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    Hey everyone, I'm James. I live in Lafayette, and I bought my first road bike last summer when I went off to college, and realized that I really enjoy not only riding but tinkering as well. I recently upgraded to a Trek 1.5, and am looking to join the cycling team up at Davis in the fall and start racing. I'll be here for the next month or so, and am looking for any good group rides around here so I can get miles under my belt. I am also currently recruiting for the position of "Rider much faster than me who will kick my ass and force me to get better," so if flying ahead of a 19y/o is your cup of tea, give me a ring!

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    Welcome. Check out the recent HOP and HOP-lite thread.

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    Beat me to it Henry! Also Grizzly peak cyclists www.grizz.org have a good range of rides available in the area, including the Tuesday night hammerfest that always kicks my ass. Do you have any group riding experience? Now could be the time to get some.

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    Thanks guys! I'll definitely check those out. I have some group riding experience, back at school we had a ride every wednesday, but it wasn't the fastest out there, and it usually spread out a good deal.

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    Hey guys, I'm 25 and I live in Hercules. I just picked up a road/TT bike yesterday. I want to get into road riding and eventually when I feel I'm ready, perhaps the occasional race. I might ditch the TT for a true road bike if it doesn't work out for me over the next few weeks.

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    Hi NorCal! My wife started cycling last year. After doing one ride with her and watching the TDF this year, all I could think about was cycling. I picked up a '98 Lemond Zurich in July (my first bike in two decades) and have been working on getting my legs into proper shape. I try to do three 25-mile rides during the work week and a longer 35- to 40-mile ride during the weekend. I live in Cupertino, so most of my rides are up Foothill. I'm looking forward to joining some group rides and tackling some real hills once I gain more experience (and get my legs under me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgieSwift View Post
    Hi NorCal! My wife started cycling last year. After doing one ride with her and watching the TDF this year, all I could think about was cycling. I picked up a '98 Lemond Zurich in July (my first bike in two decades) and have been working on getting my legs into proper shape. I try to do three 25-mile rides during the work week and a longer 35- to 40-mile ride during the weekend. I live in Cupertino, so most of my rides are up Foothill. I'm looking forward to joining some group rides and tackling some real hills once I gain more experience (and get my legs under me).
    Hey! You should come out to the LGBRC's sunday social ride! We go about 40 miles, try to keep a somewhat social pace though it sometimes fails. http://www.lgbrc.org/programs_rides.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Aiken View Post
    Hey! You should come out to the LGBRC's sunday social ride! We go about 40 miles, try to keep a somewhat social pace though it sometimes fails. http://www.lgbrc.org/programs_rides.html
    Thanks for the invite! I think I've seen the LGBRC group on some of my Sunday AM rides. I would love to join sometime. Should I take a group-riding class beforehand? I've never done a group ride before, so I'm only vaguely aware of the etiquette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgieSwift View Post
    After doing one ride with her and watching the TDF this year, all I could think about was cycling. I picked up a '98 Lemond Zurich in July (my first bike in two decades)
    I bought a bunch of donuts. Mmm donuts. Donuts >>> cycling.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgieSwift View Post
    Thanks for the invite! I think I've seen the LGBRC group on some of my Sunday AM rides. I would love to join sometime. Should I take a group-riding class beforehand? I've never done a group ride before, so I'm only vaguely aware of the etiquette.
    I don't think that is necessary, everyone there is incredibly nice and would be more than willing to help you feel comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    I bought a bunch of donuts. Mmm donuts. Donuts >>> cycling.
    omnomnomnomnomnom a kid with B period prep always gets me donuts on fridays

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Aiken View Post
    I don't think that is necessary, everyone there is incredibly nice and would be more than willing to help you feel comfortable.
    That sounds perfect. I'll try to join you guys on the 10th or 17th--thanks again for the invite. Oh, and I'll be sure to bring the donuts!

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    Hello, I'm a 44 yr. old techie and just got back to riding again from a 20 yr hiatus and Oh man, bikes today are totally different compared to 20 yrs ago. Decide to ride again to keep fitness level high. I'm hoping to learn more from this forum and find some regular riders to ride with. I live in San Jose by the Sierra foothills and I used to ride that hill almost every week on my younger years. Since getting back again, never rode it yet. Hopefully one of these days. If you're around that area give me holler.


