"As a social revolutionizer, the bicycle has never had an equal. It has put the human race on wheels, and thus changed completely many of the most ordinary processes and methods of social life. It is the great leveler, for not till all Americans got on bicycles was the great American principle that every man is just as good as any other man fully realized. All are on equal terms, all are happier than ever before." -- New York Evening Post, June 2, 1896

When do your rides start?

The recyclers meet at 8:00 AM for 8:15 roll out. Occasionaly there is a early bird start which adds 8-15 miles to the regular ride and the early birds usually meet an hour earlier.

Recycler Rides

1 Chain Ring easy ride, mostly flat, good for beginners.

2 Chain Rings intermediate ride, small amount of climbing, recommended for intermediate riders.

3 Chain Rings challenging ride, lots of climbs not recommended for begining riders.



3B Balboa, Bonita San Diego Bay 1 Chain Rings
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Distance: 37.7 miles
Climb: 1230 Feet

Another version of the Don Fritzges Bay Ride. Start at Balboa Park, head through the park, the Gaslamp and down to Harbord Dr., follow the usual route to National City Marina and Pepper Park, where we pick up the bike path to Bonita Plaza Rd. Through Bonita, Chula Vista and then rejoin the Bay route to Coronado. Take the ferry back across San Diego Bay then back up Ash to A and 3rd to Balboa Park. May add a few miles around the park on the end.

A Jewel, a Loch, and a Magic Cristobal 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 38.7 Miles
Climb: 1991 Feet

A ride from the Gilman Road Park N Ride in La Jolla through University City, Mira Mesa, a loop around Miramar Lake, and then back to La Jolla by a different route.

Balboa Park San Diego Bay 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 30 miles
Climb: 416 Feet

Similar to the San Diego Bay Ride, except for the starting point.

Cabrillo Monument Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 31 Miles
Climb: 1750 Feet

A fairly easy ride from Old Town to the San Diego River bike trail, via Pacific Highway. Go west to Ocean Beach, climb up to Point Loma, then out to Cabrillo National Monument. Bear right on Canon St to a loop around Shelter Island. Then east along Harbor Drive to Harbor Island for a loop. Then East again along Harbor Drive to Ash Street. Ride north to Mission Hills then down into Presidio Prk and back to the start.

Carol's Alpine Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 43 Miles
Climb: 4037 Feet

A tough climbing ride from Rancho San Diego near Cuyamaca College, out Willow Glen Drive past Rancho San Diego Golf course to Dehesa Road by the Singing Hills Country Club. Dehesa Road to Japatul Road right to Lyons Valley Road. More climing to Jamul then back down Campo Rd/Highway 94 to Jamach Rd and back to the start in Rancho San Diego.

Cruising the Eastern Hood 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 37.6 miles
Climb: 3300 feet

A circuit around Lake Murray, Mission Trails, Tierrasanta, Murphy Canyon, Serra Mesa and Mission Valley.

Dave Nunez Memorial Ride
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This week we remember Dave Nunez with a ride in his honor. This ride will have two main start times. Starting at Santee Lakes this ride goes west through Mission Trails and then turns east past Santee Lakes where we pick up the late group and then we go out to El Monte Park before returning to Santee Lakes to celebrate Dave. Arrive at 8:00am for an 8:15am rollout for an approximately 37 mile ride that includes Mission Trails. Arrive at 9:00am for a 9:15am rollout for an approximately 25 mile ride that is mostly flat.

Dehesa Road to Alpine 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 31 Miles
Climb: 2307 Feet

A challenging climbing ride from Rancho San Diego near Cuyamaca College, out Willow Glen Drive past Rancho San Diego Golf course to Dehesa Road by the Singing Hills Country Club. Dehesa Road to Tavern Road up to Alpine for Coffee. Then through Harbison Canyon back down Dehesa Road back to Rancho San Diego.

Charlie's Bread 1 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32.5 Miles
Climb: 1565 Feet

A relatively flat ride starting in Del Cerro, going west through Mission Valley and up the center of Mission Bay to Charlie's Best Bread. Then, we return back through the bay and Mission Valley to the start.

Don Fritgzes' San Diego South Bay Ride 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 24 Miles
Climb: 213 Feet

Easy flat ride. Meet at the San Diego County Administration Bldg., off the Pacific Coast Highway at 8:00am for an 8:15 roll out. This is a very nice, not too difficult ride, that takes us around the San Diego Bay, and then up the Silver Strand for a beautiful coffee break at the Coronado Ferry Landing, and then onto the ferry for the ride back to the city. It's a great ride for first timers and old timers alike.

