30 December, 2010

Tennessee Cove

I rode to Tennessee Cove today.

I sat at the bench near the beach and stopped to reflect.

"Life is not measured by its length, but by its depth"
A Ralph Waldo Emerson quote written on the bench's memorial plaque.

Nice one Ralph.

29 December, 2010

Mt Tam

I managed to get over Tam regardless of all the holiday eating.

The waterfalls were inspiring after the rain yesterday.

The Tam soil is truly fantastic, it sheds water like a new raincoat.
In the few places that contain mud the consistency is silky.

Phoenix-Eldridge-Old Railroad-HooKooEKoo-Blithedale-S. Marin Line

28 December, 2010

Traveling the North Bay

A dubious chain of events disturbed my travel between Martinez and Larkspur.

Before Xmas break I left my keys in the apartment.
Heather insisted that I retrieve them and I refused.

Yesterday I returned to the house via Volvo XC to a locked door and no keys.

I salvaged the afternoon by visiting a friend in Sonoma.
I got lost (map) numerous times.

After a night back in Martinez, tail between legs, I returned via:
New Bridge to BART

The rain held off. No bike paths were flooded. Smiley face.

25 December, 2010

2010 Year in Review

James Bikes Green's 3rd Year

Top 10 Moments 2010

10.  American River Trail: Folsom to Sacramento.

9.  Arcata Bike Rodeo:  Volunteering to teach kids biking.

8.  Virginia Capital Trail:  New bike path and rare fisher sighting.

7.  Scenic Drive, Trinidad:  Road ride along the Humboldt coast.

6.  Tour De Fat SF:  New Belgium's bike festival and fundraiser.

4.  Cal-Park Hill Tunnel Opens:  My ride to San Rafael just got awesome.

3.  Bike Tour West Virginia to DC: C&O + Mt. Vernon Trail.

2.  Received Teaching Credential and began work with Marin Safe Routes.

1.  Enganged to Heather: Yosemite Proposal.

22 December, 2010

Walnut Creek

Heather and I rode to Walnut Creek for holiday shopping.

We used the wonderful Canal Trail and Iron Horse Trail. I'm always amazed that more people don't use these 68+ miles of paths.
Canal Trail

21 December, 2010

Phoenix Lake

Happy Solstice Pagans!

Last night was a lunar eclipse. We managed to get a peak through the clouds.

To celebrate the shortest day we rode to Phoenix Lake and hiked.
Natalie Coffin Greene Park

20 December, 2010

Fording Mill Valley

I accompanied Kate on the ferry on her way back to NY via BART-SFO.

I returned by bike over GG. It was a quiet morning and between rain storms.

But the water that would hinder my return was already on the ground.
Bike Path in 1983. It looked similar today.

Rain and a +6 ft tide completely covers the Sausalito & Mill Valley bike paths.

Flooding under HWY 101

Not wanting to turn back, I slowly half-pedaled (as to not submerge my feet) for hundreds of yards. I managed to ford the flooding, just barely escaping the soggy fate of numerous parked cars.

18 December, 2010

Susan Would Go

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."

man (Bigfoot) attempts to trammel a female cyclist

14 December, 2010

Cal Park Hill Tunnel

Lou and I were two of the the first cyclists to ride the Cal Park Hill Tunnel that opened last Friday connecting Larkspur to San Rafael.

Lou approaching Larkspur

Today I used the tunnel in my commute while it was raining. Instead of 30 minutes and 2nd Street, I had an easy ride in half the time.

yours truly

08 December, 2010

06 December, 2010

Mt Tam

I traversed Tam on my Steel Steed today.

I rode to Phoenix Lake, Ross and climbed Eldridge.
Eldridge Grade

Let me tell you, Eldridge is one fine trail.
Its rugged and a perfect steepness.

At the summit it was dark, cold, wet, and windy.
The base was calm and sunny.

a cloud gathering on Tam

Hoo-Koo-E-Koo on the way home and legs are sore, life is good.

03 December, 2010

SF 20% by 2020

San Francisco wants bicycle transportation to be 20% by 2020.
a place where people want to ride

Madison, WI made the same claim and started 20BY2020.com

02 December, 2010

Eye on Bay

From CBS 5, Liam Mayclem looks at Bay Area biking.

Video features Velo Vogue, Mojo Bicycle Cafe, Scrapers, and more!

01 December, 2010

HWY Bike Parks

UPDATE: 12.13.10. Park has been flattened.

beneath 101 lurks a park

World famous Colonnade Bike Park is built under I-5 in Seattle.


I joined the League of American Bicyclist, cycling's federal representation

Tam Valley had an awesome Bike Rodeo.

29 November, 2010

Sharrow Flowers & Bike Trains

2 things i love

Wanna learn more? 6 minute video from Streetfilms.

18 November, 2010

WH Bike Club

White Hill Middle School Bike Club met today.

We rode to Phoenix Lake and returned on the back-roads of San Anselmo.
Phoenix Lake open again

17 November, 2010


I rode out to Tiburon on Paradise Dr.

Tiburon is home to small harbors, big views, and some nice bike paths.

On the way back I passed another biker and he sped up. We raced for a couple minutes before I pulled away up a climb.

Later he thanked me for getting his "old legs working". Racing can start randomly and it can be hard to resist.

Are we back in Germany?

only the tower remains

Once I matched a stranger pedal for pedal up Mt. Ashland. We both suffered, but neither yielded. At the top he thanked me as well.

The desire to drop/not be dropped can be the needed motivation.

One of the greatest bike showdowns ever:

15 November, 2010

Whole Foods Repair

Whole Foods on Blithedale has a public bike repair stand.
Heather snaps as I lock.
That awkward looking contraption will hold your bike. The numerous metal cables each hold an invaluable tool for bicycle repair. To the right a pump and even water to rinse your bike. NICE.

We're new to Austin, TX based Whole Foods and skeptical. Sorting produce by distance and this bike repair stand won us over.

13 November, 2010


Today was Tanner's belated B-day trip to the Exploratorium.
"The museum of science, art and human perception."

Palace of Fine Arts, home of said museum

I still own the Explorabook I received as a child. I was excited to finally visit.

seating Exploratorium style

Afterwards we walked around and Judy took us all out to eat.

As Heather and I rode back over the Golden Gate we watched the sun set.

08 November, 2010

Point Reyes

This trip to Point Reyes National Seashore had limited visibility (read fog).

Between the five of us we spotted elk, a coyote, rabbits, and birds including the American White Pelican at Abbott's Lagoon.

coyote looking for lunch in a hole

We threw the disc on the beach.
Dom took quality photos for our wedding promotional materials (save the dates).

The park hosts amazing biological diversity (NPS).We hope to catch an Elephant Seal there this winter!

05 November, 2010

Cal Park Hill

Cal Park Hill Tunnel rescheduled to open December 10th!

03 November, 2010

White Hill Bike Club

I rode with the White Hill Middle School Mountain Bike Club today.

It was a happy coincidence that we crossed paths at the beginning of the ride. I quickly reintroduced myself to Kirk Desmond, PE teacher at White Hill.
a great spot to watch everyone climb/descend single-track
The ride was tons of fun. There were over 20 student riders!
I hope to catch this train as often as possible.

01 November, 2010


Welcome to the world of FAIL, bike style.

Trivia Question: What is this?

A) a scooter pre-Razors
B) the coolest new trend in urban transportation
C) a dog sled

Answer = C