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California vacationbrurider
Apr 30, 2003 8:40 AM
Am taking the family for a vacation to CA this summer with stops in Monterey, San Fran, Napa Valley, and Yosemite. Does anyone have any recommendations on bike rental facilities and rides in those areas? We are talking 4 kids aged 13-24 and 2 adults and are looking to take in the scenery more than anything else. Any advice on "must see" or things to avoid would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
WooHoo!! Tourist Money!!PseuZQ
Apr 30, 2003 9:17 AM
Welcome to San Francisco! Please spend a buttload of money!!

As to your original question, gosh, I don't even know where to start. What do you like? Monterey Aquarium and Alcatraz are cool for kids of all ages. (You can get Alcatraz tix online -- recommended.) There have been a lot of posts about bike rentals in San Francisco, you may want to check the archives. However, I have recently learned that Lombardi's Sports rents out Trek 5200s.

Have a great time. Remember, if you're coming to the city in the summer time it will probably be chilly.
Exactly what I was thinking, where to start?No_sprint
Apr 30, 2003 9:32 AM
17 mile drive in Monterey. Pebble Beach Lodge, stand on the first tee. All the regular hikes in Yosemite, Ahwahnee Hotel, Half Dome, El Capitan. *Wineryin* in Napa. Get some good food in San Francisco. I don't know where you're coming from, however, it's my opinion that the best food in the U.S. can be had in 3 places, NY, San Fran and LA.
Ride 17 mile drive in Carmel - Beautiful view! nmfliparagon
Apr 30, 2003 9:31 AM
re: California vacationThe Human G-Nome
Apr 30, 2003 9:33 AM
as far as cycling in San Francisco goes - if it's a family thing, your best bet is probably just to rent MTN bikes on Stanyan St. at the foot of Golden Gate Park. it's 7.5 miles to ride to the beach and back (and you could always add miles on PCH). if you plan on doing some more serious riding, you can rent very nice Ultegra equipped Marin roadbikes at Blazing Saddles for $39 a day. i think that's the best deal you'll find on renting road bikes. an easy ride would be paradise loop through tiburon (about 40 miles). something more challenging would be Alpine Dam or Stinson Beach. you can probably find plenty of information on these rides on the net. have fun!!!
re: California vacationDUOHEAD
Apr 30, 2003 9:35 AM
Coast drive, Hwy 1, Big Sur area obviously!

Aquarium @ Monterey of course

Maybe walk across G.G. Bridge if Wx good

ALcatraz V. cool!! Get ferry from city.

Helicopter ride mindblowing if ya got the $!

Angel Island a beaut! Take ferry over from Tiburon & rent bikes [or walk] on island. Overlooks S.F. & entire waterfront!! Most worthy & historic!

Rides: I wouldn't miss Ridgecrest Drive [above Hwy 1]in west Marin County. About 30 min. from GG bridge. Never v. crowded. You could configure any length or difficulty of ride-even ride all downhill by starting @ Mt. Tam parking lot [nice walk to top as well!!] & get picked up on Highway 1 near Bolinas. Be a blast I guarantee!! Lotta options!

Camping almost right there [@ Pantol Ranger station], motels $$$$!!

Hwy 1 again going N. [esp nice N. of Bodega Bay]

Yosemite will be nuts but worthy. Watch climbers on El Cap!

Lotta great choices my friend!

It's gonna be wonderful!
rent cruiser bikes at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley...Lon Norder
Apr 30, 2003 11:53 AM
Lots of bike lanes and paths in Yosemite Valley that let you explore most of the valley by bike,including Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan, Happy Isles, Mirror Lake, etc.

Also, riding across the Golden Gate Bridge is an experience you won't soon forget. Stop for lunch in Sausalito or ride out to the Marin Headlands.
rent cruiser bikes at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley...brurider
Apr 30, 2003 6:18 PM
Thanks to one and all for the info. Lots of good confirmation on things we had in mind, plus plenty of new ideas. Alot of good info in just a few hours time. We are from SE PA in the heart of the Amish country, so we do get our share of tourist bucks in this neighborhood. Guess it is time to spread it around somewhere else. Take care, you guys are great.
re: California vacationukiahb
Apr 30, 2003 7:38 PM
You could rent bikes in SF, ride across the GG bridge, and then return on the ferry from Sausalito, or Larkspur if you want to get some more miles in...both allow bikes on board...though the SF terminal is downtown, so you need to consider that when choosing a place to rent bikes. In the Napa area you can ride the Silverado is a highway, but has wide sholders and is relatively safe...riding up to Calistoga is fun, and it is a lot less chichi there than further down the valley.