Archive for the 'Ride rumors' Category

It Was 40 Years Ago Today

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 by tony

For better or for worse having lived through a historic event inclines one to dwell on it or perhaps incorporate it as a seminal touchstone from then on. In November 1978 two such events took place for me: the Jonestown mass suicide and the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone by Dan White. I […]


2019 Century Rides

Saturday, November 24th, 2018 by tony

The 2018 Century/Gran Fondo season is essentially over  and it’s not too early to start thinking about next year. Here’s the early bird information list. February 9 Saturday. Tour de Palm Springs. $55-87. Registration is open. Here’s your chance to check out your retirement options by cycling in the Palm Springs area! After last year’s […]


Jersey Ride Notes

Sunday, October 14th, 2018 by tony

David Gaus led this month’s Jersey Ride. Besides David it was Roger Sayre, Roger and I, and guest David. We did a few nice diversions from the usual route, the Corte Madera-Larkspur path around the Corte Madera Shopping Center, and because it was a beautiful day after lunch we also trucked up into Belvedere to […]


Waistlines not Pacelines

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by tony

  Whatever illusions you might harbor about being able to Consume Mass Quantities because you cycle your pretty ass off, the truth of the matter is that bad eating habits are just that regardless of how praiseworthy your Strava KOMs/QOMs might be. There are a lot of cyclists (and runners and triathletes and swimmers and…) […]


San Francisco Water Torture

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 by tony

  Warning: this is an insipid rant. Everything was “set” for the reopening of Calaveras Road, right? Until it wasn’t. After getting multiple assurances from SF Water that it really, really, really was going to reopen on Sunday, September 30, David Gaus beat me to the punch and posted a ride traversing it that day. […]


The Bleeding Edge of Old Fartdom

Friday, August 31st, 2018 by tony

On the most recent Social A ride the topic of conversation was…retirement. On club rides you never know what you’ll end up chatting about. More often than not it’s the usual stuff—bike porn, catching up with recent life events, and politics. When I was younger it was usually a running commentary on the hot men […]


Pool Party Proves Perfect

Monday, August 20th, 2018 by tony

  Roger and I—as well as those who participated last year—breathed a sigh of relief when the weather forecasts for the Orinda Pool Party & Ride all came in with moderate temperatures. Last year we endured a sweltering 100+ F day that had the girlie men and manly girls cowering in the shade licking the […]


Not Dead Yet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by tony

  “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”


Pride Goeth Before A Fall

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 by tony

  The Pride Ride is a fairly new Different Spokes regular event, offered every year on Pink Saturday. Back in the day there was no Pride Ride for the simple reason that the club used to have a parade contingent (with float!) and run a booth at Civic Center on Pride, and preparation consumed all […]


Reflections on Tiburon Loop

Monday, June 11th, 2018 by tony

I don’t remember my first Tiburon loop. I moved up to San Francisco in 1982 and although I was mainly into running at that point in my life I still rode my bike on occasion. As running injuries mounted I decided to go back to cycling and surely did the Tib loop on my own. […]