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Toddtwenty2
03-29-2012, 06:15 PM
Hello,

I just moved to the bay area from the midwest (mid-peninsula between SF and San Jose). I'm very happy to be moving to a more sunny and moderate climate, and I can't wait until my bikes get here with the moving company.

I was wondering if any of you kind souls from the area would mind suggesting some of your favorite routes to ride for both road and mountain biking? So far I'm planning my first ride with this handy website http://bayarearides.com/.

Thanks,
Todd

majl
03-29-2012, 06:35 PM
Welcome! You've moved to the right place for cycling - road, MTB, cross, it's all here. And the peninsula is at the heart of it all.

For road riding, this club has some great route sheets http://velogirls.com/resources/routes.php

For MTB, check out the MPOSP maps: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/

So many great interconnecting trails and preserves that will suit the MTB rider looking for a 5-mile loop to a 60+ mile outing.

For cross, here is the link to the local blog - season starts in the fall and they will have all the race dates and times as they are published: http://ncncacx.blogspot.com/

foo_fighter
03-29-2012, 06:42 PM
I think there was already a thread on this, but I hope you like climbing.

Search for these climbs: Old La Honda, Montebello, Redwood Gulch, Kings Mountain Road, Tunitas, Hwy 9, Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Diablo, Bohlman-On-Orbit-Bohlman,Sierra, Quimby.

Here's a fav of mine: http://www.paloaltobicycles.com/resources/ring-of-fire/

Pretty much any ride that goes out the coast and back over skyline would be good.

For a quick flat ride, the Portola loop around Portola Valley near Stanford is nice.

For Mountain biking: Soquel Demonstration Forest and Skeggs for hardcore rides. Any one of the open space preserves for easier rides(These are rideable on a cross bike).

One cool, thing I plan to do this year is the twilight ride at Laguna Seca, where they let you ride around the track.

Toddtwenty2
03-29-2012, 06:43 PM
Fantastic! This is great information. It looks like Pulgas Ridge is the closest OSP to me (Burlingame). I'll check that out first.

Thanks so much.

Toddtwenty2
03-29-2012, 06:47 PM
I apologize if I missed the thread, I'm fairly new to the forum.

I enjoy a good climb as long as there is a descent to follow :)

I will certainly check out the ring of fire loop. Thank you for the suggestions.

bironi
03-29-2012, 06:59 PM
I did a week of cycling in the mountains of the Bay Peninsula a couple years ago. My hosting buddy bought a map at a local shop of the South SF Bay & Monterey Bay Areas. It is the best I've seen. Here is a link.

http://www.krebscycleproducts.com/

Toddtwenty2
03-29-2012, 07:05 PM
I did what I should have done to begin with, and searched the forum before posting. This thread was very helpful, and the pictures have me calling the moving company as we speak to see where they are en route.

http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=103362&highlight=bay+area


This is also helpful for routes:

http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=102004&highlight=san+francisco


And this has me interested in visiting a few bike shops:

http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=94303&highlight=san+francisco

This is a very handy forum...

Toddtwenty2
03-29-2012, 07:13 PM
Thank you for the link to the maps Bironi. These look perfect. I'm off to visit a bike shop today to see if they have any... otherwise I'll be ordering the Santa Cruz mountains map off of the website.

jds108
03-29-2012, 07:18 PM
I ride with this group: http://www.westernwheelers.org/main/index.htm who usually start rides in the Palo Alto area

And down in San Jose you have: http://www.actc.org/

These are not hammerfests, and people go out of their way to welcome newcomers. If you're into that sort of thing...

-Jeff

cnighbor1
03-29-2012, 07:34 PM
do a search for grizzy peak cyclists. Go to cue sheet Nearly every ride you can do in the bay area and with cue sheets
do our 100 mile ride in may great ride
come up to walnut creek we will climb 4000 feet mt diablo together (or maybe not together)
Grant petersen has two books out they show all hills rides in the bay area they are not part of a bike trip Just one road going up with profile
Do Mt hamiton all 4000
and off road a great ride also
cnighbor2@yahoo.com

cnighbor1
03-29-2012, 07:36 PM
head up into hills behind you by foot power great hikes up there

cat6
03-29-2012, 07:50 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Roads-Ride-South-Bicyclists-Topographic/dp/0930588177

It's dated, but the roads still exist. She picked it up at a garage sale when we lived in the Bay Area. It's written by Grant Peterson, who she was and probably still is unfamiliar with. She just saw bikes and forked out a whopping dime to bring it home for me. Kind of neat. You can find plenty of rides online, but for $5 this might make good bathroom/bedside ride inspirer/planner.

geoffkaplan
03-29-2012, 08:45 PM
i find these 2 sites helpful:
http://cycling.stanford.edu/

http://calcycling.org/routes/all-routes/

bironi
03-29-2012, 08:57 PM
Thank you for the link to the maps Bironi. These look perfect. I'm off to visit a bike shop today to see if they have any... otherwise I'll be ordering the Santa Cruz mountains map off of the website.

