WTF Tri Club Clinic
Thanks to everyone who joined us Monday, with WTF Tri Club, at our David's World Cycle, Melbourne location!
We enjoyed the opportunity to inform more people about triathlons, the training basics, how to join the club, and more! If you didn't make it this time, we'll see you next time!
Learn more about WTF Tri Club (our local, fun, and friendly tri club), how you can join, and more – here.
A Tour of Crystal River, Florida
Allison Taylor recently took a family vacation to Crystal River, Florida – and decided to rent bikes while she was at it!
David's World Cycle was thrilled to help Allison and her family find bikes that fit them all comfortably...and her blog proves her excitement!
A Family Bike Ride
First on our agenda was biking on the Withlacoochee (say that 3 times fast!) State Trail. We were set up with bikes at David’s World Cycle. The bikes at David’s are no joke.
Having never rented bikes before while on a trip, I didn’t really know what to expect. Honestly, I think that I was hoping for half-way decent bikes.
What we were given to ride were top of the line Trek bikes. The staff was knowledgeable about the bikes and the trails.
What I liked even more than their knowledge, was their willingness to fit all of us correctly! Even, my youngest (5) had a bike with training wheels!
Now, I don’t know how many bikes with training wheels they keep in stock on a regular basis so I would advise calling to check if they have a bike with training wheels available should you need one.
We set out on the trail which is 46 miles of paved path, that used to be a railroad track. In case you were wondering, we did not make it all 46 miles. Round trip my little family was able to do 6 miles. The paths were wide and very well maintained. Making our ride even better was the fact that on our ride we only encountered two or three places where we had to cross a road.
My kids had been asking since late November when the weather had gotten colder when they could ride their bikes, so it was very refreshing to be able to tell them that we were going on a family bike ride.
(read the whole blog, here!)
Here are a few pictures from Allison's family trip:
Winter Park Christmas Parade
We had an awesome time last weekend at the Winter Park Christmas Parade!
"The Winter Park Christmas Parade held on Saturday Morning, December 3rd had over 100 entries and once again DWC, represented by the Casselberry location participated with New Hope for Kids. They had a great bunch of volunteers walking the route and promoting their annual Christmas Family bike ride through Casselberry on December 10th to raise funds for their great work. The weather was perfect and huge crowds lined both sides of Park Avenue."
"We so enjoy the traditions of the holiday season! On Saturday, a great group of elves participated in the 64th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade. Special thanks to David's World Cycle, Orlando Outreachers, Steve and Anne (team leaders) and all the volunteers who help make this day extra special! Great Job!"
Here are a few pictures of us at the parade:
David's World Cycle San Antonio Ride
Check out lost footage from our ride in San Antonio this past summer! We had a great time with our Clearwater, FL team and customers. Watch the video from the ride here:
James Lally successfully completed the 2016 IRONMAN Chattanooga!
Well I did it. I completed Ironman Chattanooga in style and very tough conditions. It was about 95 degrees F - very tough to swim 2.4 miles, bike 116 miles then run a marathon without walking. I did my fastest swim in 1 hour, deliberately slower bike (6.25 hours which is still fast for 116 miles solo - no drafting) and a 4:37hrs Marathon.
I saved my legs on the bike so as to run a solid Marathon. The crowds were amazing - the city was great. Thanks for your support - this was my first (FULL) as you know and it only gives me more experience both in terms of experience and how it applies to my new career.
I will say it is very tough and many people who claim to be an Ironman have completed one but a lot of people walk the run - I only walked the aid stations when I needed some salt and water. Felt great the whole way and ‘gave it full gas at mile 22’ when I knew I wanted to ‘empty the tank’. Of course I wore my Trek Segafredo Jersey for the ride and my Speed Concept 7.5 was AMAZING and never missed a beat. I ensured that I represented Trek well and ensured my jersey was pristine and wore my AMAZING Bontrager XXX shoes for the bike split - cannot go wrong.
Our Ride-4-Ronald training ride leaders are a big piece of our Central-Florida cycling community. Learn a little more about Desmond Edwards and E. Jerome Thompson:
Desmond Edwards: "I love to ride my bike because it helps me with my exercising to control my type 2 diabetes, because I get to meet so many different cyclists in Orlando, and because I just like being outdoors and seeing the city of Orlando"
E. Jerome Thompson became interested in cycling approximately five years ago when he was out for a Sunday afternoon drive with his family in Lake Nona when they saw riders completing the Tour de Cure. At that moment he vowed to participate the following year, and rode 100 miles. Since that Sunday he has not looked back, and developed from maybe riding his bike twice a month to one who rides weekly. From a person who would get easily dropped on rides to leading group rides. At age 52, Jerome has become hooked to cycling and encourages others to bike as well.
Every rider wishes they could ride a bike tailor-made for them. In the past, this dream has been quite lofty. Extreme prices and limitations in customization options restricted what was possible.
Chuck Lee, a David's World Cycle customer, made his dream a reality with the help of our great team. Chuck's custom bike also helped him check off another great achievement: earning a podium earlier this month at the Spring Fling Triathlon!
Stay on the road longer with less fatigue and discomfort by having your bike professionally fit just for you. Trek Precision Fit, a state-of-the-art fitting system, will show our experts exactly how to adjust your bike to fit your riding style and physical measurements. We'll be able to maximize your comfort, pedaling efficiency, and power for a better riding experience.
While you’re being fit, take advantage of our saddle pressure mapping services to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible on those long rides. Historically, riders have had to test out a variety of saddles to find the best fit for them. This process can take weeks at a time and cause a lot of discomfort in the process. Now, with the Trek Precision fitting pressure system, we can measure the pressure your personal pelvic build puts on a saddle. This allows us to visualize the impact your body has on a saddle and collect accurate measurements to find the optimal saddle for you.
Join us at our College Park or Wildwood location for your personal Trek Precision Fit bike and saddle fitting. You’ll be hitting the road all season as a happier, more efficient cyclist.
Tour de Cure 2016 was one for the books! We had another amazing turnout of Central Florida Cyclists, proving once again why we love this community. This year's ride raised at total of over $550,000 towards diabetes research, with our David's World team contributing over $15,000! We love this ride and will continue to support their efforts for years to come.
One of the perks of adding stores to the David's World family is adding new inventory. This time we have added recumbent bikes to our line up! Recumbent bicycles have many advantages for riders. They offer a different type of riding that many enthusiasts feel is more comfortable than a traditional bicycle, especially for people who have wrist, neck or back injuries. Just like ordinary bicycles, they are also lower impact than running or other types of exercise, but offer a slightly different view than their traditional bicycle counterparts due to the reclined position. Plus, like regular bikes they are just plain FUN! Some of our employees and customers took some of them out for a spin and snapped a few photos. Here are some highlights from their ride:
We are pleased to say that this year's Ride4Rose was another success! The team made it to Tallahassee earlier this week after beginning the ride in Orlando...more awareness was brought to victims of child to parent violence and abuse, and we had fun while doing it. Check out our photos from the ride.
