End of the ride
End of the ride

San José Inspiring Connections Outdoors ride the Forest of Nisene Marks

Our friends from San José Inspiring Connections Outdoors rode through the Forest of Nisene Marks last Saturday, June 6. Janette LaBau, Ray, and five other volunteers led eleven kids on an adventure they will always remember. Forest elves and the elusive Duckus bikerus accompanied us on our trip along the trails.

Mountain bike skills area alongside the fire road in the Forest of Nisene Marks
Mountain bike skills area alongside the fire road in the Forest of Nisene Marks

Middle school kids from across the county tour the Forest of Nisene Marks

A large group of kids from middle schools around the county rode through the Forest of Nisene Marks Saturday, May 30. Sunshine filtered through the redwood canopy and warmed us on our ride. At our lunch stop alongside Aptos Creek, a few of us learned how to skip stones, and others went “spelunking“. Tawn Kennedy and Steve Piercy led the riders from New Brighton and Mission Hill Middle Schools, and kids in the Earn a Bike program in Watsonville.

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Upcoming biking events

TFKSC Bike Maintenance Party

Monday, June 29, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
TFKSC Launch Pad
345 Harvest Drive Watsonville, CA

Our bikes need some love and attention. We will hold a bike maintenance party to adjust brakes and shifters, lube chains and hubs, and other maintenance tasks. We’ll supply the pizza and delicious beverages, as well as tools and bike parts. Just bring your fine old self and some rockin’ tunes.

Mountain Bike Drawing

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos
Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will be holding a drawing for a Raleigh EVA 29 mountain bike. The generous Bike Station Aptos donated this awesome bike.

View the full manufacturer specifications.

More information about the drawing will be announced in upcoming newsletters, on our Facebook page, and our website.

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos

Bike Friendly Watsonville Community Bike Ride

The folks from Bike Friendly Watsonville will hold their inaugural Community Bike Ride.

Saturday, Jun 27, 10:00 AM
Second Street Cafe
28 Second Street, Watsonville, CA

The event is free and open to all ages and experience levels. For more information, see their Facebook page or contact May Pro-Tem Felipe Hernandez at 831-707-4392.

Read the article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, featuring our own board member Kym Lacrosse.

E-Bike Demo Day

Saturday, June 27, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Aptos Farmer’s Market, Cabrillo College

Is it hard to ride your bike to your home or job due to steep hills, heavy loads, or long distances? Bike Station Aptos is hosting an e-bike demo day on June 27 at the Cabrillo Farmer’s Market, giving you a chance to see if an electric bike is for you. Bikes from Currie Tech, Kalkhoff, and Focus will be available for demo. Come out and try an e-bike on those steep Cabrillo College campus hills!

Upcoming rides

We have a flurry of rides scheduled for the next several months.

  • Monday, July 20, Contigo
  • Friday, July 24, Walnut Avenue Womens Center
  • Saturday, August 8, Family Ride Day

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.

Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.

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We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

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Aptos, CA 95003