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Old 10-03-10, 09:50 PM
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Do you drive to ride?

I was trying to find some clubs around my area (North San Jose) so I can try some of the club rides before joining but most of the start locations seems a little too far to ride from my doorstep.

Also, do most clubs normally don't publish route sheets for their rides? I was thinking of running some routes myself before actually joining the rides.

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Old 10-03-10, 10:06 PM
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The Alto Velo ride routes are posted on the website (www.altovelo.org) each week, if you're interested in checking them out. The B-Ride route changes on a weekly basis but generally includes at least one major climb (e.g., Hwy 9, Page Mill, OLH, or Kings to the east and Alpine, 84/WOLH, Tunitas Creek to the west) and distances from 45-60 miles. One week ago Saturday the B-ride went up Old La Honda, Skylonda, 84, Stage, Hwy 1, Tunitas Creek, Skyline to Skylonda, and down 84E (~60 miles). This last Saturday, it was up Kings, Skyline south, 84W, WOLH, Skyline north, and 84E (~45 miles).

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Old 10-03-10, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SteveE View Post
The Alto Velo ride routes are posted on the website (www.altovelo.org) each week, if you're interested in checking them out. The B-Ride route changes on a weekly basis but generally includes at least one major climb (e.g., Hwy 9, Page Mill, OLH, or Kings to the east and Alpine, 84/WOLH, Tunitas Creek to the west) and distances from 45-60 miles. One week ago Saturday the B-ride went up Old La Honda, Skylonda, 84, Stage, Hwy 1, Tunitas Creek, Skyline to Skylonda, and down 84E (~60 miles). This last Saturday, it was up Kings, Skyline south, 84W, WOLH, Skyline north, and 84E (~45 miles).

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+1 alto velo is great!

SteveE are you usually on the rides? I'm the kid in yellow near the front...
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Old 10-03-10, 11:04 PM
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I usually do - there's nothing here in Hercules/Pinole unless I drive out to Berkeley or Walnut Creek.
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Old 10-03-10, 11:29 PM
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It has always been a source of shame to me that so many of my fellow cyclists drive their cars to go for a bike ride. I am simply amazed at all the bikes that do most of their miles as passengers.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
It has always been a source of shame to me that so many of my fellow cyclists drive their cars to go for a bike ride. I am simply amazed at all the bikes that do most of their miles as passengers.
I see your name and I applaud the idea, but it's ignorant to judge people you don't know. I commute 3-5 days each week, but generally at least 1 of my weekend rides starts far enough away that I drive. Would I prefer that Diablo or Hamilton come to me? Sure, but I ask and they don't budge. A 60 mile ham ride is easy to fit in, a 110 mile round trip for the same ride isn't always in the works.
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I used to drive for nearly every ride. Lived near Sacramento, rode in the Bay area. Now I live in the Bay area, and almost never drive to rides.

That said, IdleUp, just expect to tack on some flat, possibly trafficky riding to the beginning and end of rides. I spend quite a bit of time on Stevens Creek and Foothill, but it pays off.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
It has always been a source of shame to me that so many of my fellow cyclists drive their cars to go for a bike ride. I am simply amazed at all the bikes that do most of their miles as passengers.
I live a bike-hostile area in my eyes.
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Old 10-04-10, 12:04 AM
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I only ride to the start if it is < 10 miles away. Further than that, I'd have to drive to the start. SF is 50 miles away, so a Mt. Tam loop easily becomes a double century. That really isn't practical.
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Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
I only ride to the start if it is < 10 miles away. Further than that, I'd have to drive to the start. SF is 50 miles away, so a Mt. Tam loop easily becomes a double century. That really isn't practical.
I ride to the start of rides as a warm up, but yeah 10+ is about the limit
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Old 10-04-10, 01:26 AM
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I load my bike in to my H2 hammer for anything longer then one block away.
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Old 10-04-10, 08:03 AM
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I typically just ride to the start. If I can't make it, then I do something else. The only time I drive is if I'm going to a completely different area to ride with friends. Like Vacaville, Davis, Bay Area, etc.
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Old 10-04-10, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by nthach View Post
I usually do - there's nothing here in Hercules/Pinole unless I drive out to Berkeley or Walnut Creek.
Except maybe the Crockett/Martinez/Pig Farm loop.
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Old 10-04-10, 11:00 AM
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I almost always took the car to a ride start. The rack was permanently on the trunk so it was easy. Since my 17 yo Son started to take the car to school, the rack has been off. It's so annoying to put it back on and off all the time that it has stayed in storage. Aside for joining the start of a big ride (centuries, doubles, or BF rides) I have started all my rides from home for the last year or so. It's more of a challenge climbing back home, especially after a long one, but also a good training.
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Depends if the ride is local or not. Especially late afternoon rides, I prefer driving out so I don't end up biking back at home at like 9PM, with all of my books and classes. I'll also drive because more often than not, the ride is 20 miles out at 5:00, right at the time that I get off of work.

