#escapefromsuperbowlcity

The weeks leading up to the Super Bowl weekend were downright chaotic in the Bay Area and while there was some humor directed at the issues, there also was an uneasy feeling of corporate greediness, inequality and injustice and just bizarro choices in general that permeated daily life.

With all of that said, I’m glad I was able to coordinate with my friends in January and plan an escape from San Francisco for the Super Bowl weekend. Most people joined for a quick S240 to the Madrone Campground at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and a select few braved an extra night at the campground while fending off raccoons and ravens. There was even time for a quick jaunt to Point Reyes Station for some excellent pastries, a side trip to Black Mountain Cycles (where Jacquie Phelan and Charlie Cunningham were just chillin’ on the couch) and an afternoon hike to Mount Barnabe. All in all, a good weekend and hopefully just one of many camping trips planned for 2016.

Here’s a collection of some of the great moments as documented by the Instagrams and flickr’s of the internets (click the photos for the sources, I ain’t taking credit for your photo mastery!):


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Boyz on The Hoods #escapefromsportsball

Escape from Stuporbowl Camping trip to Samuel P Taylor

Summer Skool Sessions #3 – North Bay Route

It appears school is back in session and it’s debatable whether or not it’s still summer, but come join us anyway for our final curated ride of the year! Ride #3 will take place on Saturday September 26th and we’ll be embarking on a ‘best of’ dirt tour of Marin county.

Meet up is at 8:00am at Dynamo Donuts in the Marina (GPS: 37.805847, -122.447447). Roll out at 8:30am.

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We’ll be riding 30+ miles of dirt fire roads & trails on this 70 mile ride. For the North Bay savvy, we’ll be riding Old Railroad Grade -> 7 Sisters -> Bolinas Ridge Trail -> Cross Marin Trail -> Old Railroad Grade (White’s Hill) -> Larkspur/Tiburon Ferry back.

Expect large roots & ruts on Bolinas Ridge Trail. You can certainly run what you brung, but try to bring 45+ tires or 30+ tires with your rad bike skillz.

Remember to bring your lunch money, because we’ll be stopping at Arti’s Indian Cafe for lunch in Lagunitas (sandwiches from nearby deli are also good).

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The leg between the two water spots: West Point Inn & Samuel P. Taylor can be long & thirsty. Bring 2-3 large water bottles. We will try to make the 4:45pm Ferry at Larkspur but will go to Tiburon if that doesn’t work out.

Hope to see you there!

Summer Skool Sessions #2 – Peninsula MTBrevet Ride Report

With summer in full swing, it feels like “The Days Are Just Packed”. Trying to make the most of these long days, this past weekend’s Summer Skool Session #2 ride (a.k.a. MTBrevet) tried to emulate these feelings of carefree exploration and wonderment of the great outdoors.

It was great to see a grip load of people meet up for the ride at the 4th and King station at Caltrain in San Francisco, as we nearly took over the train car. It was even cooler to see a few more people hop on Caltrain along the way at different stations and another group meet us at the proper ride start in Mountain View. All in all, we had a head count of 24 during the ride. There was such a quirky mix of rando bikes, cross bikes, mountain bikes, and other bikes that defied conventional categorization. Surely with that many people and bikes, there would be some pressure for the route to be amazing, right?

Safe to say, after rounding each corner or climbing up the next set of hills, riders were greeted with scenery that seemed to transcend the views that they had just seen. About midway through the ride, there was a magical Hot Dog stand oasis that provided much needed sustenance and hydration for the group. Shortly after departing from this oasis, there was a stark change in the scenery on the route and it pushed us into full “mind blown” territory.

After forty some miles and somewhere between 5000-6000 ft of climbing, with nearly half of it on single track, the group stopped at the Alpine Inn for a few post ride burgers and brews. Here are some highlights from the ride:

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You can check out Jenny Oh’s ride report and photos here, peep Manny’s photos here, and view some other photos from the ride here. Stay tuned for the details for the final Summer Skool Sessions ride of the year!

Summer Skool Sessions #2 – Peninsula MTBrevet


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Ride #2 of our Summer Skool Sessions will take place on Saturday, June 27th.

Things will work a little bit differently for this route, as we will meet up at:

4th and King Caltrain Station at 8:00am
– Board the Southbound Train #422 at 8:15am
– Arrive at Mountain View Station at 9:31am

As usual, run what you brung, but unless you have sick skillz, you may want to bring at least a 700×40 width tire with some tread or be prepared to walk or cool it now on some of the sections.

Summer Skool Sessions #1 – OG Fauxvet Route

So the Boyz have been getting a failing grade in the blogosphere this past calendar year, so we’ve been forced to enroll in Summer Skool Sessions.

This past Saturday was the first ride in our series, a tried and tested route through some beautiful coastal scenery and redwood forests. Here are some highlights from the grams of instant:

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Stay tuned and keep your eyeholes open for more details about ride numero #2 and #3 of the series.

