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Old 01-13-15, 12:08 AM
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Do you guys ever actually ride on the beach?

Yes. It's a workout. I recently got a fat bike and really enjoy riding on the beach. I average 5-6 mph on medium wet sand (sand that a 4WD vehicle can drive on..but not a 2WD). The sand & grit are a B with chain, disc brakes, derailleurs. Gonna need good fenders. Our beach here in Washington is very accessible and designated as a highway (stage coaches used to use it).
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Nice bike. I like the blue and red pedals. I'm gonna try another beach ride tomorrow.
Still recovering from the flu though sigh.

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Hey Ursa, I'm thinking March is going to be better for me. Get your miles back up and be ready! Just a reminder, I don't have a fat tire bike so is this doable on a standard cruiser with 2.2-2.3" tires? Is it hard packed enough? I've ridden near the Santa Barbara pier with no problems (see this thread, earlier post).

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Ursa & HBCruiser1.

Thanks. FYI pedals are Twisted PC BMX pedals. I wasn't hot on them at first but they are very nice to ride and look damn good. My SO picked out the bike color .
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Did a beach ride yesterday. Beautiful weather and the sand has returned! (It was washed away in December by some monster 7+ tides)
march is fine with me I'll post before then with a low tide date.

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I'd be concerned about all that sand getting on the chain and creating extra wear on the drivetrain. I ride on a beach trail a few yards away from the sand and I still get sand stuck to my bike.
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I am glad to see this. I have never done beach ride but I hope it would be a great experience.
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Do you guys ever actually ride on the beach?

Sand is a pain. Gentle freshwater rinse and blow dry after every ride. Don't splash across streams/water. Some sand & chain grinding happens. Good fenders and a front fender flap would eliminate much of sand issues. I expect chain to be toast after 1000 miles and likely the lower 4 big rear rings and small front as that's where I spend most my time when on sand.
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Did a beach ride yesterday. Beautiful weather and the sand has returned! (It was washed away in December by some monster 7+ tides)
march is fine with me I'll post before then with a low tide date.

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Glad to hear it looks a lot better.
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The long 36 mile beach ride requires a lot of time at low tide. The best time is 2 or 3 days before the full moon or the new moon.
The next time like that on a weekend is Saturday May 2 or May 16. The dates before then are not so good. Anyway I'll be available May 2 or 16 for the long beach ride.


Please let me know ell in advance if you can go then.


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Thanks Ursa. I'll pencil the 2 days in, at first glance May 2nd is probably the best shot for me. I'll be in touch as it gets closer.
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Hi guys,

First post here at on BF. Nice to see others hitting up the sand for riding. I live in San Diego, specifically Pacific Beach and when the tide is medium to low it is so easy to ride on the sand near the water line since it is usually very packed down and have had success with ebery thing from my 29er to standard 26" beach cruisers and all the way down to my cyclocross bike w 32mm width cross tires. Its a great way to beat all the boarwalk bike path crush in Summer here.

Cheers n happy cruising
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Thanks SDsurf. I love beach riding because its so peaceful.

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Actually on top of the beach? No. The Quick Bricks would just sunk into the sad. And it would just look dumb.
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I ride on the beach here in NC at low tide. The sand for the most part is rock hard, suddenly I hit a mushy patch. Riding on the beach is cool.
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Several hundred miles to the nearest beach. LOTSA sand, though--- mostly loose and deep. New Mexico does not realize it's impossible to DIG a roadbed.
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The Fat Bike wheels are in the cruise sector .. the sand right at the wet surf line is pretty solid ... BUT ...

you have to wash the salt off the bike Right away when you come Home. re oil the chain , etc.


RazorClam Season, having A fat-bike to bring your clam gear on the beach saves walking a few miles ..
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Yeah the salt spray and sand in the chain are a pain but I just love the peacefulness of riding next to the waves.

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Yeah the salt spray and sand in the chain are a pain but I just love the peacefulness of riding next to the waves.

Charlie
Ursa, we gonna make this happen this year?! May is out for me, but let's do this!
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Sure lets do it! However I'm gonna need some time to get ready. Its been a hard year for me:

1) colon cancer surgery Aug 3 2015 (didn't spread so no chemo needed
2) hit by a car Sept 5 2015 while riding my bike broken collar bone 2 ribs and thumb
3) lithotripsy for kidney stone Oct 2015
4) surgery Jan 2016 to repair collar bone that didn't heal

Anyway I really want to do a beach ride but give me a couple of months to heal.

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Sure lets do it! However I'm gonna need some time to get ready. Its been a hard year for me:

1) colon cancer surgery Aug 3 2015 (didn't spread so no chemo needed
2) hit by a car Sept 5 2015 while riding my bike broken collar bone 2 ribs and thumb
3) lithotripsy for kidney stone Oct 2015
4) surgery Jan 2016 to repair collar bone that didn't heal

Anyway I really want to do a beach ride but give me a couple of months to heal.

Charlie

Wow, really rough 5 months, sorry to hear. I've been slowed by a cold once a month, but that is nothing compared to what you've been through, damn. Get well and let's ride the beach!
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Beach cruising

It's good to read many beach cruisers see the beach. I've a
4 yr old Bildabike (aluminum frame) that rarely rolls on the beach and a 3G cruiser (rescued from a trash pile) for beach rides. I live 2 blocks from the beach on Isle of Palms.

Post-ride maintenance: fresh water mist/rinse being mindful around hubs/headset/bottom bracket, spray wax, wipe dry, WD 40 to diplace moisture on moving parts, silicone spray on other exposed metals (WD 40 evaporates too quickly). I also switched to KMC rustproof chains on wife's Bildabike and my 2 cruisers. Love these chains.

Aside from buying a cruiser with sealed bearings does anyone else have good ideas for beach dwelling cruisers?
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I ride on the beach in Daytona and New Smyrna Beach all the time. I generally stay away from the areas with car traffic but at low tide there is plenty of space out of the car lanes. The beaches are perfect for riding.

I just picked up a couple of Jamis Earth Cruisers and they are loads of fun. High tide can be rather challenging due to the soft sand up near the dunes/seawalls but there is plenty of hard pack 80% of the time.

The Earth Cruisers are almost all Alloy construction with nickel plated chain - I just rinse them off with fresh water after I ride. I keep them indoors when I'm not using them so they aren't exposed to the salt air all the time. The beach is what they are designed and built for. The local rental places rent them out all summer and they hold up really well.
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Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
No beaches in Louisville, Ky, dawg.


there is a sandy spot along the original river walk trail, but you'd have to want to be stuck in it.


in some places they built the first river walk too close to the river and the spring floods covered it with drift wood and sand (the area between lannan (sp?) park and Shawnee park where you have to ride on regular streets). I was back in there on a stretch cruiser and got stuck a few times. you can see tracks where mountain bikes play back there though (kinda behind the golf course in Shawnee park). if I ever get the fat stretch idea worked out I may go back in there again just to see how well it works (or doesn't work).
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... in some places they built the first river walk too close to the river and the spring floods covered it with drift wood and sand (the area between lannan (sp?) park and Shawnee park where you have to ride on regular streets)...
That portion that went from Portland, along and behind Shawnee Golf Course over to Shawnee Park has been shut down for years now (I'm sure the golfers are happy about getting rid of the rabble on their bikes). I guess the city just didn't want to pay to keep the paved trail cleaned anymore. It was such a nice section too.

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