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    Riding in Dorado, Puerto Rico

    I am going to spend a couple of weeks in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Anybody have any information if there are any group rides in the area or any safe rides (I have heard the traffic is bad down in PR).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarangu
    I am going to spend a couple of weeks in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Anybody have any information if there are any group rides in the area or any safe rides (I have heard the traffic is bad down in PR).

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    It's possible in Dorado. San Juan Area is the worst for riding. Dorado is about 20 miles west. If you have a decent map, you can ride around the Dorado area with little trouble. I suggest going south or west, don't go east...
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    Contact PR Cycling Federation

    maybe they can hook you up with riders or ride info:
    http://www.federacionciclismopr.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    It's possible in Dorado. San Juan Area is the worst for riding. Dorado is about 20 miles west. If you have a decent map, you can ride around the Dorado area with little trouble. I suggest going south or west, don't go east...
    One other thing. The Hyatt Ceromar and Hyatt Dorado beach have a path that connects them. The path is only about a mile long but once your inside the Hyatt Dorado Beach, there are plenty of roads inside the compound. There are a lot of private roads on the Hyatt property. I don't know if it's worth taking a bike for riding inside the property but both hotels rent beach cruisers.

    Another tip is too look for roads that are 4 digits vs 3 digits. Example: highway 110 is busy but highway 4114 is a smaller road with less traffic.
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    Riding in Dorado

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarangu
    I am going to spend a couple of weeks in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Anybody have any information if there are any group rides in the area or any safe rides (I have heard the traffic is bad down in PR).

    Thank You,

    Every saturday 7.00 am , there is a group ride that leaves from San Patricio Mall in Guaynabo and ride to Dorado in a round trip of about 60 miles. It is a fast group so I am sure you will enjoy it. If you want more information let me know.

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    That's pretty cool. Post some pics of the ride if you can.

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    Oh no.

    I lived in Puerto Rico for 3 years both in Fajardo and Palmas Del Mar and loved it. But I would not ride my bike on the public roads. The local drivers use all of the road to get from point A to B including the shoulder as a passing lane. Leave the bike at home and enjoy the sunshine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unai
    Every saturday 7.00 am , there is a group ride that leaves from San Patricio Mall in Guaynabo and ride to Dorado in a round trip of about 60 miles. It is a fast group so I am sure you will enjoy it. If you want more information let me know.

    Unai
    Thank you for all the responses. Unai since you seem to be a local rider, is it safe to ride in PR? Is it safer in the Metropolitan Area or in rest of the island? Do you know of any roads around Dorado that are good for riding.

    As you can see, most people who have been to PR seems to believe the drivers down there are too crazy and cycling down there is just not safe. I would be curious about your opinion on this.

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    riding in PR

    I would advice against riding by yourself. It will be better to go on a group ride, you'll be safer. That is why I was telling you about the saturday ride. Yes its true, drivers are crazy. Though I have been riding in PR roads for 18 months and haven't had any accidents. Last week, 170 cyclist made the 300 miles PR roundabout in three days which is a lot of fun. No accidentes. I couldn't go, but I have made the trip before.

    There is , however, a ride which is pretty safe leaving form Isla Verde to Pinones Forest along the coast. In there, you'll find a beatifull bikepath for comfort and mt bikes. It si not made for road bikes.

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    I think it would be crazy to ride alone. I go down there regularly(El San Juan and Dorado Beach). I think if you came from Italy you would be used to the crazy driving. I'd also bring a gun or mace.

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    Guys:

    I have been riding in various places in PR for a couple of years. Although I'm sure its not the safest place on earth to ride, I have never had any accidents to regret. Your best bet is to ride on weekend mornings since there are few cars on the road (I'd say before 10am) and try to ride in groups whenever you can, as Unai said. It is always a good idea to ride defensively to minimize hazards.

    All in all, rides through Dorado can be very nice, and it is one of the preferred routes for San Juan cyclists. I'm sure that if you come to the Saturday ride at 7am, you will enjoy the scenery, as well as the challenging -for me at least- pace. Be sure to let Unai and me know if you come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francesco
    Guys:

    I have been riding in various places in PR for a couple of years. Although I'm sure its not the safest place on earth to ride, I have never had any accidents to regret. Your best bet is to ride on weekend mornings since there are few cars on the road (I'd say before 10am) and try to ride in groups whenever you can, as Unai said. It is always a good idea to ride defensively to minimize hazards.

    All in all, rides through Dorado can be very nice, and it is one of the preferred routes for San Juan cyclists. I'm sure that if you come to the Saturday ride at 7am, you will enjoy the scenery, as well as the challenging -for me at least- pace. Be sure to let Unai and me know if you come.
    I couldn't agree more. I get to PR on business 5-6/yr. I ride everytime I visit. Sometimes I ride by myself and other times I ride with friends.. Other than metro San Juan and parts of Ponce, I wouldn't hesitate to ride anywhere on the island...
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    Sunday Am

    Sunday is the safe day before 11:00 am.Dorado is good for riding,but best with groups.Stay away of Metro Area.
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