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Old 03-02-10, 10:48 PM   #2526
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Sat: Grizzly>Skyline>Redwood>Pinehurst loop in the afternoon, 35 miles

Sun: Berkeley>Diablo Junction>broken spoke>anger>VERY wobbly wheel>luckily made it back home, 60 miles.

Now I'm lookin' for a new wheelset, or at the very least a new front wheel. The 2008 Easton EA90 SLX is a light wheelset, but my experience has been subpar: flexy, never stayed true, two broken spokes on the front.
Sorry you had "ridus interruptus" -- that sucks.

OTOH, I'm and at your review of those Easton wheels. I just got a new pair (bent my rear Cane Creek Volos and can't get a new one; CC only makes track wheels now ). I rode them outdoors for the first time on Sunday. I found them stiff yet smoother riding than the Volos. I've heard conflicting reviews of the ceramic bearings and their need for frequent tweaking. I'm concerned about that.

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What a great day! What a fun ride! What gorgeous scenery! What a great bunch to ride with!

Bigbossman, LanceOldstrong, MarkoPolo, Midland and I met up in Napa, The weather - superb. So off up Mt. Veeder, down Oakville Grade and lunch at the Oakville Grocery. LanceOldstrong treated.

Then, across the Valley, up 128 to the Nicholini (?) Winery and a taste of some yummy white wine, then looped around on Lower Chiles and Pope Valley-Chiles Valley back to 128 and retraced our route to Oakville Grocery for another quick break.

We then went back up Oakville Grade. That is one steep mother for this almost-uberClyde - I am just not built for extended 12% to 17% grades. Only a mile, thank goodness, and BBM and I kept each other company climbing veeeeeery slowly, all but collapsing on the side the road, barfing up lungs (not really, but . . .) and eventually making it to the top to rousing cheers from the other three. At least, I think they were cheers - it's kind of hard to tell when the blood is pounding like a bass drum in your ears.

From there, a simply wonderful run down Dry Creek Road back to Napa and a fine BBQ dinner at Q's (the restaurant, not the Star TreK: Next Generation recurring character). A hair over 60 miles, about 4400 feet of climbing; it felt like 4395 of it was Oakvilel Grade, but I'm resanably certain that such was not the case.

Great day, great ride. Thanks, Dan, for putting it together. And thanks, Jon, Mark and Steve, for being there to add to the fun.
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a short Mtn Bike ride out at New Melones yesterday (wow, I am SO outa shape for that stuff!) and the weekend Pancake Ride today... a great biking weekend!
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Bikingshearer, you and the guy's make rides a real blast. 60 miles and probably twice as many laughs.
Y'all kept my spirits up when I realized I'd be making the ride in cut off sweat pants. Thanks

And thanks to LanceOldstrong for his fine organizational skills & continuing friendship.

Scenery was truly gorgeous, descents were fun(except the time I almost went down)
Hope to do another ride you guys soon.
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What a great day! What a fun ride! What gorgeous scenery! What a great bunch to ride with!

Bigbossman, LanceOldstrong, MarkoPolo, Midland and I met up in Napa, The weather - superb. So off up Mt. Veeder, down Oakville Grade and lunch at the Oakville Grocery. LanceOldstrong treated.

Then, across the Valley, up 128 to the Nicholini (?) Winery and a taste of some yummy white wine, then looped around on Lower Chiles and Pope Valley-Chiles Valley back to 128 and retraced our route to Oakville Grocery for another quick break.

We then went back up Oakville Grade. That is one steep mother for this almost-uberClyde - I am just not built for extended 12% to 17% grades. Only a mile, thank goodness, and BBM and I kept each other company climbing veeeeeery slowly, all but collapsing on the side the road, barfing up lungs (not really, but . . .) and eventually making it to the top to rousing cheers from the other three. At least, I think they were cheers - it's kind of hard to tell when the blood is pounding like a bass drum in your ears.