New Don Fritgzes' San Diego South Bay Ride 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 32.6 Miles
Climb: 297 Feet

Easy flat ride. Meet at NTC Park in Liberty Station (On Cushing Rd just East of Dewey Rd - 92106) at 8:00am for an 8:15 roll out. This is a very nice, not too difficult ride, that takes us around the San Diego Bay, and then up the Silver Strand for a beautiful coffee break at the Coronado Ferry Landing, and then onto the ferry for the ride back to the city. It's a great ride for first timers and old timers alike.

Del Diablo Del Dios Romp 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 35.9 Miles
Total Climb: 3408 Feet
Total Descent: 3394 Feet

Starting from Kit Carson Park in Escondido west on Via Rancho Parkway to Del Dio Highway, West on Avenido Del Diablo. West through Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest to the community of San Elijo Hills. Then west to Oivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe. We return via Del Dios Highway past lake Hodges and back on Via Rancho Parkway to the park where we started.

Easy Peasy Ramona Circuit 2 Chain Ring
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Distance 38.5 Miles
Climb 1675 feet

Thanks to Sam for this ride. It's an easy circuit around Ramona. Starting at Dis Picos Park the circuit takes us through Oak Forests where Golden Eagles nest to the overlook of San Vicente Resevoir. Then we ride west past Mount Woodson through the "flatlands" of Ramona. Next we cover familiar territory along Dye, Ramona, Warnock San Vicente, and Hanson. Our coffee stop is at Packards, a Recyclers favorite. Then a circuitous route through Eastern Ramona back to Main Street and then back to Dos Picos Park.

Elfin Forest Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 36.5 Miles
Climb: 2738 feet

Ride the rural and sparsely developed areas of Oivenhain, Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove and Rancho Santa Fe. See the new community of San Elijo Hills near San Marcos. Enjoy the challenge of the rolling hills of Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest.See the view from the overlook of Hodges Dam. Enjoy the down hill cruise into Rancho Santa Fe and the coffee stop, in the Village.

New El Monte Park Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 34.51 Miles
Altitude climb: 1369 Feet

Beginning at Woodglen Vista Park in Santee, West to Mission Trails Park turn around at south entrance turn East again through Santee and Lakeside, and turn around at El Monte Park. Return back through Lakeside to Santee and back to Woodglen Vista Park.

Original El Monte Park Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32.59 Miles
Altitude climb: 1369 Feet

Beginning at Woodglen Vista Park in Santee, West to Mission Trails Park turn around at south entrance turn East again through Santee and Lakeside, and turn around at El Monte Park. Return back through Lakeside to Santee and back to Woodglen Vista Park.

Los Lobos Loop 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 33.7 mile
Altitude: 3407

The ride starts at 10989 Avenida De Los Lobos, San Diego, CA. The route goes west out Camino Del Norte/Sur and then turns east out to Lake Poway. From there we go north to Lake Hodges and then return south to where we started.

Northern Hodgepodge 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32.8 miles
Altitude: 2142 Feet

Have you ever said to yourself "Man, I wish I could string together a whole bunch of Recycler rides, I wish I knew what it was like to ride this road in the opposite direction, or I wish I could climb as many steep hills as possible in a single ride!!!" Well, in this ride two of your three wishes will come true. Join us at the Solana Beach train station for a big loop around Encinitas, La Costa, Rancho Santa Fe, and San Dieguito.

Island Hopping Ride 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 36.1 miles
Alitude: 557 ft

Get out your hurricane glasses and tiny umbrellas, it's time to go island hopping. From Old Town we go North to circumnavigate Fiesta Island. Next, we travel around the vast maritime expanse known as Mission Bay and head down to our second destination, Shelter Island. After a quick layover we take flight to Harbor Island before once again navigating the Pacific (highway) and concluding our adventure.

Jesmond Dene Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 39 Miles
Climb: 2550 feet

Starting from Kit Carson Park travel north along Bear Valley Parkway to San Pasqual Valley Road then ride north on Citrus. Citrus becomes El Norte Parkway as you sweep around the North-East side of Escondido. Turn North on Broadway to Jesmond Dene Park, then North on Jesmond Dene Road. At Old 395/Centre City Parkway, head north. Riding West on Deer Springs Road into San Marcos, then West on Buena Creek Rd. After a rest stop in San Marcos return to Escondido through San Marcos and Harmony Grove and Del Diablo District of Escondido. Then back on Via Rancho Parkway to Kit Carson Park.

