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Old 06-10-05, 01:41 AM   #1
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bay area folks: fun rides?

hey bay area heads- what're some good routes around this area? i'm in sf but want to do as many fun/scenic rides as possible this summer. Im thinking about berkeley to oakland- whats a good route?

also heard some things about san fran--->santa cruz and san fran--->san jose.

any other suggestions would be appreciated- thanks all
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i like san fran ro san jose and up and down the coast in either direction that is fun best to bring a brake though
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What route are you taking from SF to SJ?
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Mission/El Camino Real will take you all the way to San Jose.
Skyline will take you there as well but the cars get going pretty fast
and there are some pretty big climbs.

SF to Berkeley is only doable if you go up and around (Marin) or down and around (Dumbarton bridge).
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hey bay area heads- what're some good routes around this area? i'm in sf but want to do as many fun/scenic rides as possible this summer. Im thinking about berkeley to oakland- whats a good route?

also heard some things about san fran--->santa cruz and san fran--->san jose.

any other suggestions would be appreciated- thanks all
i pm'd you this link as well-

http://bikemapper.mtc.ca.gov/BikeMapper/index.jsp

but it can get you everywhere...

whosthis in the buddies section?

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Mission/El Camino Real will take you all the way to San Jose.
Skyline will take you there as well but the cars get going pretty fast
and there are some pretty big climbs.
Yeah, Mission/ElCamino is horrible, Skyline is the way to go. Except for that section early on crossing the merging traffic, it's all good. I wanted to know how fixedstep was doing the SF-->SJ ride.
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http://calcycling.org has some pretty good routes around the east bay for road rides. super scenic. i've done a bunch of them and so far have only been disappointed by the fruit stand ride. A) no fruit stand, and B) not very scenic as it's mostly winding through residential neighborhoods...but it's still a good 60ish miler.
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There's a book called Short Bike Rides San Francisco that has some cool-looking rides (i've never tried any of them though). The best thing about it is that all the rides are designed for bicyclists without cars--i.e. no directions of how to drive to the beginning of the route. Instead, many of the rides begin and end at BART stations, or are actually useful transportation routes, like a decent way to get from downtown SF to the SF airport (!!). The book's dedication reads "To cyclists without cars."

Even though it's called "Short Bike Rides" some of them are 30+ miles. it covers SF, East Bay, and Marin County. Also some rides down the Pacific coast from SF.

The author is Henry Kingman and the publisher is Globe Pequot. They have it at the Oakland Public Library.
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There's a book called Short Bike Rides San Francisco that has some cool-looking rides (i've never tried any of them though). The best thing about it is that all the rides are designed for bicyclists without cars--i.e. no directions of how to drive to the beginning of the route. Instead, many of the rides begin and end at BART stations, or are actually useful transportation routes, like a decent way to get from downtown SF to the SF airport (!!). The book's dedication reads "To cyclists without cars."

Even though it's called "Short Bike Rides" some of them are 30+ miles. it covers SF, East Bay, and Marin County. Also some rides down the Pacific coast from SF.

The author is Henry Kingman and the publisher is Globe Pequot. They have it at the Oakland Public Library.
Thanks for the suggestion. It looks like a great book, so I just bought a used one from Amazon for < $6 (including shipping).
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I just picked one up too.
Let's plan on doing each described ride on successive weekends.
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I just picked one up too.
Let's plan on doing each described ride on successive weekends.
post back and let us know how the rides are!
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I think i have that book at home too - I will check and choose a ride!!
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post back and let us know how the rides are!
Come along and experience the ride first hand.
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sounds super cool.

I like the looks of #16 (my east bay prejudice showing) and the marin rides. also #12, 'planet of the apes road' but i am probably too new to fixed riding (and my tires are too skinny) to be tackling that one. i dunno though...it looks like a great ride.

check out the fixed gear rider on p. 136
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OH No! this is this weekend! I want to come but i'm in LA, maybe i should leave here tomorrow to get there in time...
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OH No! this is this weekend! I want to come but i'm in LA, maybe i should leave here tomorrow to get there in time...

5 short hours in the car for 6 long hours of cycle bliss. la has nothing on this fu*$ing bay! holla!
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ok so i did kingmans' #16 yesterday..

i didn't leave early enough and ended up getting cooked on the way home...but thats one beautiful ride...

highlights....

seeing places i haven't seen since i used to go fishing with my dad...
seeing lots of mullets...not the fish either but seriously mullets are all bad, especially on tweekers, cause you know its only a matter of time before the trailerpark in them will be unleashed...

getting that "hey honey...he's black" look from the people in that rural spot near canyon lake rd...between that and all the bullet casings i kept seeing in the roadway.....i picked up the pace a bit..

i noticed an abundance of used condoms on the shoulders of the roadway....good to see those "postcard views of the Carquinez Straits" are not going to waste.....i just couldn't bring myself to take a picture of a used condom....taking a picture of a mullet wearing tweaker, is about as low as i sink...

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Haha! isnt it strange how short of a trip it is to middle america?
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hey karmical: i think you blew past me going up tunnel road about a month ago. i grunted "alright, fixed gear" to a tall dude riding an iro. i was on a geared in full superhero disguise.

... more fun pics from port costa loop:
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hey karmical: i think you blew past me going up tunnel road about a month ago. i grunted "alright, fixed gear" to a tall dude riding an iro. i was on a geared in full superhero disguise.

... more fun pics from port costa loop:
i kind of remember that, though i was a bit on the winded side.....that sign with the holes in it, when i was by there friday there were fresh casings nearby....

but a great ride none the less, i just will leave way earlier next time, not to get caught out in the open while the sun is at its highest point...and wear a light colored hat...

like a jackass i wore a black cover that i had to take off when my head reached med/well
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hi all, my partner and i did a nice easy little loop today that is worth trying out if only to witness the bizarre heavily-landscaped/light-industrial/abandoned-neighborhood cognitive dissonance of the all-new Mandela Parkway.

I call it the Mandela/Grand loop. 10 mi, not many stops, and generally excellent road surface. Most of the route has bike lanes but at 8am on a Sunday there were hardly any cars so we just took one of the gracious-living-sized lanes for ourselves.

It's traced at http://tinyurl.com/7gst2

We stopped at Gaylord's on the way back for tea and crumpets.
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We might've just missed you - we stopped at gaylord's for coffee and pastry before heading out to joaquin miller trail to go get dusty.

I'm glad I put the freewheelin' wheel back on the cherrybomb, some of those rooty singletrack trails would've really sucked with a fixed wheel.
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