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Old 12-17-07, 12:54 AM   #1
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Any rides in January? 1/2 or full century, etc?

Hi everyone, I'm getting back into road riding and need to build up some base miles. I would like to do it with some people, an event to be fun!
Also any group rides going on?

I'm not into joining any clubs or teams. I've raced for awhile back and don't want to do that but I would love to meet some new people to ride with.

Location: Pasadena
Pace: easy to moderate (just base and have fun, no intervals).
Distance: 30-80 mile rides, if there's a century I'll jump on that too
Meeting: I don't mind driving to a group ride.
Type of riding: I like to keep a good pace and not stop often on a ride. Easy to me is spinning, chatting, but keeping a decent pace. A good ride and stop to eat-that sounds nice.. or just a good ride.
The longer the ride, the less concerned I am with pace...

well, I hope that covers it all! so if anyone has ideas please email me or post up and I can read up! thanks.

btw, I posted a intro in "road cycling" but I just found this section, seems a better fit.
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Welcome, cruiserhead. I'm sure lots of rides will pop up in January and February. We'll likely have another Tuna and Bagel ride. It's 40+ miles. Don't forget too that Tour de Palm Springs is around the corner. That's a good one for someone who wants a more relaxed century. Otherwise, I'm sure someone on here will plan a ride of 50 miles or more.
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Welcome, cruiserhead. I'm sure lots of rides will pop up in January and February. We'll likely have another Tuna and Bagel ride. It's 40+ miles. Don't forget too that Tour de Palm Springs is around the corner. That's a good one for someone who wants a more relaxed century. Otherwise, I'm sure someone on here will plan a ride of 50 miles or more.
The TourdePalmSpring [TdPS] is supposedly a charity ride - but after 5 minutes on their site and browsing through their pages, I couldn't find any indication of which charity are we benefiting?
How much was raised for this charity last year? Is it a different charity every year? How, exactly, does this work?

So I sent them an e-mail - besides, 5 minutes browsing a website with no indication of getting that type of information indicates poor website design/planning... I hope they make the changes


There is also the possibility of the "FourEcologies Metric Century" coming up in the Spring. Unsupported ride, but that one has been in the planning stages for a while now and should come together. Being organized by one of the RIDE-Arc guys. Hopefully.

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EDIT: re: TdPS benefits - Nevermind, found it. At the bottom of the page.... it should be raised up higher.
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^^ aren't you too young to be up this early?

Yeah, I've never known what charity TDP was for, I've just ridden twice. I doubt I will ride it this year.
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...78#post5811678

Well, if you're not going I'm not either.


I mean, really, what's the point?
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btw, I posted a intro in "road cycling" but I just found this section, seems a better fit.
The roadcycling forum is another animal altogether.
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^^ aren't you too young to be up this early?

Yeah, I've never known what charity TDP was for, I've just ridden twice. I doubt I will ride it this year.
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I didn't like the cobble-stone type roads around the 40-50 mile mark. Good way to lose a pump, saddle bag, dentures ...
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There's a new years day ride up Mt. Wilson every year- there should be posts about starting time/location closer to new years. I've never done it, but it seems to be a bunch of loosely organized groups that ride a few different routes and a random number of people make it all the way up wilson, depending on the weather.

Last year I went out with a few friends and we rode up GMR to Baldy Village, and then turned around at Icehouse Rd. when the wind got to be too much.
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Being in Pasadena, you don't have to drive anywhere to connect up with other people to ride with. There are group rides frequently organized on this forum that start from Encanto Park in Duarte to various destinations with anything from flat to fairly aggressive climbing. Stan's Monrovia Bike Shop on Myrtle has rides 4 mornings a week. Incycle bikes on Colorado has group rides. And several individuals on this forum ride in the foothill areas just north of, and through, Pasadena. SO . . . the only question is what days and hours are you available to ride?
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Well, if you're not going I'm not either.
I mean, really, what's the point?

Um. To ride your bike? :
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There's a new years day ride up Mt. Wilson every year- there should be posts about starting time/location closer to new years. I've never done it, but it seems to be a bunch of loosely organized groups that ride a few different routes and a random number of people make it all the way up wilson, depending on the weather.

