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Old 07-19-08, 07:06 PM
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"Tour de Fat" Ride report!

Would have liked to take “Fluffy” (the Cloud Bike) out for her maiden voyage to the “Tour de Fat”, but seeing how this was such a novelty ride, I decided to go with the “Taxi” bike. This resulted in a last minute call for my fashionista and it was then into my phone booth and ready to go!

I met Alan, Nigel and (stand by for name, brain glitch) at Caltrains and headed for the Ferry Building. We picked up our Tandem Dave & Lisa at Noahs, Lisa had about a Bakers dozen with cream cheese and was well into her 6th bagel and almost ready to go. As I nervously tapped my feet and twiddled my thumbs… She plowed through 5 more and gave 1! We launched down the Market st. corridor.

As we got to Market and 7th there was a crowd standing around a mini-van in the middle of the plaza with the front quarter panel and front wheel sheered off. The woman driving was hanging out the widow unconscious but seemed alive and after a minute opened her eyes. Side impact bags work! Otherwise she would not be with us. 4 minutes early and we could very well have been hood ornaments. I shuddered at the thought and decided to split, the Ambulance was there now.

We hustled through the Duboce triangle where I almost got left hooked by some idiot with no turn signal who was stopped for a significant amount of time before I passed on the left just as they decided to turn into a drive. I Shouted “have a good day my fine sir” and gave him a tip of my top hat. We ventured on enjoying the freedom of our Penny Farthings!

We arrived at the meadows and the vibe was very nice, but the weather was freezing! I decided not being a beer guy I'd pass on the beer and leave early. There was a trailer there with the Fat Tire logo and which served as the the MC's podium.

OwlBoogie showed up on his fine 85 Schwinn with his Pop's. I ran into some other aquintences I had not seen in awhile. Gary (Steelblue) showed up looking buffed and all bikey with his 24 year old Eddy Mercyx which I hadn't seen live yet. Cool looking machine and his bike looked good too! : )

The Marching band was weird and really cool at the same time. You guys would have loved it! They played the strangest compositions, but really well. They we're worth the whole trip. We all went out to the road, (100's) and did a fun loop in the park with a police escort. There we're some great people and crazy cool bikes.

I had to split, it was just to damn cold! I rode back with D&L. I decided to take them for my favorite ride in the city. “Oak Street Gauntlet”. If you haven't done it I'll take you on it some time. Hands down the most invigorating ride in SF. If you start at GGpark on Oak you'll hit every light green to Franklin and more. Close to 2 miles in tight fast moving traffic slight downgrade and rapid tailwind. A motopacing joy! I couldn't wait to do it with a tandem. Dave & Lisa KILLED IT!!!!!!!... Lis was traumatized but I think she really dug it. Dave was Stoked! Literally. I was topped out and pedaling like a Gerbal on crack! So we bid farewell, and put yet another Epic ride with friends behind me.
Thanks every one. I really enjoyed it. Especially Alan thanks for putting out the call!

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THE TWO HOTTEST PICTS OF THE DAY!!!!



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That was a lot of fun! We'll be back next year!
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Jeez. I'm such a geek. I thought it was Sunday.
At least i have these photos. Thanks.
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That was fun. My dad loved it. Nice to meet you guys.
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18 Tour de Fat pics

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My pops rollin' and grinin'

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That looks awsome!! I really wanted to make it.. sorry I missed it :-( I volunteered to SAG for Team in Training that day... and then had to get in my own ride in the afternoon. Next year, though, I hope!
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That looks awsome!! I really wanted to make it.. sorry I missed it :-( I volunteered to SAG for Team in Training that day... and then had to get in my own ride in the afternoon. Next year, though, I hope!

It was super cold, so you didn't miss that!

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Very interesting ride report and pics! Thanks for sharing that. As someone who has lived on the East Coast my whole life (well, so far), it was something I probably would not have known about otherwise.

I'm curious though, and this is a sincere question, not a precursor to mocking anyone, but... the commens that it was too cold to ride made me check the weather for SF yesterday. It showed a high of 65, and a low of 53. Am I missing something here?
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Looks like fun. I, too, didn't realize it was on Saturday until it was too late. Oh well, I got some wrenching done instead.

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I'm curious though, and this is a sincere question, not a precursor to mocking anyone, but... the commens that it was too cold to ride made me check the weather for SF yesterday. It showed a high of 65, and a low of 53. Am I missing something here?
*shrug* Some people think 65 is cold. Pretty perfect weather for riding, as far as I'm concerned, and I've lived here all my life.
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Very interesting ride report and pics! Thanks for sharing that. As someone who has lived on the East Coast my whole life (well, so far), it was something I probably would not have known about otherwise.

I'm curious though, and this is a sincere question, not a precursor to mocking anyone, but... the commens that it was too cold to ride made me check the weather for SF yesterday. It showed a high of 65, and a low of 53. Am I missing something here?
I grew up in Boston 30 years! Blizzard of 78 alumni! but....since I've moved here I have become the biggest weather wimp in the world. Also theres something about that gloomy fog that makes it colder, if you know what I mean.
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the commens that it was too cold to ride made me check the weather for SF yesterday. It showed a high of 65, and a low of 53. Am I missing something here?
It wasn't too cold to ride. Riding was the only time we were warm, since the engine was running. It was cold for standing around at the Party, listening to music and drinking beer. It was very windy and foggy. And I doubt the temp hit 65, probably high 50s in Golden Gate Park. It was sunny elsewhere in the City (as we rode out of the Park). That's SF weather for ya.
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Sorry I missed the festivities. Looked like tons of fun.

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Did anyone catch The Sprockettes perform?
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looks like they all left too early. I'm actually surprised at how small the crowd on the ride seemed.
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Did anyone catch The Sprockettes perform?
Do you mean these ladies? If so, they were soooo awesome. Lovely harmonies. Eclectic sound. Funny, whimsical, off-beat, hip music. Really nice to look at, too .

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I grew up in Boston 30 years! Blizzard of 78 alumni! but....since I've moved here I have become the biggest weather wimp in the world. Also theres something about that gloomy fog that makes it colder, if you know what I mean.
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Actually, that point about the fog is a good one. It seems to me that any time the air is really humid, it seems to exaggerate your impression of the temperature. Another thing is it all depends on what you're used to. I'm in PA, and the first spring day in the mid 50's seems wonderfully warm. Mid-summer, when you're used to temperatures in the 80's or higher, it will feel Arctic.
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Do you mean these ladies?
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I went to the Flagstaff one every year, where we broke the record for most kegs consumed year after year. Then the city didn't invite New Belgium back for another go. Thus ended my annual vacation and reunion with college buddies.
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I saw the Sprockettes, it was an interesting show. I haven't had time to go through my pictures, but I'll post them when I do.
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Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
It was super cold, so you didn't miss that!

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Hi - I met Paul & Alan on Caltrain and we formed, our small diverse crowd to GGP. Alan's correct at GGP it was just nice temperature when riding, but too cool for standing, it was combination of temperature humidity & wind. I was just about warm enough with a windproof over base.

I rode up/down the line of cyclists as we did the route around GGP, a big crowd, surprised at the scale & diversity.

The range of temperature is most surprising, within just a couple of miles. To be stood still at GGP, I'd need two layers over what I need to standstill at San Mateo (where I live). I phoned my wife back in England, warning her to bring layers like we'd use for English spring weather. This is not a problem if you know to pack layers. I didn't consume alcohol in the event but I saw others consuming & shivering - so only message is to pack layers for next TdeFat.
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