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Photos: 5th Annual Logan’s Freedom Ride 2011

On August 31st, sports luminaries from around the Bay Area—including Brian Wilson,  the world-champion San Francisco Giants—convened at Broadway Studios in San Francisco for the annual benefit for the Foundation for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The event included a lively auction of cherished memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, entertainment packages and more, while guests enjoyed complimentary beverages and bites.

Chain Gang: Teach Your Kids to Ride Without Training Wheels This Sunday

Welcome to Chain Gang, our new weekly bike blog– your guide to Bay Area bike culture and happenings, and news.

Think back to when you learned to ride a bike, maybe the first time you successfully raced down the street on your BMX (mine was fluorescent pink) or a big banana seat Schwinn. Now go back even earlier, to the arduous process of learning to ride. For most of us, that involved months of clunky training wheels, which were really nothing more than glorified shopping cart wheels that rattled along behind us. Not so anymore. Training wheels have gone the way of…well, banana seat bikes.

Chain Gang: Giro di San Francisco Races Through the City on Labor Day

Welcome to Chain Gang, our new weekly bike blog– your guide to Bay Area bike culture and happenings, and news.

It’s almost Labor Day, a time for beer, barbeque, and in San Francisco—bikes. Or rather epic bike races. This Monday is the 37th annual Giro di San Francisco, a full day of racing that attracts more than 800 riders of all levels, from Cat 4 amateurs to top-tier pros. Greg LeMond won the race in the late 1970s/ early ‘80s, when it was known as the San Francisco Grand Prix, and you’re still guaranteed to see some top notch riders today.

Drinkers with a Running Problem: My First Hash with the San Francisco Hash House Harriers

“Remember when we were kids, all of us ran. We ran in the playground, in the halls at school, at home, in the grocery store, and everywhere else we went…and we loved every minute of it. As adults, running has become something different. The fun part seems to have gone away, and running is something we have to do, either to stay in shape or get back into shape. Hashing puts the fun back into running.”

-From the San Francisco Hash House Harrier’s Guide to Hashing

The Burner Bike: DIY Tips from Playa Pros

Love it or hate it, it’s Burning Man season, which means our fair city is about to be flooded with everything Playa-bound: the people, the fur, the rented RV’s. And while much of the Burners are prepping their art cars and modified pop-up vans, a fair share of hardcore Playa folk are putting the finishing touches on another form of desert transit: The Burner Bike. From the slice and dice choppers to the glitter-covered top tubes, we bring you portraits of four long-time local Burners, their favorite desert bikes, and their tips on how to Playafy your ride. 

EDDIE VALTIERRA (14 years at Burning Man)

(photo by Molly DeCoudreaux)

Origin of bike: Two years ago my Burning Man bike's pedal fell off and was beyond repair. Thankfully, a girl who had come to Burning Man from the UK and could not take it home, gifted me her bike. 

Accessories: Last year I spent hours bedazzling my bike and adding pink faux fur. The only new additions this year are the cupcake antennas. 

Advice for last minute bike builders: Decorate your bike because you can easily recognize it and lessen the chance of it getting stolen or accidentally taken. 

Tips for riding on the Playa: Always have lights on at night and watch out for grooves of loose playa dust.

Most important in a Burner bike: Comfort, style, and a nice basket!

Lombardi Sports Offers Free Summer Rooftop Party

Summer Rooftop Party at Lombardi Sports

Just in time to celebrate our approaching Indian summer, Lombardi Sports is inviting everyone up to their roof for a free summer rooftop party this Saturday, offering a free Costa Rica surf vacation raffle prize donated by the Outdoor Adventure Club!

Surf For Life’s Fundraising Party Combines Perfect Waves & Philanthropy This Thursday

Deeply ingrained in modern surf culture is the desire to find the perfect wave. Somewhere out there in the world is the wave just right for you. At least that’s the story that the multi-billion dollar industry loves to promise in glossy surf magazines.

The problem is, as Ocean Beach resident and author Jaimal Yogis points out, that while “the search for the perfect wave” might be really fun for surfers, it’s not always good for the pristine coastlines where those elusive waves can be found.

Four Great Road Bike Rides That Avoid The Golden Gate Bridge

Most local riders think of Marin as the ultimate road biking paradise—and in many ways it is. No one can argue that its gorgeous vistas, ocean views and perfect rolling hills make for world-class cycling. But with the Golden Gate Bridge bike lane closed through September, it’s tougher to reach that paradise, especially if you don’t have a car. So with the help of the folks at Mash Transit, the newly opened bike shop on 14th Street, I pulled together four great rides that that will keep you off the bridge and on your saddle. 

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