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Old 07-05-10, 12:54 PM   #1
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July 5th East Bay BF Kit ride pics

Excellent turnout for today's ride. I'm not sure why, but Richard always seems to get good attendance at his rides. It must be his magnetic personality.

The ride started off at a blistering pace (at least for me) down SPDR. After that my legs were cooked and I only did the first half of the ride (note to self: don't try and keep up with the fast folks).

I experienced my first dog attack. Brentley and I were struggling up Acalanes and this dog races in from the right and starts barking and getting in front of my wheel. I decided that it would be better to plow ahead than stop and let him have a good shot at me. After hitting him a few times with my front tire, he starts nipping at my shoes. Fortunately, he gets distracted and starts going at Brentley and this cyclist who was going downhill. I stopped a little bit up the hill and turned around to see Brentley stopped and yelling at the dog.

Brentley and I missed the rest stop and I was getting very tired so I caught up with Brentley outside of Moraga and told him that I was turning around. He took off to try and catch up with everyone else, which turned out to be futile since they were behind us at a rest stop. I know that since I saw them going the other way as I made my way back to Orinda.

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Old 07-05-10, 02:18 PM   #2
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Thanks for the photos!
You guys look MARVELOUS.
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Yes, the kit looks fabulous. Much better is real than in photos.

I also bailed out early from the ride. Had to be back home. My ride was 25 miles and 2,200' as I started and ended the ride from home.
As Cliff said, Beaker's rides always have great turnaround, for good reason. The route today was very nicely selected with climbs evenly spaced. It was my first time on Happy Valley Rd. from Briones to Lafayette, I have ridden it many times but always in the other direction. Although it is said to be tougher this way I found the climb very enjoyable.
I wish I could have stay longer as Acalanes toward Glorietta would have been a first as well.
After a month off the bike the brisk pace on SPDR was a killer, the young studs went for a gun shot start, I tried to stay at the end of the paceline as long as I could but had to bail and get into a more conservative groove. Henry was very nice to come back and pull ahmose and myself back closer to the group but I never caught up with them. At the first climb I used Brentley and Cliff as rabbits but again only made contact at the regroup at the turnout into Happy Valley. In between it was like being on a rubber leash, I was getting closer on the climbs and then getting farther back the rest of the time.
Thanks again Richard for this nicely orchestrated ride. It was great seeing some familiar as well as new faces.

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Thanks for the ride today guys! Rough day in the saddle for me bit too much fun on the 4th and i was suffering a bit! Skipped breakfast do to nausea and paid the price later on Palomares haha.

Looking forward to the next one great meeting you all

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Great photos as always Cliff - I ended up with 60miles and 5500ft, my longest ride since WCC. Felt pretty good for the first half of the ride and kept pace in the no mans land group of me, Jack, Henry and Ron. Had a good climb up Happy Valley, then Scottie called to inform me tha only impulse power would be available for the rest of the ride, so Pinehurst, Tunnel and Grizzly saw me leading like a good general, from the very back.

Kudos to Adam, our unofficial ride lead. sadly a wrong turn after Happy Valley splintered us off. Unsure where Georges, Brent and Cliff might be we pushed ahead and met the same dog on Acalanes as mentioned above, Adam took one for the team by dismounting and fending him off.

All in all, perfect weather, great company, and I survived. Onwards.
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Thanks for the ride today guys! Rough day in the saddle for me bit too much fun on the 4th and i was suffering a bit! Skipped breakfast do to nausea and paid the price later on Palomares haha.

Looking forward to the next one great meeting you all
I'd hate to be on the receiving end of a good day for you Keith! Hope to hang with you a little longer next rime
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Great ride everyone! Good to see everyone and meet some new folks as well. My legs=fried.
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Good turnout. Good to see the "white sleeves" memo was well received. What I'd planned as a recovery day was anything but, with 3-4 really tough spots trying to keep up with (and being dropped by) Keith and Adam. Now that it's over, it was fun.

