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Coming to San Diego?

So your coming to San Diego and want to get in some riding.  Well we have some good riding to offer you down here.  I have seen enough of the when and where type questions that I thought it would be helpful to provide a little information here.

Where to Stay

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Where to Eat

Okay, I have done some traveling over the years and have noticed a little something about cuisine.  If you want authentic Japanese food, go to Japan.  If you want real Korean food, go to Korea.  If you are looking for authentic Thai food, got to Thailand.  Now if you fancy authentic Mexican food, then San Diego is the place for you.  Outside of that you will find good stuff here no matter what you like.

Where to Ride

Some of our best stuff has been destroyed by the 2003 wildfires, but there are still plenty of good places to ride here.  Please check my trails status page as I may update it before this page, but here is my cut on the rides.  Below is my pick based on the current status of the trails here in the county.

Looking to Stay Local Willing to drive a bit North County
Tri-Canyons Nobel Canyon and the Lagunas Daley Ranch
Los Pen Canyon/Del Mar Mesa Lake Morena Lake Hodges
Anderson Truck Trail

Now Noble Canyon is sort of a must do if you are coming to San Diego and enjoy technical riding.  Now I know this page is about San Diego County, but I would be remiss if I did not suggest that you take a drive north into Orange County and ride the San Juan trail.  If you can only ride two trails while here I would make it Noble and San Juan which I consider two of Lower Southern California's "postcard" trails.  FYI, You will often see Lower Southern California loosely referred to as LoSoCal on many of the Mountain Biking forums.  LoSoCal is roughly everything south of the LA area.  Orange, San Diego, and Riverside Counties.

Where to get a Bike

Bringing your own bike is always great but it is not always possible so here is what I have found out about renting a bike here in San Diego.  There are only a few places in all of San Diego County where you can rent a mountain bike.  

Just about the only shop where you can get a full suspension bike is Bike Tour San Diego located in the gaslamp district of downtown San Diego.   I have not personally used them but the reviews I have seen from others are favorable. 

If you do not feel like going out to Pine Valley or up the coast for a bike, your only other option for a mountain bike is Holland Bikes in Coronado.  They mostly cater to the beach cruiser crowd but they do have three hard tails for rent.  I believe 2 Specialized Stump Jumpers, and a Trek.

If you know of other places to rent a mountain bike in the county please email me (comfort and department store bikes need not apply).

Looking for someone to ride with?

Hooking up with a local is always a good idea.  Many of the local bike shops offer regular shop rides and San Diego has quite a few bicycle clubs. Gary Fox organizes weekly rides and sends out email bulletins.  You can also check out the Yahoo Group SDTrailriders, which is a loose network of folks who figure out rides on nearly a daily basis (Read  - you may get a bunch of email so setup a separate yahoo email address).  Also make sure to keep tabs in alt.moutainbike and MTBR.com   

I eventually plan on listing all of the regular shop rides here (or provide links) but for now you can grab the yellow pages when you get into town and call around.  What I do know of right now is:

Performance Bike in Bonita (former Mission Cyclery), 619-422-3098
Every Sunday morning at 8AM.  Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Rides.  The shop is not open at the start of the ride so plan accordingly.  They will spin you all over the South Bay area.

Bicycle Warehouse
They have a store in Vista (North County) and in San Diego.  They host various rides so give them a call and see what is on their calendar.

If you are a bike shop and would like me to list or link to your shop ride information please email me