SFBC Treehouse Talk: How to Make a Rec Ride

"There are a million good ideas for a group bike ride, whether it’s a tour of tea shops, native plants, cemeteries, labor history, merry-go-rounds or Vertigo scenes. You’ve probably got a couple of ride ideas kicking around in your head (’60s rock band houses, anyone?), now’s your chance to learn how to make one and spread the fun, it’s easy. We’ll talk through the tips and tricks and review some simple recipes for rocking rec rides. Bring your bike upstairs."

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