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Old 06-23-07, 07:08 PM   #376
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My weekend started Friday, since I'll be in training all day Sunday.

My girlfriend and I rode the lovely Gordon Valley loop, which at 8 a.m. is cool and refreshing as well as pretty. We stopped by a bridge on Gordon Valley Rd. and discovered a couple of cherry trees bordering the creek. In stead of Gu, we ate cherries. Mmmmm.

Today hubby & I rode with the group. First ride in nearly a month in which we did not take the tandem. The ride was fast but not insane, with little wind and few cars. We did a Winters loop and went through the orchards. One of the master racers challenged me to some sprints, which I gladly accepted. That was fun. I'm still feeling my legs, always a sign that I rode harder than I'd planned.
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One of the master racers challenged me to some sprints, which I gladly accepted. That was fun. I'm still feeling my legs, always a sign that I rode harder than I'd planned.
I tried bridging to the fast group with Manuel, then he dropped back and left me to chase them. I caught them, barely. You were having fun today. cgallagh holds a good line too. It's nice to be able to tuck in tight behind someone and know they aren't squirrelly.
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Old 06-23-07, 09:45 PM   #378
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Group ride leaving Peet's in Los Altos. Did the Coastal Classic. That is all. 72 miles in all.
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Old 06-23-07, 10:29 PM   #379
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Saturday River Ride. Most of the big engines were missing, racing in Stockton probably, so I made the front group both times. It's fun to feel fast.
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Did the same long Woodside loop route as the BF group ride 5/26, 63 miles. Last long training ride for Giro di Peninsula century. Really fast for me, did the whole loop non-stop 4:50. Got caught up by a peloton of (I think) Alto Velo riders on La Honda Road just where it flattens out entering La Honda so I got a fast tow until I turned onto Pescadero Road. That was fun!
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"Spectrum" on Sat. Looks like no ride for me on Sun
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Grand Tour Highland in Malibu. 199.2 miles, 9300 feet climbing. Next time I do this, I'll need to do some heat training, like Mines Rd., Patterson, etc ... good training for Giro ...
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Saturday: part of SteveE's ride. I was too wimpy to do the whole thing

Sunday: most of Alto Velo A ride. Humbled, per usual.


Another fantastic weekend for riding!
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Old 06-24-07, 06:46 PM   #384
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Grand Tour Highland in Malibu. 199.2 miles, 9300 feet climbing. Next time I do this, I'll need to do some heat training, like Mines Rd., Patterson, etc ... good training for Giro ...
Good work! But make sure to put in 0.8 more miles before the weekend is over!

I was in Oakland this weekend and rode various roads around Grizzly Peak. Climbed Lomas Contadas, which has to be one of the toughest and least traveled climbs in the entire East Bay. Not all that long, thankfully.
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We rode the Silverado Trail in Napa on Saturday 43 miles and San Mateo to Peet's on Sunday.
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Well.... we rode the Summer Solstice "century" out of Quincy, CA. Not being content with a "mere" 100 miles (we're training for the death ride...) we opted for the "double metric"... Hehehe... the final tally... 138.66 miles & 14,200 of CLIMBING on my computer. All in all a memorable day (to be upgraded to great by Tuesday or Wednesday).
Cheers !!!
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Well.... we rode the Summer Solstice "century" out of Quincy, CA. Not being content with a "mere" 100 miles (we're training for the death ride...) we opted for the "double metric"... Hehehe... the final tally... 138.66 miles & 14,200 of CLIMBING on my computer. All in all a memorable day (to be upgraded to great by Tuesday or Wednesday).
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Waugh! That's awesome! I won't be doing the DR but am impressed by your ride today. Your climbing is enviable, in a masochistic way.

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At the last century I was on (Canyon Classic), I rode with BF member "backinthesaddle" and happened to meet and ride the last 40 miles with a fellow that turned out to be a neighbor, and quite a nice guy. He invited me on a ride this Saturday, so off we went.

The plan was to park at the Amtrak station in Martinez, ride out across the Sacramento River Delta to Old Town Sacramento (85 miles distant), have lunch, and take the train back. I had not taken the Palo Alto on a ride longer than 30 miles since I finished its' build a couple of months back, so I decided to take it out for this ride to see if there were any more bugs left to shake out. There weren't, and we had a grand day of riding.

The first 30 miles was mostly flat with some rolling terrain as we passed through Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg, and Antioch. Some of the roads were dodgy, and some of the neighborhoods even dodgier, but we made great time - until I picked up a wire and flatted. I replaced the tube and shot it with Co2 to get going quickly, as we were still in a rough part of town. Further on up the road we came across an old Schwinn dealership, and stopped in to get some "real air". While the shop owner was in the process of inflating it, the tube blew out. He promptly put the bike on his stand, replaced the blown tube with a new one, and gave the wheel a little tweak to even out a slight wobble. He refused payment citing "good cycling ambassadorship, filled our water bottles, and sent us on our way. Nice.