Hopefully some of you EB folks can find your way over to the WB Skyline. It's like yours, with less traffic and better scenery.
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What about these "white sleeves"? I kept looking at them, it was like you all had them and they looked much thinner and nicer for warm weather compared to mine. Are they specially made for warm temps?
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What about these "white sleeves"? I kept looking at them, it was like you all had them and they looked much thinner and nicer for warm weather compared to mine. Are they specially made for warm temps?
I wear this. I like them a lot.

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What about these "white sleeves"? I kept looking at them, it was like you all had them and they looked much thinner and nicer for warm weather compared to mine. Are they specially made for warm temps?
Yeah, there are several brands (PI, Capo, etc.) that make lightweight arm covers with UV protection for warmer temps. I lucked out and got my Capos for free and I wear them all the time. The PI's seem to be the better price though.
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Same here. I quite like the arm coolers as they provide good UV protection, but will also give a little bit of extra warmth when you hit some colder patches, such as when we started off on SPDR and went over the ridge to Montclair. Not sure they'd work on a super hot day.

Like Chris, I thought it was pretty neat that we all got that part of the kit right to. The next phase is to persuade Bassem to change his bar/tape to white too.

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Good turnout. Good to see the "white sleeves" memo was well received. What I'd planned as a recovery day was anything but, with 3-4 really tough spots trying to keep up with (and being dropped by) Keith and Adam. Now that it's over, it was fun.

Hopefully some of you EB folks can find your way over to the WB Skyline. It's like yours, with less traffic and better scenery.
I dunno, the views on the Grizzly section across the bay are pretty nice...still you are quite right. A few more of these type of rides and I'll be ready for a peninsula epic again.
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I wear underarmor heatgear as a baselayer. it wicks/dries super fast, has 50 UPF for the sleeves, and feels as cool as open skin, if not cooler with the white reflecting solar radiation.

I used to just feel sun-baked and cooked, regardless of how much sunscreen I put on. The sleeves are way more consistent (not to mention cleaner) than sunscreen. I don't feel sun-stroked at the end of rides anymore.
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Hmm - might have to try that out Chris. I was demo'ing a Craft sleeveless mesh base layer today, $20 from Chain Reaction - me likey.
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Craft makes good stuff. I have always been very pleased with their products.

I agree with Chris these white sleeves are a lot more appealing than putting sunscreen on.
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Like Chris, I thought it was pretty neat that we all got that part of the kit right to. The next phase is to persuade Bassem to change his bar/tape to white too.
I like the white bar tape too but how guys keep them clean? I put some on the tandem, they were a mess after the first ride. I like to mess around with the mechanism part of the bike. They were easy to clean though but I am not the type who cleans the bike after each ride.
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fizik white bartape doesn't get dirty as fast. it's fairly slick stuff, not as porous.
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Wow, I didn't even notice the almost universal use of arm warmers/coolers at first. I've been thinking of getting a set, being that my rate of forgetting to wear sunscreen nears 100%. Of the white variety, there never seems to be a matching set for legs, though.
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Yup, that was a great ride. I was really antsy for this ride too, since it was the only day I could go ride (even though it was a long 3-day weekend ... go figure ... at least I didn't have to work today).

Regarding the pace, any time you have a slight downhill or tailwind at the beginning of a ride, you are almost guaranteed to have a blistering pace. Plus, it was a bit frigid at the beginning, so my theory is we all wanted to push the pace so we could warm up. How's that for a lame excuse?

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That's what Pinehurst on impulse power looks like.

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BayAreaWheeler setting the pace up SPDR.


Everyone strung out behind BayAreaWheeler
ygduf, benridin, spingineer

beaker, jack650, powpow, robocheme


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gotta say, I like the jersey, but those bibs might be reduced to commuting duty. Pad wasn't fantastic, the bunching fabric doesn't look the best. And they're so short that my tan line is showing.

Lastly, looks like I could afford to lose 3-5" off the length of my arms. Are they really that long?
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gotta say, I like the jersey, but those bibs might be reduced to commuting duty. Pad wasn't fantastic, the bunching fabric doesn't look the best. And they're so short that my tan line is showing.

Lastly, looks like I could afford to lose 3-5" off the length of my arms. Are they really that long?
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