From Alice (Rose's sister):
Today is the day I became emotional when we arrived in Gainesville city limits and Gainesville PD stopped traffic for my sister to cycle thru. They escorted us all the way to the hotel & they will lead us out tomorrow on our way to Cross City. This confirms that ride4rose was meant to happen. Thanks to WCJB TV 20/ABC to meet us at hotel and help raise awareness to Child to parent violence & Abuse. We are working to begin addressing this form of domestic violence!
One of our favorite things about owning bike shops is that we get to see what can happen when people come together for a cause. 2015 was such a fun and inspirational year for those of us at David's World Cycle. We got to see cyclists come togehter for some really great causes including the Tour de Cure, Ride 4 Ronald, Pull for Chris and many others!
As we look forward into 2016 we can't wait to see what the Central Florida Cycling community will do. In an effort to bring everyone together we have been hosting weekly training rides. We also have a team formed for Tour de Cure and we have already raised over $7,000 for the event, and many more events will be coming in the near future!
We encourage you to get involved, come and ride with us, and experience the magic that happens with people combine fitness, fun and community!
- David, Yvette & the entire David's World Family
We were thrilled to see so many friends and family members join us at this year's New Year's Day ride! The Central Florida cycling community is unlike any other, and we just always have so much fun when we get together. Here are a few snapshots from the day!
We had a great time at the Cycle the City event his past weekend. It was a wonderful family event that was enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone who participated or helped out in any way!
Here are some fun photos from the day PLUS a video from the ride!
We are absolutely overcome with gratitude towards the riders who came out to support our friend Chris Liddy and his family this past weeked. Over 130 riders came and rode the loop that Chris frequently took on his bike before his recent traffic accident. We are so proud to be a part of this community, and we are so overhwelmed at the wonderful support that our David's World cycling family gave for such a great person. Here are some photos and a video from this past weekend's event. Also, you can still support Chris's family by clicking HERE and donating. Any amount helps!
Pulling for Chris.Posted by Cesar Cesareo on Sunday, October 18, 2015
"THANKS to DWC & Crew for once again coming through for me as I raced my biggest race to date: Ironman Maryland".
It was quite a big build up since the race was cancelled with the effects of Hurricane Joaquin a few weeks ago ...but I made the trip back to Maryland for the re-scheduled event this past Saturday. It was well worth the wait! Shortly before the race started, the announcers made a last minute call to shorten the swim by 700 yards due to small craft advisories (we swam in theChesapeake Bay) - that meant wind and that meant a tough bike! The swim was intense for me - never swam next to 1400 people but got out of the water as fastas I could (53 minutes) and bundled up in T1 since the wind had whipped up and the air temp was still in the high 40s. The bike was my favorite part (big surprise). It was in The Black Forest Wetlands - where everything looked the same, tons of cross/head winds and solitude. Time to smash it and do what I do best - head down and push the pedals. Came off the bike in 5:49 for 112 miles. The bike was perfecto - John did a great job making those last minute adjustments and my new Garmin toy was fun to watch for 5+ hours. When I came off the bike I saw Gerardo and Kelly and they let me know I was in second place. I was shocked... but knew now, I was here to race to the podium, not just 'have a good race'. The run was 3 laps - lots of spectators which I fed off of and I continued to execute my nutrition, planned out by the coach. It is very hard to hold back at the beginning of the run but knew it would pay off later - and it did. I basically nailed even splits per mile for 4 hours and 13 minutes - my run time. Started to cramp at mile 22 but after guzzling some chicken broth they disappeared. I got passed in the later miles by a pure runner (convincing myself), and ended in 3rd place in my Age Group. Making the podium in your first Ironman is the best part of 4 months of preparation and determination. I am so grateful to DWC...the bike is such an important leg, and I could never do this without the crew always looking out for me and my Speed Concept...so grateful!
We are very excited and honored to be hosting Tracy Draper for a second exclusive book signing event on Tuesday, December 8th at David's World Altamonte Springs. Her book entitled Live It: Riding the Highs and Lows of a Cross Country Dream is a true story about a middle aged mom that rediscovered the athlete within as her children grew up. It is about a dream of riding across the United States by bicycle, about overcoming adversity, and describes the joys of making a difference in the lives of others. Don't miss this chance to be challenged and inspired by a woman who took the ride of a lifetime.
EXCERPT II: Gaining family support to ride cross country
“NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. My wife will not be riding her bike across the country! What – are you crazy?!”
This was my husband’s initial response the first time I mentioned to him my desire to ride across the country in the summer of 2012. After having been married to him for eight years, I knew he was capable of having such a reaction. So I brought it up in a rather nonchalant manner – kind of testing the waters, if you will.
“There is no way you are going to do this. How can I protect you when you are out there ‘somewhere’ riding your bike in the middle of nowhere?!” I decide to take in his concerns and not say another word about it… not yet anyway. He has a good point but he has not heard me out at all. Later, Tracy. Wait and let him chew on it.
As is often the result of being considerate to my man, God gave me a sense of peace in my heart. If Billy did not support this idea, there was no way I could pull it off or even begin to try. How could I be defiant with this man who loves me so much and truly cares more about my well being than anyone on earth? If this ride is meant to be, then it will be…and if not, I will just have to find another dream to pursue.
Like many of us, my man needs time to contemplate big decisions. He rarely does anything impulsive unless it has to do with sports.
The preliminary judgment of “NO!” was coming undone with communication and mutual respect. Bill confessed that my question of “Why not?” in relation to a dream really hit him hard. Why couldn’t his wife ride 3,000 miles? She has the strength and determination to pull off such a feat, so it was time to think it through, to do the research and count the costs. How could he stand in the way of his bride’s dream? He could not – and would not. Billy became my biggest advocate, right–hand planner and best supporter. The “why not?” became the impetus behind the growing plan.
EXCERPT III: Confronting doubts
Moments of Doubt –April 2014
I knew this day would come but was honestly quite surprised by the timing of it. I believed doubts might come as we traversed the Rockies or suffered through big winds in the Plains. But now? We still have six weeks before we even begin this journey.
Why was I feeling this way? Simple: I had heard the negativity of what some nay-sayers have been spreading about.
“Yeah, riding 3,000 miles in 31 days - sure…”
“Doubtful that their bodies can take such a beating. 100 miles a day is going to take a toll. I wonder if everyone will make it?”
“I don’t think they know what they’re doing. Sure fail.”
“Who does Tracy think she is?”
“Are you crazy?”
