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Old 08-07-14, 11:29 AM
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I'm trying to do a blog entry on every day and have two so far. It may be boring, but I'm happy with teh photos.
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Old 08-08-14, 01:06 PM
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Ouch! What's the story?
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Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
Ouch! What's the story?
Sorry I took down the post as it may have been NSFW or those that don't like to see flesh and blood. Post is on my blog for those interested.

This morning on my way down Diablo after Wounded Knee my back end was feeling wobbly. As I concentrated on trying to figure that out, instead of stopping, the moment I realized it was the wind pushing me around I was already entering Chainbuster at ~57kph.

Tried my best to lean the bike to make the turn but I had already passed the apex. For a second I thought I was going to pull it off, then I ran out of road and ended up crashing the bike on the right side on the gravel.

I slid for a good amount, long enough for me to think, "Wow, I'm sliding for a good amount and boy is this going to hurt."

Soon as I came to a stop I looked back but couldn't find my bike. Turns out it went down the side of Diablo but not by much as I was able to climb down and get it (talk about difficulty in road shoes).

My kit was shredded, left leg and arm were covered in blood and dripping all over the place. Then I realized I still had half the mountain to go and still had to bike home.

By the time I made it home the adrenaline wore off and I could feel all the hurt and was getting a bit lightheaded. Cleaned myself up, fixed a bite to eat then with the wounds still fresh, put the bike on the stand and began to work on it.

Damage isn't' too bad, damaged Garmin front mount and superficial damage to both shifters and saddle. Everything else checks out fine.

I'm sore now and the cuts are starting to crust up. Shopping for a replacement kit.

Btw, I did see Dave of Big Dave's Bike on the MUP on the way home today.
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That's some impressive hamburger!
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Old 08-08-14, 07:03 PM
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OUCH. That's gotta hurt. But I'm glad it wasn't worse, i.e. your head.
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Old 08-09-14, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
That's some impressive hamburger!
Perhaps before Chainbuster it should be known as Hamburger Helper.

Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
OUCH. That's gotta hurt. But I'm glad it wasn't worse, i.e. your head.
Exactly. Btw, nice day 2 post on your blog!
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Old 08-16-14, 05:35 PM
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The taking the bike on Bart pose.



Friday morning, "Showing Diablo that I'm not afraid." summit climb.



Back to my Saturday morning grind out to Berkeley.
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Old 08-31-14, 03:14 PM
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The streets if Antioch hold many a mystery.
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Old 08-31-14, 09:34 PM
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Reminds me of Ernest Hemingway's brilliant and sad, perfect one sentence short story:

For Sale: One pair of baby shoes, never used.
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Old 09-04-14, 11:21 PM
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On a trip two weeks ago to Lake County, the descent on Bartlett Springs Road:

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Old 11-16-14, 08:40 PM
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Went out this weekend with the Hercules Cycling Club. Great bunch of guys. Very laid back and easy going. You know they always say its not going to be a hammer fest...
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Cute picture!
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Old 11-29-14, 02:20 AM
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Really inspirational pics folks. I always wanted to go on a epic bicycle adventure myself. Like a three day trip. As it is nowadays I count my blessings if I'm able to ride to work or the market.
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Old 11-29-14, 12:14 PM
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My buddy Steve and I love to ride our Roubaix road bikes, long wheelbase and tall head tube, on all kinds of roads.
Paved Roads, Gravel Roads, Dirt Roads. A road is a road, is a road. The right all 'rounder road bike can handle them all.
We rode up and over this peak, into a valley on the other side of it where there is an abandoned coal mine and ghost town called Nortonville.
Sorry, no pics of Nortonville. Nothing remains but a monument sign with interesting vintage photos displayed under Plexiglas.


Here I am descending back towards the trail head where we began the ride.
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Is this the Black Diamond Trail? I also take my road bike on dirt and have been meaning to check out Black Diamond as a route between Clayton and Antioch. Especially since it was formerly a road open to cars, it seems like it shouldn't be too technical.
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Old 11-29-14, 01:32 PM
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You guys should have rolled just a bit farther and dropped in for a visit!
Looks like a great ride, but pretty impressive for road tires!
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Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post

Here I am descending back towards the trail head where we began the ride.
Looks like a great ride!
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Old 11-29-14, 04:32 PM
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Is this the Black Diamond Trail? I also take my road bike on dirt and have been meaning to check out Black Diamond as a route between Clayton and Antioch. Especially since it was formerly a road open to cars, it seems like it shouldn't be too technical.
Yes, it is the Black Diamond Trail. There are some 17% sections but most of the grades are 15%. Steep but can be done.
My gearing is 34x34 on my road bike for me at 200 lbs. My buddy navigated it all on his road bike geared 34x28, he weighs 135.

See mile 20 through mile 29 on this Strava ride.
That is the Clayton to Nortonville and back to Clayton portion of my ride.
Bike Ride Profile | Nortonville Mines Mixed Terrain near Concord | Times and Records | Strava

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Old 11-29-14, 05:00 PM
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More from Nortonville/Black Diamond:
After we go down this, we have to up that?!!

... and then there was a short ramp that involved Hike and Bike tactics.

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Fun, hard ride. Still happy I didn't fall over.
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Thanksgiving Day Three Bears Loop with the Hercules Cycling Club.



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Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
Yes, it is the Black Diamond Trail. There are some 17% sections but most of the grades are 15%. Steep but can be done.
My gearing is 34x34 on my road bike for me at 200 lbs. My buddy navigated it all on his road bike geared 34x28, he weighs 135.

See mile 20 through mile 29 on this Strava ride.
That is the Clayton to Nortonville and back to Clayton portion of my ride.
Bike Ride Profile | Nortonville Mines Mixed Terrain near Concord | Times and Records | Strava

Sounds like a fun ride. I can imagine the rear tire loosing grip on the 17% climbs and the skidding front wheel on the descents. Did you use 23/25mm tires or wider ones?
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We rode on 23mm tires and keeping keeping rider weight centered over the bottom bracket, climbing seated, did the trick.
There were no technical turns on the descent so speed management kept me from any front or rear wheel skids.
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I am now a 3/4 time bike commuter (riding in the dark is ok, but full on rain no thanks.) Just had my first commute flat, pretty good one too!
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^^^ Looks like you nailed it . . .
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