Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 SMR 43

In case you missed it, JB and I made the MountDiabloCyclists' demonstration video last week.  Colonel Al used this to show the park staff how well the new bike turnouts work.  What you don't see in the video is that the car was following us for a while but apparently saw the "bike turnout ahead" sign and waited to pass us... exactly what is supposed to happen.

Posted by Al Kalin on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Started off beautiful this morning - sunny, calm, not too cold.  But there was wind up there.

Turned around at Junction.  App said 35mph steady winds and 50mph gusts...yeah... no.


JB mixes up an "interesting" concoction for his water bottles.

Hop The Dots execution score: 9
Needed a little more height.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

2017 SMR 41

See-your-breath cold at 7:30 as I rolled out the door.

There was a footrace going on that had parts of Bancroft and Ygnacio closed off... made me 2 minutes Late at the Gate.

Another day of arm-warmers and knee-warmers and my wind-breaker.  I noted that arm warmers provide a really long surface for wiping your nose, but they also show dried-up snot from the previous week's ride.  So my new technique is to rotate the arm warmers about a quarter turn on each new ride to provide a clean surface - then when you've got 360° dried snot, you know it's time to wash them.

Last week I told myself to remember to quirt some lube on my cleats - I remembered and it worked.
I also remembered to spread some chamois cream in the relevant areas... and enjoyed that smooth slick feeling all morning.

This conscientious cyclist is warning the moron trying to pass her around a blind corner that I was coming down... might've been a close call.  Thanks.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

2017 SMR 40

My plan to under-dress for the first hour of the ride worked again... I was a little cold until almost Junction and then it warmed up nicely and I took off my winter gloves.

At Junction we connected with Colonel Al and his friend Carlos who was a Euro Pro! about 30 years ago.  He said he loved my "old school" Eddy Merckx.

Al rode with us to Summit and he talked about an e-MTB ride he'd done a few days ago to the "old hotel that burned down"... with swimming pool and chimneys and everything still there... but the place he was describing was not where I always thought the "old hotel" was.  So we kind of argued, but neither of us was really sure what the real story was... it was a park employee at the visitor center who told me (a long time ago) that it was just above Junction, off the road that now goes to the park superintendent's house ... sort of across Summit Road from the Sunset picnic area... I started calling it "Hotel Road".  Al said maybe that's what somebody told me but he's actually been there and it's on the south side of The Mountain closer to the Summit... and you can get there from Curry Point.  Hard to disagree with that.  I took solace in the fact that if I were wrong, it wouldn't be my fault.

And after the ride, we discovered THE TRUTH.  The hotel was indeed where I thought it was, and the place he had been is called The Green Ranch... located of course, on Green Ranch Road.  It wasn't a hotel, but a summer home for a rich Berkeley family built in 1939 and demolished (not burned) in 1993... odd that I had never heard of it but nice to have some more history.


The Green Ranch
The Mountain House Hotel

This guy looked about 7 feet tall.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 SMR 39

JB showed up late, but I didn't know he was going to show up late so today was a solo ride to Junction... where he showed up.

Yup, new safety pylons on The Washout.  Still easy to ride through, the old ones probably fell over too much and required park staff to fix them... these look wind-proof.

Wildlife Encounter:  big deer with big horns, little deer with no horns

Lots and lots of riders on The Mountain today - most, like me, went for shorts and arm warmers, it was that nice.

Fall color in central CoCo

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 SMR 38

Last week I promised myself I wouldn't over-dress this week.  So I planned on being cold and it turned out just right. Knee warmers, arm warmers, sleeveless vest.

It was pretty windy in some spots, but otherwise good riding.

Looks like the park is planning on some kind of more robust barrier at the washout.

Hawk flew right in front of me and landed in the tree.

JB turned around before Juniper... he must've not had what I didn't have last week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

HiBird Cycles SUCKS!

HA HA HA HA HA  Buy this bike only if you don't have any friends to laugh at you.
  1. Ridiculous products, 
  2. Suck-Ass Web Page
  3. Blog comment spammers

These guys posted spam in my comment section - unforgivable.  I don't know why places do this, but the ones that do are all awful - I guess they're trying to piggy-back on my fame and integrity.  So I feel obligated to associate them with clever Google search keywords.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 SMR 37

Here's a legit petition to get more bike turnout lanes on The Mountain for safer road-sharing.  After you sign, they'll ask for money and Facebook sharing - not required.


OK, three weeks in a row of over-dressing and I was too hot.  Next week I'm going to plan to not be warm enough, and that should be about right.

Tarantella Tally:  one - boy I thought I'd seen the last of them this year.

JB and I decided to go down South - he went around and I turned around and came back up.

Something's going on with my rear wheel - rubs against the brake when I'm out of the saddle... I'm going to tighten up the spokes and maybe open up the calipers some.

Lots more people coming up at 10 than there were at 8... maybe they know something I don't.