The Best Bike Rides in the Bay Area

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We all remember how much fun we had exploring the neighborhood on bikes as kids. What's stopping you from enjoying the same thrill around the Bay Area now? Even if you haven't been to a SoulCycle class—let alone hopped on an actual bike—in months, you'll find a ride on this list that is just your speed. 


1. Ride Paradise Loop 

Riding this loop has long been a popular option for San Franciscan cyclists looking to escape the busy city streets. The 38-mile ride with 1,600 feet of elevation, is suitable for all personalities of rider: the fast paced racer or the person just out to relax and cruise. Learn more.

Insider Tip: At the 22-mile mark, you’ll make a fast descent down to sea level and downtown Tiburon. This is a great spot to grab a coffee or a beer if it’s a leisurely ride.

2. Bike The Golden Gate Bridge To Sausalito 

The views along the way are simply breathtaking. And don't worry, after your ride and a day of fun in Sausalito, you can return to San Francisco by ferry. The trip usually takes 3 to 4 hours. Learn more.

Insider Tip: It's about 8 miles from Crissy Field to Sam's, where you can enjoy drinks on the back deck.

3. Sonoma Valley Wine Tour 

Follow the trail through a quaint residential area and into the back country vineyards and dirt roads. This ride can be anything between a hardcore 2-hour cycling workout with a few inclines, or a leisurely (and boozy) daytime date. Learn more.

Insider Tip: This 12-mile bike path starts at a rental shop in Sonoma Country called Sonoma Valley Bike Tours and Rentals, where you can rent bikes, helmets, locks, and maps for $30/day.

4. Ride Fairfax To Nicasio Loop 

This 37-mile ride will take you over rolling hills, past Nicasio Reservoir, and through historic Pt. Reyes Station. The 1,520 feet of elevation gain is spread over four climbs, so it's very manageable, even for someone who doesn't do a ton of biking. Learn more.

Insider Tip: You have the option of finishing the ride at Gestalt Haus for beers and brats (there's vegan sausages, too, if that's more your speed).

5. Headlands Ride to Point Bonitas Lighthouse 

The Headlands are a quick ride over the Golden Gate. On the ride you'll see wildflowers, rugged coastline, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse. There are trails for mountain biking as well if that's more your style. Learn more.

Insider Tip: If you want a pitstop, the trail leads you close to Rodeo Beach where you can chill out for a bit and enjoy an amazing view.