We went on the Mandarin and the Riverside-Avondale rides. We enjoyed both of them. Leigh is very knowledgeable and has interesting stories to tell about the areas. It felt great to get out of the car and feel the breeze on a bike. Her bikes are beautiful with comfortable seats and great shock absorbers. She provided ice cold water, fresh fruit and protein bars. I particularly liked looking at the real estate in the area. We enjoyed speaking to the residents on our stops. People were very friendly. I would highly recommend this activity.
We had been waiting to take these tours after seeing so much press about them in the spring. Finally had friends and family down and the chance to do it. So much more than just a bike tour. There were 8 of us ranging from age 23 -72 and the leader of the group, Leigh, and the Riverside Avondale neighborhood kept us all entertained. We even stopped off at the Arts Market over there as part of the tour...and it was free and they valet bikes. Had some lunch, walked around, listened to some music and biked on back. The bikes are brand new comfortable Trek expensive bikes(used to getting ones in not so great shape). Have already signed up to do San Marco with friends in December. This is a MUST DO in Jax. Trust me. I've lived in the area for over 30 years.
I took this ride with my dad on a weekend from college--I actually thought that I would be bored, but went along and now I am so glad I did. Not only did I learn a lot about the area, but had such a great bonding time with my dad. We had lots of fun and Leigh was very nice, thoughtful and made sure that we had a good time. Next time, my Dad suggests one of the other rides, I won't be so hesitant! And I will recommend this anyone.
I came to visit my brother for his 50th birthday and his wife treated us both to this, knowing how much I enjoy history. I had not been on a bike for many years, but it was not a problem. The ride was terrific; so much history in the Riverside/Avondale area. I also enjoyed the architectural lecture, and just in general, the wonderful trees, street, etc. Leigh was very knowledgeable, considerate and always making sure that each one of us was having a goodtime. I recommend this to anyone coming to visit here--it's a fun activity and helps you learn so much more about this great city. I know that when I come back again, we will do one of the other tours.
What a great time we had on our ride through the Riverside/Avondale ride! We moved about 1-1/2 years to Jacksonville and although I go to this area quite often, I never realized how much charm and history existed. I recommend this even to people that live here. It was a fantastic ride and Leigh was wonderful--and even though we took this ride on an early Summer day, Leigh was just fantastic; she knew when to stop and resume so that we would not get very tired with the heat. Wonderful activity!