Or today, I drove to school. I'm on campus from 6AM-10PM, need to be in a suit from 7PM-10PM, and I have a full load of boxes, a change of clothes, books, laptop that simply isn't fun to bike home @ 10PM @ night with.
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Old 10-04-10, 11:18 AM
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Diablo Cyclists start up at Heather Farms which is 13 miles away from home. I get a good warm up and cool down that way. Anything longer and I'd probably drive though.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
Except maybe the Crockett/Martinez/Pig Farm loop.
I do know that's part of the Grizzly Peak Cyclists stomping grounds - I see them ride along the Dam Road/Alhambra Valley/Pinole Valley/San Pablo Ave route into Hercules and beyond...
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
It has always been a source of shame to me that so many of my fellow cyclists drive their cars to go for a bike ride. I am simply amazed at all the bikes that do most of their miles as passengers.
I bike commute every day, and do lots and lots of local loops from my house. But riding out of Antioch is a pain that includes a brief stretch on the freeway., so when I do Diablo or such I drive. I feel guilty about it, but at least I carpool with my wife and we try to get other things done so it's not a single purpose trip.

We did drive to Montana this summer for a bike tour. Public Transportation just doesn't work when you have as much crap as we do.
But what sucks is that I was constantly aware that I was driving more on that trip than I do all year.

But our bikes have a lot more road miles than passenger miles. I think between MyLilPony and myself we had over 15,000 bicycle miles (fun, touring, utility, and commuting)
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Now ask the same question to mtn. bikers.
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I live in North San Jose, and I don't own a car, so whenever I do a recreational ride, I do ride to the start - I did an ACTC ride yesterday (ACTC.ORG) which started in Willow Glen - easy ride. There are a lot of the ACTC rides which start around Almaden Lake, and if you want, you can take the light rail down there from North San Jose. I generally ride to those too, but depending on the ride, sometimes I wimp out and take the train back home from Almaden.
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I either just head out the door maybe a BART ride. But that's cause I'm cheap not out of some committment to the "cause". When I was into mountain bikes good trails were at least a half hour drive.

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It has always been a source of shame to me that so many of my fellow cyclists drive their cars to go for a bike ride.
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Old 10-04-10, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by gpelpel View Post
I almost always took the car to a ride start. The rack was permanently on the trunk so it was easy. Since my 17 yo Son started to take the car to school, the rack has been off. It's so annoying to put it back on and off all the time that it has stayed in storage. Aside for joining the start of a big ride (centuries, doubles, or BF rides) I have started all my rides from home for the last year or so. It's more of a challenge climbing back home, especially after a long one, but also a good training.
This may look like just another post, but gpelpel lives up a hill that my car can barely make. If he's riding home from a ride he is an uber-stud and shames us all.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
This may look like just another post, but gpelpel lives up a hill that my car can barely make. If he's riding home from a ride he is an uber-stud and shames us all.
I would pit Eric's hill home vs. anyone!
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Old 10-04-10, 08:11 PM
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Was thinking of joining ACTC but the start locations were almost always more than 10 miles from North San Jose. Riding the bus/light rail to the start location is probably a good option for me especially if it's free transit.
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As long as you're riding, who cares how you get there? You think Lance rides to every ride? Naw! I'm sure every rider drives to some locations. If your max is 40 miles, and you are going on a 40 mile ride, and you have to leave at 6 AM to get to the 8 AM ride, then driving makes a heck of a lot more sense!
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