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Old 11-01-09, 12:29 AM   #2226
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'Twas a lovely Halloween morning when bigbossman and set out from his humble abode. 'Twas a lovely Halloween afternoon when we returned. In between, we experienced the good and the bad that road cycling has to offer - much more of the forme, fortunately.

The ride was through the streets and bike paths of San Ramon and Danville and up Southgate to the Mt. Diablo junction. I had suggested doing Diablo, but prevailed upon BBM to cut it short at the Junction because (a) it was hazier than I thought it would be, hence the views would not be so good, and (b) I was not feeling the climbing love as much as I thought I might. So, down Northgate to Walnut Creek and back throght Alamo and Danville aon teh way back to Casa de Bossman. The weather was great, and we had a great time riding. 38.87 miles, 2205 feet of climbing, 11.8 mph average (which I;ll take, coinsidering how much of th etime was spent on the Devil Mountain), fun riding all around.

So what was the bad? Truth be told, it wasn't really "bad," more like slightly annoying. Three slightly annoyings, to be precise.

First, we stopped at a yard sale on the outskirts of Alamo because BBM spotted some bikes, and he is always on the prowl for flip material. As BBM pulled up, the 60-something homeowner fairly sprinted out fo the garage to tell BBM that the bikes (a grossly overpriced Schwinn-approved World Traveler and a Kuwahara knock-about tandem) were "not for sale to you bicyclists. You guys are worse than people who can't speak English." Why, you might als? "Because all you guys want to do is compare what you have to what I have." Oooooooo-kaaaaaay. This Dale Carnegie graduate went on to tell BBM that the bikes he had for sale were "American-made" and tough and sturdy and the like, while what BBM was on was a "Chinese-made piece of crap - I wouldn't touch it." The bike to which Mr. Wizard eas referring was BBM's new, gorgeous, sweet-riding Pogliaghi. Suffic to say no deals were struck.

Second, during our food stop at Norm's on the main drag of Danville (and you really should try the place), a guy with a room-temperature IQ rode up on a Vespa - with two dogs of the Pekinese ilk on the floor. The guy strode purposefully into Norms to get a beer (which at one point he put down on our table and walked off - I just report this stuff, I don't make it up) and left the liitle mutts to wander under customer's feet, pee on the tree in the middle of the patio seating, mosy on up the street - in general, being little nuisances.

Third, heading towards BBM's home on Norris Canyon, some geezer came up behind me at a red light and started honking. From his gestures, it appeared that he thought I should be right up against the curb (which is the perfect position to get right-hooked when the light turns green). It took a few honks before I figured out he was actually honking at me. I checked his turn signal to see if he wanted to turn - nope. He was pointing to the right and saying something that was rather hard to discern through his hermetcally sealed vehicle, although it was pretty clear that he was about half a blood pressure point short of an apoplexy over the current state of affairs. I asked in my most demure voice (meaning I yelled at full volume sao he could hear me) if he wanted to turn right. He shook his head "no." (If he had said "yes," I would have moved over to the left to give room to do so.) I replied even more demurely (meaning I turned on the vocal after-burners - believe me, I can hit "11" on the volume knob under the right circumstances)) "then SHUT UP." A few seconds later, the light turned, I started off, moving to the right give him all the room he could possibly need, not to mention the entirely empty lane next to him, and about a half block later he started to pull over as if he wanted to continue the conversation. As much fun as that intellectual give-and-take might have been, he either thought better of it or wasn't quite sure where he did want to turn, as he continued on on turned right a quarter mile ro so later. Yeah, I could have been more genteel in my response, but one has one's limits.

But even with all that, it was a fun ride on a lovely day. We could have done without the floor show, however.
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We did another easy tandem spin through the orchards, with a stop at Steady Eddy's, to rack up 36 miles. This puts me at 776+ miles for the month. New PR! I don't call it Rock-tober for nothin'.
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Old 11-01-09, 01:28 AM   #2228
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A 20 miler tandem ride for us between Lafayette and Moraga. The highlight was that we climbed Via Roble from bottom to top for the first time, and with only one brief stop. I couldn't believe it, my stoker is a gem.
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Old 11-01-09, 02:36 AM   #2229
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Took a ride to the new Target in Davis. Left and made some wrong turns, went up a hill, ended up in a park, and fell twice. I also did more things I wasn't so proud of but was forced into - riding on the sidewalk/oncoming bike lane as it was quite dangerous diving across 2nd street and back. Yeah, I eventually made it and picked up a maglite as a new headlight over the Bell head/taillight combo. Not the wisest decision, but one that I'm not regretting.

Took the scenic route to the outskirts of town (fields) and back and enjoyed the juxtaposition of McMansions and empty farmland. I'd like to note that I came across a memorial for a biker who was killed about 12 years ago by a trucker who didn't see her. Reminded of this, I dismounted and decided keep an eye open from now on. Stumbled on the Davis cemetary and houses with interesting cars like a destroyed M3 and several goodies kept under wraps.

