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Jerome Thomere

Different Spokes
San Francisco
P.O. Box 14711
San Francisco, CA 94114

Hosted by 1&1

December Ride Calendar
November 2017 December 2017 January 2018
Social A Ride: Iron Horse Trail to Khyber Pass Kebob
Mt Tam and Alpine Dam
Jersey Ride
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Different Spokes Holiday Party!!
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New Year's Day Diablo!
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Please signal any errors or omissions to Jerome.

To add a ride to the calendar, use the add-ride form or click on the "+" sign to the right of the date you want for the ride. Alternatively, contact the club's Web Editor.

Before leading a ride, download a copy of the Ride Waiver form. Have all participants read and sign this form. Then sign and date the witness line.

After the ride please email the completed form to the Ride Coordinator using the contact information at the bottom of the Ride Waiver form or contact the Ride Coordinator for an address if you need to use snail mail.


Rides are open to all club members, visitors, and guests. To ensure that you enjoy club rides, be sure to pick rides appropriate for your riding ability. Rides are classified by pace and terrain. If you are taking your first club ride, be safe and underestimate your ability. If you are unsure about a particular ride, contact the ride leader, who can provide more information about the ride and the expected difficulty. Helmets are required on all rides, and lights are required on night rides. Each rider should carry money for an emergency call and appropriate equipment (spare tube or patch kit, pump, water, food, and so forth).

Ride Key

PaceTerrainRide Type
A. Leisurely, frequent stops

B. Moderate, occasional stops

C. Brisk, few stops

D. Steady, strenuous, few stops

1. Mostly flat, easy grades, suitable for beginners

2. Few low hills, a challenge for beginners

3. Moderate hills with some challenges

4. Hills, some steep climbs, with some relief

5. Many steep hills and climbs, for strong riders



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December 2 - 10:00AM • Saturday

Social A Ride: Iron Horse Trail to Khyber Pass Kebob

Distance: 19 or 38
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

We originally offered this classic ride in September but we had a miserable heat wave and cancelled it. So now we are offering it when the weather is guaranteed to be much cooler. This ride is perfect for those who are looking for something easy and short--it's only about 19 miles one-way! We'll meet at Walnut Creek BART and follow the Iron Horse, the most popular multi-use path in Contra Costa County, as it threads south through Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, and Dublin. The path is the remnant right-of-way of the old San Ramon branch line of the Southern Pacific that was bought by the County and converted to a multi-use path. Back in the day it was a popular club ride. We'll stop in Danville at the Saturday farmers' market for refreshment and then continue to Khyber Pass Kabob in Dublin for a delicious Afghani lunch. Afterwards it's a short hop to the Dublin BART station where those who are doing a short ride can return home. For those wanting more we'll turn around and mostly follow the Iron Horse back to Walnut Creek; in Danville we'll skirt over to Danville Boulevard and take it back to BART for a total of about 36 miles.

Khyber Pass Kabob also has vegetarian dishes for those eschewing animal flesh. For more information about Khyber Pass: http://www.khyberpasskabob.com

If there is some doubt about whether it will rain or not, contact us.

Please RSVP. Thanks!

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
Walnut Creek BART station, Walnut Creek, CA
Meet in front of the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

4 riders joined the ride.

December 2 - 8:00AM • Saturday

Mt Tam and Alpine Dam

Distance: 60
Pace: C
Terrain: 5

Come join us for an exciting ride up Mt. Tam to Alpine Dam. We'll start at 8am @ Peet's in the Castro, 9am @ Mike's in Sausalito. We'll ride to Mill Valley for a little breakfast and then ride up Mt. Tam and over to Alpine Dam Lake and then Fairfax for lunch. Fabulous!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 market 94114
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

December 9 - 9:00AM • Saturday

Jersey Ride

Distance: 27/47/59 miles
Pace: A
Terrain: 3

This is the official monthly club ride for all members (guests are always welcome). The ride offers different distance and level options where once a month all DSSF club members can get out, ride and socialize with the club. The ride starts from Peet's in the Castro. There are three options so you can go at your own pace and distance so please pick the appropriate option to your level of ability, we want to make sure you enjoy the day. The rides split and regroup in Tiburon where we have lunch together as a group. This ride is usually on the second Saturday of each month; however there are a couple of exceptions for special events (see the calendar).

Distance: 27 Miles
Pace: A/C
Terrain: 3

Turn off at the end of the Sausalito bike path and go directly into Tiburon where the other riders will join you for lunch. You can ride back to San Francisco (or take the ferry to avoid climbing the Sausalito hill). This option is recommended for those who are newer to road cycling.

Distance: 47 Miles
Pace: B/C
Terrain: 3

This is a real fun loop with spectacular views! From Sausalito you have a small climb over Camino Alto before you head out and around the Tiburon Peninsula. This ride is recommended for the intermediate rider or for those who don't feel like the more strenuous third option.

Distance: 59 Miles
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Split off from the group and make the climb up Conzelman in the Marin Headlands then climb up that small canyon, McCullough Road before heading back out to Sausalito to ride the Tiburon Loop. This is the faster paced, more advanced option with extra hills and mileage.
Meet At: Peet's Coffee in the Castro (16th and Market Streets). Please arrive between 8:30am and 8:45am for ride sign-up. Ride leaves at 9:00am.

You can find routes sheets with printable cues at:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1574859 (Shorter route - 40 miles, with possible bailouts in Tiburon (at mile 20) and Sausalito (at mile 30))
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1599856 (Clockwise route, aka "Tiburon Loop")
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1599771 (Counterclockwise route, aka "Reverse Tiburon Loop")

RSVP Required

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
2257 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
(Peet's in the Castro - please let us know if you want to join us along the route)
Ride Leader:


December 16 - 5:00PM • Saturday

Different Spokes Holiday Party!!

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Not a ride: but the fabulous HOLIDAY party!

Join your fellow biking friends for some holiday cheer!
This year’s get-together will be hosted by

Joseph Collins and Jeffrey Poe, at their home on
Ord Court, SF 94114

(a lovely uphill walk from the Castro)

Please RSVP with your full name to get the address.

Saturday evening, Dec 16, 2017 from 5 to 9 pm.

Of course Mr Poe will provide an awesome meal, along with soft drinks.
Please bring any additional beverages of your choosing and/or that special dessert!
The party is free this year and is restricted to DSSF members.

If you are not a member, please join online BEFORE you come to the party (or bring $20 cash or check to join at the door.)

Your new membership will be good through the end of 2018.

Rain cancels: no

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
Please RSVP with your full name to get the address.
The Castro neighborhood in San Francisco.
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins, Jeffrey Poe


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