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Odds And Ends

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by tony

Canyon Bridge. Instead of awaiting a new permanent bridge, the town of Moraga is planning on installing a temporary one-way bridge to replace the existing one that was irreparably damaged by earth movement and rains this past winter. This is not only good news for the tiny town of Canyon, which is now isolated from […]

Go Around Canyon Bridge By Trail, Get Ticket

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by tony

Following up on the May 3 posting, East Bay Regional Park District rangers are issuing tickets to cyclists who use the closed Valle Vista trail to circumvent the Canyon bridge, which is closed indefinitely. From the Lamorinda Weekly: “The East Bay Regional Parks District is serious about enforcing the closed trail from the Valle Vista […]

Road Recovery

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 by tony

  You probably are aware that a week ago there was a gigantic landslide on Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast covering a quarter-mile of the road with up to 40 feet of debris. Combined with the earlier destruction of the Big Sur bridge to the north, a sizeable section of the scenic route […]

Fire Roads Also Hit Hard By Record Rainfall

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by tony

Since Different Spokes is de facto a road bike club, it’s understandable that members are concerned about road closures caused by our epic winter rains. Roads such as Old La Honda, Skyline, Palomares, Bolinas-Fairfax, Mt. Hamilton, etc. are the meat-and-potatoes rides of our club. When they’re closed or obstructed, we all take notice. However mountain […]

Bay Bridge Bike Path To Open Weekdays On May 5

Friday, April 14th, 2017 by tony

Although the Alex Zuckerman Path on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been partially open for over three years—making it literally a bridge to nowhere—the final short segment to Treasure Island was opened only this past fall and then only on weekends. The reason for the weekday closure was Caltrans’s concern that the […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

Monday, February 20th, 2017 by tony

I just looked at the weather forecast for this coming weekend and guess what it says: yep, rain both days. Is our epic winter a good thing or a bad thing? There’s an old Buddhist (or Taoist) story that you may have heard before. An old farmer, who had worked his crops for many years, […]

Just A Moment

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by tony

  That’s all it takes for your bike to be stolen. This past weekend a Valley Spokesmen member had her expensive Wilier road bike nicked at the Peet’s in Alamo. She had parked it unlocked next to the Peet’s and went inside. When she wasn’t looking—maybe she was in line to order—a thief cased her […]

SMART Bike Route Status

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by tony

You can view a status report on the Sonoma Marin Area Rapid Transit multi-use path here. The route runs from San Rafael up to the Guerneville turn-off north of Santa Rosa. Portions of the route are unfinished, mainly due to pending permits. But major sections of it are complete. Perhaps one can presume that the […]

Get SMART This Spring

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 by tony

  The Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART) train system is set to launch this spring providing train service for 43 miles between San Rafael and northern Santa Rosa. This system uses the existing rail right-of-way of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad corridor, which parallels Highway 101. The current plan is to open service at no charge […]

New Different Spokes Southern California Kit!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by tony

  Our brethren in Los Angeles have redesigned their club jersey. If you’d like to support them while sporting some fashionable duds, then zip over to their website to place an order. DSSC is offering two jersey designs, a limited edition “L’Orange” and an always-fashionable black club jersey. You can get either design in short […]