Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 WNR 02

Just me and Kevin tonight.
 A little cooler than last week, but I was over-dressed with a wind-breaker.
The poppies are on their last hurrah - quick go look!
See you Saturday.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 SMR 15

Dillions of people enjoying The Mountain this morning.  Including the DMD Staff Ride.
Beautiful weather too.  Blog Reader Keith and  I discussed medical maladies like heart stuff and knee pains.  We decided bike riding was more important than pain or potential death.

Is that Tanner?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 WNR 01

First Wednesday Night Ride of the Season - I needed to set a baseline for Junction time.
Me, Shawn, and Kevin from work - also met Steve along the way.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2018 SMR 14

First ride of the season on my Klein.  Weather was absolutely beautiful and the roads were dry.

Lots of people on The Mountain this morning - a running event, riders, and picnickers.

JB has been sick but he came anyway.  He quit at Junction though, so I did the Summit with Colonel Al.

Check out the WiFi shifting system!

This is "10-Mile Trail"

We think this old building would make a great coffee shop.

The 50K runners came up to The Summit

Saturday, April 07, 2018

2018 SMR 13

6am - look out the window, pouring rain.  Probably no ride.  Back to sleep.

7am - walk the dog... HEY!  It's clearing up!  I could get a quickie Junction ride in.  JB's sick so it doesn't matter if I'm late.

8:23am - begin ride.

Yeah, the roads were sloppy but it was warm and there wasn't any precip.

Product Review:  Giro Cinder MIPS helmet.

My old Giro Eclipse helmet has been in commuting use for the last 6 years, and it's over 13 years old so it's pretty beat up and I shelved it and started using my Atmos for commuting.

So I'm at Sports Basement looking at the offerings and I like the MIPS concept for concussion protection and they have a Giro Synthe for $225 or the Giro Cinder for $135.  A helpful sales guy who knew his stuff told me that the Synthe is a little lighter and a little better ventilated but other than that they're almost the same.  They look very similar too, so I verified that it was a good fit and went home with the Cinder.

Today was the trial run and wow, this thing fits really well on my head.  There's a very secure sense of snuggness without feeling binding or restrictive.  I did notice that it seemed a little warmer than my Atmos so I might switch on hot days, but otherwise, this helmet gets a 10 of 10 on the DiabloScott® Helmet Index.

Very quiet day on The Mountain... only saw about a half dozen other riders and another half dozen cars including the rangers.

Wildlife Encounter:  turkeys... dozens of those boogers.

Hey Rick... Know this guy?

Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 SMR 12

Well, quite a different ride from last week.  Warm and dry and very busy with all kinds of people enjoying The Mountain.

Colin and JB both decided to come too, and we all made The Summit.

I decided a good time to switch from my winter bike to my summer bike would be after Paris-Roubaix.  That means two more Saturday Morning Rides on my sweet Belgian steel classic with the new custom tubular wheelset and 27mm sewups before switching over to my sweet American aluminum classic with the custom clincher wheelset and Dura Ace 10-speed group.  My bike was still really dirty from last week's ride... my fingers got black just from pumping up the tires... so note to self:  hand wash and detail before putting him back on the hooks for the season.

Past Junction I started to get that niggling knee thing - the pain that usually goes away after about 10 minutes... it mostly did.  Then past The Elbow I started to feel a hamstring cramp come on but managed to hold it off until I made The Summit.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BONUS POST: Bike Room at Pleasant Hill BART

Had the opportunity to use the new BikeHub at Pleasant Hill BART this week.
It's a secure parking facility with a little bike shop inside.
You need to already have a BikeLink card, 
And you have to "authorize" your card at the station.  I did this last week one evening - I just entered the lobby, inserted my card, and talked to an attendant somewhere through the intercom thing.  She could read my name from the card, and then I had to hold my driver's license up to the camera so they could link my ID to my BikeLink... and then I was legit.

You're also supposed to have either the BikeLink stickers or temporary tags (available at the station) attached to your bike so they know whose it is.  I got my stickers in the mail on Monday so I didn't look for the "hang tags".

Shop straight ahead, lock room to the left.

The "shop" is open from 7 to 11am, and has this security curtain shut after that.

I chose a spot in the back... and a floor-level rack.