Isn’t it interesting how others’ words can bring us down? Whatever their motivation is: doubt, jealousy, a grudge, there are some people attempt to undermine or discredit what someone else is about to do. It happens all too often and while we may know better deep within, we allow someone else’s doubt to become our own.
What was I to do with all of these overwhelming emotional feelings? First, discount it as the hormonal imbalance of a 48 year old. Secondly, go deeper within and draw from what I know is true. I knew I could not let this pattern of negative thinking continue so I relied on what someone had taught me in the past: Recite what the truth of the matter is, not what I am feeling.
Truth is that our team is about to do something BIG and benefit many, many people. Truth here is that nothing is wrong with me; that others are jealous for whatever reason and say things to make themselves feel better when people attempt to break out of a stereotyped mold (or something like that). Truth is that I am made well, loved deeply and that nothing is wrong with me except the fact that I am merely a mortal. I make the same mistakes that so many others do; heck, I even make some unique ones at times. Truth is that there will be Doubt Days for me during our five-week project. Truth says that I will also have Strong Days, Successful Days and days where I surprise even myself. Truth is that the wimpy little things I face (and try to make into big things in my mind) are really nothing compared with what our wounded warriors face day in and day out. If I think I have voices of doubt in my brain, can you imagine what they hear? Oh how my DDs are tiny in comparison. Pick up, Tracy, dust off and get on with your mission: Bring hope to the warriors.
Ride on with a head held high.
EXCERPT IV: The reason to keep going
Each day during our ride, Hope For The Warriors™ provided us with stories from their Warrior’s Wish program. Having spent numerous hours researching Hope as a possible beneficiary of our Ride, I went to their blogspot and was truly moved by many of their stories.
It became very important to me to help our team understand the “who” behind the “what” of our mission, and to inspire us during the challenges that we would face on the ride, so I requested 31 stories, one for each of our riding days. Anne Barnwell, the Communications Director at Hope, and I worked pretty closely together for the months leading up to our departure and she selected stories that were some of her favorites, with our journey in mind.
I knew that the media and others we encountered along the way would have questions for us, so it was important that everyone have an idea of what Hope does and whose lives it touches. Little did I know, how important these stories would become to me each day.In the same way that our team came with varied personalities, these stories impacted each of us differently. Some testimonials were very touching and others were less dramatic; all were transformational in the lives of their authors. Perhaps the story that spoke the loudest to me was this one. It resonated with me throughout our journey during difficult periods.
Corporal Zach Briseño, USMC (Ret.)
Zach Briseño is a native of Fort Worth and joined the Marine Corps in 2004, just after his high school graduation. In 2007, after serving in Okinawa and Fallujah, Iraq, Zach returned to Fallujah as part of a police training team. On Nov. 29, 2007, an IED detonated under a vehiclethat contained himand two other Marines. He lost both legs and injured his arm.
While still in recovery, Zach joined Team Hope For The Warriors® and completed the 2008 Marine Corps Marathon on his new hand cycle. The last leg of the race route was uphill, so for Zach the finish line could very well have been out of reach. Exhaustion and doubt, however, were no match for his determination. Zach made it up the hill--not by hand cycle, but by standing up to walk his uphill battle. The crowd was stunned by the grueling scene of what seemed impossible to someone who was severely injured less than a year prior to the race. For Zach, this was one of many examples of his tenacity and endurance.
Bits and pieces of these stories captivated my mind as I was having my own difficult moments on a couple of hot and windy days on the bike in Kansas. By having true stories like this to help me re-focus, I was able to get my mind off my own temporary discomfort and think about what our injured military personnel go through on their own road to reclaiming their dreams.
Excerpt V: The Homestretch
Happy Birthday USA! It was July 4 and we had a lot on tap. My sister had driven from New York to join us for two days of riding. Our parents would meet us in Oxford and BillyD would return to see us through till the end. My sister Leigh is a very strong rider and supporter of our cause so we were really looking forward to her being a part of the team for this segment. I was really looking forward to sharing this experience with her and other family members.
The day played out as follows: We loaded the trailer and fueled our bodies, then met Leigh in the parking lot before we had to roll.
The hills came early and lasted some 40 miles as we made our way south and east to Oxford, Ala. I specifically chose this route because we lived in nearby Anniston, where my brother was born while Daddy was in Vietnam. My mother’s parents lived in a tiny town of Lineville, which we would pass through the next day. Hearing my mom speak warmly of this area of the country made me want to pay it a little visit. I had not been in the area since my grandmother’s funeral in 1990. I wanted this part of the route to be a time for reflection as we neared the end of the mission. It felt a bit like I was coming full circle, as I had hoped. Leigh and I had a great time riding and chatting. I remembered feeling so jealous of her as a sibling, but now that we had grown up, those feelings had passed. We are able to be friends.
In one of the bigger cities that we came through, traffic was heavy on a four-lane road. At a traffic light, a policeman told one of our teammates that he would block for us and that we could take the entire lane. An impromptu escort – how about that? He supported us from the rear for several miles and we were grateful indeed. Once we got out of the city, he pulled up beside us, waved us on and smiled widely, knowing he had been a help to us. Again, Southern hospitality showed itself to our team. We soon rounded a curve as we came into Anniston’sflag-lined roads.
We are so pleased with the turnout for this year's Ride-4-Ronald! There were over 500 riderswho participated and we raised over $225,000! Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way. We are proud to support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Orlando, and look forward to riding again next year! Here are some photos from the day:
David's World Cycle is once again a proud sponsor of the Ride-4-Ronald. Last year, there were over 640 riders and over $225,000 was raised for the charity. This year our goal is to help them reach their fundraising goal of $300,000.
This year's ride will take place on Sunday, September 20th at Lake Nona and will feature cycling routes for all levels! Beginners can enjoy the 10 mile route, while enthusiasts can enjoy longer 30, 60 and 100-mile options.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida has come to mean hope, healing, and strength for over 22,000 families.
Their cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. Before the Ronald McDonald Houses, parents were sleeping in their cars or in chairs in the waiting room, eating out of vending machines, or bearing the expense of impersonal hotel rooms. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando:
- On the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
- On the campus of Florida Hospital for Children
We ride for parents like Heather & Matt
A routine check-up during Heather’s 28th week of pregnancy suddenly led to her being diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition that could be life-threatening for Heather and her baby. Doctors transferred Heather to a pediatric hospital in Orlando where specialists closely monitored her condition. The day Heather was admitted, her husband Matt, a United States Merchant Marine, was in Dubai when he received the call that Heather’s condition was worsening. Matt flew home from the Middle East. The next day, Heather gave birth to baby Elizabeth, who was born eleven weeks premature. After a week in the hospital, Heather was discharged and returned home to Palm Coast. For two days, she and Matt commuted 120 miles each day to see their daughter in the NICU. After two days, an opening at Ronald McDonald House became available and the family spent the remaining 52 days of their daughter’s hospitalization at their new home away from home.
