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    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
     
    Great photos!

    You really know how to make a guy feel lazy and jealous all at the same time.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
     
    Dude, if you can imagine the kind of food I ate in Chicago and Kansas, this riding is absolutely necessary to fight of obesity.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2009
     
    You must've forgot I'm from the Midwest, I can totally imagine the food you ate!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
     
    Ah, yes. I'm finally back in town. Lots of wonderful riding up north. My mother-in-law lives near Rivendell, and I stopped in. Here's the write up, and some photos:

    http://veloflaneur.wordpress.com/

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    I also stopped by Jitensha Studio, but Hiroshi had already closed:
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    Made it to the top of Mt. Tam, too!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
     
    im jealous!
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
     
    Jitensha Studio is so cool! I love Berzerkely: Triple Rock Brewing Co., Bison Brewing Co., Telegraph Ave. Haven't been up there since the last San Francisco Grand Prix in 2005 when Jolie and I rode the tandem back to San Diego. I hope to return to SF in September for the Twilight Criterium. Beautiful photo from Mt. Tam!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    latest news, im not a Bicycle Quarterly dealer. soon i will have their magazines and products in the store!


    Bicycle Quarterly


    Tawnya wasn't it you asking for the red tires at the bike show?
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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    Nope, but maybe Adam.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009 edited
     
    What's a good place to purchase natural hemp twine suitable for bike related projects? Velo Cult, craft stores, or online only?
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    Njord Noatun:What's a good place to purchase natural hemp twine suitable for bike related projects? Velo Cult, craft stores, or online only?


    City Farmer sells twine...I think it's made out of jute, but I'm not sure if that is the same as hemp. It looks like it to me and is very strong.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    Njord Noatun:What's a good place to purchase natural hemp twine suitable for bike related projects? Velo Cult, craft stores, or online only?


    it can sometime be difficult to find the really loose raw looking hemp twine. we can sell you some at the store. we can just cut it off of our roll. it's cheap
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    Velo Cult:we can sell you some at the store. we can just cut it off of our roll. it's cheap

    Great! Will get some next time I swing by.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    The hemp twine is much tidier and easier to work with than jute. Rough Riders Semi-Epic June Ride up Mt. Palomar via the Nate Harrison Grade was rather epic:

    Ride Report from XO-1.org
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    theres too many enjoyable bikes to post so ill just post the link.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=3734666
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
     
    Wow. Surly LHT/new touring guy stoked to see the VO/Riv type stuff in the neighborhood. Cool deal. Do you guys routinely stock Nitto Noodle bars? I'd love to see some in person before I switch. Also the VO Grand Cru seat post looks like a great item for the price-- set back for Brooks users plus two bolt. Love the forums. Keep it up.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
     
    yeah, we have the bars in stock and we even have them on bikes for you to feel. super comfy.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009 edited
     
    Velo Cult:yeah, we have the bars in stock and we even have them on bikes for you to feel. super comfy.


    Woo hoo! I'll be cruising by tomorrow to check out the bars and a 26mm clamp to replace the 25.4 on my LHT. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    Noodles are surprisingly comfortable and the wide ones help with stability on climbs and on dirt. You'll love 'em.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    Got 44s and a stem is on order. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
     
    Did my first bike camping trip with the Riv Riders & Friends group. About 80 miles up to Crystal Cove State Park north of Laguna Beach from my doorstep, camped up at the top of El Moro campground, and rode back home Sunday. A +24O (plus-twenty-four-hour-overnight) for me. This bike camping is addicting. Ride discussion & photos.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
     
    Nice, congats on a sucessful (and addictive) first tour
    • CommentAuthorlawrence
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
     
    Esteban- cool, sounds like fun. I like the foggy shot.