Last year I went out with a few friends and we rode up GMR to Baldy Village, and then turned around at Icehouse Rd. when the wind got to be too much.
I'm going to a NYE party in Pasadena and of course, I'll be expected to stay until midnight. I can't miss it as my friend is introducing me to a large group of single men who are her boyfriend's friends (and I do not turn such occassions down). So, if I can pull my sorry butt out of bed the next day, I'm going to this one for sure. All the more reason I'm not drinking on NYE! (Well, that and the whole driving issue. Way too many drunks on the road that night!)
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Also any group rides going on?
I'm not into joining any clubs or teams. I've raced for awhile back and don't want to do that but I would love to meet some new people to ride with.
Location: Pasadena
Sat morning Montrose training ride?
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Being in Pasadena, you don't have to drive anywhere to connect up with other people to ride with. There are group rides frequently organized on this forum that start from Encanto Park in Duarte to various destinations with anything from flat to fairly aggressive climbing. Stan's Monrovia Bike Shop on Myrtle has rides 4 mornings a week. Incycle bikes on Colorado has group rides. And several individuals on this forum ride in the foothill areas just north of, and through, Pasadena. SO . . . the only question is what days and hours are you available to ride?
Foothill Cycle Club does two Sunday AM rides starting in Pasadena--one easy and one moderate. Also a ride every Saturday, which varies in difficulty and start point. Check out their website http://www.foothillcycle.org/schedule.html. Good folks; you don't have to be a member to do the rides.
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So Bernie, are you on Christmas break and making a Tuesday mornng trip to Montrose?
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^^ aren't you too young to be up this early?

Yeah, I've never known what charity TDP was for, I've just ridden twice. I doubt I will ride it this year.
Man, finally a ride in my neck of the woods and everybody (that means you, ME) opts out.

I found the info regarding the charities fairly easy to find:

"Every year the Tour de Palm Springs continues to attract more and more riders. The money generated has gone to help many organizations in the Coachella Valley. In 2006 over $175,000 was donated to 75 different entities that in their own special ways met the varied needs of the people in the Coachella Valley.

"The 2008 event will continue a ten year tradition of honoring individuals who are special in the Coachella Valley.

"Review the list of organizations receiving donations.
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I'm going to a NYE party in Pasadena and of course, I'll be expected to stay until midnight. I can't miss it as my friend is introducing me to a large group of single men who are her boyfriend's friends (and I do not turn such occassions down). So, if I can pull my sorry butt out of bed the next day, I'm going to this one for sure. All the more reason I'm not drinking on NYE! (Well, that and the whole driving issue. Way too many drunks on the road that night!)
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Take your bike and kit to the party.
In the morning drive or ride to Oro Vista and Foothill Bl. (Sunland)
A group will be leaving for Mt. Wilson at 9:00 AM.
The standard route is Big T to Angeles Forest to AC, Redbox, then a quick right up to Mt.Wilson.
I'll ride from home, meet a group at CSUN then ride to Oro Vista with them. It's a very effective hangover cure. Trust me.
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Is Newcomb's open for lunch on NYD?
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thanks for the ideas, i'll try to make the Mt. Wilson New Year ride.
i'll look up all the things mentioned.
Montrose sat. ride is race-pace, I'll jump in that maybe in the spring at the time change.

I didn't know they had rides out of Incycle so I'll ask there too, thanks and I hope to see you guys out and around now that I will be on the bike more.
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Man, finally a ride in my neck of the woods and everybody (that means you, ME) opts out.
Well, I may change my mind, you know. I'm nutty that way, in case you haven't noticed and I'll jump on or off a ride in a moment's notice.
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Take your bike and kit to the party.
In the morning drive or ride to Oro Vista and Foothill Bl. (Sunland)
A group will be leaving for Mt. Wilson at 9:00 AM.
The standard route is Big T to Angeles Forest to AC, Redbox, then a quick right up to Mt.Wilson.
I'll ride from home, meet a group at CSUN then ride to Oro Vista with them. It's a very effective hangover cure. Trust me.
I'm not drinking on NYE. It scares me to think of driving with a drink or two in my system with other drivers out there having been drinking too. So, I'll be drinking sparkling water. I really am going to try and make this ride. I've heard about it for three years and haven't joined yet.
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I ride everyday - riding is a given
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Pic? In spandex or hipster wear...but spandex preferred.

You know...for proof and all.
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You're going soft...
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You're going soft...
No I'm not. I've always been a softie. I just made the mistake of opening my mouth about that whole drinky thingy and then said the dreaded words TRUE ROADIE, but I never said I didn't like those hipster, fixie riding folks. The boys are cute.
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No I'm not. I've always been a softie. I just made the mistake of opening my mouth about that whole drinky thingy and then said the dreaded words TRUE ROADIE, but I never said I didn't like those hipster, fixie riding folks. The boys are cute.
I'm not a hipster, but one of my bikes is a fixed conversion (having gone fixed just before it became 'trendy' with the hipsters). I also wear spandex when/where appropriate
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