November 10, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Annual Tour of the S.F. Hills
This ride is rated advanced due to hills and distance - it's about 26 miles with a lot of hills, and usually takes about 6 hrs. And... it's not even really a mtn. bike ride! (There's only a little dirt riding.) But you'll have an amazing tour of San Francisco. Ride leader Gary used to work as a bike courier in S.F., and he knows some amazing routes through the city.
Bring a mountain bike or road bike with LOW gears and flat-resistant tires/tubes. The group will stop for lunch along the way, but bring snacks and plenty of water.
The ride explores a multitude of neighborhoods in the city, taking the most difficult path from cafe to taqueria. With the many hilltops in the city, and if we have good luck with weather conditions, riders are treated to frequent magnificent views.
The parade of cyclists winding down Lombard St. and then climbing the 32% grade on Filbert St. always attracts the attention of tourists. Other sites explored on the ride are Potrero Hill (with the fast descent down the "other" crookedest street in the world), Coit Tower, Nob Hill, and Mt. Davidson.
A bonus feature is the optional ascent of the Broderick St. sidewalk in Pacific Heights. This street, below the Levi mansion, is so steep that it is blocked off to traffic - the upper half being a driveway more crooked than Lombard.
A social pace should ensure a low attrition rate, but the prospect of climbing Hill Street after scarfing burritos in the Mission always sheds a few riders.