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Petition to create a shared-use path on the Bay Bridge

larry barrios
 
Edited

Greetings Freewheelers,

There is a petition to create a shared-use path on the Bay Bridge: 
https://secure.railstotrails.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=%2Fbay_bridge_petition#petition

There is also a form to sign the petition as an organization, link is at the bottom of the page.

-larry


Re: Sad Notice

Mike Moore
 

I am sorry to hear that and offer my condolences to Jon’s friends in our group.

I had the opportunity to ride with him in a club ride in the South Bay to Gilroy some years back.  He was off the back and I rode along with him.   He was really smart and had a lot of ideas.  I remember a long discussion about shoes and foot protection.   I regret not having had other opportunities to learn more from and about him.  

Best,

Mike



On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 4:17 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
This was posted on the ACTC Facebook page.



Ken






Sad Notice

Ken Goldman
 

This was posted on the ACTC Facebook page.



Ken


2010 Giant Defy Adv 3 (upgraded Shimano 5800 drive train and Ultegra wheels) for sale

West Kurihara
 

I'm selling my daughter's 2010 Giant Defy Adv 3.  It's in very good condition, very
 stiff BB and headtube for race bike like efficiency and response even though this is a longer wheelbase
 endurance bike from 2010.  It was upgraded about 3 
years ago with an all Shimano 105 5800 11spd drive train, brakes, levers, and Shimano Ultegra Wh-5800 tubeless/tube compatible 
wheels.  These wheels will work equally well with tubless or tubed tires.  Without peddles or pump, it tips the scales at around 17 lbs.
  The frame is fully composite carbon with a 
carbon fork with AL steerer tube.  Comes with a 10cm Ritchey 17 degree stem.  Steerer tube was never cut so there is
quite a lot of adjustment possible in combination with the stem.  Gearing is compact 50x34 and 11/32 rear 11 speed Shimano
105 cluster.  Frame size in Giant's sizing methodology is a Size S, suited to height range of 5'5" to 5'9".  Comes with
Schwalbe One Tubeless tires, 25mm width.  I'll also include the Look Keo peddles if you want them or remove them. 
Reference info links below:
Frame sizing reference (Giant has not changed the geometry much over the years)



Photos:


Asking $750 firm for the bike as is.  

Please email me directly with any questions.

-West Kurihara


No more porta potty Ol La Honda store

Yahoo-Julie
 

FYI;
A bit of a surprise on my ride today! They removed it due to vandalism. But there was a freshly cleaned one right in front of Apple Jacks,which is where the OLH store sent me.
Be safe all!
Julie


Holiday Fishing

David Walker
 

Many of you are seeing an email supposedly from me. The subject line is “REQUEST” and the body is: 
Hi <first name>,

I need you to get something sorted out as soon as you can , Let me know if you are available now .

Regards,
David Walker.

You’d receive it with an address like secretary@... from an email address like president1234@gmail.com. This is fake. I believe that someone has scrubbed the website for names and email adresses. Do not respond to these emails. Probably best to simply delete them, but let me know if you received one. That way, maybe we can figure out what happened.

Sorry for the kerfluffle. 


David Walker


Piedmont Ave San Jose Construction 10/28 through November

Yahoo-Julie
 

All - FYI if you were planning a ride towards Alum Rock anytime after today thru November. I cycled there today and there are ‘no parking signs due to road construction‘ for dates indicated from San Jose north border @ Landess stretching southward. I believe this will be a resurfacing which is truly needed and will be great to ride when completed.

Julie


Re: Garmin recommendations.

Jennifer Reungchai
 

Hi Donna,

I know your question was for Garmin but the wahoo has been a very reliable and easy bike computer to use as well. It has extremely good battery life and the screen is more saturated than the Garmin so the data is more viable to see even at any light angle. I also enjoy the simplicity of editing the data pages on my phone by instead of pushing the buttons on the small computer. I’ve had mine for over 3 years and it is still good as new. I’m not sure if Garmin has this feature but the wahoo has a simplified topagraphy image so I can tell how far along I am on a climb so I can pace myself better. 

Best regards,
Jennifer 


On Sep 17, 2020, at 12:42 PM, West Kurihara via groups.io <wkurihara@...> wrote:

Hi Donna, 
Lots of good advice on this thread.  I would definitely advise against the 520+.  Read dcrainmaker’s review of the edge 530 and it becomes readily apparent.  I replaced my edge 520 with the 530 mainly because of lack of memory for more complex routes and slow processor performance for navigation.  I actually love my previous garmins, edge 500, 520, but they were just getting too old and not able to keep up with the navigation capabilities of newer computers.  


Anyhow, the battery life is excellent and I especially like the WiFi capability and automatic ride download to Garmin Connect=>Strava.  

There are lots of other feature I like, but as Jay says, it just works and works well.  I’ve owned garmin edge 130, 500, 520, 530 and a couple of Lezyne super micro computers.  All of them had their quirks but I must say that so far, the edge 530 has been the least quirky so far with a really rich feature set and lots of flash memory (16GB) so it should e be good for many years of use.
That’s sort of a sideways complement for Garmin.  

