Who are we and what do we know?



How we started...

Who we became!

1. We were not born or raised cycling enthusiasts.

Growing up Miko never rode or owned a bicycle and wore high heeled boots (see below) on our first ride. Somewhere between Fort Mason and Crissy Field one sunny day, on rented rides, we learned: WE LIKE TO BIKE.


Scenic Sausalito

Miko at Fort Point, under the Golden Gate Bridge

2. We never knew you could bike around the Bay . . . or did we?

We used to make fun of people boarding their bikes on the Sausalto ferry. Why would anyone want to work that hard when you can take the ferry there and back? The first time we made it across the Golden Gate Bridge we felt like real athletes! It’s all just opened our eyes to how many athletically challenging and beautiful ways you can bike around the Bay Area.

3. We like being tourists

(in our own city)!

Just because something is frequented by tourists doesn’t mean it’s not worth partaking in, especially considering how far people travel from all over the world to enjoy it. You can cover a lot of ground on a bike and we’ll give you some pointers on some great recreational trails and trip plans that will give you a new found appreciation for this city. It may change what you consider “local” and “authentic”.

Junction just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin. An array of cyclists congregate there

Jon and Miko at the Marin Headlands

4. We are currently training for the Tour de Nowhere.

On our rides we savor the scenery and each other’s company at an athletic pace that gives us a good workout too. We created this blog to share our experiences and tips with people who just genuinely enjoy riding bikes. Simply that.  When you see the music videos we have created on some of our trails, these are just embodiments of why we like to bike. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy a ride.

We do recognize there are many just out to ride for speed, who will request that you watch out “On your left” and on occasion even say “Thank you” while passing. But there are those who scowl and rant to the tune of “Move or I’ll hit you!” or “You know you’re in the way don’t you?!” and feel the need to literally brush shoulders with you on the Golden Gate Bridge. . . these are who we call bike douches. The bike douche can be recognized by their multicolored “sponsored” team jersey, custom built bicycle worth as much as a car, and menacing expression that says “I hate that you share the road with me.” They sometimes travel together in a shared silent bitterness, although we’re not sure why.

The Blazing Saddles crowd, namely tourists that rent bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf and like mosquitos tend to come out when it’s hot, are considerably slower and less experienced, hence are the natural born enemy of the bike douche sharing the same trails. They can be recognized by their matching helmets, trail maps, heavy bikes with comfort saddles and handlebar fanny packs marked with the name of their rental company.

[If you’re interested in renting don’t be afraid to ask them if they liked who they rented from. We had mixed experiences with Bike and Roll, whose service was good (friendly and affordable) but bikes were sometimes subpar (small selection and poorly maintained).]

MY POINT (and yes I really have one) is that just like the real road has bad drivers, biking is no different. There are speedy sports cars that cut you off and unpredictable student drivers that nearly crash into you. Worst of all you have pedestrians! (Which will make you ponder the question: Why don’t you know how to WALK?) But if you spend your ride concerning yourself with other people on the road you’ll fail to enjoy the exquisite connection between mind, body and bike, with the land beneath it and the air around you.


This is a blog built from our shared experience learning to bike around the Bay Area and where we’ll give you information, trails and tips so you can create your own special biking memories. Please feel free to comment and share your own wisdom as well. (But if you sound like a bike douche or wannabe bike douche we’ll delete you. JK.)


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5 thoughts on “Who are we and what do we know?

  1. Thanks for your blog about riding up Mt. Tam. It’s timing was very beneficial, I am preparing to ride to the top next week, leaving from San Anselmo via Fairfax-Bolinas to Ridgecrest. I have ridden to the Pantoll (?) station twice but never beyond that. Is there water at the very top?…or nearby?
    Take good care,
    Mike

    • Hi Mike,

      Yes, there is water at the top. There is a water fountain and bathrooms. I think there is a vending machine as well with soda. We’ll be posting a route at some point over this summer with the Fairfax-Bolinas route as well, but not for a bit.

      We’ve ridden down Tam both on Fairfax-Bolinas and Panoramic, we recommend descending down Panoramic into Sausalito, ending up at what we call Marin Crossroads and heading back to San Anselmo from there. Panoramic is a much better road, well-paved and wider so you can really pick up the speed. It’s also a ton of fun!

      Have a great ride!
      Miko & Jon

  2. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  3. Guys – would love to get in contact with you as im coming to California from the UK in September to cycle from Yosemite N.P. to San Fran. Would be great to pick you brains for any advice etc on the trip. Whats the best way to communicate with you guys?

    • Hi James, sounds like you are planning an amazing ride! Best way to reach us is email, weliketobike@bikerider.com

      That is going to to be a challenging ride! Are you bringing your own bike, or will you be renting? Are you looking at using a Garmin Edge 800 for the trip? Might be a good investment for that long of a ride in an unfamiliar area.

      Shoot us an email with any of your questions and we’ll do our best to answer.

      Cheers!

      Miko & Jon

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