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    Family, Health, Cycling Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
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    Rode 11 miles round trip ride today with my 12 year old son.
    He really wants to bike commute to school again now that we have moved and I think I found him a good safe route.

    Yesterday spent the whole day pruning trees in the yard, raking leaves, and putting up Christmas lights.
    Less Cycling + More Family Time = 'Tis the Off Season to Be Jolly.
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    Rode Diablo today from Danville. Wind was ridiculous at times...saw gusts up to 54 mph at the summit weather station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobonker View Post
    Rode Diablo today from Danville. Wind was ridiculous at times...saw gusts up to 54 mph at the summit weather station.

    Bob
    Same here, except I started from Walnut Creek side. 54 mph? So that's what 54 mph gusts feel like.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Do one of you that posted above have a link to a GPS route/elevation trackee thingee ? (edit : to Diablo ) I see one in Lance's sig but my Safari browser wont engage it. Thanks !! Looking for inspiration and relevance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totoboa View Post
    Do one of you that posted above have a link to a GPS route/elevation trackee thingee ? (edit : to Diablo ) I see one in Lance's sig but my Safari browser wont engage it. Thanks !! Looking for inspiration and relevance.
    How about this?


    http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totoboa View Post
    Do one of you that posted above have a link to a GPS route/elevation trackee thingee ? (edit : to Diablo ) I see one in Lance's sig but my Safari browser wont engage it. Thanks !! Looking for inspiration and relevance.
    Be glad DiabloScott posted his graph. If you're smart will want only part of mine. It is from the Devil Mountain Double.
    206 miles and 19,500 feet of climbing.
    I am dumb enough to have done that twice.
    The first one in '11 was like an out of body experience.
    So I had to do it again this year just to prove to myself the first one was no fluke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    Jerry is a great guy, and the coffee there is yummy. Incidentally, Jerry used to ride for Team 7-11 as a pro.
    Jerry saved our bacon. We owe him. That he charged us so little for parts + labor is a testament to his history. We'll be sure to give him props next time we're up there (which I hope is sooner rather than later).
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    Headed out to SF, and met Pete (taxi777) at Sports Basement at Crissy Fields. Rode through Marin Headlands, before the rain, then did Tiburon loop. Did not beat the rain, but at least it wasn't torential rain ... just a steady rain, but it was cold. Was surprised to see a number of Blazing Saddles riders out there (amazing they were even open for business).

    Ride report at http://sevencyclist.wordpress.com/20...rin-headlands/
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    Sacramento to Rescue and back with some teammates. http://app.strava.com/rides/32548993
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    Got dropped by Hammerin' Wheels when I attempted to go on one of their good climbing rides between Loomis and Auburn. The ride leader used the classic cyclist talk about being out of shape due to not riding for 3 weeks and eating too much homemade English toffee. I actually believed it, only to watch him ride away from many of us, followed by everyone else riding away from me . This happened within the first few miles, when I wasn't warmed up yet.

    http://app.strava.com/activities/32562697
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/252018164

    Video of me getting dropped.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plFnZj3f3p8


    After that I decided to do my own route with climbs of Chili Hill and Bald Hill Roads. I got PRs on both climbs, so I'm happy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiVrRSlKyV8


    On the way back to my truck (with frozen toes in spite of neoprene toe warmers), I spotted a place called Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge, so I decided to check it out and get something to eat.






    At the Hammerin' Wheels picnic few months ago, I met Matthew, the rider who was hit by a car from behind and critically injured almost two years ago. He said he enjoyed my videos, and he used his GoPro on his helmet to record a few of his own rides.

    I helped him make his first two videos, and I've ridden with him several times. He has traumatic brain injury from the accident, but he is still a very strong cyclist. We've been riding singlespeeds around town (his is a 48x17 fixed gear, mine is 42x17 singlespeed). I took him to yesterday's ride, and as usual he flew right up Chili Hill and Baxter Grade. We both rode geared bikes for this ride, of course.

    I made a video for him of his climbs up those two hills.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfHjbhkHd78


    If the weather cooperates, we hope to do another singlespeed ride from Sacramento to the Fair Oaks hills, as we both believe this is great training, and we love our singlespeeds around town. He said he might take his up in the Auburn hills. I won't do that unless I get really strong!

    Here's Matthew's beautiful Colnago after we drove through the rain that we thankfully avoided during our rides. I couldn't take my eyes off it.


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    Turned 50 today. Had to get the 50 miler in and observe the ride your age birthday tradition.
    I was crunched for time but no worries. I live on a velodrome on purpose.
    Like living in a golf course community if you golf.

    50 Laps : 50 Miles, just my kind of thing and I don't know why. http://app.strava.com/activities/32737729
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    Turned 50 today. Had to get the 50 miler in and observe the ride your age birthday tradition.
    I was crunched for time but no worries. I live on a velodrome on purpose.
    Like living in a golf course community if you golf.

