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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    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.
    I didn't mean speed/fitness wise. With the way it's going right now, it will take a couple weeks to get back in shape. What I meant was I'm ready to be riding almost every day (or as much as school work and my 4 jobs permit) and being ready for races... But the truth is, Sacramento was not very outdoor activity friendly. I lived there till late 2007. I lived in the suburbs and didn't have a car. Definitely nothing like what I was used from Europe. I'm from a tiny village in the mountains surrounded by a forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trollbie View Post
    Sacramento was not very outdoor activity friendly.
    You can't be serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiz702 View Post
    You can't be serious.
    Not where I lived. I had a bike my parents got me at a garage sale and after only 2 weeks of riding it I got hit by a drunk driver... Yeah I could run around the track at the local school, but I hate running in circles. I did swimming and diving in HS and played tennis a little... But I couldn't go hiking, I couldn't ride a bike anywhere outside the city because I didn't have a bike and the 2 weeks I did have one, my parents wouldn't let me go anywhere far. I didn't have a car and my parents wouldn't take me anywhere...
    Why fear tomorrows, they may never come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trollbie View Post
    I didn't mean speed/fitness wise. With the way it's going right now, it will take a couple weeks to get back in shape. What I meant was I'm ready to be riding almost every day (or as much as school work and my 4 jobs permit) and being ready for races... But the truth is, Sacramento was not very outdoor activity friendly. I lived there till late 2007. I lived in the suburbs and didn't have a car. Definitely nothing like what I was used from Europe. I'm from a tiny village in the mountains surrounded by a forest.
    Sounds idyllic. Quite a change to Sacramento and Santa Cruz. Marine Bio and Ocean Science are awesome subjects; have fun in your studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    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.
    OMG, I'm not there yet, but in 3 years I will be ... dang. And being a transplant from LA, I used to be purely a flatlander, but hanging out with the boys here, my climbing has improved, so there is hope after all.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    OMG, I'm not there yet, but in 3 years I will be ... dang. ... but hanging out with the boys here, my climbing has improved, so there is hope after all.
    I climbed Diablo for the first time for my 50th birthday, 3 years ago. Since I rode 2 DRs and 3 Doubles. You are right, there is hope after all!
    Don't fear the big 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    Sounds idyllic. Quite a change to Sacramento and Santa Cruz. Marine Bio and Ocean Science are awesome subjects; have fun in your studies.
    I love Santa Cruz! I can escape to the mountains or to the ocean. And that I have bike, I'm excited to ride along the coast
    Why fear tomorrows, they may never come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trollbie View Post
    I love Santa Cruz! I can escape to the mountains or to the ocean. And that I have bike, I'm excited to ride along the coast
    You should ride down to Monterey one day! Gorgeous place to ride and enjoy. If you want challenges, yes, they're here, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    You should ride down to Monterey one day! Gorgeous place to ride and enjoy. If you want challenges, yes, they're here, too.
    I definitely plan on it!
    Why fear tomorrows, they may never come...

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    Whats up everyone?

    I just moved to the bay area (Fremont, specifically) from Baltimore, MD about 3 months ago. I'm 26, ride fixed and also just recently bought a 2010 CAAD9 w/ rival-force mix.

    It's colder out than I thought California would be.. I guess lack of humidity. I'm used to 90's and 100% humidity. (which is terrible honestly)

    But I didn't think I'd be buying a ton of winter gear when I got here.. haha. <3 the PI outlet in Gilroy. One of the guys that works there did the opposite move I did.. CA > DC and back to CA.. I can see why, I like it here!

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    Hi all,

    I'm 24, and I ride a 2004 Giant OCR-2. I live in the south bay, SJ area, but I do ride in SF from time to time. Riding to lose some pounds before next summer
    PedalRoom

    Hey I just met you,
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    but here's my Strava,
    follow me maybe.

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    just moved to Davis

    Just moved out here (here meaning northern California, the big West), from Durham, NC. And already, the cycling out here is amazing - if for no other reason than the lack of humidity compared to the east coast.

    I would love to find some mountain bike routes close enough to Davis to ride to the trailhead (living car-free out here), so if you have suggestions, please let me know.

    Thanks, and I hope to meet more of you from Davis in person.

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    Hey guys!

