What we're about

Bike the Bay Cycling hosts bike rides all around the Bay Area. Some would be considered "epic" others basic, but most will show you new routes and places. Most of them begin at a public transportation-friendly location. Otherwise, we encourage carpooing.

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 helps to support my Meetup dues and planning. It is paid at the time of your first ride.

Our road rides range from flat, social, brunch or happy hour rides to moderately difficult, mid- to long distance, 20-60 miles with flat-4000 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.

This group is about GROUP rides and my motto is "Social Pace, Not a Race!" We keep a fairly brisk pace but observe etiquette of waiting at the designated locations for catchup. Slower riders who can't keep the pace or finish the ride should bring GPS to find their way back to the starting point or other location.

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). 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.

Looking forward to rolling with you all out there,


Annual Membership Fee: 10.00 to cover Meetup dues and Organizer planning to be paid at your first event.

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Upcoming events (1)

Bay to Sacramento Bike + Amtrak

Concord Station

EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. Contact organizer for details.

Join me as we explore the regions beyond the bay, navigating our way to Old Town Sacramento. Our ride will pass through / along Concord, Benicia, Fairfield / Mankas Corner, Vacaville, Winters, Davis before finally winding up in Sacramento where we will return via Amtrak.

Because this is a long ride, with few services along the way, please no beginners.

Distance is 86 mi. Elevation gain is 2,300 ft. The route is scenic and nice. Prior meetup event and pictures from 2021:

Road conditions vary. In 2021, most of the asphalt was good. Some stretches, esp. east of downtown Davis, were rugged with some potholes.

Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35474556

I expect everyone to maintain a ride pace of 12-14 mph, with short rest stops every 45-60 minutes. There are 2 return trains to consider from Sacramento: 4:55 p.m., which only fast riders would be able to accomplish (that means you'd need to complete the ride in 7 hours including breaks). The rest of us will plan on taking the return train at 6:55 p.m.

Because of the longer distance of this ride and the fact we are dependent on the train to get us back home, we will not have time wait for riders who have mechanical failure. Essentially, a flat tire is ok, and someone will hopefully be able to help, but anything else, and you'll be on your own. Please be prepared to call a loved one for assistance if you get stuck or lost. Your trip leader is not responsible for getting you home safely.

Here is the Amtrak / capital corridor train schedule : https://www.capitolcorridor.org/schedules/

I would like to try to ride as a group, more or less, until we get to the left turn onto Lyon Rd. at 35 mi. This is a good bail-out point for anyone needing to get back to Amtrak in Fairfield/Vacaville, 4 mi. away. There is also an Amtrak station in Davis, so if you are lagging or a problem occurs after Fairfield, you can return home using that.

My group will gather in the front of the fare gates at CONCORD BART STATION AT 8:15 A.M. with planned roll-out by 8:30 a.m. Sorry I cannot do earlier. You can optionally meet us at the entrance to the Bridge (Mococo Rd. and Bridgehead Rd). This is about 1.7 mi. from Martinez Amtrak station, where you can park your car all day. Please text me at[masked] with questions.

THERE WILL BE NO PLANNED RESTAURANT / FOOD STOPS, although last year most folks did stop in Winters for a snack or burrito.

• What to bring
FACE MASK for trains, Clipper card, Water bottle, sunscreen, SPARE TUBE and patch kit, TIRE PUMP. Tire width recommendation 25mm and above. FOOD (esp. some protein / salty snacks / electroytes.) CASH / WALLET for train ticket, roadside snacks. LIGHTS for return to the East Bay after dark. Potentially a HI-VIZ jacket. Your cycling computer, if you have one.