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Old 04-21-14, 03:18 PM   #1
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The Bay Area in 8 Days

Long story short. I am a Bay Area native that grew up riding BMX bikes. It wasn't until I moved to NYC that I fell in love with road cycling. I am truly obsessed. With that said I am kicking myself for not have gotten into it earlier! The Bay Area is obviously incredible for road cycling and NYC is well its.......

So I'll be back in the Bay for 9 days between moving from NYC to Portland Oregon. I want to cram in as much riding as possible and have started working on my itinerary. Hoping you could all help me modify it to make it a better trip!

Sun - Fly in. Build bike.
Mon - Bike Moesur Lane to Arlington Ave to Wild Cat Canyon to Tilden to Grizzly Peak.
Tues - Mt Tam or Mt Diablo
Wed - Rest Day
Thurs - Bike from SF to Santa Cruz.
Fri - Rest day or highway 9?
Sat - Demo crazy carbon contraptions that Santa Cruz Bikes make. Train home.
Sun - Redwood Regional Park or Muir Woods? Something pretty with dirt mixed in
Mon - Fly to Portland

Any help would be much appreciated. I'll be on my cyclocross bike so I am sure I'll be suffering since it's like 22 pounds. I can't wait!
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Old 04-21-14, 05:10 PM   #2
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Highway 9 is boring. If you're trying to get from Santa Cruz to San Jose, I recommend Mountain Charlie or Zayante instead. If you're looking for a spectacular ride in the San Jose area, I recommend Mount Hamilton (up and down if your time is limited; loop around the back side if you have more time and energy).
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Sun - Fly in. Build bike.
Mon - Bike Moesur Lane to Arlington Ave to Wild Cat Canyon to Tilden to Grizzly Peak. Moser's a leg buster!
Tues - Mt Tam or Mt Diablo I suggest Diablo
Wed - Rest Day I suggest Diablo again
Thurs - Bike from SF to Santa Cruz.
Fri - Rest day or highway 9?
Sat - Demo crazy carbon contraptions that Santa Cruz Bikes make. Train home.
Sun - Redwood Regional Park or Muir Woods? Something pretty with dirt mixed in
Mon - Fly to Portland
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Old 04-21-14, 07:41 PM   #4
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Wednesday-Nice easy spin through the Napa valley. Flatish 50 miles.
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A couple of questions: 1). Are you planning on rides where you drive to a starting point? 2). Is quality the most important virtue?
The only redeeming value of Moeser Lane is that it's steep. Otherwise, its just a steep four lane street for hilltop commuters...with humming powerlines over your head. If you want steep, climb Marin. I can't get up it in my Audi.

1. Mt. Diablo to warm up.
2. King Ridge loop from Duncan's Mill
3. OLH-Stage-Tunitas Creek
4. Mt. Hamilton up and down, or the loop
5. Napa Valley flower tour.

Fit the rest days where you need them, there's lots of climbing in there and the ride quality is pretty good.
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Sun - Fly in. Build bike.
Mon - Bike Moesur Lane to Arlington Ave to Wild Cat Canyon to Tilden to Grizzly Peak. Moser's a leg buster!
Tues - Mt Tam or Mt Diablo I suggest Diablo
Wed - Rest Day I suggest Diablo again
Thurs - Bike from SF to Santa Cruz.
Fri - Rest day or highway 9?
Sat - Demo crazy carbon contraptions that Santa Cruz Bikes make. Train home.
Sun - Redwood Regional Park or Muir Woods? Something pretty with dirt mixed in
Mon - Fly to Portland
Ok I'll make sure I get some quality time with Diablo!
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A couple of questions: 1). Are you planning on rides where you drive to a starting point? 2). Is quality the most important virtue?
The only redeeming value of Moeser Lane is that it's steep. Otherwise, its just a steep four lane street for hilltop commuters...with humming powerlines over your head. If you want steep, climb Marin. I can't get up it in my Audi.

1. Mt. Diablo to warm up.
2. King Ridge loop from Duncan's Mill
3. OLH-Stage-Tunitas Creek
4. Mt. Hamilton up and down, or the loop
5. Napa Valley flower tour.

Fit the rest days where you need them, there's lots of climbing in there and the ride quality is pretty good.
1. I don't drive nor will I have access to a car. I will be staying close to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station.
2. Def quality but I also want to get radical.