    ... in other news: Some folks up in the bay area are organizing a 200km brevet. It's mixed terrain; riders start in san francisco and travel up into the marin headlands and to mt. tam. The pieces of this route that I've done are beautiful. It sounds like a great time:

    http://bike.duque.net/invite-to-2009-200k-LRLR.htm
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
     
    The road riding was fine until we got over Dana Point and had to deal with PCH - lots of spoiled kids yelling at us from the fancy cars their parent's bought them. The dirt in and out of El Moro campground was the most fun. By late evening the fog rolled in and everything was soaked. One of my fellow campers remarked that Southern California bike campers ought to bring both a rainfly for the tent, and a lightweight tarp for the bike. It thought it might get a little damp at night - but this was like Marin County socking wet fog.

    Cool mixed terrain ride! I wish I was up there for that. SD Randonneurs has a 200K on July 18 - if I wasn't expecting a new baby around that time, I'd be all over it.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2009 edited
     
    Calling all retrogrouches:

    Southern California Rivendell Bicycle Appreciation Society Ride - August 16th here in town!

    We've been doing monthly rides with folks from IE, OC, LA, and beyond...and in August we'll do a loop from Old Town or Downtown, up to Cabrillo (maybe via Sunset Cliffs), down Harbor, south around the Big Bay, up the Silver Strand, and over the ferry... If you have Bob-ish tastes in bikes (steel, leather, twine, shellac, etc), come along. The pace will be moderate with some pushing. Not easy but not a big day either. I'm riding my Quickbeam since its a flat route... but I imagine the pace will preclude slow riding. You don't need a Riv - an old Bridgestone, rando bike, classic steel road bike, reliable commuter, fancy custom - whatever you got... check out the photos on this thread to get the idea.
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      CommentAuthorPhil
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2009
     
    Sounds like fun! Hopefully, I can get my steel road bike rolling by then.
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    Ditto. I should have my double-cross up and running soon.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2009
     
    Cool! Somas, Surlys, old Bridgestones, Nishikis, Miyatas, Raleighs... lugged steel, wool, leather, twine, shellac, all-rounders, 32mm+ tires, Brooks saddles -- or not. Ride what you got. If any of you are interested, here's a good Grant Peterson read: Tips for Happy Riding.
    • CommentAuthorneal_d
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2009
     
    Esteban,

    That ride sounds like fun. Let us know the specifics. I've ridden most of that route (except Cabrillo) and it's fun.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
     
    So, this Sunday, there will be a meeting of the Southern California
    Rivendell Bicycle Appreciation Society and we'll do a mostly flat 45
    mile city ride that will look mostly like this.

    9:30ish arrive, 10am depart - Santa Fe Train Depot in Downtown San
    Diego - plenty of street parking on Sunday - no meter enforcement).
    We'll meet at the front of the building, where you'll see the nice
    bikes.

    We will begin at the Santa Fe Depot Downtown, riding up to the San
    Diego River (with a possible Ballast Point brewery stop for a 4 oz
    taster), then up the river trail to Ocean Beach, along the famous and
    lovely Sunset Cliffs, and then to our only sustained short, steep
    climb/push up and over Point Loma via Point Loma Nazerene College, and
    then to the end of Point Loma near the Cabrillo National Monument.
    Then down to the harbor, which we'll hug all the way down to Imperial
    Beach near the U.S. Mexico border and up the Silver Strand to
    Coronado, where Gyros and beer are available before taking a short
    $3.25 ferry back to the city.

    From the top of Point Loma, we'll be able to survey the entire route
    and all the way down to Mexico (if its clear), and see the natural
    harbor Juan Rodribuez Cabrillo described as a "very good enclosed
    port" in 1542.

    The ride is mostly flat and asphalt - city and bike path. I'll be on
    my Quickbeam, 40x17. Riding is moderate to fast-ish. Not a casual ride, but not hard-core tri training either.

    We'll have to do a mixed terrain ride soon.
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      CommentAuthorPhil
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
     
    Aw, man ... for some reason, I thought the ride was Saturday. I even slapped my project bike together and test rode it yesterday with hopes to ride with you folks. :face-crying:

    Are the rides usually mid-month? This ride looks super fun from the Flickr group. Hopefully, I can go next time!
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      CommentAuthorShapps
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
     
    Wish I had my new bike built out to join you guys for this one. Next time I will be there. Looks like a fantastic route.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
     
    Bryan - bring your Peugeot! We should do a group mixed-terrain ride soon. Before "school starts."
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009 edited
     
    im thinking of going to Boulder Colorado for L'Eroica next month. i might take Beard to as a photographer as well.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2009 edited
     
    L'Eroica sounds great!

