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    Hi new member here, hello from Cali.

    Just found this site last week, great site, lot of nice bikes and enthusiastic members.
    I'm a huge fan of bicycles but only bike avidly because the city I live in is not very bike friendly (think distracted, speeding, loco drivers)..
    I mainly take my bike for short trips to the market.
    Currently I own:
    * ODK utility Bike (http://www.juicedriders.com/)
    * Bamf 29er Grappler Mtn Bike (http://www.giantnerd.com/bamf-grappl...tain-bike.html)
    * 2009 Breezer Freedom (my favorite and most used bike)

    For my first contribution:
    I took a really early morning 2 hour maiden voyage ride (before my gf woke up ) out to the salt flats in south bay when I first got the Breezer. Here is the album for your perusal and hopefully enjoyment.
    Things I upgraded: gel seat, tires, mounted a rear view mirror, wald side baskets, panniers, michelin shock seat post.
    https://plus.google.com/photos/10804...42725112016449

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    I hope to get pics of my other bikes in action in the near future!

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    Har! I used to live in the Bay Area and was out there visiting and doing some riding recently. The place is a cycling paradise compared to many others, particularly the more populous areas of the North East.

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    Often our perspective about what is bike friendly is based on an ideal that doesn't exist in reality. San Jose is far more bike friendly than many places in the US. Co-existing with people in cars is just part of cycling life. If you are a utility cyclist bike friendly is how many stores are within riding distance of you. If you are a MTBer it is how many trails are close by. Roadies want a varity of areas with hills, valleys and long flat stretches. Cruisers want bike paths and sandy beaches. In San Jose you have most of that and you could add it is a good loction to start from if you are into touring. So keep it up and continue following the N+1 program you are already on.
    Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.

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    Yes indeed I do agree with you both, Bay area has some epic rides such as the Bay Trail. I think it's just my matter of perspective in that yes SJ is beginning to become much more bike friendly. They just re-designated some major through-ways in the city as bike lanes which is pretty sweet. I think for me it's just the volume of people (drivers) on the road makes it not so appealing to me to bike in general. My head is constantly on a swivel when i do, and I generally only bike fairly early in the morning. Then again, I drive my 4x4 like a granny so that probably says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyzcovs View Post
    Yes indeed I do agree with you both, Bay area has some epic rides such as the Bay Trail. I think it's just my matter of perspective in that yes SJ is beginning to become much more bike friendly. They just re-designated some major through-ways in the city as bike lanes which is pretty sweet. I think for me it's just the volume of people (drivers) on the road makes it not so appealing to me to bike in general. My head is constantly on a swivel when i do, and I generally only bike fairly early in the morning. Then again, I drive my 4x4 like a granny so that probably says it all.
    It is all about what you are used to. When you ride areas enough times you become more comfortable with what you can and can't do in those areas. My Nephew lives in Long Beach. At one time I didn't see that area as very bike friendly but today it is one of the better cities for commuters and utility cyclists. Not bad for recreational riders either. I never thought of Pasadina as bike friendly but it is once you decided you are traffic just like all of the cars. No I am not suggesting you challenge cars on the street only that you learn how to co-exist with them. Yes they will be distracted but they will be distracted when you are walking or in your 4X4. Watch for the right hook, stopping short, and close pass and you will survive like the rest of us do. a bigger problem for some of us is fellow cyclists. The sidewalk riders, the Salmon riders, ( riding on the wrond side of the street and forcing you out into traffic to dodge them. Ninja cyclists, (no lights, no reflectors, dressed in black at night .) Still the more you ride the more bike friendly your area will seem.
    Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.

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    I would absolutely love to live in the bay area. I'm a senior in college applying for grad school, and it would be a dream to attend either stanford or berkeley for my graduate studies. But honestly, I don't have a very good chance. I'm so sad

    Maybe I can seek out a UC school that fits me (UC-D perhaps), and eventually try to secure a job in the Bay Area.

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    by the way, a friend of mine from cali says he was driving through oregon one time, and got pulled over 4 times for ridiculous reasons. He thinks it's because of his cali license plate. Is there beef between CA and OR?

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    "Cali"? As asinine as "the Oh See" for Orange County.
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