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Hey Kristin(7 posts)

Hey Kristinmr_spin
Sep 4, 2001 7:38 AM
Was reading old (as in two days ago) posts and came across your vacation question about California. If you want to ride in redwoods, get away from crowds, but still be within reach of civilization, your only choice is the San Fransisco Bay Area.

I suggested to someone else last week that they check out the Pigeon Point Lighthouse (, a real lighthouse that has a hostel, and is perfectly situated for some amazing riding, including many rides through ancient redwoods. Well, around them, actually. Very close are Big Basin ( and Henry Cowell state parks, which are full of redwoods and amazing scenery. It would be a cool base for at least a couple of days.

If you come, definitely bring your 12-27. There are mountains out here, although we call them "hills."
re: Hey KristinDINOSAUR
Sep 4, 2001 8:40 AM
Don't elliminate the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fall is a great time to ride, nature in all it's splendor.

They call them "foothills" but the climbing here makes the bay area look like mole hills. There is very little flat land. Just go east a tad and you are into the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Or you could hit the real mountains and consider Colorado.
Are you trying to kill me? :-) ........................................(nm)Kristin
Sep 4, 2001 9:49 AM
Sep 4, 2001 9:46 AM
This looks perfect! The Redwoods look amazing and I'd love to see that area. As a matter of fact, I intended to stay at a Hostel or Monistary and do the whole commune with God/nature/Kristin psuedo-zen thing. So, I guess that answers the question about what size cassette to buy. I'll go with the 13-29. Sniff. I'll miss my big gear.

Question. In early November or December, what's the weather like? Is it still warm? (warm enough means over 60 degrees in my world.)
Sep 4, 2001 11:16 AM
Supposedly Mark Twain said something like "The worst winter I ever spent was a summer I spent in San Francisco." It's true! The fog gets heavy on the coast and in SF in summer, making it typically warmer in winter, cause the skies are clear. You'll get 60s in Nov and Dec, although we can get rain and some cold snaps. Jan is almost always great, and Feb is typically cold and wet.

That's the coastal areas. There's a different climate inland and in the valley (the Santa Clara Valley, or Silicon Valley). It's generally colder in winter and hotter in summer. I'll look at my Nov and Dec logs tonight and see where I was riding for the last couple of years.

First step, invest $9 in a Krebs map, an excellent cycling map for the area. You can order them here: There is a small sample of the map shown on the site, and if it had another inch or two on the bottom, it would show the lighthouse I mentioned.

If you are really into the hostel thing, there are at least two other hostels in the valley, located right on main cycling routes:

Hidden Villa (
Sanborn Park (
Unless you're upgrading to 10 speed...Cliff Oates
Sep 4, 2001 11:17 AM
You'd better make that a 13-28 or 13-26. If you're going to visit any of our higher points (Mt. Hamilton or Mt. Diablo), or are planning on focusing on going up and down hills ALL day while you're here, you may want the 28t cog. Otherwise, I find a 26t will get me up most anything as long as I'm reasonably fresh. Also, you usually don't need a 12t cog when you're heading downhill at 45 mph.

December is kind of iffy in terms of rain, but the Bay moderates the temperatures here. Low to mid 50's is a typical Fall/Winter mid-morning temp. If you're lucky, the overcast will burn off and you'll get some sun to warm things up into the 60's. I usually wear fleece tights, and a long sleeve undershirt underneath a regular jersey and I'm perfectly comfortable. I also carry a wind breaker to put on prior to descents.
Hey, drop in for an SRCC club ride...MrCelloBoy
Sep 4, 2001 2:03 PM
If you're up in Sonoma County. We're the hosts of the Wine Country Century and the Terrible Two. Maybe I'll even show you the paint job on the calfee tandem! ; )