We know there's an entire universe of world-class biking beyond San Francisco. That's why we're enlisting the experts at Studio Velo, hands-down one of the Bay Area's best bike shops, to give you the lowdown on what's hot and what's new in the cycling world.

The ride, shaped like a lollipop on a map, breaks up into two main parts. The stick, to and from Fairfax, and the loop, which runs out Lucas Valley Road and into Nicasio Valley road and back to Fairfax along Sir Francis Drake makes ups this fun ride.

This ride is an ideal loop if you have three or less hours, and do not want to be climbing the whole time. Lucas Valley road is one of the flattest, well-paved roads in southern Marin.

The total ride climbs just under 2500 vertical feet, broken up into several 500-600 ft hills, making the Lucas Valley Loop one of our "roller" rides here in Marin.

Click here for detailed directions on this awesome ride!