2024 Community Rides

Rides are usually scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of every month. Join our WhatsApp group for instant updates, and get announcements at our Facebook and Strava pages. You can announce your own spontaneous rides on these channels.

Schedule

Feb: Urban San Francisco with Hawk Hill
Mar: Headlands gravel
Apr: Peninsula: Kings Mountain-Tunitas Creek
May: Dhammadharini visit – Sonoma
Jun: Westport “freedom of choice” (possibly an overnight)
Jul: Mt Tam: gravel up, pavement down
Aug: Three Jewels Dhamma Hall Coastal Roll: Fort Bragg, CA
Sep: Annual pilgrimage on the last weekend
Oct: Paradise Plus in Marin
Nov: Mt. Diablo
Dec: Mt. Hamilton

Safety caution

DharmaWheels Foundation emphasizes individual responsibility and collective support. Participants wear helmets, follow the rules of the road, and exercise judgement about their capabilities and the risk of the sport. Together, we watch over each other, help those in need, and participate in good decisions.

Bicycle riding is an inherently dangerous sport. Rides or events organised by the group are open to anyone, but DharmaWheels does NOT assume any liability for your participation. By participating, you agree for yourself, your heirs, executors and administrators to waive any and all claims for personal injury and/or damage that you may have against DharmaWheels including its executive officers, members or representatives for any and all injuries received while taking part in any and all activities organised, sponsored or sanctioned by DharmaWheels.

In no event, shall DharmaWheels accept any liability for any injury, loss, or damage incurred by use of, or reliance, on information on this website or associated social media pages.


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✅ March, 2024: Headlands gravel

Gravel ride on Coastal trail in the headlands.

Date and details coming soon!

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This is a friendly, no-drop ride. There is no registration — just “Show and Go.” Riders must sign a Waiver of Liability (available at the ride). The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel. Wear a helmet and carry ID. Check the weather forecast and monitor announcements on the WhatsApp channel.

Questions? Call, text or email Flora Chen, the ride leader, at 346-232-9484.

COMPLETED RIDES

✅ Sunday, February 18, 2024: San Francisco Urban Ride

Our February Community Ride explores the urban village known as San Francisco.

Distance: 25.9 miles
Elevation gain: 2,184 feet 
Total Time: Let’s guess around 4 hours. (The total time depends on the pace of slowest rider(s), the number and length of breaks, mechanical issues, etc.)

Description: We begin and end at Koshland Park. The ride will depart at 9, following Page Street to Golden Gate Park. The plan is to stop at the Conservatory of Flowers, stow bikes, and have a dharma talk starting around 9:15. If you plan to skip the dharma talk, please arrive at 10:30 at the Conservatory of Flowers to roll out at 10:45. We will then continue the ride to Ocean Beach, rest stop at Lands End Lookout (bathroom/store). We’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge and decide whether to climb Hawk Hill climb (for which I will highly encourage) before circling back via Arguello to Golden Gate Park, Page Street back to Koshland Park.

Meet: Koshland Community Park & Learning Garden, San Francisco, CA 94102

Meet time: there are two options:

  • Option 1 Arrive 8:45am, stow bikes, depart at 9 am to ride to Conservatory of Flowers. 9:15 ish, stow bikes, sit zazen 9:25 followed by a dharma talk
  • Option 2 Arrive 10:30 at Conservatory of Flowers to roll out
  • Rolling: 10:45 am from Conservatory of Flowers

Route on ridewithgps: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44834843

Route on Strava: https://strava.app.link/tc0NZlUpkEb

This is a friendly, no-drop ride. There is no registration — just “Show and Go.” Riders are required to sign a Waiver of Liability that will be available the day of the ride from the lead. The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel. We ask that all riders wear a helmet and carry ID. Recommend checking the weather forecast ahead of the day, but cross our fingers that there will be a break from the rain that Sunday.

Questions? Call, text or email Colgan Powell, the ride le

Monday September 4th, 2023: Three Jewels Dhamma Hall Coastal Roll: Fort Bragg, CA

For our 9th Community Ride of 2023, we’re on the Mendocino Coast to visit the 3 Jewels Dhamma Hall. This will be a relatively easy and flat 17-mile ride mostly along the Coastal Bike path. The route is inspired by the Seniors on Bikes daily ride. 

Distance: 17.63 miles
Elevation gain: 505 feet
Total Time: 1 ½ hours riding , 11/2 hours practice
Route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/3131286837696295786

Description: Starting at Three Jewels and safely crossing Highway 1 to access the Coastal Bike path. We head North past MacKerricher State Park and then loop back Via Ward Avenue. We then head South along the Coast with sweeping Ocean Vistas all the way to a Noyo Harbor overlook. We will come back on the same path to 3 Jewels . In the beginning we will talk and socialize freely. About halfway we will Initiate silent meditative riding. This is relatively easy ride meant to be accessible to all and conducive to mindfulness.

