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Old 10-14-15, 10:15 AM
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Dear Northern California Cyclists

I am from the east coast. I visited recently but without my bike. I saw you out there and was in awe. You people are world class. The hills you climb routinely are major climbs for us in the NY metro area. We (by car) took the hill route from Oakland Hills to Stinson beach. Our rented car struggled to find the needed horsepower to make the steepest climbs as we barely passed you by as you were precariously close to an unforgiving and unguarded drop off the road. The people I was traveling with thought you were plain crazy. I knew better. You are top notch cyclists that can do my daily 30 mile ride as a warm up. I'm a little embarrassed to call myself a roadie at all compared to you. Next time I'm bringing my bike. Hell, I may move there.
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Nice love letter to NorCal and the Bay Area.
Please do come back or move here.
We would love to have you.
For now at least, you have Bike Snob NYC.
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Hmmmm, my old stomping grounds from when I lived in the Bay Area back in the day. I would recommend biking out to the coast north northwest from Bolinas on Mesa Road. Great views are to be had from that road.
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Yup, a lot of people pay big bucks to live in the Bay Area and to be able sort of riding is a reason why. I quit my job the end of last year and rode as much as I could the first five months of this year on weekdays before moving to the NW. I didn't do some of the moving prep things I should have and got into some trouble for that, but the biking was too irresistible. I'm already trying to figure out a week when I can come back and rent a bike and ride W. Alpine again.
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If you bring your bike you will end up moving here. It's a great place for cycling. A lot of empty, quiet roads to explore, most with beautiful views.
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You guy's are great. I'm still there in my mind. I might pack up the Litespeed and go!!! It's a calling isn't it.
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If you come back I suggest giving advanced notice here on this forum as I'm sure there would be many that would take you out on some pretty nice rides in the Bay Area! When I moved back here after living in Texas for 5 years I came to this forum and so many folks were very hospitable and helpful and I got to meet and ride with some very good folks! (And boy, riding in flat Dallas was a whole lot different from riding here in the Bay!)
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Some decent hills in the East Bay. Sometimes it amazes me that I used to ride my 30 lb Schwinn to my dorm up Durant Ave. with 30lbs of books in a backpack and a triple cap from Cafe Strada.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Some decent hills in the East Bay. Sometimes it amazes me that I used to ride my 30 lb Schwinn to my dorm up Durant Ave. with 30lbs of books in a backpack and a triple cap from Cafe Strada.
This is how a lot of the all star riders get started. Poor student rides crappy/heavy bike with backpack full of textbooks around the hills of Berkeley, and when they graduate to a "real" bike, starts flying right off the bat.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Some decent hills in the East Bay. Sometimes it amazes me that I used to ride my 30 lb Schwinn to my dorm up Durant Ave. with 30lbs of books in a backpack and a triple cap from Cafe Strada.
I'm doing them in my 30lbs hybrid and 30lbs of extra body weight. I'm SO slow! I'm basically the opposite of the athletic gods the OP mentioned haha.
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