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04-29-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 810
Posted By ConstantRider

I don't have specific recommendations for teams,...

I don't have specific recommendations for teams, but I'm sure if you ask at some of the many bike shops in Marin, you will get recommendations for teams and regular fast group rides. Here is a list...
02-01-12, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,220
Posted By ConstantRider

There are a few 100+ mile events that start in SF...

There are a few 100+ mile events that start in SF that combine roads with a large portion of fire roads/trails, and they're designed to be rideable on road bikes (with a minimum recommended tire...
10-21-11, 01:40 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,849
Posted By ConstantRider

Yes, that was the intent of my post. There are a...

Yes, that was the intent of my post. There are a lot of articles and studies that talk about the alarming jump in overweight/obesity rates in the last 20 years, and it's not always clear if their...
10-20-11, 10:32 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,849
Posted By ConstantRider

One thing to keep in mind when discussing...

One thing to keep in mind when discussing American obesity trends based on BMI levels: In 1998, CDC/NIH changed the point at which one becomes overweight according to the BMI scale. Pre-1998, a BMI...
Replies: 27
Views: 3,187
Posted By ConstantRider

I have a 2005 Specialized Roubaix (I believe...

I have a 2005 Specialized Roubaix (I believe Specialized has redesigned the frame somewhat since then.)

As a century and double-century bike, it's great -- very comfortable for those distances.
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08-24-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,553
Posted By ConstantRider

The way Knotty suggests is the standard route. ...

The way Knotty suggests is the standard route.

Here's a detailed cue sheet (http://www.sfrandonneurs.org/assets/downloads/routeArchive/115kPopulaireCueSheet.pdf) (that ultimately goes to Point...
Replies: 8
Views: 379
Posted By ConstantRider

The Davis, CA randonneurs typically start their...

The Davis, CA randonneurs typically start their 600ks on Friday night at 8PM. The San Francisco Randonneurs usually have a 200k that starts at 8PM, so, yes, it does happen. One common rationale for...
05-11-11, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By ConstantRider

If you are riding across the bridge on weekdays...

If you are riding across the bridge on weekdays before 3:30 PM, you have to cross on the east side of the bridge with the pedestrians. It can be a little chaotic, but as long as you don't treat it as...
Replies: 136
Views: 7,726
Posted By ConstantRider

The San Francisco Randonneurs have been getting...

The San Francisco Randonneurs have been getting record numbers of riders for the brevets this season. For example, there are 75 people signed up for next week's 600k. In comparison, 25 completed that...
04-27-11, 09:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By ConstantRider

Here is an archive of detailed route sheets...

Here is an archive of detailed route sheets (http://velogirls.com/resources/routes.php#north). Look for the ones that start from the "Presidio Sports Basement."

To get from the Laurel Heights...
04-21-11, 05:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,512
Posted By ConstantRider

Any revenues raised by ticketing would be minor...

Any revenues raised by ticketing would be minor in the larger picture of bridge financing, as there's no way to automate the process as there is with cars. i don't think the speed limit is being...
03-13-11, 11:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By ConstantRider

Marin will serve you very well for hiking,...

Marin will serve you very well for hiking, trail-running, and locally sourced asparagus as well as the cycling.
01-29-11, 09:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,060
Posted By ConstantRider

Google "Butterlap" for info on a Wednesday night...

Google "Butterlap" for info on a Wednesday night ride that goes through the city and check out the blog "Bikes and the City" for more info on local city-centric rides. May also be worthwhile to check...
11-19-10, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 610
Posted By ConstantRider

I think your first thought would provide an...

I think your first thought would provide an overall more scenic ride. Silverado Trail is a nice but pretty flat and straight 30 miles from Napa to Calistoga. Once you switch over to 128, it gets a...
08-05-10, 03:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By ConstantRider

The flattest, boringest ride in SF is doing loops...

The flattest, boringest ride in SF is doing loops at the Polo Field in GG Park. The track is approximately .65 miles long and if you go between 5PM and 7PM, particularly Tuesdays or Thursdays, there...
07-08-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,337
Posted By ConstantRider

Here is an excerpt from a 2005 Oakland Tribune...

Here is an excerpt from a 2005 Oakland Tribune article about the incident: "Because of poor cell phone reception in the area, the truck's driver -- Brian Evitt, 28, of Livermore -- had to drive to...
07-08-10, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By ConstantRider

If you have some experience riding...