The Santa Cruz ride is something I will be doing with a friend and the dates are locked. Mt Hamilton is something I think would be good since I have a good friend in San Jose that I need to visit anyways. I'd love to get to NAPA but I don't think it will be possible.
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Ok I'll make sure I get some quality time with Diablo!
Easiest access is from Pleasant Hill BART.
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Diablo is good but not worth doing twice when there are other great rides to do...

If you want a taste of the amazing variety SF has to offer I would suggest spreading your rides out... Mt Diablo one day for sure, but Alpine Dam loop from Fairfax, Mt Hamilton (can throw in Sierra rd loop in the same ride if you want steep), and finally Old La Honda-Stages-Tunitas creek rd are well worthwhile including in your stay.

These were the four rides I selected on my visit to SF last year. Details and photos in my blog linked below.
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another good option: Ride to Corallitos, climb Eureka Canyon and then Summit road to Old Santa Cruz HWY descent Los Gatos and San Jose

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Highway 9 is boring. If you're trying to get from Santa Cruz to San Jose, I recommend Mountain Charlie or Zayante instead. If you're looking for a spectacular ride in the San Jose area, I recommend Mount Hamilton (up and down if your time is limited; loop around the back side if you have more time and energy).
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Diablo is good but not worth doing twice when there are other great rides to do...

If you want a taste of the amazing variety SF has to offer I would suggest spreading your rides out... Mt Diablo one day for sure, but Alpine Dam loop from Fairfax, Mt Hamilton (can throw in Sierra rd loop in the same ride if you want steep), and finally Old La Honda-Stages-Tunitas creek rd are well worthwhile including in your stay.

These were the four rides I selected on my visit to SF last year. Details and photos in my blog linked below.
Yes want to do Alpine Dam Loop
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You could catch bart or the ferry to the city then ride across golden gate to get up into Marin and rides around Mount Tam, Marshall Wall etc. How many miles are you hoping to do each day?

I think Nick has given you the list of most scenic "bucket list" rides. For all the trouble you are going through, you might want to consider renting an economy car to get you out to some of these spots.
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Diablo is good but not worth doing twice when there are other great rides to do...

I know you've seen this, but perhaps Stayfed hasn't... it makes me choke up a little bit.

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DiabloScott, I will be in San Ramon on Friday with my riding partner Matthew, who is doing DMD on Saturday. That means I'll be climbing Mt. Diablo via South Gate Road while he does his 200-mile, 20,000' elevation gain sufferfest. I hope to see you on The Mountain I'll be sporting my usual helmet-mounted GoPro.
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I know I'll now be removed from your Christmas card list for the following comments but I don't rate Mt Diablo as the top SF ride of the ones I rode. Ticks a few boxes being a true summit finish and scenic and I will definitely ride it again if I do make it back to SF one day but it isn't #1 on my Bay area rides list...
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DiabloScott, I will be in San Ramon on Friday with my riding partner Matthew, who is doing DMD on Saturday. That means I'll be climbing Mt. Diablo via South Gate Road while he does his 200-mile, 20,000' elevation gain sufferfest. I hope to see you on The Mountain I'll be sporting my usual helmet-mounted GoPro.
I'm recovering from a broken pelvis and I'm just starting to ride again... we'll see how it goes but I don't think I'm up to a Junction ride yet.
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I think you've eaten too much vegemite.
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I know you've seen this, but perhaps Stayfed hasn't... it makes me choke up a little bit.

I stood up and took my headsweat off to watch that video.
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You could catch bart or the ferry to the city then ride across golden gate to get up into Marin and rides around Mount Tam, Marshall Wall etc. How many miles are you hoping to do each day?

I think Nick has given you the list of most scenic "bucket list" rides. For all the trouble you are going through, you might want to consider renting an economy car to get you out to some of these spots.
I don't drive. 28 going on 29 and still don't have a licenses. Moving to Portland so I am thinking about getting one so I can take advantage of the mountains.
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I know you've seen this, but perhaps Stayfed hasn't... it makes me choke up a little bit.

I am pretty sold on Diablo especially since it's a reverse commute for most people. Can get on an early train and not have to battle people going to SF.

I'll be moving to Portland so I'll have plenty of time to visit and do some more climbing.
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I think you've eaten too much vegemite.
That and the pain meds I'm taking due to a broken collarbone*...

*substitute rock for a fallen rider racing at the velodrome last week. Bike computer registered 55km/hr at impact!
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I'm recovering from a broken pelvis and I'm just starting to ride again... we'll see how it goes but I don't think I'm up to a Junction ride yet.
I'm sorry to hear that Heal fast!
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