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    Welcome to all the recent newcomers. I hope to see you on a BF ride sometime; we haven't had a big one in recent memory.

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    hello

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbanzooo View Post
    Hello Everyone

    I'm twenty years old and have been riding bikes for about 5 years now. I started out riding road bikes in Orange County, CA and have just recently moved up to San Francisco for school (riding partners wanted). I started out on a specialized allez that my dad got for me at the swap meet and put thousands of miles on it. Then upgraded to an Orbea Orca about 3 years ago which was a nice change to say the least. Around the same time, I started to get interested in ss/fg. I most recently rode an IRO angus, and before that, an old leader road bike conversion that I acquired through craigslist. I used to ride ~150-200 miles a week when I was living at home. Also really familiar with riding in groups and packs but never really got into racing or anything like that.

    The sad part is that I couldn't bring any of my bikes up to SF with me BUT I just bought my first mountain bike off craigslist! Trails and places to ride off-road are plentiful up here in the bay area compared to SoCal (at least I think so) so I decided to change it up a bit. Now I will be riding a Bianchi DISS with a bunch of aftermarket upgrades and brand new avid BB7's!


    I'M LOOKING FOR RIDING PARTNERS IN SF AND THE BAY AREA (MTB). I HAVE A CAR SO I DON'T MIND DRIVING TO RIDE. NOT LOOKING FOR A BABYSITTER OR A TEACHER/INSTRUCTOR, JUST SOMEONE THAT I CAN LEARN THE ROPES FROM. PLEASE PLEASE PM ME, I AM DOWN TO RIDE ALMOST ANY TIME!

    Also, how do people get into mountain biking? Road biking is easy; you open your door and there are roads and you ride wherever you want. Mountain Biking seems a little more complicated to me. How do you find trails? How do you know which routes to take when you get to the actual trail heads?

    Anyways, that is all for now
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    welcome

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    lots of options. for the road, you can jump in with the guys/gals at golden gate park on tuesday/thursday nights, but not for long because of daylights saving time. i think its near the polo field. fairly large group from what i remember. for mountain biking try mtbr.com. go to the norcal forum and you should be able to get some help there.
    good luck

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    I'm Sara, and I'm a, ummmm...over 50...gal who lives on the Monterey Peninsula. I've been seriously riding for three years now, and I belong to the Velo Club Monterey. I'm a new triathlete, as well (never too late!). I ride a new Look 566, a 2009 Felt F85, and I have a 2004 Felt B2 for triathlon (nicely set up, it is). The bike that started it all for me is my trusty old Cannondale M500. I try to ride daily, although the multiple disciplines of triathlon do get in the way of that. I'm okay on the flats, terrible on climbs, but I do have endurance. Most of all - I love riding!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    I'm Sara, and I'm a, ummmm...over 50...gal who lives on the Monterey Peninsula. I've been seriously riding for three years now, and I belong to the Velo Club Monterey. I'm a new triathlete, as well (never too late!). I ride a new Look 566, a 2009 Felt F85, and I have a 2004 Felt B2 for triathlon (nicely set up, it is). The bike that started it all for me is my trusty old Cannondale M500. I try to ride daily, although the multiple disciplines of triathlon do get in the way of that. I'm okay on the flats, terrible on climbs, but I do have endurance. Most of all - I love riding!!!
    Welcome to BF. It's great to see a new rider in the ranks. Great to see another endurance rider ... Have you done a double century yet? It's a lot of fun, and when you go to double centuries, you always see the same people there, regardless of location. It's awesome. And if you do 3, you can be honored as a triple crown rider. Oh boy, here I go again, converting another rider to a triple crown rider.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbanzooo View Post
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    Does that mean you're not a road rider anymore? Are you going to be able to move your Orbea up here? It would be a shame to not be able to ride that any more. Beautiful bike.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Welcome to BF. It's great to see a new rider in the ranks. Great to see another endurance rider ... Have you done a double century yet? It's a lot of fun, and when you go to double centuries, you always see the same people there, regardless of location. It's awesome. And if you do 3, you can be honored as a triple crown rider. Oh boy, here I go again, converting another rider to a triple crown rider.
    Hi, Springineer! Thank you for the welcome! I have not done a double century, yet, nor a century. Century rides are on the to do list for the coming season, as well as three Olympic length triathlons. As for now, I so enjoy solo riding and riding with groups. Climbing? Nope...but I need to work on that. I'd love to do that HOP ride up in Livermore, but I'd get dropped within 100 feet or less ;~) It would be fun, though! Thank you again for the welcome...look for the old lady on the Look 566 out there - that's me!
    Last edited by sarals; 10-17-10 at 07:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Hi, Springineer! Thank you for the welcome! I have not done a double century, yet, nor a century. Century rides are on the to do list for the coming season, as well as three Olympic length triathlons. As for now, I so enjoy solo riding and riding with groups. Climbing? Nope...but I need to work on that. I'd love to do that HOP ride up in Livermore, but I'd get dropped within 100 feet or less ;~) It would be fun, though! Thank you again for the welcome...look for the old lady on the Look 566 out there - that's me!
    We have a friend who owns the Jabberwock B&B...we'll be down again and will send you a PM. We're 50+ and ride, race (wanna-bes) and enjoy meeting fellow BFers...ask anyone on the NorCal or 50+ forum -- we've ridden with a number of them. We never say never, but for now it's not on the short list.

