The vernacular, acronyms, and slang common to the SF2G mailing list
The intersection of Alemany and Lyell. Popular meet-up spot
for SEX and Colma rides for
those who live south of the most common coffee shops, and are
too lazy to ride north only to back-track south again. Located
BEX (aka, "Bayspresso"):
A variant of Bayway that skips Cortland. See the Bayway page for more info.
This bridge connects a thin little paved path to dirt, without
much on either side, but serves as the only way to get over the
waterway that Bayshore fails to cross. The approach to the bridge
is narrow and can cause issues if there are riders coming the other
direction, so be sure to watch for oncoming traffic. The south end
of the bridge has a paved ramp that spits out onto some packed dirt,
which is usually fine even when wet. Cyclocross and mountain bike
types will shed a silent tear here, remembering fondly the "good
old days" sans pavement.
Flat-out attacking the entire way, with the goal of dropping your companions and basking in glory.
Blanken and Bayshore Quandrangle, a common meeting point and regroup spot. It's the brick plaza just above the Caltrain tunnel, after descending San Bruno Ave and crossing Bayshore.
A variant of bayway. See colmaway.
Cafeto Rollout. Departure from Cafeto on Richland at Mission. Frequently chosen as the starting point for rides down Mission and El Camino Real. Located here.
Dynamo Donuts (24th between York and Hampshire) Rollout. Popular for slacker (late) departures since it doesn't open until 7.
Dirty San Bruno. Trinh's invention: a jaunt down Mission, a hurdle up Crocker, and a gravely dusty/muddy roll over Mount San Bruno, before dropping down to meet up with the standard Bayway route. Easy dirt riding (road bikes are fine) and spectacular views.
Drop-to-4. This is invoked for some record-attempt rides and other merciless events. The idea is to go as hard as the 4th strongest person can handle, thus keeping an effective paceline on hand. This concept depends on the riders being fairly evenly matched or else it's pointless.
Skyline route, in reverse. Most often tackled in summertime, as it's pretty dark in the, um, dark.
East Palo Alto, aka, the Hood. Expect a contact high and slurred insults.
Feral Cat Freeway - the bike path around the perimeter of glorious Foster City, which is the domain of numerous menacing gangs of untamed feline beasts.
Four Barrel Rollout. Four Barrel is a coffee shop on Valencia between 14th & 15th streets. Used mostly for weekend rollouts, since they don't open until 7am. Located here.
First Friday Friendly Frolic - the monthly NRLB (no-drop) ride
Fixed Gear Friday - as it's usually a tranquilo kinda day, fixed gear riding is especially suitable
When the group is within roughly 4 kilometers of the destination, it is acceptable, upon invocation of the 4k Rule, to drop anyone that definitely knows the route and can fend for him/herself. Bayshore & Embarcadero or so is "4k" territory. (Vegans working at Google are given extra leeway in the invocation of this rule, since it is well known that all sources of vegan protein disappear from the cafe promptly at 9:29am.)
For rendezvousing prior to embarking upon a
partycar excursion or a ride back to SF,
Google-types and others in the Mountain View area will often
meet up at the grassy knoll at the corner of Charleston &
Huff, across the street from the main Google campus. Located
Recently, the Google landscaping department has made the knoll
more dirty than grassy, but being the curmudgeonly traditionalists
that we are, we still refer to it as "grassy".
Grate of Doom (GoD):
A particularly nasty metal storm drain with grates about the width of a bike tire. If you ride over it, you'll probably crash badly, and with cars going fast around you. The GoD is to be found on Eric's Bayshore Express
Hump Day Hammerfest. Style I fast ride on Wednesdays normally led by Nick.
A variant of Half Moon Bay Way that
takes Callan, Sharp Park and Purisima (dirt) to reach the top of
Kings Mountain Road. Beautiful, challenging and usually somewhat
faster than regular HMBW. The rollout for these rides is often
Cafeto, to increase the "express" nature of the
A variation on Skyline popular among Mission/Bernal types
("hipsters", by definition), as it skips the northerly journey up
to Golden Gate Park (the usual Skyline meetup being Panhandle
Peet's at Fell & Broderick). This route starts at Ritual or
Philz or wherever, heads down Mission to John Daly, then breaks
right for Skyline (CA-35). The meetup with "normal Skyline" riders
is at the west side of Skyline, in the parking lot entrance. Note:
"Hippie" skyline is the Golden Gate Park route, which meets up at
Panhandle Peet's, at Fell & Broderick. See
216 watts. Not yet a SI unit. Established on this ride. See also "HSP".
Half Moon Bay Way
Hobe Standard Pace. Approximately 19.8 mph with an implication of steady, solid pacing. Standard was established on this ride. See also "Hobepower".
Java Beach Cafe Rollout. Ride departs from Java Beach Cafe at
Judah and La Playa, way off in the Sunset. Jason's Skyline rides
often start here.
