Biking is great exercise and a wonderful way to see a variety of natural settings found in Citrus County. Many of the bike trails are suitable for walks and hikes. If this is your favorite way to go, you can choose from a cross-country excursion, a meandering scenic day ride or a more primitive off-road track. Today I talk about the Citrus County paved trail and the newest vehicle in biking: pedal assisted bikes aka e-bikes.
As many of you know Art and I have become avid bike riders in the last few years. Every week we travel to a trailhead on the Withlacoochee Rails-Trails. We enjoy the 46 + miles of paved trails:the exercise and being out of doors! In the summer we pack up our bikes and head to Michigan and last year we went to Wisconsin. What we find in Michigan and Wisconsin are quite a few hills and so we became interested in “E bikes.” Upon returning this year we converted my recumbent bike into an E bike and I can’t tell you the difference it has made! Now I can even ride in Black Diamond— I can handle those hills! An e-bike just gives you a little bit of a burst of power. You are always pedaling so you are still exercising! Happy to talk to you about it!
See what Dave’s World Cycle says:
“Why You’re Sure to Love E-Bikes
First and foremost – what is an electric bike? Also known as an e-bike or a pedal assist bicycle, electric bikes are human-powered two-wheeled bikes with an integrated electric motor and rechargeable battery to provide you with additional power and speed. These bikes are lightweight, easy and fun to ride, and available in a variety of bike styles… Ease Your Effort . Hills are a cake walk when you have the power of an e-bike motor! A light, easy pedal will propel you anywhere!”
You are encouraged to buy a bike locally…why? You may need to have your bike serviced and if the shop does not have the parts…and cannot get the parts…you are out of luck! I was told of a person who spent less than a thousand dollars on a “online order” bike only to have it last a year-no parts available to fix. Buying a bike locally, you can get try out the bike to see if you like it, and have it properly fitted.
A pedal assist bike can cost between $1500 and up.
A popular cycling route (and a good walking trail) is the“Rails to Trails” Withlacoochee State Trail. Formerly a railroad right-of-way, the 47-mile trail is paved its entire length through Citrus County. Opened this last summer: another 10 mile one way (20 round trip) route off the Rails to Trails: The Good Neighbor Trail: is a ride to downtown Brooksville. And next spring the Dunnellon trail will connect to the Rails to Trails.
If you don’t have your own bicycle, all the shops have rental bikes.
Inverness area: Dave’s World Cycle: 352-637-5757 https://www.davidsworld.com/
Inverness Bikes 352-637-2453; http://www.invernessbicycle.com/
Dunnellon: Blue Run Bicycles 352-465-7538.
Floral City: Trailside Bikes 352-419-4809
“I have a tough time choosing a favorite trail…Barge Canal out to the Gulf…Hernando to Inverness…Inverness to Floral City…Floral City to Istachatta. We have seen deer on the Floral City to I-75 ride and beautiful wildflowers all summer. All kinds of bikers, horseback riders, walkers and joggers are utilizing this trail. We see a security patrol car almost every ride. The Withlacoochee Rails to Trails has got to be the best trail to ride in Florida!