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jwill911 01-24-08 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by taxi777 (Post 6040517)
Hey John, More team Alameda, you have a nice group over that way. One of NorCals Riders Jobob is hosting a ride next week over in Sunol If your looking for a good ride. Here's the Link, and welcome to NorCal BTW.
Pete http://www.bikeforums.net/northern-california/380847-bf-east-bay-ride-calaveras-palomares-sat-feb-2-a.html

Thanks Pete! I replied on that thread, TA happens to have a Palomares ride on the calendar the same day. I will try to meet up with the NorCal folks at 10:00 in Sunol. Then if all is well I'll join up with them and do the Calavares loop and back and do the Palomares with them.
Here's a toporoute map link:
http://www.toporoute.com/cgi-bin/get...PTAXYDCJEJEPFP

I<3Spraypaint 01-25-08 10:28 PM

Not sure if this is for road bikes only. But ill post anyway.

Im Chris Im 19. Im from Pleasanton, ive been riding since i was 4. Got into bmx when i was 14. Rode a Free Agent Flying Fortress for a year. Then upgraded the frame to a Terribleone Barcode 20.65 TT. I stopped bmx when i had my accident, I shattered both wrists and tore all the tendons in both hands. I had major reconstructive surgery and can use both hands now. I am limited for the rotation of them and cant ride bmx anymore. Im switching to a fixie which im building up from an old road bike from the early 70's.
As for just crusing i ride my bmx bike which is a very low gearing (36:16) to bart and take bart to pleasant hill then go to DVC from the bart.

bigredgrad01 01-25-08 11:59 PM

I'm Eli. I am 27, living in Sunnyvale. I lost about 45 lbs after resuming commuting (9 miles each way) to work on my bike this year, and another 45 a few years back :) That's 10 pant sizes. My commuter bike is Scattante R-330 with lots of accessories for practicality. After reaching my weight goal of 200lbs, I bought myself a Trek Fuel EX-8 as a reward, and that's my new mountain bike weekend adrenaline toy. So I am riding bikes every day if weather permits. Having always been a fat guy, I must say that biking has gotten me into the best shape of my life, and it changed my life. I can now do so many activities that I wasn't in good enough shape to do before, such as running, etc. ;)
I love biking, can't wait till it stops raining. In the mean time, I run on the treadmill to stay in shape. It's not the same as having air and scenery rush past you, but it will have to do for now :(:D

spingineer 01-26-08 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by bigredgrad01 (Post 6052957)
I'm Eli. I am 27, living in Sunnyvale. I lost about 45 lbs after resuming commuting (9 miles each way) to work on my bike this year, and another 45 a few years back :) That's 10 pant sizes. My commuter bike is Scattante R-330 with lots of accessories for practicality. After reaching my weight goal of 200lbs, I bought myself a Trek Fuel EX-8 as a reward, and that's my new mountain bike weekend adrenaline toy. So I am riding bikes every day if weather permits. Having always been a fat guy, I must say that biking has gotten me into the best shape of my life, and it changed my life. I can now do so many activities that I wasn't in good enough shape to do before, such as running, etc. ;)
I love biking, can't wait till it stops raining. In the mean time, I run on the treadmill to stay in shape. It's not the same as having air and scenery rush past you, but it will have to do for now :(:D

Welcome to the forum, Eli. That's a really great introduction. Losing 45 lbs, and 10 pant sizes ... wow, that's very impressive ... :beer: Very good to hear someone taking to bike commuting with the vigor that you have. Maybe we'll meet on the road sometime ... I often commute to work from Santa Clara to Sunnyvale. Keep your eye out for BF rides posted. It would be great to have you come out on the rides.

Ron

BlastRadius 01-26-08 04:00 AM

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Originally Posted by bigredgrad01 (Post 6052957)
I'm Eli. I am 27, living in Sunnyvale. I lost about 45 lbs after resuming commuting (9 miles each way) to work on my bike this year, and another 45 a few years back :) That's 10 pant sizes. My commuter bike is Scattante R-330 with lots of accessories for practicality. After reaching my weight goal of 200lbs, I bought myself a Trek Fuel EX-8 as a reward, and that's my new mountain bike weekend adrenaline toy. So I am riding bikes every day if weather permits. Having always been a fat guy, I must say that biking has gotten me into the best shape of my life, and it changed my life. I can now do so many activities that I wasn't in good enough shape to do before, such as running, etc. ;)
I love biking, can't wait till it stops raining. In the mean time, I run on the treadmill to stay in shape. It's not the same as having air and scenery rush past you, but it will have to do for now :(:D

