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    Another laid back ride? Sacramento/Davis?

    hey all, such a cool community here!

    I'm newly into road-biking, have done the American River bike trail just a couple times, and I'm having a lot of fun. I'm interested in a laid-back ride with some people; I saw that there was a Davis one a week ago, sounded super cool (couldn't go, had to leave out of town).

    Anyway, I don't have the confidence with my limited experience to go through some of the published trails by myself nor organize an entire ride with all your experienced riders... so this is just a humble call-out to riders in the area to see if there's anything in the works starting from Sacramento-proper (or I can try to ride out to Davis and meet people). I'm not sure how all the laid-back rides work... my longest ride so far was about 55 miles round trip (and I was tired) and I think it was only 400ft or so of climbing (ARBT toward Folsom Lake). I'd be interested in doing some climbing, but have no idea how much I can handle (the 400ft was manageable but not easy ).

    Any ideas or takers for a ride (maybe something different than ARBT)? Maybe one of these upcoming Saturdays?

    Cheers to all!
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    I'm interested if you want to organize one! I'm planning an ARBT ride middle of next month (20th I think, look for the post about it). Matter of fact, I'm heading out on an ARBT ride in a few minutes. Interested? Contact me ASAP! (PM is fine).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    I'm interested if you want to organize one! I'm planning an ARBT ride middle of next month (20th I think, look for the post about it). Matter of fact, I'm heading out on an ARBT ride in a few minutes. Interested? Contact me ASAP! (PM is fine).
    Thanks for the invitation Joel, saw this too late . I did see the post for the ARBT ride for Sep20, and I'm totally thinking about it (leaning yes).

    I would totally be into helping organize another scenic laid-back ride. Maybe somewhere between Sacramento and Davis? Or something through wine-country? I hoping for suggestions since I'm not familiar with all the different paths (or my limits with climbing yet )

    Cheers!
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    I'm in the process of planning a Sacto tandem wheelsucker ride for the weekend of the 24th. Stay tuned.

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    8/24 or 9/24?
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    eek, i lack the tandem

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliov23 View Post
    eek, i lack the tandem
    No worries; you can suck a tandem wheel instead.

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    What about this weekend? Saturday 8/9? I got NOTHIN' on the ride calendar and my current options bore me to tears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redspoke View Post
    What about this weekend? Saturday 8/9? I got NOTHIN' on the ride calendar and my current options bore me to tears.
    I'm open this weekend too. Though one day I promised my son we'd ride down to Old Sac, have lunch, then ride home. That'll be something like 37 miles. Good ride for an almost 7yo. I think we'll do that Saturday, and Sunday is wide open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    Sunday is wide open.
    Ok. I'm good until about 3pm on Sunday myself... Anyone up for a creative (EDIT) EARLY BEFORE HADES HEAT (EDIT) Sactown ride on Sunday... Say a "Taste of Sacramento" ride THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 10th!?!?
    Options...

    Delta Jamboree? Explore the River South of Freeport?

    Causeway Classic? Sac to Davis and back via the causeway?

    Hills? Something that goes from pancake to flapjack and back?

    We have something for everyone here... Endless possibilities.

    Takers? Oh! (How could I forget?) Suggestions???
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    Quote Originally Posted by redspoke View Post
    Ok. I'm good until about 3pm on Sunday myself... Anyone up for a creative (EDIT) EARLY BEFORE HADES HEAT (EDIT) Sactown ride on Sunday... Say a "Taste of Sacramento" ride THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 10th!?!?
    Options...

    Delta Jamboree? Explore the River South of Freeport?

    Causeway Classic? Sac to Davis and back via the causeway?

    Hills? Something that goes from pancake to flapjack and back?

    We have something for everyone here... Endless possibilities.

    Takers? Oh! (How could I forget?) Suggestions???
    Pick something for a fairly new rider, no more than about 50 miles, no dramatic climbs (open to 1500 to 2000 feet total ascent), and places to refill water bottles. Tell me where to meet and what time. I'll be there!
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    How about a ride from Sac to Walnut Grove and back? The Pizza Factory there has some decent pizza, and the Big Store has some awesome fried chicken.

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    Sunday should be good for me too.
    Does anybody have a route from the ARBT to the foothills and back? Could be the best of both worlds...flat and some rollers.
    I would be willing to drive from Davis to a start if need be and can carry my bike and another on my roof racks if anyone wants to join. I would offer suggestions but anything past the bike trail is new to me. Hopefully an idea will pop up that we can agree on.
    Will check back tomorrow and see what's happening.

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    I'm down for that loop, Joel. Can we do a 9 am start? I only ask because the last laid back ride really started around 830 anyway . High for Sunday is only 91 anyway so it's not going to be that bad heat-wise if we start a little later.
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    If we get a few more and make it a group ride, should be a lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post

    That sounds great But where exactly does it start? Folsom and Leidsdorff?

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    Interested!
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    I might be able to make it this Sunday, just gotta ck with the events coordinator. Will this be a true laid back ride? She might want to ride as well.

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    Just saw the route description. I guess if it gets too hot or too much climbing, we can always turn around.

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    That's a great route. Be aware that the climbing is more than you think here. I'd like to come but the kiddie has a triathalon in Woodland that day. One thing I would change on the route is after the decent from Cool, turn right on Old Foresthill road (instead of going left on 49) and climb out of the canyon that way. Less cars and not as steep. You'll end up on Foresthill road.. turn left and head into Auburn from there. Enjoy crossing the highest bridge in the state. This route change would add a few miles but it's much more enjoyable, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    ... I only ask because the last laid back ride really started around 830 anyway .
    Hey, Matt, I'll take the fall for that one, so apologies once again to all the folks (which was about 80% of the folks on the ride ) who had to wait for that moron in the blue van that showed up more than half an hour late after he set the time for 7:30...

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    Quote Originally Posted by t4mv View Post
    Hey, Matt, I'll take the fall for that one, so apologies once again to all the folks (which was about 80% of the folks on the ride ) who had to wait for that moron in the blue van that showed up more than half an hour late after he set the time for 7:30...
    It was no big. The ride was fantastic and I think everyone had a great time. I know I did .
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydaddy View Post
    That's a great route. Be aware that the climbing is more than you think here. I'd like to come but the kiddie has a triathalon in Woodland that day. One thing I would change on the route is after the decent from Cool, turn right on Old Foresthill road (instead of going left on 49) and climb out of the canyon that way. Less cars and not as steep. You'll end up on Foresthill road.. turn left and head into Auburn from there. Enjoy crossing the highest bridge in the state. This route change would add a few miles but it's much more enjoyable, IMO.
    I agree with this. Once you're down there, the only way out is up, and the ride up 49 from the confluence isn't going to be much fun. The road is super narrow and there's a lot of traffic, plus it's one big hill for a few miles. Going right will break up the climb a bit, then give us a little down hill on foresthill road, we get to cross the big bridge and then climb a nasty 1 miler. From there, hang a left at the stop light in Auburn (on to Lincoln Way) and we're headed straight to 49 and can pick up the route again.
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