Charles Geary (“Chuck”) is an avid life long cyclist and bicycle lawyer in Stuart, Florida. As an attorney he now represents bicyclists who have suffered an injury from cycling accidents.
Chuck has been a cyclist since grade school in his hometown of Stuart, Florida. Bicycles back then were designed for local neighborhood riding by children. His first bicycle with more that one gear was a five speed Sears “stingray”. Chuck was the only kid in the neighborhood who had a bike with multiple gears and he soon found that he could easily travel across town and even further on that bike.
Chuck was first introduced to “road bikes” in Junior high school when a cycling group called the “Wandering Wheels’ rolled through town on their way to Key West. They were riding ten speed Schwinn Super Sports. This was the first ten speed bicycle Chuck had ever seen. On these bikes, they were able to travel on highways from city to city all the way from Cocoa Beach to Key West, Florida.
As the years went by, Chuck got to know Coach Bob Davenport who led the “Wheels” group as he stopped in Stuart on his annual trip to Key West. Coach Davenport was the football coach at Taylor University in Indiana, and he designed the Florida trip as an exciting way for the football team to get into shape each spring.
The Wheels Spring Bike Trip soon evolved into a spring bike trip to Florida for the Taylor University Students. Chuck began riding with the Wheels group on their annual trips in Florida and Coach soon became his cycling mentor.
Coach Davenport was a cycling innovator and safety pioneer long before the cycling industry had neon shirts and bike flags. Coach created homemade neon bike flags and neon clothing for his riders. The first bike helmet Chuck ever wore was a hockey helmet that coach insisted all riders wear.
By the time he was 15, Chuck had ridden across the State of Florida three times. When he was 16, he rode across the continental United States with the Wheels. They started in San Diego, California and rode to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in 25 days during the summer of 1973. When he was 17, he rode across many countries in Europe. The cross-country adventure was made up of 40 riders from all over the U.S. They had a truck which carried their supplies and their food. Each morning, one of their leaders would ride ahead on a motorcycle for approximately 125 miles. It was their job to find sleeping arrangements for the group by the time the cyclists caught up to him. Needless to say, the wheels have slept in all kinds of impromptu places, including churches, fire departments, city halls, YMCA’s, Public Schools and even in open fields on the side of the road.
Time passed, and Chuck went to college and law school and started a family. His cycling days faded for many years. While he was busy with his law practice and family, the Wheels organization continued to
grow and to cycle many routes in many countries. The “Wheels” have cycled across the United States at least 68 times. The Wheels organization cycled through Europe, China, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, England, Scotland, Whales, Canada and many other destinations.
When he turned 50, Chuck tracked down Coach Davenport, and was pleased to find that he still led his annual Keys bike trip. He reconnected with the Wheels and rode each year until Coach retired this trip. Coach just celebrated his 85th birthday. He still leads local bike trips in Indiana and the Wandering Wheels is still active in the cycling community.
A year later, through an ad in “Adventure Cyclist” magazine, Chuck met a group of cyclists who were riding to Key West on a trip organized by Mr. Earl Stine. On the date of his retirement, Earl began riding to Key West alone on his bicycle on a regular basis. Earl now connects with riders through Adventure Cyclist Magazine and he leads organized trips to Key West three or four times per year. Earl has ridden to Key West a total of 35 times and is well known by the locals along the Key West route and he is often referred to as the “Mayor” of Key West. Chuck now had a new riding partner and he has ridden with Earl for three years.
This year will be Chuck’s 10th ride to Key West. On the upcoming trip, the group will leave Florida City on October 27 and ride to Key Largo (27 miles). The nest day they ride to Marathon (55 miles). After that they ride to Key West (45 miles). They reverse the process and stay at the same locations on the way back for a total of approximately 250 miles. The ride will take the group across many miles of open ocean bridges, including the Seven Mile Bridge.
All riders carry their belongings and bike tools on their own bikes. They stay in local “mom and pop” type motels. Groups vary in size from a few riders up to approximately 30 riders.
Cycling can be a lifelong sport and Chuck intends to take these long-distance trips for the rest of his life. Future plans include trips in Cuba and Jamaica in addition to his annual Keys ride. Chuck would like to turn the Keys ride into an annual charity ride and hopes to encourage other riders to join him each year.
Combining cycling with his law profession was a natural thing for Chuck. Chuck’s law firm of Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC now represents cyclists all over the state of Florida and Chuck has become known as an advocate for injured cyclists. He is also an advocate for bike paths and bicycling safety concerns. From his Stuart office, Chuck gives away bike helmets to needy kids and has begun donating bicycles to worthy charity events.
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