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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ride Recap: Social A Ride—Brunch at Hideout Kitchen

Sunday, February 4th, 2018 by tony

Continuing our strange waterless winter we had another stellar warm and sunny day, perfect for a comfortable Contra Costa ramble and a killer brunch. Temps in the mid-seventies in February? Not unheard of but truly unusual especially when it’s not just a single day but a week of it! Six of us rolled out of […]

Ride Recap: Four Bears & A Happy Pig

Monday, January 29th, 2018 by tony

In two words: [x] building, where x = {character, muscles, VO2, confidence, ego, delusion} It was really the wrong time of year to lead a ride like this; it was short and sweet but long on the climbing. RideWithGPS said over 4k of vertical but when the day was done it was “only” about 3,700 […]

Ride Recap: Social Ride Treasure Island to Assemble

Sunday, January 21st, 2018 by tony

  It was a classic “you couldn’t ask for better weather” ride yesterday. After a night of mild rain we were greeted by clear skies and bright sunshine. As well as chilly temperatures. But the wind was calm and the Bay was classic flat water. The January Social Ride went to Treasure Island by the […]

Ride Recap: Morgan Territory on 11/19

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by tony

Just a day after it officially reopened Different Spokes finally did its traditional autumn ride over Morgan Territory Road. Although road cyclists have surreptitiously been poaching the road since its closure last winter, this was the first legal opportunity to ride it. Last winter’s rains saw the road collapse and one hillside to flow over […]

Ride Recap: Social A Ride—Iron Horse Trail to Khyber Pass Kabob

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by tony

  Last Saturday the threat of rain vanished and gave us a mostly sunny day to ride from Walnut Creek BART to our favorite Afghan restaurant, Khyber Pass Kabob in Dublin. We originally planned to ride to Dublin BART as well. But since we all wanted to do the full monty and ride back to […]

Humbled [Updated 10/10, 10/16]

Monday, October 9th, 2017 by tony

Staring at the cube on top of Mt. Umunhum as a teenager I wondered what it would take to be able to cycle all the way to the top. In the 1970s Mt. Umunhum was under the aegis of the US Air Force and the road to the summit was strictly off-limits. In those days […]