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Old 12-20-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Took a job in SF

Going to load one of the bikes in the truck and head on down in mid January.

Any advice?

My current plan goes something like this. I found a place in Redwood City that will let me take a 3 month lease. Its less than ten minutes from the caltrain station which a half hour later should drop me off a block from work. Anyone know something about Redwood City I should know?

Any place I should be looking that I'm not? I've checked out Daly City, Alameda, even Berkeley. I really just need a place to lay my head for a couple months while I house hunt. I need a place to park my truck and my bike. Just bringing a couch to crash on and a desk to work on. Would prefer not to have to shoot anyone or get shot by anyone. Pretty simple needs but the parking one is a bitch. Oh, and I want to stay south of 2k/month if I can. The place in RWC is under 1800.

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Old 12-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Where about in RWC?
That's home :-))
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:01 PM   #3
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Madison next to El Camino Real. Little one bedroom apt.

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Old 12-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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You'll be just fine there.
But make sure you walk to Caltrain. Parking is costly and you are not that far.

Also note that Caltrain is just somewhat reliable...
For weeks it'll be fine, and then for days it'll be hectic
Somehow they can't figure out how to make it reliable.

If you work wants you on time every time ... Allow extra time
Make sure you get the bullet train. 30mn to downtown
Rwc is the last stop in zone 2, anything south and you pay more.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:33 AM   #5
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You are coming in just in time for the next BART strike. At least your taking Caltrain...

Redwood City is pretty far down however the bonus is you are closer to Hollister and Alice's.

Pacifica can be a groovy spot as well but then you are in the thick of the commute and have to drive, at least to the Muni or BART.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:42 AM   #6
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You are coming in just in time for the next BART strike. At least your taking Caltrain...

Redwood City is pretty far down however the bonus is you are closer to Hollister and Alice's.

Pacifica can be a groovy spot as well but then you are in the thick of the commute and have to drive, at least to the Muni or BART.
And in the fog

Time wise rwc - downtown 35mn by Caltrain.
Many thinks it far, but in practice it's really not bad IF you use the bullet train (express) and you don't need to drive to the rwc station. And you are walking distance to the station in SF

If you have to take buses or shuttles in SF... Forget it.

In his case, it seems to work for him
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:51 AM   #7
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Not to mention being a few hundred feet from cycle gear... It does seem like a good location. Close to everything I may need. Five minute walk to caltrain and five minutes on the other end. I have no problem with a 45min commute.

I'm filling out the application now. Once that is done all I need is someone to help me carry my couch up the stairs... Oh, and show me the best places to ride.

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Old 12-21-2013, 09:07 AM   #8
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What they told you. I was in RWC for 6 years. Rents went up a lot there recently.

Try Castro Valley, or San Leandro - it takes 30 minutes by BART to go to SF. About 25 min on a bike(lane splitting).
You can find a place with a garage and everything for less than 2k.
BART is much better than Caltrans.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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Not to mention being a few hundred feet from cycle gear... It does seem like a good location. Close to everything I may need. Five minute walk to caltrain and five minutes on the other end. I have no problem with a 45min commute.

I'm filling out the application now. Once that is done all I need is someone to help me carry my couch up the stairs... Oh, and show me the best places to ride.

-GW
Plenty of ride areas. Go straight up 84 to Skyline, go right, left or down La Honda Rd out to the coast. You have months of road riding fun right at your wheeltips, months and months.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #10
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What Matt said.

There's a ton of fun riding. What do you like? Goaty? Sweepers? Etc.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #11
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What Matt said.

There's a ton of fun riding. What do you like? Goaty? Sweepers? Etc.
Yep....

Although the only bike I'm bringing is the Concours so I guess I'll stay on the tarmac until June and can get the other bikes down.

I plan to do a lot of less fun riding as I start looking for a house. Testing out commutes and such. Probably have to learn the ins and outs of lane splitting.

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Old 12-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #12
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #13
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #14
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Lane splitting guidelines

http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/lanesplitguide.html
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:46 AM   #15
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My sister and her Ex-husband used to live and work in Redwood City. He worked at the Electronic Arts campus. A very cool place to live. Very foggy.
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