John Daly Blvd and Skyline Blvd (at the entrance to Thornton
State Beach). The point where the "Hippie" and "Hipster" versions
of Skyline converge, and therefore a good place to wait if you want
to join a Skyline ride but don't want to start at the called
roll-out location. It's about 35 minutes from the common roll-out
points (Ritual, Philz, Peet's on the Panhandle).
Just the tip:
A variant of SEX including just the first bits of that route
(i.e. Callan) but not all of the subsequent bits. For example,
just the tip SEX might not include any 280 sections, or might take
SCT instead of the hillsborough rollers.
(May 2011 update: mostly deprecated now that BTN is paved.) When it becomes necessary to avoid the BTN (see above) due to mud or other issues, the route can be adjusted west of the 101 for about half a mile. This variation, named after its inventor, LeBaron, is probably the most direct and avoids most signals. Route must be experienced to be learned, pretty wacky. More info on the Bayway page.
La Stazione Rollout (Pennsylvania & 22nd). Popular among
dogpatch/potrero types too lazy to ride over to the mission for
their rollout. Located here.
Brisk pace until someone attacks, then see Brisk Pace, above (kidding, kind of).
No Rider Left Behind - aka, tranquilo pace, no one dropped (unless they know the way and the "Four-k Rule" is invoked, see above). Generally happens on Fridays.
Peet's Coffee at Fell/Broderick, panhandle of Golden Gate park. Standard meetup point for skyline rides of the "hippie" variety.
The 5:48 caltrain from the Mountain View station - the southern-most bike car becomes a rolling party, as numerous bike commuters of various creeds and employers unite in beer-drinking brotherhood; often, upon reaching the 22nd or 4th/King SF station, further good-natured cheer is decreed, and a stop off at Bender's (19th/S. Van Ness) for more beer and tater-tot inspired food occurs.
Philz Coffee Rollout (see below)
(24th & Folsom) A popular alternate to Ritual Roasters for Bayways rollouts; used especially frequently in conjuction with the "Bayshore Express" variation. Located here.
Panhandle Peet's Rollout (see above)
Pinhole Coffee Rollout - (Cortland/Bonview) see below.
(Cortland and Bonview) A cute
coffee shop in Bernal,
popular among lazy Bernalians who'd rather not descend into the
Mission only to re-climb said elevation a few moments later.
Panhandle Peet's Rollout (see above)
Royale (with cheese)
The most direct route to work for many people: straight down El
Camino Real. Leave early (6am or so) to minimize interactions with
car traffic. Rollout is usually from Cafeto on Richland at Mission.
Ritual Roasters Rollout (Valencia between 22nd and 21st). This is the usual meeting point for a Bayway departure. Located here.
San Andreas Treail. A trail on the
skyline route that can be ridden
instead of the first legal 280 section. Sometimes referred to
as "the first part of SCT" (see below), even though it's
actually a different trail. Pretty and fun, but not as quick as
Sawyer Camp Trail. A bucolic trail on the
skyline route that is 'cool' in
the winter months. Loved by some, reviled by others.
(January 2017 update: deprecated since Sandbox became Pinkie's
(see Pinkbox above) and then Pinkie's closed.) Sandbox Bakery
Rollout. Sandbox is a great bakery on Cortland Ave in Bernal
Heights, popular among Bernal dwellers too lazy to ride down to
the mission for their rollout. Located
Skyline Express. Like skyline, but
starting in the Mission, taking Callan up to King to reach 35,
and riding both bike-legal 280 sections. Crucially, this means
there is no intercept option at John Daly for these
rides! This often leaves various hippie types (those starting
from Peet's Coffee near the panhandle) dazed and confused as they
must venture further south to Skyline and King before joining
their hipster brothers and sisters. At the conclusion of SEX,
it is imperative that all riders using strava (see below) come
up with an innuendo-filled ride title worthy of a 13 year old boy.
See the skyline page.
Some Riders Left Behind. That is, a fast ride with likely casualties, so everyone should know the route. SRLBs are often record attempts.
97% effort with no attacks and smooth paceline transitions (i.e., no accelerating when taking the front), the goal being to pound your riding buddies into submission and shame which comes from cruelly allowing them to draft you but dropping them anyway, shattering their sense of self-worth.
sprints-with-regroups (also denoted sometimes as shenanigans, youthful indiscretions, chicanery, hi-jinks, or tomfoolery)
Team Time Trial Tuesday - if decreed, the pace will be as fast as at least 4 people can maintain.
Underpass of Broken Bottles & Dreams: this is the bike path under the 101 just off Cesar Chavez via the 76 station. Expect an informal congress of freelance recyclers, some of which, due to exuberance, may have lost contact with one or more articles of their trade.. often a bottle.
Bayway, in reverse. For this ride, the meetup point is usually the San Mateo restroom/dogpark stop, since most Yawyab regulars work near there (Foster City, San Mateo, etc.)