SEA to PDX “Backdoor” Tour Diary – Day 5

After a bit of preemptive celebratory evening at Thunder Island Brewery, we moseyed back to our campsite and retired to our encampment of tightly concentrated tents, or “tentrification” as I so proudly coined it. Unfortunately throughout the night, there was a seemingly endless amount of freight trains passing by along the Columbia River, blowing their horns to announce their presence.

Despite the groggy night’s rest, we awoke to a stunning view of the Columbia River and headed for the local diner, where we wolfed down some more traditional breakfast fare. As we were getting ready to leave the establishment, Brian was standing outside with his shirt off and was lathering on sunscreen while others of us were in various states of undress, and a customer walked out and gasped. I thought the sight of a group of such handsome and strong gentlemen startled him but in actuality he simply said to his family, “Look there’s a whole bunch of naked people out here!”

Leaving the city of Cascade Locks, we made it onto the Columbia River Gorge Bike Route, which was a pleasant bit of separated bikeway infrastructure. It was a nice feeling after previously being exposed to insults on the roadways near the Washington/Oregon border. This well maintained multi-use path that was gradual in grade and had plenty of foliage to provide us cover. There was one section that had to be traversed by a set of 50 or so steps of stairs and we struggled to lift our loaded bikes (maybe not as strong as I thought) onto the wheel tracks on the side of the stairs and push them up the obstacle.

Nathan had conversed with some locals at Thunder Road Brewing who had given us suggestions to make some detours to check out some waterfalls in the area. They had told us that Wahclella Falls was a nice short detour that wouldn’t set us off course for the rest of the day. We spent about an hour marveling at the falls, especially since the drought conditions have hit most of California really hard. It was nice visiting these specific falls because later down the road we saw various other waterfalls, or should I say parking lots full of people trying to go see waterfalls.

The last big climb of the day was up to Vista House, a weird looking observatory that looks out upon the Columbia River Valley. After we all had visited the small gift shop, I had noticed that the majority of the group had opted for an ice cream sandwich and a Coca Cola. As we sat in the shade and ate our nearly identical treats, I realized it had been a long 5 days on the road (7 counting the travel day) and it started to show, if not in our beards, then in our attitudes. Everyone was still jovial but it was as if most of the spectacular riding had been completed and we were just anticipating to get to our finish point. The last 20 miles or so were a complete blur. There were an endless number of suburban cities along the way to Portland and the scenery transitioned from suburban wasteland to slightly more interesting neighborhoods. Topher mentioned at a certain point he was really disoriented when he began to see sidewalks and traffic lights again.

By the time we reached our final destination in Portland, we were all completely zoned out. We snapped a picture at the awesome 8-bit mural outside Velo Cult and knocked back a few beers to return to normality. The mechanics in the shop gave us compliments about our bikes and snapped some photos of our ragtag group. Sky, the owner of Velo Cult, welcomed us into his establishment and gave us a tour of the spiffy surroundings and the downstairs areas.

The group said their final goodbyes to Bill, who had a train to catch back to Seattle, while the rest of us dispersed to visit our different groups of Portland friends. The next 3 days were spent gorging ourselves with food, visiting bikes shops and aimless wandering. We had made plans to meet up with Joshua Bryant and Russ and Laura from The Path Less Pedaled and we all had a great time exchanging our various touring and biking stories. Joshua was even nice enough to take us on a morning ramble up to Mt. Tabor the next morning before he had work!

It’s been nearly a month since we got back from the trip and I only have some rough conclusions about how I feel about the tour. Mainly it’s that we were inspired by a bunch of cool e-famous bike people who turned out to be *gasp* real nice in person as well. While we didn’t get to meet up with Mr. Heine, he served as the main catalyst for this trip, as it was after reading too many issues of Bicycle Quarterly, that members of our group were curious to see how the gravel and dirt roads of Washington compared with California’s offerings. In e-mail exchanges, Jan was very helpful by providing a GPS route that formed the basis of the trip. The Path Less Pedaled were instrumental in guiding many of our early interests in touring and providing us information and motivation to get out and explore the world by bike, and Russ and Laura were extremely down to earth and great people to be around. When talking with them in person, you see how much knowledge they have accumulated over the years and that they genuinely enjoy helping others get into bike touring. Likewise, Martina and Jason from Swift Industries and Joshua Bryant of Cycles J Bryant are also very rad peepz and when they aren’t making awesome products or going on cool rides like the Oregon Outback, they don’t find it beneath themselves to slum it and ride with Boyz on the Hoods.

Seriously, the main takeaway is that it was empowering to plan, embark and finish a tour of this nature. I feel like a dork for writing all these wordy ride reports but hey, if it gets someone stoked to go out on a bike ride, S240 or a cross continental tour, or whatever, then mission accomplished! Anyways I’ve written way too many words about this trip now and without any further delay, enjoy the world premiere of our super pro video edit from the tour:

#bdbsummercamp – Coyote Hills Regional Park

Summer is coming to a close but there was still time for a jaunt over to the Coyote Hills Regional Park for a quick overnight camping trip. I don’t explore the East Bay as much as I should so shout out (and thanks!) to Box Dog Bikes for organizin’ and coordinatin’ this trip! Check out more of the photos here, cuz you know pictures proved it happened.