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Open & Closed Cases

Monday, December 11th, 2017 by tony

This fall has finally brought a spate of road reopenings. By now you know that Morgan Territory Road has reopened as well as Alhambra Valley Road, which allows a complete circuit of the Three Bears—both were parts of recent Different Spokes rides. What I neglected to mention is that the Canyon bridge in Moraga also […]

We Recruit!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 by tony

  For a measly $20 you can support Different Spokes—that’s the cost of an annual membership. Different Spokes survives on folks willing to fork over a pittance. Almost all of you live in the Bay Area and know that $20 doesn’t get you very much. It’s way less than the cost of a good bike […]

Assume The Position

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 by tony

One does not willingly don shackles except under duress…or when the prospect of pain and pleasure mix to provide a heady bromide. Regardless I am now your ride coordinator at least until another slave/volunteer steps forward, in which case I will happily step aside. Let the games begin… We have not had a formal ride […]

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 […]