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Old 07-29-08, 03:36 PM
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"Steel Is Real", no-drop, casual Tour of Livermore ride - August 30th

OK - my turn to host a ride. Encouraged by the huge turnouts and great atmosphere of the two Davis "laid-back" rides, I've decided to try and repeat the success over here in the East Bay.

To that end, I've chosen a fairly easy, scenic, and relatively low-traffic route around the Livermore Valley that borrows a bit from the Cinderella ride. The loop is about 45 miles in length, and total climbing is only about 1,400-1,500 feet.

The theme will be "steel is real", and you are encouraged to ride a steel and/or vintage bike. Don't worry though - everyone is welcome, on whatever bike they have at their disposal - even the funny looking plastic ones.

I guarantee that it will be a low-key, no-drop ride.

I've mapped out the ride on Bikely, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how to gin up que sheets:
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Tour-of-Livermore


***UPDATE***
Proposed date/time is Saturday, August 30th @ 7:30am. I have received confirmation from the owner (Byron) of Crank 2 that we are welcome to park in his lot, use his facilities, and enjoy free ice water and coffee before/after the ride. Therefore, I propose to move the start/finish to his property. It is literally only a block or so away from the originalk start/finish at the middle school, so there shouldn't be an issue.

So, the new start/finish point is now located at 5480-9 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA:
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...num=1&ct=title

QUE SHEET SHOULD BE AVAILABLE HERE:
http://dbltap.home.comcast.net/~dblt...ue%20sheet.xls

(still right off the 680 freeway/Bernal exit, and only a few miles from the Pleasanton BART station). We can adjust the start time as it draws near and we have a better idea of the weather. Could be blazing hot, could be windy and cold, could be anywhere in between.

Wadda ya think?

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MiqueMaus - BART
stripes - BART
sweetnsourbkr - BART
taxi777 - BART
BlankCrows
bikingshearer
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cccorlew
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jonathanb715 (and friends)
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mtnwalker - Sold his soul, and cannot go
MyLilPony
nachomc - Flaked Out
pohlf
redrider
Rockman
RoboCheme
rumbutter
spingineer
steelblue
subframe
t4mv


MAYBE
Craig in Davis
kb5ql
ricebowl - BART
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Old 07-29-08, 03:51 PM
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Does this go past the wineries (like Concannon) and such? Concannon is one of my favorite wines and I love the vineyard.
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Sounds like a perfect opportunity for my first group ride! Sorry magnets no stick to my bike.

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Old 07-29-08, 03:59 PM
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Aluminum tandems okay?
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Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
Aluminum tandems okay?
I'll be an outcast with you and bring my plastic bike. I haven't been riding long enough to have anything "vintage" and have nothing steel
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Oooh, ooh, I may have to dust off the Melton (Tange Prestige) or the tandem again for this. We're armed with steel and if I'm in town, I'm down with this ride. Lookin' forward to this one!
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Count me in for that one. It will be nice not to have to drive to one of these events. We will probably ride our steel tandem. If we can help at all with the organizing please let us know.

I have three steel bikes for sale if anyone needs one

Kona Unit 2-9 Single Speed Mountain bike (2007 model I think) (Like new)
Raleigh 653 Race (early 90's vintage road race bike hand made in England) Easy to do an ss conversion on. (V good con)
Raleigh Mountain bike (early 90's vintage- UK model. exc cond)

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Old 07-29-08, 04:24 PM
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Me and Eddy would like to come!

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Nice route - I ride those roads a lot, and they can be a lot of fun. You can have a spot the buffalo contest on Collier Canyon.

Unless there's a soccer game they haven't scheduled yet that weekend, I should be able to make this - my ex. has the kids. Of course, I'll be on my plastic fantastic Kestrel (I've given away the old aluminum Trek, and my mountain bike needs some serious attention to be rideable), but I assume someone will still talk to me.

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Old 07-29-08, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
Does this go past the wineries (like Concannon) and such? Concannon is one of my favorite wines and I love the vineyard.
The route goes right past Concannon's front gate. As I was born and grew up in Livermore, this is my old stomping grounds. I can therefore add some detail to BBM's description. (And since I know the roads and will be at the back of the pack anyway, I can volunteer to ride sweep. )

The start/finish point is about the lowest point, elevation-wise, on the ride. That's about the same as saying that the start/finish is the lowest point on a Davis-Lake Solano-Winters-Davis ride, and this ride is in the same ballpark in terms of difficulty.

Some gently rolling terrain on Vineyard Road on the way to Livermore. Mostly flat with an occasional bump through southern Livermore and out Tesla Road.

Cross Road is a climb, starting out gently and never worse than easy (for you in-shape hammerin' types) to moderate (for us Clydesdale, no-climbing-skills types). The last bit of Cross and then Patterson Pass is a fast, fun downhill rolling out into fairly flat onto Greenville Road through northeast Livermore and out onto Livermore Avenue.

Manning Road has some gentle climbing (but steep enough to saw me off the back). Collier Canyon is a gentle downhill, fast and fun all the way to I-580. Isabel Avenue is flat as a pancake, but has become a sort of expressway - traffic will not be heavy, but will be fast, and there are ample paths/shoulders. Vineyard back to Pleasanton is net downhill (but so is going to Davis from Winters) with one or two little bumps.

Assuming it isn't 110 degrees out, this'll be a fun one.
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Old 07-29-08, 04:34 PM
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Team Madame Butterfat will be there!
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I have a steel bike and I am vintage. I am coming.
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Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
Aluminum tandems okay?
Only if they are towing a trailer full of canines.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
The theme will be "steel is real", and you are encouraged to ride a steel and/or vintage bike. . . . Wadda ya think?
Hmmmm - Cooper or Paramount? Paramount or Cooper? Decisions, decisions . . . .
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Only if they are towing a trailer full of canines.
Wheels down
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Sounds great! I think I can make it.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Me and Eddy would like to come!

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I didn't know you had that in your arsenal. Can you show more pictures please..? I've wanted one of those since I was on my first road bike (Panasonic DX-4000). Me likey that bikey!!!

As for this ride... Bad weekend. It's my best buds and mines Birthday that weekend (30th-31st respectively) so I'll be out of the area. Bummer! It'd be great motivation to acquire something welded. Honeyyyy! I'm home...
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Can I strip and repaint my steal bike in time?....hmmmm
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Bike Friday or the Xtracycle (1996 Rockhopper)? Hmm. Tentative.
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Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I didn't know you had that in your arsenal. Can you show more pictures please..? :
Sorry, these were with my old ultra cheap camera. Don't have any porn... he's my foul-weather bike now so he's usually grimey. BigBossMan gave me a hard time for not keeping him in the garage - HA! If he only knew.







Maybe I'll give him the Bike Lust treatment before the big ride.

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Hummmm. Hey BossMan, what kind of shoes does one wear these days on a bike with toe clips? I tried my road shoes sans cleats, but the soles are too slick...
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Everyone knows it's the Saturday of Labor Day weekend?

Right now it looks good for me to go. I've wanted to ride the Livermore Valley for a while.

And I'm open to carpooling from Woodland/Davis/Sacramento.

p.s. I outgrew my Bridgestone LTD touring bike 15 years ago, so sadly it's been sold. Stuck with my plastic/cloth bike...
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You're going to guarantee that nobody uses their drops? How, via the hacksaw method?
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I've mapped out the ride on Bikely, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how to gin up que sheets:
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