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  • Hi from England

    Just thought that I would say hello to everyone in California, I am an area organiser for the South West of England and have owned a Caterham 7 for the last 12 years.

    I am hoping to to travel to San Deigo in February for a cycling holiday and would like to seek some advice on the company that I will be travelling with.

    See here: http://www.adventurecycling.org/tour...socalevent.cfm

    Also I will be staying on for a further week and would like your views on places to stay and visit.

    I would be very greatful for your help looking forward to hearing from you.
    Brian

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    Howdy!

    You've come to the right place. The only machine I have that I love as much as my Caterham (perhaps more :-O) is my bicycle, and I do lots of miles per year. So, here goes...

    The weather *should* be OK that time of year, occasional massive storm blowing in off of the Pacific notwithstanding.

    The route described on the web page (odd that there was no obvious route map link on the page) should be spectacular, particularly the Anza Borrego portion.

    I reckon you're used to riding in the cold but I must say that you should be prepared for somewhat cold weather. The damp seaside air coupled w/ mid-50s temps can be pretty chilly. I doubt you'll see much higher temps than mid-70s max, unless we get a Santa Ana.

    Depending on your schedule and mine you'd be welcome to come up to L.A. county for some riding. San Diego is ok, for sure it's the 2nd best place for cycling in Southern Cal. (after my neighborhood of course:D).

    Edited to fix stupid mistakes
    Last edited by moosetestbestanden; December 10, 2007, 04:58 AM.
    Chris
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    • #3
      I'm new to sevens, but also an avid biker. I commute to work every day in San Diego. This morning was chilly starting out (about 8 deg C) but usually warms up to about 20 deg C by afternoon int the winter. The ride described in your link has some pretty good climbs, and is through some nice country. There will be some traffic on some of the routes, but it would be a great way to see the area. It starts and ends just a few miles from my house.

      I'd be happy to host you for a few days in Ocean Beach, or at least get together while you're here.

      Justin

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      • #4
        Thanks for the info Chris/ Justin,

        It certainly is an exciting prospect. I need to decide on whether I will be coming over fairly quickly I'm still trying to work out flights but will be looking forward to having a second week in California so I much appreciate your kind offers.

        What is the situation about renting a bike for the ride? I'm currently riding a Specialized Rubaix and would like to get something similar if shipping mine over is going to be too expensive.

        Thought that you might be interested in my seven, it is a '95 Ford crossflow with 138 BHP see here. http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/lot.../view/fdb3?b=1

        Best wishes for now,

        Brian
        Brian

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        • #5
          I found these people here

          through this resource here

          Don't know the 1st thing about them otherwise.

          Cheers
          Chris
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          A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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          • #6
            Brian,

            Tried the link you gave, but it didn't work.

            I have a specialized S-works E5 Aerotec that you'd be welcome to use. It's the equivalent of about a 54 cm frame. A little stiffer than your Rubaix, but isn't too bad on rougher roads. I got a Lightspeed titanium this summer, and am loving the comfy ride it has.

            Justin

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            • #7
              An avid cyclist non-Caterham owning friend gives your tour guys a big thumbs up. Even takes their magazine and may join your tour. Feb in SD county can be rainy, but not necessarily. Anza-Borrego desert temps can reach 70-80 degrees. You are in for a tremendous variety of scenery from coastal to barren desert to pine forest @ the top of Mt. Palomar (about 6000 feet). This diversity was tragicly brought home some years ago when in the same year a woman was eaten by a mountain lion and another by a shark. It's a great place to live.

              Will be happy to help entertain you whilst here and will pass along the 7 racing schedule when the 2008 version has been determined. There are about twenty 7s in SD county, near as I can reckon.

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              • #8
                December 17th

                Thanks for all the info guys:D Have been a little busy at work and the bike is getting a good run even though the Caterham is'nt, too cold at the moment and no sun:( sorry about the bad link to my car photo previously, I hope the photo attachment has uploaded.

                I will let you know how the planned holiday is going as soon as I have confirmed OK. Speak soon,

                Best wishes and a very Merry Christmas to you all,

                Brian
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