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San Diego Area?

We are considering bringing our road bikes to the San Diego area. Is there some safe riding outside San Diego?
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Yes. What area are you staying in and what kind of riding do you want to do?
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Yes. What area are you staying in and what kind of riding do you want to do?
We are not familiar with the area at all (live in Texas). We heard there is a nice road from somewhere approximately 30 miles north of San Diego that runs along the coast down to San Diego.
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That sounds like the Coast Highway.
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That sounds like the Coast Highway.
Can you please give me more information? What is the coast highway? Is it bike friendly? Thanks
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It's on the far left of this map https://www.icommutesd.com/Bike/docum...ap_Web_000.pdf . It starts in La Jolla at UCSD and goes north through several beach towns about 30 miles to Oceanside. The route continues all the way up the coast to WAshington but the 30 mile stretch from La Jolla to Oceanside is a straight shot with no turns. On a summer weekend there are thousands of cyclists on the route.
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It's pretty bike-friendly.
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Depending on where you go, there can be a bit of climbing, especially going south from del mar to la jolla up torrey pines, other than that it's not to bad, just a little up and down into the various seaside towns. I'd stop somewhere midway between carlsbad and oceanside and turn around. Not much going on in oceanside and a bigger bro population which at times aren't as bike friendly. Nothing nearly as bad as texas though(I used to live in dallas).
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
It's pretty bike-friendly.
Haha, I can always count on calamarichris to plug our beloved PCH, I love seeing that picture. Hey how often do you ride the coast by the way?
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bring your bikes...you won't regret it. don't forget to bring some
form of payment along with you. various eateries along the coast highway
will surely tempt you to 'rest' with their varied aromas...especially through
encinitas and solana beach.
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Haha, I can always count on calamarichris to plug our beloved PCH, I love seeing that picture. Hey how often do you ride the coast by the way?




Ahoy DC. Actually not that often anymore. I've gotten to like the hillier roads to our East--Elfin Forest, Twin Oaks Parkway, Pendleton, Rancho Santa Fe, Highland Valley Road, Couser Canyon, etc. anymore.
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Originally Posted by shona
We are considering bringing our road bikes to the San Diego area. Is there some safe riding outside San Diego?
head east....it's beautiful...depending on where you are from the climbing in some places can be a bit daunting...but Socal is perfect for riding.
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head east....it's beautiful...depending on where you are from the climbing in some places can be a bit daunting...but Socal is perfect for riding.
Can you be more specific please? For example, could you suggest a town where we would stay? We would stay in one place and ride from there. Thanks.
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head east....it's beautiful...depending on where you are from the climbing in some places can be a bit daunting...but Socal is perfect for riding.
That is the essence of climbing. Do Palomar, one of the best climbs in the US.
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Originally Posted by shona
Can you be more specific please? For example, could you suggest a town where we would stay? We would stay in one place and ride from there. Thanks.
Here's a link to the SoCal Route Repository thread. Maps to some of the best (IMO) rides in North San Diego County are there, and a few pictures. All of the links are to Gmaps, so you can take a look at the street view and get an idea of the scenery, road conditions, etc.
One of the best climbs and prettiest views in SD-proper is Mount Soledad, but approaching from the North is a little steep; you can get to that beautiful view easier if you approach from the South.

As far as accommodations, what else are you going to be doing while in town and what's your hotel budget like? Staying near the beach is great, but the price goes up the closer you get to the coast.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Here's a link to the SoCal Route Repository thread. Maps to some of the best (IMO) rides in North San Diego County are there, and a few pictures. All of the links are to Gmaps, so you can take a look at the street view and get an idea of the scenery, road conditions, etc.
One of the best climbs and prettiest views in SD-proper is Mount Soledad, but approaching from the North is a little steep; you can get to that beautiful view easier if you approach from the South.

As far as accommodations, what else are you going to be doing while in town and what's your hotel budget like? Staying near the beach is great, but the price goes up the closer you get to the coast.
I did not see a link with your message. It would be appreciated if you could send the link. We can afford to stay near the beach. Thanks.
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what you could also do is get onto meetup.com with a temp account set to san diego and there is a bike riding group that lists many group rides - that way you dont have to navigate...
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I did not see a link with your message. It would be appreciated if you could send the link. We can afford to stay near the beach. Thanks.
Click the blue words in my previous post (or in the quote in your response) to get to the link. They're hotlinked, and clicking them will take you to the SoCal Route Repository thread.
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Can you be more specific please? For example, could you suggest a town where we would stay? We would stay in one place and ride from there. Thanks.
I suggest you stay in La Jolla at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club .
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The only downside with staying there is you've got a monster climb to get up out of La Jolla.

If this is mostly a cycling vacation and money is no object, I'd go for L'Auberge in Del Mar.

If that's pricey, check out the Grand Pacific Palisades (which is very close to Legoland and a decent selection of restaurants) or Hilton Garden Inn in Carlsbad--it's on Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from where this photo was taken:

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