Took a job in SF

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by GrayWolf, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. GrayWolf

    GrayWolf Lupine Rider

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    Going to load one of the bikes in the truck and head on down in mid January.

    Any advice?

    My current plan goes something like this. I found a place in Redwood City that will let me take a 3 month lease. Its less than ten minutes from the caltrain station which a half hour later should drop me off a block from work. Anyone know something about Redwood City I should know?

    Any place I should be looking that I'm not? I've checked out Daly City, Alameda, even Berkeley. I really just need a place to lay my head for a couple months while I house hunt. I need a place to park my truck and my bike. Just bringing a couch to crash on and a desk to work on. Would prefer not to have to shoot anyone or get shot by anyone. Pretty simple needs but the parking one is a bitch. Oh, and I want to stay south of 2k/month if I can. The place in RWC is under 1800.

    Thanks guys,
    -GW
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  2. christian

    christian Long timer

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    Where about in RWC?
    That's home :-))
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  3. GrayWolf

    GrayWolf Lupine Rider

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    Madison next to El Camino Real. Little one bedroom apt.

    -GW
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  4. christian

    christian Long timer

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    You'll be just fine there.
    But make sure you walk to Caltrain. Parking is costly and you are not that far.

    Also note that Caltrain is just somewhat reliable...
    For weeks it'll be fine, and then for days it'll be hectic
    Somehow they can't figure out how to make it reliable.

    If you work wants you on time every time ... Allow extra time
    Make sure you get the bullet train. 30mn to downtown
    Rwc is the last stop in zone 2, anything south and you pay more.
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  5. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    You are coming in just in time for the next BART strike. :clap At least your taking Caltrain...

    Redwood City is pretty far down however the bonus is you are closer to Hollister and Alice's.

    Pacifica can be a groovy spot as well but then you are in the thick of the commute and have to drive, at least to the Muni or BART.
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  6. christian

    christian Long timer

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    And in the fog :deal

    Time wise rwc - downtown 35mn by Caltrain.
    Many thinks it far, but in practice it's really not bad IF you use the bullet train (express) and you don't need to drive to the rwc station. And you are walking distance to the station in SF

    If you have to take buses or shuttles in SF... Forget it.

    In his case, it seems to work for him
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  7. GrayWolf

    GrayWolf Lupine Rider

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    Not to mention being a few hundred feet from cycle gear... It does seem like a good location. Close to everything I may need. Five minute walk to caltrain and five minutes on the other end. I have no problem with a 45min commute.

    I'm filling out the application now. Once that is done all I need is someone to help me carry my couch up the stairs... :evil Oh, and show me the best places to ride. :deal

    -GW
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  8. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    What they told you. I was in RWC for 6 years. Rents went up a lot there recently.

    Try Castro Valley, or San Leandro - it takes 30 minutes by BART to go to SF. About 25 min on a bike(lane splitting).
    You can find a place with a garage and everything for less than 2k.
    BART is much better than Caltrans.
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  9. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    Plenty of ride areas. Go straight up 84 to Skyline, go right, left or down La Honda Rd out to the coast. You have months of road riding fun right at your wheeltips, months and months.
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  10. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz banjoboy is my daddy

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    What Matt said.

    There's a ton of fun riding. What do you like? Goaty? Sweepers? Etc.
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  11. GrayWolf

    GrayWolf Lupine Rider

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    Yep....

    Although the only bike I'm bringing is the Concours so I guess I'll stay on the tarmac until June and can get the other bikes down.

    I plan to do a lot of less fun riding as I start looking for a house. Testing out commutes and such. Probably have to learn the ins and outs of lane splitting.

    -GW
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  12. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    PM Sent! :deal
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  13. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz banjoboy is my daddy

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    Watch out for 18.... :D
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  14. christian

    christian Long timer

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    Scutler Adventurer

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    My sister and her Ex-husband used to live and work in Redwood City. He worked at the Electronic Arts campus. A very cool place to live. Very foggy.
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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    You will love the riding. Highway 9, Skyline Blvd, the Pacific Coast Highway... Lots of good hiking in those redwood forests too, complete with banana slugs and salamanders. For weekend rides, Highway 49 and the Sierra mountain passes are pretty awesome too.

    While not a high crime area, it seems like a spot where you could get a vehicle stolen. I would lock my bike, even if it was in the garage.

    Lane splitting will come in handy, as long as you use plenty of caution. The "guidelines" published by the California DMV are a good place to start.
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  17. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz banjoboy is my daddy

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    In my opinion, there's better riding to be had north of the Golden Gate. I'm always ready to ride if you want someone to hit the road. :ricky
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  18. neepuk

    neepuk Such a drag...

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    There's great motorcycle forum local to the Bay Area, two actually. BARF and SBR. Personally I enjoy the smaller of the two, SBR. Introduce yourself and make great local riding buddies. Nothing can compare to advrider but a quality local forum is also a great resource and may be a good place to find a temporary rental too.
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  19. klinquist

    klinquist übergeek

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    Lets us know once you're settled and I'm sure a few of us would be willing to show you around the local twisties.
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  20. GasDepot

    GasDepot Sold the Cage

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    Check out the WARPED x get together to of WEST sub-forum.
    Ride your street bike there is all kind of riding.
    A good way to meet some more inmates and see some CA hwy 25 is the bomb.
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