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Rides around San Diego?(12 posts)

Rides around San Diego?dave woof
Sep 18, 2002 8:56 PM
My GF and I are headed for S.D. a few weeks from now. Anyone know of good 2-3 hour rides in or around there?
Or maybe a few good shops where I can pick up a map or two? Not really looking to get in a group ride though...
Any ideas would help.

Also - anyone know good but not too expensive hotels or what they might cost for a Fri/Sat night stay?


re: Rides around San Diego?Bruno S
Sep 18, 2002 9:45 PM
On Saturday take the Coaster (Amtrak) from downtown San Diego to Oceanside, takes about 40 minutes. Ride back on the 101 following the coast and you will go through Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, the San Diego Bay and finally downtown. The milage is around 40 miles. This is a classic San Diego ride with good views of the county scenic coast.
re: Rides around San Diego?newhouse
Sep 18, 2002 10:16 PM
there are several shops in the area that can give you an excellent free bicycle map (performance bike has many many locations) or you can order the same one from an easy ride is start somewhere near downtown or mission bay park and ride up the coast to oceanside (40 miles one way).
Skyline Truck Trail (nm)onespeed
Sep 19, 2002 6:50 AM
Skyline Truck Trail (nm)CurtSD
Sep 19, 2002 9:06 AM
I'm not familiar with this one - where is it?

Off of Jamacha. (nm)onespeed
Sep 19, 2002 9:15 AM
re: Rides around San Diego?HAL9010
Sep 19, 2002 7:40 AM
What is your price range? what part of town do you want to stay in? The closer to the beach the pricier it gets, QED.
Will you have a car, rental or otherwise?

If you stay inland just a bit from the coast you may not have a view or scenic hotel grounds but you can get a good deal in nice lodgings. There are 'Businessman's' hotels that are in the Sorrento Mesa area which is close to La Jolla (beach). We are fairly well freeway connected to the coast here. The weekend east-west Fwy traffic is usually light. Therefore inland hotels could be an efficient way to go.

So who else on this board lives in San Diego?
re: Rides around San Diego?badabill
Sep 19, 2002 10:10 AM
Get the bike map listed in an earlier post. Shows many great routes. I would stay near the coast to enjoy the sites. East county has some great hilly rides ( Skyline truck trail, honey springs, japatul rd). Elfin forest in north county is nice.
re: Rides around San Diego?Rich_Racer
Sep 19, 2002 11:36 AM
Moving to San Diego in January - can't wait! Winters in the UK are tough for cycling - cold, wet, and with road covered salt and grit that eats away at your bike! Oh come to me sunny SocCal!
Its great cycling ...Humma Hah
Sep 19, 2002 1:57 PM
... but the rent and real estate prices take some getting used to. I'm from the Washington, DC area, not noted for cheap housing, and San Diego was a real shock.

San Diego winters can be horrid. I remember the winter of 1999/2000. What a cold, wet, miserable four days THAT was!
SANDAG has an excellent cycle route map ...Humma Hah
Sep 19, 2002 10:44 AM
... free if you can find one. Look for a light turquoise map, standard roadmap fold, at the various airport booths or at the Santa Fe train terminal downtown, whereever tourist brochures are found. It is a steet map that shows bike trails, paths, lanes, secret shortcuts, and otherwise good routes from one end of the county to the other, and that county is bigger than 3 eastern states put together.

For that length of ride, you might start at Torrey Pines St. Park and ride north along the Pacific Coast Highway. Keeps changing names, but you'll know you're on it because any further west and your bike gets wet. Just ride until you reach Camp Pendleton or you're otherwise ready to come home. If you want a ride back, the Coaster trains have bike racks, and parallel the route.
re: Rides around San Diego?Bruno
Sep 19, 2002 2:03 PM
some info: