Saturday, December 03, 2016

2016 SMR 42

Cold and dry this morning.  Clear blue sky.

Wildlife Encounter:  Pack of deer at Little Pine Creek.  Full gallop, very impressive.

I think this guy in the shorts is Flemish.

I started to get that knee cap pain at the Ranger House... it comes on fast and when it does it only hurts on the downstroke when I'm putting pressure on it, but that makes climbing pretty difficult.  Never lasts too long, but I turned around at Junction.

I think it's this:

Patellofemoral pain is the medical term used when pain occurs at the front of the knee, around the kneecap (patella), without signs of any damage or other problems in the knee joint. It is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome or anterior knee pain.

Berkeley guy admires my bike... auto blog photo.

JB's gone next week, and I'm gone the week after that.

Wildlife Encounter:  Coyote at Moss Landing.  

He was really cute and curious.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

2016 SMR 41

Rain. Two Saturdays in a row... can't believe my good fortune.

Other cyclists: 0,   cars: 1,  deer: 5,   turkeys: 10+

Kind of a light rain the whole way up - just how I like it.  Not cold or windy.

There's a palpable sense of renewal on The Mountain... rejuvenation feels wet.

Hey look - they patched up Wounded Knee!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

2016 SMR 40

Every Saturday morning I walk my dog Isaac 🐕 about 6:30 and evaluate the weather conditions to determine what I should wear on my Saturday Morning Ride... or even if I have to cancel it.  The report today was for rain all morning and the skies were pretty dark, but it wasn't raining yet and there was kind of a blue patch over in the southeast so I figured tights and a regular jacket, not the rain jacket.

Got to the Gate and waited for JB but he didn't show.  Only saw a few other riders go up.  We all gave each other the nod of acknowledgment - people who like cycling in the rain belong to an exclusive club... that you can join by cycling in the rain and liking it.

I was totally prepared to turn around at Junction.  Got real windy up around the ranches.

This guy came up SGR and got to JNXN the same time as me.

Yup, turn around.

I love these dramatic weather photos.

Doyle always recognizes me and waves.  I think I only met him once though.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

2016 SMR 39

Dressed too warm today - there was a little rain overnight but this morning it was bright and clear. Pavement was a little damp is all.  I was cooking in tights and a windbreaker.

Roadkill Report:  a mouse... flat and dry.  There were a lot of vultures in the sky though.

This guy was eyeing my beautiful vintage Eddy Merckx with the Vittoria Pave sewups and San Marco Rolls saddle with RINO hide... good eyes.

Thought I had my brakes figured out after last week's ride, but brought a 4mm allen just in case.  Right here is where I realized I needed another adjustment.

Finally after the fifth adjustment, I had it good enough

Oh look, the cloud of doom (in the shape of Trump's hair) is hanging over Contra Costa County.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

2016 SMR 38

JB's still on a trip so just me today - took the opportunity to be ~15 minutes late on the last ride of Daylight Saving Time.

No wildlife, no roadkill, good weather, great mountain.

I thought I had my brakes adjusted correctly after last week's descent... but turns out they were even worse... braking the rear made my whole bike vibrate with a high frequency buzz that transferred directly to my butt for a scintillating but embarrassing sensation; it was an interesting challenge to only brake when no one else was within earshot.

There was a foot race going on today too - at The Summit they had a mat that the runners were supposed to step on to show that they had "stomped on the devil".

Saturday, October 29, 2016

2016 SMR 37

Ready for rain, but there wasn't much of it... just a little drizzle at The Summit.

Roadkill Report:  an opossum at The Approach

JB's on vaction, but new guy at work Justin came along.  He'd been to The Junction only once on our Wednesday Night Ride - today he was looking forward to a Summit.  Except at Junction he decided he was pooped.

This ranger was observing riders stopping at the new Juniper Stop Sign - or not stopping.  The guy behind me got a bull-horn admonishment.

Tarantula Tally:  one.

Al and I stopped to talk to the stop sign ranger on the way down, Jason I think his name was.  He had a good attitude and just wanted the riders to be safe and aware.

I put my sew-ups on last night but I didn't get the brakes adjusted right and they were squeaking like a goose all the way down.  THEN, at Moss Landing, I feel my spare tire fall out from under my saddle.  I stopped quickly to turn around but then I somehow tangled up my chain and couldn't get going right away.  This guy below, asked if I was OK, because I was off the bike and I said "Yes... and THAT'S MY TIRE UP THERE by the way."

I think this guy below was his riding buddy.

 THEN, the first guy stops to PICK UP MY TIRE!
(I didn't actually see this until I reviewed my video).
Just then, blog reader Mike happens by, and he helps me get my chain untangled, and look for the tire.

No luck... but he did find the piece of T-shirt that I had it wrapped up in.

Now I don't honestly know if the tire snatcher didn't HEAR me or understand me when I said my tire was up there... or if he planned on turning it in to lost and found, or if he's just a thief.  But I would sure like my spare tubular back.  If anyone recognizes him, please put us in touch - thanks.  It looks like this:  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 SMR 36

Man, did the flat ride last Saturday and didn't make it to the health club this week, and it was harder than usual climbing The Mountain today.  Beautiful weather though, started out a little cool and then got a little warm.

Exciting - this car passed JB and me just before Livermore Overlook.  His engine was making a funny noise and then we smelled something burning and we figured he didn't know how to drive...

...but as it turns out HIS CAR WAS ON FIRE!

Lucky he had the Overlook to pull over at so he didn't start a vegetation fire.  I called the ranger phone and got a voice mail, so I called 911 and got transferred to the fire department.  But then the rangers showed up with a fire extinguisher and cancelled the fire truck.

Hey, a hang-glider... no, it has an engine... some kind of ultralight.

I'm not sure what they're doing with the Summit bathrooms, but there's a couple porta-potties here now.

We stopped to talk to car fire guy on the way down, turns out he's a friendly guy who just had some bad luck... surprisingly in a good mood about the whole thing, waiting for the tow truck.

 Tarantula Tally:  one crawler near Moss Landing.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

2016 Foxy's with Vladimir

My 16-year old neighbor Vladimir decided to do another organized ride with me, and together we selected Foxy's.

We dodged a bullet because there was a big storm this weekend and it turned out the ride time was about the only time it wasn't raining.  So it was a little cool and a little windy but thoroughly enjoyable.

I also enjoy passing along cycling knowledge to the younger generation, so the night before we went over all the preparations and what to expect and what to bring, and did some bike maintenance.

Vladimir paid attention to my safety instructions, and ride courtesy suggestions, and even a few more advanced cycling tips.

We got behind a couple of hipsters on fixies and he may have put out a little too much effort keeping up with them, but I explained the rule about not passing unless you're sure you can stay in front, and after a while we let them go.

Toward the end of the ride it got quite a bit windier and Vladimir started to suffer... just enough that I was sure he would remember the ride as an endurance event that he succeeded in, and it wasn't easy... that's kind of the point, right?

Foxy's was the ride when two years ago I broke my ribs in a crash.  We didn't ride by that spot on the 50km route, but I did walk past the place in the lunch room where I sat with a bag of ice on my chest; still at that point unaware of how badly I was hurt.  There was no sentimental moment associated with it.

Ride photos by Captivating Sports Photos.  This is a really nice perq that the Davis Bike Club offers - I guess they pay to have all the photos be available for free, rather than the usual model of having "proof" photos on-line with watermark/proof/branding that an individual can buy a nice electronic or physical copy of.

Back home and it started to rain - like I said, the timing was fortuitous.

Obligatory event video:

2016 Foxy's With Vladimir from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.