Santa Barbara Sunday Ride

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The Arlington Theatre

Some rides should start uptown, right? This one does – at the iconic Arlington Theatre. This route tastes many of Santa Barbara’s most delicious destinations. Do it in an afternoon then return uptown for dinner. This has been my favorite route for out of town visitors. Most of the time they’re arriving late, or leaving early, but they’re happy to … Read More

Passing Through

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Los Padres National Forest

Welcome to San Luis Obispo. Coming from the north? You’re probably due for a layover day. Or maybe you took the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego or Los Angeles. Maybe you’re on a tight schedule, but however you arrive, take your time on this segment. It’s worth it – you’re entering wine country. This route begins at the San Luis … Read More

SB Downtown Sights

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Courthouse Jail

History, culture, architecture and produce, too – Santa Barbara has it all and there’s nowhere better to see these sights than on this downtown ride. February marks the beginning of spring at the Santa Barbara Courthouse – it’s when the teacup magnolia trees are in full bloom. Whatever season you’re visiting you’ll find this landmark worth a long visit. Take … Read More

Mountain Drive

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Mountain Drive views

A great morning wake up ride! You’ll get your heart started – a tidy 16.4 miles long, this ride takes you up 800 feet above Santa Barbara for spectacular views from winding Mountain Drive. Your descent passes through upscale Montecito’s gated estates, historic hotels, and dining venues. Return to the start past Santa Barbara Cemetery, the Bird Refuge, and East … Read More

Goleta Beach Park

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Lunch at the beach? Let’s go! Ride to the Beachside Bar & Cafe in Goleta Beach Park. Out and back, from The Dolphins Fountain at the beach, it’s a route across the city to the beach, half off-road, 20 miles round-trip.

Mesa Loop

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The Boathouse

Want lunch at the beach? Try this easy loop ride. Start from the AMTRAK Station heading up State Street. Take Victoria to enjoy a quiet street to the bike/ped bridge over the freeway. Zigzag through westside neighborhoods on your way to the Boathouse on Hendry’s Beach. Come back with the easy climb up over the Mesa then down Shoreline Drive.