-West

On Sep 17, 2020, at 08:38, Jay Gilson <jaymgilson@...> wrote:


Donna,

West pointed me to the 530 and I have been very happy with it... it has a great battery life and it works... I had a touch screen and ultimately I did not like it especially in the winter with long finger gloves... the 530 is controlled with buttons.  I strongly recommend this unit over the 520+

Jay

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 7:07 AM Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io <luporini=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Re: Garmin recommendations.

West Kurihara
 

Hi Donna, 
Lots of good advice on this thread.  I would definitely advise against the 520+.  Read dcrainmaker’s review of the edge 530 and it becomes readily apparent.  I replaced my edge 520 with the 530 mainly because of lack of memory for more complex routes and slow processor performance for navigation.  I actually love my previous garmins, edge 500, 520, but they were just getting too old and not able to keep up with the navigation capabilities of newer computers.  


Anyhow, the battery life is excellent and I especially like the WiFi capability and automatic ride download to Garmin Connect=>Strava.  

There are lots of other feature I like, but as Jay says, it just works and works well.  I’ve owned garmin edge 130, 500, 520, 530 and a couple of Lezyne super micro computers.  All of them had their quirks but I must say that so far, the edge 530 has been the least quirky so far with a really rich feature set and lots of flash memory (16GB) so it should e be good for many years of use.
That’s sort of a sideways complement for Garmin.  

-West

On Sep 17, 2020, at 08:38, Jay Gilson <jaymgilson@...> wrote:


Donna,

West pointed me to the 530 and I have been very happy with it... it has a great battery life and it works... I had a touch screen and ultimately I did not like it especially in the winter with long finger gloves... the 530 is controlled with buttons.  I strongly recommend this unit over the 520+

Jay

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 7:07 AM Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io <luporini=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Re: Garmin recommendations.

mark <zensurweb@...>
 

Having been a devout  Garmin user for many years  I recently went for aStages  Dash L50 instead based on a positive dcrainmaker review,  Similar price to the 530.  It pretty much does  everything the 530 does but  has  an absolutely fantastic display which is great as your eyes become tired.  Also  has pretty good maps like the more expensive Garmins.  Seems to work great.  The only thing I dislike about it is the mount. I much prefer the Garmin 1/4 turn system.

As others have suggested the DCrainmaker site has some great reviews of all your options

Mark 




On Thursday, September 17, 2020, 09:36:46 AM PDT, Robert Tashjian <rob@...> wrote:


Hi Donna,

 

I recommend that you take a look at the reviews at dcrainmaker.com, it’s my go to reference for cycling tech. As noted by Jay and Nick, the 530 is a vast improvement over the 520 plus. The 530 review is at:

              https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-edge-530-cycling-gps-in-depth-review.html

 

There are also in-depth reviews of other bike computers, so you can get a good idea of the competition as well.

 

Rob

---

Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:07 AM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] Garmin recommendations.

 

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Re: Garmin recommendations.

James
 

I've been on a couple online threads about recent 520 and 520 Plus deals, and the recommendations have been pretty consistent...spend the little extra for the 530.  Very few reasons to spend the extra money to the 830/1030 unless you need the special features or bigger screen, and the 530 pretty much does everything 99% of us want/need with the added benefit of being one of the more reliable Garmin units (520 has been rock solid for me, while lots of comments on 520 Plus not so good).

My 2 cents

-JamesW

On Sep 17, 2020 8:54 AM, Nick Laszlo <laszlonick@...> wrote:

I concur with Jay, with the additional thought that the 530 screen is brighter, yet the battery drains slower than the 520 (in my experience).

 

Nick

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Jay Gilson
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:38 AM
To: Donna Kaplan
Cc: FFBC IO List
Subject: Re: [public info] Garmin recommendations.

 

Donna,

 

West pointed me to the 530 and I have been very happy with it... it has a great battery life and it works... I had a touch screen and ultimately I did not like it especially in the winter with long finger gloves... the 530 is controlled with buttons.  I strongly recommend this unit over the 520+

 

Jay

 

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 7:07 AM Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io <luporini=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan

 



Re: Garmin recommendations.

Robert Tashjian
 

Hi Donna,

 

I recommend that you take a look at the reviews at dcrainmaker.com, it’s my go to reference for cycling tech. As noted by Jay and Nick, the 530 is a vast improvement over the 520 plus. The 530 review is at:

              https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-edge-530-cycling-gps-in-depth-review.html

 

There are also in-depth reviews of other bike computers, so you can get a good idea of the competition as well.

 

Rob

---

Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:07 AM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] Garmin recommendations.

 

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Re: Garmin recommendations.

Brandon Soule
 

I like the 830 quite a bit.


On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 7:07 AM Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io <luporini=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Re: Garmin recommendations.

Nick Laszlo
 

I concur with Jay, with the additional thought that the 530 screen is brighter, yet the battery drains slower than the 520 (in my experience).

