SF - Advice for 3+ Months Living

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Number8teen, May 2, 2012.

  1. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    What's the word on self storage within an hour of the city? I really would love to trailer both bikes out so I can ride on and off road but I figure it'll cost an arm and a leg to have 2 bikes, a car and a trailer within any reasonable distance of the bay area. :lol3
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  2. petefromberkeley

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    I have no idea, but I'll bet it sucks. I'd ask around on BARF and see if somone will take a few bucks to share their garage for a few months. Somone will probably need the money and since it's temporary, I'll bet you score a garage that way. http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums/

    You could also put a "wanted" ad on Craigslist. Don't cost nuthin and it might work.
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  3. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I live in Oakland in the Dimond District, and I generally like it quite well.

    Our neighborhood is really nice with some fine people, but we are right next to neighborhoods that are "not nice"... so we have a lot of urban headaches, like hearing gunshots a couple times a week, auto theft and burglary, dickheads with stereo systems in their cars that are so loud they set off every car alarm on the street, and hookers using the dead-end street around the corner from us to bang their clients, and leaving spent cock socks lying on the street. Nice, eh?

    In the East Bay, the further uphill you live, the better off you are. In Oakland, you want to live uphill of MacArthur Blvd. Even people that live there would not voluntarily live in "the flats"(i.e. the low-lying, inland areas) in Oakland, but it is cheap. Jack London Square has had a lot of development, and has nice apartments that are very near to the ferry into the city.

    We moved here 3 years ago, and subscribed to a bunch of "what to do in SF" threads. Here is a list to get you started reading. I have more, but they get repetitive.

    San Francisco Local Tips?

    Alameda Weekly Coffee Meet & Greet

    Bay Area Dirt?

    Bay Area Meet & Greet

    San Fran Questions

    SF Bay Area, CA Dealer/Service recommendations


    Need advice: San Francisco Day ride

    Places to see/stop from Middletown => San Francisco

    Help with (mostly) dirt route through the Geographical Center of California...

    tour of california questions...steer me through
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  4. SLOspeed

    SLOspeed Been here awhile

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    I should have room for a trailer and a bike or two at my place in N. Oakland. I don't think there's enough room for a car though, so it would probably have to go on the street, which can be a headache. It might be easiest to find a place for your car in SF so you could move it when there are parking restrictions.
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  5. Parx400

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    For riding and must see areas on a bike, Look on Google maps for any roads not yellow. Nor cal has some of the best riding in the country. From the bay you can go north up the coast and cross back and forth between hyway 1 and all the back roads. You can head east to the Sierra passes. A mid to large ADV bike is the perfect Machine for CA but a VFR should be fine.

    BTW are you one of those EPIC kids moving to CA? That's pretty much the only people I have met moving to CA from WI.

    Oh and I would hate to live in the city. Way to packed and cost arm/leg/ first born to live there.
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  6. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    :lol3 No but I did interview there once upon a time. I work for an investment firm and they have two offices in SF. I am going out there to help out with some things going on in that office.
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    Thats cool. You will enjoy the ADV riding out west if you don't mind 4-500 mile days.
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  8. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    Not at all. Have to go pretty far away from Milwaukee to get away from boring straight roads anyway. :lol3
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  10. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    :eek1:eek1 :drif
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  11. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    Different strokes for different folks. I love walking to places and having a lot of options of places to hang out. Plus I'm allergic to most things plant related so anything remotely rural or near big parks tends set off my allergies like a mofo.
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  12. PoundSand

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    Spent a couple months living in the nob hill area a few years back (at the renaissance hotel on California). Not a big fan - it's snobby, yet surrounded by shitty neighborhoods. :-) the best part is being close to Chinatown. I vote for mission or Berkeley.
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  13. DaveBro

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    Hi N8,

    Been enjoying your contributions in Jo Momma for some time. Look forward to meeting you when you're out here!

    I'm in Petaluma, about 40 min north of SF in Sonoma Co. I could store a bike/gear for you (but no room for a trailer or car, I'm afraid). Self storage in Petaluma I think is reasonable compared to SF, if you still need to go that route.

    In my opinion, the best off road riding close to the bay area is further north of me (Mendocino NF, Cow Mountain) so having your off-road stuff here would not be too inconvenient.

    In any case, good luck with your move out, and let us know when you're ready for an ADV meetup!

    Dave
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  14. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    Thanks! :D

    I'll be heading up over memorial day weekend and it will probably take me the whole weekend to get there. I have decided at this point to just take the street bike - no car, no dirt bike. It's only 3 months and I'll survive without an off-road bike. :cry :lol3

    As far as a meet up, I'm game for pretty much any time after I arrive in the city. I will be working a later shift for the most part, so finishing up at 7pm, dunno how that suits anyone else for weekdays otherwise my weekends are not spoken for yet! :deal I'm looking forward to meeting everyone... :clap
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  15. DaveBro

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    Probably a good call. Summer is kind of the down-time here for off-roading anyway (hot and dusty) other than up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. And if you're super jonesing for some dirt, there's any number of us who can put you on a bike. Tons of great road riding all over the bay area - you'll love it!

    Have a great trip out. :ricky We'll set something up for the week you arrive. Dunno where people meet now that the Ace is closed. I'm sure the locals will pipe up!
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  16. ThirdBestFriend

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    You won't miss your dirt bike to much in the Bay area as decent dirt is 3+ hours away mostly. But there are lots of twisties just a few minutes ride away.

    Definitely don't live in Nob Hill, it is mostly old money people living in high rises that have not been redecorated since 1964. Try the Mission, you'll have good luck there if you want to stay in the city. And you can take BART into the financial district no problem. Rents are going up in Berkeley, and you may be able to find something, but go 1 town north to El Cerrito (Albany even better) and you can get much cheaper housing in generally quiet, blue collar neighborhoods. Your BART trip will be a bit long to the city, but you should be able to hit your trifecta no problem. Finally, there is Marin. If it were me, I'd ride my moto to the Larkspur ferry for easy parking and take the boat into work everyday, but I understand that's not everyone's cup of tea.

    Finds in the Mission
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/apa/3014422803.html

    Finds in El Cerrito
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa/2980857196.html
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa/2993684132.html

    Finds in Marin close to the Larkspur ferry
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/apa/3015308912.html (cheap, garage and pets OK, but no frills)
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/apa/2973643767.html (trifecta)

    Good luck!
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  17. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Yeah, I just did a logo quote for a place up on Nob hill. They're trying to convert it from long-term rentals (actually, that might be a good fit for you, hit me up on PM for a referral) to ownership units. It's a former hotel, and the units are tiny.
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    Ok zeitgeist night for the wacky plantophobmaybe after memorial day? After 7pm works better for folks coming into the city anyway. :beer
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  19. kbasa

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    Living there will allow you to explore Marin pretty thoroughly. 13 years here and I still love riding here. The ferry will allow you to commute without a vehicle, but a bicycle will make navigating the city easier and you can take it on the boat.

    Get a Clipper card and use all transit systems without having to buy monthly passes or tickets. This includes BART, Muni, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, you name it.

    A friend of mine just scored a place in Mill Valley that has a 2 car garage and amazing views of Mt. Tam. They pay $1950, but it's a lease for a year.

    When in San Francisco, you must eat. It's a food wonderland with fresh produce, wide varieties of cuisine and about a zillion places available.

    Here's the JM take on where to eat in The City: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=516210&highlight=francisco+restaurants

    Enjoy.

    You know that MotoGP is going to be in Monterey, 2 hours away, in late July, right?
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