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VaultGuru 11-09-10 11:13 AM

[QUOTE=Sagebum;11753409]A nice day Saturday before the storm in the Tahoe/Sierra................

Sagebum, looks like the last part of the South Upper Truckee Rd. before you cross 89. Love that ride.

Ygduf 11-09-10 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by milliron (Post 11755668)
Rent a bicycle! Nothing beats riding someplace new. Best way to really see a place. That and it's kinda cool to ride something a little different then your usual bike.

I have been forbidden by my financier from riding while in Hawaii. According to her, I never do anything but bike (and for some reason that is a problem).

milliron 11-09-10 10:17 PM

Yeah, can't argue with that!

toytech 11-10-10 11:31 PM

I made my first Chabot loop since my AC separation 3 months ago, man cardie drops off quick! That and the sticky mud was like wearing a parachute :D at least it was not so wet that I ended up wearing the trail... felt good though! So glad to be back on the mountain bike.

Lanceoldstrong 11-13-10 05:49 PM

Went to the top of Mt. Diablo, 33 miles round trip. The winds were from 30-50 mph according to the recording that gives conditions at the summit. The cool part was they were tailwinds nearly the whole way from the Junction up to the Summit. Wow, that was fun.

Headwinds on the way down meant I didn't use my brakes nearly as much. I came around one down hill corner and a gust of head wind hit me so hard I went from 20 mph to zero in a second. That had to be a 50+ mph gust. I was sure glad it did not hit me from the side. That would have been fuggly.

I thought I saw Gpelpel on the way up passing me as he came down. Confirm?

gpelpel 11-13-10 06:22 PM

Hey Lance,
I rode close-by today, thought about going up the mountain on the way back from Blackhawk but realized I didn't have the time if I wanted to get back home at Noon. Went back to Lafayette instead and extended my ride to Moraga to bring my mileage to 43 miles. With a photo trip to the Eastern Sierra in October and the following consecutive rainy Saturdays I didn't touch the bike for a full month. Finally enjoying the nice weather of the last few days I managed 78 miles with today and Thursday rides. My rear is hurting.
So it wasn't me on Diablo, would have been fun to connect though. But it sure was windy today.

spingineer 11-13-10 07:14 PM

Did a solo ride up Saratoga Gap, then along Skyline. It was hella windy up there too, but not sure if it was 50 mph. Nice view too.

http://a.yfrog.com/img819/1583/dkqrh.jpg

bigbossman 11-13-10 07:32 PM

San Ramon to Sunol, then up and over Palomares to Dublin and back home. Testing out the new sled, it's nice. Wind was a bit of a bother coming back. ~43 miles and 2300 or so feet of climbing.

Sagebum 11-14-10 10:56 AM

[QUOTE=VaultGuru;11759521]
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Originally Posted by Sagebum (Post 11753409)
A nice day Saturday before the storm in the Tahoe/Sierra................

Sagebum, looks like the last part of the South Upper Truckee Rd. before you cross 89. Love that ride.

Yes, you got it VG. Snow covered for the season now though. CalTrans should finish the 4 ft shoulders across the rest of Luther (89) early next spring so we will have a great road between the north and south sides of Old Luther soon.

VaultGuru 11-14-10 12:53 PM

Sagebum, here are a couple of routes you might like when you get tired of snow and want to ride. Will send you more if you want.
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/130209
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/125677
VG

milliron 11-14-10 02:58 PM

No riding for me this weekend. On-call for work and I've got a nasty head cold. Here are some photos from earlier in the week though.

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00599.jpg

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00601.jpg

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00612.jpg

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00621.jpg

I like that last one. Think the sense of motion is cool.

alfredo 11-14-10 09:35 PM

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Beautiful day today. I did a quick 23 miles along the lower ARBT.

Al

nthach 11-15-10 02:58 AM

I rode with the GPC between Orinda and Danville. 50 miles. It feels great to be riding again after a few weeks' hiatus.

Sagebum 11-15-10 10:27 AM

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When the snow flies over on this side of the hill, we head over to the western foothills and beyond several times each winter to camp and ride. VaultGuru and JoelS have posted several great routes that have helped us a lot. This is a route pieced together from their routes, one of several we did this last week.


http://ridewithgps.com/users/2479/routes


Roads are quiet mid week...Salmon Falls Rd.


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=178315

Plenty of climbing on Prospectors........

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=178311

Great scenery in Lotus.......

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=178312

and even a stream crossing! I have been wanting to do this for some time. I took off my shoes and walked across...... cold and slick!

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=178314

A half dozen riders from Folsom came by as I was drying my feet and just rode it.
There was some heavy lifting climbing out of there to get to Lotus.


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=178316

Looking forward to trying those two routes north and west of Folsom VG...thanks.

milliron 11-15-10 12:36 PM

Great report!

