Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Berkeley, CA
Bikes: 1980s Ishiwata Bianchi SS conversion, 2005 Fuji World
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Avoid riding on Devil's Slide during peak traffic. There is no shoulder, and at most points on the slow SB up-hill, you only have about 6-12 inches of ride-able road width outside of the actual car traffic lane. During peak traffic you'll have cars passing uncomfortably close (based on personal experience). The "shoulder" widens up a bit when you get near the top (where the new bridge and tunnels are being built).
Devil's Slide story: During my last SF-LA bike tour, my friend and I were grinding our way up the grade when we came up to a van parked in the construction lane near the new bridge. A woman and her two dachshunds were waiting for us; she passed us on the way up and "feared for our lives," insisting she pack up our bikes in her van and give us a ride to Montara. Not to look a gift horse, we agreed, and conquered Devil's Slide the easy way.
It's definitely not as dangerous as our self-appointed guardian angel imagined, but it's definitely not a lot of fun either, especially during peak traffic. I really can't see it being fun on a fixed-gear bike though, but of course it's your ride, not mine!