Darryl & Charles
D a r r y l   S k r a b a k

Darryl was there in the early days of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (1970s); he was on the ground floor promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.

An early victory (1978): SFBC members Darryl (left) and Charles Larribeau stand in front of a taped-over Caltrans sign on I-280 - one of the first stretches of freeway in the Bay Area to be opened to bicyclists.

In the 1970s the SFBC was small with only about 10 people attending meetings. Membership stood at 150. Few people rode bikes for everyday transport. "I would ride to work down Market Street," says Skrabak, "And I would be alone. Coming home was the same, except maybe one or two messengers."

Newcomer to San Francisco, Dave Snyder, worked with longtime SFBC leader Skrabak to organize a meeting and release a new newsletter, the Tubular Times. The first issue came out October 27, 1990. The group had ambitious goals: a car-free Market Street; creating an official bike advisory committee; ensuring that the city spend its small bike budget on bikes rather than diverting it to the general fund; getting cars off of JFK Drive in the park; and getting night access to the Golden Gate Bridge.

(adapted from the Tube Times, Aug 2001)


Darryl recommends this book by Henry Kingman which suggests bike routes in San Francisco.

Darryl has also served on the Advisory Board of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.
Darryl wrote this ARTICLE for the City Sports magazine in December of 1979 (Working Up an Appetite).

Darryl is one of the organizers of the California Millennium Ride which is 1,000 continuously ridden miles with 19 California checkpoints: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Stockton, Jackson, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Quincy, Chester, Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mt. Shasta City, Coffee Creek or Trinity Center, Hayfork, Mad River, Zenia or Alderpoint, Laytonville, Fort Bragg, Healdsburg, Bodega Bay and Marshall. Route directions and information will be updated as it is collected and published at www.milly.org and in pamphlets distributed in bike shops and to the mailing list.

Where does the Milly start? Ride to the closest point and start there!

Contact Milly HQ by wriiting to:  Darryl Skrabak, 2530 26th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116

Darryl is also part of the San Francisco Randonneurs. The San Francisco Randonneurs were founded in 1990 in order to meet particpation requirements for the Paris Brest Paris Randonnèe. The founding members are Darryl Skrabak and Henry Kingman. Darryl completed PBP four times (1987, 1991, 1999, and 2003). Henry completed PBP twice (1991 and in 1999). San Francisco Randonneurs membership includes over forty dedicated cyclists ranging in age from 17 to 65 and from varied career paths.

Darryl & Kathleen

Darryl & fellow bicycle enthusiast Kathleen Wong at the Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 2004.

Begun in 1891, the 1200-kilometer Paris-Brest-Paris, or "PBP" is the oldest bicycling event still run on a regular basis. It is a grueling test of human endurance and cycling ability. It occurs every four years beginning on the southern side of the French capital, it travels west 600 kilometers to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic Ocean and returns along the same route. Randonneur cyclists have to face rough weather, endless hills, and pedaling around the clock. A 90-hour time limit ensures that only the hardiest among them earn the prestigious PBP finisher's medal. The Next Paris-Brest-Paris is August, 2007.

(adapted from:  http://www.rusa.org/pbp.html )
PBP riders
riders of Paris-Brest-Paris in the early days


bike map of San Francisco



Check out the Science of Cycling exhibit at the Exploratorim which is housed at the Palace of Fine Arts