Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oct. 12: Biketoberfest at FairAnselm Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Bikes, beer and music galore—it’s Biketoberfest! Offering 35 varieties of beer from 20 West Coast brewers and live performances by Moonalice, Tom Finch Group, Tiny Television, Dogtown Ramblers and the Cradle Duende duo, this annual festival is one-of-a-kind, serving our mass of bike-lovers right in the birthplace of the mountain bike. After a pre-festival group ride from San Francisco or Marin, there’ll be 70 bike exhibitors and a handmade bike show with an array of classic bikes from the good old U.S.A.—you might even catch a glimpse of some of the very first mountain bikes. The kiddos can decorate their bikes at the bike art table and join the parade around the festival grounds while adults wash one (or three) down; get your helmets on and gear up on Saturday, Oct. 12, at FairAnselm Plaza. 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 11am. Free; beer tasting $25—$30. 415.272.2756.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aug. 18: Sonoma County Bicycle Expo in Downtown Santa Rosa

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

It has a bike swap, a cargo race, BMX tricks, a track-stand contest, a marching band and a tractor pull. Seriously, is this not just a crazy bike festival all ’roided up? All kidding aside: the Sonoma County Bicycle Expo jams every fun thing to possibly do with a bike into a one-day event, starting with the bike swap, where riders and collectors gather to buy, sell, trade and discuss bikes and accessories from every era. Also at the expo is the track-stand contest, where a judge will record how long each competitor can go on their fixed or freewheel bikes without putting a foot down. Other attractions include the crowd—pleasing flatland BMX stunts, performances by the Hubbub Club and a race of silly, practical and creative cargo bikes. All of this and more on Sunday, Aug. 18. Fifth Street between B Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Free. 10am—4pm. 707.545.0153.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek Meet and Greet with Chris Horner at Trek Bicycle Store

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Sometimes in cycling, perseverance pays off. Chris Horner turned pro in 1995, but hit full steam in 2002, when he won overall point standings in the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. In the following two years, he repeated the feat. Finally, after time on the legendary Astana team dutifully supporting Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer, Horner dominated and won the 2011 Tour of California. This week, the returning champion appears along with fellow Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek teammate and fan favorite Jens Voigt in Santa Rosa, where fans can ask questions, get autographs and wish Horner luck for a back-to-back win this year. Be there on Thursday, May 10, at the Trek Bicycle Store. 512 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 5–7pm. $20. 707.546.8735.

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May 10: Bike to Work Day

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Riding a bike is so easy that there’s a saying specifically about how it’s easy. So why do so many lack the motivation to hop on two wheels and commute? On May 10, motivation arrives in the form of Bike to Work Day, with energizer stations providing coffee, snacks and other bike-related supplies for those who accept the not-very-challenging challenge. In the evening, there are even more pre–Tour of California celebrations all over Santa Rosa, including a free show by Carrie Rodriguez in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square and an RSVP-required kickoff party with Levi Leipheimer and Tom Boonen at NorCal BikeSport. Find energizer station maps and more info about the day at, and

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

April 28: Napa Bike Fest in Napa

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

What’s a city to do when there’s a large, empty building that’s been closed for almost four years? Hold a bike fest in it! This weekend, the former COPIA center site plays host to the first annual Napa Bike Fest, a celebration for all types of cycling enthusiasts. With three different bike rides for different ability levels, everyone will have a chance to ride. After a cruise around town, there’ll also a BMX bike show, bike movies, live music, food and even a swap meet to sell or exchange bikes or bike parts. It may seem like a small silver lining to COPIA’s bankruptcy—or more like silver spokes—on Saturday, April 28, at the former COPIA Center. 500 First St., Napa. 9am. Free.

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