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San Diego cycling.. need some info.(8 posts)

San Diego cycling.. need some info.hammer_cycle
Jan 5, 2003 7:32 PM
Hey all. I'm an unemployed New Yorker who is thinking about making a move to san diego for a 2-3 months for the winter to get some riding in and try finding a job on a different coast. I keep hearing about how great the riding in SD is. Does anyone have any links to routes for good/safe rides? I've found info from clubs about some weekend group rides, and they seem great, but what about other rides during the week or common routes. I've only been out to SD twice and I get the feeling that a wrong turn can lead to not so safe neighborhoods. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Granted, I'm jaded in favor of SD,sn69
Jan 5, 2003 7:50 PM
but I think it offers the best year-round riding in the country. That's given my limited experience having lived there, Houson, South Florida, North Central Florida, and New Orleans for most of my life.

IMHO, the best ride is the simple, understated Pacific Coast Highway ride from Pacific Beach/La Jolla to Oceanside and back again. Most of the ride is protected in a specified bike lane, and the scenery is terrific. The weather this time of year varries from the high 50s in the morning to the upper 60s/low 70s in the afternoon. I recommend starting at the Carl Straus Brewery on Morena Ave in PB and contintuing up to Carlsbad Village Drive and then back. A simple mapquest map will plot the route for you. It ranges from 60-80 miles depending on the route you select, although shorter versions are easily satisfied by turning around when you decided you.

How's this for motivation?... As if the sunny/70 beach vista isn't enough, I once stopped at Solana Beach to watch a pod of wild orcas eat whatever it is they feed upon. Also, the route takes you by a number of great LBSs, including B & L, Nytro and Luecadia Cyclery.

There are other great SD County rides, but this one never lost its appeal to me during the 8 years I lived there.

re: San Diego cycling.. need some info.fracisco
Jan 5, 2003 7:55 PM
My understanding is that a lot of good riding is to be had north and east of what you probably are considering San Diego; closer to Carlsbad and points east.

I would recommend starting at and look for websites in San Diego, Carlsbad, and even as far inland as Temecula.
re: San Diego cycling.. need some info.Bruno S
Jan 5, 2003 8:03 PM
"a wrong turn can lead to not so safe neighborhoods" - this is not going to happen. Most of the riding gets done on highways and through rather new developments. You usally ride away from the city. San Diego county is huge and most people do their riding in only certain area (north, east, coast) which they get to know well. I have been doing a century every sunday for the last 4 months and by now know the county pretty well. (Today's weather was awsome: very sunny and 80 F). By far the most danger comes from traffic. There are 2 rides that start on tuesday and thrusday. One is early in the morning, the other at noon. Common routes are easy to find since there are at least two books about cycling in san diego county with maps, etc. I would warn you about the very high cost of living here but you are from new york city so you know how bad it can get. In particular with the rent.

BTW - Other than sports and its natural beaty San Diego county has little to offer and its a cultural desert :-)
re: San Diego cycling.. need some info.CurtSD
Jan 6, 2003 7:54 AM
If you go to
you can order a copy of the San Diego County Bike Map. This will show you what roads have bike lanes or other suggested bike routes - this is probably a good place to start.
re: San Diego cycling.. need some info.TheKid
Jan 6, 2003 8:16 AM
re: San Diego cycling.. need some info.stevesbike
Jan 6, 2003 10:21 AM
hook up with a good team like swamis ( Best rides: Wed am group ride up coast--best ride in country. Good swamis Saturday ride. SD is getting overdeveloped--hills are inland 20 miles. Riding to them is getting more and more dangerous. I moved from SD to LA and was surprised to find that west/north LA is better for riding. Santa Monica Mountains are great--no cars, lots of pro teams based here for winter.
Santa Monica Mnts. looks very nice for riding....Bruno S
Jan 6, 2003 11:42 AM
I was at the Getty Center on a very clear day and the mountains NW of LA looked impressive. East San Diego county is still pretty good but traffic is usually bad everywhere else. I mostly ride Sat/Sun and since I start early I avoid the worst traffic. During few mid morning week rides that I have done traffic has always been a problem together with the increasing number of red lights at intersections.