Eldridge grade is my favorite fire road on Mt. Tam - it's filled with rocks (what mountain bikers call "baby heads) especially up at the top, but the views are incredible and I like how challenging it is.
Last week a couple of buddies and I rode to the bike swap meet at the Marin MTB Museum the long way by going up Railroad and down Eldridge on the other side.
The crew at the water spigot on Railroad grade.
Almost to the top - this is an under-the-arm shot while riding. Usually those come out terribly for me but this one came out OK.
This is at the top of Eldridge. Adam rode his Susie and I rode my Homer. The Susie is better for this type of stuff.
Check out Adam's chain in this one - I must have caught him just as he went over a big rock.
Max, my bag-making, vintage-tee-collecting friend, on his Black Mountain Cycles.
Eldridge has a ton of good switchbacks.
Same switchback - different angle. Checking tire pressure.
Jess, on another switchback.
Charlie, on his 60cm Platty. Butt-shot, sorry Charlie.
I didn't take many pictures after this but we made it to the swap meet around 2, and decided to try and catch the ferry in Larkspur, which we thought was at 3:05. We hustled fast out of Fairfax fast to try and catch it but when we got there at 2:55, we realized we had looked at the weekday schedule, so we just rode all the way back.
We expended most of our energy trying to get to the ferry on time, so the ride back to SF was tough, and not that pretty either.
This is just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge - we were all pretty wiped out. I got home around 5, took a shower, and fell asleep.