Several hours after I set off I made it home. Whew.
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Old 11-01-09, 03:13 AM   #2230
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I needed a century for October and also I wanted to get 500 miles for the month. So I accomplished both of those by doing a long ride down the coast from SF to Santa Cruz and then up to where I live in Los Gatos.



Full ride report is here: http://benweir.com/node/45

ps, Red Rider, 776 miles in a month is pretty awesome! How many days did you end up riding to reach that total?
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So yesterday I got on the bike for the first time since I did a 25 mile charity ride on the 18th. My body revolted against me. After like 3 miles I was tired. It also seemed to be strangely windy. I got in a little over 10 miles.

This morning I sucked it up and headed out. Didn't have any definite plans, but rode randomly and took some new roads. I got in a little over 20 miles. At about mile 18, my computer decided to freak out and registered no speed. It started working abnormally a few seconds later, then finally registered what seemed to be an accurate speed (at the time about 17 mph). However, I don't know how accurate the mileage is because the computer was acting up.

Team Autobus represent! Proof of me being a banana slug. (This was before the computer acted up, but as you can see, it's a cheap one so I'm not surprised.)


Cute Mennonite fruit stand that I've always wanted to stop at but I either don't have time or they're closed.
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Nice report Mr Shearer. Amazing how some people can be so thoughtless/opinionated/stupid/oblivious (delete as appropriate). Still something tells me that you were both well prepared to deal with the sitch.

For me, the inability to drive my bike across the bay bridge all week has meant no weekday riding for me. Kids soccer has put a stop to most of my Saturday riding, so I suckered RoboCheme into an early morning ride from Orinda/Moraga to Pinehurst down Redwood to Castro Valley (almost) and back. All in for me it was 37.7miles with ~3400ft of climbing. Very nice to catch up with Sir Clifford and set the world to rights. Twas a glorious morning to be sure.

By the way, I think he's getting faster as he ages. I'm quite concerned.
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Rode from my house in campbell to the Montevina hillclimb start, did registration, did the hillclimb, then rode back home. Got some dirt riding and climbed about as well as I could expect.

Funny pic from the start:

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I needed a century for October and also I wanted to get 500 miles for the month. So I accomplished both of those by doing a long ride down the coast from SF to Santa Cruz and then up to where I live in Los Gatos.
Nice route! Our first day of the tandem tour was from the Ferry Terminal to Pigeon Point Lighthouse; day 2 was the rest of where you rode before you turned inland. Very pretty riding!


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Fifteen. It seems I should have ridden every single day but I took 7 days off after my birthday ride, in addition to a couple 3-day rests. Thanks for the kudos. They were all fun miles.
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Cute Mennonite fruit stand that I've always wanted to stop at but I either don't have time or they're closed.

Hey Loopybunny, where is that, it is very cute!
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Hey Loopybunny, where is that, it is very cute!
I just looked it up and it's apparently in Modesto.

I'm assuming it's a Mennonite business because I've only ever seen Mennonites there. I've never been inside.
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Been a while since I've spent any appreciable time on a bike. Finally got a chance to put a few hours in going up Kings Mountain Road. About 35 miles total... the climb was longer and steeper than I anticipated. That plus the fact that we originally didn't plan on going that far or doing the climb at all, meant that I bonked on the way home. Doh! Need to store some gels or something in my pack.

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We did another easy tandem spin through the orchards, with a stop at Steady Eddy's, to rack up 36 miles. This puts me at 776+ miles for the month. New PR! I don't call it Rock-tober for nothin'.
You rock, RR! Way to go! Or, as we can jokingly say now: "What crash?"

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Rode from my house in campbell to the Montevina hillclimb start, did registration, did the hillclimb, then rode back home. Got some dirt riding and climbed about as well as I could expect.

Funny pic from the start:

You wore that on the ride to the start? LOL.
So you're riding for Team SJBC?
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First, we stopped at a yard sale on the outskirts of Alamo because BBM spotted some bikes, and he is always on the prowl for flip material. As BBM pulled up, the 60-something homeowner fairly sprinted out fo the garage to tell BBM that the bikes (a grossly overpriced Schwinn-approved World Traveler and a Kuwahara knock-about tandem) were "not for sale to you bicyclists. You guys are worse than people who can't speak English." Why, you might als? "Because all you guys want to do is compare what you have to what I have." Oooooooo-kaaaaaay. This Dale Carnegie graduate went on to tell BBM that the bikes he had for sale were "American-made" and tough and sturdy and the like, while what BBM was on was a "Chinese-made piece of crap - I wouldn't touch it." The bike to which Mr. Wizard eas referring was BBM's new, gorgeous, sweet-riding Pogliaghi. Suffic to say no deals were struck.
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Second, during our food stop at Norm's on the main drag of Danville (and you really should try the place), a guy with a room-temperature IQ rode up on a Vespa - with two dogs of the Pekinese ilk on the floor. The guy strode purposefully into Norms to get a beer (which at one point he put down on our table and walked off - I just report this stuff, I don't make it up) and left the liitle mutts to wander under customer's feet, pee on the tree in the middle of the patio seating, mosy on up the street - in general, being little nuisances.

