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The unique thing about the Bay area and mountain biking for visitors is public transportation in SF city, and trail heads that can be reached outside of the city without a car via public transportation such as BART or Caltrain.

I have quoted a few rules from the Arizona forum that I heard about. Immediate info such as where to rent a bike in the City and where to ride without a car if staying in the city will be a good start.

To our visitors: We've created this thread to hopefully answer the most obvious questions you have about riding in our state. This has become necessary because every year, usually from spring to fall, the tourist traffic in our forum becomes so great that we spend all our time answering "I'm coming to Bay Area/ North CA where should I ride?" type questions.

If it still doesn't answer your questions, then maybe we need to add more stuff to our sticky! Go ahead and post to the board if you still have questions.

Thread rules:

* Locals, please post your personal recommendations for your personal favorite rides. Include enough detail that the reader can determine the ride's difficulty, trailhead directions, ride directions, and seasonal considerations. Any post that fails to do these things will get deleted.

* Do not comment on someone else's recommendations unless it is to clarify or expand on what someone else is recommending. Any post dissing someone else's recommendations will get deleted.

* This is not the thread to recommend or criticize local bike shops. If you include information about a bike shop, please make sure it's related to the ride(s) you're recommending.

* If you have a thread in mind where we've already discussed riding in certain areas, send me a PM with a link and I'll review it.

With that said, start posting up your recommendations!
 

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Trails accessible via public transportation [Caltrain, BART]

Waterdog Lake at Belmont by train
http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-s...ifornia-bayarea/trail/PRD_165375_4519crx.aspx
Joaquin Miller by BART at East Bay
http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-s...ifornia-bayarea/trail/PRD_165279_4519crx.aspx
Marin Headland by simply riding over the Golden Gate Bridge from the City's Presidio area.
http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-s...ifornia-bayarea/trail/PRD_165297_4519crx.aspx

I heard of some other trails that are accessible by BART in the East Bay?

Others must ride near San Francisco (Need Car)
[quoted from another thread by Baycat]

Recommend riding two places within a somewhat short drive of S.F.

El Corte de Madera, we call it Skeggs, http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_ecdm.asp. A lot of singletrack under canopy, with a lot of ups and downs.

Directions and route suggestions are here at Passion Trail Bikes (local bike shop): http://passiontrailbikes.com/pages/ECdM. Park at Skeggs Point.

Second place you will want to check out is Tamarancho in Fairfax, right across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is about a ~10 mile loop, through great variety of terrain and nothing to technical but fun. You can ride directly from the Sunshine bike shop and a day pass is $5. Park across the street from the shop in the big parking lot.

http://www.sunshinebicycle.com/home/
 

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Don't forget the "moving to California" threads.

Is it still worth living in Silicon Valley? (And where to live?)
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=308670

Making a move to California...but where???
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=366698

Moving to Santa Cruz
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=354462

Moving to the Bay Area for 2 years, what bikes should I bring?

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=385563

Moving to East Bay, Whats close to good trails?
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=393607

from fruita to bay area
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=398191

Moving to Silicon Valley

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=406511

New to the Cupertino area
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=380749

OT: San Lorenzo Valley area residents...
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=385174

Advice needed for Brit moving to San Fran Bay Area
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=350549

Commute from Fairfax to Richmond

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=325488

Relocating back to Bay Area - Help us narrow down potential places!
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=268321

Relocation to Richmond CA--where is the best palce to live

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=283471

Best place in Bay Area to buy 1st home?
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=275348
 

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I think this may be better as a FAQ, which is permanently placed some place (like the right hand bar), rather than a sticky thread. The singlespeed board has something like this - http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=46.

I mentioned this to Francois, and he said I should try to put something together, which I haven't found the time to do. I am more than happy to hand this off (whether a FAQ or thread).

No matter what, we need something like this.
 

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Perfect!

While we aren't Moab or Les Gets we are one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. I have had more people, friends and family and "friends" crash at my place than you could believe and then have to do the tourist loop around GGB, Cable cars.........It is like being travel agent, hotelier, and tour guide all in one.

This would be a great solution as I weary of the questions and have chosen to ignore them.
 

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I think this would be better as a wiki or a FAQ as mentioned above. I've read some of the other local forums' threads on this topic and they seem to become a bit outdated and hard to follow. It would be nice if a few people were organizing it and updating so that the end result would be more coherent.
 

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Web Resources

General Resources
  • MTBR reviews Bay Area Everywhere else Norcal
  • Mtb.Live555 - Sort of a directory of web resources plenty of Norcal Stuff there
  • P E T E's Site - Pics and videos, Norcal content plus other stuff (Am I allowed to post that link?)
  • Steve Wolf's Web Site - Trail Maps, Pictures, ride reviews and other stuff
  • Last but not least Ogrehut... Maps, trail reviews, pictures, a few videos, lots of whining. (That's why this is self serving propaganda)

Regional

Out of time but there are tons more... I'll edit this and add them in.
 

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China Camp is fun, its a quick run but its easy to get too the only hard thing there is the swich backs.

Mt. Tame has a lot of good trails most unmanaged trails u only hear about from other people, the best is tenderfoot reallly technical roots and rocks with a bout a 3 wide trail:D
 

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If I was a prospective visitor to Norcal, I would completely by pass this sticky,...I'd say "I read the FAQ" but I need "current info" and ask on the open forum for current and direct interpersonal communication and advice, Just what the web DOESN'T need is ANOTHER faq..... what happened to human interaction? SAD that folks can't be bothered to offer up a little soul and interaction.
 

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MtnBikerDan said:
If I was a prospective visitor to Norcal, I would completely by pass this sticky,...I'd say "I read the FAQ" but I need "current info" and ask on the open forum for current and direct interpersonal communication and advice, Just what the web DOESN'T need is ANOTHER faq..... what happened to human interaction? SAD that folks can't be bothered to offer up a little soul and interaction.
Threads like this seem to stagnate though. I have visited a couple places and looked at the similar sticky thread beforehand but the info I was after was too scattered or outdated. A more organized, regularly maintained wiki or FAQ would be much better.

Sure, you can still post a new message if you are looking for something specific like setting up a ride at a specific place, but to repeat info like "china camp is good for beginners" seems like a waste to me. Put it in the FAQ/wiki. My $.02 ...
 

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MtnBikerDan said:
If I was a prospective visitor to Norcal, I would completely by pass this sticky,...I'd say "I read the FAQ" but I need "current info" and ask on the open forum for current and direct interpersonal communication and advice, Just what the web DOESN'T need is ANOTHER faq..... what happened to human interaction? SAD that folks can't be bothered to offer up a little soul and interaction.
I kindly respect your opinion. Here is an observations I noticed.

After responding to about 5 of these visitor inquiry questions for where to rent, where to ride close to the city, public transportation...I have noticed that the same people that usually response has lost their interested. Me including.

So there have been threads where no one responded for at least a day or two. That is kind of unusual for Norcal forum considering how active we are.

How about we keep this thread going for a month or so. Base on how much new visitor inquiry thread we see, we will be able to gauge how useful this thread really is vs. just answering individual threads.

What do you all think?
 
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