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Any halfway decent rides in the Livermore CA area?(12 posts)

Any halfway decent rides in the Livermore CA area?MongoGood
Sep 23, 2002 3:21 PM
I live at the foot of Mt. Tam right now but the economy is ejecting me out of Marin and I have to make do in Livermore/Castro valley. I went there today and it was a hot dusty flat valley. Should I hang up my Mt. and Road bikes or are there any roads to get excited about?

I consider 3000' of climbing in twenty five miles a mild workout at best. I have really become spoilt.

re: Any halfway decent rides in the Livermore CA area?laffeaux
Sep 23, 2002 3:22 PM
You'll not be too far from Mt. Diablo. There's great riding (road and mountain) there.

I live on the pennisula where it's a bit cooler. Livermore is a bit too hot for me.
re: Any halfway decent rides in the Livermore CA area?curtybirdychopper
Sep 23, 2002 3:58 PM
hey mongo, there are plenty of great rides in the livermore area that i know about. the beauty of the livermore area is that early on weekend and even weekday mornings you have many of the farm/winery roads to yourself. its great. and if hills are your thing, there are several nice 10 mile warmups from the pleasanton/livermore area to some fair hills, including the mentioned mt. diablo and also the hills around Lake Del Valle and Altamont pass.

I know the pleasanton ridge and sunol regional parks offer hills upon hills of mtn riding also.

here's an east bay biking site that is useful:

I've only ridden about half of these locations though.

hope it helps.

rides i'd consider moderate to difficult in livermore area:curtybirdychopper
Sep 23, 2002 4:03 PM
- mines road, off the road to Del valle lake in south livermore
- del valle lake and back in south livermore
- windy pass on top of the altamont pass in east livermore
- kilkare road in sunol, not difficult but not flat either
- mt. diablo is probably comparable to a mt. tam road ride

when do you typically ride, and when are you expecting to move?
I start work with the nations largest fried pie manufacturer inMongoGood
Sep 23, 2002 4:18 PM
late October. All the CutiePies I can eat. Yee-haw! Who needs Clif Bars? The filling makes a nice chain lube in emergencies and no chasing dog wants a face full of pie -don't have to waste your water bottle. I might see you on the road some evening.
re: Any halfway decent rides in the Livermore CA area?Lon Norder
Sep 23, 2002 4:10 PM
There is some good riding in the Livermore area. Summer can get hot, though. Go to a bike store and buy a Krebbs map. Here's some rides:

Mines Road, 50 miles to the top of Mt. Hamilton.
Corral Hollow Road, heads to the Central Valley.
Patterson Pass Road, also heads to the Central Valley.
Morgan Territory Road, connects Livermore and Clayton.
Palomares Canyon Road, connects Sunol Canyon and Castro Valley.
Calaveras Road, goes from Sunol to Milpitas
Thanks for the 'fo. I guess I'll survive :-) nmMongoGood
Sep 23, 2002 5:32 PM
Sep 23, 2002 5:34 PM
What the? "approved"? I didn't "approve" nuthin nmMongoGood
Sep 23, 2002 5:37 PM
hot hot hotmr_spin
Sep 24, 2002 6:10 AM
Livermore is not a great place to ride (look, another cement plant!!! Or is that the same one?), but there is great riding all around it. Stick to the foothills and you'll find a lot of very good riding. The best rides have already been listed by others.

One thing is that it is very hot out there, and often very windy, which should be obvious from all the windmills on Altamont pass!

If you want an epic road ride, start in Livermore, ride west to Sunol, head South through Calaveras, come down into San Jose, head up Mt Hamilton, down the other side and all the way back to Livermore via Mines Road. Or do it the opposite way.
Mt. HamiltonGalibier
Sep 24, 2002 7:00 AM
I was wondering when someone was going to mention Mt. Hamilton -- that was my favorite climb in the area.
re: Any halfway decent rides in the Livermore CA area?Tarantula
Sep 24, 2002 4:02 PM
Morgan Territory Road is a favorite of mine.
Also, there are a few rides listed on the Chain Reaction website.