Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > > >

Northern California Northern California

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-01-08, 02:30 AM   #1401
silentben
Senior Member
 
silentben's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Los Gatos, CA
Bikes: 2006 Cannondale Synapse carbon 2
Posts: 889
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Saturday: Diablo ride
Sunday: 25 mile loop of Woodside road, Canada, bike overpass at Hwy 92, Ralston, Hallmark, Crestview, Edgewood, and then back south on Canada to a delicious lunch at the Woodside Cafe.

My seldom-bike-riding girlfriend Susanne did the ride with me on her super heavy mountain bike and managed all 2000 feet of climbing without complaining at all! Next weekend we'll go shopping for road bikes
silentben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 02:43 AM   #1402
uspspro
Tandem Mountain Climber
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Mateo, CA
Bikes: Calfee Tandem, Custom CAAD9 BB30, 90 Santana Arriva Tandem, 02 CAAD4 errand bike, 87 Cannondale "Black Lightning"
Posts: 4,101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ben...

Tandem man, it's the best:

uspspro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 03:18 AM   #1403
silentben
Senior Member
 
silentben's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Los Gatos, CA
Bikes: 2006 Cannondale Synapse carbon 2
Posts: 889
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Funny you should mention that! We saw 3 tandems parked at the Woodside Cafe. One had a triplet attachment (not sure if that's the right term but it's an extra wheel, seat, and set of pedals for a kid). Another had a kid trailer.

Then this evening Susanne emailed a bunch of tandem websites to me that related to her wondering "why the guy always sits in front". Anyway a couple hours of reading pro-tandem propaganda and now I could definitely see one in my future
silentben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 06:54 AM   #1404
spingineer
Spinning like a gerbel
 
spingineer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Silicon Valley
Bikes: Seven
Posts: 7,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thursday: LKHC, Mt. Hamilton
Friday: Absolutely nothing
Saturday: Mt. Diablo
Sunday: Montebello

I think I got my riding in
__________________
I'm in it to finish it.

My Cycling Blog
spingineer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 09:12 AM   #1405
Red Rider
Don't mince words
 
Red Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vacaville, CA
Bikes: '08 Orbea Diva "The Avocado"; Specialized Dolce comp "Sweet Thang"; Co-Motion Roadster "Blue Jay", Fuji Team Pro
Posts: 6,948
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thursday: Loop through the orchards and ag fields
Friday: The reverse loop
Saturday: Gordon Valley loop
Sunday: Afternoon loop similar to Thursday

Total mileage: 165+, all tandem. Life is good.
Red Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 12:26 PM   #1406
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1986 De Rosa Professional, 1978 Eisentraut "A," 1961 BianchiCompetizione, 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa
Posts: 3,326
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by silentben View Post
Then this evening Susanne emailed a bunch of tandem websites to me that related to her wondering "why the guy always sits in front".
Why is the guy always in the front? The party-line reason is that the man weighs more and it easier for the heavier person as captain holding up the tandem (and the stoker) at stop signs, stop lights, etc.

The real reason? Testoterone. Pure and simple.
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 12:57 PM   #1407
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No riding for me this holiday weekend. Thursday was rainy, and I was trying to shake off a bug. Friday was my birthday, and I was getting a couple of bikes ready for VeloSwap. Saturday was VeloSwap.

I was going to ride on Sunday, but the wife and daughter wanted to go hiking. So, we went up Las Trampas with the pooch and ran around up there for a few hours. Hiking is harder than riding - especially when you're the one carrying the backpack full of food, water, and everyone else's jackets and stuff.

Diablo and Danville, from Las Trampas Ridge:


The pack mule gets a break, and everyone else gets lunch:
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 01:26 PM   #1408
DiabloScott
It's MY mountain
 
DiabloScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Mt.Diablo
Bikes:
Posts: 6,697
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Why is the guy always in the front? The party-line reason is that the man weighs more and it easier for the heavier person as captain holding up the tandem (and the stoker) at stop signs, stop lights, etc.

The real reason? Testoterone. Pure and simple.

