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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012
     
    Been there. Awesome ACAI:

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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012
     
    bikingbill:Awesome ACAI:
    Great acai bowls indeed!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012 edited
     
    A few snapshots from today's Santa Cruz mountain and coast ride (click to embiggen).

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    Classic!
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012
     
    Aww man. Gorgeous. And jealous.
    • CommentAuthorlisi
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012
     
    What Cecil said!
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    Geoff, will be heading up to Santa Cruz soon to look for a new place to live.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
     
    Insane - God's country for sure.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
     
    Photo 10 looks like Bonny Doon Rd. where Levi took yellow in 2009:

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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012 edited
     
    wpstoll:Photo 10 looks like Bonny Doon Rd. where Levi took yellow in 2009
    Yes!

    Rode up it for the first time today. Strava classifies Bonny Doon Rd. as a Cat 2 - pretty sure I haven't done too many Cat 2s, esp. not with a standard (42T) crankset.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
     
    wpstoll:...Bonny Doon Rd. where Levi took yellow in 2009...
    She handed me some serious whoopass for the second day running today, but I got some consolation from seeing this in the roadway halfway up (likely from ToC):



    Going up I was dropped like an armful of bricks by a guy riding a funny looking bicycle with 20" wheels: Looked like an over-sized folder! He was going too fast for me to make any inquiries about it.
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    Did it look like something like a Pocket Rocket Pro?
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012 edited
     
    Sigurd:Going up I was dropped like an armful of bricks by a guy riding a funny looking bicycle with 20" wheels: Looked like an over-sized folder! He was going too fast for me to make any inquiries about it.
    When I was 23 and thought I was strong and had a fast bike, I was doing the Scripps Ranch Old Pros 50 mile ride. Climbing up the old Pomerado Road (it was twisty back in 1987, before they straightened it out) I got passed like I was nothing by an old guy with white hair riding a tank of a bike and a big plastic milk crate on the rear rack and a yellow diamond sign that said "Pomeranian On Board", complete with a live pomeranian dog panting away in the milk crate from the July heat. I almost got off and threw my bike down the side of the hill.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
     
    Or perhaps this bike:

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    About 80 miles northeast of Sigurd...

    ...did not get passed by anyone on a funny looking bike, but did run into a flock of wild turkeys, and had to coax a few cows to get out of the way so I could pass...within sight of the SF skyline.





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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
     
    That looks magical. Beautiful and the road looks fine.
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
     
    This photo is wickedly aged and cliche but always makes me a joyous:
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012 edited
     
    Mark and Bill,

    Both your suggestions remind me about the bike in question. The rider passed me when I took the "Ouch" photo and I was never able to catch him after that. The dude looked superfit, in full team Spandex, in the drops, and did repeats on this challenging hill.

    I was thinking he rode some kind of dedicated climbing machine. One thing I noticed - the wheels looked bigger than the typical 20" folder wheel but smaller than a 24" MTB wheel - perhaps 22-23" or so (sort of like the wheels in Bill's picture)?

    Whatever it was - he rode it very well!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
     
    Seen at UC Santa Cruz:

    • CommentAuthorfunfettie
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
     
    Protest Outside of City Hall on April 4th, 2012
    Further details



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    The price of unleaded 87 octane fuel is back up to $4.69 in Carlsbad... Similar perspective to $50 miles per Burrito.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2012
     
    Me racing at Bikes del Pueblo games day. Shot by Turbo Bob.
    Not enough laps for the slow twitch fiber to work in my favor.

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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2012
     
    Another picture from Bikes del Pueblo's Game Day on Saturday. Here's Alex from Urban BS making the winning throw in the Huffy toss.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2012
     
    Back in July and August 2010 I posted the first 14 bikes in my collection. Over spring break I worked my way to the back of the garage and hauled out a couple more. Here are 15, 16, and 17:

    jolie bikes 002

    This one is a fairly recent acquisition. Mid-'50s Olmo "San Remo" nonnabici. Campagnolo 4 speed.


    jolie bikes 003

    Mid-'60s Motob├ęcane "Tour de France," 5 speed Huret X 2, Brooks B72 saddle.


    jolie bikes 001

    Early '80s Austro-Daimler "Michelle," Simplex 5 speed X 2.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2012
     
    One of my friends in college (late 70's) raced for AD, Ian Jones.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2012 edited
     
    Still showing a bit of chemtrails in the sky but otherwise beautiful sunset. Are you prepared for the rainy days in the next few days?
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    The transformation begins...




