Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Sign of the times


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Tricia and get outside for our "socially distanced" bike rides (not from each other, silly) but still are reminded of the seriousness with our current situation. We both are starting to realize we won't be going back to school or seeing our students this semester. Stay safe, youze guys.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Red Shift stem and big ol' tires


Gravel. Bumpy roads. They're a real transition for an old roadie. In an effort to prepare for our planned Cycle the Divide ride in Montana this summer I  put big ol' tires (bigger than 23!) on a set of 650B wheels. I have a Specialized Pathfinder 47 in front, but it wouldn't quite fit in the rear, so I tossed a Soma Casadaro 42 back there.

But in case that wouldn't be enough I added a RedShift suspension stem. I've done one ride on it and so far it seems like a winner. It doesn't bounce as I feared it would. Between the tires running at (for a roadie) insanely low pressure and this stem the ride is plush, or as my Path Less Pedaled folk say, Supple. It's remarkably stable as well. On the road the disappearance of road buzz (even with the big tread tires) is almost disconcerting. On the gravel the bike is a lot more fun as I'm not being bashed about.

I also installed Soma Casadaro tires on Tricia's Salsa. Her fame fits 50s, which are huge. It sure looks cool, and she seems happy with them.

We managed to get in a short social distancing test ride in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park. I may never be a gravel lover, but it sure is nice to be out in the green and away from cars.

This weekend the weather is a mess, and I just can't make myself ride in cold rain for fun, so further testing will have to wait.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Tricia almost wins wheel contest


Our favorite Youtube content creators, The Path Less Pedaled, held a contest/giveaway for a set of amazing wheels, pair of Chris King R45D hubs laced to the super light and strong ENVE G27 rims! To win you needed to write up what you'd do with them and send along a photo. We watched the live announcement.

Here's Tricia's minute of fame (linked directly to where they talk about her)


Tricia was one of the top 10. They read her story and showed her photo. It was fun to see the live comments "Let the teacher win!" From there they drew numbers from a helmet. All the finalists were interesting, and though Tricia would have liked to win, she felt like the winner really deserved it. Fun was had. You can check out all the Path Less Pedaled internet presence in various places, and you'll be happy you did.
PLP Web site
The Path Less Pedaled Youtube

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Wine loop around Comanche and Pardee

We ride a lot out our front. We like not having to drive to get to ride, but the same old routes get old. So in honor of our three day weekend we decided to actually have some fun. We had wine club wine to pick up at Klinker Brick in Lodi, so we took the bikes to the nearby tiny town of Clements to ride around Comanche Reservoir  and across the damn at Pardee Reservoir before collecting our Zinfandel. 



The day was beautiful, though cool, and the wine was a delight. We did have a few closer passes than we would have liked, and one jerk.. well, watch the short video. But overall, it was a win, and our first "away" ride of the year.




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

I know just what it's like to riding on a rumble strip

We’re not willing to compromise on bicyclists’ safety when it comes to rumble strip installation, and transportation officials shouldn’t either.
Yet they continue to install rumble strips on popular bicycle routes and roads with minimal or no shoulder. The national guidance provided by federal agencies specifies that rumble strips are only safe for bicyclists when there is a clear, four-foot minimum shoulder available to the right of the rumble strip. This is the standard that should be followed by every state.
Many agencies assume, with limited data, that bicyclists aren’t riding these roads and that rumble strips don’t contribute to bicycle crashes. We know this isn’t true, but we need your voices - the voices of the Adventure Cycling community - to tell them to do better.
Signing this petition allows us to show transportation agencies and elected officials that the cycling community supports prioritizing bicycle safety when installing rumble strips. Once you sign, we’ll send you safety action alerts so you can stay engaged on these issues in your state.
Learn more at www.adventurecycling.org/advocacy/safety-advocacy/rumble-strips/.  

Can you join me and take action? Signing this petition allows Adventure Cycling to show broader support from the cycling community in rumble strip advocacy efforts.


Friday, January 03, 2020

2020 Diablo summit


Once again, our pilgrimage to up to the Mt. Diablo Summit with its 3,760 feet of climbing to kick off the year. We cheated a bit and waited until January 2 just to avoid the madhouse of New Years Day. But still we kicked off the year right.

I think it's getting more steep each year. Tricia says it's because the mountain was created by geologic compression and uplift, and is still uplifting. It's happening slowly enough that kids don't notice, but those of us who have been riding awhile can tell it's a little harder to get up every year.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2019 year end totals


That's 7,231 miles. When nothing goes wrong that seems to be about what I get in a year. Lots of commutes, one good tour (two weeks in Germany and Austria this year,) lots of 30-40 miler on weekends and a few organized rides all adds up.
While the mileage seems to stay the same, I am getting slower. That's annoying, but oh well.

For the record, Tricia hit 5,207. She says she's blaming her grandkids for distracting her. But she's added running to her life, so I don't see her as slacking off at all.