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This is the international companion website for the travel guidebooks written by Richard Fox, a combination of: 


enCYCLEpedia.net for enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides (USA), and

penderhandbook.com for The Pender Islands Handbook (Canada). 

This site acts as an extension of the books, containing updates, news, features, links, corrections, and anything else that didn't make it into the books or came to light post-publication.  


CONTACT FOR BOTH BOOKS: info (at) enCYCLEpedia.net (make sure it's not autocorrected to enCYLO);

or info (at) penderhandbook.com   


enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides 1st (2014) 2nd (2017) and 3rd (May 2021) Editions:


As featured in The Orange County Register and RV Life, Trailer Life, Palm Springs Life, and Southern California Life magazines.  May 2021 interview on NBC TV  Today in Palm Springs.

Press Release for the 3rd Edition

See below for viewable pdf version of the OC Register article for non-subscribers. 


This colorful guidebook is perfect for bicyclists who like to enjoy beautiful, fun, safe rides.  It presents over 200 scenic ride options that take you to Southern California's storied beaches, starkly beautiful deserts, pine-covered mountains, bucolic wine country, stunning cityscapes and bustling harbors, historic city centers, and to everything in between, from San Diego to Cambria to Palm Springs.


It is currently in its 3rd Edition, published in May 2021, available on Amazon.   


Click here to get to the enCYCLEpedia pages. Two of the enCYCLEpedia pages contain password protected updates for book owners with access to expanded versions of several rides, other articles, and take-along maps, which are gradually being added. 


Password for Bonus Materials: first word of text, Top page 149, case sensitive. Last changed August 2023.

The Bike Blog, enCYCLEpedia.wordpress.com: Our experiences in Southern California and beyond in words and pictures, including photo and video ride logs, "Top 10" lists, and media coverage.  Link directly to the blog (you will be directed to an external site). It has a list of articles in a side menu index, but you can find a title and subject index with links to the posts on this site. 
Facebook Page hosted by the author: Casual Bicyclists of Southern California  covers SoCal rides and issues, encouraging users to share their experiences.   
The separate enCYCLEpedia page features news, announcements, and features related to this book and our rides. 
New Fabulous Rides are gradually added to the enCYCLEpedia family.  Go to enCYCLEpedia's home page  for the list. 
Pickleball  Dink 'n Ride! The author loves opportunities to combine a bike ride and a few games of pball.  See enCYCLEpedia's Home Page for details.  Also check out our blog post on the topic. 
OC Register Article May 2015 PDF format
OC_Register Article_May2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.7 MB]



The Pender Islands Handbook  1st (2006) 2nd (2009) and 3rd/10th Anniversary Editions (2016/2017)


As featured in Victoria's Times Colonist,  Gulf Islands Driftwood,  Vancouver North Shore News,  Aqua,  BC Tourism, Islands Independent


The Pender Islands are a northwest vacation paradise located in the Southern Gulf Islands along the ferry route between Vancouver and Victoria in southwest British Columbia, Canada. Resplendent with parkland, the Penders offer a low-key commune with nature while providing enough services to satisfy both visitors and residents.The Pender Islands Handbook was released in July 2006, updated in July 2009 for the 2nd Edition, and again in 2016/17 for the special  10th Anniversary Edition ISBN: 978-0-98131-081-7.  It is the Pender Islands' first and only comprehensive guidebook, with 400 pages of information useful for both visitors and residents. The highlight is a 75-page hiking and coastal access guide with detailed accompanying trail maps. Boaters will find the 50-page boating guide helpful whether setting out in a kayak, or power or sail boat. This guidebook contains just about everything one could need to know about the beautiful island.


The Canadian printing ($25 CDN) is available exclusively on Pender Island at Driftwood Centre at Talisman Books ph:250.629.6944 and at the Pender Islands Museum. The printing is slightly darker than the U.S. Amazon version ($19.95 US) that is available at:   Amazon.com,   Amazon.ca , Amazon.co.uk, and BN.com




Comments about this website? Please send an email to info (at) penderhandbook (dot) com