We had to cross the Antioch bridge to get across the straights and into the delta area, and I was dreading it. Narrow shoulder, high up in the air, and a vicious cross wind. It turned out not to be too bad at all, but the descent was crappy because of the wind and we had to go very slow on the downhill.

After that, it was pretty smooth sailing for the next 55 or so miles as we enjoyed a "mostly" tailwind. We meandered though The Delta, stopping in most of the little towns along the way - Isleton, Walnut, Locke, Cortland, Hood, and a couple of others. We stopped for water, for snacks, and just to enjoy the scenery and the day. About halfway through, we came across an unmanned table at the side of the road with fresh apricots and plums, with a change jar to accept payment for what we took. Man what a treat that was!!

We finally pulled into Old Town Sacramento, had a wonderful lunch, and boarded the train for home.

What a day!!!

Mount Diablo in the morning:


Chuck with Mt Diablo in the backround:


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Muddy Waters Cafe, Isleton:


Chasing Chuck:


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Me, about 10 miles from the finish:


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Old 06-25-07, 04:49 PM   #389
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Nice, Bigbossman! That drawbridge (that's the one at Freeport, right?) is part of my early morning training loop slash long detour commute route. Great pictures.
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Nice, Bigbossman! That drawbridge (that's the one at Freeport, right?) is part of my early morning training loop slash long detour commute route. Great pictures.

Thanks! Yup - that's the Freeport bridge all right.

After riding 85 miles Saturday, I was planning on a little hammock time on Sunday. But, the wife and daughter had other plans. It seems they wanted to go for a ride this weekend, too. So, I saddled up for a second day and took them on a 20 mile round trip ride to a favorite pizza joint for lunch.

It was pretty windy today, bit the weather was nice. During the ride, we saw all kinds of wildlife - burrowing owls, egrets, ducks, geese, rabbits, a fox, and more. Lunch was great (it always is at Amechi's), and the ride was nice.

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Did I mention it was breezy out?:


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My daughter, enjoying her spin:


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Love the egrets. We were driving up to my folks house in Wheatland yesterda and I must have counted 50 on the rice fields.
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Wow, those burrowing owls are cool!

I just did a variation on the extended loop, trying out the southern part of the route for the Giro de Peninsula. Nice day, except for the wind.
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I had not taken the Palo Alto on a ride longer than 30 miles since I finished its' build a couple of months back, so I decided to take it out for this ride to see if there were any more bugs left to shake out.
Have you posted more info on your build somewhere? That is a really nice-looking bike!
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Have you posted more info on your build somewhere? That is a really nice-looking bike!
Well, since you asked...... This bike build was pretty well documented in the C&V forum. Basically it is a 1985ish Columbus tubed Italian frame with 10 speed Campy. Here's more than you ever wanted to know, and will probably make you sorry you asked.

BTW - I will be riding this bike on the Giro Di Peninsula next Saturday so if you see it, you'll see me. There's only one like that I know of.......

Getting information on the frameset, pre-purchase:
Info needed - 80's Italian frames made for Palo Alto Bikes?

Acquisition of the frameset, with pics:
Palo Alto bike frame pics

Initial build-up, with pics:
Palo Alto build begins...

Mostly finished and rideable, with pics:
Palo Alto build and maiden voyage

Finished, and stunning (best pics):
Palo Alto build - Fini!! (Serious, serious porn ahead)

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Thanks for the links -- great to see how it all came together. And the fact that you put together such a beautiful bike with a total build budget of only $700 makes it even more remarkable. Nice work!
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bigbossman rides through my "Hood"

Hello. I'm new to the forums and this is my first real post outside of introductions. My name is Chris and I live on the extreme southern edge of suburban Sacramento (really close to cow patures ) Just bought a new (used) bike after being off for about 10 years. Decided to get a "take anywhere" MTB even though a roadie would be more fitting (infinite country roads starting a couple of blocks from home). So I'm hitting the road on my Stumpjumper FSR until I can buy a second bike.
My first and only ride so far was on Sunday morning (got the bike on Friday afternoon). I took Franklin Blvd. in Elk Grove all the way down to New Hope Road (Thornton) and back (about 30 miles RT) to get back into it. Got front AND rear flats from those damn burrs (and I never left the pavement ) I see why they call it THORNton, but it was a hoot. My "taint" is sore but that's because it's not conditioned yet. Can't wait to get on it and go again. That's all I've been thinking about. Woo Hoo!

Edit: Oh yeah! The longest ride I ever did started at the Concord BART station, over the Antioch bridge, up the River Road to Marconi Ave in Sac, then back out to the ARBT and up to Gold River. Heck of a great ride bigbossman.

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Posted this in another forum but it counts for our weekend ride.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...12#post4764612
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Giro di Peninsula. Fairly big BF turnout too. I'll post a ride report later.
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Friday PM (7:00 - ~8:45)... Monitor pass out of Markleeville, Saturday PM (5:00 - 6:45) Truckee - Glenshire Dr to Stampede Res. (end of Pavement) and back.... If yur' wunderin' why so short it's cuz dems "intervals" up here !!!
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