If you have some experience riding off-road/single-track, there is a great 20-mile loop you can do that will provide beautiful views on a clear day. Basically, you start in Point Reyes Station or...
07-04-10, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By ConstantRider

HWY 1 both south and north of Olema gets a fair...

HWY 1 both south and north of Olema gets a fair amount of bike traffic. If you head south toward Bolinas, it's a little less scenic than if you head north. Also, the road is straighter so the car...
06-11-10, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By ConstantRider

Starting from Larkspur rather than San Rafael...

Starting from Larkspur rather than San Rafael will eliminate a few miles, some climbing, and some traffic. Magnolia, a street that runs through most of Larkspur, is a prime route for commuting and...
Replies: 4
Views: 928
Posted By ConstantRider

you can see a calendar of upcoming brevets for...

you can see a calendar of upcoming brevets for all the four norcal clubs here. (http://www.sfrandonneurs.org/events-calendar.htm)

The SF Randonneurs also maintain a Google Groups page...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,583
Posted By ConstantRider

I like Cycoactive's Bar Map OTG...

I like Cycoactive's Bar Map OTG (http://www.cycoactive.com/bike/otg.html) holder. 4" x 5" inches in its smallest iteration (good for route sheets) but can also expand to 8.5" X 11" for maps. Includes...
12-14-09, 11:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 797
Posted By ConstantRider

I do a lot of mixed terrain riding in the...

I do a lot of mixed terrain riding in the Headlands and Mt. Tam, and have used the mountain bike versions of both the Speedmax and the WTB All Terrainasaurus -- both 26 x 1.5 or pretty close to that....
11-16-09, 02:34 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 8,928
Posted By ConstantRider

If you're thinking about PBP in 2011, you should...

If you're thinking about PBP in 2011, you should consider doing some brevets in 2010. Because they're putting a cap on registrants for the first time in 2011, there is going to be some kind of quota...
11-09-09, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,285
Posted By ConstantRider

hey, caloso, did you mean this past saturday, or...

hey, caloso, did you mean this past saturday, or upcoming?

If it's the latter, Tam does have fun fire roads where a CX bike will work perfectly. As for bathrooms, there's one at Pantoll Station...
11-03-09, 01:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By ConstantRider

The ironic thing about charging cyclists and...

The ironic thing about charging cyclists and pedestrians is that essentially any fees collected would not be going toward bridge maintenance, but rather toward subsidizing the bus and ferry systems...
08-31-09, 06:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 11,493
Posted By ConstantRider

You can find information about San Francisco...

You can find information about San Francisco trails at SF Urban Riders (http://sfurbanriders.org/wordpress/) and SF Mountain Biking (http://www.sfmtb.com/). (Many of these are not legally accessible...
08-31-09, 03:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 636
Posted By ConstantRider

SF Randonneurs Russian River 200K -- Sept. 12

The San Francisco Randonneurs have scheduled three 200K brevets for this fall, and the first one's in a couple weeks -- Saturday September 12.

It's the Russian River 200K, and it starts at 7 AM in...
08-18-09, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 798
Posted By ConstantRider

You will get cars on Highway One. Between...

You will get cars on Highway One. Between Marshall and Tomales, there's often no shoulder, but the road is pretty twisty so cars generally can't get much speed up. (Motorcycles are a different...
08-12-09, 09:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By ConstantRider

Tomales is a tiny little town. I'm sure there are...

Tomales is a tiny little town. I'm sure there are some B&B's around, but off-hand can't think of any motels/hotels. There is a place, the Valley Ford Hotel, about five miles north in Valley Ford....
07-27-09, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 804
Posted By ConstantRider

That is the standard route, but two things to...

That is the standard route, but two things to note: First, if you want to go all the way to the top of Tam, turn left when you hit the Rock Springs parking lot (I believe the road is still called...
07-20-09, 07:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,641
Posted By ConstantRider

No stops, no on-bike nature breaks, so i guess...

No stops, no on-bike nature breaks, so i guess the answer's "scary."
07-18-09, 09:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,641
Posted By ConstantRider

Thanks for organizing, Chris, that was something...

Thanks for organizing, Chris, that was something I've been wanting to try for a while.

The first 50 miles were a lot of fun, even when I barely hanging on when the speed ramped up. The second 50...
07-17-09, 11:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,641
Posted By ConstantRider

I will be there at the start. Not sure if I'm in...

