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    Ever lived in, or ridden in Rio de Janeiro?

    Looks like we're likely moving there some time this fall for a 3-4 year assignment -- probably living in Barra or Recreio area outside the city.

    Wondering whether to take the road bike along. Anyone know whether there's an active road biking community there?

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    from what I hear (people going for work) it's a pretty dangerous place... maybe it gets cleaned up for the Olympics?
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    I've been there for work numerous times, and believe me -- what one "hears" is significantly more frightening than the real situation on the ground. But, having said that, I've never ridden a road bike in the city...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard.Howe
    I've been there for work numerous times, and believe me -- what one "hears" is significantly more frightening than the real situation on the ground. But, having said that, I've never ridden a road bike in the city...
    have you seen anyone doing it?

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    Yup, but not many, and no honkeys like me.

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    Had a coworker sent down there for several years - wouldn't ride his bike even though he had it there - too dangerous for caucasians - or so he said.

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    Sounds a bit like Cape Town, ZA.

    If so, then : Can be done but is best not done by an outsider until you are au fait with the when, where and how of doing it safely (if at all).

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    I have a friend who went there for vacation. He got robbed at gun point. On his way back to the airport in a cab, the cabbie asked him how his trip was. He said he had fun, but got robbed. The cabbie said "oh, so you got the full Rio experience".

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    A guy I know just moved there. He said it doesn't look safe to ride and that he'll be doing a lot of running while he's there instead.

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    I lived in Sao Paulo, just as dangerous as Rio de Janeiro, and i would never ride my bike there. Having said that, I met a guy that rides 6k dollar bikes in Sao Paulo. His trick is to go outside of town and he rides with a fair big group of people.

    So i guess the best thing to do is not do it alone and find some locals who know the area and know where they are going. Look for a bike club of some sort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard.Howe
    I've been there for work numerous times, and believe me -- what one "hears" is significantly more frightening than the real situation on the ground.
    you could pretty much apply that to anywhere outide of US interests
    you cant say 3rd without turd.

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    My wife is from Brazil and she never visited Rio if this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard.Howe
    I've been there for work numerous times, and believe me -- what one "hears" is significantly more frightening than the real situation on the ground. But, having said that, I've never ridden a road bike in the city...
    Be careful. You may have developed a false sense of security, especially if you were escorted most of the time and stayed in high security hotels. My repeat advice is to keep as low a profile as possible, at least for 6 months.
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