    New to the forums, 17, and I ride a Volume Cutter fixed gear and Scattante R330 (just getting into road). Don't have too much time to ride outside of home (around Cupertino/Sunnyvale) now that school's back, but definitely hoping to make some trips up to SF. I drop by SJSU/IminusD a bit so might see some of you around haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicomachus View Post
    Just moved out here (here meaning northern California, the big West), from Durham, NC. And already, the cycling out here is amazing - if for no other reason than the lack of humidity compared to the east coast.

    I would love to find some mountain bike routes close enough to Davis to ride to the trailhead (living car-free out here), so if you have suggestions, please let me know.

    Thanks, and I hope to meet more of you from Davis in person.

    Some of you may know me from my old Outspokin' Cyclist columns in the Herald Sun newspaper.
    Hey there! Going to school here. Not sure of any good mountain trails unless you want to go out to Winters to Cardiac or something...

    Do you ride road?

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    Howdy all,

    I'm 24, still pretty new to cycling. Started in April with a Scott S40, it was a bit big so went to a smaller Specialized Allez Elite. I love riding around SF and trying to do a full commute to Mountain View every other week. My goal is the full 50mi commute once a week - weather permitting - by next spring. I'm always looking for more people to ride with on the weekends!

    Oh yeah and... BIKE PARTY!! (I'm originally from SJ )
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    *Reposted from the Introduction Thread

    Happy New Years everyone!

    Born again because it's been +15 years since I've been on a road bike. My previous road bike was a Giants Kronos. After some prodding from relatives and friends, I finally decided to dive into the deep end of the pool. I am currently building up a relatively budget-minded bike with a 2002 Cannondale CAAD5 3000Si 52cm frame. I am hopeful that the bike will be ready by Spring/Summer time.

    I'm located in Brentwood, and see quite alot of roadies, so I may see some of you someday.


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    Hello hello! Loved to ride as a kid and have decided to get back on the old bike. Ali, 25 from the east bay. Waiting to get a nice shiny road bike off of layaway soon. Can't wait to get out there now that the weather is somewhat decent. Hope to see you all out there!

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    So many new NorCal peeps. Welcome all.

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    Hey all,

    22 y/o SJSU engineering student from Hayward. Avid motorcyclist but havnt ridden a bicycle regularly in 10 years or so. Hate running but must stay fit for rugby to be fun, hope cycling is the way to go lol.

    Im currently building a single speed SE Lager, will post pics when done. First road bike too, pretty excited

    Oh yeah... @jandro, cant wait to do bike party!

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    Well cycling also helps with those fancy shmancy scooters things, or so I hear.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    Well cycling also helps with those fancy shmancy scooters things, or so I hear.
    I see cyclists on my mountain rides all the time I tip my hat to them it looks tough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm 24, and I ride a 2004 Giant OCR-2. I live in the south bay, SJ area, but I do ride in SF from time to time. Riding to lose some pounds before next summer
    There's quite a few of you South Bay guys who ride at the SF Bike Party.

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    Hello everyone;

    50+ rider here. Started riding again last March, so just finish my first full year of riding.2,125 miles so far and counting.
    Live in the Menlo Park area and ride a few times a week with my long ride on the weekend. Current ride is a 09 look 566. I am a clyde, but getting smaller and a little faster. Old La Honda rd scares me.
    Time to start looking for friends to ride with. Joined Western Wheelers a couple of weeks ago, but have not gotten out to do one of there rides as of yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicomachus View Post
    Just moved out here (here meaning northern California, the big West), from Durham, NC. And already, the cycling out here is amazing - if for no other reason than the lack of humidity compared to the east coast.

    I would love to find some mountain bike routes close enough to Davis to ride to the trailhead (living car-free out here), so if you have suggestions, please let me know.

    Thanks, and I hope to meet more of you from Davis in person.

    Some of you may know me from my old Outspokin' Cyclist columns in the Herald Sun newspaper.


    Hey there! Joker and I both are in Davis, if you ride road there are definitely some great rides/routes to check. Mountain I do not know of anything super close unfortunately, besides heading out towards Berryessa.

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    hello- I am 45 and live in the visalia area. my love for road riding started in 83. used to ride with a couple of friends all over the central valley. flash forward. got back into cycling about 10 years ago, and rode hard for a few years. I did the grizzley century at that time. stopped riding again untill this feb. Back on the bike and have just over 400 miles in so far this year. If anybody is interested in riding around the visalia area get in touch.

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