Riding your bike in a group setting can be a confounding issue in San Francisco if you are not one to fully embrace spandex and timed laps, nor the political statement that partaking in Critical Mass makes. If you still want to do a group ride but don't have a pack of enthusiastic friends to join you, there is always the San Francisco Bike Party, a ride that takes place on the first Friday of the month. Unlike the anarchistic Critical Mass, the SF Bike Party plans a route, so beginners can assess if the ride suits them. Want to really fit in? Bring along a few beers to partake of — and share — at the end of the ride.