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    I was in LA (actually still in LA as I post this), and rode with our SoCal BF buddies. Rode with herbm, merider, hansolo, among others. Great weekend of riding. No trace of smoke from the fires, so all was good.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Shot the 3rd of the Low Key Hillclimbs on Quimby Road on Saturday; today at McLaren Park in Ess Eff I learned that you should never suspect a "slow" leak moments before the start of a CX race when your tire looks a little low...
    Can you pass the test?
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    Ramon, Ruth and I (tandem) rode Ramon's Mt. Tam suffer-fest.

    Ended up being around 75 miles and 7500-ish feet of climbing.

    The San Francisco stuff was crazy steep. First time the tandem has seen 18%+ The we did the headlands and then Tam too!

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...am-with-warmup

    We didn't do that little part at the top of Tam. Also, the SF route was changed up a bit, to include two steep hills.

    After doing Quimby & Sierra the day before... my legs are shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Ramon, Ruth and I (tandem) rode Ramon's Mt. Tam suffer-fest.

    Ended up being around 75 miles and 7500-ish feet of climbing.

    The San Francisco stuff was crazy steep. First time the tandem has seen 18%+ The we did the headlands and then Tam too!

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...am-with-warmup

    We didn't do that little part at the top of Tam. Also, the SF route was changed up a bit, to include two steep hills.

    After doing Quimby & Sierra the day before... my legs are shot.
    You guys are having too much fun without me
    I need to get synced back up with the gladiators!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    You guys are having too much fun without me
    I need to get synced back up with the gladiators!
    Well, what's happening this weekend?
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Well, what's happening this weekend?
    let me check with my "Harem"

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    when's the east bay hills 2 ride? Not this weekend but next, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reidconti View Post
    when's the east bay hills 2 ride? Not this weekend but next, right?
    Saturday Nov. 1st

    Are you coming in for Halloween too? Friday night SF

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Saturday Nov. 1st

    Are you coming in for Halloween too? Friday night SF
    Which one is that?
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Which one is that?
    Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I did my first group ride- a Breakfast Ride to Esperanza's in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Between riding to the meetup point, the actual ride, and riding back home, I rode about 46 miles (which is the most I've ridden in about 25 years).
    And since I just turned 46 a week and a half ago, I rode my age! w00t!
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    With Lou Gianni, my 8yo attending a friend's b-day party, me and Andy, my 5yo took the tandem out to conquer Ebbetts Pass on Sunday. Until disputed, I hereby declare him to be the youngest ever to pedal (albeit as a stoker) to the top of this legendary pass.... afterward we celebrated with a dip at Grover Hot Springs.... October 19, 2008....

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    Saturday: (Tandem with Ruth) Low Key Hill Climb up Bear Gulch. Followed by Big Coast Loop with Reid and Ramon. From Skyline, descended W84, Up and over Haskins Hill to Pescadero... Sandwiches & Artichoke bread for lunch... Full length of Stage, HWY 1, Up Tunitas. There was already mention of this in he Low Key thread.

    Sunday: (solo bike) Didn't think I was going to ride. Then Ramon texted me, saying we wanted to do OLH, Summit Springs and Kings.... So at 3:15 or so I took off toward OLH (grabbing my lighting on the way out the door). I rode from my place in San Mateo. I saw Doug (Genejockey) like a block from my house (he just got back from a ride). I went over Bunker Hill on my way to Canada just to mix things up. I was running about 15 mins late (of course). So I hauled ass to OLH. I got to the base of OLH in 1:02 (avg speed 18.1 mph)!

    Then the ride got interesting. Ramon and I started off OLH kind of easy because we knew Summit Springs was to follow. Then I see a rider come up on Ramon pretty quickly. So I had to up the pace

    The other rider didn't catch me until around 1/2 way through the climb. At this point my pace was pretty fast. He came along side, and said "hey how's it going." I responded "Ah, just trying to get a ride in before night time." He said yeah. Then I noticed the guy was wearing a full Garmin-Chipotle kit, riding a Garmin Argyle painted Felt, and was sporting an orange Garmin 705. So anyway, I jumped on his wheel. Then I noticed he was in the big ring of a standard crankset (Dura Ace... so like a 52t or 53t... WTF!!... Strength training maybe?). I held his wheel for most of the climb, until a steepish switch back near the first Upenuf. Then I lost a couple bike lengths. Then he surged again on another switchback, and I lost a couple more. I held him at that distance for the rest.

    I got to the top in 21:00, but took the beginning kind of easy. I had to be going at a faster pace when I was on the other guy's wheel. Anyway, it sucked because I wanted to ask the guy if he was on Garmin-Chipotle (or just a crazed fan). BUT he didn't stop at the top. After blasting up OLH, he made it seem easy by just hanging a right turn and headed up Skyline.

    Ramon and I pulled a "Pete-like" maneuver and passed a car going down E84. ... They were riding the brake pedal going like 20mph.... ughhh.

    Then Ramon and I did Summit Springs... My first time. That thing is crazy steep, but not too long.

    We opted to skip out Kings. We parted after filling up at Robert's, and I headed up Canada. This Roaring Mouse chick and I ripped up Canada at like 26-27+ mph for much of it. For once the wind wasn't too bad!

    I was happy, since I didn't even think I was going to ride, but got in a nice 44 mile ride.

