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CA "Central Valley" - meeting locals and renting a bike or even better ride together!

Hello everyone!

After almost three years of travelling I started working again in my home country, in Germany. My new job will bring me to the US a few times, mainly the "Central Valley" in CA. The first time in March and April and I am looking to meet some locals for having nice talks, time, maybe a and if possible a ride together beside the work! As I really want to make some free time beside the work and at the weekends I would love to ride a bike across CA and maybe along the coast of SF.

If anybody wants to meet me, knows a place to get/rent a bike for a few days or even better ride together, I will be very very happy about any suggestion and offer...

Looking forward to meet some fellow travellers in a few months!

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Where are you based in California? The Central Valley is a HUGE area!
If you plan in be in California for several trips for more than a year ... then perhaps buying a bike would be better than renting? Renting is expensive ... and it's mostly Harley's for rent at around $125 USD per day. Better to buy a nice used bike and re-sell when your time in California ends.

In October HU has a travelers meeting ... it's in Mariposa, CA, in the Sierra foothills, just a couple hours ride from the Central Valley area. Details on the Rally here:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ing-sept-73520

"Ag" guy? be sure to explore the most interesting, productive and beautiful agricultural area in the whole USA: The Salinas Valley (and surrounding areas) produces most (and the BEST) fruit and vegetables for California and much of the USA.

Fantastic riding too. Don't just ride the coast. Take small inland roads. Thousands of miles to explore, wide variety of landscapes including the Sierra Madre mountain areas. (Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks)

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... then perhaps buying a bike would be better than renting? Renting is expensive ... and it's mostly Harley's for rent at around $125 USD per day. Better to buy a nice used bike and re-sell when your time in California ends.
Thanks a lot Molly,

that might be an option to look for? Isn't it difficult to buy and register as a foreigner? Do you know about this procedure? So far it looks, I will be there for 4-5 months totally.
And it's around Hanford, south of Fresno. Again in the summertime July and further...

According to the HU-meeting, I already registered and am very happy to attend!

Where are you living?

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