Meet: Three Jewels Dhamma Hall
Meet time: 5PM
Roll time: 5:15—6:45 PM
Tea /Meditation/ Dharma Talk at 3 Jewels Dhamma Hall 6:45- 8:30 PM

This is a friendly, no-drop ride. It is a fairly easy ride, but it is 17 miles. No registration necessary — just “Show and Go.” Riders are required to sign a Waiver of Liability that will be available the day of the ride from the lead. The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel. We ask that all riders wear a helmet and carry ID. The timing of the ride and the Dharma Program at 3 Jewels means that you will need to plan to eat your meals on Monday earlier in the day. You could eat a brunch around 11 and an early supper around 3:30 or 4 PM. You could bring something to snack on after the ride. Tea will be available at 3 Jewels.

Questions? Call, text or email  Scott Green, the ride leader, at 650-274-4305, shalomgreen9090@gmail.com

Directions to Three Jewels
Three Jewels is located at 31791 Johnson Lane, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. It is located on the north end of Fort Bragg. It lies east of Highway 1, which is named Main Street inside the town. The following directions assume that you are on Highway 1/Main Street.

Turn onto Pudding Creek Road, which is opposite a beach and trestle bridge on the ocean. You will be heading east (away from the ocean). Pudding Creek runs alongside the road on your right.

Proceed 1 mile, continuing past the stop sign at John Hyman Road.
Turn left (north) onto Petaluma Avenue. Take it easy! Though paved, tree roots have created unmarked speed bumps along this stretch. Be prepared to navigate them by changing lanes. Proceed about ¼ mile to the intersection with Johnson Lane.
Turn right (east) onto Johnson Lane. After a few hundred feet you will arrive at 31791 on the right (south) side marked with the Three Jewels sign.
Turn right into the driveway and park.

Walk down the path on the right (west) end of the building as you face it rather than through the gate. The entrance to the Meditation Hall is the right hand wing of the building, the end opposite from the garage.

August 19, 2023: King Ridge: Sonoma County

For our 8th Community Ride of 2023, we’re in Sonoma County for a truly world-class ride. Not coincidentally, it’s also my all-time favorite ride in the County: King Ridge to/from Duncans Mills!

Distance: Just a whisker under 50 miles
Elevation gains: 5,100′
Total Time: Let’s say 6 hours. (The total time depends on number and length of breaks, mechanical issues, pace of slowest riders, etc.)

Description: Starting in Duncans Mills, just a few miles inland from the mouth of the Russian River, we cruise contentedly up to the little town of Cazadero. (There is water and a little General Store in Cazadero). Then we follow King Ridge Road as it winds and wends and climbs and descends through an amazing variety of landscapes. It’s remote and beautiful. At mile 23.6, we take a left on Hauser Bridge Road (with views of the gold domes of Odiyan Retreat Center), down the hill, across the bridge over the not-yet-mighty Gualala River, then back up to a water stop opposite Ratna Ling Retreat Center. We follow Seaview Road past Salt Point State Park, past tall trees and open fields. At mile 34.5, we continue on Meyers Grade with its jaw-dropping views of the big blue ocean. We plunge down to Route One and sea level, and thence through the little town of Jenner (mile 44.4 — water, snacks, bathrooms). From Jenner, it’s a few mostly flat miles back to Duncans Mills.

Meet location: outside the Gold Coast Bakery and Cafe in the tiny town of Duncans Mills.
Meet time: 8:45 am
Roll time: 9:00 am
Weather forecast: cool in the morning, warm to hot during the day.

Routes on ridewithgps: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38552928

Questions? Call or text Pete Gang (lead) at 707.338.7111. 

This is a friendly, no-drop ride. It’s not an easy ride, but it’s oh-so-worth-it!

No registration — just “Show and Go.” Riders must sign a Waiver of Liability that will be available on the day of the ride. The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel, wear a helmet and carry an ID. Heavy rain cancels.

July 15, 2023: Peninsula: Kings Mountain-Tunitas Creek

For our Sixth Community Ride of 2023, we’re in San Mateo County for a choice of two rides that include big trees and challenging climbs!

Distance: Two options: 22 or 50 miles
Elevation gains: either 2,700′ or 5,400’  
Total Time: Approximately 2-½ hours for the 22-mile ride and 6 hours for the 50-mile ride. (The total time depends on number and length of breaks, mechanical issues, pace of slowest riders, etc.)

WARNING: This ride includes two strenuous and prolonged climbs, steep descents, and sections (particularly along Skyline Blvd) of minimal shoulder and/or higher speed limits (e.g., 50 mph). Please consider your riding abilities when deciding whether to participate in either of these rides.

