Bay Area Bike Rides

The Bay Area is a perfect place for cycling.  We have rideable weather all year, a vast array of terrain and scenery, and great cycling roads all over the place.  We also have a transit system that allows bikes; the combination of BART and bike can get you to all of the best places to ride, car-free.

I organize recreational rides for friends of different backgrounds, ranging from serious racing cyclists to people doing fun rides for the first time in their adult lives.  Each of the rides listed here starts at a BART station, and most have options for beginning, intermediate, and advanced cyclists.  The routes start off together, so groups can ride together and peel off for their own ride when appropriate. You can do them in the order presented here, which is a good training ride series, or just do the ones that look fun.  Ride Bike!

RouteStart atDistanceClimbComments
RouteStart atDistanceClimbComments
Happy ValleyOrindaEasy: 10.5km
Int: 17km
Adv: 39.5km
Easy: 100m
Int: 240m
Adv: 620m
Features Papa Bear and the long Pumphouse Hill descent
Moraga, Canyon, PinehurstOrindaEasy: 17km
Int: 28km
Adv: 50km
Easy: 100m
Int: 360m
Adv: 550m
Pinehurst is one of the signature East Bay biking roads
Sunol, PalomaresWest Dublin/ PleasantonEasy: 29km
Int: 43km
Adv: 77km
Easy: 50m
Int: 360m
Adv: 980m
Palomares is a beautiful ride; there are a couple of wineries with tasting rooms
The Three BearsOrindaEasy: 15km
Int: 46km
Adv: 56km
Easy: 100m
Int: 530m
Adv: 881m
Probably the most popular East Bay road for serious cyclists
Mount DiabloCastro ValleyEasy: 32km
Int: 55km
Adv: 70km
Easy: 220m
Int: 740m
Adv: 1240m
Almost 20km straight uphill, with a descent to match
Morgan TerritoryConcordInt: 67km
Adv: 109km
Int: 800m
Adv: 1160m
Hard to beat this one; spectacular rural riding east of Diablo
The Tiburon LoopDaly CityEasy: 27km
Int: 48km
Adv: 89km
Easy: 150m
Int: 500m
Adv: 770m
One of the most popular loops in the Bay Area, this route adds a couple of fun roads in the Marin Headlands
Mount TamalpaisDaly CityEasy: 27km
Int: 48km
Adv: 105km
Easy: 150m
Int: 500m
Adv: 1400m
Beautiful riding through Marin County and San Francisco. Advanced riders can skip the Marin Headlands if they want something a bit easier
The Cheese Factory CenturyDaly CityEasy: 27km
Int: 78km
Adv: 171km
Easy: 150m
Int: 488m
Adv: 1120m
A nice tour of east and central Marin, with a picnic option at the Marin French Cheese Company
The Berkeley Hills Death RideBerkeleyInt: 67km
Adv: 56km
Int: 1570m
Adv: 1550m
Yes, the longer ride is easier; the short ride goes up a series of ridiculously steep climbs
Tunitas Creek RoadColmaAdv: 99.5kmAdv: 1210mTunitas Creek Road is one of the best cycling roads anywhere, and Highway 1 is fun in its own way
The East Bay Dead End TourCastro ValleyEasy: 26km
Int: 68km
Adv: 120km
Easy: 180m
Int: 520m
Adv: 1360m
A tour of six different dead end roads in the East Bay; unusual riding with very little traffic
Mount HamiltonEast Dublin/ PleasantonAdv: 131km
Nuts: 175km
Adv: 1750m
Nuts: 2230m
Not really intermediate/ advanced; more like advanced/ masochistic. A one-of-a-kind ride in the middle of nowhere
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Acknowledgements

I owe a debt to Grant Petersen (now of Rivendell Cycles) for his old Roads to Ride books.  Technology has made them less relevant, but for many years they were the best way to find great rides in the Bay Area.

I’ve shamelessly stolen the “Ride Bike!” exclamation from Jobst Brandt (although he sort of stole it from Fausto Coppi).


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