Well, it's that special time of the year when the National Bicycle Dealers Association releases its annual "America's Best Bike Shops."
It's an impressive list, with criteria including a store application plus an assessment by a "secret shopper."
Here are the Florida shops on the list:
-- Acme Bicycle Shop in Punta Gorda (last four years)
-- Bicycle Center in Port Charlotte (last three years)
-- Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater -- congrats to the Jessups, once again (last three years)
-- Full Circle Cycle in Orlando (first time in four years)
-- LakeShore Bicycles in Jacksonville (last four years)
-- Mack Cycle & Fitness in Miami (last four years)
-- Road & Trail Bicycles in Lakeland (first time in four years)
-- Ryder Bikes in Bradenton (last four years)
-- The Hub Cycling in Port Orange (first time in four years)
-- Trek Bicycle Store in Estero (last four years)
-- Winter Garden Wheel Works in Winter garden (last four years)
As the former bike advocacy director for a group of Tampa Bay bike shops, I can tell you there are great bicycle stores doing great work and adding to the community that are not on the list.
For example, Randy Myhre of Oliver's Cycle Sports in New Tampa, Rick Fidanzato of ABC Bicycles in St. Petersburg and Adam Beland of Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole are just three bike shop owners deeply committed to furthering bicycling in their communities and who run great bike shops. There are many others too -- like Dave Sanborn who owns a slew of Trek bike shops around central Florida.
Here is the complete list.