“When they handed us our little baby girl whose weight had dropped to just one pound; the world stopped for that moment that we got to hold her. Every day that we saw her thriving and flourishing, it was a miracle. This was a child that should not be alive for a multitude of reasons, and the staff loved her, they cared for her, and they dedicated every ounce of their knowledge to making sure that this child was going to be healthy.
An important part of Elizabeth’s care was us being able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House; it allowed us to be a family—to be able to see our daughter at any time—even though Elizabeth was in the hospital. Ronald McDonald House guaranteed us access to our ill child. To be able to see her as much as we did, to hold her, to be part of her clinical care team, we were there every single time the doctors rounded, and it was because we could be there, being just steps away from the hospital. If it wasn’t for being able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House and to have the access to see her and hold her as much as we did, we don’t think her success rate would be what it is today."
-Heather and Matt Alonge
We ride for kids like Emma
“Staying at the Ronald McDonald House was an amazing opportunity. It was really hard when I found out that I was going to have to leave my friends and family and go to Orlando for four months. I was nervous. After just a few days at the Ronald McDonald House I met some amazing families and got to know the staff very well. I quickly became friends with a girl named Jennifer. Everyday I would look forward to getting back and being able to walk around the lake with her. Everyone at the Ronald McDonald House helped in my healing process. When the four weeks were up I couldn't wait to get back home and school so that I could help our local Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville. I know that I will never be able to pay back what Ronald McDonald House gave to me but I will always be able to take my experience there and give back.”
-Emma (Gainesville, FL)
We are pleased to share this neat video created by one of our young customers! She was thrilled to get the chance to ride with Jens Voigt, and we were thrilled to provide her with the opportunity. Moments like these are great reminders about why we love what we do.
The Sacred Bond Between a Man and His Bicycle
I’m retiring a bike I’ve had since 2005. It’s affectionately become known as the “Anger Bike.” A
commuter all purpose bike path warrior instrument of pain and transportation.
I have a few very close friends who purchase a new bike every year. Every year the new stuff
comes out and they’ve got it. It cannot be disputed that a better bicycle will make rides more
enjoyable, faster and more comfortable. New bikes are always more attractive with their
flawless paint and color-matched wheels & decals. The old bike is vanilla ice cream, the new
bike is cherry with chocolate covered espresso beans mixed in; an up-until-now unfathomable
The Anger Bike is a 2004 Trek mountain bike. It’s a ZX aluminum frame, their top end metal
frame from that era, welded in Waterloo, WI. It’s painted white with black decals, it was
destined to be a Police bike. Over the years I’ve outfitted it with leftover parts as I’ve come
across them. Upgrading my wife’s bike to 10 speed, repurpose her old 9 speed shifters.
Wheels, stem, handlebar, pretty much the entire build up was done cheaply with leftovers. The
headset makes noise and the left shifter is bent so shifting out of the big ring can be a
challenge. My hands suffer numbness after more than 30mins. I’ve tried over the years at least
3 handlebars, multiple stems and 5 sets of grips. It’s not fast nor light. The paint wears 10
years of hard riding and borderline abuse. Like an old car, nobody would buy it, but I love it. I
know exactly how it’ll handle in any situation. How hard I can corner before catching a pedal,
how much brake to apply before skidding.
There is a hook in my garage waiting for it, where it will hang; slowly losing tire pressure over
the weeks and collecting dust. Only to be taken down now and then for times when I need a
bike I can lock up and not worry about the paint.
As my trusty steed
we’ve shared many a sunset
cursing at the wind.
Paint flaking off dents
freehub doesn’t engage
goodbye, Anger bike.
Tour de Cure 2015 was a HUGE SUCCESS!
We want to say Thank You to all of the participants who assisted with the Tour de Cure! The 2015 Tour's goal was to raise $525k and you helped smash that. Together, the 2015 Tour de Cure raised over $534,000 towards finding a cure for diabetes! The David's World Cycle team raised a 5th place earning $14,592. None of this would be possible without you. Thanks and please, join us next year!
Here are a few photos from the event. It truly was a wonderful time for everyone who came.
We are so excited that Tampa has created NEW buffered bike lanes on Platt Street. This is a major step for increasing cycling safety on one of Tampa's major connectors. Plus, we were also excited to have our very own employee Brian Jackson interviewed by ABC News.
My Cycling Journey
My name is Gabriella and I am a 12 year old Junior Cyclist. I have been cycling competitively for less than 2 years. I was introduced to cycling by my dad at the age of 10. Of course I rode a bike before the age of 10, but it was just the typical ride around the block on my Dora bike. I didn't truly understand the concept of really riding a bike longer than a few blocks until my dad signed us up for our first charity ride (The Tour de Cure) which benefits the American Diabetes Association. He didn't tell me it was 10 miles and I didn't think to ask. I wasn't aware of the distance we were going to ride until we were lined up at the start line, and even then I didn't think too much about it. After all, I was riding in a charity ride for my best friend who has Diabetes.
After participating in a few more charity rides (4 to be exact) I knew I had found my sport. My dad looked around for a local junior cycling team for me to join, but only found a junior triathlon team. We decided to join the triathlon team because it was the closest I could get to training with other junior cyclists. It wasn't long before I found myself truly falling in love with cycling.
My first real road bike was a used aluminum 2006 Trek. I loved it and I put many miles on it. Once my parents realized that I really wanted to be a cyclist, they purchased me a 2012 Trek WSD Carbon Madone 3.1 bike which I also loved, but out grew in no time. I now am the proud owner of a 2014 Trek Madone 5.2. This is my pride and joy. I work out five days a week. No excuses! Some days I ride on the road and other days I am on my trainer. I ride because I want to get better at it, and because it makes me happy. Once I'm on my bike, I feel a sense of freedom, especially when I'm riding outside with the wind in my face. I have my good days and my bad days, but at the end of the day I am blessed to be able to do what I love.
My parents always say that, "playing sports builds character." I hope the character I reveal makes all those who believe in me proud of me. I am so thankful to have so many wonderful and supportive people on my side. I owe so much to my parents, family, friends, teammates, coaches and The staff at David's World in Clearwater for all your support. I can honestly say that I am still cycling today because you believed in me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I can't wait to hear yours!
December 31, 2014
This gym doesn't have closing hours. This gym doesn't require you to wait for the machines you need to be empty. You have to wipe it down after every use (although once a week isn't discouraged). This gym is a very different. There are no towel racks or cushioned mats. There are no signs of the walls encouraging, or discouraging certain behaviors. This gym doesn't even have walls. You have had a membership to this gym since you were five, maybe six and perhaps you forgot about it. This gym hasn't moved, even if you have. It will always have a special place in your heart and mind no matter your age.
