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msvphoto 04-17-12 02:10 PM

Hi NorCal, I'm Mike in Santa Cruz
 
I'm a 54 year old clydesdale in Santa Cruz. I first started riding, mostly around the SF Bay Area Peninsula area (with Western Wheelers, Eric Peterson was my neighbor in my home town Menlo Park) in the early 1970s as a kid. I rode the Davis Double in 1973 with a partner, Tommy Hill (you out there Tommy??? wanna do it again 40 years later?) and was very involved in cycling all of my teen years. Got a driver's license when I turned 19 and didn't ride so much after that for a few years. In the 80s got a MTB and played with that a bit, but not as much as I hoped (the off road thing really didn't do it for me). Ballooned up and got the bug again in the 1990s when I began bicycle commuting in Santa Cruz. Lost a lot of weight, got pretty comfortable and treated myself to a couple of nice road bikes in that era. Got scared by cars and quit again. Ballooned even bigger this time (5' 8" ~280 pounds!). In the mid 2000s I got a Tidalforce "ebike" to commute to work (I work at around 860 feet and live at sea level). That lasted a year That got me back on a bike! After a year I moved to a commute bike I built up from a yard sale score 80s Stumpjumper (my commute bike to this day). In 2009 joined my local gym (24 Hour in Santa Cruz) and started doing spin classes with my wife. Now I hover around 200 pounds (my riding weight even as a teenager was around 175-180) and am on my commute bike 5 days a week, along with 3 spin classes a week. The garage is now filled with interesting bikes of various forms (none very new--I'm pretty old school). A month ago my wife and I bought an old Santana tandem and are really enjoying it! We hope to do a metric century next month (Strawberryfields). So, that's me, Mike (and Lena, my amazing wife and stoker) in Santa Cruz.

xconverge 04-21-12 10:36 PM

I usually MTB all around the bay area, mostly oakland

Alyx 04-25-12 10:33 PM

Hello. I'm Andrea. Alyx is for short so either or. I'm 19 soon to be 20. I ride a converted fixie. I live in Santa Cruz County. Watsonville to be exact.

GotoNAncy1 04-27-12 06:04 AM

I ride a Cervelo RS.. I can do a 40km TT at an average of around 42km/h. I generally do rides around. I generally do distances of around 90km, about 6 days a week.
I look forward to riding with some good, strong riders!

HankT 06-05-12 11:33 AM

Hello NorCal! New rider from Sacramento, CA here. Purchased a vintage Nishiki last week and I love it. I've been commuting to work/gym then home on weekdays and this past weekend I went on the American River Trail both Saturday and Sunday. It's very awesome to enjoy the city on a bike, it feels like there's so much to do.

Sacramento riders ~ Let's ride! :)

SemperFiV12 06-26-12 02:45 PM

Hey people... I am a SoCal native, been out in NorCal for a few years for school and work. I am about to buy a road bike in the very near future, if you'd like to help me out with that process. I am in my 20s according to my birth certificate, but I have a soul (and maturity) of a kid. I don't consider that immature, I consider that free from societal constrictions and judgment. I love sports and exercising has been a part of my life as far back as I could lift my own head.

I am a die hard of Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), AC Milan (Serie A), Southampton FC (EPL) fan! Favorite movie: Space Jam. Favorite song: "Hallowed be thy name" - Iron Maiden. Favorite TV Show: Boy Meets World. Favorite color: Yellow. Favorite artist: System of a Down. Lucky number: #12. Favorite food: Ice Cream (Thrifty: Black Cherry).

Random facts: I am a tech junkie, from software to hardware - especially mobile devices like cell phones, laptops, tablets!!! I drink lots of tea and fresh juice. I have been cutting my own hair since I was 13. I eat more than anyone I know, and could give olympic athletes (in training) a run for their money. I have family scattered in all parts of the world and I travel constantly (probably my most expensive hobby, next to education ;)).

treadtread 07-18-12 01:40 AM

Hi folks. I'm a Foster City resident. Started commuting to work on a bike about three months ago, and don't plan to go back! Will get delivery of a Giant Escape tomorrow - have never ridden anything other than mountain bikes before (mostly Walmart/Target bikes at that), so I'm looking forward to that. I wish there was a coop around San Mateo! I really want to learn how to take my bike apart and put it together again, and some guidance would be nice. Apart from San Francisco, does anyone know of a coop closer to Foster City/San Mateo?

Edited to add: the Giant Escape turned into a Specialized Sirrus after longer test rides at the LBS!

Gee3 08-03-12 01:39 PM

Hey gang! I've been off most forums for quite some time so I am re-introducing myself! I was more active when I first moved back home to the Bay Area in 2006 after a 5 year stint in Texas, where I started riding road bikes.

I'm still riding but haven't been as consistent as before. But it's good to see that many familiar names are still on here! Hopefully some still rmemeber me! hehe!

