Photos by Rocky Arroyo / PedalFest
Each year PedalFest rolls into Jack London Square in Oakland, California, to celebrate cycling, family, music and more. There are rides, demos, live music, food and even the Whiskeydrome, a 30-foot banked velodrome for stunt riding.
Check out our gallery from photographer Rocky Arroyo. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom right to see the photos full-size.
New Jersey native Anthony Mangieri paved the way for authentic wood-fired Napoletana pizza in the U.S. more than 20 years ago, and became famous for his no-compromises style in New York City’s East Village before moving Una Pizza Napoletana to San Francisco five years ago.
In this video from Baby Blue Film, Mangieri and Soulcraft’s Sean Walling share common experiences and talk about getting on bikes as kids:Tweet Print
The San Francisco Bay Trail, which at some point in time will circle the entire San Francisco Bay, is a great place to bumble along with friends. We did just that Thanksgiving weekend, securing a group campsite at Coyote Hills Regional Park and coming in from all Directions. Robert left El Cerrito and picked up Poppy and myself in Emeryville. As we rode south we miraculously met up with nine more friends along the 35-mile ride to the campsite; enjoying the sites, the flora and fauna, as well as the flotsam and jetsam.
The Hunqapillar was loaded to the gills. The Bay Trail is pretty flat, so I overpacked with plenty of beverages, a clarinet, and a kite to fly. Plus lots of clothes since we were going for two nights and the forecast was calling for rain Saturday. Binoculars and a bird book made finishing touches. Much emphasis was placed on enjoying the day, taking our time, and stopping a lot to look at stuff.
From my fancy lugged-steel magazine-review machine to 30-year-old lugged steel to 40-year-old coaster-brake cruisers with Wald baskets, our band’s style runs the gamut. Following the reduce, re-use, recycle mantra, I’ll just say that we’re getting high value out of our equipment. Call it dirtbag style, but I call it just being conservative. That’s us. Conservative.
Synopsis? 30-50 miles Friday with many stops for birdwatching, drinks, snacks and camaraderie. Saturday spent tooling around the south bay salt flats. Feasting like it’s Thanksgiving all over again. Sunday morning under a tarp trying to finish all the food together, dancing when the rain stops, then riding off into the sunset. Dig it.
I encourage you to click on the magnifying glass for full-size imagery. And read the captions.
Bay Area Peeps! Be there November 22 at the Cow Palace for the seventh annual celebration of cycling know as the SF Bike Expo. Now a one-day event with a low $5 entry fee, there is sure to be something for everyone, from tall bikes to lowriders. We sure love this event for the way it captures the diverse Bay-Area cycling culture.
Awesome bike shops like College Cyclery and Yuba Expeditions. Gear from Abus, Two Fish, Hydrapak, DZR, E-thirteen, and Light and Motion. And of course, your own Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines will have some lovely offers.
There will be a “Rail Jam” contest and a swap meet that is not to be missed. We’ll be there from 11am so please stop by!
Bike theft is a problem in all major cities, but San Francisco is making a serious effort to eliminate it with a bike theft task force, headed up by Officer Matt Friedman. His unit has planted bait bikes with GPS trackers all around the city, and not only catches bike thieves, he posts their mug shots to twitter.
This New York Times video show you how the program works, as well as some other efforts the department is doing to stop bike thefts. (Only in San Francisco would a police offer sport a Steal Your Face sticker on his sidearm.)
Have you ever had a bike stolen? Share your story in the comments.