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Old 08-23-06, 02:51 PM   #1
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Contra Costa County

Anybody here from CoCo County? What type of riding do you do? Where do you ride?

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Old 08-23-06, 07:34 PM   #2
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I live up in Sonoma County. Any wineries down there? And when will it be cool enough to ride. I like 70s and under.
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I'm at the tip of Contra Costa on the Richmond/El Cerrito border. I usually ride the Bay Trail or from here to Berkeley through the neighborhoods to check out the houses and their gardens.
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I grew up in Lafayette but now live in the city and ride out in Marin like most everyone else here... I do get out to Mt. Diablo for a little extra climbing once in awhile. I plan to do the Mt. Diablo Challenge in Oct. !
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Anyone know of a good site that has pictures of Mt Diablo?
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C'mon over to the peninsula and ride with us!
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Old 08-24-06, 12:11 AM   #7
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Wooo Hooooooooo!!! I got responses!



BUT WAIT!!!

But you guys are all roadies..........you guys won't wanna play with me.

Oh well. Maybe you guys can form a ride without me.
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Anyone know of a good site that has pictures of Mt Diablo?
Like http://www.chainreaction.com/diablo.htm?
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There are trails at mt diablo aswell.
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Hey, Siu:
I live in Moraga - just over the hill from the Montclair section of Oakland. This is God's country for riding - any kind of riding.

I'm strictly a road guy - nothing against mountain bikes or biking, just that I've never been able to get into it. I'm not a snob about it, though - at my age, size and (lack of) speed, there is no way I could get away with it.

Where do roadies go? Berkeley/Oakland Hills. Up Mt. Diablo. Over Morgan Territory Road and back through Highland Road. Carquinez Strait Scenic Drive. And that's just some of CoCo. There are tons of great roads in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties within easy biking or driving range, too.

As for off-road, the string of East Bay Regional Park District parks along the Berkeley-Oakland Hills ridge top have bunches of trails. As someone mentioned, Mt. Diablo has trails in addition to good road riding. I have heard there is some good MTB riding out towards Clayton (at the northern base of Mt. Diablo) but I can't vouch for it.

There are also a som good, long MUP's in the area, if that is someone's preference.

Oh, and the drivers are fairly civilized - not perfect, but they are pretty accustomed to two-wheelers and cooperation on the road is the norm.

As for me personally, a lot depends on how I feel. For climbing - which this Clyde does sloooooowly - Pinehurst and Wildcat Canyon usually feature prominently. They are very pretty, and it is hard to get tired of them. If I want flatter roads, I head in the general direction of Danville until I feel like turning around.

Come check out CoCo County. With about thirty seconds worth of planning, there is no way you could be disappointed.
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Hello bikingshearer~I just saw your post, sorry for the late reply. I just tried to do the trail on Black Diamond Mines. There is gravel for the main road that is closed off to vehicles but a lot of dirt. Seems like there are really cool trails there but they had a "not bikes" sign there. I found an actual mine that was gated but unlocked - I saw a sign saying that bikes are allowed. I was really tempted to open the gate and go in. It was amazingly cold and dark and I felt in an adventurous mood. The smell was kinda neat. All musty.

I chickened out. This place is nothing but climbing. My asthma started to kick in and I called it a day. Last time I pushed myself I ended on the side of the road with my bike on top of me. I have never been here before and didn't know what to expect. Now I know and will be better prepared for next time.

Thank you for listing the places to ride. I'm still learning for I have not much time to ride and I try to do the best I can by getting a kinds of info from others. I met a guy who used to race downhill and he promised to take me to Black Diamond Mines for some beginner lessons. Actually, that is why I came here, to scope out the place......
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For the MTB'ers you should try Rockville Park at least once. It's in Fairfield, maybe 20-30 minutes from the east bay. Great little park with trails for all levels. Tons of single track looping all around the park. Its not huge but you can ride for 1.5 - 2 hours before coming back to the same point. There's plenty of technical stuff and the rock park is awesome (the views are sick!) I have since moved from FF but still go there once a week.
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But you guys are all roadies..........you guys won't wanna play with me.

Oh well. Maybe you guys can form a ride without me.
Wasn't that guy named NoFear supposed to set up an mt. bike group ride in the Bay Area? What happened with that?
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Old 08-29-06, 07:52 PM   #14
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I broke my rib when I crashed into a tree and couldn't make it, and I don't know what happened after that.
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Old 08-31-06, 03:41 PM   #15
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Carquines Bridge

has anyone rode across the Carquines Bridge into Vallejo before?
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Old 09-19-06, 12:34 PM   #16
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Anyone know of a good site that has pictures of Mt Diablo?
Well, there's my bike blog:

http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/
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For the MTB'ers you should try Rockville Park at least once. It's in Fairfield, maybe 20-30 minutes from the east bay. Great little park with trails for all levels. Tons of single track looping all around the park. Its not huge but you can ride for 1.5 - 2 hours before coming back to the same point. There's plenty of technical stuff and the rock park is awesome (the views are sick!) I have since moved from FF but still go there once a week.

I still live in Fairfield, and they have made some of the trails very technical. There are still plenty for beginners as well. I would suggest you check it out if you're ever out this way.
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Wasn't that guy named NoFear supposed to set up an mt. bike group ride in the Bay Area? What happened with that?
That's me. I'm had a hell of a time trying to get a ride scheduled. I tried twice, and before both sbw got injured and the other people who acted like they wanted to do a ride never responded to pms.
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Old 10-26-06, 11:27 AM   #19
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Coming to this thread late, but I live over in San Ramon and enjoy both road and mountain biking.

As far as mountain biking is concerned, Contr Costa County has mostly regional parks to offer - which means mainly fire roads. That being said, a couple of favorites of mine are Morgan Territory and Sunol.

Of the two, I like Morgan Territory best, but that's probably because I'm most familiar with it. The main fire road consists of ups and downs, so you'll get a good mix of climbing and descending, and you'll have fun. Plus, the scenery is spectacular, and at the far end of the main loop you can look out over the Central Valley and beyond, and get a very nice view of both Diablo peaks. It is quite a vista.

I can post some pics if you like when I get home.....
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as promised, a few pictures of Morgan Territory. These were taken in the springtime, when everything was still green:

Central Valley view from the back of the park:



One of the climbs:



A view of Mt Diablo:

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Although I live in Alameda, I still end up going out on group rides up in Oakland and Berkeley. The Montclair section of Oakland is an absolutely great place to ride! We usually end up riding through Montclair on our way over to Grizzly Peak.

My town is okay if you want to ride on flat, short, windy routes. The only thing close to a "hill" in my town is the bike bridge that gets you from the main island to a smaller island.

I have been thinking about getting back into riding on trails and doing some serious mountain biking, but can't find the necessary funds for a new mountain bike.
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My parents live in Orinda, and I'll be there over the holidays. With my bike! Can't wait to summit Mt. Diablo!!!
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We really should try to get together like the So Cal group....
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I would be interested.
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