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Group/club rides in San Jose or South Bay area, California?(14 posts)

Group/club rides in San Jose or South Bay area, California?eoind
Oct 29, 2001 2:06 PM
I recently moved to San Jose, recently bought my new bike, (Bianchi Veloce), and while I enjoy riding solo, it would be great if I could join in some weekend group rides. I know that The Bicycle Outfitter, (in Los Altos), has an organised ride on Sunday mornings, but since I usually play soccer on Sundays, I would prefer a Saturday group ride. Does anyone know of any groups in the South Bay area that would welcome a new recruit for Saturday, (& possibly some Sunday), rides? I would guess that I'm a novice to intermediate rider, (60 miles solo at 18.2mph last Saturday), but am hoping to build up and do a few centuries next year, (or sooner if possible).
Thanks, Eoin.
Spectrum Ridemr_spin
Oct 29, 2001 2:16 PM
Try the Spectrum Ride. Personally, I find it a little crazy, but there are often 30-40 riders.

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the crazy thing about the Spectrum ride is ...gregg
Oct 29, 2001 3:56 PM
...not the number of riders, it's the insane pace!

Definitely NOT a casual club ride.

-g
exactlymr_spin
Oct 29, 2001 4:20 PM
It's like a criterium masquerading as a road race billed as a group ride. Expect at least one crash per ride. Expect to be banged around if you are in the pack near the front.

Once I was on Foothill near the BO when they came by, and it was hilarious watching the stragglers trying to hang on to the back. And this is maybe 2 miles from the start!
Check out...Zignzag
Oct 29, 2001 3:47 PM
Almaden Cycle Touring Club www.actc.org and Western Wheelers www.westernwheelers.org for group rides. A calender for organized rides is: http://www.bbcnet.com/RideCalendar/RideListDate.asp

Or get a Krebs map at a bike store and go exploring on your own.
My Advicegrzy
Oct 29, 2001 4:01 PM
Just get out and start pedaling when you're available. Head up into the hills and you'll be amazed at the people you will meet. The Krebs map is one of the best sources of info and they even advise various routes. I've done the group thing, but think that heading off either on your own or with a couple buds is the way to go. Once a group gets over a certain size it starts to get difficult to manage. Sometimes it turns into an insane hammer-fest. Stay out of Woodside as much as possible - they're very much anti bike and the cops will nick you for the slightest infraction. The local citiziens are also just as likely to stuff you into a ditch with their SUVs.

Get up to Skyline, decide if you want to drop to the coast or head crusie along then drop down. Doing some of the organized rides is a great way to meet people and you don't need to do the full 100 miles. |Try to stay out of the middle of the valley - you run the risk of getting flattened by some stressed out yuppie driving their import and talking on the cell phone. The trail riding is great, but the Park Rangers have zero sens of humor and use radar to enforce the 15 mph speed limit (going 25 will cost you $135 if you get tagged).

If you really want an adventure come over the hill the Santa Cruz - one very bike crazy town.
A tamer recommendationmr_spin
Oct 29, 2001 4:31 PM
Starting around January, groups form in front of the coffee shop on Main Street in Los Gatos. Be there around 8:30am and you can probably pick up a group. These aren't ad-hoc groups--most of the riders are Ironman-level triathletes, and they almost all know each other, but visitors are certainly welcome.

The pace is high, but not insane. The rides usually head through the south valley and out to the Uvas area. Then they split up. Some return, some go further out to Gilroy and beyond, some go over Hecker Pass into Watsonville and come back via Eureka Canyon. And sometimes they head north and out to the ocean.
if you're near South SJ...gregg
Oct 29, 2001 4:42 PM
...check with a small bike shop named Bici Bike. They have a ride in the Almaden Valley/Blossom Hill area if I'm not mistaken. Don't recall which day it is.
-g
if you're near South SJ...grzy
Oct 29, 2001 5:40 PM
Bici Bike is on Cottle Rd. right across from IBM if this helps. It's pretty much a high end road only shop and the owner is very nice and the sole employee.
Yeah, it is a very nice, very small shop...gregg
Oct 29, 2001 5:50 PM
...I live right down the street from it, yet I have only been in there once. The owner was very cordial and helpful even though he was working on a bike and answering my questions too.

I always kinda wondered though...isn't the name Bici Bike kinda redundant?
-gregg
Thanks....eoind
Oct 29, 2001 6:56 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll check out the Almaden Cycling Touring Club either this coming weekend or next.
I work at IBM on Cottle Road so I've been in Bici Bike several times. I would have liked to, and almost did, buy my bike there, but I saw the exact same bike on sale at The Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos for $400 less. I suspect I would have got better, more personal service at Bici Bike, but $400 is a lot to pay for service.
I've been out McKean & Uvas Roads a few times as far as Morgan Hill, and although I always meet lots of cyclists going the other way, I've yet to meet a cyclist going in the same direction. I guess I'm either cycling too fast or too slow!
Eoin.
Thanks....JERRY
Oct 30, 2001 11:35 AM
Hi there, my friend and I usually head south, tours Gilroy, and Holister/Casa de Fruta for Centuries, mostly on Saturdays, my frind is a RAAM Racer, if you are interested on his honest oppinion on training, joing us for a ride, I consider myself an intermidate rider, so usually our pace is decent.

Throw us a line, amd we'll get together.

See ya.
South SJ RidersJERRY
Oct 30, 2001 11:37 AM
Hi there, my friend and I usually head south, tours Gilroy, and Holister/Casa de Fruta for Centuries, mostly on Saturdays, my frind is a RAAM Racer, if you are interested on his honest oppinion on training, joing us for a ride, I consider myself an intermidate rider, so usually our pace is decent.

Throw us a line, and we'll get together.

See ya.
Thanks....grzy
Oct 30, 2001 3:52 PM
Used to work there myself. Get down to STL at the Bailey Rd. and roll with the boys at 11:30. Be prepared to get destroyed if you try to hang with the fast guys - or take it easy with the B team. Seriously good fun and probably the best thing you can do this winter to stay in shape and come out fighting in the spring. Say hi to all the guys. You've got everything from Masters national level racers (road and mtn.) to triathletes, to RAAM riders. Super nice group of guys - don't let the grey hair fool you - some of the guys are animals.