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Golden Gateway to Adventure

This Sunday, the Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th anniversary with a fĂȘte and fireworks. To help celebrate, I dug through the Flaming Bike Blog archives for bicycle adventures that began by crossing this gateway to the north. Continue reading

Secondhand bike shops in Oakland/Berkeley

Check out this Google Map of where to buy second hand bikes in the Oakland and Berkeley area. http://g.co/maps/h2qbw

8-Bit: A Visual Language of Adventure

Google maps pranked my bike route up Mt. Diablo! I got Legend of Zelda instead of the usual map view. Pedaling up Diablo, I pondered, what is it about 8-bit that puts a flutter in my analog heart? Continue reading

Bay Area Bike Camping Sites

Thank you Tom Brown and the East Bay Bike Camping Facebook group!

Steep Ravine Hot Springs Christmas Eve Campout

No tinsel or collapsible trees for us! This Christmas Eve, friends and I dispensed with the holiday trappings and went camping instead. We were a motley crew — mountain bikes, minibikes, trailers, an Xtracycle carrying baguettes and myself on the racy Cannondale tandem with my stoker Marc. We rode across the Golden Gate and stopped … Continue reading

Return to the Planet of the Apes

Every hero has an origin story. So too, bike campers. I started this blog four summers ago, after my first ever bike camping trip. After re-reading my inaugural post, Half Moon Bay Overnight, I’m still chuckling at how riding dirt, burning pallets, and carrying a whole roast chicken on my handlebars that trip set the … Continue reading

Half Moon Bay Epic Overnight — Day II

Continued from Day I. The next morning, our crew prepared for the ascent of Tunitas Creek with a breakfast of bacon, eggs, greens and polenta. The slog up the shady redwood groves of Tunitas Creek is one of my favorites, and three of us chased a handful of roadies up to the top. Brian Gangelmonster … Continue reading

Half Moon Bay Epic Overnight — Day I

Three years ago, Half Moon Bay was the site of my first ever overnight bike camping trip. I returned to the scene of the crime this weekend, and not alone. Our crew started at the Colma BART 39 strong. We picked up number 40 along the way: Tim, a dreadlocked through-biker headed for Tuscon. Our … Continue reading

Fairfax All-Terrain Stage Tour

This post is ONE BIG HOLLA to my speedy, game and adventurous friends, Peter and Becker. At a bbq last week, Peter let on that he was looking for a bike adventure in the coming weekend. He suggested that we ride Tamarancho, a Boy Scout maintained single-track mountain biking trail in Fairfax. Later in the … Continue reading

Fairfax All-Terrain Stage Tour – Day 2

Be sure to catch up on Day 1 of the Fairfax All-Terrain Stage Tour. Becker and I woke up Sunday morning in the 6am dark. The search and rescue training group gave a rally cry in the distance and tromped by again, a line of them in headlights. We crouched by the creek like Sam … Continue reading

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