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San Diegobw17
Sep 21, 2001 3:51 AM
I retired recently and am thinking of spending the winter months in San Diego so I can ride year round. Based on reading I have done, I am thinking about the Escondido area. There seem to be lots of good road rides around there.

I would be interested in comments from anyone familiar with the area. Where would you live if you didn't have to commute to work, and you wanted to be close to good road rides?
Anywhere from the border up through Orange County.MB1
Sep 21, 2001 5:32 AM
Nore more than 10-15 miles inland or the summers can become fairly hot. The area is a bit pricy though. Good riding year 'round.

I was really taken by Leisure World in Laguna Hills. Great access to good riding and some of the places are pretty resonable for the area.
re: San Diegosneedle
Sep 21, 2001 5:36 AM
BW,

Having just moved from SD to (gasp) New Orleans, I envy your decision. You're going to love it there. My wife and I are preferential to the beach communities. HWY 101 has a dedicated bike lane that begins in Pacific Beach and runs up to Camp Pendelton. Encinitas is good, as are any of the beach communities from Ocean Beach north. In order (south to north) that would include: OB, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Oceanside. The inland townships like Escondido are nice, too, but it's a schlep to get to the beach bike routes, although there are some phenominal inland bike routes through the avacado orchards and mountains of NE SD county.

Once you get there, check with B&L bikes, Nytro, Holland's and Supergo for the various rides (Tues and Thurs morning rides being famous). Again, you'll love it.

Scott
re: San Diego/Escondidodavet
Sep 21, 2001 7:26 AM
I lived in San Diego throughout my school life, left for 12 years in Hawaii and then moved to Escondido. Escondido (Hidden in Spanish) is a beautiful community surounded by rolling hills and valleys, and mountains further east. I owned a montorcycle shop in Escondido, lived about two miles from it, and it would take me three hours to get to work on a nice day. Fabulous rides! There are numerous, great bicycle rides in and around Escondido, some can be real challenging, and a great many more all around San Diego. San Diego is my second favorite city in the U.S., behind Seattle.

You might try the Serotta Owners forum for detailed info on particular rides, there are quite a few Serottans (?) in the San Diego area.

http://www.hydromedia.com/phorum/list.php?f=3
RE: San Diego county ...breck
Sep 21, 2001 7:30 AM
Don't miss out on the back country. Both the mountain community of Julian (one hour east from Escondido), and the desert community of Borrego Springs ...home of the back country snow-birds :) ...one half hour east of Julian, have scheduled bike ride events besides great mountain and desert MTB and road bike rides in general. No stop lights :!)

My bud Rich Wolf is the head Honcho here :)
see: http://www.julianbikes.com/index.htm

cheers,
breck
re: San Diegobadabill
Sep 21, 2001 8:50 AM
The great thing about San Diego is the easy access to all the great bike routes. Pick up the SANDAG bike map for suggested routes. While the beach runs are fun and you meet a lot of riders, head inland for the true gem rides. Long roads with little traffic and year round access make San Diego A true bikers paradise. Thats why a lot of pro riders and teams chose SD for their winter training... Enjoy!