looks like I'll be there on a job after thanksgiving for about a week...will bring my dirt worthy S&S bike (CX), so very much looking for warm weather and possibly some sick dirt roads
any suggestions fellas?
I am in PS a couple of times a year. Road riding is decidedly mediocre and I haven't tried off road. More information here Desert Bicycle Club
Not sure I would call the road riding "mediocre", we found enough varied terrain, quality pavement, and interesting scenery to keep us happy for a 3-day weekend...but I did get the impression that if we'd stayed much longer we would have had to go a lot farther out of town, or else be bored. Eh, so maybe that counts as "mediocre".
Vlad nailed it. If you can get away from the developed areas a bit, things improve. If you have a car, you can ride along the main road in Joshua Tree, which is quite scenic, but can be seriously cold @ this time of year (elevation).
In PS itself, there is a "bike route" that takes you back amongst the mid-century modern homes. It isn't hard, but you'll cruise by Liberace's place, etc.
There is also the climb to the tramway. The road is the intersection of Hwy 111 and San Rafael, north of downtown. You go up the road towards the mountain. It is a 10%-ish grade for several miles, ending at the parking lot of the tram that would take you up to San Jacinto. The descent is quite rough due to uneven pavement.
thanks guys, that helps...
I'll probably have a car rentals and will do some of the week rides and possibly the Sat A ride if I can swing it with work schedule
exploring around Joshua Tree sounds pretty sick, but I doubt I'll have the time to get that far out there
I just did the drive up to J Tree a month ago. Woulda been a good ride besides the idiots (me) blowing up the pass at 75 mph. The road outta JTree up to the park might be ok. It's only 5 miles long tho. I didn't make it into the park because SteveP's credit is no good at national parks.
Overall, bikes didn't seem super overly considered there.
If you are into climbing, go up Highway 74 from Palm Desert. After residential three miles of dead straight uphill, the road enters mountains and starts twisting and turning all over. Total climbing is something on the order of 13 miles (Kevin, chime in here :-)), with nothing steeper than 7%. If you leave early in the morning, traffic is relatively light, views are amazing and, once you crest, riding in the San Jacintos is pretty tasty. Bring lots of water. No services at the top except for a fire station, where you can get water, but the firemen weren't too friendly when I stopped there. The descent back to Palm Desert requires no braking. Bring gears big enough to pedal. I spin out my 52x13 and just sit there bored.
i ride there every winter weekend and the roads can be rough but there are epic rides available. Saturday group ride is about 65 miles and fast; no lights for about 20 miles. desert bicycle club web site. the hills for a cross bike are very good but lots of sharp rocks and wasted a good pair of FMBs box canyon, ride to salton sea. call my cell if you want to ride 949 five47 7888