1 part testosterone
1 part the man is usually the better bike handler
1 part the man is usually taller and fits better on the front
DiabloScott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 03:52 PM   #1409
1jacktripper
Senior Member
 
1jacktripper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 787
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
(snip)
Hiking is harder than riding - especially when you're the one carrying the backpack full of food, water, and everyone else's jackets and stuff.
(more snip)
The pack mule gets a break, and everyone else gets lunch:
Actually, your pooch seems big enough for you to offload some weight onto him/her? I've seen those doggie backpacks somewhere that allows the dog to share some load?
1jacktripper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 05:02 PM   #1410
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1jacktripper View Post
Actually, your pooch seems big enough for you to offload some weight onto him/her? I've seen those doggie backpacks somewhere that allows the dog to share some load?
Yeah, well..... he's a pretty boy, not so tough.
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 05:21 PM   #1411
steeleman
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 38
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bostic View Post
25 miles around Reno and up HW 431 yesterday. Cold feet again so I went shopping today. Some bargain Specialized shoes a couple sizes too big. Thick wools socks, better gloves, ear muffs, and goggles. I hope it's enough for 35-40 degree temps.
On Saturday morning, I rode from Squaw Valley to Truckee, over Brockway Summit, then over Mt. Rose to Reno. Met my family for some shopping and returned with vehicle assist. It was pretty nice actually -- not that cold at all with thin hat and gloves, a windtex jacket and full length roubaix knicks. The only sketch part was off the NE side of Mt. Rose Summit, where there's lots of shade (i.e., some icy spots and a bit of a slurpee headache for the upper 500 feet or so).











steeleman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 09:23 PM   #1412
Bostic
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 1,725
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yesterday I rode from Reno up to the summit then back down, about 50 miles total and 5000' elevation. Yep, there are a couple of shaded sections that I am always careful on as it's tough to tell how the road will be under braking.

Bostic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-08, 09:29 PM   #1413
MarkoPolo
I'm your huckleberry...
 
MarkoPolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Northern Cal.
Bikes: 90's Tommasini Prestige, 2004 Seven Alaris, 2005 Trek Pilot 2.1;
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
Yeah, well..... he's a pretty boy, not so tough.
Are we talking about the dog or the owner?
MarkoPolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 01:19 PM   #1414
msincredible
crazy bike girl
 
msincredible's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: CA Central Coast
Bikes: '07 Orbea Onix, '07 Birdy Yellow, '06 Cannondale Bad Boy (stolen)
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
1 part the man is usually taller and fits better on the front
This last part is one of the things keeping us from a tandem. I'm the better bike handler and the stronger cyclist. However it is very difficult to find a bike that would fit both of us with me in front.

Oh well, one day maybe we will build ourselves a custom one.
__________________
Countries I've ridden in: US, Canada, Ireland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, China, Singapore, Malaysia
States I've ridden in: Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado
msincredible is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 03:10 PM   #1415
x136 
phony collective progress
 
x136's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: San Hoosey
Bikes: http://velospace.org/user/36663
Posts: 2,981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
Oh well, one day maybe we will build ourselves a custom one.
How about a really big trail-a-bike?
__________________
x136 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 03:13 PM   #1416
uspspro
Tandem Mountain Climber
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Mateo, CA
Bikes: Calfee Tandem, Custom CAAD9 BB30, 90 Santana Arriva Tandem, 02 CAAD4 errand bike, 87 Cannondale "Black Lightning"
Posts: 4,101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
This last part is one of the things keeping us from a tandem. I'm the better bike handler and the stronger cyclist. However it is very difficult to find a bike that would fit both of us with me in front.

Oh well, one day maybe we will build ourselves a custom one.
Steve Rex would be a good option.
uspspro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 03:58 PM   #1417
dstrong 
Senior Member
 
dstrong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Awesome, Austin, TX
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Interloc Impala, ParkPre Image C6
Posts: 3,830
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
So...my achievement was your recovery ride on Sunday, eh? You probably passed us going up. What were you wearing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
Thursday: LKHC, Mt. Hamilton
Friday: Absolutely nothing
Saturday: Mt. Diablo
Sunday: Montebello

I think I got my riding in
__________________

2014 Specialized RoubaixOOOOOO 2003 Interloc ImpalaOOOOOO 2007 ParkPre Image C6 (RIP)

dstrong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 01:07 AM   #1418
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Between work, illness and weather I have not been out on a bike in three weeks (12/6). Because of the extended layoff I must admit I was feeling a bit lethargic, and had more than a touch of ennui. However, good sense (and a good natured push by the wife) got me out the door.

Even though I was wearing my normally adequate winter attire of knickers, long sleeve base layer, jersey, and full-fingered gloves, I didn't get half a mile before having to stop and put on my reserve jacket. Dang - it was nippy out under that clear blue sky!

After about 4-5 miles, I was wondering if I'd made a mistake, and fought urges to turn around and go home. Realizing that I felt sluggish precisely because I had been sitting around the house too much as it was, I pressed on. After all, Starbucks was only a 6 mile ride - I could certainly make that.

By the time I hit the first Starbucks, I was feeling much more in tune, and so passed it and pressed on. At 11 miles, I stopped for a coffee and a muffin at Peet's Coffee. I felt much better after that, and decided that instead of turning for home I'd make a bona-fide loop out of it.

