Archive for the 'Ride rumors' Category

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 […]

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Not Dead Yet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by tony

  “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Summer Time Means…Centuries??

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 by tony

Riding a century, one hundred miles, is a watershed accomplishment for many recreational cyclists. It’s long but not crazy long  and is doable by most recreational cyclists with a little will power and some training time. (Note: it’s official that rides over 199 miles or involving sleep deprivation are totally fucking crazy.) But it pretty […]

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Different Spokes Seattle Folds

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 by tony

Our club Different Spokes came into being in 1982 and was the forerunner for an efflorescence of LGBT cycling clubs. In general the 1980s was a spawning period for LGBT social groups and with that came an onslaught of athletic clubs—softball, tennis, bowling, swimming, running…and bicycling. I suppose we were the catalyst, as LGBT communities […]

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The Jersey Ride

Friday, May 18th, 2018 by tony

The Jersey Ride is our “all-club” monthly ride on the second Saturday of every month. It’s easy to forget it’s there because its ride listing is the same every month and it doesn’t have a cute, fey title to get your attention. Like Coit Tower it seems the Jersey Ride has been there forever. However […]

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Riding With The Den Daddy

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 by tony

Like the Energizer Bunny the ‘Den Daddy’ Derek Liecty just keeps on running and running. We had the pleasure of his company on our most recent Social Ride where we sauntered up the Ohlone Greenway in Berkeley all the way to Richmond and then motored down to Lafayette for a fabulous lunch at the Creekside […]

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Evil Stepsisters

Saturday, April 7th, 2018 by tony

The “Pineapple Express” blew out of the Bay Area just in the nick of time for the Evil Stepsisters to sashay over Mt. Tam, deftly avoiding any puddles that would soil their gowns! Of course postponing the departure by one hour dearly helped. Here’s the report from Drizella (Jeff Pekrul) herself: “It was just Scott […]

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Yet Another Road Update [updated 3/30]

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by tony

Can you believe we’re still talking about road closures?? We’re nearly through the rainy season and we *still* are dealing with closed roads due to 2017’s torrential rains. It’s hard to believe that it is taking over a year to get major roads open. Don’t forget there are still many minor roads (i.e. roads we […]

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