    So Cal Rivendell Riders & Friends Tour de San Diego Ride Report: Ten brave souls faced mid-70s temperatures with a mild ocean breeze and rode 47+ miles of city/path terrain, with once fun slice of urban single track thrown in. Lots of nice lugged steel (new and vintage), leather, wool, etc.

    Sky and Bryan from SDBikeCommuter made it for the ride! Here are some photos, more here:

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2009
     
    Thanks for hosting that ride, it was a lot of fun. Next time I'll put on sunblock though.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009 edited
     
    Sky, are you sporting the new VC wool jersey in this photo?

    jersey

    Does that mean it is now available in the shop? What's the scoop? Sizes, etc?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009
     
    Yes it is. ;-)

    We got them a few days ago. We'll have them available to you on our new web site for a discount as soon as the site launches which hopefully is tomorrow.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009 edited
     
    Sigurd is such a sleuth! I have more photos, but I'll defer to the site debut... (for which I'm refreshing my browser every 5 seconds in vain). In the mean time, I did a work commute on the rando bike on Monday. Stopped at Windansea for a photo -- check out the wamper getting barreled mid-top tube:
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    im gonna ride around lake hodges tomarrow around 6 and explore for any friendly trails around there, i ride mtb there often but this time im gonna ride my 700c and see where it takes me. its probably gonna be a slow paced ride, if anyone would like to join let me know. lights and helmets are highly recomended
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    Brian, I will try to join you tonight. I recommend going east on the trails that lead up towards the Wild animal park. You can only get so far into Hodges until you hit the sand and the very steep climbs and there is only one trail that splits off for a bit before merging again. What about taking the new pedestrian/cyclist bridge across and checking to see if they have opened up the trails on that side yet.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009
     
    At the last minute (and after 86 hellish miles out to Ramona on Saturday), I decided to head up and join friends for the Sept. 09 So Cal Riv Ride in Santa Monica. About 12 of us climbed up Sepulveda, up to the end of Mullholland Dr., then all the heck up and down over the Santa Monica mountains to make for one of the best mixed terrain rides I've ever been on. I'd say the ride was about 15/85 pavement/dirt. This was an absolutely beautiful ride - I'd highly recommend exploring the SM mountains.

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    Station fire detritus was mostly blown out, but very visible over the eastern hills and mountains. It was a fun day. There are more photos here and here.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2009
     
    I rode around East County this morning with my brother and friend, Dustin. We did about 63 miles and about 7K ft. of climbing, starting up the Viejas Grade, then on country roads (almost empty in the morning) through Descanso, Jamul, and Alpine. Great riding out there! We were lucky to have cool weather. Only to the low-80s by the time we were done and had lunch.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2009
     
    good news, i have Bicycle Quarterly magazines on the way

    I also have the fantastic coffee table books "The Competition Bicycle" and "The Golden Age of the Handbuilt Bicycle".

    i hope to see them in the store in the next day or two.



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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
     
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
     
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
     
    L'Erocia! The ultimate mixed surface ride!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009
     
    Hey, we just got these in 5 minutes ago!!!


    Velo Cult:good news, i have Bicycle Quarterly magazines on the way

    I also have the fantastic coffee table books "The Competition Bicycle" and "The Golden Age of the Handbuilt Bicycle".

    i hope to see them in the store in the next day or two.



    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009
     
    I just bought my BQ issue a couple of hours ago. Trying. not. to. read. it. during. work.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009
     
    All-rounders make great grocery getters: Milk, eggs, bread, lettuce, seaweed snacks, nut bars, half & half, coffee, soup from People's Co-op on a late Sunday afternoon. Rode 105 miles on Saturday, and this was my "recovery ride" :)

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009
     
    you always take such nice photos of your rigs.