From there, a simply wonderful run down Dry Creek Road back to Napa and a fine BBQ dinner at Q's (the restaurant, not the Star TreK: Next Generation recurring character). A hair over 60 miles, about 4400 feet of climbing; it felt like 4395 of it was Oakvilel Grade, but I'm resanably certain that such was not the case.

Great day, great ride. Thanks, Dan, for putting it together. And thanks, Jon, Mark and Steve, for being there to add to the fun.
Wow. Color me jealous.
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It was indeed a gorgeous spring day. We abandoned our Mt. D plans due to time constraints, so we decided to do a quick 30 mile tandem ride.

About 7 miles into the ride we had a flat. As we were ready to leave a fellow tourer stopped to say hello, and 10 min. later, a Davis Bike Club friend w/whom we've ridden both singles and tandem w/him and his lovely bride stopped. Quick introductions, then cars, so Touring friend headed off in the opposite direction. DBC friend rode with us for the next 15 miles, even hanging around while Chris changed our 2nd flat. )c: So our 1.5 hr. jaunt became 2+ hrs. We had good company and enviable weather, so what the heck.

Looking forward to more hours on the bike this week than last.
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60 miles and probably twice as many laughs.
Y'all kept my spirits up when I realized I'd be making the ride in cut off sweat pants.
The increased ratio of laughs to miles was probably all due to the fact that you were in sweat pants! If I didn't tell you enough yesterday... "You make those look good!"

Actually the whole day was great fun. Thanks to Lance for your organizational and, ummm... driving skills. And for putting up with all of our ribbing. Rich, I hope it was a good send-off to celebrate your upcoming nuptials.
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The increased ratio of laughs to miles was probably all due to the fact that you were in sweat pants! If I didn't tell you enough yesterday... "You make those look good!"

Actually the whole day was great fun. Thanks to Lance for your organizational and, ummm... driving skills. And for putting up with all of our ribbing. Rich, I hope it was a good send-off to celebrate your upcoming nuptials.
The infamous cut off sweat pants. Next time remember the shorts dude.

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Is that a pistol in your pocket, Steve, or were you just glad to see us?





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Is that a pistol in your pocket, Steve, or were you just glad to see us?

Maybe he's a hobo, and that's where he keeps his bindle.....

Oh - here's a graphical illustration of "Misery Mile", more commonly referred to as Oakville Grade Road:

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Next time I'll bring 2 pair of shorts...and the cut off sweats!!
Sorry Rich, as usual I was excited to be riding with you guys again.
But I believe it's a ClifBar in my bindle.lol.
I apologize for subjecting y'all to my comical kit.

Kick ass ride otherwise.
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Next time you ride in sweats, just use an old inner tube to secure your pistol in the holster and we'll all feel more comfortable.
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Twenty miles on the Coyote Creek Trail on a club "family" ride.
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Basically did the Monticello Solano Metric Century route today with Bikingshearer. About 60 miles and ~4000' of climbing.

A fantastic day to be out.
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Had a nice mountain bike ride today in Lake Chabot, if any of you know it. Did the lake loop with some steep climbing and exploring on the hills encompassing the lake. Total ride length: 15.3 miles according to the computer. Took me an hour and forty-five minutes.

The trails were pretty soggy, and I had quite a theatrical spill on some rutted single track, but it was a great day. And I feel great. And I'm going to sleep like a baby.
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Arrgh, my ride today got cut short by a bent derailler hanger. Stupid crashing and damage.
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Diablo was very nice today.
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Basically did the Monticello Solano Metric Century route today with Bikingshearer. About 60 miles and ~4000' of climbing.

