Archive for the 'Just for fun' Category

You Don’t Need A Weatherman [sic] To Know Which Way The Wind Blows

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by tony

  Some lessons are best learned the hard way. So it was this past week. Despite years of commuting by bike in inclement weather and the near incessant wetness we’re experiencing this winter, I made a couple of mistakes that caused me to abort rides. Both involved trusting the weather report. Riding in the rain […]

Let’s Make Christmas Great Again!

Friday, December 9th, 2016 by tony

Yeah right, you’re going to spend serious coin on cycling stuff for someone else. Admit it, you want to give yourself the holiday gift that no one else would think to give you: something drool worthy for the new “It’s All About Me” Trump age. And it’s our responsibility to keep those factories in Asia […]

The Roads Less Traveled: Sibley to Fish Ranch

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by tony

  One of the most popular cycling routes in the East Bay hills is the loop encompassing Pinehurst, Skyline, Wildcat, and San Pablo Dam Road. From the Berkeley side, riders usually head up Tunnel Road or come over Wildcat; from the Contra Costa side, Orinda BART is a convenient starting point. The loop is roughly […]

Three Peaks In A Day

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by tony

  Looking for a challenge? How about riding Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Hamilton? In one day, that is. The Bay Area is blessed with three major mountains within riding distance of each other, Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Hamilton. These are not the highest peaks nor the only ones—there are many in […]

Testing a plugin from Windsor Strava club…

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Jerome

I am trying this plugin from which is supposed to show the club Strava members’ last rides on a map. It seems to be a work in progress (not sure how to get rid of this strange title for instance 🙂 Any way, here it is: [windsor_strava_club clubid=”133″ zoom=18 lat=”37.7833″ lng=”-122.4167″ title=”foo”]

More on Rainwear

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 by tony

A dry February, besides increasing my despair at the prospect of even more Spartan water rationing come summer, fooled me into thinking that my ever-expanding collection of raingear was a waste of money. Well, no worries now! Since the beginning of March we’ve gotten over 11 inches of rain here in Contra Costa. Besides making […]

Review: Earth’s Best Organic Orange Banana Baby Food Puree

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by tony

A few months ago while wandering the aisles of our local Safeway I spotted some pouches that looked like large GU gels. They weren’t sports food at all—they were baby food. In my mind baby food is inextricably linked to Gerber’s little glass jars. But now they’ve grown up and are available in easy-to-open screw […]

The Future of E-bikes: A Prediction

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 by tony

  Like most recreational cyclists I studiously ignored the nascent appearance of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, on our shores. I preferred to propel myself down the road, thank you very much. Using an electric bicycle seemed like another incarnation of laziness and of not knowing what to do with too much money. E-bikes also were […]

The Case for Electric Bikes

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by tony

  If you were on the Mt. Hamilton ride, Turkey Burn 2, or a recent Social ride, you may have noticed that Roger was riding an electric bike. It’s a ‘pedelec’—he must pedal in order to get any electric assist. If he doesn’t pedal, then the bike doesn’t move. The bike isn’t light: it’s about […]


Monday, January 4th, 2016 by tony

  January 1 allows us all to wipe the slate clean and start anew, to do a reset. What of 2016? Undoubtedly some of you are already dreaming of new cycling exploits for the coming year. It could be as simple as planning how to ride more often or as aspirational as completing (another?) AIDS […]