Hardly anyone remembers their gym for anything more than a place they have to go and be there for x minutes, and do x reps of whatever exercise they see on the sticker in the machine. Turns out the gym I speak of isn't a gym at all. It's a place or rather places that can be time machines moving you forward to you dreams of fitness, whatever they might be, and backwards as memories of your childhood and freedom flood your brain.
Your bike won’t judge you, wont charge you, wont make you stay indoors, it won’t even send you emails asking you to come back. But it is there waiting, hoping it can show you how much fun you once had, oh and by the way, provide you some health benefits as well. Regardless of whatever your goals are, may it be finishing an ironman, riding a century, riding around the block or going outside your neighborhood, the truth is that riding your bike will get you there, and with a lot more bang for your buck than a gym. Next time you are out and about cruising, commuting or training, remember that your gym is the best gym, because you sitting on it.
Bike/Walk Central Florida has received a $27,000 grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) to help Maitland and Winter Park develop and implement their plans to obtain a Bicycle Friendly Community(BFC) designation from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). The BFC application process helps a community evaluate how it encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation through engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation.
Bike/Walk Central Florida, with assistance from HDR Engineering, Inc., a local planning firm, will work with the volunteer and staff leadership in Winter Park and Maitland to help them prepare applications to the LAB Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program. The effort will be overseen and directed by volunteer citizen support groups including, Winter Park’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Maitland’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and the Healthy Maitland/Winter Park Teams of Healthy Central Florida.
“The effort is regional”, said Amanda Day, Project Director for Bike/Walk Central Florida. “The City of Orlando already has a bronze designation and its staff members are committed to working together on this.”
Winter Park and Maitland staff have made a decision not to submit their applications until the summer of 2015 because they are using the application process as an opportunity to update their plans and use the tools to guide their decision-making and their work. The Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program provides a toolkit of projects, policies, programs and plans designed to make biking better and a roadmap for improving conditions for bicycling and the direct assistance to make it happen.
The applications are taking place at a time when interest in bicycle commuting is soaring. An important nationwide study on Bicycle Commuting, developed by the LAB, was released on September 29, 2014. According to that report, nationwide, bicycle commuting has increased 62% since 2000, and Florida has experienced a 59% increase in bicycle commuting since 2005.
But, even with the increase, no Florida city, even with the state’s favorable weather, is in the Top 25 Cities for bike commuting. According to the League staff, because bicycling and walking is perceived as dangerous, people avoid it. According to
MetroPlan Orlando data, in Winter Park and Maitland, from 2006 to 2012, there have been 244 reported cyclists and pedestrian crashes (injury + fatalities) and of these, 101 were cyclists.
As a bicycle mechanic I’ve seen countless bikes make holidays and birthdays and graduations special. A gift that changes how the recipient spends their time; a gift that takes them places they might not otherwise see.
I drive down the same street every day to work, when I ride down that same street, I’m going 15mph slower, I can feel the wind and smell my neighbors flower garden.
At work I often wonder at “what is this person thinking, buying a bike for someone they love?” It is quite possible to imagine the person with the new bike will be seeing less of the person who bought it….or maybe more.
Many years ago, my parents bought me a tricycle, I don’t really remember it well. I don’t even know if it was a Christmas gift or what. Maybe they had grown tired of me marching around the house with my toy trumpet. Whatever the reason, that tricycle paved the way to a black BMX bike with training wheels. A Christmas gift for certain. I loved that bike more than anything. It was Christmas, in Wisconsin. There wasn’t going to be any good cycling for another 3 or maybe 4 months. So my parents let me ride circles in the basement. Which I did for hours, for days. Until the snow melted then up the stairs I went and outside. I can’t imagine that my parents thought a simple department store bike would lead to other bikes, to 10 mile rides to my first girlfriend’s house, to new friendships in college, to mountains, snow, mud, blood, emergency rooms, races, podiums (seriously, 2 podium finishes), a race that had me hallucinating from exhaustion. Jousting, dual slaloms and jumping fire pits.
I also bet they never figured the bike would be the key to me changing the direction of my life. Somewhere between 18-20 I was headed only towards danger and darkness, and then I was hired as a bicycle assembler.
I have a friend named John who lives in Wisconsin. He has ridden his bicycle for over 700 days consecutively. Everyday he rides, even if just for an hour. His happiness is something we could all share in, if only we all had bicycles.
I can't ride a bike, I'm too.....",
Old, heavy, full of arthritis, I have artificial joints, the list goes on.
I cannot tell you how many people have visited our store with stories of success. People who offer up their tales of losing weight, for example. 75, 90, over 100 pounds, men and women who didn't deprive themselves of anything, but rather added the joy of cycling to their lives and had FUN losing the fat.
Too old? A man who cycles yearly with his daughter from his home in Kentucky to his condo here in Florida. At 90, it appears that cycling keeps him young. There are lifelong cyclists who still ride today at over 100 years of age. Cycling can keep you young and healthy for whatever years you are on this planet.
Doctors agree that movement can alleviate arthritis symptoms. The gentle, rhythmic motion of pedaling keeps everything loose and functioning.
Fake hip or knee? I have TWO artificial knees. My doctors almost insisted that I continue to ride as therapy. I can routinely put 60, 70, and even longer rides into my personal history book even now. And I look forward to those trips. Cycling can't be counted as 'working out'. It's just too much fun. Let's call it 'going out to play'.
You don't need to set the land speed record. You don't need to travel across the country. All you need to do to gain the tremendous benefits that cycling provides is get on a bike and have fun. This, as they say, is just too easy.
Start today. Never stop. Live better.
November 4, 2014
So, you bought the new ride, you've taken it around the neighborhood, and you have the itch to turn your bike into a real vehicle. Well, welcome to the club, cyclists from all over the country are I finding out that, with a few accessories and a little knowledge, using your bike for day to day errands or short trips is easy as pie. I love pie. But if you've been reading my blog you know that the reverse heart disease diet I'm on doesn't allow for a confection like that. But I digress....
On the accessory side, first and foremost, a rack. Most non road bikes have points on the frame that allow for the secure attachment of a rack, and that's the way to go. Once you own a rack, bags called 'panniers' can be attached to either side. You can get a pannier that will hold a reusable grocery bag and its contents, or one that allows for more gear for a longer (maybe, GASP, even overnight) trip. The low attachment point keeps the center of gravity low as well, and your bike will handle just fine. Next, lights that allow drivers to see you from the rear at significant distance and a headlight that allows you to see where you are going. Use the lights day and night, without fail. The best thing about this gear is that it has no moving parts, so a moderate investment gives you years of use. A few trips and the gas savings pay for the upgrade.
But Brian, you say, I'm too afraid of traffic. I understand. Cars are big, scary things run by faulty computers (brains, I think they are called) and surely I will splat on the windshield like a love bug in the Spring. The truth is, statistically you are very, very safe if you follow these rules.