I'm envious, that's is some of the best cycling anywhere. Enjoy.

benitosan1972
03-29-2012, 10:20 PM
i was raised in San Francisco.
i live in San Mateo.
i work and go to school in San Jose.

i ride everywhere in between,
welcome to the area & forum,
let me know if i can be of any help.

i've ridden everything i could find around here,
road, cross, mountain, fixed, bmx, big wheel, LOL
IMO, the best riding around is found here, whatever your preference, or experience it all
in a single ride you can go from forest to countryside to mountain to beach to urban city, that's pretty cool

pdmtong
03-29-2012, 10:26 PM
Fantastic! This is great information. It looks like Pulgas Ridge is the closest OSP to me (Burlingame). I'll check that out first.

Thanks so much.

waterdog park in belmont....bring your 5"+ bike and armor....

join the wednesday night rides and BBQ that passion trail bikes in belmont sponsor...thats the mtb shop on the mid-pen

south side of skeggs great too...

benitosan1972
03-29-2012, 10:33 PM
waterdog park in belmont....bring your 5"+ bike and armor....



psssh, i do Waterdog on a fully rigid singlespeed and Rapha :eek:

*i've ridden it 100x's growing up in San Mateo, that trail is equivalent to
the bunnyslopes at a ski resort... total overkill on the 5"+ and armor there, Softy! ;)

ben_san
03-29-2012, 11:49 PM
Waterdog itself is pretty tame but the nearby jumps at Carlmont are definitely not.. Waterdog is worth the trip - helps to have a local to show you around. PM me if you want to join a ride.

benitosan1972
03-30-2012, 12:41 AM
Waterdog itself is pretty tame but the nearby jumps at Carlmont are definitely not

agreed. Carlmont's where you'll need the armor and 5"+
if dirt-jumping is what you're into, i know of a few spots,
some known, some underground, there's also indoor/outdoor parks in the 650

Peter B
03-30-2012, 01:53 AM
Come join the fun on the Devil Mountain Double (http://www.quackcyclists.com/dmd.htm) in late April. We'll guide you from the start in San Ramon, thru Danville, up Mt. Diablo via Southgate, descend Northgate, over to Clayton, out Morgan Territory, thru Livermore, over Altamont Pass, then Patterson Pass, up Mines Road, climb back side of Hamilton, Sierra Road, around the Reservoir Loop, descend Niles Canyon, climb Palomares Canyon and finally Norris Canyon.

It's an easy 206mi/18,500' jaunt. The Quacks host a ride not to be missed. Extraordinary support on road, big eats post ride. Just a terrific gang. The fools on the ride are a good group too.

Get your bike and get registered. And pet the goat.

Peter

Toddtwenty2
03-30-2012, 01:38 PM
Thanks for all of the support and ride offers. I will certainly be in contact for mountain biking partners. My wife and I (and sometimes the dog in a trailer) like going on weekend tours with the camping gear if anyone is interested in making it a slow group camping trip.

Being from the midwest, I assure you that I do not currently own anything with 5" of suspension, nor do I own body armor. Perhaps I could use my hockey gear and throw a couple hip checks at the trees in my way.

Also being from the midwest, I will need to investigate these concepts you speak of such as "elevation," "incline," and "climbing." I am currently searching wikipedia for answers.

I may take you up on the group road biking events as well, though my road biking only consists of a few years of daily commuting, solo rides, and riding with my wife. I am probably in good enough shape to keep up with most groups, but I'd need to become educated on the niceties of riding with others.

Thanks again for all of the insight. I appreciate it.

pdmtong
03-30-2012, 06:07 PM
another really fun thing to do is to go up to northstar-at-tahoe and do some lift-assisted downhill. it's a lot of fun...my now 12yo cleaned her first black diamond last summer on her 5" safire. us, we rent DH rigs there. I have no use for a 40+# 8" travel bike anywhere but there. you can rent full face helmets and armor...it's a blast!

as for road...there are enough bumps around here you can easily do 50/5000 without even going west of 280 if you just grunt around the mid-pen...although way more satisfying to see or head out to the ocean.

Thanks for all of the support and ride offers. I will certainly be in contact for mountain biking partners. My wife and I (and sometimes the dog in a trailer) like going on weekend tours with the camping gear if anyone is interested in making it a slow group camping trip.

Being from the midwest, I assure you that I do not currently own anything with 5" of suspension, nor do I own body armor. Perhaps I could use my hockey gear and throw a couple hip checks at the trees in my way.

Also being from the midwest, I will need to investigate these concepts you speak of such as "elevation," "incline," and "climbing." I am currently searching wikipedia for answers.

I may take you up on the group road biking events as well, though my road biking only consists of a few years of daily commuting, solo rides, and riding with my wife. I am probably in good enough shape to keep up with most groups, but I'd need to become educated on the niceties of riding with others.

Thanks again for all of the insight. I appreciate it.

benitosan1972
03-30-2012, 06:29 PM
If you on the Peninsula & ride road, the initiation is to ride OLH/Page Mill, then post your PR here. If you ride MTB, do Skeggs/Corte Madera. It's what everybody rides around here.

Mt Hamilton/Mt Umunum for South Bay.
Mt Tam for Marin, Mt Diablo for East Bay.