about $1500 or less on a all-terrain road/gravel bike to keep riding when I'm not home.

If there is a gravel scene within 30 minutes of the local ariport area, that'd be sweet.

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Tim

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Hello Tim,
Most of the gravel riding down here is on crushed limestone levees... No trees, no shade, and brutal heat during the summertime (which down here lasts from march thru October) but still awesome for first time explorers and training ...might I as a native suggest some of our bike paths...
You can ride your gravel/ cx bike with good results and stay mostly off the roads...
Key biscayne to cutler ridge, thru coconut grove etc... You can even loop back on M-path under metro-rail, or load your bike on the train... All I'm sayin is don't limit yourself to the gravel... Explore MY TOWN
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Hey Possum,

Thanks thats EXACTLY what I was looking for. I am not at all set to ride only dirt...just avoid the typical hazards of the roads when possible and log some fun miles.

My bike ('18 Salsa Vaya) should hit my hotel shortly after I arrive this weekend and I'll check out your suggestions as soon as I can. I stay on the south side of the airport so anyplace I can take it within reason is great.

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I've been riding and commuting down here my whole life, and as long as you stay on the paths and residential roads you can go almost anywhere without exposing yourself to automobile danger ... I've been struck 3times and no longer do "road bike" ...its just to risky to put your safety in the hands of distracted drivers... You'll quickly get the feel for riding safely around this AWESOME city.
And for some different "wildlife" check out Miami Critical Mass on the last Friday of every month... google "Miami bike scene"

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Sweet...I am excited to ride there since I spend 2-weeks a month in Miami and enjoy riding. I fully understand the risks from driving down there the last few years. It's what honestly kept me from considering riding in Miami until now.



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Possum - do you have any RWGPS routes of these rides or is Strava and the heat maps the best resource?


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http://www. MIAMIBIKESCENE.com
And just google Miami bike routes...you'll find events there too, even gravel specific
Don't do critical mass routes unless you're doing CritMass...which I think you gotta do at least once while you're here. Your gonna have to trust me on this, and thank me later...
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http://www.themiamibikescene.com
Check events and group rides for a starting place
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http://www.Miami.com/things-to-do-in-Miami/Miami-bike-paths-guide-8002
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Thanks Possum! I checked out all the links and found the routes plus the links to where they start. I'm sort of surprised none of it pops up on Strava or RWGPS...but I'll manage. My bike ships today. I'll be in the area starting Saturday working.


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