    Bikely: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...unday-10-26-08
    Distance: 43.86 miles
    Ride time: 2:33
    Avg Speed: 17.1 mph

    Thanks for the invite Ramon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
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    Wow! what a great day!! Man now I'm really jealous of you guys!

    Didn't get the RM girls name? I can think of 2 that might be able to hang with you and one that might kick your butt on a good day

    If the weather's good this week let's do a night ride, if you can give me 24 hr notice...Tues. I ride at the polo fields.

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    Got on my Klein and went to the Beach and back I really enjoyed it,but had a couple of close calls that made the hair stand up on my neck. The Klein felt great...I've been doing so much SSpeed I've forgotten how fast I can go on a geared bike.
    Chris and his wife came over for dinner and she wanted to see Cathy's painting in person...They hit it off pretty good. I think we have to have a pot luck here for everyone to meet and greet sometime soon! get some of the east bay, central valley contingent...I wonder what kind of food they eat in that "Neck o da woods?"
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    By the way...They were beamed directly back to their Planet after this picture : )
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    20 mile tandem+trailer loop down to los gatos for dinner on the strip and back. i knew i should have strapped on the bright HID but with only a front blinky i had to take it pretty easy on the zippy parts down blossom hill and nb winchester up to lark. somehow, knowing a crash would take out my whole family simultaneously lends an extra note of caution to my riding.

    we always get some good comments on the big yellow 'train'. tonight i talked bikes with a nice guy who was an ex-racer but the best reaction was a 12 year old who said to his friend "DUDE check it out, a two seat bike with disc brakes! i gotta get a picture of that!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Didn't get the RM girls name? I can think of 2 that might be able to hang with you and one that might kick your butt on a good day
    She wasn't wearing the kit, but had the water bottles.

    Speaking of RM, Pete.

    Ramon, Tim and Ruth & I were staging for the Low Key Hill Climb race, and we saw your friend Daniella. Ruth and I saw her, and I asked "Hey, weren't you on the ride where the deer fell off the cliff." She remembered us and the ride, and we talked about how crazy that was. She asked about you Pete. Then she asked if you were my Dad I wanted to smack her for you. Then she said, she had fun busting your chops. I assume she was doing the same with the dad comment

    She left in the first wave 2min 30sec ahead of Ruth and I (second wave). We passed her smart ass before the finish though Anyway, she said to say Hi to you Pete.

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    Saturday, I did Mt. Diablo with Pete and John, as described in BigBossMan's East Bay adventure. I did not see PeeWee on the ride ... Great day, epic climb.

    Sunday, had a picnic put together by the group at work. Rode there from home, and did an extra loop around Kennedy and Shannon. Saw a pack of 10 doing laps around there. Nice quick way to get some hill work in. I was tempted to turn around and follow them, but I had to get to the picnic, and I'm not sure I would be fast enough to keep up with them.
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    Friday my boyfriend was running late to work, so I grabbed my folder and backpack and hopped in the car with him so he could take the carpool lane (to Palo Alto), then rode back and did all my errands on the way (plus a few hills).

    Saturday I did an evening ride around Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont. It was all nice until my descent on Edgewood...my headlight mounting came loose and was wobbly so I had to go slow, couldn't see too well.

    Then near the bottom I hit a wicked pothole in the right hand side of the lane and lost my taillight.
    Went back and looked for it but by that time a bunch of cars had gone by and must have knocked it away.
    Finally, all the searching around for the taillight drained my headlight battery and that quickly died...I ended up finishing the ride back from Edgewood & Alameda in complete darkness.
    Now shopping for new lights....

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    She asked about you Pete. Then she asked if you were my Dad

    Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!!!

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    rode with my dad who is new at cycling or riding a bicycle for that matter. Around danville/san ramon. 15mph. hands never left the tops, never changed gear, never reached for the water. but a good ride anyways. Then i watched the 49ers sh*t the bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by save10 View Post
    rode with my dad who is new at cycling or riding a bicycle for that matter. Around danville/san ramon. 15mph. hands never left the tops, never changed gear, never reached for the water. but a good ride anyways. Then i watched the 49ers sh*t the bed.
    Hey! He'll get better with age

    Now the 49ers...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Finally, all the searching around for the taillight drained my headlight battery and that quickly died...I ended up finishing the ride back from Edgewood & Alameda in complete darkness.
    Dang, I guess it wasn't in the cards for you Saturday. I know how dark it can get there, but never had a pothole knock the entire head light off. You must have hit it really hard.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    One of Team Alameda's ride leaders also leads rides for ACTC in the S. Bay. So Saturday 18 of us, some from each club met at the Argonaut shopping center and did what he titled "The Argonaut Death Ride". Not that long but lots of steep. We started with Bohlman, and some of us did On Orbit. Followed it with Highway 9, after descending Highway 9 went up Sanborn to the Hostel for a mid-ride brake where Mark's wife met us with ice cold water and food. Afterwards we finished if off with the Montebello climb. The weather couldn't have been better, thankfully there was lots of shade.

    ~52 miles
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    Pretty boring.... 43 mile out-and-back from San Bruno to Woodside on Saturday and 21 mile Sawyer Camp Trail out-and-back on MTBs with Mike (keeping in shape while his thumb heals).

    Paula, Dinotte is having some kind of sale I think. I got an email about it.

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