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Bike to the Theater Nights with ACT and the SF Bike Coalition

4,000 Miles at A.C.T.

This month, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are teaming up for two special “Bike to the Theater” nights. On January 17 and January 24, pedal-powered theatergoers will be treated to discount tickets (starting at just $10) to the show, and red carpet treatment in the form of bike valet at the event.

Acupuncture in SF: A Beginner's Guide

Those who have gone under the needle can attest to the healing powers of acupuncture for everything from chronic skin conditions to infertility. The practice originated in China and has been performed for thousands of years. In the U.S., it’s often used as an alternative for those who’ve exasperated their options within Western medicine. 

As hair thin needles are quickly inserted, the familiar zing of electricity that pulses through the body is both frightening and exhiliarating. Don't be fearful, most of us could use a little balance in the flow of our qi. 

Curious? Here are a few recommendations for the acupuncture virgin: 

Race Your Way to Resolutions

How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? What's that? Not good? Oh, you haven't made any yet? Ok, we'll cut you some slack since it's only been one week since the beginning of 2013.

There's no better way to stick to fitness goals than to sign up for a running race. Whether it's the annoyance of paying a steep entry fee or the fact that you broadcast your grand goals to everyone you know, committing to a race is motivation enough to follow through with the plan. Not to mention, it's a fantastic way to get to know San Francisco as you breeze through various levels of training. Here are a few city races we recommend in the coming year:

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Briones Regional Park Loop

It might be said that for many Bay Area riders and residents, the East Bay is regarded as one giant mass of endlessly developed land that stretches to Livermore and beyond to I-5. However, within all that alleged sprawl there lies plenty of hidden parks, tranquil valleys and rural areas just waiting for your exploration. This particular ride provides an introduction to all three and takes us on a circumnavigation of Briones Regional Park, at 6100 acres one of the crown jewels of the East Bay park system.

A Bike Light Thieves Can’t Steal

Gotham Defender Bike Light

In 2011, two MIT engineers had a dream: build a theft-proof bike light. Earlier that year, their friend was hit by a car at night after his bike light was stolen and they wanted to make sure that no more unnecessary crashes happened because of the all too common bike light theft.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Briones Regional Park Loop

Briones Map

It might be said that for many Bay Area riders and residents, the East Bay is regarded as one giant mass of endlessly developed land that stretches to Livermore and beyond, to I-5. However, within all that alleged sprawl there lies plenty of hidden parks, tranquil valleys and rural areas just waiting for your exploration.

A Perfect Post-Holiday 20-Mile Bike Ride: SF to Tiburon

Like most of us, the week between Christmas and New Years is spent eating cookies, lounging on the couch, watching movies, and drinking a lot. You know, having fun! But it’s probably time to get moving. 

Here’s a perfect post-holiday bike ride to pedal off the pounds and take in some of the Bay Area’s most gorgeous scenery. This 20-mile ride is filled with ocean vistas, rolling hills and a lovely ferry ride back. And don’t worry, if the ferry isn’t coming for a bit, you can always grab a Bloody Mary or ice cream in Tiburon. Hey, no need to give up the holidays that fast. It’s not even New Years yet.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl This Saturday: Navy vs. Arizona State

One of San Francisco's favorite holiday traditions—also known as "the Bowl to fill all bowls"—returns this Saturday (Dec. 29th) to AT&T Park! This year, the event will find the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Navy Midshipmen battling on the field, while spectators help local organizations battle hunger in the Bay Area just by buying a ticket!

Your Holiday Detox (and De-Stress) Guide

Biking the GG Bridge

By now, the holidays are in full swing and Christmas is right around the corner. Our stress levels start to rise as we race against the clock to finish everything from last minute holiday shopping to last minute sprucing and prepping for grand holiday dinners (and for most of us, it’s way more than just ‘sprucing’).

Throw in trying to make New Years plans and all of the sudden, it doesn’t seem like the most wonderful time of the year anymore. That’s why we are suggesting a holiday detox plan.

Are You Ready for the Holiday Bike Challenge?

Winter Riding by RAPHA

For most of us, our workout regimen goes out the window during the holiday season. Long bike rides are replaced with more couch time and TV watching; sprint workouts with cookie eating.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Or so says Rapha Cycling Club.

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