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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 2018 December 2018 January 2019
It Was 40 Years Ago Today...
St Helena-Howell Mountain-Berryessa-Hennessey loop
Jersey Ride
Different Spokes Holiday Party!!
Healdsburg Harvest -- The Birthday Ride
Social A Ride: Treasure Island Ramble to Oakland Grill Scramble
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Marin Headlands Loop
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Resolution Ride - Mt. 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 8 - 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:
Roger Sayre, Evan Kavanagh

December 8 - 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 in San Francisco (a lovely uphill walk from the Castro.)

Please RSVP with your full name to get the address.

Saturday evening, Dec 8, 2018 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 2019.

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


December 15 - 10:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain forecast is 60%

Healdsburg Harvest -- The Birthday Ride

Distance: 53
Pace: B
Terrain: 2

This is my favorite ride of the year when the Grizzlies do it as part of their Wednesday Group series. This year was particularly fun -- so fun, in fact, that I decided to ride it again on my birthday. And since the mileage is close to what will be my new age, we may even throw in a few extra miles at the end to hit the magic number. We will begin with Westside Rd and then head over to Windsor and onto Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley to Jimtown. We will return through Geyersville, Canyon Rd, and finish up on West Dry Creek Rd with its spectacular colors. Lunch will be at Jimtown store at 31 miles so you may want to bring a snack to tide you over, and you can even call in your order that morning or the day before so that it is ready when you get there. The ride has a few hills but no major climbs. It is about 53 miles, but one can skip the afternoon loop and go straight back from Jimtown to Healdsburg for a total distance of about 37 miles. Look for the leader -- I'll be in screaming yellow GPC gear. Bring some warm layers -- December mornings in the wine country can be cold. There are bathrooms near the bridge to the shops. 20% or greater threat of rain will postpone to another time -- it's too far a drive to risk riding in the rain. Call the leader by 8:15 that morning if in doubt. Leader: Stephanie Clarke 510-423-1873; stephclarkebike@gmail.com.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in Healdsburg in the public parking lot at W Matheson and Vine Streets to try to make it a 10:15 departure. Take the Central Healdsburg exit off 101 North. This becomes Healdsburg Ave. Go a couple of blocks to Matheson and turn left. The lot is on the right about another block down, and should be available because the Farmer's Market ends in November. But if the lot is full, there is parking just past it on Grove and on various side streets.
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke

December 16 - 10:00AM • Sunday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain forecast is 100%

Social A Ride: Treasure Island Ramble to Oakland Grill Scramble

Distance: 24
Pace: A
Terrain: 2

December's Social A Ride will be a visit to Treasure Island, a stroll through the Port of Oakland, and then brunch at the Oakland Grill. From MacArthur BART we'll roll out 40th Street to Emeryville to catch the bike trail to TI. We'll drop onto TI to check out the vistas of Berkeley and San Francisco before climbing back up Yerba Buena and back on the Alex Zuckerman path to Oakland. We'll divert through the Port of Oakland to take in two hidden vista points before heading to Jack London Square for a well-deserved brunch. Afterwards it's a short hop to 12th St. BART to head home. Bring a lock for lunch. Rain cancels. Please RSVP.

Meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
MacArthur BART Station, Oakland, CA
Meet outside the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

December 22 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Marin Headlands Loop

Distance: 31
Pace: B
Terrain: 5

This is a dirt ride. Starting at Velo Rouge Cafe at Arguello and McAllister (798 Arguello Blvd) in SF, we'll head through the Presidio and across the GG Bridge. We'll go up Conzelman and that take the dirt over to Tennessee Valley to check out the surf before heading back. This is the classic Headlands loop (vanilla GGNRA approved): Coastal, Miwok, Marincello, Old Springs, Coastal. Afterwards I'm getting lunch at Velo Rouge.

Bring water and snacks.

This week is supposed to be dry. So by Saturday the dirt should be tacky, firm and not muddy. Bring any bike you want as long as you can ride it safely on dirt.

You must request in advance to attend this ride (unless I already know you).

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
798 Arguello Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Meet at 9:30 am and ride out by 9:45.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

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