Monday, April 23, 2018

Primavera Century 2018

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Tricia looks better than I felt at the end our our 100 mile Primavera Century. But then she always does.

We had to leave the house at 5 a.m. which is a tough thing to do. But the ride was an hour away and we didn't want to hotel it, so that's what we did.  I'm always amazed how ling it takes to sign in, suit up and get rolling.  This time it took almost an hour, but we were able to get out just as the ride officially stared at 7.

This is one well run ride. Along with rest rest stops and markings it had wonderful signs in several spots letting you know that you were 1/2 mile from the summit of a tough climb.

They also somehow had enough power to get the currently-closed Calavaras Road open for the ride. No cars! And a beautiful part of California. Such a deal.

At lunch we elected to add on the extra miles a get a full century. There was some real climbing, but the hills were so beautiful and auto traffic so light it was worth it.

The last climb at mile 90 or so would be entertaining with it's 13% section, but coming when it does makes it even more interesting. Tricia and I may be slow, but at least we didn't walk it as we saw a number of (younger!) cyclists doing.

All in all it was a great day with only one oddity: I'd planned to wear my new Davis club kit and be a matchy-matchy with Tricia and thought I had until mile 85 when she said "I thought you were wearing your Davis jersey." Somehow the night before I'd set out an old Waves to Wine jersey with the same white/blue/orange color scheme and we'd both not even noticed until the late afternoon. Great job visual education teacher.







Saturday, April 14, 2018

Party Pardee in the rain 2018

We woke up the morning of the 2018 Party Pardee ride to see a dark windy morning with rain.  Tricia looked at me and said "I didn't sleep well, I think I'm getting a cold, and my stomach doesn't feel good. Let's go!"

So we drove to Ione to start our 100K in the rain. We wore our most geeky bike clothes with rain pants and rain jackets and even super-bright booties Monroadie gave us. We rode under dark skies and through puddles. Check the thirty-second long video.





Eventually, much to my surprise, not only did the rain stop, but the clouds broke up and we finished with a sunny warm day.
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Hillcrest BART Entrance in Antioch: Still Dangerous for cyclists

I'm posting this on Youtube, Facebook and here hoping the Contra Costa Transit Authority will fix this mess.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Empire Mine Road near Sand Creek: Antioch jewel

I'm working on a longer video about our favorite three miles in Antioch: Empire Mine Road near Sand Creek. If we don't act this beautiful area will be covered in houses that won't have adequate police, fire, roads or schools. That's Tricia, riding it while it's still there.

e-BART Antioch and the parking problem

I've been reading Strongtowns.org and thinking about their ideas. One is that there's just too much parking that isn't utilized at malls, schools, churches and businesses. Why can't one lot serve many purposes? With a little planning, maybe it can.

Plus, I needed an excuse to but a quadcopter, and doing some advocacy videos seemed like a perfect idea.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring break


Descending to end our ride. 
Curtis: We have 2999 feet of climbing. I need to find one more foot.
Tricia: Just leave the Garmin on the bike when you lift it to the bike rack.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cambria with hill and headwind

Our good friend Glenn (at least he was...) suggested the during our trip to Cambria we ride up Santa Rosa Creek road. It was beautiful, and away from auto traffic. But Glenn failed to mention that there are sections over 20%. Holy smokes. It was so uphill that in spots I didn't think I could get another pedal crank in. But Tricia and I made it, and it was wonderful.


I'm about 50 yards ahead of Tricia, and look how far below me she is.
That little sliver of blue on the left is the ocean!

The downhill afterward was wonderful. We ended up in descending into Cayucos and looked forward to riding up Highway 1 along the ocean back to Camberia. Alas, there was a huge headwind that made our 14 mile-ish ride back take forever. Maybe even longer. But at least it was cold as well.

For me, one exciting feature is that I made my Strava Climbing Challenge or 7500 meters.  Yep, a website made up a random number and then awarded me pixels Yet I'm thrilled. Pavlov in action I guess.

BONUS HOTEL ROOM PHOTO 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Tiny bicycle planet, tiny bike lane


I gave my  photo class a panorama assignment, and just for fun we used them to make "tiny planets." I figured I should make one too, so here's Tricia on her own tiny planet.
Ad long as we're talking tiny, how about a bike lane so tine that the word "bike" doesn't fit. It's a "lan" Go Antioch!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Old La Honda Road Tunitas Creek loop


Thanks to Glenn, Dan and Steve, Tricia and I got to ride a classic Bay Area loop this weekend. Not only was there an ocean view, there were redwoods, narrow roads and climbing. Lots of climbing. 5800 feet in 52 miles, which is pretty epic for us this early in the year.

I have video, but I realized after I shot it that a front mounted camera gives good butt shots of my fellow riders and not much else. So, no video.

I also had reinforced the idea that the more climbing there is the fewer photos I shoot. Plus, gloves and my iPhone don't play well together. Hence, guest photographers are saving the day.

Once again, Glenn was too fast to show up in any photos. Except when he hung back to climb the steep parts of Tunitas Creek with us. But then I was too busy not falling over to drag out my camera and shoot him. Next time, I promise. I'm going to have to make some special device to capture him.

Dan, suitably heroic. Photo by Steve.