    50 Laps : 50 Miles, just my kind of thing and I don't know why. http://app.strava.com/activities/32737729
    One Theory: There is a defect in the double century rider's psyche that confuses pleasure with pain.
    Happy 50, Dan!!!


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    Loop around Mt Eden -- didn't want to be stuck anywhere in the rain for more than an hour and the sky was unpredictable (was drizzling at the top but only just)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gpelpel View Post
    Happy 50, Dan!!!

    A big +1. Especially considering how hard you tried not to make it to 50 . . . .
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    I ride the area shown above by freight train . . . . In little nibble bit rides, 10 miles at a time. Remember, even dwarfs start small. Rode Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Up Taylor Road/Old Rte 40 to Newcastle and back past Trail Head to the house. Brrr is all I can say at 10:00 AM. Gotta give a plug for Jerry at the TrailHead. Stop in for a cup of coffee, it's always good. Anyways, finally pulled up a little lame from the ride this AM driving into work. Just a calf that I felt cramping Sunday. Forget ride your age. You folks are crazy !! Uh, er, it would be a long long ride for me at this stage of my life. Maybe by this summer I can try a 57 miler !!! Would that get one across the Sierra ?? Finally made it up Indian Hill Road, Newcastle, with a friend hectoring me. Any of you remember starting out and the effort it took to climb what seemed like endless hills ?? LOLZ.

    Re: The Diablo elevation profile; I will have nightmares of that tonight. That's 3x or 4x my level right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totoboa View Post
    Re: The Diablo elevation profile; I will have nightmares of that tonight. That's 3x or 4x my level right now.
    It's too beautiful a ride to have nightmares about it. You can tackle Diablo in strides; 1st ride on South Gate Rd. to the pay station, 2nd ride same road to the Junction, 3rd try up to Juniper parking lot, and the 4th one up to the summit. Then you can handle North Gate Rd. to the summit.

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    I don't usually post to this thread unless I'm being a smart-ass.
    I bike commute every day, and don't think you need a daily post about it. But Monday I got a pleasant surprise. I'd left a bit later, so unlike my normal day the sun was almost up when I started. A bit later I got this:


    rainbow on my morning bike commute by ccorlew, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post

    WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    WOW!

    What he said.
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    You leprechaun you !!!!

    Nice pic !!!

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    I don't use this word frequently but this is awesome. A Full double rainbow. Looking as though you could ride right under it and be the King of the Rainbow, thus earning the jersey.

    At the right end it's glowing like a laser. Great shot, Curtis!



    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    I don't usually post to this thread unless I'm being a smart-ass.
    I bike commute every day, and don't think you need a daily post about it. But Monday I got a pleasant surprise. I'd left a bit later, so unlike my normal day the sun was almost up when I started. A bit later I got this:


    rainbow on my morning bike commute by ccorlew, on Flickr
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    Sunday Ride was the suck. Three and a half hours of rain that just kept getting worse.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    Sunday Ride was the suck. Three and a half hours of rain that just kept getting worse.
    Exactly why we've been doing Sufferfest videos 2-3 times a week. I hate riding in the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    Exactly why we've been doing Sufferfest videos 2-3 times a week. I hate riding in the rain.
    I was going to smart Ahs post and boast, Did anyone ride Sunday Har har ? And they did.

    I finally got a riding partner, my 17 yo HS senior son. He is in great athletic shape from baseball and simply rode away from me at any time he chose, and he has never ridden a road bike before. He boogered a shift and had to walk bout 200 feet on one steep hill, and I passed him and tried to get some distance but no way. That was Rock Springs Road off Taylor btw. But we got a great ride in the 42 deg chill here in the foothills.

    Umney, where did you ride ?

    And,

    Merry Christmas !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    Exactly why we've been doing Sufferfest videos 2-3 times a week. I hate riding in the rain.
    For me it's a toss up. Lol. It wouldn't have been that bad if we didn't do Canada Rd.

    Quote Originally Posted by Totoboa View Post
    I was going to smart Ahs post and boast, Did anyone ride Sunday Har har ? And they did.

    I finally got a riding partner, my 17 yo HS senior son. He is in great athletic shape from baseball and simply rode away from me at any time he chose, and he has never ridden a road bike before. He boogered a shift and had to walk bout 200 feet on one steep hill, and I passed him and tried to get some distance but no way. That was Rock Springs Road off Taylor btw. But we got a great ride in the 42 deg chill here in the foothills.

    Umney, where did you ride ?

    And,

    Merry Christmas !!!!
    Started in Santa Clara, rode out to Woodside, and out and back on Canada Rd, then back to Santa Clara.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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