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Jerome Thomere

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

Hosted by 1&1

February Ride Calendar
January 2019 February 2019 March 2019
Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner at the Firewood Café in the Castro
Jersey Ride
San Bruno Mountain From Peet's
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Presidents Day Pescadero and Coastside
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Year of the Pig -- Orinda to Martinez via Pig Farm and Franklin Canyon
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27 +
28 +
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18th Annual Saddle Challenge Begins Today
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Nicasio Loop
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06 +
07 +
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Jersey Ride

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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February 9 - 9:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Weather

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:
Ginny Watson, David Gaus, David Goldsmith, Nick Kovaleski, Sal Tavormina

February 16 - 9:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain

San Bruno Mountain From Peet's

Distance: 26
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Join me for short ride with a few hills that will get us back to the Castro before lunch. We will ride through some of the less-visited but still interesting neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our climb to the top of San Bruno Mountain rewards us with unique views of the City and the Colma area. Leaving from Peet’s on Upper Market, we’ll head down Valencia and head to Candlestick Point, with an option to stop for more coffee at Flora Grubb Gardens nursery in the Bayview. From Candlestick Point we will head to Brisbane and take Guadalupe Parkway to the top of San Bruno Mountain, then through the Excelsior and Outer Mission to Glen Park, and then back to the Castro on Valencia.

Flora Grubb Gardens: https://www.floragrubb.com/ritual-coffee/

Rain cancels. Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Peet's, 2257 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Ride Leader:
Jeff Pekrul

February 18 - 9:00AM • Monday

Presidents Day Pescadero and Coastside

Distance: 31
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Let's head coast side to Pescadero for Presidents Day! From Pescadero, we'll ride up Stage Road to San Gregorio, one of the prettiest rides in the Bay Area. We'll head do the last climb up Stage Road until it meets Highway 1, then we'll roll back down along the coast and finish up with lunch in Pescadero. With around 2,000 feet of climbing, this route is a nice challenge. Wonder why we're starting from Pescadero instead of San Gregorio? It's a little further to drive, but it's much more fun to do the last part of this ride with tailwinds than riding up the coast into a brisk headwind, which is frequently the case later on the day in that neck of the woods.

There are only a couple of stop signs on the whole route.

I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

Don't have a car but want to come? Email the ride leader(s) for ride-sharing possibilities, or if you are a member, post a message to the club’s Yahoo! group.

Not a member? Consider joining us for just $20/calendar year here:

Total elevation: Approximately 2,000 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17914814

Meet time: 9:00 am

Ride out time: 9:30 am

Meals: Not during, but after the ride, we'll go to Archeangeli Grocery Co. and get lunch to eat. Bring a snack bar for the ride.

Sweeps? None

Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please either know the route or bring a map in case you get dropped from the group.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
350 Butano Cutoff. Pescadero, CA 94060
We are meeting at Pescadero Middle/High School (not in Pescadero, but we can make a quick stop at Archangeli's to use the portapotties in the back before heading up Stage Road at the start.

We'll meet in the lot closest to Cloverdale Road.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

February 23 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Year of the Pig -- Orinda to Martinez via Pig Farm and Franklin Canyon

Distance: 51
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

It's the Year of the Pig, so let's do a lollipop route from Orinda, out Castro Valley Road, up and over Pig Farm to Alhambra Valley, and then heading out Franklin Canyon to McEwen (the easier way) and the Carquinez Scenic Trail to Martinez.  Return will be via Alhambra and the Bears.  Lots of climbing, and hopefully some nice sunshine on the water as we roll along the Scenic Trail.  Lunch stop in downtown Martinez at the Starbuck's plaza.  Bring lunch or $$ to buy, and clothing suitable to the weather.  30% or more chance of rain will cancel; call leader if in doubt.  Meet at Orinda BART at 9:30, roll by 9:45. 

Ridewithgps route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29159609

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Orinda BART, northwest corner of main parking lot
Ride Leader:
Stephanie L Clarke

March 1 - 9:00AM • Friday

18th Annual Saddle Challenge Begins Today

Distance: 10,000
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

The Saddle Challenge is our annual event to kick off the Northern California riding season and start riding our bikes in earnest. You choose your mileage goal for the month—as long or as short as you prefer—and attempt to reach your goal. All you need to do is register at the Saddle Challenge page on our site and start tracking your mileage. You can also see how other club members are doing to reach their goal too!

In 2003 Saddle Challenge incorporated fundraising for the Ron Wilmot Ride for Project Inform. Ron Wilmot was a Spoker and AIDS activist who died in 1997 and who also happened to be the biggest fundraiser for our AIDS Bike-A-Thon. Even though the Ron Wilmot Ride ceased in 2007 we still raise money for this much loved and long-running agency. Project Inform, is a non-profit based in San Francisco that provides information, inspiration, and advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. You can find more information about the life-saving work they do here:

You can choose to pledge per mile, or as a lump sum, and this is entirely optional. No one is required to pledge money in order to participate. At the end of the month, we will ask those members who did pledge to mail a check (made out to Project Inform) to the DSSF Ride Coordinator, so we can donate all money raised by Different Spokes.

We also encourage riders to find sponsors who are willing to donate on their behalf. Sponsors can donate a lump sum, per mile, or per mile with a cap. One of the benefits of donating through the Saddle Challenge is that unlike many other fund raising events, the Saddle Challenge has absolutely no overhead. That means 100% of your tax deductible contribution goes directly to the beneficiary organization, in this case Project Inform, just as it did with our AIDS Bike-A-Thon.

To sign up for the Saddle Challenge, use the link on the left side of DSSF homepage, or go directly to: https://www.dssf.org/dssf_html/sc/

To register, enter your first and last names and the password: SC2019. Then, set your own mileage goals for the month of March. You will also have the opportunity to make your own pledge (per mile or lump sum) to Project Inform, but this is strictly optional.

If you have any questions about the Saddle Challenge, please contact our Vice President David Gaus: dagaus190@me.com

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:

Ride Leader:
David Gaus

March 2 - 9:00AM • Saturday

Nicasio Loop

Distance: 75
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Departing from Peet’s on Market, we’ll cross the GG bridge and ride through Sausalito, San Anselmo and Fairfax before climbing White’s Hill. Another brief climb brings us to the village of Nicasio. We will ride past the reservoir, through Samuel P. Taylor Park and back to Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, then retrace our steps through Marin county towns to Peet’s in the Castro. The lunch stop will be in Fairfax or Lagunitas.

Rain cancels. Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Peet's Coffee, 2257 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Ride Leader:
Jeff Pekrul

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