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ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS many people do
upon moving to The Villages is purchase a golf car to
enjoy the lovely weather and sights and sounds of
Central Florida.
However, there are many who go even further,
trading four wheels for the two (or sometimes three)
wheels of a cycle.
With dozens of multimodal paths and bike trails
throughout The Villages and beyond, it should come as
no surprise that hundreds of people head out on two
or three wheels to get some exercise and enjoy the
camaraderie that often comes along with bike riding.
Here are just a few of the clubs and individuals who
enjoy riding in Florida's Friendliest Hometown.
PANTHERS Tandem Bike
Club of Florida
Partners Aboard Neat Tandems Happily Enjoying
Riding Simultaneously.
That's the PANTHERS Tandem Bike Club of Florida, a
group of people who ride tandem bikes or trikes - twoperson
cycles with two sets of pedals and handlebars.
Popular with couples, tandem cycles come in both
two- and three-wheel versions, and tandem recumbent
cycles are a familiar sight around The Villages as well.
Because there are two riders, maintaining balance
and speed requires coordination with your partner -
adding a need for communication and synchronization
when out on a ride.
Village of Winifred resident Bob Thompson is an
original member of the PANTHERS club, and he says
tandem riding can be a way to get closer to your partner.
" Couples who ride tandems are different from
couples who don't ride together, " he said. " The old
adage in riding a tandem is that however your marriage
is going, a tandem will get you there faster (laughs). It's
a different attitude couples have with each other. "
The club officially formed in 2010 and Thompson
says he and a few other couples were riding tandem
cycles before deciding to incorporate and form an
official group following a nationwide rally that brought
in people from around the country.
" When I looked over the list of people attending, I
realized that over half were from Florida, " Thompson
said. " We had some from Canada, Hawaii and all across
the United States. I said we needed to have a club here
in Florida. "
Needing a name for the new club and because many
other tandem clubs have an acronym, Thompson says
they all got together to come up with something that fit
for the Florida club.
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