Bay Area Bike Rides by Ray Hosler

Bay Area Bike Rides Gets Decked

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Card display

The deck has 50 routes on 4 1/16" x 5 5/8" cards. On one side there's a color route map, on the other side a brief description and a mileage log.

What about the book? Chronicle Books has no plans for a fourth edition. The third edition is out of print, but a few copies may still be around. The deck updates the third edition with 12 new rides.

The deck follows the same format as the book, with road, off road, and casual routes. Road, dirt, and path are color-coded. Many parks are designated in green.

To help understand the terrain, the maps have route arrows numbered from 1 to 4, with 1 being a gradual slope. Red arrows designate climbing and blue arrows descending. (The key is wrong.)

As with the book, route profiles show terrain variation.

While there's less text to fit the cards, there's still enough to tell you what to expect on the ride, and the mileage log is left relatively untouched from the book.

How to Get There

One feature I had to leave out was "how to get there." Click on the link to get to Google maps, where I pinpointed the exact location rides start. You can zoom out to get your bearings and plan how to get there.

4th edition cover

4th edition deck
(2008 - 50 rides)

New in this edition:

1. Black Diamond Mines Preserve - off road
2. Butano State Park - off road
3. China Camp State Park - off road
4. El Corte de Madera Creek - off road
5. Guadalupe River Trail - casual
6. Joseph Grant Ranch Park - off road - new route
7. Lexington Reservoir - road
8. Mission Peak - off road
9. Pacific Coast - road
10. Santa Teresa Park - off road
11. Sonoma Valley - road
12. Zayante Road - road

 

Deleted:

Napa Valley
Repack Road
Bolinas Ridge
Briones Park
Alpine Road
Gazos Creek Road
Henry Coe Park
Clayton
Sunol
Atherton
Hillsborough
San Bruno Mountain
Santa Cruz

3rd edition cover

3rd edition (2002 - 51 rides) New in this edition:

1. Black Diamond Mines Preserve - off road
2. Butano State Park - off road
3. China Camp State Park - off road
4. El Corte de Madera Creek - off road
5. Guadalupe River Trail - casual
6. Joseph Grant Ranch Park - off road - new route
7. Lexington Reservoir - road
8. Mission Peak - off road
9. Pacific Coast - road
10. Santa Teresa Park - off road
11. Sonoma Valley - road
12. Zayante Road - road

 

Deleted:

Napa Valley
Repack Road
Bolinas Ridge
Briones Park
Alpine Road
Gazos Creek Road
Henry Coe Park
Clayton
Sunol
Atherton
Hillsborough
San Bruno Mountain
Santa Cruz

2nd edition cover

 

 

 

 


2nd Edition (1994 - 51 rides)
Everything in 1st edition, plus:

1. Alpine Road - off road
2. Bolinas Ridge - off road
3. Corralitos and Mt. Madonna - road
4. Hicks Road - road
5. Joseph Grant Ranch County Park - off road
6. Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail - casual
7. Martinez - road
8. Mt. Diablo Off-road - off road
9. Santa Cruz - road
10, Skyline to the Sea Trail - off road
11. Stevens Creek Reservoir - road

Deleted:
Lake Chabot

1st edition cover

1st Edition (1990 - 40 rides)

Mountain Bike

Briones Regional Park
Gazos Creek Road
Henry Coe State Park
Lake Lagunitas
Mt. Tamalpais
Old Haul Road
Purisima Creek Road
Stevens Canyon
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Parks

Road Rides

Atherton and Edgewood Park
Berkeley-Oakland Hills
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Calaveras Road
Clayton
Hillsborough
Los Altos Hills
Mt. Diablo State Park
Mt. Hamilton
Muir Woods
Napa Valley
Old LaHonda Road
Orinda
Pescadero Road
Point Reyes
Portola Valley
Russian River
San Bruno Mountain
San Francisco
Sunol
Tiburon and Golden Gate
Tunitas Creek Road

Casual Rides

Coyote Hills Park
Hellyer Park
Lake Chabot
San Leandro Bay
San Mateo and Foster City Bike Paths
Sawyer Camp Trail
Shoreline Park
Walnut Creek Canals

 


Are the cards waterproof?

The cards are printed on sweat-resistant stock. That's not to say they're laminated, but they're a lot more durable than you might imagine.

To get the most life out of the deck, I advise slipping the card into a sandwich bag. Even better, just make a copy.

Where can I buy past editions?

All three editions are available from used-book sellers. The third edition is still in some stores, but is out of print. Try AbeBooks.com to find used books.