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Old 02-03-06, 08:48 PM   #1
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Pacific Coast

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I am planning on visiting family in the bay area in a couple weeks. I live in Portland and would really like to ride my bike there. What is the safest way to do this?

Thanks so much.

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Old 02-03-06, 08:52 PM   #2
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pickup the book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast." It has everything you need to know in it. There have been past posts about getting from Portland to the coast too I think.
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I agree with dbuzi on "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/089...Fencoding=UTF8

You might also want to checkout the maps at http://www.adv-cycling.org/routes/pacificcoast.cfm
I use them more than the book.
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Not sure of your timeframes, where in the Bay Area you are visiting, etc, but there are gorgeous rides all over the area, not just on the coast. Two great books that are commonly available (REI, bookstores, etc) are:

Northern California Biking - Brown, Foghorn Press, which has 150 rides listed, and

Road Biking Northern California - Nagiecki, Falcon Guide, 40 rides well docmented.

Enjoy!
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That is a fantastic ride and you'll be going in the right direction--South . . . with the wind. Never did it alone, but, the state parks have Hiker-Biker areas that used to be 50 cents in the 80's and probably are $3-5 by now.

You usually see people that are going the same speed as you and because of the spacing and the better places to stay, you run into the same people because of that too. As for safety, I guess the chip trucks never actually hit anyone but you can sure feel the wind when they go by.
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Old 02-04-06, 01:14 AM   #6
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Actually - you said in a few weeks - and the weather can be pretty awful on the coast in February - plus when it's stormy, there's usually a south wind, not a northwest wind. But if the weather's nice, Hwy 1 from Pacifica to Santa Cruz is incredible. Great headlands and lighthouses - Montara, Pigeon Point. Don't miss the olallaberry pie at the Davenport Cafe - they may be seasonal, though. In Santa Cruz, there's a nice bike trail along West Cliff Drive. After Santa Cruz it gets pretty urban.

You can take BART or SamTrans to Pacifica - most trains and busses take bikes - rush hour exceptions - check their websites. Santa Cruz Metro has hourly busses to San Jose where you can make connections to San Fran. OR you can ride Skyline Blvd back. Here's weather datafor Half Moon Bay:

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?cahalf+sfo
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I agree with dbuzi on "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/089...Fencoding=UTF8

You might also want to checkout the maps at http://www.adv-cycling.org/routes/pacificcoast.cfm
I use them more than the book.
Have you found the routes on these two sources to coincide? Which do you think is the better? I figure the map is more useful while actually riding for obvious reasons.
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I'd say that the map is the most useful . . . you have it folded and in front of you under the plastic window of a handlebar bag. If I was doing that today, I'd be looking at going the lightest possible, e.g., eating out--no cooking and etc.--and, maybe using a credit card and not even putting up a tent except where I had to. Even with tenting, it's possible to do 70 mi. per day (you get in a long day's riding because once you wake up, there's nothing to keep you hanging around a state park, and you'll want to set up for the day before dark so, we're talking about 8-9 or more hours of riding time every day).

A map helps there as you can see where you want to stay if, for instance you're doing 50 mi. a day, and that gives you something to set your sites on. Plus, having the elevation (sort of like the graphics for the TDF) actually help and the bike route maps that you want will have that. You'll sure enjoy pedaling up the coastal road after Leggit (you'll see what I mean when you look on the map--I'm joking). The Redwoods is the abosolute best riding. Everything along the Oregon coast is perfect. Don't know your age, but if you're young enough, by the time you get within a day's ride of San Fran, you'll be flying up and down the coastal hills like a kite.

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