    (Swapped out the aerospoke for a Zipp 404 Tubular. Next up is the T2 Wing and a Fizik and at some point a different rear wheel)
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    OB Farmers' market yesterday
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    Yeah, my "commute" in Monterey on Wednesday was pretty rad. Went from Naval Postgraduate School down to Cannery Row, and had breakfast in historic downtown Pacific Grove. When I move, this may be my daily route.


    Of course, the Brompton was the weapon of choice for this trek (Noel's cameo indicates her displeasure at being left behind. Jack surprisingly okay with it.). Didn't get to order the T-bag in time for the trip, due to most of the mail-order shops being out of stock. Next time, though. Rear rack handled the chore with ease.

    Can't give all the credit to the bike, though. The Coast Starlight got me a good portion of the way.

    This was my usual conversation starter with locals and travelers alike. Never heard a peep about "You can't bring that in here!" It was always "Awesome bike!" or "That's so cool!" Folks want to know more as soon as they see it.


    Seriously great bike infrastructure in the Monterey Bay area. Bike lanes, bike paths, bike signs (!), bike racks, bike-friendly businesses, and (most of all) TONS of people on bikes, even in the rain. Build it, and they'll use it.
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    That is why I have added a Brompton cover to the gear to hide it when I want to be low-key. Even a Black Brommie gets noticed. Great pics, Geoff.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012 edited
     
    On or after a rainy day there are usually more debris on the side of the road. But if you decide to explore a path things could really get stuck in your wheels.

    This is probably the biggest and longest thing I have ever seen stuck between the wheels. Be careful where you thread.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    I know those Monterey bike paths well. Killed my first ground squirrel there back around 2000, just north of Monterey, about Seaside (snap!).
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012
     
    50 degrees!

    From Drop Box
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012 edited
     
    This is the new "temporary" velodrome in Chicago. A new 250 meter UCI spec. indoor wooden track is planned for the ambitious "Chicago Velo Campus" to be built within the next few years. The idea of a central focal point for local cycling is gaining traction around the country. Rock Hill, South Carolina has finished its Schuermann 250 concrete outdoor track, the centerpiece of its "velo campus."

    Note that the stayers' line is wider than standard. Rule 2A reflects the UCI standard: "All lines on the track shall be of uniform width between 4 and 6 cm."

    Interesting to note that the San Diego Velodrome was also intended as a temporary track. The plans were to build a permanent 333.3 meter track where the city utility yard is on the southeast corner of Pershing Dr. and Florida Dr., out of the turbulent wind that rakes the top of the mesa on the site of the old Arizona St. landfill.

    I'd like to see a revival of those plans. We could use a "velo campus" of our own, with BMX track to add to the existing network of singletrack in Florida Canyon. Of course, this would mean tighter control by Parks & Recreation, which may be on the horizon already due to recent problems.
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
     
    Yep, Chicago Velo Campus. Emmanuele Bianchi told me the stayers' line is thicker to cover the joint between the upper and lower planks.

    http://www.chicagovelocampus.com/
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
     
    mfutch:Yep, Chicago Velo Campus. Emmanuele Bianchi told me the stayers' line is thicker to cover the joint between the upper and lower planks.

    http://www.chicagovelocampus.com/


    It must be a plywood surface. Looking more closely at the photo, I can see the joints between the 4x8 sheets.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
     
    Even Bugs Ride Bikes!

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012 edited
     
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    Saw a guy on a full suspension bike going down a single track on that hill while waiting for the train. I'm curious if he climbs that on his way to work.
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    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012 edited
     
    markphilips:
    Sounds like a tumor.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
     
    Marine layer as thick as fog and as wet as rain - telltale sign of summer.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
     
    Bike is looking good still.
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    Spotted this while at work yesterday. Always makes me smile.




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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
    The owner must have bailed the device out of impound and then convinced the City Attorney that it is not a pedicab, and therefore not bound by pedicab regulations. I hope it didn't cost her a small fortune, but I'll bet the City extorted a few hundred bucks from her.
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    Looking it up, it's $200 an hour to ride it so probably not a big hit to get it out if it was only a few 100 or so.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012 edited
     
    Just an unnecessarily officious hassle for a person trying to start an environmentally sound business.
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    Agreed. But good to see it up and running again.
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    I wonder if they rode the socialcycle from downtown to Hillcrest. If so, which incline did they choose to ride to get up there.