Description: Starting in Woodside, we will pass through Huddart Park and climb wooded Kings Mountain Rd to Skyline Blvd. From there, we’ll head south on Skyline to the Skyline Blvd – La Honda Rd intersection where riders will choose either the longer or shorter option.

Longer option: At La Honda Rd riders head west through La Honda, eventually reach the San Gregorio General Store for a lunch stop. Next we’ll briefly ride along Highway 1 to beautiful and wooded Tunitas Creek Rd for a climb back to Skyline and descent of Kings Mountain Rd to Woodside.

Shorter option: After La Honda Road, riders continue on Skyline and descend Old La Honda Road and eventually return to Woodside.

Meet at the public parking lot behind the Pioneer Saloon at 2925 Woodside Rd in Woodside.
Meet time: 8:45 am
Roll time: 9:00 am

Routes on ridewithgps: long ride longer ride (Woodside – Kings Mtn – Tunitas Creek) or short ride shorter ride (Woodside – Kings Mtn – Old La Honda).

Questions? Call or text John Ungvarsky (lead) at 510-375-2083 or Paul Ries (backup) at 408-482-6523. 

June 17, 2023: Aloka Earth Room: Marin, San Rafael, China Camp

We’re riding to the new Aloka Earth Room to visit Ayya Santacitta while hitting China Camp and Lucas Valley. Meeting at the Java Hut in Fairfax. Don’t be late!

More details at www.dharmawheels.org

Questions? Call or text Stephen at 415-305-7787.

May 20, 2023: Pinehurst: Moraga, Orinda, hills

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the fifth Dharmawheels Community Ride of 2023. The object of our attention this month is a reprise of the Pinehurst route!

The ride starts in Orinda and rolls in relative flatness to Moraga and then climbs gently on Pinehurst Road (an area of lush ferns where dinosaurs can be seen grazing), Skyline Boulevard (with great views of the Bay and the City), and Grizzly Peak Boulevard until the 16-½ mile point where it slopes downwardly through Tilden Park and then ends, again in relative flatness, back in Orinda. 

Meet near the Orinda BART Station at Peet’s Coffee in the nearby Orinda Theater Square.
Quiet sitting time: 9:45 am
Meet time: 10:00 am
Rolling at 10:15 am
Route & Elevation: Click here  
Approximate finish time: 12:30

Questions? Contact Andrew at 925-255-3408 

This is a friendly, no-drop, easy-pace ride. No registration — just “Show and Go.” The ride is self-supported, so please bring your own fluids and fuel. 
We ask that all riders wear a helmet and carry ID.

April 15, 2023 – Mt. Diablo

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the fourth Dharmawheels Community Ride of 2023. The object of our attention this month is Mount Diablo!

Meet 9:00am at Peet’s Coffee, 1835 Ygnacio Valley Road (about 3 miles east of the Walnut Creek BART Station along Ygnacio Valley Road). There is parking at/near Peet’s Coffee in the surrounding shopping center.
Depart at 9:30am
Contact Vlado Bradbury at 510-816-0653, Vladosensible@gmail.com
 
We have two options: 30 miles and 3,745 feet of climbing (to the top), or 21 miles and 2,148 feet of climbing (to the junction with the Ranger Station and bathrooms). Click for the 30-mile route on ridewithgps.

This is a beautiful ride through rolling countryside for the first 5 miles at which point it gets steeper for a steady climb to the Ranger Station and then the top. The very top is reached by the steepest section. Just 100-200 yards long. We will ride through and along some canyons and around the edge of the mountain with some wonderful views in multiple directions. It will be green and lush. At the top it can be windy, look across the central valley to the Sierras and back towards the Bay. 

From Peet’s Coffee we will ride 1/4 mile east on Ygnacio Valley Road and turn right on Walnut Avenue. After 1-1/2 miles of residential ranch homes, we reach a small roundabout where we take a right onto Castle Rock Road and then almost immediately (200 feet) take a left onto North Gate Road which takes us all the way to the Ranger Station and (optionally) the Summit Road to the top.

March 18, 2023 – North Bay (Marin/Petaluma)

Meet at 9:45am at Mike’s Bikes Sausalito – #1 Gate 6 Road, right along the bike path. Map.
Depart at 10:00am
Return ~2:30pm. (32mi, 670 ft, 3 hours ride, 1 hour lunch)
Contact Pete Gang: pete@commonsensedesign.com 707-338-7111

Long route: 37 miles to Fairfax, Alpine Dam, Ridgecrest, and Pantoll. Here’s the basic gist of the route on ridewithgps. (Our route may vary slightly).