Welcome Eli. So did you graduate from U of Nebraska? My wife is from Omaha so watching Big Red games is a big deal, not so much lately though :(

bigredgrad01 01-26-08 06:58 PM

No, sorry, it was the other Big Red in Ithaca :D
I also commute from Sunnyvale to Santa Clara. You may have seen me on Sunnyvale road, Scott, or Agnew on green flat bar road bike in blue north face jacket. :)
Actually 10 pant sizes was 90lbs overall. But I lost 45 a few years back, then I sort of held my weight, then recently I started taking it seriously again and lost another 45. :D

Siu Blue Wind 01-26-08 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by spingineer (Post 6015533)
*** BUMP ***

Just bumping this to the top of the list, so that new members can introduce themselves here.

Siu, X136, can we make this thread a sticky?

Oops. Sorry so late. I didn't see this post. :eek:

Consider it now officially stickified. :D

spingineer 01-26-08 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind (Post 6056331)
Oops. Sorry so late. I didn't see this post. :eek:

Consider it now officially stickified. :D

Thanks, Siu ... I love it when you stickify :D

redspoke 01-30-08 02:50 PM

Hello everyone. My name is Chris and I've been on the forums for about 6 months now under the screen name "minivandriveby". I've always felt is was a little off-putting since it's the handle I use to play horribly violent video games... :rolleyes:
I felt it was time to get a more "evolved" screen name and my new bicycle addition gave me a great idea for a screen name. I was surprised to find that it was available without any alteration. So anyways.

Here's to good times! :beer:

msincredible 01-30-08 03:00 PM

Hi Chris, thanks for the re-introduction. *waves*

velogirls 01-30-08 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by bigredgrad01 (Post 6056305)
No, sorry, it was the other Big Red in Ithaca :D
:D

High above Cayuga's waters,
There's an awful smell.
Could it be Cayuga's waters,
Or just old Cornell!

Lorri
(IC undergrad but loved the Cornell boys)

bigredgrad01 01-30-08 07:55 PM

That's a good one, haven't heard it :D

BlastRadius 01-31-08 04:12 AM

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Originally Posted by redspoke (Post 6079037)
Hello everyone. My name is Chris and I've been on the forums for about 6 months now under the screen name "minivandriveby". I've always felt is was a little off-putting since it's the handle I use to play horribly violent video games... :rolleyes:
I felt it was time to get a more "evolved" screen name and my new bicycle addition gave me a great idea for a screen name. I was surprised to find that it was available without any alteration. So anyways.

Here's to good times! :beer:

I see there's a Red theme going on here.
I OneRedSpoke taken?
Hmm, I could use BrokenRedBike, referring to me smash Redline CX bike which is also red :D

nachomc 02-12-08 02:56 PM

Hi.

My name is Matt. I'm 26, living in Sacramento. I rode quite a bit when I was a kid, but it was mostly mountain bike on the road, just having fun. Once I got a car and started taking notice of girls, the amount of bike riding I did fell off quickly.

Two years ago, following my marriage, I decided to combat the weight loss from my job in IT and general laziness. I didn't do well with riding regularly until my 25th birthday, when I stepped on the scale and saw 250 come in. Pretty soon, I had a new mountain bike and a new road bike, and was riding much more regularly. I really picked up speed in the beginning of 2007, and soon was getting myself bumped out of the beginner class in the Prairie City Racing Series. I kept riding seriously, adding in some commuting on my road bike, until July of '07, when I had an accident in Truckee and broke my right leg :\.

I was cleared to start riding my road bike again in December of '07, however loss of strength, pain from cold and difficulty of riding one-legged in the wind kept me off the bike until mid-January. At that point, my doctor cleared me to start mountain biking again in February and I immediately started riding on the trainer in my house more regularly. The few rides on the trainer helped me get back in to the motions and I had a great first mountain bike ride on 2/2 in Granite Bay. Since then I've done a few road rides in addition to a few mountain bike rides - did 50 miles over the weekend. It's incredible how quickly the strength is coming back in my legs after just a few rides. I've made, sorry for the poor word choice here, but, leaps and bounds in recovering from the broken leg in terms of strength and flexibility. I get almost zero stiffness in the ankle now and no more pain from cold!

