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Established in July of 2013, the purpose of BARC is to encourage 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). Assistance is available and gladly given--contact the Organizer.

Steps to join BARC:

1. Read the following: https://www.meetup.com/SFBARC/about/

2. Click on the Request to Join button, answer the three questions then Submit.

Note: Members do not have to own a recumbent-type cycle. 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 (4+)

BARC Spring Ride (American River Trail, Carmichael, CA)

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BARC Spring Ride - American River Trail (Carmichael, CA)

The BARC Spring Ride for 2022 will be held near Sacramento on the American River Parkway (AKA The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail). The trail is a 30+ mile multi-use paved path that runs from Old Town Sacramento to Folsom. Our route today will cover the eastern part of the trail, generally considered to be the better half for riding scenery and trail character. We’ll meet and start the ride at the parking lot at William B. Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael, CA. There is a $6 entrance fee for vehicles. There is a restroom and water fountain at the meeting/starting spot. Plenty of restrooms along the route too.

We’ll start today's ride heading east on the trail, stopping as necessary/desired. When we get to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery we will begin a loop around Lake Natoma, riding the smoothly-paved trail on both the north and south shores of the lake. We’ll stop for lunch in Old Folsom to enjoy lunch at Karen’s Bakery, a favorite stop for lunch and/or coffee near the trail with plenty of outdoor seating (see references link below for menu/info). After lunch we’ll ride the last 14 miles of the ride back to our starting spot. Meet at William B. Pond Park parking lot (Click here or for precise location in Google Maps)

Wheels-roll time is 9:30 AM, plan to arrive 15-30 minutes early.

Anyone that still has energy to burn after the ride is welcome to join me to ride some extra miles.

Distance: 31 miles

Pace: 10-12 mph when rolling on flats

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39332867

References:
Trail info: https://regionalparks.saccounty.gov/Parks/Pages/JedediahSmith.aspx

William Pond Rec Area Info: https://regionalparks.saccounty.gov/Parks/Pages/WilliamB.PondRecreationArea.aspx

Karen’s Bakery: https://www.karensbakery.com/

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

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SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Rydin Rd & Central Ave > Point Richmond)

Meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month

2 distances: 28.5 miles and 18 miles (round-trip)

28.5 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 9:45 AM, meet in front of the Emeryville Police Department station located at 2449 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA. WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS 10:00 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 10:25 AM, meet at northwest corner of Rydin Rd & Central Avenue in Richmond, CA (right next to SF Bay Trail). WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS BETWEEN 10:35 - 10:45 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 28.5 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 28.5 mile route includes one small hill at Golden Gate Fields.

  2. If doing the 18 mile version, please leave a comment so we'll know not expect you at the Emeryville start location.

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

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SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Rydin Rd & Central Ave > Point Richmond)

Meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month

2 distances: 28.5 miles and 18 miles (round-trip)

28.5 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 9:45 AM, meet in front of the Emeryville Police Department station located at 2449 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA. WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS 10:00 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 10:25 AM, meet at northwest corner of Rydin Rd & Central Avenue in Richmond, CA (right next to SF Bay Trail). WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS BETWEEN 10:35 - 10:45 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 28.5 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 28.5 mile route includes one small hill at Golden Gate Fields.

  2. If doing the 18 mile version, please leave a comment so we'll know not expect you at the Emeryville start location.

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

Needs a location

SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride (Emeryville > Rydin Rd & Central Ave > Point Richmond)

Meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month

2 distances: 28.5 miles and 18 miles (round-trip)

28.5 Mile Ride: Arrive/Park by 9:45 AM, meet in front of the Emeryville Police Department station located at 2449 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA. WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS 10:00 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 10:25 AM, meet at northwest corner of Rydin Rd & Central Avenue in Richmond, CA (right next to SF Bay Trail). WHEELS-ROLLING TIME IS BETWEEN 10:35 - 10:45 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 28.5 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 28.5 mile route includes one small hill at Golden Gate Fields.

  2. If doing the 18 mile version, please leave a comment so we'll know not expect you at the Emeryville start location.

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