Sonoma Cycling

I went cycling for a winery trip with my new bicycle in Sonoma county last weekend. There were some troubles during the trip, but we really had fun.

Missing the ferry

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Firstly, we were going to meet at the SF Ferry Building at 11 a.m. on Saturday, but we were too late to take the ferry going to Vallejo. However, one of us found that the ship stopped at Pier 39 at 11:20 which is 10 minutes away by bike. Fortunately, we were able to catch the ferry in time before it left.

Stopped by a highway patrol

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We followed the exact bike route Google Map suggested from Vallejo to the cottage we rented on Airbnb. Suddenly, a highway patrol sirened at us when we were about to get to Napa county. We were wondering why there were lots of broken pieces on the ground, and the cars were driving so fast. As a matter of fact, the way we were going, whose speed limit was 60 mph, allows only cars to run. Luckily, we were just warned of the risks of cycling there. He kindly told us the right way. We should have double-checked if our route was bicycle friendly. On Saturday night, we joined together with another group to have dinner.

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Hiring a U-Haul

It was rainy on Sunday. We got poured on on the way to a winery and could barely make it there. It was still showering after taking a rest, so we gave up cycling and decided to hire a U-Haul. We went to a famous burger restaurant by the U-Haul. The burger was good. It was also nice that some bands played music in the restaurant. Then we headed to San Francisco.

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We missed our ferry, were stopped by a highway patrol, and drove a truck instead of cycling, but in the end, we had a lot of fun.

How to get a bicycle on craigslist

I planned to commute by bike, so I was looking for one. This is how I found it on craigslist.

1. Surf on craigslist

Craigslist is a web site that lets users publish information about jobs, housing for sale, and things like that. You should be careful using it because not all information on it is reliable. It might be fake information and they may be trying to cheat you.

Firstly, I accessed the web site, and then I searched bicycle from the search box. Basically, the results shows some bicycles’ information that has the contact details too.

2. Contact the seller

You can contact them by the phone numbers or email addresses. I prefer using phone numbers because it’s quicker. I contacted the seller like this at that time.

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3. Meet the seller

I went to the meeting point, and checked whether the bicycle worked well. Then I decided to buy it. It needed some maintenance, so I had to go to a bike shop, but that wasn’t bad for me.

Enjoy craigslist!