Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 SMR 14

There were a lot of cars this morning - some kind of Earth Day event with volunteers.
Lots of bike riders too - first Saturday of really nice weather in a long time.

Up NGR, and down SGR to inspect the new AMGEN surface.

Not perfect, but about as good as your average segment of South Gate Road.

JB went through the Hole in the Fence. 

Then I met up with Team Club Sport at the Athenian.  Some of them came from Pleasanton and some from Walnut Creek, and we headed up.

Wildlife Encounter:  deer and turkeys




Maureen and somebody.

Then we split up with some folks going up Summit, others going down NGR, and others back down SGR.  There were dozens of riders hanging around at the Junction.

My new compact crank... at least it's not a triple.

Product Review:  Park Chain Washing Machine

Not everyone is a fan of these things, but I like to have a shiny chain.  My Performance-brand chain washing thingy broke last month so I bought one of these.
Comes with a bottle of citrus cleaner.

Pretty smart brushes and de-gunkers.

Best way to do this is to use a wheel-less hub so you don't get splatter all over your rims and tires.  Bare hub is also a good spacer if you ever pack your bike for air travel.

This is the best feature - you put the cleaner on your chain first, and then you can squirt the cleaning fluid in through those holes on the top.  My Performance brand thing had to be attached with the fluid already inside... very sloppy.

That's what I'm talking about!

Postscript Item 1:  Friend at work is trying to sell her husband's old triathlon bike.  We gently tried to reduce her expectations.  But if anyone is interested, drop me an e-mail and I'll put you in touch.

Trek 2300 Pro, carbon fiber and aluminum, looks like about 58cm.

 Postscript Item 2:  The Sheriff and/or the Danville PD are out to ticket cyclists not stopping at stop signs again - especially on Alameda Diablo after the hole in the fence.  Post your stories in the comments.


Anonymous said...

Yup. The sheriff was out keeping the fair citizens of Diablo safe and and "picking the low hanging fruit", if you will. Alameda Diablo and Caballo Ranchero - has anyone on a bicycle ever stopped there?

So, I wonder how much this ticket is gonna' cost?

PS - The Sheriff hides in a driveway behind some bushes on the left side of Alameda Diablo about 50 feet down from the stop sign. Sneaky.

Anonymous said...

Someone I know got a ticket there and it was $280. This raised the question of how many cars are getting tickets back there, or is it just bikes?