Fairfax, California is the birthplace of mountain biking, a sleepy little town in Marin County, north of San Francisco, in the shadow of Mount Tamalpais. Each year Fairfax hosts Biketoberfest Marin, which is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of cycling, beer and food. Our good friends at City Cycle invited us out for the party, and being the accommodating folks we are, we showed up.
Fairfax is a special place for so many reasons. The cycling culture there is extremely rich, and the Biketoberfest scene was replete with cyclists of every imaginable stripe, roadies, mountain bikers, cruisers, bike packers, steel devotees, Ti worshipers and carbon lovers.
We spent the day doing what we love to do, which is looking at, talking about and appreciating bikes for all they give us, fun, health, transport and a way to express ourselves. The fresh, hot tamales and steadily flowing beer didn’t hurt the ambiance at all, either. A local cafe had set up their tent next to ours. It really couldn’t have been a better day.