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Old 04-30-17, 01:20 PM
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Tom's Ride
Every year a group of us get together to remember Tom Cuthbertson, cyclist, mechanic, author of "Anybody's Bike Book," and all around nice guy. This was Tom's favorite ride which he pioneered in the late seventies, mixing about 30 miles of dirt roads and trails in the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest with about 40 miles of pavement in the Salinas Valley of Central California. A few of you may remember "Anybody's Bike Book," the very popular 1970's illustrated guide to bike repair and maintenance that launched Ten Speed Press. The only vintage bike on the ride this year was a modernized Seventies Basso so no glamour bike shots.

The view most of the way up the first climb of the day.





We passed through a section of Fort Hunter Liggett which was awash in acres of purple Lupines.









The same abundant rainfall this year that brought us the proliferation of Lupines also made the stream crossing more challenging than usual.





A very refreshing lunch stop on an 80 degree day.





This bridge, 20 miles from ride's end, is the transition point between the mountains of the Coast Range and the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley.







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Lots of great ridin' pics goin' on here.

We've been a bit harried with weather and other stuff, haven't had time to post much, but we have gotten out riding, plus I've commuteded some.

Yesterday we took the tandem out for 30 miles but took no pics so it didn't really happen. The air was warm and stuffy, very global-warmingy so you wouldn't want to see pics anyway.

Today we took the tandem out again, left the house at 9AM. The air was a cool 50degF. I was aiming for 50 miles. We'd have made it too but as we neared Lexington on the return the sunny sky got cloudy then rainy, the bike and foot traffic on the Minuteman Bikeway got, ah, dense, and the auto traffic got frenetic. So my sweetie said let's take the shorter route. We ended up with 47.8 miles, a very nice day.

A favorite photo-op:



Of course my sweetie wanted a closer-up pic:



Of course a favorite lunch stop, Fern's General Store in Carlisle, where cyclists gather to munch and converse:



Fern's patio:

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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Tom's Ride
Every year a group of us get together to remember Tom Cuthbertson, cyclist, mechanic, author of "Anybody's Bike Book," and all around nice guy. This was Tom's favorite ride which he pioneered in the late seventies, mixing about 30 miles of dirt roads and trails in the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest with about 40 miles of pavement in the Salinas Valley of Central California. A few of you may remember "Anybody's Bike Book," the very popular 1970's illustrated guide to bike repair and maintenance that launched Ten Speed Press. The only vintage bike on the ride this year was a modernized Seventies Basso so no glamour bike shots.

The view most of the way up the first climb of the day.
We passed through a section of Fort Hunter Liggett which was awash in acres of purple Lupines.

The same abundant rainfall this year that brought us the proliferation of Lupines also made the stream crossing more challenging than usual.

A very refreshing lunch stop on an 80 degree day.
This bridge, 20 miles from ride's end, is the transition point between the mountains of the Coast Range and the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley.

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Thanks for an excellent ride report and those beautiful photos. Sometimes a writeup like that can give the reader a taste of what that ride was like, and this one certainly did. What a brilliant place to ride - I've got to get my bike and camera out there someday...
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10.5 miles up thru Porter Ranch north of LA on the old Raleigh SC. Pretty hot, Garmin said 98, but my phone only said 83. I'm going with the Garmin.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Thanks for an excellent ride report and those beautiful photos. Sometimes a writeup like that can give the reader a taste of what that ride was like, and this one certainly did. What a brilliant place to ride - I've got to get my bike and camera out there someday...
Thank-you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed my report. I will gladly act as tour guide for you when you make your way out here.
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Rode the Miesville 56 today. 450 signed up, but I think maybe 200 showed up. 40 degrees, strong winds, and on and off rain curbed the enthusiasm of many. Seems that many rode a shorter route given the rain, but I met up with a couple equally matched riders so completed the 56 mile gravel grinder today.

The tough ride was rewarded with a Kingburger, fries and a Nordeast to wash it down.
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^ Looks a lot better than the PBJ I treated myself after my climb to Heart o' The Hills today (only 14 miles, but 1400 feet of climbing all of it in the first 4 miles, from home, taking the long way into work).

This is what the locals refer to as the "Old" Hurricane Ridge Road. Formerly a twisty two-lane blacktop, now a mossy singletrack going back to nature; just two lanes wide in some places, significantly less in others.



This sylvan route is slick with wet moss and lined with firs, alders and many young bigleaf maples, or as we call them around here, "nature's kickstands."*



*(We don't actually call them that.)
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^That trail looks enticing. Nature's kickstand - good one.
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Nice commute!
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Nice commute!
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Yeah, well like I said, I took the long way
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^ Looks so peaceful, @non-fixie!
It was. It is near Trier, in Germany, where mrs non-fixie and I spent the weekend. Great riding area, with lots of cycle paths. Not all of them level though.







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Wow! Said your prayers this morning, VR?

All I did was ride the Tommasini to and from work.
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Those crepuscular rays aren't half bad.
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Wow @Vonruden, what a gorgeous sky!
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I went out for ~42 hot & hilly miles. I had hoped to make a loop around the San Pablo Reservoir, a popular route known to locals as The Three Bears. However, one of the roads that makes up the loop is still closed from flooding earlier this year. Doesn't look like there's much urgency to fix the road. At that point, I changed my route and looped around into Pinole and back to Berkeley up Wildcat Canyon/Tilden Park. It was the first truly hot ride of the year with temps in the upper 80s. I ran out of water and felt the dehydration over the last few miles.







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Nice weather Gaucho, did the same ride Sunday. I miss that run out Alhambra.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Wow! Said your prayers this morning, VR?

All I did was ride the Tommasini to and from work.
It was heavenly

PM ride was too!
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42 miler on the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail today, and it was glorious! Temps in the low 70's, cooler in the shade, with views like this:





Followed by ones like this:





Spent a little time with Wayne Bingham at Velo Classique in Purcellville, picking up some parts to complete an NR group. He always has neat stuff to look at. Chilled with the Cinelli at the train station on the way back:





And passed this cool Alfa 75/Marina model about halfway home. Two fine Italian steeds:


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Nice pics Doc! We need more of the Cinelli
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Bike trail on the Bay bridge opened now on weekdays. Made a ride from the eastbay to the new landing area on Treasure Island and was treated to food and music. Lots of media and Mayor Libby Schaaf taking advantage of some good news...
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Put 45 miles on the restored SC today with the Channel Islands Bike Club. Ventura, CA Mission parking lot north to Summerland and back. Great ride, wonderful spring like day. Longest ride so far after build up from paint and decals. Sweet ride. Don't have any scenic pictures, but here's the bike .
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First long-ish ride with my "new" Popular. Also one of the first truly nice days after an unusually (even for here) rainy winter and spring.

Took the Centennial Trail out of Arlington to the northern trailhead and back, about 20 miles roundtrip.










Got stung by a wasp at the half way point (right by the red barn), but otherwise a very pleasant ride.
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I want to ride every one of the roads featured on this page (410). Damn, what beautiful views

I did 30 miles on the Burke Gilman MUP yesterday. Hit up Recycled Cycles and picked up two rolls of Newbaum's for the new-to-me Medici. Nice day out. It's raining again today, however. I wish our weather would decide whether or not it wants to be Spring!

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