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Biking in Redlands, CA(4 posts)

Biking in Redlands, CAKEN2
Jan 26, 2004 4:54 PM
I'm considering a move to Redlands, California... anyone familiar with living, working, biking, weather, etc. in that area?
re: Biking in Redlands, CAoldbutslow
Jan 26, 2004 6:15 PM
I can tell you only a couple of things.

Very smoggy during summer.

However, you will be real close to some great rides in the San Bernardino Mountains. There is a century called, IIRC, Ride the Bear. Rated as one of the top 5 century rides in the US. Very difficult.

Since I only live close to Redlands, that's about all I know..
re: Biking in Redlands, CA (long)DMoore
Jan 26, 2004 9:35 PM
There are a lot of bikers here in Redlands; a general membership bike club (RWBTC) and two different amateur race teams (Team Redlands/Jelly Belly and Citrus Valley Velo/Health Net). Both are amateur teams associated with the well known pro teams. We have the Redlands Classic every year in March, the largest stage race in the US these days. The US Olympic Road Trials will be here in June.

Because of all the organized events, the area is really pretty bike friendly. Not to say there aren't some jerks - of course there are. But I grew up in San Diego, and riding in Redlands just seems a lot safer and friendlier than SD.

The bike club and race teams have weekend rides, and there are Tuesday and Thursday night group rides. In the winter it's just a few diehards with lights, but in summer there's a Tuesday night hillclimb/canyon ride (Sunset) and on Thursday night there's a 50 min. crit practice.

Weather ranges from average highs in the high 50's to low 60's in winter, up to the low 100's in summer. We had several days in the 80's two weeks ago. It rains occasionally, but seldom very hard or for very long.

Redlands is right at the foot of the San Bernardino mountains. There are ski areas 15 miles away (but it's a 45 mile drive) and there are great rides from here up into the mountains if that's your thing. The Ride Around the Bear, mentioned in another post, is claimed to be one of America's 10 toughest centuries. It's about 9400 feet of climbing. The last 40 miles have only about 500 feet of climbing, and the last 20 miles are genuinely all downhill.

It took me a couple of years to acclimate to the summertime heat, since I came here from the beach. Now, I don't notice it until it breaks 100. Just proves you can get used to anything. Not hot enough? Drive 45 minutes to Palm Springs. If it gets too hot, you can head up into the mountains, or head for the beach. We're only an hour away from Newport/Huntington by car. It's 140 miles roundtrip on a bike, and that's a popular summer ride.

Summer smog can get pretty bad at times, but the trick on smoggy days is to ride early before the air gets bad. Air quality has improved noticeably over the last several years, but unfortunately we'll always be inland from LA. When the wind blows onshore, the smog blows inland and backs up against our mountains.

But - you can ride 12 months out of the year, and never need more than a vest, arm and leg warmers. Visitors from the east ride in shorts on our coldest days and laugh at what wimps we locals are when we bundle up. I did about 7K miles last year, and lots of people do more miles than that.

Hope that helps...
Thanks for the info--very helpful! (nm)KEN2
Jan 27, 2004 8:52 AM