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Old 01-01-16, 10:26 PM
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Diablo in January

Burrrr-hurrr-hurrr



Happy new year, friends.
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Old 01-01-16, 10:31 PM
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I see the patch of snow was a popular Kodak moment.

Good seeing you out there today Scott! We should plan a ride soon.
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Hah. I can't imagine how chilly it must be up there. But I also can't wait until I have a chance to climb it myself. For now I'm doing surrogate rides up the Dublin hills and yelling "DIABLO!" on every slope.
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Nice photos and beautiful bikes. Between getting banged up and catching a cold we didn't do New Years Day. I hope to be up to it next weekend or shortly thereafter. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Hey Scott, I recognize that patch of snow. To be fair, there were two, maybe three little patches like that on The Mountain, and they were in the perpetual shade of the north side of the final ridge, that part of the road just before The Wall. But they were there.

Yes, it was cold yesterday on the Devil Mountain. I went up at my usual glacially slow pace with some good friends. We had the good sense to not start until about 10:30, by which time the temp at the base had climbed to a balmy 43 degrees. Three wool jerseys, wool tights, long-fingered gloves (two pair, one for going up, a second so I could descend in dry gloves rather than sweat-soaked ones), two pair of sock, including a pair of nice wool hiking socks, wool cap and wool ear cover, and I was reasonably comfy all the way up and all the way down.

And was it just me, or did it seem like everyone and their dog was on the Mountain yesterday? When I got to the Junction, there had to be 50 cyclists milling around, and I was passed on the way up by more riders than I have ever seen on Diablo. (No, I did not pass anyone. I very rarely pass anyone on an ascent.) There were also about a bazillion cars on the road, with crowds of both bikes and cars at the summit - when I came down, there had to be 15 cars at the South Gate waiting to pay their money and get into the park. For the most part, everyone was playing nicely with each other. Cars were, if anything, too conservative about passing bikes going uphill, and for all the excess traffic I only saw one or two dangerously dimwitted moves. I call that major progress. Maybe the new "don't pass bicyclists on blind curves" signs are having the desired effect. (Thank you again for helping spearhead this, Scott.)

Happy New Year, all. 2016 is going to be a good one.
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Was that the ONLY patch of snow up there?

If not, it's an interesting coincidence that both of you chose the same spot for a photo.
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Plain miserable cold and I only went to the junction--it was relatively early--I hate winter!
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Yes, I'm sure there were lots of photos taken of that little remaining patch of snow. Seemed like about the usual number of cyclists from a variety of local clubs, but didn't see any runners this year and it seemed like far more cars coming up than I'd noticed before - there was a long line waiting at the kiosk at the south entrance station. Our ride and some photos are recorded here:
Danville to Mt. Diablo New Year's Ride - TripTrack

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Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
Sweet bike
Thanks... new saddle for Christmas too and it looks GREAT! Also... SEWUPS!







Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Was that the ONLY patch of snow up there?

If not, it's an interesting coincidence that both of you chose the same spot for a photo.
Not the only one - definitely the most photogenic. I talked to some guys who had ridden the day before and they said that the barrier was down at Juniper for icy road so we got a little lucky on NYD.

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Hey Scott,

And was it just me, or did it seem like everyone and their dog was on the Mountain yesterday? When I got to the Junction, there had to be 50 cyclists milling around,
I got an early start, and I think I was No. 6 cyclist to Summit. I didn't see anyone until Junction when three guys passed me, then two more on Summit Road (including @nokia8860). But before I left the Summit, there were probably 50 riders and a herd of SUVs up there, and when I stopped at Junction on the way down there was a huge crowd including a lot of Valley Spokesmen.

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Old 01-03-16, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I got an early start, and I think I was No. 6 cyclist to Summit. I didn't see anyone until Junction when three guys passed me, then two more on Summit Road (including @nokia8860). But before I left the Summit, there were probably 50 riders and a herd of SUVs up there, and when I stopped at Junction on the way down there was a huge crowd including a lot of Valley Spokesmen.
Same. We got to the North Gate Kiosk by 9 am and past only a few others and by the lower ranches the next person was some guy at Toyon futzing about

As I neared the lower parking lot one other cyclist was making his way down and when I got to the summit there were probably 4 cars up there and I was the only cyclist.

After the Kodak Moment I saw you making your way then past Juniper more were making there way up. Also at the Junction, it looked liked a Velo party!



