Planning a trip next summer with the wife and would like to vacation near a beach for the wife and I would like an area where I could ride a bike. I prefer road biking but would be open to some trail rides. Would like to rent a nice bike versus of traveling with mine. Open to any and all suggestions. Any house or beach front weekly rentals welcomed.
Long Distance Cyclist
The Port Fairy/Portland area in southern Victoria is really nice. Rowan and I spent 5 days cycling around there last summer, and are talking about going back as soon as the weather starts to get nice again.
There are so many cities that have bike rentals with beaches not far away. In New York City, there must be half a dozen that would allow you to rent bikes for a week. The beaches are not away and you can take the bikes on the Long Island Railroad.
Another idea would be to take Tuffy tire liners, air pump, some tools and a couple of tubes and buy a 99 dollar beach cruiser. At the end of the vacation, sell the cruiser or give them away.
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Which coast? East, West, Gulf?
Originally Posted by jays35
I just got back from a weekend on the northern Oregon coast. Fort Stevens State Park has miles and miles of bike paths, many more miles of rideable roads, and the whole area is bicycle friendly. My wife and I stayed at the Officer's Inn B&B, in the "Captain's Room".
FL has a variety of beaches. Greater Daytona Beach area (which is Volusia County, Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach) has riding on the beach and at low tide, your road bike will be able to ride on the sand, otherwise a beach cruiser is something you can ride. There are the Keys/Key West, FL. Also Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, to Flagler Beach (County). Also there are beaches all up and down the East coast of FL, whether you want to actually ride on the sand or not, I've never tried. I live in Miami, road biking can't be done on that sand as is most of South FL, so that's asphalt riding within view of the ocean in between the condos. Trail riding ? Miami has it in some of the county parks, but they charge a fee and it's a couple of dollars.
I would also think the Carolinas and Georgia have beach towns. Gonna be hot in the summer though. Savannah, GA., Cape Hatteras, NC and so on.
Delaware seaside towns are very bike friendly. There are ten foot shoulders marked for pedestrians and bicycles on both sides of two lane highways roads to use for biking.
I am sure you will hear from the West coast crowd before the end of the day.
My wife loves the beach and I need to be more active. We rented a condo on the Kona coast of Hawaii for a week this year. Good rental bikes are available due to the Ironman business. Beaches are fabulous, of course. Contrary to common opinion, I would recommend not riding the Ironman route. There is indeed a good, clean, wide shoulder, but the incessant high speed traffic noise makes it less than pleasant. I would compare it to riding along an interstate highway shoulder. If I were to do it again, I'd ride south of Captain Cook instead. The road is wider than I was led to believe and the traffic is, for the most part, slow and sparse. The road near Volcano NP also looks like a good ride. YMMV, of course.