What we're about

We are women over 50 and tired of being the only Gals pulling up on bikes at intersections! (No, you don't have to be over 50 to join - just have to want to ride with us -- that's it!)

Join Gals With Gears for fun, healthy and practical cycling in San Francisco and nearby - with women our own age! Surely you've noticed all those white lanes, green zones and bicycles painted on the streets? Come ride with us! Basic riding skills and helmet required.

We will offer advice on riding in the City, and answer any questions you have any aspect of biking, such as selecting a bicycle, adjusting a helmet, riding in a group, using a Muni bus rack, rules of the road, shifting gears, climbing a hill, and whatever else you want to know.

We offer 4 levels of rides:

Level A = 10-15 miles and mostly flat.

Level B = 15-25 miles and/or some hills (<1,500 ft - think of Presidio hills, not Mt Tam or Mt Diablo).

Level C = 15-35 miles and/or more hills (>1,500-2,500 ft).

Level D = 35-50 miles, and/or even more hills (>2,500 ft)

Most routes are a loop, ending where we begin. Some rides are not a loop, so read the description to see.

Not had your bicycle out in a very long while? Please have it checked over by a bike mechanic to be sure it is safe and reliable. We want you to enjoy the ride and not have maintenance issues along the way.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offers free bicycle education classes. Some are classroom, others are on-your-bike practice. See current offerings on the SFBC's events listing for Urban Bicycle Workshops. Offerings for adults include: Adult Learn to Ride, Intro to Urban Bicycling, Traffic Skills 101-2-On-Road, Night and All-Weather Biking. Here's the link:

https://sfbike.org/events/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe_eventcategory=235

Upcoming events (2)

Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach and back (Level A)

Music Concourse

Join the Gals for a ride from Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach, down Great Highway to Sloat and return. We’ll show you a route, provide tips for riding in the city, and have a relaxing ride. Please arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10:00 start.

Most of the route will be on 'slow streets' within Golden Gate Park and Great Highway we hope remains car-free on weekends (depending on how the vote goes), making the route almost entirely low-stress car-free and slow-street miles.

This is an outdoor event and no mask required.

Level: A

Time: 10:00 am sharp (arrive by 9:45)

Distance: About 10 miles, generally flat.

Start and Finish: By the Bandshell in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

• We ride at a relaxed pace and won't leave anyone behind.

• RSVP required. Helmet and basic riding skills required.

• Rain cancels. Will send a message via Meetup if we cancel to those who RSVP for this ride.

• Not had your bicycle out in a very long while? Please have it checked over by a bike mechanic to be sure it is safe and reliable.

• Bring your questions -- Anything you want to know about biking? No question is too basic -- probably other Gals will have the same question!

We are grateful for all the good work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to improve conditions for bicycling in San Francisco. We encourage you to check out their work and join. If you join a ride you get a reduced one-year membership rate.

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San Francisco Waterfront to Crissy Field & Tunnel Tops (Level A ride)

Plaza opposite the Ferry Building

Join the Gals for an enjoyable, easy-going ride along Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to Crissy Field and back. We'll add a peek at the two new tunnel top parks. Then back to the Ferry Building. We'll show you a route, provide tips for riding in the city, and have a relaxing ride. (You'll also get a chance to try out a MUNI bus bike rack, if you would like.)

Level: A (<15 miles, mostly flat)

Distance: About 12 miles.

Start/End: Plaza in the middle of Embarcadero, across from the SF Ferry Building. Arrive by 9:45. Push-off time is 10:00am, sharp.

• We ride at a relaxed pace and won't leave anyone behind.

• RSVP required. Helmet and basic riding skills required.

• Not had your bicycle out in a very long while? Please have it checked over by a bike mechanic to be sure it is safe and reliable.

• The route is on multi-use paths, and roads with or without a bike lane.

• Rain cancels. Will send a message via Meetup if we cancel to those who RSVP for this ride.

• Bring your questions -- Anything you want to know about biking? No question is too basic -- probably other Gals will have the same question!

We are grateful for all the good work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to improve conditions for bicycling in San Francisco. We encourage you to check out their work and join. You can join at a ride for a discounted one-year membership.

Past events (105)

San Francisco Waterfront - North (Level A ride)

Plaza opposite the Ferry Building

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