Anyway, I thought I would intro here because I'd like to ride with some of you over the summer. I love message forums and the ability to meet and communicate with so many different people with so many different perspectives. I've been a member at mtbr and rbr for some time, and am a member/admin at many other non-cycling related sites.

Looking forward to getting to know the members in this forum as well :).

Spiduhman 02-25-08 09:53 AM

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I'm thinner now!

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Hi All!

I'm enjoying the forum!

Twenty five years after elbow reconstruction - it was a rearview mirror, or a door handle, me maybe 20 mph, the car > 70 - rediscovered cycling, thanks to workmates who talk about cycling "too much." The bug bit again, now almost 3 years and 42 lbs. since finding a Giant VT to pedal on. Black Diamond and the RR tracks along the water in Antioch are my homeground.

These last few weeks, dusted off 1985 Myata 310 road machine. Heh, fun! When I get tougher, and/or get some lower gears for it, as the 42/28 is a touch steep for a long hill late in the day, hope to join some of you on the roads.

When the trails are in better shape, also hope to fall in on a nice trip to Jim's Place, River View trail, and some of my other favourite places!

Click the thumb; it's just under the 100K limit, enough detail such that if'n you see Spiduhman, you will know Spiduhman! It's about 2*3 on the mac; on the pc, it'll zoom up...

In "real" life, I go by Tom.

See you around!

redspoke 02-25-08 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Spiduhman (Post 6226983)
I'm thinner now!

And smaller (thumbnail is a thumbnail when actual size) ;)

Submison 02-28-08 10:37 PM

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Originally Posted by nachomc (Post 6153257)
Hi.

My name is Matt. I'm 26, living in Sacramento. I rode quite a bit when I was a kid, but it was mostly mountain bike on the road, just having fun. Once I got a car and started taking notice of girls, the amount of bike riding I did fell off quickly.

Two years ago, following my marriage, I decided to combat the weight loss from my job in IT and general laziness. I didn't do well with riding regularly until my 25th birthday, when I stepped on the scale and saw 250 come in. Pretty soon, I had a new mountain bike and a new road bike, and was riding much more regularly. I really picked up speed in the beginning of 2007, and soon was getting myself bumped out of the beginner class in the Prairie City Racing Series. I kept riding seriously, adding in some commuting on my road bike, until July of '07, when I had an accident in Truckee and broke my right leg :\.

I was cleared to start riding my road bike again in December of '07, however loss of strength, pain from cold and difficulty of riding one-legged in the wind kept me off the bike until mid-January. At that point, my doctor cleared me to start mountain biking again in February and I immediately started riding on the trainer in my house more regularly. The few rides on the trainer helped me get back in to the motions and I had a great first mountain bike ride on 2/2 in Granite Bay. Since then I've done a few road rides in addition to a few mountain bike rides - did 50 miles over the weekend. It's incredible how quickly the strength is coming back in my legs after just a few rides. I've made, sorry for the poor word choice here, but, leaps and bounds in recovering from the broken leg in terms of strength and flexibility. I get almost zero stiffness in the ankle now and no more pain from cold!

Anyway, I thought I would intro here because I'd like to ride with some of you over the summer. I love message forums and the ability to meet and communicate with so many different people with so many different perspectives. I've been a member at mtbr and rbr for some time, and am a member/admin at many other non-cycling related sites.

Looking forward to getting to know the members in this forum as well :).


What part of Sacramento are you from? I'm from Sac Town, too!

msincredible 02-28-08 10:48 PM

Welcome Matt and Submison!

BTW I'm coordinating a group ride on Saturday that's not terribly far from Sacramento, if you're interested please join us. :)
http://www.bikeforums.net/northern-california/391993-bf-other-ride-saturday-3-1-a.html

redspoke 02-29-08 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by msincredible (Post 6252297)
Welcome Matt and Submison!

BTW I'm coordinating a group ride on Saturday that's not terribly far from Sacramento, if you're interested please join us. :)
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=391993

Hmm. I will meet you guys one of these days. Probably not tomorrow though. Darn! The next time there's a BF group ride that includes going up Devil Mtn. I will put my best effort to be there. That's #1 on my to-do list. Have fun guys.

nachomc 03-06-08 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Submison (Post 6252241)
What part of Sacramento are you from? I'm from Sac Town, too!