Short route: out and back to Fairfax, 22.4 miles

We will stop at The Coffee Roastery in Fairfax for coffee, snacks, and a dose of Fairfax.

Alpine Dam route

Jan 21, 2023 – West Dry Creek / Dry Creek Route 🍇

Meet at 9:45 am PT from Keiser Park
Depart at 10:00 am PT
Return ~2pm. (40mi, 1500ft, 3 hours ride, 1 hour buffer)
Contact Roger Burns (415) 497-4881
Ride InfoRoute, Cue Sheet. We will meet in Keiser Park in Windsor, head up a gently sloping warm-up hill before dropping down into the rolling hills of Sonoma County Wine Country via Eastside Road. We’ll then cross over the Russian River and up Westside Road connecting to West Dry Creek Road. From there we’ll cross over Dry Creek to Dry Creek Road with a possible stop at the popular Dry Creek Market. Then we’ll ease our way down through the town of Healdsburg back to Windsor. We may also join together after for lunch around the popular Windsor Town Green.
Shorter alternative route option at 11 am, you can ride a shorter route starting from 1000 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. See smaller route (20mi, 700ft, 1.5 hours).


Nov 19 2022 – Pantoll, Ridge crest, Alpine dam ⛰

Depart at 9 am PT from Equator Sausalito
Return ~4pm.
Contact Vlado (510-816-0653)
Ride Info See BoFax Loop Link. 10 am from Equator Sausalito Café > Pantoll > Ridge Crest > Stinson > Pelican Inn Pub (old english pub for food) > Equator Sausalito Café.

Riders from SF will start at 8 am from The Ferry building to join the group at Equator Sausalito. People can jump in and out where it’s most convenient, please communicate with the lead.

BoFax Loop

✅ Oct 8 2022 – Blue Angels ✈️

Depart at 11:45 am PT from 5516 Marshall St, Oakland (Phil’s place)
Return ~5pm People can jump out earlier.
Contact: Andrew (925-255-3408)
Ride Info
People can jump in where it is most convenient for them. Or do just a portion of the 3 🌉 bridges and backtrack.
11:45 am First leg Oakland to Sausalito. ~2.5 hours.
2:00 pm Second leg Sausalito to SF, Pier 39. ~1 hour
3 – 4 pm See Blue Angels
Some will Bart from Embarcadero back to East Bay (West Oakland)
West Oakland Bart to Phil’s Place in Oakland takes 20 mins. Budget accordingly if you’re taking the Bart.


Aug 28 2022 – Mendocino Ride

City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to Hopland (28 miles round trip) with optional longer route along Mountain House Road (47 miles round trip). Depending on your route choice.

Depart at 8 am from the CTTB main entrance (corner of Talmage Road and Old River Road) Return to CTTB approximately 11 am or 12:30 pm for longer option
Contact: Dennis Crean (denniscrean@gmail.com, 707-391-1500) or Scott Green (shalomgreen9090@gmail.com, 650-274-4305)
More info: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas Ride

Scott, a Board Member
Scott Green, VP, Contact for this ride.

July 30, 2022 9am, Saturday

Contacts: Aditya 415.412.1324 and Abhi 415.528.0889

Route: Peninsula along Skyline – Meet at Village Bakery in Woodside at 9 am.

Aditya Sharma joined the Board of Directors in 2022

June 11 2022, Saturday

Route: Paradise Plus in Marin

Click the Route link for details, contacts, timing, etc

Stephen Altman has attended about 15 BBP pilgrimages and served the Board for many years

May 14 2022, Saturday

Route: Pinehurst (click here for map and details)
Contact: Andrew 925-255-3408

Andrew Hillman (on the Board since 2017) and former Board member Martine Shelley

February 21, 2022 Saturday

Route: El Cerrito on the Bay
Meetup: El Cerrito BART

March 5, 2022 Saturday

Route: King’s Ridge
Skill level: advanced

“Expect something between epic and life-changing.”

March 13 , 2022, Sunday

Route: Hawk hill with butter (includes part of the “butter lap” around the city)

Abhishek Nath joined the Board of Directors in 2019

April 9, 2022, Saturday (show at 8:30am, go at 9:00am)

Route: Mount Diablo (click link for more details)

Meet up: Peets coffee (2.2 miles from Walnut Creek BART) at 1835 Ygnacio valley road In Ygnacio Plaza opposite Heather Farm park.

Summary report: Windy but delightful. Beautiful. We were passed by 10 – 20 cars max. Started riding at 9:00. 5 people. Vlado looking forward to ~12 rides per year.

Skill: intermediate & advanced

Contact: Vlado 510.816.0653

Vlado Bradbury joined the Board of Directors in 2021

Also, some of our active riders on Strava!