Bicycling Sonoma County
With a nearly limitless number of gorgeous country lanes and bucolic back roads — not to mention trails embracing ocean views, vineyards, ancient barns, quaint farm stands, and oak-touched hills — Sonoma County is an ideal place for bicycle touring.
And, since so many visitors and residents do just that, a generous support system of guided bike touring companies and bike rental companies have sprung up in the area. For a complete overview of all bike rentals, tours and activities in Sonoma County, go to the Outdoor Activities listings and select bike activities.
Bicycle Touring Only
Getaway Adventure/Wine Country Bike Tours: In business for more than 20 years in the county, this company offers seven exciting bike tours, including the popular Healdsburg Sip ‘N Cycle and the unique “Bike ‘N Safari,” which combines biking along country lanes with a open-air jeep-style tour of wildlife at Safari West. Getaway Adventures also offers kayaking, hiking, and van tours. More Info: getawayadventures.com, 707-568-3040, or [email protected].
Sonoma Cycling Adventures: SCA offers a variety of wine country bike tours, including “One Day Wine Country,” which takes you into the picturesque roads of the Dry Creek and Anderson Valleys as well as the peaceful roads around Healdsburg. The company also offers women-only and custom-designed cycling trips. Additional info: 877-224-3623, or [email protected].
Bicycle Rentals and/or Touring
BikePartners.net: If you’re looking to rent a folding bike, popping it in the trunk of your car while exploring the countryside, this is the place for you. BikePartners rents the high-quality Bike Friday brand of folding bikes in a variety of styles, including tandem bikes and child trailers. A day’s rental is a full 24 hours, and they’ll deliver the bike right to your hotel or other location. The company recently added a personalized tour guide service that’s tailored to your needs (and they have packaged tours). More info: bikepartners.net, 855-483-3732, or [email protected].
Wine Country Bikes: Based in Healdsburg, Wine Country Bikes offers a range of one- and multi-day tours, as well as packages that include lodging. A four- or five-day Sonoma County bike tour, geared to advanced riders or “adventurous beginners,” gets in 35 cycling miles and up per day. The one-day “Organic Farms Bike Tour” visits four different organic or biodynamic farms, vineyards and wineries in the Dry Creek Valley. More info: winecountrybikes.com, 707-473-0610, [email protected].
Bicycle Rentals Only
Windsor Bicycle Center: This bicycle shop, which opened in 1999, was recently voted one of the Top 100 bike shops in the nation. WBC sells bikes, and also rents them, with something for everyone from the casual recreational rider to a gung-ho wheel veteran who needs a bike for a race. All rentals include helmet, lock, a flat kit, and a water bottle cage. Info: windsorbikes.com or 707-836-9111.