I live in the Natomas area. I do most of my mountain biking in Granite Bay right now. Hopefully my doctor will give me the all-clear at the end of this month so I can start riding the fun stuff up in Auburn again (which isn't to say GB isn't fun, I like it, but I'm wanting a bit more variety). I also do a lot of road riding (can't wait for the time change this weekend!), usually out around the airport, or on the ARBT towards Rancho Cordova.

nachomc 03-06-08 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by msincredible (Post 6252297)
Welcome Matt and Submison!

BTW I'm coordinating a group ride on Saturday that's not terribly far from Sacramento, if you're interested please join us. :)
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=391993

That looks fun! I'm already mountain biking this weekend on Saturday though :\

Felicity 03-12-08 12:44 AM

One More...
 
All righty then... My name is not Felicity, it is a name given by a friend who cannot call anyone by their real name that then ended up as a pen name. I turn around to it though, as I do Kyle (yes, I am of the female persuasion). I lived on the infamous bike loop of Portola Valley for years after moving here from So Cal after school, and rode it all the time. I did one of those Budweiser mini-Tris when the swim was in Lake Lagunita but my heart was in dance, not endurance. One trip up King's Mountain and a Winnebago passing me cured me of riding narrow hills. After two kids and divorce, my biking became more about getting my kids out on the roads safely (gosh, we loved that trail-a-bike!). I believe in bikes as around town transportation (I did not get a car until I was 24) with a fitness dividend, and the cost of gas is supporting my ideal. I do have a Toyota Sienna which is very fuel indulgent. I wanted a Prius but we are too tall and have too many dogs, but, wait, I digress.... So, my riding is mostly on errands around Mtn View, Los Altos, PA, and RWC. For some reason, I like to ride 'with a purpose'; it would seem crazy to me to ride the loop and then drive to Stanford shopping center (unless I was bringing home a new MacBook Pro). I used to ride a couple of days a week to commute but when the kids came I could not afford the road extra time. I left corporate america a year ago so now I just commute to my home office. I am mere months away from being a legal poster on the 50+ forum and hence my first 1/2 century.

I just sold my Raleigh Rx 1.0 which I loved but drop bars were not comfortable for my around town riding. I gave my older son my Trek 7500 which felt like a granny bike to me and I am about to get a Raleigh Cadent or ???. I would love a Trek bike but I am 5'10" with a 35" inseam and for some crazy reason Raleigh makes frames that are squashed front to back a little more. In Trek, I would need a 21" and they make a 20" and 22.5". My all time favorite bike was my 1985 Motobecane which I sold when I thought it would be better to pull kids on a hybrid. I still mourn it. I look at the Trek Madones and am glad I am not into hill climbing because I would have to have one.

Got two boys, one rides very cautiously after pitching over the handle bars, the other wants to tear down mountains. Cheers!

BlastRadius 03-12-08 08:14 AM

Welcome, Felicity. How old are your boys? They'd make good riding partners if they're big enough.
You'd have lots of fun joining us on a ride sometime; next ride is 3/16 Sunday.

Felicity 03-12-08 09:29 AM

They are tall but not that old
 
13 yo is 5'9" and 9 yo is 5'. Older one really only wants to ride to Jamba Juice or his friend's house and younger one wants dirt. And a jersey. And gloves. And a new bike. Sigh. Still, it is fun to get them out and about!

P.S. Can someone delete that double post of mine? I might like to talk about myself but sheez, that's kinda embarrassing.

avmanansala 03-12-08 10:09 AM

Don't think I've introduced my self here...Anthony here. Originally from Los Angeles, the city of smog. Been married to a wonderful woman for 16+ years and have a son (7). Currently residing in Rancho Cordova and working in Sacramento. I ride when I can but other commitments keep me off the bike more than I would like. Bought a hybrid (fitness) bike when I wanted to try cycling out, ended up with an '06 Cannondale Road Warrior 500 and love it, I tend to ride around where I like and the ARBT.

Besides cycling, I'm into photography and martial arts (6th Degree Black Belt - Certified Master Instructor in Kabaroan Eskrima and 5th grade High Green Belt, TKD (ITF).


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