Ride With Traffic
Ride in the street, with traffic, as if you are a vehicle. You ARE a vehicle, which leads me to the next rule.
Obey ALL Traffic Rules
Stop at stop signs and red lights. If you need to turn, use the appropriate lane and signal your intent. The correct one may surprise you. For example, by law you need to ride with traffic, AS FAR RIGHT AS POSSIBLE. So on a street with three lanes, one left, one right, and a straight through lane you want to be in the CENTER lane, AS FAR RIGHT AS POSSIBLE. You'll be between cars at the light, but you won't be run over by the car turning right when the light changes. Move slightly ahead of the cars so they see you. You can then go through the intersection, move to the right again, and the turning cars keep their distance. REMEMBER. You are a legal vehicle. You have the right to use the street as well. It's extremely unlikely anyone will bother you. Nobody wants anything to do with THAT paperwork. And stop and think. A car interacts with you for 1 1/2 to 2 seconds at most as it passes you. They want no part of you. Remember those lights? If you use them you will be safe. Statistics prove that out. With all of the miles that riders commute, The number of accidents is extremely low.
Start slow on a sparsely used street. Get used to the traffic. Go like the road is yours because, well, it IS (see above paragraph). Project confidence, and the drivers will sense that and motor past you without incident.
The best part of commuting by bike is passing maybe 90-100 cars crawling along at rush hour while you fly along. I know, I do it all if the time, smiling all the while. Oh how I love that.
October 30, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (BRAIN)—A recent purchase of four bike shops in a one-month period has brought the store count at David’s World Cycle to 12. The greater Orlando-area retailer also has its sights on a fifth acquisition, with a deal set to close in November.
David Sanborn has worked in bike retail since he was a teenager. At just 17, Sanborn managed World Cycle in College Park, a neighborhood in northwest Orlando. When the owners shuttered the store, Sanborn borrowed money from his grandparents so he could buy the business. The loan was contingent upon Sanborn finishing high school and repaying the money. Lacking the funds to change the name on the occupational license, Sanborn opted to put “David’s” in front of World Cycle because altering the name didn’t cost anything.
Twenty-five years later, David’s World Cycle has become a top Trek retailer with locations all over central Florida. “I don’t ever waste a moment to brag about my husband David,” said Yvette Sanborn, CEO of David’s World Cycle. “Sometimes we go into our stores now and realize that, wow, we have a lot of bikes. We’ve been extremely blessed this past year, and we’ve been looking for different ways we can expand.”
So the Sanborns approached Bike Works earlier this year and asked if it would be willing to sell three of its four stores. “We didn’t have the northeast and eastern parts of Orlando covered, and it was a good opportunity to cover all of central Florida,” Yvette said.
The fourth store the couple purchased this fall was Bicycle Emporium, a Trek dealer located on Florida’s west central coast. The fifth store the Sanborns are in the process of buying is farther east. “We joke that we’re going to have complete bike domination,” Yvette said.
But all joking aside, the Sanborns have been strong advocates for infrastructure and building a strong cycling culture in Florida since day one. “We have a strong commitment to community,” Yvette said. “We like to say that our stores provide people with the right bike, accessories and information to safely enjoy cycling right away, in all disciplines. And we connect them with events and safe social rides we sponsor and support.”
David’s World Cycle employs about 80 people, with stores ranging from 2,000 to 9,000 square feet in size. Two of the full-service stores cater to triathletes, offering gear and Vision Quest coaching and training.
All 12 stores carry only Trek bicycles, and two are Trek concept stores. The Bike Works stores the Sanborns recently purchased were Specialized and Giant dealers, but Yvette said they replaced those lines with Trek. “We wanted to stick with what we know, it’s so much easier that way,” she said.
Yvette also said she and her husband retained as many Bike Works employees as they could. Each of the four new stores were open for business under the David’s World Cycle banner after just one day of being closed to make the transition. The 13th store will open later this year.
October 21, 2014
It's hard to imagine a place more bicycle friendly than Portland, Oregon. It's really a town that thinks outside the box....waaay outside. It's become a place that people want to live not because of the job opportunities, but just because of what it is. I could move there in a heartbeat. Like the other heaven, it's hard to describe.
Imagine Tampa or Orlando on any given weekday morning, and having five to six THOUSAND cyclists commuting to work. Some of the bike routes are considered 'bike superhighways', and you'll see five hundred or so bikes go by per HOUR. Want to get around? Jump on the light rail that covers the entire area from the airport to well south of metro Portland up in Beaverton. Wait, what to do with the bike?...well just jump on with it, bike hooks are available on each car. One pass gets you on all public transport for a month, all you need to do is have it with you. On, off, get around all you like without a car. Many in Portland don't own one. Traffic is still big town crazy though. Enlightenment only goes so far, even in the land of Voodoo Doughnuts.
People, politicians mostly, will tell you that systems like that don't work, Iight rail is a boondoggle, let's keep the status quo. Well, I was lucky enough to be there for a month a few years ago, and I can tell you the system works like a charm. Forward thinking people defied the odds and persevered, making Portland one of the best places to live in the country.
Imagine a system like that in Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Sarasota. A pipe dream? I imagine some Portlanders felt that way too.
October 13, 2014
If I could do one thing that would really round out my life, I would travel the world by bicycle. Traveling by bike has always been my favorite daydream. I did a little as a young man on a number of occasions. A favorite trip was on a long weekend, I and a group of friends would ride from my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania to Niagara Falls, about a hundred miles. We would ride all day, stopping at the occasional fruit stand or cool little restaurant. No speed demons, it wasn't about getting there fast. It was all about the stroke of each pedal, the feeling of a light tail wind letting us feel like we were flying when we were clearly just loping along. A day on the Canadian side, lots of fun, eh? Then leaving, a little sad in the face about heading home instead of north to the Yukon. We would have fallen off the edge of the Earth had we tried.
I have a friend, actually an acquaintance for the moment, who lives my dream every day. Nicolas Marino is an Argentinian who worked in China in architecture for a number of years before heading out to cycle the world. We came together through another of our passions, photography. Nico is an incredibly skilled shooter, and we both were involved with a startlingly beautiful website called One Exposure, but everybody just calls it 1X (1x.com). Visit if you want to see some of the most beautiful images on the planet. I am privileged to have an image in their collection.
Nico is traveling with his partner Julia through some of the most incredible places imaginable. He has been to the Tibetan plateau, has crossed the Sahara by bike. He is a hero of mine, but he tells me I also inspire him as well. I look forward to the day he wanders into Florida, then Tampa, and then my home, where he and his sweet can rest, I can feed them, and they both can enthrall me for as many days as I can persuade them to stay.