Julian Mountain Goat Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 28.6 miles, 46 Kilometers
Climb: 3611 Feet, 1101 Meters, about 126 feet per mile

A challenging ride starting and ending in the town of Julian. Near Lake Cuyamaca the real climbing begins. Engineer road is a challenging climb, but it takes you to some areas around Julian you may have never seen before. And some of the vistas seem to go on forever. It's worth the work. No ride around Julian is complete without a trip to Wynola. The final turn brings you back to Main Street in Julian. Why not reward yourself with a slice (or two) of that famous Julian Apple Pie.

Oceanside to Dana Point 2 Chain Rings
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This ride has two starts, the 7:15 start is at Oceanside Harbor and the 8:15 start is from Las Pulgas Road, just outside Camp Pendleton. The early start crosses Camp Pendleton (Be sure to carry picture ID for entering the base.) and meets the rest of the group at Las Pulgas. Then we ride Pacific Coast Highway to San Celemente, then El Camino Real through San Clemente to Dana Point. Then we turn around and go back.

Loma Liberty and the Zoo too aka Dr. Z's wild ride. 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 29 Miles
Climb: 1247 Feet

Start from the Old Town Trolley Stop head out to Ocean Beach, Point Loma, around Liberty Station, Harbor Drive and then up to Balboa Park. Cruise around the park exiting on 6th Street. Proceed through North Park and Mission Hills to Presidion Park returning to the Trolley Stop.

Mesa Grande Lake Henshaw Down and Up 2 Chain Rings

Distance: 31.2 Miles 50.2 kilometer
Climb: 3336 ft 1017 Meters

Start from Dirt parking lot behind Julian Pie Company. Head north on Highway 79 then North West over Mesa Grande until the riders meet back up with Highway 76 Pala Rd and ride more northwest to Lake Henshaw. Coffee Break at Lake Henshaw Sotre and then turn around and do it again in the opposite direction. That's right this is an out and back ride.

Nando's Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 37.4 Miles
Climb: 2005 Feet

Start in Del Mar, ride south then east on the 56 Bike Path, North and East throu gh Faribanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, Olivenhein, out to the coast then south bac k to the start.

Oceanside to San Clemente up and back 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 40.4 Miles
Climb: 1286 Feet

This is the easiest 40 miler you will ever do. Don't forget to bring your ID to get throughCamp Pendleton. Almost half of the ride is on bike paths with the only a minimum of traffic stops going through Camp Pendleton. Since it's an up and back ride, you can shorten it to fit your abilities and desires.

Old Julian Highway 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32 Miles
Climb: 1643 feet

Scenic and challenging ride starting at Dos Picos Park in Ramona. After we make our way around the Southwestern end of Ramona we climb the Old Julian Highway to the junction with Highway 78. Then a swift downhill return to stop for coffee at Packards in downtown Ramona. A scenic back country ride.

Northern Half Loop 1 Chain Rings
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For those who wish to take a longer route back to Dos Picos from the coffee stop at Packards, here's a routeslip for the Northern Half Loop. It probably adds ab out 8 miles.

Olympic Training Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 39.2 Miles
Climb: 1968 feet

Ride starts at Marina View Park, just West of the J St exit on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista. The route takes riders south to the Border then East along the Tijuana River Valley. Then we head north along Beyer Bouleveard through Chula Vista. We turn East again on Bonita Road and make our way east along the Sweetwater river valley turning south again near the Sweetwater Reservoir. Then on to the Olympic training center for a short break and regroup. From there we head west on the Olympic Parkway. We take E Palomar Stree back to Bay Blvd and then North back where we started.

Paulie's 40 - 60 - 90 1 Chain Ringsand 2 Chain Ringsand 3 Chain Rings
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Distance:
40: if you start at Las Pulgas
58: if you start at Oceanside
84: miles if you start in Encinitas

Climb: also varies according to your starting place, mostly flat

This is like no other Recyclers ride. What would you expect from Paul? There are three starting points, Encinitas Train Station, Oceanside Harbord Parking Lot, and Las Pulgas Road and Old Pacific Highway, just east of I-5. There will be three different start times, one hour apart. The turnaround is Dana Point. The challenges of this ride are the distances. The more challenge you want, the earlier you start. Want an easier ride, start later and further north. The roads are mostly flat, except through Camp Pendleton.

Poinsettia Station/San Marcos Loop 3 Chain Rings
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Distance 39 Miles
Climb: 2280 feet

Starting near the Poinsettia Train Station on Avenida Encinas in Southern Carlsbad, ride North Past Carlsbad State Beach, into Oceanside. In Oceanside enter the San Luis Rey River bike path and ride East. Leave the bike path at College Boulevard and head South to Mssion Ave. Mission Ave east to North Santa Fe Ave. Pass Guajome Regional Park as you ride East and South into Vista. Riding East on Mission Road, until you reach Rancho Santa Fe Road, on the western edge of San Marcos. Then you ride South through Lake San Marcos to the southern end of Melrose Drive. Alga Road takes you through La Costa Country Club, and then Aviar until you get to Poinsettia Lane. You ride Poinsettia West until you reach Avenida Encinas again, and return back to the start.