I will be there at the start. Not sure if I'm in for the full 100, but I'll see how it goes...
Replies: 14
Views: 694
Posted By ConstantRider

Pchopper, fyi, the Bay Area has a lot of...

Pchopper, fyi, the Bay Area has a lot of organized centuries every year (http://www.velogirls.com/resources/centuries.php) where you just pay an entry fee of $40 - $75 rather than raising a certain...
06-17-09, 08:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 701
Posted By ConstantRider

Good luck, Chris! That should be quite an...

Good luck, Chris! That should be quite an experience...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,727
Posted By ConstantRider

I really like the Banjo Brothers version...

I really like the Banjo Brothers version (http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/01062.php). It's a little larger than others I've used, and there is a small amount of padding on the bottom and the...
05-11-09, 04:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,267
Posted By ConstantRider

Closed road above Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin...

Closed road above Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands: Crummy pavement, not all that steep, but a nice view.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1309/1436197690_1f7fc7d8bb_o.jpg
04-24-09, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By ConstantRider

I have never ridden Highway 29 above Calistoga,...

I have never ridden Highway 29 above Calistoga, i.e., the part you have on your route. It seems like most of the organized rides that occur in that general area (the Davis Randonneur club rides,...
04-23-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By ConstantRider

do you have an idea of how many miles/hours a day...

do you have an idea of how many miles/hours a day you want to ride?

do you want to avoid climbs? or seek them out?

There are basically two main roads that run the length of Napa Valley: Highway...
04-21-09, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,586
Posted By ConstantRider

I agree with Johnny99 -- with one caveat. I'd...

I agree with Johnny99 -- with one caveat. I'd look for a used mountain bike from the mid-1990s or earlier, i.e., without a suspension fork. Craigslist has lots of old Specialized Hardrocks and...
04-21-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By ConstantRider

Over 50? Like to pose?

Saw this on the SF Randonneurs list and figured I'd repost here....

$180 to stand around in your spandex and pose for a few hours? It gets windy out at Dillon Beach, but still sounds like a dream...
04-11-09, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By ConstantRider

Calistoga Bike Shop is a great shop, but it's 30+...

Calistoga Bike Shop is a great shop, but it's 30+ miles north of the Silverado Country Club.

Healdsburg is a nice place to start/finish a ride, but it's 50+ miles from Silverado.
Replies: 50
Views: 2,602
Posted By ConstantRider

PricePoint carries them...

PricePoint carries them (http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/17347-400_PAC108-43-Brands-337-Paceline/Paceline-Chamois-Butt'r-10-Pack-of-9ml-Packets.htm).
04-10-09, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By ConstantRider

Call Napa River Velo...

Call Napa River Velo (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Napa+River+Velo&aq=f&oq=). Their website doesn't seem to work, but they do rentals, and I'm guessing they rent roadbikes, not just hybrids....
Forum: Commuting
03-27-09, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 621
Posted By ConstantRider

1. Gear-grinder shell...

1. Gear-grinder shell (http://www.gear-grinder.com/shop/ViewProduct.aspx?cid=1&scid=7&pid=52)

2. Ibex gloves...
03-19-09, 09:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By ConstantRider

They've finished the construction on Ridgecrest...

They've finished the construction on Ridgecrest and it is now open again.
Replies: 23
Views: 1,371
Posted By ConstantRider

Be prepared for occasionally aggressive traffic...

Be prepared for occasionally aggressive traffic on 128, especially on the return trip. Lots of trucks pulling boats....
Forum: Commuting
02-20-09, 10:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,943
Posted By ConstantRider

Also these: ...

Also these:

http://reynoldsshoes.co.uk/shoe.gif

Reynolds shoes (http://reynoldsshoes.co.uk/)
Forum: Commuting
02-20-09, 01:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,943
Posted By ConstantRider

http://www.dromarti.com/images/dromarti/medium/sto...

http://www.dromarti.com/images/dromarti/medium/storica_MED.jpg

Dromarti Storica (http://www.dromarti.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10_14&products_id=16)
02-09-09, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Posted By ConstantRider

Is the pain constant, or only when you're riding?...

Is the pain constant, or only when you're riding?

Two years ago, in late February, I started experiencing pain in both knees on a long ride. For three or four days afterward, the pain was...
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