Anyway, I hope to get a little more active here and on the rides because I really need to! TTYL!

Gary

doomtroll 08-13-12 03:42 PM

I'm in Sunnyvale, been bike commuting 100% since January of this year.. I am also a newbie to California, only been here since May 2011.. I am an eat Coast transplant that has fallen in love with the whole Bay Area and all it has to offer ...

ChrisM2097 08-14-12 11:49 AM

I can't believe I've been on these forums for over a year and haven't checked in on this thread yet.

Anyways...Chris...Milpitas (The little blip on the radar between Fremont & San Jose). Most of my riding is done on the road or MUP's.

Also a transplant from the East Coast. NY, Western CT, SE Florida. Came to the Bay Area in '98. Been riding pretty much my whole life, but started to ride on a regular basis only in the past year or so.

greenteei 08-28-12 11:00 AM

I actually have an earlier post in this thread my name is Henry and I used to have a Colnago Victory that ended up getting stolen. Since then I have been building up my stable of bikes. I currently have a 2001 Cannondale R800, a 1991 Specialized Sirrus, Mongoose IBOC pro sx, and a Lemond Tourmalet!

Looking to buy a 700c road wheelset 9 speed compatible if anyone has one for sale.

mikemac 09-03-12 01:34 PM

Wow lots of new posts. I have been an erratic poster as well. Been Bike commuting from Danville to Pleasant Hill 4-7 times a months, and attempting to go to 4times a week, I ride Rivendel, The commuter is a Hunqapillar, and she has been a workhorse. weekends I ride the Atlantis, took her out yesterday and it was like riding a sports car, Keep rolling .... Mike

Esteban58 09-11-12 09:17 PM

New to the forums, started riding seriously again 3 months ago for fitness and to lose weight.
I ride a hybrid trek 7500 fx about 100 miles a week. Lots of good info here for someone who's rather starting over.

Broid 09-13-12 02:48 PM

Brian, Half Moon Bay, Cannondale Supersix Evo

SemperFiV12 09-20-12 04:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xconverge (Post 14128935)
I usually MTB all around the bay area, mostly oakland

Let's ride sometime! I was at First Friday few weeks back... Many bikers there!!!

BigSean 09-24-12 09:37 PM

Back on the bike after a 2 year injury induced hiatus. Re-introducing myself. Sean in San Jose. Tarmac Expert and Jamis Xenith SL. I usually ride in the Los Gatos/San Jose area, often with my GF.

Red Rider 09-25-12 05:08 PM

Hey, I remember you! Welcome back! And sorry about the injuries -- glad you've returned.

msincredible 09-27-12 12:30 AM

Hi Sean! *waves*

BigSean 09-27-12 06:26 PM

Thank you both, its been a long road. Fortunately the fitness seems to return quickly.

Red Rider 09-27-12 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigSean (Post 14782123)
Thank you both, its been a long road. Fortunately the fitness seems to return quickly.

You must be <45 y.o. :lol:

BigSean 09-29-12 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Red Rider (Post 14782964)
You must be <45 y.o. :lol:

Nope Im not, Perhaps cross training is helping, but more then likely I have just learned better about how my body responds.:rolleyes:

BlastRadius 10-06-12 10:28 AM

Sean, Paula, Deb, Gary, and all the new peeps! I haven't checked BF in quite a while. We should have a meet & greet/reunion ride.

I've been on BF since the early aughts. Started mainly with the SS/FG forum (before the regulars' mass exodus in protest of the moderators), then Road, and finally mainly in the NorCal forums. I organized a couple of NorCal BF.net custom jersey buys and am currently just starting to get riding again after a collarbone break.

Red Rider 10-06-12 11:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlastRadius (Post 14813092)
Sean, Paula, Deb, Gary, and all the new peeps! I haven't checked BF in quite a while. We should have a meet & greet/reunion ride.

I've been on BF since the early aughts. Started mainly with the SS/FG forum (before the regulars' mass exodus in protest of the moderators), then Road, and finally mainly in the NorCal forums. I organized a couple of NorCal BF.net custom jersey buys and am currently just starting to get riding again after a collarbone break.

+10000 Now that you're healed up, Henry, let's plan a ride! Miss those BF rides. Time to reconnect.

Kiterunner 12-22-12 09:06 PM

Hi. Beginner cyclist from San Francisco here. I hope this thread is still active as the last post was 2 months ago. I am pretty new to cycling and looking for a good group to bike with in the SF area.

alxndr 01-05-13 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kiterunner (Post 15079273)
Hi. Beginner cyclist from San Francisco here. I hope this thread is still active as the last post was 2 months ago. I am pretty new to cycling and looking for a good group to bike with in the SF area.

Welcome! We're still here...

I don't know any SF groups, but the east bay has Grizzly Peak Cyclists and the Yellowjackets. Have you looked through this thread? Someone may have already mentioned other groups.


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