moderated Re: Dangerous pavement on Skyline Blvd Oakland
I’ll have to give this some thought, Julie. In spite of being a relatively new member of FFBC, I have in fact lived in Fremont for nearly 2 years now and know of some safe & interesting routes that I have done dozens of times and have never spotted you guys, so I might be able to come up with something new. I just need some time to come up with something good. You’re right in that many Bay Area roads are indeed utter crap (I have a titanium plate on my left collarbone as proof of that) but the danger of crashing can be lessened greatly through avoidance of the most egregious roads, which unfortunately can change dramatically from one week to the next because of erosion and seismic influences.
No place in the world is a perfect panacea for cycling (south of France comes close). We for instance have great weather compared to most of the world, but not such good roads. Other places have great roads, but you can only ride on them safely 6 months out of the year because of harsh weather. It’s a mixed bag. One of the things that I look for riding in the Bay Area on a beautiful day like Tuesday is that if I notice a glaring scarcity of hardcore cyclists on the road that I’m on (other than the group I’m riding with), that’s always a red flag for me!
Let’s see what I come up with. My big problem with being group leader is that I’m lousy with directions, but I guess there’s a solution for that too. I could ride with GPS and a single earbud in one ear, that way I wouldn’t have to take my eyes off the “obstacle course” that I’m riding on. Route sheets are useless for me because I’m extremely far-sighted!
See you guys next week. By the way, except for when we’re riding on lousy roads, I really enjoy riding with FFBC. You guys are one of the most pleasant clubs I’ve ever ridden with. You’re good people! 😃
On May 31, 2018, at 1:13 PM, Julie Gilson <jmgilson1@...> wrote: