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lunchtime ride - Redwood City, CA(17 posts)

lunchtime ride - Redwood City, CAgregg
Nov 15, 2002 5:51 PM
The rains are coming, but mother nature blessed us with some great weather this week here in the SF-SJ Bay Area.

Finally got my Surly out of cob-webs and out for a short mid-day ride yesterday. Finally had a chance to edit the photos today.

Biking to work in snow seems like fun, and fall colors on the East Coast are great, but I'll take the California sunshine anyday!

This is the beginning of the MUT, located right next to Oracle.

And this is Oracle:

Last weeks rain created a bunch of shallow puddles along the shoreline:

My only company on my short journey:
the scenerygregg
Nov 15, 2002 5:53 PM
Nice suburbs on one side, marsh land on the other.

California wildflowers:

Shot of one of many wooden lookout/observation spots.

And this is the view from the deck.
last shotsgregg
Nov 15, 2002 5:57 PM
Planes and radio towers are a common site on this section of the peninsula.

A lot of the shoreline is closed to the public to protect the more delicate wildlife. No shortage of birds here:

My new (fairly) bike for the winter:
don't mean to be a position nazi, butweiwentg
Nov 15, 2002 9:39 PM
your brake hoods look a bit low. nice shots, though!
how's the bike? a friend's friend found it a bit squirrely, but that was in a cross race.
position stufflonefrontranger
Nov 16, 2002 6:54 AM
howdy W,

As re: position; my SO rides with his hoods like that. Mine used to be nearly as low but on my newer bikes I prefer them a little more horizontal. It's pretty common for sprinters to run their hoods that low because it provides a bigger 'lever' to haul on when you're really pulling. Sean Kelly was famous for how low his hoods rode. Correspondingly, climbers run them high to provide a stable platform to stand for long periods at lower cadences.

If you really want to trip your mind, look at old pics of LA's setup. He used to run his hoods pretty low, but now he runs them in more of a 'climber' style.
cool, I didn't know that!weiwentg
Nov 16, 2002 11:00 AM
well, I do now. plus I'm a climber, so there you are.
anyway, how's the shoulder?
shoulder is finelonefrontranger
Nov 16, 2002 6:01 PM
I did an hour of weights and yoga crap this morning then rode for 4 hours with a couple K of climbing. No problemo, even when the 35-mph headwinds kicked up on the last hour. It was a really cool ride.

How's your base training going?
base trainingweiwentg
Nov 16, 2002 7:26 PM
if I'm not mistaken, it's good to keep your HR within 60-70% of max for base. this is not particularly easy to do in the Midwest, especially not when riding with a group. so I'm doing a lot of solo rides now. it's going pretty well, but now that the weather is getting horrible, it could be tough. I'd feel like a caged hamster if I got on the trainer ... although I will probably break down and get a trainer.
oh, and cross is the best thing since sliced bread! I love cyclocross! it's so cool, even though it's so #*%&@#)%*)(@#%ing painful! seriously, it's fun, and it helps both your road biking and your mountain biking. I'm hooked.
actually, weiwentg's right, but...gregg
Nov 16, 2002 8:35 PM's not that my hoods are low, my bar rotated down in the stem (heh, forgot to tighten something there!) REALLY noticed this when I accidentally downshifted with my knees in a corner.

The Surly is great so far, but I haven't done any real off roading yet. It is an unbeatable value, sturdy build, and I just love the greenness (especially not that the color has been retired)

Bike picMatno
Nov 16, 2002 10:07 PM
Phew! I was starting to worry that there wouldn't be a bike pic in there. Nice winter bike. I sure hope you went home and cleaned it after shoving the chain in that sand!!! :^)
Nice pics...DINOSAUR
Nov 16, 2002 9:14 AM
Is that the Dumbarton Bridge in the background? My cycling roots began in the S.J./Los Gatos/Morgan Hill/Santa Cruz Mountains area in 1974.

My 87 year old Italian mother-In-Law lives in Redwood City, but I can't stand the traffic down there.

As for the position of your hoods. I just went through this. A wrench at my LBS thought I had by Deda bars angled too high. After a big controversy on another forum about handlebar postion, I contacted Deda and they said that handlebar postion is a matter of rider preference.

I like my hoods horizontal. I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills and do a lot of climbing and I like to pull on the hoods when I am climbing, and press my weight against them when I am descending.

The colors up here are breathtaking in the fall. I started to put my cyclocomputer on the clock function and just go out and enjoy the scenery and enjoy the escape from the heat and dreading the coming of the cold weather in Jan and Feb.

I do miss that bay area weather, but not the traffic and everything else that goes with it.

My wife says I live a perfect life as I'm retired and just about all I do is ride my bike. And she is probably right.......
It's the San Mateo bridge...gregg
Nov 16, 2002 8:49 PM
Yeah, a lot of good riding around here, both mountain biking and road cycling.

I can't stand the traffic (or smog) either, which is why I sometimes take Caltrain and bike(not as often as I should, probably).

About the hood/bar position, I will raise the bars in the stem, and probably get a longer stem.

Glad to hear your are putting your retirement time to good use! My retired father rarely gets out of the house any more (he's stuck trading baseball cards on Ebay and watching sports on TV).

It's the San Mateo bridge...DINOSAUR
Nov 17, 2002 3:12 PM
Ah, the San Mateo Bridge, I should have known.

It took me about 3,800 miles on my new bike until I found the perfect position and I'm still messing with it.

Yes, retirement and cycling go well together. I'm either riding my bike, working on my bike, talking about bikes on the forums or thinking of ways to spend money on my bike.

I lived in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto/San Jose area since 1948, before we relocated up here to the foothills above Auburn 12 years ago. But progress is slowly catching us with us.

We have smog problems up here also as all the smog from Sacoftomatoes drifts up the I-80 corridor and hangs over the foothills. Who would have known?
Nov 18, 2002 10:23 AM
...a nice place to retire. An old friends parents retired to the Auburn area (pre In-n-Out Burger) and I used to go there fairly regularly. Cleaner air, but below the snow line.

I've done some good mtn. biking and hiking there along the river, by the bridge.

I didn't realize the smog traveled up there too! Bummer.

Last time through there (coming back from Downieville), I'd noticed that it is definitely ever growing.

Man, I really got to get out and ride.Ken of Fresno
Nov 16, 2002 12:31 PM
Your pics keep reminding me how much I need to take advantage of this nice weather we have for now. Who needs to study on the weekend anyways? By the way, how do you like your Surly Crosscheck? That ones next on my list of bikes to covet. :) Too bad it's no longer available in green. I have enough red bikes already.

Nice pics,
OK gregg, you're cool and can hang out here! ;-) nm.MB1
Nov 16, 2002 2:34 PM
Whew, thanks! (nm)gregg
Nov 16, 2002 8:51 PM