Whether you’re pedaling your beach cruiser along Santa Barbara’s famed ocean-side Cabrillo Boulevard, racking up big mileage on a winding road ride, or descending at full speed down perfect single track, Santa Barbara’s diversified landscape offers a route for all skill levels and modes of two-wheeled transportation. Don’t want to bring your bike, or don’t have your own? No problem. Beach-front retailers make it easy to rent and ride while you’re here.

We visit Santa Barbara often and have the best time leaving our car in the parking lot and biking everywhere!

– Eileen S.
 Santa Barbara is bike-friendly in every possible way. The bike path along East to West Beach is an easy, relaxing ride that routes the scenic coast and busy waterfront, and the perfect way for the family to get from Point A to Point B. Road biking is arguably some of the best in the country with an ocean breeze, the rolling foothills, steep, lung-busting Gibraltar Road and the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley being the most frequented routes.

Mountain biking Santa Barbara’s front and backcountry trails is as challenging as it is rewarding. Rides range from moderate to strenuous, and are a great way to experience the vast 875,000 acres comprising the Los Padres National Forest and its 1,257 miles of maintained trails.  The challenging terrain will test the very best with steep, rocky ascents and thrilling, technical downhill routes.

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