A fantastic day to be out.
What he said.
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To celebrate the first day of spring, i decided to ride my very first coastal route.
This route is a variation of the classic that i've seen on many sites before.
Basically: Redwood Gulch, Hw9, Skyline, W Alpine, Pescadero(Haskins), Stage, Tunitas.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/44896#
The plan was to ride from home in the morning and head to Pescadero and have lunch with the family over there,
then they can enjoy the great spring weather at the beach and i continue on with my suffer-fest
(need to be prepared for that Wine Country Century) then returning back to Pescadero to catch the sunset at the beach.
The ride was tons of fun and the coastal route is all what it's cracked up to be and more.
Lessons learned:
1) I'm still new with this whole recovery/nutrition thing. Needless to say, i should've taken Friday off from the bike.
2) Accelerade: Probably this was not the best ride to experiment with new food/drinks.
3) Did not heed the advice of not pigging out at lunch. But that artichoke bread is so good, i think i must've devoured 3/4th of that loaf during lunch.
rsz_pescadero_sf_002.jpg
Because of 2 and 3 above i was having all sorts of stomach cramps/pains and that was not fun on Tunitas.

All in all, tremendously enjoyable ride. One that i plan to repeat often.
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Did Mine Road with SBC and SCBC today

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Did my favorite east bay ride. 42 mile loop starting at Orinda BART. Moraga way to Canyon Rd to Pinehurst South to Redwood to Skyline. Up Skyline to Grizzly Peak, then a short out-and-back down Old Tunnel Road to the bottom (at Hiller). Then back up to Grizzly Peak, then down through Berkeley, and then return via Wildcat Canyon to Camino Pablo and back to BART. Highly recommended if you are riding that area!!

Went with my GF who is just starting to ride...even though I gave her severl cut-off routes, it still took 4 hours to do a ride which normally takes 2 hours and change. Ugh!!
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Been a while since I posted in this thread.

cthenn - chance we might have passed. I headed out solo today and did the 3 bears - felt good putting in a solid effort on SPDR, short of my PR by 1min (1h 3m) - but there was an annoying headwind on Alhambra...excuses, excuses. Then climbed Wildcat and Shasta, slogged it out along GP and took the descent down Pinehurst for one of my favourite false flats down through Canyon. 44 miles and 4000ish ft.

The weather was absolutely glorious, no knee warmers, had to dispense with arm warmers and remove my toe covers for the first time in months. Sweet indeed.

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I loooove that bread!! Props to you for stopping at 3/4 loaf .... that must have been tough!

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To celebrate the first day of spring, i decided to ride my very first coastal route.
This route is a variation of the classic that i've seen on many sites before.
Basically: Redwood Gulch, Hw9, Skyline, W Alpine, Pescadero(Haskins), Stage, Tunitas.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/44896#
The plan was to ride from home in the morning and head to Pescadero and have lunch with the family over there,
then they can enjoy the great spring weather at the beach and i continue on with my suffer-fest
(need to be prepared for that Wine Country Century) then returning back to Pescadero to catch the sunset at the beach.
The ride was tons of fun and the coastal route is all what it's cracked up to be and more.
Lessons learned:
1) I'm still new with this whole recovery/nutrition thing. Needless to say, i should've taken Friday off from the bike.
2) Accelerade: Probably this was not the best ride to experiment with new food/drinks.
3) Did not heed the advice of not pigging out at lunch. But that artichoke bread is so good, i think i must've devoured 3/4th of that loaf during lunch.
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Because of 2 and 3 above i was having all sorts of stomach cramps/pains and that was not fun on Tunitas.

All in all, tremendously enjoyable ride. One that i plan to repeat often.
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My ride definitely pales here, but I did want to share a couple of pictures anyway

This one is on Daulton Rd in Madera county near Eastman Lake

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..... and climbing from the riverbottom up to and over the access road that crosses Buchanan Dam

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50 miles of gorgeous marin roads. man, there's a lot of traffic out there. larkspur to bovine bakery n back on a new (to me) bike with new gears. hmmm.. need to work up to be worthy of my gears.

was lovely out there. i think i have a mild sunburn.
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