    Welcome and keep riding and posting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    I'm Sara, and I'm ... terrible on climbs...
    Welcome Sara!
    I am glad to see another Felt rider on the Forum.
    Hey, I used to be terrible on climbs too. It is not a permanent condition.
    I have worked hard at it and I have improved all the way up to mediocre.

    That sounds a little less than inspiring, I know, but really I finish in the middle of the pack now on group rides up big climbs.
    That feels darn good when I used to be the very last over the top a couple years ago.

    Here's hoping we see you, spingineer and redrider are pals of mine, on a group ride soon.
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    Thank you, everyone! I do need to visit the 50+ Forum. It would be great to meet other folks in my "age category" (Ummm...Cat 50?) for rides, so please do PM me. Thanks for the encouragement, as well, on improving my climbing skills. Mid pack would be wonderful! I do love my Felts, yes!

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    Hello! I'm Zuzana, 21 years old, and I live in Santa Cruz - UCSC Marine Bio and Ocean Science double major. I used to ride a lot as a kid! I did a couple triathlons and a few small races. My dad and I used to ride around 30-40km minimum almost every day. I wanted to get into an actual youth team and work my way up to nationals, but then I moved to Sacramento and that was the end to my dream I'm originally from Europe, so when we moved, I couldn't bring my bike here and my parents never bought me another one... I would go back to Europe every summer and ride while I was there, but it's not the same when I don't ride all the time.

    Well I finally managed to get a bike, thanks to my wonderful auntie, and I'm ready to get back to where I was 9 years ago! I bought a 2008 Trek 2.1 just this Tuesday and I already fell in love with riding all over again. I'm pretty out of shape, but I ride to school and I'll be riding on the weekends therefore I should be ready for some serious riding in no time.
    I still dream of racing, I just don't know how anything works here in the States... I don't even know bike terms in English yet So bear with me if I sound dumb. I promise I know what I'm talking about!

    I'd love to meet some riders who can show me some nice places to ride and who will help me get back up to speed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trollbie View Post
    Hello! I'm Zuzana, 21 years old, and I live in Santa Cruz - UCSC Marine Bio and Ocean Science double major. I used to ride a lot as a kid! I did a couple triathlons and a few small races. My dad and I used to ride around 30-40km minimum almost every day. I wanted to get into an actual youth team and work my way up to nationals, but then I moved to Sacramento and that was the end to my dream I'm originally from Europe, so when we moved, I couldn't bring my bike here and my parents never bought me another one... I would go back to Europe every summer and ride while I was there, but it's not the same when I don't ride all the time.

    Well I finally managed to get a bike, thanks to my wonderful auntie, and
    I'm ready to get back to where I was 9 years ago! I bought a 2008 Trek 2.1 just this Tuesday and I already fell in love with riding all over again. I'm pretty out of shape, but I ride to school and I'll be riding on the weekends therefore I should be ready for some serious riding in no time.
    I still dream of racing, I just don't know how anything works here in the States... I don't even know bike terms in English yet So bear with me if I sound dumb. I promise I know what I'm talking about!

    I'd love to meet some riders who can show me some nice places to ride and who will help me get back up to speed!
    I can't be believe that at 21 you're not faster/fitter than you were when you were 12 years old.


    Welcome to the forum to you and Sarals.

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