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YELL Stopping

Posted by Jack Cumming on June 9, 2015 at 10:52am 0 Comments

Went on group ride with group from Library on Vanderbilt Beach Road on March 3rd.   Guy whispered stopping and I hit the brakes hard.  Went down on left side had multiple fractures to pelvis.

After six weeks in a wheelchair and four weeks on crutches and two weeks walking I finally went out for my first ride - a 20 miler the other day.

Stay well Naples cyclists and remember the you and the rider in front of you and behind you are the keys to staying safe during group…


Looking for a rental in Naples Feb/2016

Posted by Michael Poremba on May 27, 2015 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

My parents live in Naples and I have ridden with Naples Velo when I have visited in the past.  After this past winter in Cleveland, I talked to my boss and she agreed to allow me to work in FL for one month.  My wife and I have been trying with no luck to find a rental for February.  As you probably know, most rentals in Naples are three month minimum. 

I was to get the word out to your members to see if there is someone out there willing to rent to a couple of cyclists (including a…

Bike pannier to borrow??

Posted by Thierry Guerlain on March 28, 2015 at 1:49pm 0 Comments

Does anyone have a lightweight, nylon BIKE PANNIER that I could borrow for 4 - 5 days?  I'm biking Naples to Key West first week of April and need a little more cargo space.  Thanks.


Posted by Greg Tsoucalas on January 21, 2015 at 9:38am 4 Comments

I am staying at Fiddlers Creek, about 5 miles north of Marco, and ride 30-60 miles almost every day at an average pace of 16 - 19 mph with a few pickups into the low 20's, if necessary. Being retired, I am flexible on start times between 7:30 and 10:00 AM. My routes are relatively low traffic or wide shoulders for the most part. I welcome other riders. You can reach me at (845)988-6111.Greg
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Cyclists - Please "Say No" to Earphones / Earbuds

Okay ... first ... full disclosure here ... I have often ridden with headphones on ... with music ... many times at significant volume -- alone on the bike and in group rides. Not always, but often enough to feel compelled to write this article.

I've attempted to rationalize and convince myself that it's okay to wear headphones and listen to music  ... that it's not a hazard, that I should be able to hear the important things going on around me, that nothing "bad" will happen. But ... I've simply been fooling myself AND more importantly ... disrespecting  my friends and fellow riders. Yes, it can seem helpful and motivating, particularly on long rides, but ultimately it's a selfish act that endangers others. I've come to terms with this, and I've read the Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law ... and it leaves NO ROOM FOR INTERPRETATION.

So, I'm going cold turkey on this and making a 100% commitment to myself, to my family and to my friends ... NO MORE HEADPHONES ON THE BIKE.

After all ... It IS a LAW in Florida. And there is substance behind the law, which at some point was vetted out, fully discussed and thoroughly justified.

[316.304] States: "No person shall operate a vehicle (bicycles are defined under the law as a vehicle) while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing."

Consider ALL of the following reasons for LEAVING YOUR HEADPHONES AT HOME going forward:
  • Headphones significantly impair your ability to hear traffic
  • Headphones significantly impair your ability to hear audible warnings given by fellow group riders
  • You put your fellow riders at risk when you are unable to hear what is going on around you
  • You put yourself at risk when you're unable to hear what is going on around you
  • Headphones insulate you from the sounds on the road, any of which could warn you and cue you to ... important defensive or evasive action needed ... adjustment in ride positioning ... bike placement on the road ... and other necessary maneuvers to maintain your safety and the safety of other riders around you
  • It demonstrates your respect for, regard for and care for your fellow group riders
  • It's the law (as noted above)


Tell others ... Educate your fellow riders on this important law and safety precaution.

This communication serves as my own personal commitment to leaving my headphones at home and my apology for having shown disrespect to others on past rides by wearing them.

No more.

I'm all in ... are you?

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Comment by JONATHAN GERBER on October 23, 2014 at 1:56pm

Exception.....if you are deaf or hard of hearing, an intercom system with a single ear bud and microphone boom actually increases hearing acuity. The boom acts as a noise amplifier and works similar to that of a hearing aid.

We have used this system for several years on the tandem and it has become a vital safety item for our tandem rides in communication and environmental awareness.

And, the intercom system is not used for music.

Not sure if applicable for single riders...............

Comment by Andy Robinson on March 18, 2014 at 2:52pm

Thanks Ray ... best regards.

Comment by Ray Scott on March 18, 2014 at 2:47pm

I have never worn headphones for the reasons you pointed out.  Good for you for having the good judgment not to wear them.  There are enough distractions on the road these days and we need all of our senses.  Wide decision Andy.

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