20-Section Tips Guide

This portal page leads to all sections of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County© 20-section guide. Many sections of the guide include tips relevant for biking anywhere.

Bicycling Monterey features over 700 web pages of original content, with many linked from the guide below. You may also be interested in “Introductions to some Monterey County communities.”

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Tips for Bicycling Monterey County

a 20-Section Guide for Tourists and Locals

including tips for biking anywhere

Note: All Bicycling Monterey content has been provided free of charge for over a decade. It is provided as a public service for personal use only. For any other use, refer to the copyright information page.


Access any of the 20 sections by clicking its title below.

Prefer an alphabetical list to each of the 20 sections below? Click here.
Overview of the Guide
Short link to Overview: http://bit.ly/BikeMRYIndex

1. Why Bike: The Many Benefits of Bicycling
Short link: http://bit.ly/WhyBike
Santa Cruz family - 1-1-12 (8) cropped
2. Bike Maps and Other Tools for Finding Your Way—in Monterey County and elsewhere in California
Short link: http://bit.ly/BicycleMapsValet claim checks and bike maps
3. Bicycle Riding Skills, Bike Safety, and CA Bicycle Laws–for Children, Teens, and Adults
Short link: http://bit.ly/LawsSkillsSafetyBiker - little guy in Seaside cropped
4. Where to Shower and Change in Monterey County
Short link: http://bit.ly/WhereToShower
Beebe at Mry Sports Ctr 2506Shower area - Coast Guard pier - 1-1-12 (4)
5. Bike-and-Ride Options: Bicycling Needn’t Be All or Nothing! (Inspiration and tips for anywhere, with a special focus on Monterey County tips)
Short link: http://bit.ly/BikeAndRide
MST - Cini longview
6. Bicycle Security Tips for Anywhere— plus a unique list of Monterey County places to go where it’s easier to keep an eye on your bike
Short link: http://bit.ly/BicycleSecurity
Surveillance - racks msctr - DSC00307Security - Golden Fish parking
7. Local Bike Shops in Monterey County–plus Tips on New and Used Bike Purchases, relevant for anywhere.
Short link: http://bit.ly/BicycleShops
Aquarian - inside 115
8. Repair and Maintenance for Bikes–and Bikeways–Including DIY tips for anywhere
Short link: http://bit.ly/BicycleRepairs
This woman with a flat and no needed innertube wasn't part of the Bike Week Intergenerational Ride, but that didn't stop Good Samaritan Robert Cepeda of SportsCenterBicycles.net of Seaside from stopping to help her--free of charge!
9. Bike Rentals in Monterey County–plus Self-Led and Guided Tours. Also included are guidelines about e-bikes and other non people-powered bikes.
Short link: http://bit.ly/BicycleRentals
Gilroy family 5-6-12
10. Where to Bike in Monterey County
Short link: http://bit.ly/WhereToBikeChildren biking Carmel - closeup - 017
11. Cycling to Monterey County’s History Spots
Short link: http://bit.ly/BikeToHistory
Warwicks and Friends at Custom House PlazaStevenson House - outside gate 076
12. Shopping by Bike (tips for anywhere, and a special focus on Monterey County)
Short link: http://bit.ly/ShopByBike
Elena wks at Cypress Nursery cropped (7)Basket shopping at Custom House Plaza
13. Bike Valet and Other Bicycle Parking–including Etiquette and Laws
Short link: http://bit.ly/BicycleParking
Nick - cheery valet and savvy cyclistNPS Bike Rack 002
14. Hotels, Entertainment, Educational Venues, Restaurants (a variety of places and tips, including about some HER Helmet Thursdays spots)
Short link: http://bit.ly/MRYCountyTips
Monterey Museum of Art - HER Helmet Thursdays

 Photo provided courtesy of Monterey Museum of Art

15. More Bicycle Safety: High Visibility
Short link: http://bit.ly/BeSeenBiking
Kaki Cheung of TAMC in Salinas 10 May 2011 - 014 (4)
16. What to Do in Salinas, the Monterey County Seat
Short link: http://bit.ly/bikesalinas
17. Farmers Markets
Short link: http://bit.ly/BikeToMkt
Basket of produce on my bike 004Ragsdale-Cronins at MPC Mktg 006
18. Serious Cyclists: MTB, Road, BMX, Touring (Clubs, Group Rides, Camping, More)
Short link: http://bit.ly/SeriousCyclists
Touring German cyclists in Moss Landing (5)
19. Biking in the Dark
Short link: http://bit.ly/nightridingHi vis tape on bike trailer on Alisal St, East Salinas Oct 6 2013Hi Vis Granite vest (6)
20. Bicycling and Ecotourism / Good Earthkeeping Right at Home
Short link: http://bit.ly/BikeForMaEarth
Lizard's Lick Cleanup Monterey

Photo at the top of this guide: Irene and Jeff of Sonoma County found that biking to the Aquarium was a great way to skip traffic and parking concerns, while having much more fun.

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Individuals worldwide benefit from the Bicycling Monterey resources, as do Monterey County’s approximately 437,000 residents and the county’s millions of visitors (an estimated 4.6 million overnight visitors annually, along with millions of day visitors).

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Short link to this guide: http://bit.ly/TipsBikeMRY (in Bicycling Monterey’s 11th year, the earlier short link, http://bit.ly/BikeMRY, is being retired).