Cycling in STT - should I not bother bringing my bike?
So I brought my bike from CA to PR and I use it a lot in San Juan. I get together with groups that ride around the city streets at night after the traffic has died down. It is mainly flat unless we ride up to Old San Juan and back down. It is social cycling.
I also ride my bike to festivals and concerts along the beach or in Old San Juan because it would be insane to try to park when I live 4 miles from Old San Juan and way less to other beach areas.
However I don't just hop on my bike by myself for a ride. I will do it with others but not by myself.
So since there is probably not some big cycling scene in STT I am wonderring if I should bother with my bike? Though I am going to have to find new and different ways of exercising because I will not have the plethora of yoga studios I had access to in San Francisco or even the dozen yoga studios I have access to in San Juan.
So do people cycle in STT? Are there groups that cycle? Are you cycling on the windy roads along with the traffic? Advice please.
There are a few riders, but they all look very athletic to me - not what I would consider social riders. A few people ride along the Waterfront and on other flat ground in town. Some kids ride at Magens.
You can rent bicycles on Water Island. They offer a bike/beach excursion for vacationers. I think they're called Water Island Biking or something like that.
If you have place to store it, you might want to bring it. You might not ride it as much as you do in PR, but you'll have it to ride when you work out the logistics.
I don't think you will find an active group of social riders in STT - although there is a group of a dozen or more that do ride early Sun. morning - mt. bikes and very fit cyclests. If you have a bike rack you will be able to find times and places that will get you plenty of exercise and also be able to negotiate town for errands easily on busy days by parking on the periphery.
There may not be dozens of yoga studios here but there certainly are more than a few groups and teachers that you should be able to practice and participate.
STT is more mountainous with few flat areas to ride besides in town and Red Hook but there are few sidewalks to ride on except on waterfront and the roads themselves do not really lend to biking due to the amount of potholes. Plus, one must contend with the island's drivers.
Bring your bike if you will have a car to transport it in.
Although I have not gone for rides with them, there is a cycling community on STT for group rides and I know a few of them if you would like to be put into contact with some likely riders. It is very hilly here, so be prepared for an excellent work out!
Thanks! I will not be moving for a few more months. My stuff, including my bike, is in storage in Puerto Rico. I will search for this thread once I move.