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Old 11-02-19, 03:00 PM
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congrats on the exciting news! goleta has good, signed bike routes on the north side of the 101. haven't ridden the south side in so long that i don't remember.
it would follow that the ucsb side would as well to since the city seem dedicated to encouraging bicycling/other non-auto transportation.
you'll be able to get a lot of work done on the train if you've got a laptop/tablet.

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It looks like I may get to try the Surfliner yet.
I'll be in Newport Beach for two weeks in December, I'll see if I can ride the PCH from Newport Beach to San Diego, and then take the train back on Sunday Dec 8th

Does anyone know if it tends to sell out on an Sunday afternoon/evening, or hard to find space for a bicycle? I'm inclined to take a folding bike to avoid needing a bicycle reservation.

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^there are 6 spots for bicycles in the northernmost car. usually not an issue for a lack of bike space on a sunday unless there’s a bicycle-related event and nothing’s coming to mind in december. amtrak has an app but it won’t let you book a trip with a bicycle. to do it, you’ve got to go old school and go on their website. irvine is the closest train station to newport beach and then it’s a flat 10 mile ride back to the john wayne airport area.

the newport beach to san diego coastal ride is a must and approx a hundred miles. taking off early from newport beach would find you easily past the worst/tightest traffic (laguna beach>monarch bay) along pacific coast highway (pch) and missing the busiest times after 10am.

a significant issue riding to/from san diego (county) along the coast involves the camp pendleton marine corps base. unless you have appropriate military clearance or the civilian id (free of charge and takes about 10 mins but is issued on the southern/san diego end of the base), you won’t be able to ride through the base. instead, you’ll have to ride southbound in the 5 freeway for approx 8 miles. wide shoulder but obviously high speed traffic directly adjacent. the good news about the freeway stretch is that there’s usually a solid tailwind heading north to south and that there is a scenic view point turnout and also a large rest stop if you want to take a break and decompress. if you decide to do the freeway section, there’s no other off ramps if you change your mind so it’s an all or nothing proposition. if you’re the kind of rider that’s okay (when necessary) with riding in traffic and along busy streets, you’ll be fine. if you’re the type of rider that only rides mups/bike paths and avoids traffic as much as possible, it’s not recommended.

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Originally Posted by AngeloDolce View Post
It looks like I may get to try the Surfliner yet.
I'll be in Newport Beach for two weeks in December, I'll see if I can ride the PCH from Newport Beach to San Diego, and then take the train back on Sunday Dec 8th

Does anyone know if it tends to sell out on an Sunday afternoon/evening, or hard to find space for a bicycle? I'm inclined to take a folding bike to avoid needing a bicycle reservation.
if you need some other recommendations for riding in the area, posting in the "regional discussions-southern california" forum will be your best bet.
there are a few of us happy to detail/recommend potential routes based on abilities/goals/comfort level/distance.
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