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The Top 5 Mountain Bike Spots near Naples, Florida

Mountain bikers and trail riders looking to grind some gears and kick up some dirt have plenty of choices for a day of mountain biking on all sorts of different terrain, from family-friendly dirt roads to highly-challenging single-track trails. Here are five of our favorite mountain biking locations in southwest Florida.

5. Long Pine Key at Everglades National Park – Several miles of wide, primitive dirt road await trail riders in one of several gorgeous pine forests in the Everglades. As an added bonus, a 15-mile paved loop known as Shark Valley is accessible from the same park. Don’t expect any big terrain challenges on these trails though. Family-friendly and ideal for sightseeing. [More Info]

Picayune Strand State Forest offers multipurpose trails and wide, dirt roads for trail riders

4. Picayune Strand State Forest – Just south of Naples is the gorgeous, swamp-laden Picayune Strand State Park.  During the summer months, this forest is largely underwater, but during the fall and winter, it is a fabulous place to some flat-ground trail-riding. Wide, easy dirt roads make for a relaxing day of natural sightseeing about 5 miles east of Naples. [More Info]

3. Markham Park – Across Alligator Alley about one hour east is Markham Park, a Broward County facility with fourteen (14!!) miles of single-track mountain bike trails.  Some of those most challenging trails in southern Florida can be found at this park, only be careful–this single-track trail can get a bit crowded. [More Info]

2. Pepper Ranch Preserve – Located about 30 minutes northeast of Naples in Immokalee, Pepper Ranch Preserve offers 6 miles of well-maintained single-track mountain bike trails. This is a good trail for beginners as the trail rating is moderately challenging and there aren’t any super-serious downhills.  The trail is closed during the wet season (July – Sept.). [More Info]

Caloosahatchee Regional Park’s mountain bike trails offer dozens of fun obstacles to negotiate.

1. Caloosahatchee Regional Park – Well-manicured trails of all difficulties and terrains await you at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park 40 minutes northeast of Naples in Alva, FL.  Tall obstacles and high-banked boardwalks make this a fun trail for experienced riders, while easy loops offer safe options for kids and beginnings.  The trail is typically closed after rainstorms. [More Info]

Check out some mountain bikes for these trails here.

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Bicycle Discomfort? Check Your Posture

A common complaint among casual cyclists is discomfort: numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, shoulder tightness, and numbness or pressure in the crotch are the most common complaints. Usually, these issues are symptomatic of a bigger issue, though, and that issue is posture.

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A Crash-course About Cycling Gloves

fingerless cycling gloves
Fingerless gloves are ideal for road cyclists.

Plenty of cyclists ride without gloves. We like to call these kind and well-meaning people “risk-takers”.

Along with a helmet, a good pair of riding gloves can save you from an E.R. visit and worse. Gloves protect against road-rash on the hands, sunburn, and of course, cuts. Wearing gloves certainly is preferable to picking glass or debris from your palms!

So how does one choose the right pair of gloves?

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Shack & Back Group Rides are Now Weekly

Due to popular demand, the Shack and Back group road bike ride is now weekly, every Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. at our Naples bike shop (location here). The group will travel to Ave Maria along Oilwell Rd. and return around 10:15-10:30. Pace will average between 17 and 20 MPH. This is a no-drop ride. Info on previous rides here.

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Santiago Ospina Takes Third in Age Group at FGCU Sprint Triathlon

Cycle Shack is proud to be a part of the Sprint Triathlon event at Florida Gulf Coast University today. This annual event consists of a sprint and duathlon, with entrants from all over the state. It is competitive amateur event held on the college campus every April.

Santiago Ospina was Team Cycle Shack’s rider in the 2018 FGCU Eagle Sprint Triathlon.

We sponsored triathlete Santiago Ospina, an experienced twenty-one-year-old veteran of the triple-discipline event.  Santiago rode on a Fuji Bikes Transonic aerodynamic competition bike and custom Cycle Shack triathlon uniform suit.

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