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Going to Yosemite - which bike to bring?(6 posts)

Going to Yosemite - which bike to bring?julio
Nov 5, 2002 7:43 PM
I'm taking a long weekend going camping at Yosemite and I was planning on bringing my road bike to go on a few rides with my Dad who also rides, but I heard it may snow so I don't know if I should bring my mountain bike instead. My Dad only has a road bike so he'd be stuck riding that or my single speed. We only have room for 2 bikes and I was hoping to have similar bikes so we can keep the same pace. Anyone from around there? I don't think there are many mountain trails open to bikes but there's plenty of nice roads. Anyone been riding there in Winter?
re: Going to Yosemite - which bike to bring?blehargh
Nov 5, 2002 8:29 PM
I haven't ridden there in the winter, but it's going to be pretty cold.

I know there are some small trails in the valley, maybe 5 miles at most, and i'm pretty sure either a road or mtn bike would be fine on them. i don't hear of a lot of ppl riding on the roads into yosemite valley just cause there are a lot of cars on them. Most ppl who road ride usually ride up to tioga pass. since there's less traffic and it's pretty scenic, tho i think the road is closed in the winter. and it's going to be cold up there since it's in the high country...

hope this helps some... check out some sites like they have some info on parks and such or

Don't bother with the mountain bike...phlegm
Nov 5, 2002 8:53 PM
Last time I was at Yosemite, bikes were confined to the road.
I go every year about this time; I'd take the roadiecory
Nov 6, 2002 7:43 AM
I spend several days every fall in Yosemite, have for 20+ years. There's NO off-pavement biking in the park, so you might as well take the roadie. The valley has eight miles of paved bike trails, almost all flat. The roads are flat, too, and pretty, but there are few shoulders and drivers often are gawking at the scenery.
The weather is relative. Precipitation is expected this weekend, but the elevation is fairly low (for the Sierra, about 3900 feet), and I haven't heard that it's going to get cold. I'd expect rain. If it does snow, it should be slushy, and road tires will cut right through it.
The singlespeed actually isn't a bad idea. That's what I took this year (I went last weekend), and it's great for the valley.
Cory is correct. I was there last month as well...Brooks
Nov 6, 2002 1:35 PM
cycling around the valley is a great way to see it although the mileage isn't great. Not as many people this time of year and almost no water in the falls. For longer rides, like Tioga Pass, Glacier Point, or to Wawona is several thousand feet of climbing on narrow twisting roads. With rain/snow expected that could be really dangerous. Have fun!
reason for mtbtrekkie1
Nov 6, 2002 2:11 PM
While true, you cannot ride on trails, there are lots of places where you might want to pull off the road to take a picture or something. A mtb would be better. Besides, you won't be in a hurry to get anywhere, so why not sit upright and take it easy?

I won't be snowing in the valley, which is really not all that high at 4,000 feet. Likely would not snow this time of year until 6,000 feet or so.