Midland 11-15-10 12:47 PM

Got up Diablo with LanceOldstrong on Sat. yes it was quite windy, and yes a tailwind going up a Mt. is soo sweet. Coming down the Mt. was gnarly.
Sunday was a nice 27 miler thru some neighborhoods Lafayette. Great fall colors, beautiful views and the weather as y'all know was spectacular.

bikingshearer 11-15-10 01:59 PM

What he said, except I started and ended in Sunol. So did MarkoPolo.

His "new sled" is purtty. Mine's purttier, though. :p

Of course, it wasn't his front brake bolt that worked loose, so I got to hear all sorts of crap about how "some people shouldn't be allowed to have nice things" and other such tripe. :rolleyes:

MarkoPolo 11-16-10 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by bikingshearer (Post 11790884)
Of course, it wasn't his front brake bolt that worked loose, so I got to hear all sorts of crap about how "some people shouldn't be allowed to have nice things" and other such tripe. :rolleyes:

I think it was more like, "Some people should have to take a test before they're allowed to work on such nice things".

I'm just glad the loose brake bolt didn't cause a crash at 40 MPG. Climbing back up that hill to clean up the mess would have been a pain. :innocent:

bikingshearer 11-18-10 11:21 AM

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Originally Posted by MarkoPolo (Post 11799019)
I think it was more like, "Some people should have to take a test before they're allowed to work on such nice things".

I'm just glad the loose brake bolt didn't cause a crash at 40 MPG. Climbing back up that hill to clean up the mess would have been a pain. :innocent:

Not to mention the paperwork that would've been involved . . . . :D

VNA 11-19-10 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by milliron (Post 11786035)
No riding for me this weekend. On-call for work and I've got a nasty head cold. Here are some photos from earlier in the week though.

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00599.jpg


I like that last one. Think the sense of motion is cool.

Hello: what roads were you riding? the first photo reminds me of Tunitas?
Hope you feel better--but the weather sucks!
Great photos, the last one is scary but great!

milliron 11-19-10 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by VNA (Post 11815118)
Hello: what roads were you riding? the first photo reminds me of Tunitas?
Hope you feel better--but the weather sucks!
Great photos, the last one is scary but great!

Thanks. Very close to Tunitas. That photo is from the top of Kings. Next two were Skyline. Last, West OLH.

Got over my cold in four days. Wasn't a bad one.

From today:

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00656.jpg

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00664.jpg

Didn't rain on me until the last few minutes of the ride.

Lanceoldstrong 11-20-10 11:33 PM

37 miles with Midland about 1/2 on our newly discovered favorite Walnut Creek to Lafayette route. There are some really nice roads with beautiful views from the western hills above Walnut Creek. From there we cut through Rossmoor area over to Danville Blvd for a coffee at Peet's.

Coming home we traded pulls flying north on Danville Blvd with a tail wind. 25 miles an hour the whole way with rain in our faces and the wind at our back as we out ran the storm cell that started dumping on us right when we left Peet's. When we hit northbound Broadway in Walnut Creek the sun came out and I was dry by the time I got home.

For the last week BikeSnob has been pretty funny, going on about Cat 6 racing.
Simply put, beating people who have no idea you are racing them.
We Cat 6'd the hell out of a guy in a Cal Bears kit in the rain on Danville Blvd. :D

A good time out.

Tim Aiken 11-21-10 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by milliron (Post 11815261)
Thanks. Very close to Tunitas. That photo is from the top of Kings. Next two were Skyline. Last, West OLH.

Got over my cold in four days. Wasn't a bad one.

From today:

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00656.jpg

http://milliron.org/hosted/damo-00664.jpg

Didn't rain on me until the last few minutes of the ride.

nice photos! any from today? :D or was it too rainy and miserable? :thumb:

SteveE 11-21-10 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Tim Aiken (Post 11819847)
nice photos! any from today? :D or was it too rainy and miserable? :thumb:

Hey Tim, it was pretty rainy and miserable in Portola Valley this morning, wasn't it?

milliron 11-21-10 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Tim Aiken (Post 11819847)
nice photos! any from today? :D or was it too rainy and miserable? :thumb:

Saturday was not good. Numb feet and *two* flats. Oh and no photos. Left my camera in the ziplock bag.

Flatted my rear with a metal splinter on my way to Peets. Used my spare tube.

Flatted the front with a big shard of glass, just past Stevens Creek Reservoir. I dropped out the back of the group, intending to call my wife and have her come pick me up. No cell signal. Had a second CO2 but the glue in my patch kit was dry so I started walking back towards 280. A nice lady stopped and gave me her patch kit. Wouldn't even take money for it. I'm going to have to pass on that good deed.

Great looking SuperSix though!


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