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Old 01-26-11, 05:39 PM
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Visiting SF 2/22-3/02

Hey folks, are there many bike community forums for SF/Bay Area? This seems to be the most populated place I've found.

I'm a part of Vancouver's bike community, and I'll be visiting from (EDIT: now Febuary 22nd to March 2nd). I've got a couch to sleep on in Oakland for a few of those nights, and I'll be booking a SF hotel on Priceline or Lastminutetravel for the rest.

Anything interesting going on while in town? Rides that an out-of-towner *must* take? Anything to warn me against?

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Old 01-26-11, 06:13 PM
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I am sure you get a lot of feedback here.

When based in Oakland I recommend hitting the Oakland/Berkeley hills along Skyline and Grizzly Peak for breathtaking views of the bay. You can then extend the ride down the east side to the Bears and Pinehurst/Redwood area and even consider Mt. Diablo for a big ride.

When in SF the ride not to miss, in my opinion, is going across the Golden Gate bridge and up the Marin side to Mt. Tam. Again splendid views and riding area.
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Old 01-26-11, 06:35 PM
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Critical Mass is Feb. 25
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Old 01-26-11, 10:16 PM
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As you can probably tell by my dates, I will miss Critical Mass. Sad to miss it, but it's just the way things have managed to work out with my timing and the cost of flights and such.

I don't know that I am necessarily looking for an epic long ride, just good sightseeing and perhaps a fun group ride if anything comes along. I've already got it in mind to ride across the Golden Gate and perhaps take the ferry back across.
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Old 01-27-11, 08:26 PM
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Come out and ride with us at the Sports Basement on Sunday stage at 8:30 ride out at 9 am check out this weeks ride:
From: Sports Basement [mailto:mtanner@sportsbasement.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:02 AM
To: Parker, Philip
Subject: Sports Basement Sunday Ride 1/30


Hi folks,

Hey, it's bike season again: the
Tour Down Under is already in the books, and the local Early Bird Crits are well under way. Let's ride us some bicycles. How about a quick(ish) 50 miles, past Fairfax, over White's Grade, to the Nicasio turnoff, with a little wiggle through San Geronimo? It'll roll along pretty mellow, with the one big climb in each direction, along the lines of this map. The weather should hold, but keep an eye out here.

If you're feeling the need for new shoes for the new season, this is a good time, because we are fully stocked up with the new stuff and the old standbys from Shimano and Sidi.

See you Sunday!
Tanner & the rest of the SB Bike Shop Crew

What: Sports Basement Sunday Ride
Beginnermediate Group - ~50 miles @ 14-16mph avg. on the flats - (slower uphill) - no rider left behind. Wait at tops of hills and major intersections.
When: Sunday, January 30th - Meet up at 8:30am for snacks & juice - ride rolls out at 9:00am.
Where: Sports Basement Presidio - 610 Old Mason St., The Presidio of San Francisco
Bring: Your helmet (this is mandatory!), a couple of water bottles, a little cash, an ID, a cell phone with saved I.C.E. contact, and a patch kit & tube.
Don't Bring: Your iPod or any devices which plug your ears or impair your ability to hear. This is a group ride and we want to make sure that you are communicating with your group for safety and social reasons :-)
Note: Riders under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ride with us.


Upcoming Events & Clinics

Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic - Flat Fixes Plus! - 1st Tuesday of the month (2/1 @ 6:30pm in the Presidio bike shop)
One of the most basic but most important skills for a cyclist to know; how to fix a flat! Get hands on experience replacing a tube and installing a tire - never get stranded again! If time permits, our mechanic will cover topics from our intermediate classes such as drivetrain maintenance and minor adjustments.

Basic Plus Bike Maintenance Clinic - 3rd Wednesday of the month (2/16 @ 6:30pm in the Presidio bike shop)
For those who already know how to change a flat, the Basic Plus Bike Maintenance Clinic will cover topics such as brake, derailleur adjustments, headset adjustments, how to keep your drivetrain clean and running smoothly, and other topics such as how to wrap your handlebars. The mechanic on staff will also field any specific questions that you may have.


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Walk the Wiggle (Sunday 1/30 @ the Wiggle)
Learn the history and sociology of SF's favorite
shortcut. On foot!

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Old 01-28-11, 11:10 AM
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I presume this is a recurring Sunday ride? I doubt I'd be up for it though, because I've already got late-night plans on the Saturday I'll be in town, and so I don't know that I can wake up early enough to ride that far in the morning
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Old 01-28-11, 06:35 PM
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I just bumped into this on a Google search:
https://www.meetup.com/sfurbantrail/

Anyone gone on one of these? Fun?

