Hi NorCal, I started posting recently but never properly introduced myself. My name is Dave. I was never a hardcore cyclist, but I used to have this favorite route on my old-school (no suspension) mountain bike: Start in Cupertino, ride up Hwy 9, take mountain bike trails along Skyline, down Page Mill Road, down Foothill, home (about 40 miles I think). I only recently got my first good road bike, and this year I want to learn to love climbing. I've met a couple of BFers, including running into jonathanb715 last week on Mt. Diablo after getting separated from the visiting serenegreen when I took a wrong turn earlier.
My hobbies include:
2. Giving grief to Msincredible
OK, I'm just name dropping to seem "cool" to the in-crowd, but seriously folks, I was one of the first to notice Paula's resemblance to Violet Parr, and the first to raise suspicions about her long "business" trips. I suspected that she was really out saving the world from evil-doers. It was on her infamous 30-day "business" trip epic that I did this sophisticated technical analysis and outed her secret identity:
I think she was actually relieved to be outed, and now flaunts her superpowers, though I have yet to witness the force field.
OK, now here's the solicitation. It's not sleazy, I just wanted some attention. On Sundays I ride with a tandem group where the stokers are all visually impaired. If you can't deduce what the stoker position is, blind guy goes in back! The group has five tandem bikes, which are stored at Blazing Saddles at Fisherman's Wharf. The biggest ride I've been on was six tandems (one person brought his own). Most rides start in SF and go over the bridge on a few different routes, and sometimes we BART over to Berkeley or Orinda. So anyways, the organizer Aaron would like to get a few more captains on the mailing list. There's never any pressure to show up for a ride, the only thing is, if you say you're gonna show up, show up or a stoker gets left behind! It does take up your whole Sunday (the sports bar / Indian restaurant visit afterwards is optional) so we're trying to get a decent pool of people to do the occasional ride. Although the rides are mellow, there's no such thing as a flat route in the Bay Area; even the small hills are a good workout because the bikes are heavy and most of the stokers are not athletic (although a few are pretty strong). Don't think you're wasting a training day, this ain't a bad workout (though the attitude is fun, not training). If you have any questions, let me know. If you're interested, please write to Aaron to be added to the mailing list, at tandemsacrossthebay at gmail dot com.
Here's the Garmin / SportTracks generated map of our route last Sunday. We typically take the ferry back from Tiburon, but the dock was closed for repairs so we had to hustle back to Sausalito to catch the ferry from there: TAB Tiburon route.
Here's a blog used just to post pictures (turn the volume down on your speakers before clicking on the link):
Yikes, did anyone actually read this far? If you did, thanks!