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Old 10-09-08, 11:26 PM   #1
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Orange County to San Diego

First thing first, I am a complete amateur when it comes to the big, wide world of cycling. I am the type to look for adventure and I enjoy exercise. I have recently come into the possession of some sort of Schwinn commuter bike. I think. On the second week of school I began my daily bike commute to school, about 6 miles there and back but not counting the many detours to the book store, friend's houses, and others. Soon after beginning this routine, I got the idea to ride from Orange County to the border, or as close as I get. I can't afford buying a different bike either. I do sports at school year round and I am in very good shape and health. In total it is a 220 miles there and back. So..... long story short, I need tons of advice and help.
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Old 10-10-08, 12:32 AM   #2
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how soon do you want to do it? here's an example training plan from a local double-century: http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/stp_mileage.cfm (scroll down)

when i was building up to that ride, i'd done lots of 50 mile rides, a few 80 mile rides, and one or two 100 mile rides. before doing the full 200, the most i'd done was 125 or so. a friend of mine that did the ride with me had only done 90 in one day, so big jumps are possible.

whatever bike you have is most likely fine, as long as it runs smooth and has plenty of air in the tires!

also, this is a great book on LD cycling: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579541992, i highly recommend it
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Start out by planning to ride down there and take the train back. There are several Amtrak stations on the way down in case you want to bail out early. The last train stop is in San Diego near the Gaslamp area.

See my route from Pasadena to San Diego. Hope on the route where ever you can in OC. http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...an-Diego-Route
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Great idea! Not sure what sort of advice you are looking for, though.

I don't know much about OC geography, but if you can get to the coast there's a marked bike route "Pacific Coast Bike Route." There's lots of information about it in Kirkendall & Spring's book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" or AdventureCycling.org has maps. If you don't want to buy their map, you can at least download their GPS points and get an idea of the route. It's pretty simple, though - keep the ocean on your right.

Those 2 resources include information about safe bike routing, camping, distances, and elevations. If you are planning to do this as a 'tour' - that is, sleeping a couple of times along the way, the Touring Forum here is a great place to ask questions. Lots of info there about what gear to take and how to carry it. Also, see www.crazyguyonabike.com for a bunch of people's bike tour journals, many of which have gear lists. Most of the gear lists will be overkill for you, as long as you do your trip in nice weather you won't need to carry much.

If you are planning to do it all in one shot (ride the 220 miles basically without stopping to sleep) then you're in the right forum here.
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Start out by planning to ride down there and take the train back. There are several Amtrak stations on the way down in case you want to bail out early. The last train stop is in San Diego near the Gaslamp area.

See my route from Pasadena to San Diego. Hope on the route where ever you can in OC. http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...an-Diego-Route
Yes, and the trolley runs directly from the train station to the border.
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@Mattm-Thanks for the help, I'll look into both of those. And that's great news about the bike

@MTBMaven-The thing is though, part of the plan is to ride back to Orange County. Yes, I'll keep the trains as back-up plans but if anything, I have lots of family in San Diego to help out if I need it. Your route is the same as I was planning, but I'm gonna hop on around the Newport Beach area.

@valygrl-Thanks! That's some great advice I needed; camping info. Yes I plan to stop but since hopefully I'll bring some friends with me, this is gonna be somewhere between a tour and one shot ride. Meaning one overnight stop is it on the way down, but we'll be trying for speed.

@El Pelon-Yeah, the trolley is part of the plan too, thanks.

Thank you all, if there's any other advice, please feel free to tell me.
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I did this not too long ago. SDSU to Brea.

The easiest way to go it to ride down to coast highway and take that basically as far as it goes. In san clemente it turns into a bike route with LOTS of green bike route signs to follow.

Then you will find another bike route that goes past san onophre and drops you off right where you enter camp pendleton.

They let you ride through camp pendleton if u have a license and a helmet.

Then just jump back on coast highway after u get out of pendleton.

My suggestion is to take the salona beach train back to OC... depending on where you are starting from. If i would have gone from salona beach to brea it would have been about 100 miles... instead I went from downtown station and it ended up being about 120 miles.

go on a weekend when there are lots of other riders out on the roads. chances are lots of them will be willing to help you.


oh and P.S. i think camp pendleton is on fire right now so im betting they might not let u through. in that case you'll have to ride on the shoulder of the 5 freeway. EEK!
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I fyou go on a weekend where you have a lot of riders(-which is pretty much every weekend), go to the downtown station. I tried Solano Beach on my second ride this year from OC to San Diego. I couldn't catch the train because they only allow 6 bikes on it and the six bikes were on at the downtown station. We had to take a train to the downtown station, then go north from their to Fullerton. My last ride was to the downtown station and there was a baggage car on that train- meaning it could carry a lot of bikes. That was a later train- 5:00 pm to be exact.
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Camp Pendleton does close to bicyclists on occasion (check their website for information) and they also prevent people from entering too late in the day, but the only fires recently have been on the eastern side of the base and far away from the designated bike route.

If you do get stopped at the gate on Las Pulgas, simply jump on the 5 freeway heading south and 8 miles later exit at the first road in Oceanside. Make sure you detour through the rest stop because while the 5 is perfectly legal to ride on, the short stretch between the off and on ramps for the rest stop does have signs indicating bicycles are prohibited in that spot (it is also a very busy rest stop and crossing in front of cars doing 50mph is not a good idea...)

Overall, the 5 is not too bad and the rush you will get from having a semi blow past you at 75mph is exhilarating!!! There is also a very wide shoulder and the biggest obstacle will be tire treads and the rare chance of a broken down car...
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