What is The Breakfast Club?
The breakfast club is a loose affiliation of riders who meet on Sunday mornings for breakfast. There may be someplace to ride to after breakfast; you are welcome to join, but feel free to go off on your own. The best we can figure the club has been going since 1949.
There are several weekend or long weekend rides planned throughout the year, too. Favorites include the annual trek to the Carson City/Minden/Gardnerville region and camping in Sequoia or Kings Canyon park in the late summer. Alas, we have not been to the Carson City/Minden/Gardnerville area since COVID.
In the ’50s thru the early ’80s the driving force in the SMBC was Frank Simmons. You can read about him here.
Where do we go for breakfast?
Lots of places. Here is the latest list. A schedule is published the end of each year for the following year. The on-line schedule contains a link to a PDF version for printing if you prefer hard copy. Also available is a version for those using calendar apps. If you leave your name and address with the keeper of such info you can have a hard copy sent to you in the mail. iPhone users can grab the SMBC app.
How many riders show up?
Varies. Some rides have as few as 2-3 bikes, others as many as 25-30. Sunday rides typically bring out 8-12 bikes.
What is the boot?
The boot is awarded annually to a deserving rider. See the boot FAQ for more information.
How do I join?
Show up. In recent years most riders show up at the restaurant at about the time shown on the schedule. That time is the estimated arrival time for those leaving Burlingame. Why Burliname? Traditionally the ride started at exactly 7:05 AM Sunday morning when the leader pulled away from the corner of Broadway and Laguna near Royal Donut. A few still leave from that location.
The only rules are:
- have a full tank of gas.
- THE RIDES LEAVES AT 7:05 AM SHARP.
Many (most?) rides are to the south bay via 280. See the schedule for ride destination and the general route.
Here’s a short movie taken from video shot during a typical ride the end of June, 2009.
How do I quit?
Don’t show up.