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Off-Campus Biking

Stanford is surrounded by some of the finest bike riding destinations and activities in the world. The local cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos and Mountain View have great shopping areas for all your needs or desires from the basics to the exotic. Each of these four communities and five others, including Stanford, from San Francisco to San Jose are a Bicycle Friendly Community. These are official designations by the League of American Bicyclists and represent the greatest concentration of such communities in the United States. The San Francisco Bay Area, and the area behind Stanford over to the Pacific in particular, has some of the finest road and mountain biking. For example, the Tour of California international professional road race has featured the Bay Area, including Stanford in 2008, each year right from its start in 2006. The Bay Area has hundreds of bike routes and trails that you can do on your own, and there are a very large number of regular group rides that you can join. All of us at the shop have been riding in the area for many years. Stop by and we can help you get focused on the destinations and rides that fit your desires.

Following are sources of information on the routes and trails and on the group rides, and just a few photos of what you have to look forward to. All the photos shown on this page are within 10 miles of Stanford except one, which is on the coast at Half Moon Bay about 30 miles from Stanford.

Bike Routes and Trails

Stanford Parking & Transportation Services - a bike route map that covers a radius of about 5 miles from Stanford.  Free copy at the Campus Bike Shop

Bike Routes Near Stanford and Beyond - many rides that cover the great biking available from the Stanford area

Mountain Bike Trails in the Stanford Area - great local mountain biking trails

South Bay Bike Trails - map of the rides and paths along the San Francisco Bay from Redwood Shores all the way down around the bottom of the bay

Silicon Valley Road Bicycle Rides - maps and route sheets for a dozen great rides in the Stanford area

Rides In the Bay Area - maps of several bike routes, 10 to 60 mile loops, including trips to the ocean - many maps around Stanford and throughout the world, or create your own

Here are three maps that are great! They are available here at the Campus Bike Shop and at other local bike shops

South San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay Areas Bicycle Touring Map, by Krebs Cycle Products - Covers the bike routes throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay area and well beyond

San Mateo County Bicycle Transportation Map, by Barclay Maps - Covers all the bike routes along the San Francisco Bay from San Mateo/Foster City to the hills behind Stanford

San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains Map, by Krebs Cycle Products - Covers the mountain biking trails throughout the whole area

Group Rides

Skyline Cycling Club - click on Weekly Rides to see the available road rides (and for some, route sheets), most of which include the Stanford area (our own John Schaefer leads three of their rides each week)

Western Wheelers Bicycling Club - many road rides that cover a complete range of challenge and include the Stanford area

Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) - also many road rides that cover a complete range of challenge and include the Stanford area

Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers (ROMP) - mountain bike rides primarily in the hills behind Stanford