Vancouver has some hills but not quite as angular as SF's. I should do some practice here first, maybe some spinning classes, so my legs are ready
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Old 01-29-11, 09:25 AM
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Google "Butterlap" for info on a Wednesday night ride that goes through the city and check out the blog "Bikes and the City" for more info on local city-centric rides. May also be worthwhile to check the shop Box Dog Bikes.
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OP, what kind of cycling do you like to do? Will you have your own bike?

Riding north across the Golden Gate is a must do IMO. It's totally doable on road or MTB depending on total distance you want to cover. The view is great from the top of Conzelman/Hawk Hill.

We also "hosted" a Falafel ride a while back to show a fellow BF'er SF by bike. May we could do something similar... Pete?
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...t=falafel+ride
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Old 01-29-11, 07:27 PM
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Honestly I just like riding in/near cities as a way to get around and see places without being restricted to "car streets", "transit streets" or the like. There are many cities where city group rides have shown me interesting corners I never would have seen otherwise, especially not as a tourist. In Victoria and Vancouver I saw a lot of really neat places on midnight bike rides; in Portland I went zoobombing and to a few other bike events that were going on the weekend I was in town.

The friend I'm staying with for part of my visit in Oakland has two bikes he can lend me, one folding, one non. Bringing my own from Vancouver is impractical.

ConstantRider, thank you so much for the pointer to Bikes and the City - I don't think I'd have found that myself! Butterlap sounds like fun.
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Old 01-29-11, 10:59 PM
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You can take Caltrains down to SJ and do
https://www.sjbikeparty.org/ on the 2/18th
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Old 01-30-11, 02:03 PM
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SJ bike party could be fun! Although I already have an SF hotel room booked that night... seems like it'd be a bit of a waste of a nice room if I have no way of getting back to SF late at night from there.
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Old 02-06-11, 01:24 PM
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9 days till my visit... excited!
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Old 02-06-11, 01:54 PM
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Man, if you have the same weather we had this weekend you are for a treat.
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Old 02-06-11, 03:35 PM
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Well the long range forecast says rain on my first day in town but fingers crossed!
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Damn, bad news. My friend and bike-lender who was to host me the first two days of my trip has to attend to a family funeral, and thus the bike will not be available to borrow until he gets back on Friday the 18th. So I guess the Wednesday Butterlap is out.

Edit: Okay maybe hope is not lost, my friend will try and leave the bike somewhere I can pick it up.

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Old 02-07-11, 07:26 PM
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New update: I rescheduled the trip. Now it's from 2/22-3/02. I tried editing the thread title but it's not changing; would a moderator have to be the one to do this?

On the plus side: YAY, now I will be in town for Critical Mass!
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Old 02-12-11, 01:41 PM
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The weather forecast seems to indicate now that, if I were still coming on 2/15, I'd face several days of rain in a row right off the bat. So maybe it's all for the best that I rescheduled?
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Old 02-15-11, 01:14 PM
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One week to go! See you soon San Francisco!
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Well as of today, the forecast suggests I'll be getting rain on the Tuesday of my arrival, then a dry Wed-Thurs, rainy Fri-Sat, dry Sunday, wet Monday. (yeah yeah I know, West Coast forecasts are notoriously unreliable)

Anyway I guess I'll just play it by ear, and try to arrange to go on at least one ride on a nice day. If it's too wet for Critical Mass I'll find something else to do =)
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Old 02-20-11, 07:39 PM
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If you'll be in Oakland, I'd be happy to do a Redwood loop with you. I go to school in Oakland. The current forecast for this week is actually looking pleasant...
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Old 02-22-11, 11:08 PM
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Well, I just arrived at my friend's place in Oakland... and I guess I must have misinterpreted some of the conversation I'd had, as both of the bikes available to lend are single-speeds. An old Schwinn cruiser and a folding Dahon. I guess this rules out anything other than a slow, leisurely adventure.
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Old 02-23-11, 12:17 AM
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What size bike do you ride?
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Old 02-23-11, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by pacifico View Post
What size bike do you ride?
Um I don't know the measurements off the top of my head, but I'm about 5'10" if that helps. In Vancouver I ride a 12-speed road bike.
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Old 02-23-11, 03:58 AM
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56cm or so.
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