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I will be heading out to San Fran on the evening of the 5th for a visit with some friends before a trip overseas for work. I was thinking of bringing a bike and getting some riding in. Road would be a no brainer, but riding Mountain would be fantastic. Is there anyone out there that would be interested and have some free time Thursday and Friday to give a feller a tour?
 

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I will be heading out to San Fran on the evening of the 5th for a visit with some friends before a trip overseas for work. I was thinking of bringing a bike and getting some riding in. Road would be a no brainer, but riding Mountain would be fantastic. Is there anyone out there that would be interested and have some free time Thursday and Friday to give a feller a tour?
JMKM,

Here's a thread I did with some trail pictures last August after spending a month in the Bay Area getting some good riding in throughout the Bay. I brought my bike out there on a business trip and had use of a car. No bike rack, so I tossed the rear wheel in the trunk and the bike in the back seat. If you will have use of a car - or could rent one - there are a lot of fun trails within 30 - 45 minutes of San Francisco you could hit on Thursday/Friday. You could also use BART to get to Briones and Diablo in the East Bay.

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=124575

As the thread states, I bought the book "Mountain Biking the San Francisco Bay Area" and used it as a guide to conduct my solo rides during my free time. Even if you don't bring a bike, you can rent a hybrid down at Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and follow the map up to Mt. Tam for some fire road riding on mountain biking's birth place mountain. Just don't get caught going over 15mph.:madman:

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check out the east bay parks

There are a ton of parks in the hills of the east bay, that are a part of the east bay regional park district, with a lot of really good riding and hiking if you do not bring a bike. Check out the website www.ebparks.org Sorry I will be out of town, but my favorites are Tilden and Redwood regional parks. Enjoy. If you want some more info, let me know.
 

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For the most part, the transit system is bike friendly. BART, www.bart.gov allows bikes during all but commute hours and then there is the the bus system. AC transit or the contra costa country connection, depending on location, and they have bike racks on the front of most busses. I would be inclined to just ride from the bart station up the berkeley hills if I did not have a car. Try going from the Berkeley bart station straight up through UC berkeley to Tilden for some fun rides. Although it is paved up to the ridgeline.
 

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You can take bicycles on BART, subject to certain restrictions of course. I've done that and it's worked out well: http://www.bart.gov/guide/bikes/bikeOverview.asp

I'll second Bruce's mention of riding across the Golden Gate Bridge! Afterwards you can bop around in the Marin headlands then zoom down the road to Sausalito. From there you can ride the ferry boat back to SF, or continue onward to Tiburon and catch the ferry there.

Do beware of the idiot drivers in SF, some are even armed with Muni buses.
 

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JMKM,

I think me and some friends have a mtb ride going for Thursday night.. (right after work, no need for lights). Let me know if you want to join in...
 
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