As Winter hits most of the country Santa Barbara will maintain an average high in the 60’s – perfect cycling weather. Even in our worst weather months, Santa Barbara is one of the best cities in the country for planning a memorable bike trip. This winter cycling destination is where riders enjoy escaping their cold, wet, and possibly snowy conditions at home. Come visit to see for yourselves!
Why Santa Barbara is a Great Biking Town
Santa Barbara’s mountains quickly rise up over 4,000 feet just a few miles from the ocean. If you enjoy a good climb Santa Barbara is the spot. You can ride from anywhere in SB and within 4-6 miles begin epic climbs with ocean and island views. These rides include both Gibraltar and Painted Cave. For those road bikers that prefer a more leisurely ride we have some beautiful terrain through Montecito and Hope Ranch. Mountain Biking in Santa Barbara is mainly for advanced riders but we do have 2 fun beginner / intermediate spots. Our advanced mountain biking is steep and rocky and we have enough trails to fill a week’s worth of vacation. Our shops favorite trails are Jesusita, Cold Springs, Romero, and a backcountry trail called Camuesa Connector Trail. A close local favorite is a fun park in town (Elings Park) that is flowy with small jumps and berms. This is a great ride for beginners that enjoy a cardio workout or for advanced riders working on their skills.
It’s easy to see why cycling has taken hold in Santa Barbara over the decades. This bike friendly area boasts one of the countries top bike-commuter cities per capita. For those looking to visit Santa Barbara for their next cycling destination Cal Coast Adventures can help. We have the largest bike rental fleet here. We rent carbon road bikes (qty 30), full suspension mountain bikes (qty 15) ranging from alloy to carbon. The bikes come with most accessories you’ll need such as bottles, a saddle bag with a spare tube and pumping accessories, a helmet, and lastly different types of bike pedals. Hope to see you at the bike shop soon!