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Redwood Road Update and Niles Canyon Stroll ‘N Roll 9/30

Friday, September 8th, 2017 by tony

After months of silence from Caltrans and Alameda County we finally have word on Redwood Road. Since it was shut last spring due to the road collapsing towards EBMUD’s San Leandro Reservoir, we had just been assuming that Caltrans was “working on it.” Apparently not, for now we have word that the reconstruction of Redwood […]

2017 Centuries and Gran Fondos

Friday, December 16th, 2016 by tony

Less than one month to go and 2016 will be one for the books, yet it’s not too early to be thinking about next year and the Next Big Ride. Many cycling clubs don’t yet have information available about their centuries and even if they do, registration has yet to open and details are currently […]

2017: 35 Years of Different Spokes!

Monday, November 7th, 2016 by tony

2017 will be the 35th anniversary of the founding of Different Spokes San Francisco. My, how time flies when you’re having fun. The very first LGBT cycling club, founded by a ragtag bunch of touring and recreational cyclists in the same year as the founding of the Gay Olympics Games, officially opened for business with […]

History of the Orinda Pool Party

Monday, August 1st, 2016 by tony

  The Orinda Pool Party is coming up in just two short weeks! I thought this might be a good time to share a short history of Different Spokes’ favorite East Bay event. Although many current Different Spokes members think that the Orinda Pool Party is an original idea, it is not. That honor goes […]

Update on 2016 Century Rides

Sunday, February 28th, 2016 by tony

Several century rides I listed in the December 13 post were uncertain at the time. Note that some fees have increased due to the end of early registration. Here are some updates:   April 9 Saturday. The Cinderella Classic and Challenge. Women and girls only. $58. Registration is currently open. Registration capped at 2,500 but […]

2016 Centuries and Gran Fondos–Start Planning!

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 by tony

2015 is winding down and now’s the time to start planning your 2016 big ride schedule. Century and gran fondo rides in California have a nasty tendency to fill up and before you know it registration is full. If you want a complete but slightly overwhelming list of rides, you can view what has been […]


Monday, October 27th, 2014 by tony

There it is in the photo: the new Carquinez Scenic Trail, beckoning… I shot that photo through the locked gate at the western end of the trail a couple days ago. Carquinez Scenic Drive, the long abandoned county road connecting Crockett and Martinez above the Carquinez Strait, will soon be reopened. It could be open […]

Ride With Different Spokes During the Week!

Sunday, March 31st, 2013 by tony

Have you ever looked at the Different Spokes ride calendar and wished there was a ride posted on a Tuesday, a Wednesday, or just any weekday? Maybe you have a weekday free because you have a non-standard work schedule, are between jobs, or are “of an age”, or maybe you just want to play hooky […]

Cinderella Century on Saturday, April 6!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by tony

The 37th edition of the venerable Cinderella Century takes place on Saturday, April 6. This ride can bring out as many as 2,500 participants and is probably the largest women-only ride in the country, if not the world. Last year’s ride was bombarded with heavy rain and horrific, near-horizontal winds. But this year’s prolonged drought […]

Medicine of Cycling Six Week Class

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by David Gaus

Evan Kavanagh passes along this flyer and information about a six week class for the public called “The Medicine of Cycling” featuring expert physicians, psychologists, trainers, and specialists covering important concepts for cyclists like bike fit, metrics, psychology, nutrition, and of course aches and pains! The course was adapted from professional education programming for sports […]