Electric Bike Coaster Tour takes Highway 101 ride to the next level

Electric Bike Coaster Tour takes Highway 101 ride to the next level
With two flourishing locations in Oceanside and Solana Beach, Dynamite Electric Bikes offers a unique and immersive way to experience the beauty of San Diego, especially through their popular, one-of-a-kind self-guided tours. Courtesy photo

OCEANSIDE — There are fewer ways more thrilling, or more scenic, to see the San Diego Coastline up-close than speeding down Highway 101 on a Dynamite Electric Bike.

“It just makes the trip down the coastline so much fun. Everyone who takes the tour loves it,” says Doug Lord, the president of Dynamite Electric Bikes.

When Lord and his team opened up shop in January 2015, they knew they wanted to have locations close to the railroad tracks and Coaster stations for easy transportation. Now with two flourishing locations in Oceanside and Solana Beach, Dynamite Electric Bikes offers a unique and immersive way to experience the beauty of San Diego.

Especially in the summer months, when the coastlines are crowded and it’s hard to find parking, renting an electric bike can prove a jumping-off-point to all kinds of summer fun.

“It’s really fun to get lost on an electric bike. You can turn down side streets, explore where you normally wouldn’t. Unlike being in a car, you really get the full sensory experience.”

One of the offerings that make Dynamite Electric Bikes truly one of a kind is the Self-Guided Tours that they offer to renters.

The most popular tour is the North Country Electric Bike Coaster Tour, on which customers can choose to start at either Oceanside or Solana Beach and bike the 23-mile stretch of road to the corresponding location, taking in the glistening ocean views as they speed up or down the coast.

Michael Austin, an avid biker who grew up just minutes away from Solana Beach in Rancho Santa Fe, rode an electric bike for the first time last weekend when he and his girlfriend took the North Country Electric Bike Coaster Tour.

“The tour really allows anyone the freedom to see lots of coastline and North County’s iconic beach towns with minimal cycling training. I just loved that (my girlfriend) and I could ride together and share the experience,” he said.

Lord agrees that the versatile nature of these electric bikes, and the fact that they essentially level the playing field for all riders, is a huge draw to customers.

The low-impact bike tours are a great option for families, couples, and even the occasional visiting relative who needs to be entertained.

“It’s a great way for people to enjoy their day, whether it’s people visiting from out of town or someone who lives locally,” says Lord.

The team at Dynamite Electric Bikes encourage renters to “make a day” of their rental — if their tour destination is Solana Beach, why not hit Culture Brewing Company or Carruth Cellars for a well-deserved post-bike drink and bite to eat?

Other renters, like Austin and his girlfriend, prefer to use the tours as a pre-meal activity (the brunch at Chart House in Cardiff is a fan favorite), and end the day with an easy Coaster ride back to their starting point; the fare for the Coaster ride is included in the tour cost.

“It’s really designed for renters to relax, take some time, enjoy yourself, and just really make a day of it,” Lord says.

Dynamite Electric Bikes in  Oceanside is located at 127 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Bikes are available for rent Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve your next rental, visit dynamiteelectricbikes.com

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