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    Quote Originally Posted by jwsel
    I'd love some advice on beginner rides in the SFV. I'd also welcome advice on how people got used to clipless pedals. I'm debating going to a mall parking lot at 7 am to ride in circles and practice starting and stopping. I'm a bit nervous about riding in traffic before I really am comfortable with the pedals, especially given my accident history.
    Welcome, Jessica. Well, you've come to the right place for sure. There are so many threads with advice (in not only the So Cal region, but in the Road Cycling Forum as well). I remember getting used to my cleats as well, and I did so at Griffith Park. Basically, you need a place where there are few cars, but also where, once you get comfortable, you can take off on a ride. Just always remember, unclip and THEN stop - even if you do it 30 seconds before you actually stop in the beginning. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but eventually you won't even remember clipping in and out. It will just become second nature!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwsel
    Hi, I'm Jessica. I just signed up. I live in Sherman Oaks and am just starting to ride again after several years off a bike. I used to ride regularly in the Mid-Wilshire area on a hybrid, but stopped riding after an accident (a driver opened a car door right into my path). My inspiration for getting back on a bike is that I was just given a Specialized Tarmac Comp as a gift. It's my first road bike, so it's taking a bit of an effort to get adjusted to it (especially learning how to ride with clipless pedals for the first time).

    I'd love some advice on beginner rides in the SFV. I'd also welcome advice on how people got used to clipless pedals. I'm debating going to a mall parking lot at 7 am to ride in circles and practice starting and stopping. I'm a bit nervous about riding in traffic before I really am comfortable with the pedals, especially given my accident history.

    Hi Jessica...
    ME is right Griffith Park is a great place to ride.. not too much traffic....
    When I got my clipless....I would ride hard then go onto a grassy area and stop in case...did that a few times...then felt pretty comfortable...clip out early if fine...but you will get used to it and it will be second nature!
    As for rides...there is the San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club
    http://www.sfvbc.com/
    They ride out of Cal State Northridge....
    I usually ride out of Burbank...In fact some of us are trying to organize something for saturday
    Dec 9th SF Valley to Rose Bowl Ride. Help me reach my goal for the year

    ANd I usually ride Griffith Park on Sundays...you are most welcome to join in...

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    I've been posting here for a little bit but never formally introduced myself.

    My name is Steve, and I've been riding for about 7 months or so. Used to live in Long Beach but now I live in lovely Costa Mesa. I usually trek down PCH and up Newport Coast.

    Anyhow, I'm 26 and I ride with the Bicycle Club of Irvine. It was strange at first being one of the youngest guys in the club but now I've made some interesting new friends.

    Funny thing about being 26 in BCI-- everybody wants to give me advice, which I freely accept. God knows, I need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidepocket
    I've been posting here for a little bit but never formally introduced myself.

    My name is Steve, and I've been riding for about 7 months or so. Used to live in Long Beach but now I live in lovely Costa Mesa. I usually trek down PCH and up Newport Coast.

    Anyhow, I'm 26 and I ride with the Bicycle Club of Irvine. It was strange at first being one of the youngest guys in the club but now I've made some interesting new friends.

    Funny thing about being 26 in BCI-- everybody wants to give me advice, which I freely accept. God knows, I need it.
    Do you know Richard Martin from BCI ??
    "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
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    Quote Originally Posted by octico
    Do you know Richard Martin from BCI ??
    Doesn't ring a bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    N2GLOCK.....Our night rides will be on hold til after the new year, but make sure to check back on this board......meanwhile, would you like to join us in HB for our holiday dinner party this Sat?
    Hey Fixer, good to hear from you and thanks for the invite. I won't be able to make it on Sat. since it's my ladies "birthday celebration weekend" as she has been calling it for some time now. I did read me's post and I would agree with her that it is pretty cold at nites and I imagine near freezing up in the canyons. Anyways, it sounds like she is having a hell of a time finding a bulb. I can wait til '07 for the nite rides, and if worse comes to worse and I have a real craving for one, I can always ride my trainer with the door closed and the lights off

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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Alfred. I found this site while researching one of my old roadbikes. This is a great site from what I've seen, the folks in the vintage forum (only forum I've posted on so far) are a nice and helpful bunch.

    I live in Irvine, am primarily a roadie but do a fair amount of mountain biking. I've been cycling for about 11 years, but went through spells with little to no riding thanks to work. Anyway, I'm back on the bike and just started riding with BCI. I found that riding by myself just wasn't yielding any results since it was too easy not to push.

    I'm still looking at some of the other local clubs, just trying to find a good group to ride with.

