Skip to content

Seaside Stories

How to Start Cycling In Seaside

April 26, 2018 | by Shellie Bailey-Shah

Few places in the Pacific Northwest are as primed for pedal-powered exploration as Seaside. I should know since I’ve ridden about everywhere a bike can take you in and around town. Pick up a two-wheeler — or even a three- or four-wheeler — and you’ve got miles of varied terrain to cover. From the boardwalk-esque Promenade to trails through coastal forests, there’s a lot for cyclists to love. But there are also a lot of choices: Fat-tire biking or a surrey on city streets? Kid-friendly rides or adrenaline-pumping mountain biking? This step-by-step guide has the tips you need to get pointed in the right direction.

 

Step 1. Choose a Route

You can, of course, cruise Seaside’s compact town center and make a million pit stops for sweet treats. But there’s more to cycling here than Broadway Street, so here’s the first big decision: Where to go? Check out this rundown of rides for an overview, and here’s a quick look at three of my favorites, ranked from easy-breezy to you’re-going-to-sweat.

The Promenade (easy): If you don’t want to exert too much energy (after all, you’re on vacation!), set out along the Promenade, a 1.5-mile paved, beachfront path that stretches from Avenue U to 12th Avenue. Note: the area around the turnaround can have a lot of pedestrian traffic, so walking your bike through this area is preferred.

Three-wheeling (easy/moderate):For more of a workout, hit the beach in a sling-backed, three-wheeled “Funcycle.” Remember those Big Wheels from your childhood. Yep, it’s like that and just as fun. Check the tide tables in advance so you can head out at low tide.

Mountain biking (challenging): If you’re like my teenage son and looking to show up your biking partner (that’s me), head into the hills overlooking Seaside on a mountain bike. The trails — which are reallymostly gravel roads — are located in the Lewis & Clark Oregon Timberlands. Some trails have technical sections where you’ll need to bike uphill.

To choose the right trail for your ability, study this trail guide.

 

Step 2. Rent a Bike

Next, pick your ride. From mountain bikes and fat-tire bikes to classic cruisers and four-wheel surreys, Seaside has got you covered. Here are two bike shops in town that have most everything you need as well as in-the-know staff that can answer many of your questions.

Prom Bike Shop rents kids’ bikes ($10/hour), beach cruisers ($12/hour), mountain bikes ($12/hour) and even tandem bikes ($20/hour). Or if you want to go as a group, chose a surrey; they come in different sizes and accommodate two to nine people ($20-$40/hour). Prom Bike Shop also has low-riding Funcycles for 1.5-hour rentals ($15). Helmets and locks are included for free. If you’re staying in Seaside for an extended period of time, discounted long-term rentals are available.

Wheel Fun Rental rents four types of low-riding beach cycles: the Chopper ($15/hour), the Quad Sport ($15) and the Deuce Coupe for two ($20/hour) plus the Funcycle at the same price as Prom. Various sized surreys are available ($25-$45/hour). You can rent a cruiser bike ($10/hour), tandem ($15/hour) or a fat tire for mountain biking ($15/hour). If you need a tag-a-long attachment ($10/hour) or kids’ trailer ($10/hour), Wheel Fun can hook you up with those, too. Rentals include a helmet and lock. Wheel Fun Rentals operates another bike rental location in Seaside on South Holiday Drive, but it has a more limited selection.

 

Step 3. Pedal, Pedal, Pedal

That’s it, really — wide smiles, wind in your hair and miles upon miles of more rides to try.

But before you set out, keep these pointers in mind:

• Keep your helmets on. Oregon law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear protective headgear. Our bike shops provide helmets with their rentals.

• Surrey bikes are not allowed on the Promenade.

• Obey all the traffic laws when you ride on the open road, including hand signals when you’re going to turn and observing posted traffic signs.

• Lost? Need more help? Pop into the Seaside Visitors Bureau and local travel pros can connect you to all the right resources.

and so much more!

An early morning kayak ride

One kayaker's take on an early morning ride into the Necanicum Estuary.

Learn More
The Columbia River Maritime Museum: On the Water’s Edge

A visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

Learn More
Seaside Lifeguards: A Fond Seasonal Farewell

Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day Weekend? Don’t fret!  We’re still probably in for some dynamic weather throughout Sep...

Learn More
Watching Nature Run its Course in Seaside

Wonderful natural beauty in Seaside,

Learn More
Trying to take flight during a wind storm on the beach in Seaside, Oregon.
Tides and Tide Tables: What You Need to Know

If your winter beach vacations to date have required sunscreen, then you clearly have not experienced a magical Seaside day in Jan...

Learn More
Supersize Me!

A brief look at Seaside's past sweets and treats

Learn More
Top Pizza Spots in Seaside

Remember the old Little Caesar’s TV commercial, “Pizza! Pizza!”? That’s how excited we feel when it’s time to order a fr...

Learn More
How to Catch Your Dinner: Learning the joy of razor clamming in Seaside, Oregon

The way to dig for razor clams and what to do with them once you catch them in Seaside, Oregon...

Learn More
How To Surf Seaside

Surfing in Oregon? Yes! The North Coast has some of the best breaks in the Pacific Northwest. And yes, the ocean is a bit nippy, b...

Learn More
Northwest Travel Magazine: The Fresh Side of Seaside, Oregon

Feature story on Seaside Oregon, highlighting top attractions in Seaside OR

Learn More
Shopper’s Delight: Selnes Grocery

The hustle and bustle of Holiday shopping in Seaside circa 1926 was not nearly the same as it today.

Learn More
Iconic Seaside in Stereo

by Joshua Heineman Director of Tourism Marketing This is something of a detective story. To fully appreciate it, you first need to...

Learn More
Seaside Watercraft Adventures

Seaside watercraft adventures await visitors of all skill levels. With two rivers and multiple access points, anyone can enjoy the...

Learn More
The Tale of the Driftwood Forts

As driftwood forts become more rare along the Oregon Coast, the memories hold strong.

Learn More
Celebrating Spring

Celebrating spring and the lush wildlife in Seaside and the North Oregon Coast.

Learn More
Everyone Needs a Spring Break

Any reason is a good reason to head to the Oregon Coast. Whether you have an official “spring break” or not, we think that yo...

Learn More
Playland: Amusements in the 1930s

Recognize this classic Seaside landmark? For nearly 70 years, countless kids and adults have come to the Oregon Coast to get behin...

Learn More
Riders of the Storm

Winter weather on the Oregon Coast is the flipside to flipside to golden summers, but it can be just as beautiful.

Learn More