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The hazards of bicycling on Ambergris Caye #488948
04/02/14 05:27 PM
04/02/14 05:27 PM
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gsreimers Offline OP
gsreimers  Offline OP
My lovely wife and I are enjoying beautiful Ambergris Caye this week. We thought it might be fun and different to spend some time on bikes this week. Apparently, the island is very hard on bikes. Sunday we rented bikes to ride in to town. Got a mile down the beach and BANG. Thought somebody was shooting at me but it was just the back tire blowing out. Fortunately it was right in front of Maya House (maybe a mile north of town.) The sign said they rented bikes.

The owner (sorry I can't remember his name) was one of the greatest guys in the world. He said "I don't have a tire and tube to fix your bike, but here, let me put a new wheel on yours so you can ride to town and get your tire fixed"

The bike repair shop is just south of the bridge. Dropped it off, went and had a rum punch, did a little shopping and picked up the new tire and tube installed on the old wheel and rode back to Maya House. The owner of Maya House would not take my money for the loan of the wheel. Great couple, I would recommend seeing them if you ever want to rent a bike or Kayak.

Monday rented bikes from the hotel again. Got into town and looked back at my lovely bride and said "what's the deal, how come your so slow?" Her response "I lost my damn pedal a 1/2 mile ago."

It appears rust is an issue on the island. The hotel is great. Not their fault stuff falls apart. It's an island thing and we were in no hurry. Just shows @#$% happens, and now we have another story to tell about our great time on the isla bonita.

Re: The hazards of bicycling on Ambergris Caye [Re: gsreimers] #488950
04/02/14 06:10 PM
04/02/14 06:10 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 6,221
San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
Diane Campbell  Offline
Rust never sleeps, and rubber is no match for our "roads".
glad you are having a good time despite the elements!
Please send us more nice people like your good selves - and come back again and again.

Re: The hazards of bicycling on Ambergris Caye [Re: gsreimers] #488979
04/03/14 06:28 AM
04/03/14 06:28 AM
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 324
Gridguy Offline
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GS, Great attitude!

A group of us rented bikes one year from our hotel, made it about 20 yards and one literally snapped in half! The rider was of average size, just picked the wrong bike... Got another and carried on smile

Re: The hazards of bicycling on Ambergris Caye [Re: gsreimers] #488999
04/03/14 12:32 PM
04/03/14 12:32 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
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Birdland - 1 mile north
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Charlie of Estel's told me that even plastic rust here. The Maya House is owned by Randy Harris and his wife Lisa.

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