    Sorry, no pics of myself (you wouldn't want to see my ugly mug anyway), but here is a pic of my main ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HRC-Rascal
    Hi everyone,
    Sorry, no pics of myself (you wouldn't want to see my ugly mug anyway), but here is a pic of my main ride.
    You are so right I would much rather see that sweet ride,than your mug. Welcome Alfred come join us on one of our rides.
    "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidepocket
    Doesn't ring a bell.
    He is an older guy somewhere in his 60's. Really nice guy,he does many of the out-of-the country bike rides the organize.I am thinking about doing the summer solstice next with them.
    "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
    Sir Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by octico
    You are so right I would much rather see that sweet ride,than your mug. Welcome Alfred come join us on one of our rides.
    I've been looking at the posts and saw that there is a ride down to San Diego on Sunday. I'm thinking about doing this, if the weather holds up. The woman is pushing me to do it (it has been a looong time since I did a good long ride), so we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HRC-Rascal
    I've been looking at the posts and saw that there is a ride down to San Diego on Sunday. I'm thinking about doing this, if the weather holds up. The woman is pushing me to do it (it has been a looong time since I did a good long ride), so we'll see.
    Great!....hope you can join us for the ride on Sunday.......Oh, and don't forget about the party Sat night....
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    Quote Originally Posted by HRC-Rascal
    I've been looking at the posts and saw that there is a ride down to San Diego on Sunday. I'm thinking about doing this, if the weather holds up. The woman is pushing me to do it (it has been a looong time since I did a good long ride), so we'll see.
    You really have to do the ride,make the little lady happy. My wife is not riding this one she is going to be our SAG support,if she would like they can drive down there together.
    "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
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    Hey, new here. Live in Downtown LA, daily commuter to USC (only about 4 miles) I ride a red Peugeot triathlon everywhere between downtown and west hollywood with a big blue messenger bag on my back...

    Also, building up a singlespeed with a 700c coaster brake hub to leave locked up in hollywood so I don't need to take my ride on the subway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1
    You are soooooo young. But yes, very cute, Max.
    I know

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    Adam here. Just joined this forum after hooking up with the Aliso-Woods group this morning. Nice group of riders and great ride. Hope to hook up for more rides in the near future.

    I live in San Juan and pretty much hit anywhere that has dirt. I spend 50% on a SS, and 50% on a 3 speed. Fortunate to have a job in land management that gives me the ability to spend a lot of time on the trails and get in a lot of riding - both work and play.

    See ya out on the trails!

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    Hey..I used to ride my horse on those trails! (SJC)

    new at cycling, trying to take on the traffic here on Kaleaneole highway, east Oahu.

    I manage about 7 miles 4-5 days a week and am just getting my shoe/ clip/ pedal situation dialed in.

    BF rides a Felt, I have a Vitus.

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    Glad to see you on here Adam!

    I cannot believe that I have never posted in this thread.... Here goes.

    My name is Phil and I ride my bike more than enough and complete double centuries (and longer in 2007) on a semi-regular basis. I have been to many of the BF rides, and everyone that I have met is great!

    standard routes include Santiago Canyon or the Back Bay with Newport Coast/Vista Ridge.
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    I was driving with my dad through that area and I saw you riding, Extort.

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    Hi, I'm Daniel hailing from San Diego. Not new to BF but I just started reading this forum. I've been roadbiking on and off for years, most recently on after about two years off. I ride an old Trek 2120 with everything upgraded except the frame and seatpost. Reading this forum has inspired me to sign up for the Stagecoach century, which I may just barely be ready for in time for the event. If I see any red stars I will be sure to introduce myself.

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    Hi, I'm new here.
    My name is Joy, and I'm taking a break from TE for some XY.
    I live in the South Bay and ride the SB bike path most of the time. My goal this year is to improve on the sprint tri and see if I can move up to the OD. I currently ride a Specialized roadie but hope to add a Quintana Roo later this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happytime
    Hi, I'm new here.
    My name is Joy, and I'm taking a break from TE for some XY.
    I live in the South Bay and ride the SB bike path most of the time. My goal this year is to improve on the sprint tri and see if I can move up to the OD. I currently ride a Specialized roadie but hope to add a Quintana Roo later this year.
    hi joy! welcome! it's a LOT different here than at TE! lol!

    xy????????
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    Hi Caligurl. I was Bluetree at TE.

    XY: Male Chromosones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happytime
    Hi Caligurl. I was Bluetree at TE.

    XY: Male Chromosones!
    ahhhhhhhh... ok... (i'm "blonde" sometimes!!!)
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    Hi Bluetree...didn't I PM you over at TE a while back? Welcome to the forum!

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    Great...more girls to drop me

    Hey Daniel, where in SD do you ride?
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