Welcome to foxguidebooks


This is the 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, and

penderhandbook.com for The Pender Islands Handbook. 

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  --or--  info (at) penderhandbook.com   


enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides  2nd Edition (2017)


As featured in The Orange County Register and RV Life, Trailer Life, Palm Springs Life, and Southern California Life magazines. 


Password for Bonus Materials: first word of text, top of page 282, case sensitive


COVID-19 UPDATE:  Bike riding is still allowed in California in groups of 1 or 2.  Exercise is a helpful way to increase your immunity to virues, so what can be better for your health and state of mind than a scenic bike ride? (Just avoid crowded paths). The enCYCLEpedia book is available on Amazon, but they are currently prioritizing other items over books, resulting in a 3 week delay.  To get it sooner (less than 1 week) you can purchase direct from the author on this site, below, packaged in a sterile environment. 


This colorful guidebook was first published in April 2014, 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.  A new updated/improved 2nd Edition (Oct 2017, $21.95, ISBN: 978-1-61850-117-2) is available from enCYCLEpress from this site (see below) or, buy from Amazon.com It is also in a few SoCal stores, as listed on this page.  If it's not in your store of choice, request it and mention this website. 


enCYCLEpedia on SALE here!  The perfect gift for the outdoorsy folks in your life. To order enCYCLEpedia 2nd Edition you can pay by credit or debit card, etc, using PayPal via the BUY NOW buttom below (US Only).  A PayPal account is not required. Select Media Mail for free shipping, or 1st Class Mail for an extra fee.


THE ENDLESS HOLIDAY SALE ON NOW!  SAVE $2 -- plus free shipping

Shipping Options

Books purchased through this site are signed and can be personally dedicated and gift wrapped upon request for no extra charge, making a special gift for the casual SoCal cyclist on your list. To request this add a note to the PayPal transaction with the type of dedication desired. Or, send an e-mail simultaneously with the request referencing your name to orders (at) enCYCLEpedia. net.


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. Send an e-mail to request one to be added sooner. The current Password is the 1st word of text top of p282, case sensitive.  

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. 
Facebook Page hosted by the author: Casual Bicyclists of Southern California  covers SoCal rides and issues, encouraging users to share their experiences.
New Fabulous Rides are gradually added to the enCYCLEpedia family.  Go to enCYCLEpedia's home page for the list. 
Pickleball  Dink 'n Ride!  See enCYCLEpedia's Home Page for details.  Also check out our blog post on the topic.  (Pickleball is not recommended during the COVID-19 crisis).




The Pender Islands Handbook


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 Gulf Islands along the ferry route between Vancouver and Victoria in southern 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 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, power, or sail boat. This 400-page book 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 the Visitors Centre at the Chamber of Commerce office, and at the Pender Islands Museum. The printing is slightly darker than the U.S. Create Space version ($19.95 US) that is available at:   Amazon.com,   Amazon.ca , Amazon.co.uk, and BN.com New: 2nd printing for 2017 contains updates. Available in new books purchased directly from amazon.com.


The Pender Islands Handbook is not available for sale via this website at this time.



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