The rest of us can get a sunburn at the beach, but I protect my Raleigh with the only beach umbrella available. Forget the sun, it's the sand the will rot the heart out of a mountain bike. I've been riding my mountain bike on this beautiful sand-packed beach. New Smyrna Beach is just south of Daytona, where the Daytona 500 became popular for being raced partly on the hard surface of the sand...until the speedway was built in the late 1950's. I am riding my road Cannondale along the Florida highways and roads. The weather's hot...just like it will be in India as we ride 2,000 miles in January 2007.