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Is San Diego truly cycling meca?(8 posts)

Is San Diego truly cycling meca?hammer_cycle
Mar 2, 2003 12:15 PM
Currently I am one of the victims of the economy and have plenty of time to take advantage of visiting a friend in San Diego for a couple of weeks. Is the cycling truly that good over there to make the trip worthwhile? I'm on the fence right now as it will cost a lot of money to drive out there/time/etc...
re: Is San Diego truly cycling meca?filly
Mar 2, 2003 3:16 PM
well, in only my short time of cycling, i think it's pretty awesome. in fact, i'm sorry i'm moving before the year is up. i went riding today, and the weather was sunny, no clouds, and mid to high 60's. i might have seen about 25 other riders on my 30-mile route. roads are great as well. i've never had a flat yet, but then again, i haven't been riding too long. and if you're here on a weekend (sounds like you will), you can hook up with one of the many group rides that happens. i've recently been doing one that winds up on highway 101 (the old pacific coast hightway) through some beach towns and dumps off at la jolla. last two times out, about 60 riders showed up.

i say all this with one reservation. the last two weeks here have not been real conducive to cycling. this is the "rainy" season (if you can call it that) here, and it's dumped some mad rain on us the last two weeks. it's supposed to come back around mid week this week.

so, my advice...check the weather as well as can be done. it would suck to spend the cash and time to come out here and get soaked.

if you do make it out here, drop me a line:

Your #@!*% rainstorms ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 6:48 AM
... have been coming clear across the US and creaming us in Virginia! One of 'em plastered us with 25 inches of snow that's STILL piled on my commuter route!
It doesn't suckCurtSD
Mar 2, 2003 8:03 PM
Great weather year 'round, some good hills, bike lanes on many streets, great scenery - works for me.
It is pretty good ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 6:44 AM
It's a great place to cycle, although I'm not sure I'd go there JUST to cycle.

Bike Shops: Anything you want. You can't swing a blown tube on the PCH without hitting a LBS. Anything from cruisers to the highest-zoot roadbikes, antiques, a world-class restoration shop (CyclArt), custom shops like Soul Cycles.

Road: almost every road is a decent cycling route, except for a few expressways and Interstates (and there are even a few bike lanes on Interstates). There are some great climbs, up to 6000 ft or so if you like abuse.

Track: A good outdoor velodrome, coached by Eddie B, and open to the public for any kind of bike a couple of times a week.

MTB: a number of great MTB routes are published in a local trail guide. Indian Creek/Noble Canyon will put some hair on your chest.

Weather: Winter is a long, wet, chilly, miserable 4-day weekend in February. Otherwise it ranges from great to perfect.

Downside: While there are a few good scenic routes (Sunrise Highway and the Lake Hodges area come to mind), mostly it is costal scrubland bordering on desert, and not terribly pretty to a Virginian. While there are a number of roadbikes in evidence, I did not encounter many cycling clubs.
Yes, but don't tell...HAL9010
Mar 3, 2003 1:23 PM
Anyone else. We do have healthy hills but plenty of "flat" routes can be had.

I feel that the Coast Highway 101 run is overrated in that there are too many stop lights/signs & cars. But it does have a wonderfull view (in sections). The Torrey Pines grade does kind of make up for a good chunk of car annoyances.

The best rides are just in-land a bit:

Carmel Valley/Del Mar to Fairbanks Ranch to Penasquitos/Poway to Ramona, Rancho Bernardo to San Pasquale...

In the southern section in and around the ARCO Olympic Center are some fantastic rides. i.e. out to Barrett Junction & Jamul.

Let me know too, @
San Diego Cycling web siterbol52
Mar 3, 2003 1:48 PM
This site has got info on clubs, routes, rides, blah, blah, blah. The only place I've ever ridden that I think is more bike-friendly is Vancouver, BC. SD routes and terrain are varied and many. Have fun.
San Diego Cycling web site reduxrbol52
Mar 3, 2003 1:48 PM