When I commute to work by bike, as I did today, I still relish every pedal stroke, and pretend that I am on that journey with Nico. If you want to peek in and share as I do, go to nico3d.blogspot.com. There is an English page in the drop down menu. The images alone are worth a visit. Then, when you pedal to some new part of town or explore a new path, pretend that you are in the adventure of a lifetime, and relish every stroke of the pedals. You never know, it could happen.
October 10, 2014
When you come into a bike shop nowadays, it can be a little overwhelming. You'll hear talk about high end performance, watts of pedaling power, power meters, the advantages of carbon wheels. Whew!
Me, I've always ridden for fun. Way back in my youth, I subscribed to the late Robin Williams idea of " it's as close as you can come to flying". Even the double century rides, 100 miles in two consecutive days, were nothing but joy, no worrying about that last little bit of efficiency, how fast I managed to get somewhere during the ride. Today, 40+ years later, it's still the same.
So all of that fun has a physical effect on you, in a positive way. You don't even know its happening. A little more than two months ago, I had a serious heart attack. All that exercise can't make up for bad genes and an improper diet. With heart disease, 30-40% of the time the first symptom is SUDDEN DEATH. With me, it was a near miss, but a miss nonetheless. What saved me? More and more, it seems to be that all of that fun I was having, flying along minding my own business was causing profound changes in my heart. To this day, I have a complete blockage in my right coronary artery. I just passed a cardiac stress test with flying colors. How? Years of fun, the joy of riding caused arteries to enlarge and strengthen, providing backup to the part of my heart not getting what it needs the normal way. Cycling is why I am writing this today.
So, when you hesitate, are confused with all of the jargon that we enthusiasts throw at you, take a step back and simplify. Remember that joy you felt as a kid, flying down the street. Might as well have had a cape on, right? Go back to that. Buy a bike you can love, don't worry about the messy details. Get on it and explore, put a rack on it and go shopping, save a gallon or two. Doing that may save YOUR life someday. And you thought you were just having fun.
October 9, 2014
Steve from DWC Lake Mary did an awesome job the other night! He covered bicycle safety and the importance of riding with lights and reflective material at night. Bicycle maintenance was another important issue that was talked about and stressed the urgency of the better you take care of your bike the longer it will last. He touched on the difference of each style of bicycle. Road bike are lightweight and efficient. Mountain bikes are more rugged and all terrain. It was a great event, thanks Steve!
September 18, 2014
Long before the starter pistol fires, before tire pressure was discussed and double checked, before embrocation & chamois cream were applied. Before weather reports were scrutinized. Before the jersey, bibs and socks were selected, I was in my zone.
Three days before my event, I’m shaving my legs. Not really analyzing my muscle composition or vascularity, just cleaning the pistons. Feeling fast and prepared. I went for an easy spin earlier today and everything felt perfect. My hands fell into place on the bars, I didn’t have to search for that sweet spot on the saddle, just naturally settled into it. Turns are effortless and smooth. My heart rate unhurried at 130bpm. The sweet soft song of a clean drivetrain accompanied by good tires on clean asphalt.
Which brings me to my favorite part, the bicycle. I am a mechanic, which means I probably won’t be the strongest or smartest cyclist out there this weekend, but my bike will look clean and function well. I was told once, “when you toe the starting line, you should look like you were born on a bike, super fit and lean. Your bike should look brand new, even if you have 20,000 miles on it.”
Two of the most important things for a great event are a clean bike and a clean body. Clean the bike; clean the body and you will have cleaned the mind.
I decided on 1050 calories to eat & drink for this century. That’s almost triple what I did last year…and last year I cracked. Water bottles are selected and the order of nutrition consumption is laid out.
Everything is ready, organized. There’s nothing left to do but stay hydrated and eat responsibly over the next few days. My event is coming.
September 15, 2014
What makes the Trek Émonda SLR 8 the least amount of grams for the least amount of money. Peloton Magazine breaks it down in this Quick Hit.
Every detail of the Émonda line, from frame design to each component choice on every model, serves the same audacious goal: to create the lightest line of production road bikes ever offered.
September 9, 2014
It's not too late to get in on the fun! The 5th annual Ride 4 Ronald rolls out on Sept. 21st.
Join our last training ride to meet new friends and prepare for your selected distance. We guarantee you'll have some fun!
Training Ride - 7 am Sept 14th at Altamonte Springs location
August 25, 2014
I talk to people on a regular basis about why they ride or why they want to ride. Some are looking for weight loss or exercise, others a way to spend time as a family. Sometimes a person is looking to substitute using a car for everything, they’ll be riding to work or school or the grocery store. The variety of answers I get sometimes gets me thinking about why I ride. I’ve used a bicycle for all those purposes. I have found that just about anything, any goal, can be realized on any bike.
I courted my wife on a Bianchi Reparto Corse with a full Campagnolo Record kit. She was on a custom Bob Jackson with Campagnolo Chorus, she even had deep section Shamal wheels & bullet valve caps. We ride beach cruisers along the bay to a coffee shop on a regular basis now.
I lost weight and got faster. I counted rides in hours instead of miles, I raced. I was super serious.
Now, I use a bike for something nobody ever mentions, but it’s always there. It’s the reason they’re shopping for a bike instead of a gym membership. The same reason they want to spend time with their family. Riding a bicycle is fun. The bike is such a simple machine, easy to maintain and surprisingly more robust than you might think.
I have never had a bad bike ride. Things have happened, flat tires and rain and snow and wind; those things added to the experience. The entire ride was not a flat tire, the flat tire was part of the ride. A reminder that “this too shall pass.” Both the good and the bad are temporary.
I see and hear things on my bicycle I’d never notice while walking or driving. I experience the world around me. Riding a bicycle is fun. We should all have more fun in our lives.
August 21, 2014
Check out David And Yvette on Good Morning Orlando talking about the 5th annual Ride For Ronald!
August 20, 2014
Let us help you get ready for the Ride 4 Ronald! For more information and a full training ride schedule click here.
August 18, 2014
No words can truly describe this moment. It is the culmination of hard work, determination, and above all, pride. In this moment all the fear, doubt, and worry fade away. The only thought in your mind is that you have finished what you started. In this moment, the laundry list of people that got you here is truly endless, and that no amount of thank you's can suffice. Cause in this moment, we madeit!!! Special thanks to my coach Kerry Simmons and training partner Julio Godreau and all of my David's World Cycle family.
August 18, 2014
My family is very devoted to cycling advocacy and consists of many cyclist themsleves. They love to support quality companies making a difference. They are all very excited to represent DWC throughout Vermont and NY. We come to Cape Cod every year as a family. This year is our 10 year anniversary. I come up from Florida and the rest of the family comes from Vermont and NY.