Poway Loop 1 Chain Rings
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Distance: 13.6 Miles
Climb: 600 Feet

A quick sub 15 mile loop around Poway. Good practice ride.

Rancho Santa Fe Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 33.5 Miles
Climb: 2282 feet

Short but moderately challenging, this ride starts at the Solana Beach Train Station, we ride out the Highway 56 bike path to Camino Del Sur. Then we travel north, through Fairbanks Ranch to Rancho Santa Fe village center for Coffee at El Positivo. Then we wend our way out to the coast through scenic Rancho Santa Fe, returning to the train station.

The Royal Road 3 Chain Rings
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Distance 32.5 Miles
Climb: 1861 Feet

Starting from Stratford Court in Del Mar, we ride over to El Camino Real then head North, through Rancho Santa Fe, Oivenhain, West to Carlsbad then back South to Del Mar.

Santa Luz Cruise 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 31.33 Miles
Climb: 2403 Feet

Start at Arbolitos Sports Fields near the corner of Pomerado Rd and Glenoak Road. Head north on Pomeardo Road toward Lake Hodges. Cross over I-15 at Lake Hodges then head back South on the other side of the Freeway into the Westwood section of Rancho Bernardo. At Rancho Bernardo Road, turn West through 4S ranch then right again on Camino Del Norte. Camino del Norte becomes Camino del Sur. At Carmel Valley Road head back East. Near the top of the hill there's a small park, where everyone can get a breather before heading back into 4S ranch. The ride crosses under I-15 by way of Camino del Norte. South on Carmel Mountain Road at the bottom of the hill then left on Rancho Carmel Drive. At the Carmel Mountain Plaza we'll take a coffee break at Einstein's Bagel shop. We'll continue on to Poway Road then back east to Pomerado and through the neighborhood back to the the Park.

Santee Saunter 1 Chain Rings
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Starting at Santee's West Hills Park just East of the 52 on Mast Blvd, we go South to Prospect and around Gillespie Field to Vernon. Then North on Winter Gardens to Lindo Lake and continuing to San Vicente Reservoir. Next, Southwest through Lakeside to Mast Blvd and then over for an easy ride through Santee Lakes before returning to the start.

Tour De Campus 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 33 Miles
Climb: 1674 feet

Ride starts at Mission Bay through Rose Canyon and up to UCSD. After climbing Gillman drive cross the campus and make our way to the top of Torrey Pines Road. We ride back down La Jolla Scenic Drive through Bird Rock and Pacific Beach along the coast then back to Mission Bay. Once around the West side of the bay, then back to the beginning.

Tour de San Elijo 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 36 Miles
Climb: 2837 Feet

Starting from Kit Carson Park in Escondido, west on Via Rancho Parkway. Head west through Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest to San Elijo Hills. Then South Along Rancho Santa Fe Rd, into Oivenhain. El Camino del Noth to Del Dios Highway then Del Dios Highway back to Via Rancho Parkway and back to the park.

Solana Beach to Oceanside to Solana Beach 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 35 Miles
Climb: 558 Feet

An easy ride that starts at the Train Station in Solana Beach travels up the coast highway to Oceanside for coffee by the harbor and returns. There is an alternate staring point below, and there may be an alternate return for riders who wish to challenge themselves more.

Solana Beach to Oceanside extension ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 15 Miles (round trip)
Climb: 323 Feet

For riders who want to log a few extra (8 miles), this starts a little farther south and a little earlier and gets you warmed up before you meet up with the other riders leaving from Solana Beach.

The Vomiting Sheep Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 37 Miles
Climb: 1950 Feet

From Mission Bay Park up through Linda Vista, through Mira Mesa over to UCSD, down Gilman Drive to the Rose Canyon Bike Path and back to Mission Bay Park.

Weiss' Five City Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32 Miles
Climb: 2315 Feet

Starting near SDSU we ride north and then east past Mission Trails part out through Bostonia Granite Hills and east to Lake Jennings Park. We return through Lakeside and Santee, and then along Prospect Ave north of Gillespie Field. The climb up Fanita Drive is challenging, topping out by Grossmont College. South on the 125 Bike trail we again pass Mission Trails Park and return to where we started.

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