mountain biking on the beach?? suggested route?
anyone mountain bike along the beaches of SoCal (specifically between la jolla and oceanside? i assume this is allowed in some place (maybe not on some of the more public beaches?) because ive seen it in a few places. Anyone have a good beach route that goes a decent way (~10mi +) along the beach without any blocks (assuming this is done near low tide).
I thought this would be fun to try. Of course I'll give my bike a nice clean afterward to get the salt off... esp. since i have a steel frame.
Never done a route, but have bicycled on a crappy single speed cruiser bike from the Huntington Beach pier to the Santa Ana River jetty (and back). About 6 miles RT, took alittle over an hour (with an extra 1/2 hour stop at the river jetty). Just cruisin' at low tide in mid-winter on a pretty vacant beacharound sunset. I don't know of any restrictions on doing it, just don't drop crap/trash on the beach, and don't be a nuisance to others using the beach. And don't do it on a better quality bike - that salt water and salty sand can't be good on bike parts.
Riding on the beach is fun. If you can find a place then do it. It never gets boring because of the ever changing terrain. This is what I use to elevate the fun factor and getting rust is part of the game.
The Puggsley is perfect for that kind of riding. The varying consistency of the sand, especially in South OC calls for uber-fat tires like that.
One inexpensive alternative would be to find an old balloon tire frame and fit it out with the widest MTB downhill tires you can fit in it to run low pressures and float on the sand. Worrying about rust on a inexpensive bike like that would make it virtually worry and maintenance free.