Fitness + Outdoors
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.
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.
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!
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.
The holidays seem to bring out a lot of different qualities in people, ranging from overt outpourings of generosity to incredible instances of selfishness and greed. Fortunately, we tend to see more of the former, and perhaps even sense a trend as a growing segment embraces the notion that an economy based entirely on consumer consumption is unsustainable. That said, to get in the proper frame of mind for this article, we suggest you suspend any shopping repression tendencies and start thinking of yourself. We're talking about self-gifting here, people.
It’s not easy to find a gift for the bike-obsessed person on your holiday list. Chances are, if they wanted it they already got it for themselves. But with so many bike shops in San Francisco, and the bike industry exploding with new stylized gear, there’s still a lot that the gear head in your life may not even know about. I searched the city to find some of the coolest, most stylish gear gift ideas. Here are my picks:
Last weekend brought torrential rains to San Francisco, and the busy intersection of 18th and Dolores street seemed among the hardest hit. All the rain from the surrounding hills pooled at the low-lying intersection and created: Dolores River.
“Doing Paradise” has long been a popular option for San Franciscan cyclists looking for an easy opportunity to escape the confines of city streets and congestion. Today’s ride, a 38-miler with about 1600 feet of elevation, is suitable for all types of cyclists–whether you're on a fast paced group ride or wanting a laid back family day.