Steve at the Bicycle hut on Tunitas Creek before the climb.
Tricia and Curtis slog up Tunitas Creek Road. Photo by Glenn


Curtis and Dan roll toward Pescadero and the Ocean. Photo by Glenn

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Morgan Territory Road — Both sides

Mr. Lance Oldstrong sent me a text inviting me to climb Morgan Territory Road with him, Steve and Glenn. Then, after we climbed it, to turn around and climb back. Morgan Territory Road is a classic East Bay ride, but is generally done as a loop, climbing from the North side, descending the "plunge" and circling back through Danville or climbing Diablo.

Coming back over it is not unheard of, but not as much of a "thing." And there's a good reason. The road up is silly steep, and one lane. The descent is a really crappy road that you don't notice climbing, but really do on the way down.  On the plus side, at least it was also very windy and the sun disappeared behind the clouds.  Still, a delightful time was had, though I'm not completely sure why. Must have been the company.

We ended up with 4882 feet of climbing and 62 miles. I ended up with my highest Strava "suffer score" in ages.
I wore my very-swell East Bay Regional Parks jersey because we'd be getting water at the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, an East Bay Parks site.

I'm a member of a Facebook group — Look at my bike leaning on stuff — where recently someone asked for photos of the car your bike leans on. I managed to stop on the way to this ride to shoot this. Yep. That's a car photo on my bike blog. At least there's a bike too.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Great ride except for one jerk

Tricia and I had a wonderful ride up Pig Farm and out the Three Bears. We had great weather and a delightful day. We even discovered a new-to-us bike shop with a great jersey and swell folks in Pleasant Hill: Frame Up Bikes.

But there was a pimple on the day: A jerkwad driver near the Lafayette BART station who apparently doesn't need to yield on his right turns. At least Tricia was on it and managed to swing left. Didn't bother him at all. He did at least pause long enough to respond to Tricia's shout of "You're supposed to yield!" with a loud "F*#K off." For those keeping score at home, that's black Jeep Grand Cherokee plate 6 SQY 228.



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Artisanal small batch Diablo ride

What with Tricia out of town I figured I should get good and tired so I'd stay out of trouble. To that end I got together with Steve M, Glenn W and Dan (who named the ride) for a jaunt up Diablo.


I rode to BART in Bay Point, (a bonus 14 miles before the ride) then took the train to Walnut Creek where I met Dan and we headed for our favorite mountain, meeting Glenn and Steve along the way.

It was a great day to ride, and I managed to make my Strava Challenge goal of climbing 7500 meters (24,606 feet) in January.


Most of the time this blog is full of photos I made, and they're of Tricia. Today I had no Tricia, and was wearing gloves because I'm a cold-hand wimp. Fortunately Steve isn't, so there are a few photos of me he shot.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Fun on Mt. Diablo

Tricia managed to find time after the Womens March on January 20 to ride Mt. Diablo. It was the first not foggy day in what feels like forever.

The day was so beautiful I was inspired to try making a few photos. This isn't a team shot, it's a lot of Tricias.
Tricia on Diablo
Here's just one Tricia a bunch of times.

Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 wrap up, 2018 Diablo kickoff

A few hiccups in 2017 kept my mileage lower than I would have liked, and what it's been in the past. But my wife and riding partner broke her wrist roller skating and was off the bike quite a while, which cut into my riding as well. It wouldn't have been as much fun, and "See you later, I'm off to ride" just seemed cruel.
We did manage to kick off 2018 with a ride up to the Diablo Summit. It was slow (at least for me) which is a wake up call if I hope to do any serious riding summer '18. But it was fun!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Another rare mountain bike ride

Well, a mountain bike ride for me, but for Tricia, a chance to try her Salsa Vaya on gravel. Gravel that turned to bumpy dirt and cow pies for a while, but generally gravel. She and her Salsa did well, and looked sharp.
We rode with a Delta Pedalers group who claimed they were roadies just dipping their toes and old mountain bikes into the trails at Contra Loma.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Lights ride

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It's Christmas Eve and really cold, so of course Tricia wanted to go for a bike ride in the dark. So we did. Just far enough to check out the local Christmas lights.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hillcrest Highway 4 BART onramp improvements


Apparently sometimes a little person can make a difference. In September I posted a video to Facebook and this blog pointing out the dangerous nature of the bike lane and onramp at Highway 4 and Hillcrest.  I had little hope any thing would change, but at a recent meeting of the Contra Costa Transit Authority they showed plans for phase 1 improvements at the on ramp that include new paint, signage and a promise that Antioch will enforce the no-right-turn from the center lane. They told me they'd be painting today if it wasn't too cold for the paint to stick. 

They even say that in a later phase they say they'll move the bike lane to a safer zone as well. Perhaps out from between lanes of auto traffic.

Apparently my video, and help from Bike East Bay, an East Bay Times story, a receptive Transit board and some local official involvement worked together to make this happen. I look forward to seeing it, and more forward for a further improved plan.

I hope they'll do something like what I propose in the video below.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tricia's Salsa Vaya first ride

This can't really be a review because I didn't ride it, she did. But she seems happy. She likes the feel, the 40mm tires, and the gearing. It feels like it fits, though a minor tweak may be in order. She'll get a different saddle eventually. And water bottle cages. And lights. And a rack. And panniers.

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