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Cycling in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch areas

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Cycling in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch areas

Hi,

We are visiting Bradenton later in the year and at home normally do a lot of cycling. We won't have our bikes with us but could anyone advise if there are good areas for relatively serious cycling round about Bradenton? And if there is somewhere we could rent bikes? We are not mountain bikers but road cyclists and normally use touring bikes.

We've been to Bradenton before but are always driving around the main roads so not sure what may be a little away from the State Roads that could offer reasonable cycling. It'd be nice to manage some cycling in amongst all the golf we'll be playing if we can.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Cycling in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch areas

Can't get link to work, but if you Google Ringling Bikes you can get great info. They are located on Manatee Ave. West, and have rentals available by the day or week. I know for a fact that they often have groups or clubs that ride on specific days, and can probably tell you the best rides in the area. I would also recommend riding from 75th Street West towards the beach. You can ride on a wide sidewalk all the way out, and/or stop off to ride the trails at the preserve on the way out.

Disclaimer: I have never even shopped there, but drive by the place almost daily.

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2. Re: Cycling in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch areas

Kris,

Thanks for the fast reply - that looks like an excellent place for us to contact. We'll be staying about 10 miles away but close to the 64, so should be easy enough for us to find.

Thanks again!

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3. Re: Cycling in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch areas

It would be more of a jaunt for you getting started, but there are some nice bike lanes the 10-mile length of Longboat Key as well as on much of Anna Maria. This is popular with serious road bikers. Take a look at the website www.bikelongboatkey.org for information and maps.

Further away is the "Legacy Trail", a 10-mile offroad trail from south of Sarasota to Venice.

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4. Re: Cycling in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch areas

Thanks for that as well - we have driven around Longboat Key and I had not realised it was so popular with cyclists.

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