San Diego named the best bicycling city of more than 1 million residents by Bicycling Magazine (2006).
Rent or Buy a Bike Locations
Bonita • Carlsbad • Chula Vista • Coronado • El Cajon • Encinitas • Escondido • Julian • La Jolla • La Mesa • Leucadia • Lemon Grove • Mira Mesa • National City • Ocean Beach • Oceanside • Pacific Beach • Poway • Ramona • Rancho Bernardo • San Diego • San Marcos • Solana Beach • Sorrento Valley • Vista
Bike Types for Commuters
Hybrid/Commuter Bikes: This is the ideal commute bike for most people. The easy-rolling narrower tires, relatively light weight, and upright riding position make it easy to use and comfortable to ride. These bikes easily accept accessories to make your commute easier and more comfortable, such as fenders for wet-weather riding or racks for carrying extra items.
Mountain Bikes: This style of bike found a large following in the 1980’s and continues to be popular today. They are strong bikes but typically a bit heavier than some other options. The straight handle bars are positioned at a low but comfortable level and the standard tires are low pressure and knobby for off-road performance. A mountain bike can be converted to a quality commuter bike by switching to narrower, smoother tires made for the road.
Road Bikes: These are the high-performance models designed for speed and agility. Although the gearing on these bikes will get you to work fast, the hunched riding position and stiff ride on the high pressure tires may prove too much for a regular commute. For a more relaxed ride, try raising the handles slightly to allow for a more upright riding position.
Dan's Cyclery553 1st St. Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 753-5867
Here's a 6-minute video of the Westfield (Mass.) Manufacturing Company, makers of the Columbia bicycle, "bringing health and pleasure to millions of Americans." It has the soaring music at the front, the all-too-serious (if not urgent-sounding) narrator and the tacky soundtrack that never stops. It's very kitschy, very retro, and very fun.
Bicycle Works3655 Avacodo Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91941 (619) 461-6007
Lemon Grove Bicycle Company7388 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (619) 469-9831
Cycle Center13173 #2 Black Mtn. Rd. San Diego, CA 92129 (619) 538-6966 map
Pedal Pushing4966 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 583-2043 map
Quality Bicycles3952 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 (619) 270-2412
Thomas Bike Shop1635 Fern St. San Diego, CA 92102 (619) 232-0674 map
Alpha Bicycles1215 S. Santa Fe Dr. Vista, CA 92083 (760) 724-9822
Fixed Gear "fixie" bike - no brakes!
Carrizo Bikes648 Palm Canyon Dr. in Borrego Springs, (760) 767-3872.
Lemon Grove Bicycle Company7388 Broadway in Lemon Grove, (619) 469-9831.
Let It Ride Bike Shop1730 Alpine Blvd. #103 in Alpine, (619) 445-3182.
Mission Hills Bikes141 W. Washington St., San Diego (619) 296-0618. map
Pacific Coast Cycles2003 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside (760) 967-4900.
Pennyfarthing's Bicycle Store314 G Street in Downtown San Diego, (619) 865-7818, (619) 233-7696.
South Bay Bicycles1201 Highland Ave. in National City, (619) 477-1445.
A.M. Vidmar RentalsRents bikes, x-bikes, trikkes, rowbikes and kickbikes at 706 Pismo Court on the Boardwalk in Mission Beach. (858) 488-BIKE
Bikes, Surfboards and Skateboards1906 Oceanside Blvd. Suite D, Oceanside, (760) 433-7800 map
Do-It-Youself Bicycle Repair
San Diego Bicycle Clubs
- East County Christian Cycling Alpine, Cuyamaca, Laguna, Live Oak Springs and surrounding areas.
- San Diego Cyclo-Vets Amateur bicycle racing at the masters-age.
- Knickerbikers A bicycle touring club without formal organization.
- San Diego Bicycle ClubThe oldest bicycle club in San Diego, for men and women of all ages.
- San Diego Tandem Club Rides and other events for tandem bicyclists.
- Sierra Club Bicycle Section The bicycle section of the Sierra Club.
- North County Cycle Club Recreational cyclists to mountain bikers to performance enthusiasts.
- San Diego Wheelmen Recreational rides most weekends, both on-road and off-road.
San Diego Bicycle Events
- Raceplace Bicycling Calendar
- Bicycling Events Guide
- Bicycling San Diego Events Calendar
- Police Auctions Dozens and dozens of bikes for auction.
San Diego Mountain Biking Trails
Power Grips give most of the benefits of toeclips or clipless/cleat systems on bicycle pedals, without most of the downsides. Power Grips offer benefits which fit well with all but the higher-end performance cyclists. They can be used with regular shoes or sandals with almost no lock-in to a particular type of clip/cleat system. If you have a fair amount of stop-go traffic at intersections, you feel less likely to get a foot stuck and fall over sideways when you have to stop. Highly recommended for all mountain bikers.
Always wear a bike helmet to prevent traumatic brain injury. Helmet protection is for motorcyclists, bicyclists, skateboarders, and skiers. Don't suffer from physical, cognitive, psychological, and social impairments due to head injury.
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