Third, heading towards BBM's home on Norris Canyon, some geezer came up behind me at a red light and started honking. From his gestures, it appeared that he thought I should be right up against the curb (which is the perfect position to get right-hooked when the light turns green). It took a few honks before I figured out he was actually honking at me. I checked his turn signal to see if he wanted to turn - nope. He was pointing to the right and saying something that was rather hard to discern through his hermetcally sealed vehicle, although it was pretty clear that he was about half a blood pressure point short of an apoplexy over the current state of affairs. I asked in my most demure voice (meaning I yelled at full volume sao he could hear me) if he wanted to turn right. He shook his head "no." (If he had said "yes," I would have moved over to the left to give room to do so.) I replied even more demurely (meaning I turned on the vocal after-burners - believe me, I can hit "11" on the volume knob under the right circumstances)) "then SHUT UP." A few seconds later, the light turned, I started off, moving to the right give him all the room he could possibly need, not to mention the entirely empty lane next to him, and about a half block later he started to pull over as if he wanted to continue the conversation. As much fun as that intellectual give-and-take might have been, he either thought better of it or wasn't quite sure where he did want to turn, as he continued on on turned right a quarter mile ro so later. Yeah, I could have been more genteel in my response, but one has one's limits.
I think it is a full moon these last couple of days.
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You wore that on the ride to the start? LOL.
So you're riding for Team SJBC?
Well I had my helmet on whilst riding! I brought the viking horns in my pack.

I am not on the SJBC race team, if that's what you mean. Not sure they want me, they seem strangely focused on winning
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Saturday: Skyline>Redwood>Pinehurst loop. 33 miles and 3500ish vert.
Sunday: Reliez Valley loop, 45 miles and 5000ish vert: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...aBear-Berkeley

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Rode a flat century with some friends on Saturday. It took a while, but it was the first century for everyone (excluding me). The weather was great and I am glad everyone finished!

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Saturday: 34 mile tandem ride through the orchards; a lovely day for a ride.

Sunday: Rode with 2 racers and a n00b, conversation-paced 33 miles in the morning along a Winters loop. Base miles, easy spinning, just enjoying the ride.

We weren't very far along Pleasants Valley Rd. when we spied a loose horse running along a fence line on some grass between the road and the fenced property. He spied us and cantered in our direction. I thought he wheeled around before he hit the pavement, but my friends said he followed us a few yards on the road. So glad we were faster than he...although I wonder now what it would be like to ride behind a fast horse?
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Finally got back on the bike last week after almost 4 weeks off (illness, travel, minor knee injury).

Saturday just ran some errands in Pescadero, made good time despite some strong headwinds and a heavy load so I was feeling pretty good about not losing too much fitness.

Sunday went up Alpine and back, again, not too bad time despite stopping for a few pictures. I was most happy that my knee held up to all the climbing. On the way back I was passed by a Lexus SUV on the first mile uphill portion, I caught it later down the hill, followed it for a while, he eventually pulled over for me just before the real descent ends and I somehow managed to keep well ahead of it even in the more level part at the bottom (he finally passed me again after I got onto Haskins). Oh and a jeep tried to take me out by driving on the wrong side of the road in a blind corner.

The other ride I had was a bit more of an adventure, that was last Wednesday. I had ridden the Duc to my husband's office and we took his '62 Falcon for a little outing. He convinced me it would be too cold to ride home so I planned to go home with him. Before we headed home I had noticed that his taillights were out so we stopped off at Kragen for a fuse. Fixed the fuse and while we were still in the Kragen parking lot, the fuel pump stopped working. Tried some guerrilla repairs but no go. However, we did have the Birdy in the trunk, so while he waited for the tow truck, I rode the Birdy in moto gear (helmet in the backpack) on San Antonio Rd in the dark (I had lights) to his office so I could get the Duc and ride it home for our other car.

Just as I got onto the overpass on San Antonio Rd I discovered that my seatpost QR was loose, so I was gradually sinking as I went up and luckily reached the crest just as the seat hit bottom and I couldn't pedal anymore (it's not a great bike for standing), seat was now about 18" too low as I coasted downhill to somewhere I could actually pull over and fix it. Exciting, but I hope to avoid more rides like that in the future.
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Nice story So when you arrived at the Duc, what'd you do with the Birdy? Oh .. maybe you left it in his office? My first thought was that you strapped it on your back somehow.

Once I had to drop my moto off at the shop for some maintenance but didn't have anyone to give me a ride back home. So the first thing I did was load my road bike into my car and drive to the shop. Parked the car out front and cycled the 4-5 miles home. Threw motorcycle gear on top of sweaty bike clothes and then rode back to the shop, dropped moto off, and drove home in my car. Similar hilarity ensued when I picked the moto up a couple days later
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Yes, his co-worker put it in his office for me. I didn't have a way to attach the Birdy to me or the bike.

I've certainly done several auto shop drop-offs with a bicycle, but never a moto drop-off...thought about it but never had a good way to do it.

That's a creative solution (at least for a shorter distance).
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