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 300, case sensitive


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. 


What to expect?  You can "Look Inside" the out-of-print original first edition ($26.95) to see a similar Table of Contents (TOC) and selected pages via this link on Amazon.  Amazon does not have a "Look Inside" feature for the 2nd Edition. A TOC difference is the fabulous Puddingstone Loop replaced the meh Orange Line/Chandler ride (p118), now covered on the "Encore" page instead. As the title describes, the book covers only the BEST easy scenic bike rides, creating the ideal scenic SoCal summary; it does not include every local urban bike trail. Areas that are steeped in easy scenic bike ride opportunities, like San Diego, have the most comprehensive coverage. 


Pickleball!  Many casual bicyclists are also dinkers.  Outdoor public pickleball facilities located along or near our rides have been added to the updates section (password protected) of this website and where helpful plotted on the take-along maps. Bring your paddles on your ride and enjoy!  See also places2play.org for details on the facilities.  


enCYCLEpedia on SALE!  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.


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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.


U.S. Book and Other Stores:  To order enCYCLEpedia 2nd Edition send e-mail with terms, invoicing info and quantity desired 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 p300, 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. 
New Blog Article "A Eurostyle Bicycle and Train Holiday Along the Southern  California Coast"  Using enCYCLE'S rides, see the best of the coastal region with a combination of bike rides and train rides. 
New Facebook Page hosted by the author: Casual Bicyclists of Southern California  covers SoCal rides and issues, encouraging users to share their experiences.
Available to book owners to download from the password protected Bonus Materials section on this website including new maps: 
May 2019: "Deserts" RM3: Mission Hills Loops in north Rancho Mirage.
June 2019:  "Orange County" IR4: North Irvine's Great Park and Jeffrey Open Space Loop. Also described in this blog article available to everyone. 
July 2019  "San Diego SD7 Option 4" An optional extension off of the Silver Strand Rail Trail south of Coronado  follows a signed "Ecoroute" to the beach, restaurants and a wildlife refuge. 
San Diego Oceanside OC1 Guajome Park Option: A description, map and photos of the Guajome Regional Park easy scenic MTB trails at the end of the San Luis Rey River trail. 




The Pender Islands Handbook


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