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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: normal heights-san diego, ca
Bikes: come and get 'em
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there is good climbing but it is all on the edges of the coachella valley. palm springs tram road has 3.4 miles of hell for you. frank sinatra rd has a nice little 1/2 mile
leg stretcher. 1000 palms rd on the north side of the 10 fwy is a scenic climb-about 3.5 miles-that doesn't get above a 4% grade. hwy 74 is a great hill for repeats
from hwy 111 to the beginning of the switchbacks (about 3 miles) but dicey afterwards and not recommended due to high speed traffic, bad sightlines (for autos) and
no shoulder or bike lane. mecca hills road ascends east from indio area and meanders at a 2% grade or so towards the joshua tree national park southern entrance. scenic but
not a huge workout. cycling through joshua tree national park is highly recommended. if you want some really sustained long climbs, there are plenty about a hour's drive away
heading into the san bernardino mtns or from hemet up to idyllwild.
bike lanes are pretty evident throughout the coachella valley. if there isn't one, the road is generally wide enough so it's not uncomfortable. very few curvy streets so cyclists
can be visible from a good distance.
roads on the north side of the 10 fwy are few but are in decent shape with one big exception. ramon rd north/east of the 10 fwy is pretty beat up for about 4 miles unless it
just got repaved.
i used palm spring cyclery and was happy with them. there are some smaller lbs' in the valley but no experience with them.
fairly cycling friendly throughout coachella valley but, as always, gotta be vigilant.