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Old 02-09-12, 08:22 PM
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San Francisco area roadies, need your help

It looks like I will be in the San Francisco area (Walnut Creek, to be specific) from Feb. 25th to Mar. 1st for business, and I would like to get some riding in while I am there. With that said, any suggestions for a good bike shop(s) where I can rent a bike from? Also, could you guys give me some ideas of where to ride, and any groups rides in the area (keep in mind I am fat and from Florida)?

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Walnut Creek is not exactly SF area.

Anyway you can ride up to San Pablo Dam Road, ride around the reservoir, or hit up wild canyon rd to Berkeley for lunch. Flat it is not....
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
Walnut Creek is not exactly SF area.
They looked close enough on Google Earth

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Anyway you can ride up to San Pablo Dam Road, ride around the reservoir, or hit up wild canyon rd to Berkeley for lunch. Flat it is not....
Thanks for the suggestions; the ride around the San Pablo reservoir looks interesting. I don't mind the climbs; I will just do them slowly
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Walnut creek is Bay Area, just a matter of wording ;-)

From there take a ride down Danville Blvd to Danville - there are some great loops you can take from there and a whole bunch of group rides. What kind of ride are you looking for? (Pace/distance)
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Pegasus in Danville rents road bikes; great shop with a lot of exotic and expensive bikes.

https://pegasusbicycleworks.blogspot....s-rentals.html
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Originally Posted by Beaker
Walnut creek is Bay Area, just a matter of wording ;-)

From there take a ride down Danville Blvd to Danville - there are some great loops you can take from there and a whole bunch of group rides. What kind of ride are you looking for? (Pace/distance)
My typical rides are 30-50 miles with little elevation change. The hilliest ride I do once a week has about 1,000 feet of climbing over 40 miles (just a bunch of short, steepish hills for the most part). When riding solo, I will average around 16-17 mph on that ride. In a group, around 18-20 mph.

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Pegasus in Danville rents road bikes; great shop with a lot of exotic and expensive bikes.

https://pegasusbicycleworks.blogspot....s-rentals.html
Thanks for that link; I will definitely check them out and see what they have available. I will be staying in Lafayette, and Danville looks like a short drive from there.
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Originally Posted by fa63
My typical rides are 30-50 miles with little elevation change. The hilliest ride I do once a week has about 1,000 feet of climbing over 40 miles (just a bunch of short, steepish hills for the most part). When riding solo, I will average around 16-17 mph on that ride. In a group, around 18-20 mph.
You should try out the House of Pain Lite ride (HOP lite), that leaves Danville Peet's on Railroad Ave at 8:45 on Saturday mornings

https://www.mapmyride.com/s/routes/vi...ville/26237280
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Mt Diablo, just leave your front door, ride to the top, come down. Repeat as necessary.
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Mt Diablo, just leave your front door, ride to the top, come down. Repeat as necessary.

That would be a natural choice, but

Originally Posted by fa63
group rides....fat....Florida
put me off.


PS - assuming WS = wrench science, you didn't happen to wrench at the Pedaler before?
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Again, I have no problems climbing; it just won't be at an earth shattering pace. I am former Cat 3 in a Cat 6 body these days, but I can usually just keep chugging along. I was in Colorado for a few days last fall and did several 40-50 mile rides with 6,000-8,000 feet of climbing without any issues. So I will very likely do that climb (as long as I can find a rental bike with decent gearing); although I doubt I will be doing repeats

The HOP Lite ride looks good, too. Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
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Originally Posted by Beaker
You should try out the House of Pain Lite ride (HOP lite), that leaves Danville Peet's on Railroad Ave at 8:45 on Saturday mornings

https://www.mapmyride.com/s/routes/vi...ville/26237280
They need to add international to the House of Pain Lite.
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Again, I have no problems climbing ... l and did several 40-50 mile rides with 6,000-8,000 feet of climbing without any issues
Then you could think about going up Diablo. It's a 45-48 miles round trip from Lafayette to the top of the mountain and back, with about 4200' of climbing. You can even make it easier (minus 6 miles and 1600') by turning back at the Junction a little more than half way up Diablo.

It's a beautiful ride with not much traffic.
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Originally Posted by Beaker
That would be a natural choice, but



put me off.


PS - assuming WS = wrench science, you didn't happen to wrench at the Pedaler before?
That's me! Who's this?
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Yeah, I was going to say Mt. Diablo. Especially since they're going to include (half of) it in the ToC this year.
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That's me! Who's this?
Ha! It's Richard - you installed a nice 7800 group on my black Roubaix a couple of years back...I'll send you a PM with more.

Nice to heard from you again!
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Based on where you are staying, Diablo!
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No ****! GT Grad? I'm going up there myself this coming weekend to ride with a buddy from the cycling team. (If you didn't know, yes we have one) Currently trying to find a way to bring my bike on Delta, but that's not happening. Is there anyone out there who could loan me a bike? PLEASE? Or any suggestions on a cheap one to rent? Maybe I'll just start a thread.

Sorry to steal your attention; I'll give you some ride suggestions when I get back, but I think I like hills more than you do.
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