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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-26-06, 01:14 PM   #1
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Santa Cruz- Cool shops?

I am heading down there in a bit. Any cool shops or spots I should check out? I been to one shop, but not to fixed oriented.(spokesmen, maybe?)

I'll be on a maroon bike with drops, black grips. My lady's on a celeste bianchi. feel free to buy us a beer. Thanks
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I don't live there anymore, but the guys on mission next to the vintage clothing store are awesome for mtb stuff, but not so much for fixed.

Dave's recycled bikes at the end of pacific is a cool shop too, but again, not so sure about fixed
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check out the bike church:
http://www.bapd.org/gbicch-1.html

the ucsc campus is beautiful, and has great fire trails through the redwoods (not so good for skinny tires), but ucsc's a hell of a climb from the city. alternatively you can throw your bike on the front of a bus. definitely ride up west cliff drive (easy and flat), and i recommend the disc golf course at delaveaga (also involves some climbing)
http://www.delaveagadiscgolf.com/

i went to college there, and miss it like hell. enjoy!
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i went to college there, and miss it like hell. enjoy!
me too, when did you graduate? I was 2003.

and +1 on delaviega. illest disc course i've ever played. no courses in nyc.
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[Shameless Plug]COME RACE IN MY ALLEYCAT SUNDAY!!![/Shameless Plug]
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I'm a UCSC grad too. Go banana slugs!
I pedaled from the east side to campus every day, rain or shine.
Go by any bike store and snag a local bike map. There is some extraordinary riding in that area.
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I'm a UCSC dropout!
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things I miss about santa cruz:
-resturante los pinos
-the herb room
-tree 9
-living and partying in bonny doon
-living and parting at the barn
-the wednesday farmers market
-the ability to wake up and decide to hitchhike to the ventana wilderness, and hike to sykes that afternoon
-moon tribe
-my garden
-my avocado tree
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Well, I didn't find any "cool" shops. I did run into a dude at Bike Trip I remembered from Missing Link. I left Oakland before I saw people's posts for cool spots. I got a tattoo at staircase, then we went to the rush inn, then 99 bottles(quiz night, yo)... Wish I could come down and ride Sunday, but gotta do homework or I will soon be SFSU dropout. I'll be back down there plenty though...my partner's band is based there, they play and practice there. Ah, summer will be nice.
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Nice, the ride up is short but intense, that's impressive that you rode every day. And on the way back you don't even need to pedal!

and twe, you'll find your turnout for alleycats is much higher if you tell people when and where to meet


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Oh, pssh. Yeah, this Sunday, 11 in the am, at the Hub for Sustainable Transportation. Also known as the Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave at Spruce. 12 bucks goes straight to advocacy in Santa Cruz County, gets you a spokecard, raffle ticket, and some other cool free ****. 2 rides - 1 short (7 miles) and 1 long (35ish), the long ride was 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, maybe a DFL.
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right on for putting that on, sounds like a lot of fun and a good cause. i'm on the wrong coast, or i'd have been there. cheers, enjoy paradise.
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It was a great time. Everyone had fun, and we had a great after-party with three awesome local bands. Woo hoo!
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the bike coop on campus rocks

http://bikecoop.ucsc.edu/
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Yeah, we had a checkpoint up there. A nice game show went on.
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