Archive for the 'Just for fun' Category

The First Gay Pride

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by tony

The year was 1983 and the club had only been in official existence a few months, since November 1982. But the Founding Daddies & Mamas had a goal to have Different Spokes participate in the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day Parade. Mission accomplished! Our “float” may have been decidedly homemade but it fit in with the ethos […]


2018 Fast ‘N Fabulous Kit!

Monday, January 8th, 2018 by tony

  FastnFab, our sister club in NYC, has a new kit coming out this June. This year’s iteration features a very New York graffiti design. The kit is made by Verge and you can see sizing here. Bob Nelson at FastnFab wants to have all orders no later than January 31 and delivery will be […]


Quick East Bay Road Update

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by tony

As we approach winter we are finally seeing progress on reopening the storm damaged roads from last winter. Here’s the status update. Morgan Territory Road. Still closed but expected to reopen by mid-November. Strangely the ribbon cutting ceremony is set for December! See the details here. Redwood Road. Still closed but projected to open January […]


Fun With Tubeless Road Tires [updated 9/10]

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by tony

  Last September I got a new tubeless wheelset for my road bike. This is a report on my experience for those of you who have been mesmerized by all the current hype on tubeless road wheels yet are not ready to make the leap. The bottom line is: it’s been a mixed bag—some good, […]


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 […]


Let’s Make Christmas Great Again!

Friday, December 9th, 2016 by tony

Yeah right, you’re going to spend serious coin on cycling stuff for someone else. Admit it, you want to give yourself the holiday gift that no one else would think to give you: something drool worthy for the new “It’s All About Me” Trump age. And it’s our responsibility to keep those factories in Asia […]


The Roads Less Traveled: Sibley to Fish Ranch

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by tony

  One of the most popular cycling routes in the East Bay hills is the loop encompassing Pinehurst, Skyline, Wildcat, and San Pablo Dam Road. From the Berkeley side, riders usually head up Tunnel Road or come over Wildcat; from the Contra Costa side, Orinda BART is a convenient starting point. The loop is roughly […]


Three Peaks In A Day

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by tony

  Looking for a challenge? How about riding Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Hamilton? In one day, that is. The Bay Area is blessed with three major mountains within riding distance of each other, Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Hamilton. These are not the highest peaks nor the only ones—there are many in […]

More on Rainwear

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 by tony

A dry February, besides increasing my despair at the prospect of even more Spartan water rationing come summer, fooled me into thinking that my ever-expanding collection of raingear was a waste of money. Well, no worries now! Since the beginning of March we’ve gotten over 11 inches of rain here in Contra Costa. Besides making […]


Review: Earth’s Best Organic Orange Banana Baby Food Puree

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by tony

A few months ago while wandering the aisles of our local Safeway I spotted some pouches that looked like large GU gels. They weren’t sports food at all—they were baby food. In my mind baby food is inextricably linked to Gerber’s little glass jars. But now they’ve grown up and are available in easy-to-open screw […]