So, I started out with renewed vigor and decided to tackle some light climbing. Along the way, I explored new neighborhoods, got dead-ended once or twice, and eventually made it back to more familiar roads back toward the house.

One more stop (for hot chocolate!) at a different Peet's in Danville at mile 26, and I made the final milk-run to home and hearth.

It never got over 50 degrees, so I suffered a bit in a chill breeze for most of the day. My two best riding buddies bailed on me, and I sure could have used the company as it was hard to shake off the holiday induced lethargy. But, after I got into the rhythm of things it worked out for the best.

Al told, a little over 31 miles and ~2,000' of climbing.

Diablo, as seen from a new (to me) neighborhood:
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman

Last edited by bigbossman; 12-27-08 at 01:21 PM.
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 01:21 AM   #1419
mellum76
Mashing towards happiness
 
mellum76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Today was a good day: perfect blue skies and a break from the rain we've all been suffering through. The plan was to hit-up both Kings Mtn and OLH today but I ended up taking it easy today.

While on Canada Rd, on my way back home, I ran into my father who was just starting his recovery ride. I turned right around and spent some quality time with him on the Alpine loop. After it was all said and done I logged a really nice 70 miles today. Can't ask for much more than that.
mellum76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 01:41 AM   #1420
Beaker
moth -----> flame
 
Beaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Bikes: 11 CAAD 10-4, 07 Specialized Roubaix Comp, 98 Peugeot Horizon
Posts: 5,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey BBM what camera do you use? I'm always impressed with the quality of the pictures you post.
Beaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 01:47 AM   #1421
Beaker
moth -----> flame
 
Beaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Bikes: 11 CAAD 10-4, 07 Specialized Roubaix Comp, 98 Peugeot Horizon
Posts: 5,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mellum76 View Post
Today was a good day: perfect blue skies and a break from the rain we've all been suffering through. The plan was to hit-up both Kings Mtn and OLH today but I ended up taking it easy today.

While on Canada Rd, on my way back home, I ran into my father who was just starting his recovery ride. I turned right around and spent some quality time with him on the Alpine loop. After it was all said and done I logged a really nice 70 miles today. Can't ask for much more than that.
Nice!
Beaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 05:17 AM   #1422
alainp
Senior Member
 
alainp's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF East Bay
Bikes: '07 Look 585 Ultra, '07 Trek Madone SL 5.2, '06 Marin Pine Mountain MTB, '94 Everest Altitude MTB
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Went up and over Mt. Diablo from Danville up the South Gate to the top then down North Gate into Walnut Creek back through Alamo/Danville/San Ramon/Dublin then back home to Danville. Got in 54 miles. Was really feeling the effects of not being on the road due to the poor weather as I was really struggling against the wind even on the flats.
alainp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 01:18 PM   #1423
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
Hey BBM what camera do you use? I'm always impressed with the quality of the pictures you post.
A 3 year old Olympus Stylus 600, 6MP point 'n shoot. I post-process through Picasa - usually just sharpen, saturate, and crop. Almost always have to crop, as a 3x optical zoom doesn't give one much to work with on the longer shots.

I keep waiting for the camera to break so I can buy a better one that's not so obsolete, but so far this one's taken a beating and still comes through for me. Maybe I should loan it to Pete for a while.
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-08, 05:25 PM   #1424
taxi777
Wheres my snuggie?
 
taxi777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Francisco
Bikes:
Posts: 3,068
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
A 3 year old Olympus Stylus 600, 6MP point 'n shoot. I post-process through Picasa - usually just sharpen, saturate, and crop. Almost always have to crop, as a 3x optical zoom doesn't give one much to work with on the longer shots.

I keep waiting for the camera to break so I can buy a better one that's not so obsolete, but so far this one's taken a beating and still comes through for me. Maybe I should loan it to Pete for a while.
Yep I got a ride comin up if you need a couple of picts if ya know what I mean...
It might be sleeping with the fish's
__________________
Blame It On The Dog Blog
taxi777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-08, 07:57 PM   #1425
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Lanceoldstrong racked me out with a phone call this am, and coerced me into an impromptu ride. He came down to my place, so I reprised Friday's ride with some ride company this time. Only one stop this time, at Peet's Coffee in Danville at about mile 26. The placed was jammmed with riders - more than even at high riding season. I guess there were a lot of folks with cabin fever, and the decent weather brought them out in droves.

We had a nice spin, and ended up with 30 miles and ~2,000' of climbing in the books. That brought me to 3,350 miles for the year, and Dan to just over 4,000.

Way to go, Dan!! And thanks for pulling me out of my riding funk - I needed it.
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman

Last edited by bigbossman; 12-28-08 at 08:00 PM.
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:26 PM.