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Wine Country riding?(12 posts)

Wine Country riding?Jakle
Jul 21, 2002 9:53 AM
I'm starting to plan a California wine country tour for around four days. Can anyone give me information and tips on riding out there? I would like to do a self guided tour.

Thanks for any help.

re: Wine Country riding?PhatMatt
Jul 21, 2002 11:16 AM
Do not for get the helmet. I did a quick half day trip on rentals out of Calistoga (top of nappa valley) A great place to say is Roman Spas .. Awsome naturaly heated mineral pools and very comfy rooms. I would not ride any further south than the edge of St. Helena. I do not know about the other to major valley (Russian River, Sanoma) but I imagine they are exelent also. Enjoy the tastings as you move down the valley as well.

re: Wine Country riding?SnowBlind
Jul 21, 2002 4:32 PM
I second the Roman Spas, (if you need a base camp, they have kichenettes and fridges in most of the rooms) and don't forget to swing by Palisades Bike shop, Mike and Tom are great guys if you need anything. They can point out some awesome local The Spa (forget the name) right across from them is really good as well.

Watch out though, they need to sell 13 Sevens by the end of the year and the local builder, Curtis Inglis, usually has a few frames on display as well...
re: Wine Country riding?Jakle
Jul 21, 2002 4:51 PM
Thanks for the tip on the shop. It is always good to have a starting place for info and maps. Do you know if they rent?


Jul 21, 2002 4:39 PM
My wife and I spent a week in Calistoga a couple of years ago. While she slept late, I rode. Great vacation. We stayed in a B&B in Calistoga. It had a seperate carriage house for guests that was large enough to accomodate the two of us comfortably for a week. It had a small kitchenette, seperate bedroom with fireplace, and large bathroom with a hottub. I can't remember the name...but my wife would if you need it.

My favorite route was heading north out of Calistoga toward the Alexander Valley area. You will climb some long, steep hills (mountain???). The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Take the main highway north and keep going. Try to stay off the main highway (route 28? or something like that) heading south toward the town of Napa - too much traffic.

I took a couple of routes down the Silverado Trail, then took a turn up the mountain. Don't ask me which streets - I kinda got lost on purpose. You can't go wrong in that area. I would get lost in the hills, find a tiny vineyard, then we would drive there later in the day. Enjoy. Paul
Jul 21, 2002 4:49 PM
The B&B sounds nice. It would be great if you could get a name. I hate to go anywhere too blind.

Right now, the plan is to go in the less crowded month of January. I have to be in SF anyway that month, so I'm killing two birds with one frame pump. I don't know anything about the wine country, so I'll take any info.

Do you have any idea about the level of rentals there? Should I ship my bike for the four day trip?


I've got a name and web addressPaulCL
Jul 22, 2002 5:27 AM
The Elms

We stayed in the carriage house. The breakfast were truly gourmet. Beyond incredible. The owners would not allow me to bring my bike into our rooms. They made me chain it to a tree in the fenced back yard. At night, I was able to lock it in the laundry room. At first it was a problem, but it was OK.

I don't know about rentals. But no rental is a good as your own bike. You will enjoy your trip much more with your own ride. The cost of a rental would have to at least equal shipping charges. Have fun. Paul
Jul 22, 2002 6:30 AM
I do not remember the shop we rented from but the owners were great. I was not able to get a good fit so teh bike was a little big. If I remember it was a C-dale with a combo of 105 and XT componets. I think it was like 15.00. It you can see if you can ship or fly with your bike. If you are in San Francisco on a wednesday night and want to try somthing new go to Amira. It is a middle eastern resturant with good food and freat Belly Dancers.
Thanks for all the info, y'all (n/t)Jakle
Jul 22, 2002 8:57 AM
Some rides from the SRCC web site...Lon Norder
Jul 22, 2002 8:35 AM

I think most of the rides are out of Santa Rosa, which is west of Napa Valley. There are lots of wineries between SR and the coast, and riding on the Sonoma and Medocino County coast is spectacular. Also, if you're there when it's not hot, check out the Pope Valley to the east of Napa Valley (between Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa). Lots of good riding there.
Pope valley is greatmr_spin
Jul 22, 2002 9:12 AM
Pope valley is a great place to ride. There's a highway off of Silverado Trail around the Oakville Cross Road that takes you into the valley. It's fantastic riding out there, with not many cars. Take Ink Grade back for a fun little climb and very fast descent to Silverado.

Also, Atlas Peak Road is a wonderful out and back climb. It's just off the Silverado Country Club.

Finally, do a loop that includes Mt. Veeder and Dry Creek Road.

Eagle Cycling Club is the local club.
well, if you wanted to do some mtn. biking...gregg
Jul 22, 2002 10:01 AM
...there is Skyline Park in Napa and also Boggs mtn. outside of Calistoga.

Just got back from a few days there this past weekend.

I'll post more pics soon.