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Old 03-06-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Conference in San Francisco first week of May, renting a bike?

I have a conference in San Francisco the first week of May. Thinking about renting a bike from Saturday afternoon through Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Any suggestions as far as who to use for rental? When to make rental reservation?

Also, any suggestions on routes or places to see during these few days?
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:08 PM   #3
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Spoke to them a few hours ago- they have a nice fleet of various bikes. I'll probably be using them unless someone suggests a better option.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:57 AM   #4
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I'll probably rent through Dubbelju, just need a wait for the confirmation with work before I reserve the bike. I was just perusing google maps and here are my tentative plans.

Start: Saturday, May 3rd Afternoon
Return: Tuesday, May 6th Afternoon

Rental:
Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals, 689A Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 1-866-495-2774

Tentative Plan

147 miles from San Francisco to Big Sur via Highway 1
passes through Carmel and Monterey
200 miles from Big Sur to Santa Barbara via Highway 1
247 miles from Big Sur to Sequoia National Park via Highway 1 to 41
221 miles from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park via Highway 140
123 miles from Yosemite to South Lake Tahoe via 395N
196 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Berkeley via 50W

Saturday
San Fran to Big Sur via Highway 1
pass through Carmel and Monterey

Sunday
Big Sur to Yosemite National Park via Highway 140

Monday
Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe via 395N

Tuesday
South Lake Tahoe to Berkley/San Francisco via 50W
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:10 AM   #5
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Are you skipping Sequioa NP, or is that going to be a 500 mile day?

Here are some lodging options:

There is a Hostel in Monterey, or you could rent a yurt on the Big Sur coast. Campground reservations are tough to get, but there are one or two places that are first come first serve.

Along Hwy 140 just before Yosemite, I highly recommend the Yosemite Bug Hostel Resort. Hot tub, spa, gormet cafe...they have it all.

Route: I would suggest taking Hwy 89 into Tahoe. The turn is just south of Topaz Lake, and it is much nicer. I have stayed at Camp Richardson and liked camping there, but they also have cabins. If you want some night life, however, I would find a little motel on the California side and walk to the casinos.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:49 PM   #6
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Are you skipping Sequioa NP, or is that going to be a 500 mile day?

Here are some lodging options:

There is a Hostel in Monterey, or you could rent a yurt on the Big Sur coast. Campground reservations are tough to get, but there are one or two places that are first come first serve.

Along Hwy 140 just before Yosemite, I highly recommend the Yosemite Bug Hostel Resort. Hot tub, spa, gormet cafe...they have it all.

Route: I would suggest taking Hwy 89 into Tahoe. The turn is just south of Topaz Lake, and it is much nicer. I have stayed at Camp Richardson and liked camping there, but they also have cabins. If you want some night life, however, I would find a little motel on the California side and walk to the casinos.


Was skipping sequoia park to get to Yosemite- thought it might be too much to cram into one day? You tell me. Am I able to do a ride through of these parks and hit a few scenes? I'll be wearing all my gear and am not used to just leaving it loose on my bike while I hike so I wasn't planning on doing any hiking. However if someone has a suggestion for locking gear to bike- that would change.
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Big Sur to Yosemite through Sequoia would be a very long day. If you could make Sequoia by 11:00 am, it would be doable. Otherwise, I would head straight up Hwy 41 to Hwy 49. Most of that day the attractions are roads, unless you squeeze out some time for a hike in Sequoia.

I recommend getting to Yosemite Bug Hostel by 8 pm to get a good might's sleep. Yosemite to Tahoe is half a day, leaving time to see some good stuff along the way. Hwy 89 is the best way to get to Tahoe.

As far as locking your gear: the further north and higher elevation you get, the less you need to worry. A big burly guy called "Cupcake" left his gear unlocked for a few days at the top of Tioga Pass (unintentionally), and it was untouched. For a little more security, you could run a bicycle cable through an arm of your jacket and leg of your pants.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:02 AM   #8
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Leaving South Lake Tahoe I would vote for 89/88 down into the valley. From there you can take 99 south to 120 to 5 to 205 and into the East Bay area. I was on Hwy. 1 weekend before last, already too many cars. Scenary was still awesome but riding was slow and uninspiring. If you need a rest stop out of Yosemite or SLT, I am in Oakdale. I am about 90 miles west of Yosemite valley. Enjoy your visit!
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I agree that 88 is a nice ride down the hill, but you might consider going Hwy 50 just to have a blue cheese burger and blue cheese/garlic oil topped snowshoe criss-cut french fries at Old Town Grill in Placerville.

From there, head north on Hwy 49 to Auburn, and stop in for a beer at the Auburn Ale House (they also have awesome salmon tacos).

Damn. This is making me hungry. Do you think anyone would notice if I left work now?
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From there, head north on Hwy 49 to Auburn, and stop in for a beer at the Auburn Ale House (they also have awesome salmon tacos).

Damn. This is making me hungry. Do you think anyone would notice if I left work now?
You needed to mention that, didn't you - thankfully, I haven't taken my lunch break yet :)
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You needed to mention that, didn't you - thankfully, I haven't taken my lunch break yet :)
Do they ever make the Hop Snob IPA any more? I think that beer is #2 on my favorites list, surpassed only by Lagunitas' SF Fusion up in Petaluma.
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Do they ever make the Hop Snob IPA any more? I think that beer is #2 on my favorites list, surpassed only by Lagunitas' SF Fusion up in Petaluma.
Not really sure - I'm not really an IPA guy. I really like their Old Town Brown though.
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Big Sur to Yosemite through Sequoia would be a very long day. If you could make Sequoia by 11:00 am, it would be doable. Otherwise, I would head straight up Hwy 41 to Hwy 49. Most of that day the attractions are roads, unless you squeeze out some time for a hike in Sequoia.

I recommend getting to Yosemite Bug Hostel by 8 pm to get a good might's sleep. Yosemite to Tahoe is half a day, leaving time to see some good stuff along the way. Hwy 89 is the best way to get to Tahoe.

As far as locking your gear: the further north and higher elevation you get, the less you need to worry. A big burly guy called "Cupcake" left his gear unlocked for a few days at the top of Tioga Pass (unintentionally), and it was untouched. For a little more security, you could run a bicycle cable through an arm of your jacket and leg of your pants.

looking at all these suggestions now and planning it in google maps. I spoke with dubbelju a few minutes ago and then have a number of bikes still available- sportster, versys, tiger 800, etc. I'm thinking of going with the tiger 800, looks like it may have the best ergos and a little bit more power on tap for crushing some mileage if I get caught behind schedule. Since the bike rental is going to cost me a hefty amount of money, I am looking to save a few bones. Camping or hostel is looking pretty good.
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