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Ride Recap: Social A Ride—Brunch at Hideout Kitchen

Sunday, February 4th, 2018 by tony

Continuing our strange waterless winter we had another stellar warm and sunny day, perfect for a comfortable Contra Costa ramble and a killer brunch. Temps in the mid-seventies in February? Not unheard of but truly unusual especially when it’s not just a single day but a week of it! Six of us rolled out of […]

Ride Recap: Four Bears & A Happy Pig

Monday, January 29th, 2018 by tony

In two words: [x] building, where x = {character, muscles, VO2, confidence, ego, delusion} It was really the wrong time of year to lead a ride like this; it was short and sweet but long on the climbing. RideWithGPS said over 4k of vertical but when the day was done it was “only” about 3,700 […]

Ride Recap: Social Ride Treasure Island to Assemble

Sunday, January 21st, 2018 by tony

  It was a classic “you couldn’t ask for better weather” ride yesterday. After a night of mild rain we were greeted by clear skies and bright sunshine. As well as chilly temperatures. But the wind was calm and the Bay was classic flat water. The January Social Ride went to Treasure Island by the […]

Ride Recap: Morgan Territory on 11/19

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by tony

Just a day after it officially reopened Different Spokes finally did its traditional autumn ride over Morgan Territory Road. Although road cyclists have surreptitiously been poaching the road since its closure last winter, this was the first legal opportunity to ride it. Last winter’s rains saw the road collapse and one hillside to flow over […]

Ride Recap: Social A Ride—Iron Horse Trail to Khyber Pass Kabob

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by tony

  Last Saturday the threat of rain vanished and gave us a mostly sunny day to ride from Walnut Creek BART to our favorite Afghan restaurant, Khyber Pass Kabob in Dublin. We originally planned to ride to Dublin BART as well. But since we all wanted to do the full monty and ride back to […]

Humbled [Updated 10/10, 10/16]

Monday, October 9th, 2017 by tony

Staring at the cube on top of Mt. Umunhum as a teenager I wondered what it would take to be able to cycle all the way to the top. In the 1970s Mt. Umunhum was under the aegis of the US Air Force and the road to the summit was strictly off-limits. In those days […]

East Bay Road Closure Update: Palomares Now Open!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 by tony

As we approach the next rainy season some of the road destruction due to this past winter’s rains has finally been repaired and roads are reopening. As mentioned in a couple of weeks ago we got a nice present when Calaveras Road reopened rather unexpectedly. I thought that one was slated for the “might never […]

Fall Social: Ride, Dish & Dine on Sunday, October 1!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by tony

Well into its second decade the annual Fall Social at former President Phil Bokovoy’s Berkeley digs is our second longest Club tradition/ride/event. The only regular club event that is older in origin is the Club Picnic although it has changed venue multiple times whereas the Fall Social has always been at Phil’s. Long gone are […]

Ride Recap: Contra Costa Ramble to Clayton

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 by tony

Those incessant East Bay heat waves took a break this week and we got a nice breather on Derek Liecty’s ride to Clayton. It was temperate and got only into the low-80s by early afternoon. That allowed the eight of us to enjoy a pleasant, slow ramble along the Iron Horse and the Contra Costa […]

Pfeiffer Bridge Opening Delayed: Still Time to Bike Big Sur!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by tony

This past winter’s road destruction has taught us that construction and repair timelines–if they exist at all–are truly works of fiction. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was previously scheduled to open late September but has now been pushed back “several weeks” into October according to the Monterey County Monthly. What that means is you have even more […]