Archive for March, 2017

What Is A Social “A” Ride?

Friday, March 31st, 2017 by tony

Roger and I have been leading so-called Social “A” rides for almost two years. We felt the club was running on a steady diet of B+ rides, which often were quite a bit faster than B pace, and really didn’t have much to offer cyclists who would like to go perhaps a bit slower. Since […]


And Another One Bites The Dust!

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by tony

Redwood Road over near Castro Valley from the Marciel gate to the EBMUD Chabot staging area is now closed to all traffic. Winter storms had led to erosion of the edge of the roadway, which falls precipitously into San Leandro reservoir, but the area was only coned off and the roadway was narrowed to one […]


Road Closure Tidbits

Sunday, March 19th, 2017 by tony

Palomares Road has finally been reopened by Alameda County. The slides have been mostly cleared but there is one section that has only one lane open. Details about Palomares as well as other East Bay roads can be found here. Morgan Territory Road is open today but it is only temporary. You can read the […]


Ron Wilmot and the Saddle Challenge

Monday, March 13th, 2017 by tony

  Every March Different Spokes puts on an internal club fundraiser, the Saddle Challenge, to generate some money for Project Inform. Riders pledge to donate a certain amount of money, either a fixed or per mile amount, for the miles they ride during the month. The current Saddle Challenge is actually a mash-up of the […]



Sunday, March 12th, 2017 by tony

In case you missed the news, the Warm Springs BART station is finally going to open up for service in just two weeks, on Saturday March 25. You can read the details here. Warm Springs station is near the Tesla plant in Milpitas, about five miles further south than the Fremont BART station. The new […]


You Don’t Need A Weatherman [sic] To Know Which Way The Wind Blows

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by tony

  Some lessons are best learned the hard way. So it was this past week. Despite years of commuting by bike in inclement weather and the near incessant wetness we’re experiencing this winter, I made a couple of mistakes that caused me to abort rides. Both involved trusting the weather report. Riding in the rain […]