What we're about

Established in July of 2013, the purpose of BARC is to form a community of recumbent cycling enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area who enjoy riding with others on occasion and riding in a variety of locales.

The ride calendar is comprised of rides that members create, send a message to Organizer (Russell) if you'd like to have your account enabled for creating/posting events. Advice for posting a ride here on BARC can be found here (https://www.meetup.com/SFBARC/messages/boards/thread/51796840) and assistance is available, contact Russell.

Cycling is a sporting activity known to pose risks to your person and/or property. Cycling with a group may increase some of these risks. Members and ride leaders (i.e. event hosts) are not certified experts in cycling or cycling safety.

To request a BARC membership:

1. Read and understand the Limits of Liability (https://www.meetup.com/SFBARC/about/)

2. Click: Request to Join button, answer the three questions then submit

Note: If you don't own a recumbent cycle, no worries, we don't require members to own a recumbent. All pedal-powered cycles are welcome, including e-assisted cycles. This is not a group for cycles that are powered solely by a motor.

Upcoming events (5+)

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail (Marina, CA)

Parking lot along Reservation Road next to Jack in the Box

The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail (MBCRT) has some of the best scenery of any bike path in California. We'll also take the Beach Range Road alternate route through the no-longer-active Fort Ord. We've done this route four or five times in the past, this route has never disappointed!!! This time of year is generally considered to have Monterey's best weather too... Also, might be too early yet but if the Monarch Butterflies have begun to gather at the sanctuary by this time we might stop by for a visit (very close to our route)... https://www.pgmuseum.org/monarch-viewing/ Plan to stop for lunch somewhere along/near the trail in Monterey on the way back. Maybe Hula's Island Grill??? (https://www.hulastiki.com/m2) Arrive by/before 9:45 AM, Roll-out time is 10:00 AM Distance: ~30 miles Pace: ~10 mph (7-8 mph when rolling through the Cannery Row/Fisherman's Wharf area) Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28174339 (shows outbound leg of our out & back route) NOTES: 1. There are several short sections of uphill/downhill but not as much as the linked route above implies by the jagged appearance of the elevation profile. BARC has ridden this route 4-5 times in the past. 2. The MBCRT technically ends at Lovers Point, about 12 miles from our starting point. Our route continues past the end of the trail in the bike lane on the lovely and scenic Sunset Drive for ~2.5 miles before we turn around and head back. Riders may choose to stop and/or wait at Lovers Point (makes for a 25 mile ride round-trip). 3. Expect a few more stops along the way than is usual on a BARC ride. 4. If anyone wants some extra miles afterward, there are a couple of interesting options (e.g. Pezzini Farms, Moss Landing)

SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Richmond > Point Richmond)

Emeryville Police Dept. - Powell Street

SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Rydin Rd & Central Ave > Point Richmond) Meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month 2 distances: 30 miles and 18 miles (round-trip) 30 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 8:45 AM, meet in front of the Emeryville Police Department station located at 2449 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA. WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS 9:00 AM. There is sufficient street parking available on both sides of police station adjacent to the trail. Other parking options exist nearby. 18 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 9:15 AM, meet at northwest corner of Rydin Rd & Central Avenue in Richmond, CA (right next to SF Bay Trail). WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS BETWEEN 9:30 - 9:45 AM - Street parking available nearby. Safest parking may be at Costco (1/4 mile further down Central Ave.). Meeting spot location map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZAXw5asLtAD2 Pace: 10-12 mph when pedaling on flat ground (14-15 mph on sections ridden only by the 30 mile riders) Route Description: From Emeryville, the route follows the San Francisco Bay Trail north to meet with the 18 mile riders in Richmond. From Richmond, the route continues at a slightly slower pace on the SF Bay Trail to Craneway Pavilion (the old Ford assembly plant), stopping once along the way at a convenient restroom. From Craneway, the SF Bay Trail uses roads to connect with Point Richmond and the turn-around point at Starbucks. Generally spend about 20-30 minutes at Starbucks before heading back via the Dornan Tunnel and the bike trails at Miller-Knox and Brickyard Cove. Route is known for its scenic views of bay, marinas, waterfronts and birdlife. Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28859824 Route Map (18 mile riders): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6998488 Notes: 1. The 18 mile route is almost all flat, one very easy short climb thru tunnel. The 30 mile route includes one hill at Golden Gate Fields.

Silverado Trail road ride - Napa > Calistoga > Napa - 56 miles

Starbucks, Silverado Plaza Shopping Center

Silverado Trail is actually a road and not a trail. It runs along the eastern side of the Napa Valley between the cities of Napa and Calistoga and is a popular cycling road with a wide shoulder. Expect nice scenery and scents (the smell of fermenting wine grapes) . Lunch in/near Calistoga at the halfway/turnaround point We’ll meet in the Silverado Plaza Shopping Center parking lot. Park in the area close to Trancas Street near the Starbucks. The red map Pin in the map link below is accurate. Link to Google Map of meeting spot: https://goo.gl/maps/wjbwyBWrUUFGhjJD8 Arrive by 8:45 am, roll-out time is 9:00 am Distance: 56 miles Pace: 15-17 mph avg. when rolling on flats (faster/slower if/when downhill/uphill) Terrain: Some gradual climbs/descents, there are no steep or long climbs on this route Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11075895

SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Richmond > Point Richmond)

Emeryville Police Dept. - Powell Street

SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Rydin Rd & Central Ave > Point Richmond) Meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month 2 distances: 30 miles and 18 miles (round-trip) 30 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 8:45 AM, meet in front of the Emeryville Police Department station located at 2449 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA. WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS 9:00 AM. There is sufficient street parking available on both sides of police station adjacent to the trail. Other parking options exist nearby. 18 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 9:15 AM, meet at northwest corner of Rydin Rd & Central Avenue in Richmond, CA (right next to SF Bay Trail). WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS BETWEEN 9:30 - 9:45 AM - Street parking available nearby. Safest parking may be at Costco (1/4 mile further down Central Ave.). Meeting spot location map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZAXw5asLtAD2 Pace: 10-12 mph when pedaling on flat ground (14-15 mph on sections ridden only by the 30 mile riders) Route Description: From Emeryville, the route follows the San Francisco Bay Trail north to meet with the 18 mile riders in Richmond. From Richmond, the route continues at a slightly slower pace on the SF Bay Trail to Craneway Pavilion (the old Ford assembly plant), stopping once along the way at a convenient restroom. From Craneway, the SF Bay Trail uses roads to connect with Point Richmond and the turn-around point at Starbucks. Generally spend about 20-30 minutes at Starbucks before heading back via the Dornan Tunnel and the bike trails at Miller-Knox and Brickyard Cove. Route is known for its scenic views of bay, marinas, waterfronts and birdlife. Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28859824 Route Map (18 mile riders): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6998488 Notes: 1. The 18 mile route is almost all flat, one very easy short climb thru tunnel. The 30 mile route includes one hill at Golden Gate Fields.

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