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Concord BART to Sacramento, train back
• What we'll do Join me as we explore the regions beyond the bay, navigating our way to Sacramento for a grand adventure. Our ride will pass through / along Martinez, Benicia, Fairfield / Mankas Corner, Vacaville, Winters, Davis before finally winding up in Sacramento where we will return via Amtrak. This is an 85 mile ride, testing your endurance, patience, navigation, and appetite (no sit-down lunch stops are planned). Because this is a long ride, and I have never ridden it, please no beginners. I know most participants in this group are experienced also, so I'm looking forward to a nice ride without having to worry about bikes or bodies breaking down. I expect everyone to maintain a ride pace of 12 mph or greater, with short rest stops every 30-45 minutes. Therefore I budget approx. 8 hours ride time to cover the 85 miles, 90 minutes time for train ride back to east bay, and 2.5 hours buffer for unexpected stops, flat repair, and beer afterwards. See info below re: train schedules from Sacramento. Elevation gain listed at 2,174 which is not too bad. Here is the map I've cobbled together: Road conditions vary. It's all asphalted, as far as I can tell (I have done a lot of research using google street view.) Some stretches north of Benicia are pretty rugged with a lot of patches and some potholes. At the end, I'd like to visit the Fieldwork Brewing Company, if all goes well, for a celebratory drink. For those inclined to do their own research, here are some websites you can check out (I already did): • What to bring Water bottle, sunscreen, spare tube and patch kit, tire pump if you have one. Tire width recommendation 25mm and above. Snacks and electroytes. Some cash / wallet for train ticket, roadside snacks, and beer. LIGHTS on your bike since we will be riding at night after returning to east bay, and possibly around dusk in Sacramento if we take the late train. Appropriate clothing to deal with the weather. • Important to know This is the Amtrak / capital corridor train schedule. The 5:40 p.m. train out of Sacramento, which is what I will be aiming for, gets us back to Oakland JLS at 7:30 p.m. Depending on choice of post-ride activity, I / we may opt for the later 7:35 train, which gets you back to Oakland at 9:15 p.m. Needless to say, I wouldn't make plans for the evening.

Concord BART Station

1451 Oakland Ave · Concord, CA

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    The original Berkeley Bicycling Meetup Group has reached a wider geographic cycling community than it's original intent and the leadership team is in transition. We have a new name: Bike the Bay Cycling since we go all around the Bay Area. This Meetup is for anyone who wants to meet new people through cycling! We have mostly done road rides, but I plan to post a few multi-terrain bike rides similar to the one we did in Berkeley and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. The rides are a lot of fun and are a great way to learn new routes and meet GREAT people.

    There is an annual 10.00 membership fee which covers Meetup dues and organizer costs paid at the time of the first ride. It is good for two other Meetup groups, New to the SF/Bay Area and Workout Walks.

    Our road rides range from flat, social, brunch or happy hour rides to moderately difficult, mid- to long distance, 20-60 miles with flat-5000 feet climb. The details will be posted in each ride so you can judge whether it will suit your level of fitness. We strive to be a cohesive group!

    We do a lot of "BART to BART" and "Bike to BART" rides to encompass greater distances in a convenient way and often have "bail out" options.

    My general no-drop policy is that I will wait (or you will wait!) 10 minutes at the top of hills for catchups, and major intersections. We are never in "race mode" and our aim is to encourage cycling and socializing. A moderate pace would be 14-18 MPH on the flats.

    We also do a few overnight rides with various accommodations ranging from motels to hostels to camping options. Browse our past rides to get a sense of the variety of rides we do.

    Many of our rides involve hills so you'll want to make sure your bike is in good shape (clean and lubricated chain, plenty of life in your front and rear brake pads). If you're not sure if your chariot is in good shape, I'd take it down to Mike's friends at a community bike shop: Street Level Cycles ( There you can work on your bike for free (includes free advice) or leave it with them for a professional tune up for a nominal fee.

    Check out our past events to see the type of rides we do. If you have a suggestion, shoot me an email and I'd be happy to add it to our calendar.

    That being said:"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" (The Way of Lao-tzu). Come out for a ride whether you're ready or not and you'll do fine!

    Looking forward to seeing you all out there,


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