August 11, 2014
As is ritual, the David's World Cycle team made the yearly pilgrimage to Madison, WI to take in Trek World. It's Trek's annual deal event where we learn all about the latest and greatest product from Trek. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from Trek World and to stay up to be the first to hear about the new products we have in stock!
August 11, 2014
Meet Émonda, the lightest production road line ever. See the bikes
The goal was simple. Build the lightest production road line in the world. That's where simple ended. Success would mean cutting away the unnecessary, leaving only what is needed while simultaneously creating the best riding road bikes Trek has ever offered. With the stage set, all that was left to do was strip away conventional thought and build.
July 21, 2014
Boom! 53x16. Relentless in my pursuit. The peloton has left me for dead. I was gapped off the back and gasping for breath watching the back end of the group disappear over the hill. I’ve never been a climber. I’m too big, too weak, too high body fat percentage. Not to mention I didn’t sleep well, nor was my hydration or nutrition on point yesterday. I slog along alone, these heavy legs feel like ungainly sand bags as I mash the pedals. My mind works on a list of excuses for what happened. What actually happened was I rode with a bunch of skinny guys who ride more miles every week, who eat better than me, are better looking and have more expensive bikes.
My heart rate and cadence are steady, strong. I’m feeling perfect, completely in the zone. Bike, mind and body all in perfect unity. The wind is not my concern, nor is the course, the corners, climbs or bricks. I was born for this moment. Then my arms are tingling. I glance down, cadence is still steady although my heart rate is way past a manageable point. Tunnel vision. A few riders are passing me and I’m reminded of the words of a much wiser cyclist, “I don’t care what that computer says, I have to do whatever it takes to stay with that group.” Whatever it takes is pretty dang hard sometimes. I latch back on to group, shift gears and now things are settling down.
July 13, 2014
My first experience on the train was great. I loaded up my Super Commuter and headed to our College Park store. I took an extra shirt because I thought I would get sweaty on my way to the store but since it was before 9 it wasn't crazy hot yet on my 2 mile ride in. The way the train was set up was a welcoming surprise, I could sit with my bike if I wanted or I could strap it to the wall with the other commuters. At no time did I feel the security or safety of my bike was compromised.
A couple things I would recommend getting for a train/bicycle commute:
I hopped on my cruiser; a single speed with wide sweeping handlebars, matte black paint and a coffee cup holder on the handlebars, with two missions: 1) buy an iced tea, and 2) take pictures of birds.
I’m fortunate because I live on a hill and after only two or three casual pedal strokes the next quarter mile is all coasting. It’s a fantastic way to start any bike ride. Almost instantly, the regrets of yesterday and concerns for tomorrow fade away, it’s just the bike, such a familiar place. Everything is as it should be. I veer left then change my mind, U-turn, there’s a nice path off in the other direction. It is mid-day on a Wednesday, the path is deserted except for me. My companions today are trees, sun, shade and nature. Sounds of my under-inflated tires against pavement and the mechanical sound of my chain against sprocket and cog create a soothing rhythm interrupted by the occasional pebble caught briefly between tire and fender only to be ejected out and across the path.
Lazy long turns, coasting and feeling the push of my feet against the pedals as I spin my legs around in casual rotation. With only one gear I can feel enslaved to a certain speed or cadence or suffering against hill or headwind. Not today, today the gear is perfect. I pedal effortlessly along, not breathing hard, the wind against my face is a soft caress from Mother Nature, asking me to forget the rain, thunder and demoralizing headwinds from past encounters, times when I rode only in vain attempt to beat something, to prove my worth as a wheelman.
Clouds are building and I find myself heading towards home. I live on a hill, and as the road heads up, my cadence falls, the strain in my legs turned up one notch. Out of the saddle, tapping out an unhurried tempo. One more left turn and the road levels out. I’m home.
No birds were photographed, no iced tea was purchased. The freedom of a bicycle overtook whatever goals I left home with. The common stresses of life have melted away, if only for an hour.
July 2, 2014
A Tilley hat is just about the best cycling hat you can wear. Hand made in Canada, they are warm in the cool months, surprisingly cool in the summer. The canvas duck cloth soaks up the sweat, the wide brim keeps all that yucky UV off of ya. And it's stylish, at least for us street cruisin', travelin' light touring guys. I remember many a time riding by a big plate glass window, admiring what a fine cut of a man I am in that hat.
And what's with helmets? Trek and all the rest spend a fortune on the graphics and style of the bikes they sell. The kit and every other accessory has a cool chic about them. Even PEDALS can be a work of art. And then they expect you to put a plastic bucket on your head? Really?? It ruins the whole effect.
Let me tell you why you should wear one anyway.
I take my bike and bags to the supermarket, and shop for the family. Hey, I can carry about 35 lbs of groceries and an 18 lb bag of dog food in one trip, no lie. On a trip to the market, I met a guy on an adult trike, younger than me, looking to lock up his rig at the same place I was leaving mine. It was obvious he had some deficits, difficulty walking and talking, but could clearly carry on a conversation. If you know me, that'll start me talking. "Nice bike. I used to ride a nice bike like that too", he said. I thanked him, and asked him what happened to it. He said he still owned it, but couldn't ride it anymore. You see, when the car ran him off of the road, every thing but his head missed the utility pole. You guessed it, no helmet.
Dying is not the worst thing that can happen to you if you don't wear a helmet. But living can be. Been wearing mine ever since. Buy one from us. Buy one someplace else. But buy one and use it.
June 23, 2014
If you are tired of the endless sea of parked cars on I4 at all times in the day and just wished there was a better way, I am here to tell you there is. The SUNRAIL is the answer to a lot of agonizing drives during rush hour. It does not take a lot of planning, or special bike, or even to be fit. The train can take you from as far as Sanford all the way to Sand Lake road (for now, its going even further soon) Winter park, Altamonte Springs, Downtown, College Park, Maitland, these are all hubs we we work, live or both and most of the time it requires us to travel from one to the other a the worst traffic times. For a mere few $$ you can do so now and leave your car at home, save money on gas, and even get a bit healthier. What are the ingredients you ask? Simple
Ingredient 1 : You
Ingredient 2 : Bike
Ingredient 3 : Train
And done, That is it, For the price of a bike you can save a ton of $$$ and even time. I currently do that commute twice a week, and been actually spending less than I would driving, not factoring in the time savings. If you have a bike, get it serviced, buy a rack, get a bag and off you go. You don’t need to be Senor Racer to do this, nor will you arrive at your jobsite looking like you just ran the Boston marathon. Its easy, you can carry a change a clothes, and even your laptop. As a matter of fact I am typing this as I pass the Longwood station.
So Godspeed my fellow commuters, its easy, fun, healthy and most importantly practical. Try it and you wont be missing your hands gripping the steering wheel ready to choke the next person that cuts you off on I4, believe me, its at the very least worth a shot.