I didn't stick around as I made a bee line back home for some pie.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Was that the ONLY patch of snow up there?

If not, it's an interesting coincidence that both of you chose the same spot for a photo.
There were two, maybe three patches of snow, all about the same size, all within 100 yards of each other on a part of the road just before the summit that won't get any sun until April or May.


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Thanks... new saddle for Christmas too and it looks GREAT! Also... SEWUPS!




Great saddle. I have a Rolls on all my bikes except for Eroica rides. The Rolls works great for me backside. YMMV, of course.

Just a thought on the tires: how about keeping the green sidewall on the rear (next to the green stays) but put a red one on the front (next to the red fork)? Or would that be a little too precious?
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I went up to the Summit today, what difference a few days can make.
I also went to the Summit on 12/26 and froze.

Today I went to the summit and saw 62° on my Garmin for a bit between 1000 feet and The Ranches.

I wanted to not stink up the mountain too much, and so rode with intent.
Intent and a lot of winter weight around my middle.

Satisfactorily sub embarrassing times were achieved.

North Gate to Junction: 56:57 (DiabloScott maintains that a sub 60 is sub embarrassing)

North Gate to Summit: 1:53:50 (did not stop at Junction)
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So nice I let out a little gasp
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Great saddle. I have a Rolls on all my bikes except for Eroica rides. The Rolls works great for me backside. YMMV, of course.

Just a thought on the tires: how about keeping the green sidewall on the rear (next to the green stays) but put a red one on the front (next to the red fork)? Or would that be a little too precious?
The new Rolls replaced the old Rolls, which was worn out



But I didn't realize it was broken until I made the swap - that explains the sagging and creaking.




And the tires are Vittoria Pave tubulars - the green sidewall is an instant identifier and I love them for winter riding - 27mm! Seems like they might be discontinued for next year though.
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The new Rolls replaced the old Rolls, which was worn out

But I didn't realize it was broken until I made the swap - that explains the sagging and creaking.


And the tires are Vittoria Pave tubulars - the green sidewall is an instant identifier and I love them for winter riding - 27mm! Seems like they might be discontinued for next year though.

I've had a Rolls Titanio do exactly the same thing. But so far, only one (and I have five on bikes at present) so I don't plan on changing my saddle preference anytime soon.

As for the tires, it sounds to me like you should run out and get a lifetime supply of them now, before they disappear.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Burrrr-hurrr-hurrr



Happy new year, friends.
That red sewup gives me chills. Especially seeing it on Diablo on a wet day.

I raced back in the '70s. My first year, my best tires were Vittoria cottons with orange ribbed tread. For the price, they were very fast tires. Had them mounted for my first real race, the Maine International. Wettest ride I ever did. By far. This was (for the day) a very long road point-to-point race and nobody did anything wild. Never thought about the tires. Well, the race started speeding up in the late miles. I was moving up on the left. Someone moved toward me and I moved to my left onto the centerline median which was a surface about an inch below the pavement. And cobbled! I was instantly aware I was riding almost cobbled ice and I would have to climb that last inch to get back on the pavement. Made one aggressive move and got back up. But that shook me up big time. Since then I have had a healthy? fear of red and orange tires. (My experiences with the early Rubino tires didn't help allay that fear.)

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How come I never heard of this veloviewer thing before?
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That should be a poster!
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How come I never heard of this veloviewer thing before?
You must have gotten some angry. There was a note on the Strava message board asking that folks keep that a secret from you.

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DiabloScott, where did you find that cool chart feature? I looked around on Veloviewer and didn't see it.

EDIT: There it is!

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DiabloScott, where did you find that cool chart feature? I looked around on Veloviewer and didn't see it.
Pick a segment or an activity and then look for the 3D profile tab.

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Is there a way to keep it from artificially stretching, or compressing elevation? I couldn't find a reset or 'Keep it real!' button on that page.

p.s. AH! OH! I've been waiting to try Diablo for my riding companion to get his new groupset ( this one with actual teeth on the chainrings and cassette ) and he ordered it last night! It'll happen soon. I'm a 47 (counts... no! ) 46 years old man and I'm as excited as a little girl.

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Have any of you guys loaded the Stravistix extension onto Strava? Really cool stuff on there, you can get a helluva lot of detailed info from that.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...klkbljcgicpckn

It was worth a donation to me, because of how useful it is. The programmer is also very receptive to ideas, as he's already incorporated a few of my suggestions.
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