 

Nick

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Jay Gilson
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:38 AM
To: Donna Kaplan
Cc: FFBC IO List
Subject: Re: [public info] Garmin recommendations.

 

Donna,

 

West pointed me to the 530 and I have been very happy with it... it has a great battery life and it works... I had a touch screen and ultimately I did not like it especially in the winter with long finger gloves... the 530 is controlled with buttons.  I strongly recommend this unit over the 520+

 

Jay

 

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 7:07 AM Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io <luporini=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan

 


Re: Garmin recommendations.

Jay Gilson
 

Donna,

West pointed me to the 530 and I have been very happy with it... it has a great battery life and it works... I had a touch screen and ultimately I did not like it especially in the winter with long finger gloves... the 530 is controlled with buttons.  I strongly recommend this unit over the 520+

Jay

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 7:07 AM Donna Luporini Kaplan via groups.io <luporini=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Garmin recommendations.

Donna Luporini Kaplan
 

My Garmin Edge 500 has stopped working so I am in the market for a new one. I will probably go for a 520 Plus, but I am open to recommendations for one of the 800 or 1000 series if one of those seem worth the price. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

 

Feel free to reply just to me, luporini@..., and if anyone wants to hear responses, just let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Donna Kaplan


Re: Peloton-style vs. Smart trainers?

Roy Taylor
 

Does anyone have an old style 'wheel on trainer' they would be interested to sell?




On Sunday, September 6, 2020, 12:52:34 PM PDT, Robert Tashjian <rob@...> wrote:


Hi Mike,

 

I’ll answer 3) first. Check out dcrainmaker.com, there is a wealth of information about trainers and trainer apps under the buyers guide section. Specifically:

              https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/10/the-smart-trainer-recommendations-guide-winter-2019-2020.html

              https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2020/03/cycling-indoor-trainer-app-guide.html/

He goes into a lot of detail about the different features and why you might or might not want them.

 

As to 1), there are really three types:

  1. Wheel on trainers – These are the least expensive ($300-$600) and most compact. You supply the bike. You replace your rear wheel skewer with the one they supply, lock the rear wheel in, and you’re off and running. Your wheel size can be an issue, and tires can wear quickly
  2. Direct drive trainers – These are intermediate priced ($700-$1500) and now some add lean and steering to the feature set for more realism. You remove your rear wheel, lock into the trainers cassette/hub/flywheel/skewer combo (note, some trainers DON’T supply a cassette!). They are a little larger and heavier than wheel on trainers, but there is no tire to wear out. They can still be stored in a closet if you are not using them for some period. They also ‘feel’ more like a real bike on the road.
  3. Dedicated bike trainers – These can run from $400 to $3000 depending on features. These are the most permanent of fixtures, they require a dedicated space and some, like Peloton, can only use the dedicated apps. The more expensive ones obviously feel more like a bike, but if you have a bike you like…

Really, if you have an extra bike (or one that you really like and fits really well) the WheelOn or DirectDrive are going to give you the best experience. I got a wheel on trainer (at the beginning of the March, like half the world..) because I didn’t know how much I would use it and for ease of storage. I now wish I had gotten a direct drive, I have an old bike dedicated to the trainer stand and have been ‘zwifting’ at least 3 days a week.

 

That being said, Zwift is tremendous fun and will keep you on the trainer longer than 15min, which at least seems to be my limit without some distraction. All of the apps will require a (phone|tablet|computer) for the display and you may find yourself dedicating a larger screen for a better visual effect.Rouvy and RGT also offer real world roads (and real world effort!). Most trainers can also now be used with the Peloton appl. My longest session on Zwift was 2hrs, there is really no coasting or foot down stops (eg., red lights), so you are on the saddle the entire time. Road.cc has a pretty decent price/feature chart at the bottom of their app comparison article: https://road.cc/content/feature/best-indoor-cycling-turbo-training-apps-255118

 

Hope this helps,

Rob

---

Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike Moore
Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2020 9:27 AM
To: FFBC IO List <info@ffbc.groups.io>
Subject: [public info] Peloton-style vs. Smart trainers?

 

Hi everybody!   As we are fond of saying in Reno, winter is coming.  (That’s pretty catchy!).   I am still trying to get back in shape after last year’s calamity so I am considering buying an indoor trainer.  So I would love to get the opinions (and I know you have them) on these questions:

 

1. Is it better to buy a Peloton-style or Smart trainer and if so, why?

 

2. If you’ve experience with a smart trainer, which one would you recommend and how easy is it to set up and get going?   What ancillary purchases are desirable?

 

3. What do you wish you knew before you purchased one of these machines?

 

From what little I know, there probably isn’t a single correct answer for every situation and individual preference which is why I would hoping to draw upon the collective wisdom of the club.

 

In advance, thanks!!   Safe riding and happy trails to all of you!

 

Mike


Re: Peloton-style vs. Smart trainers?

David Walker
 

Of course the best indoor trainer is the one that you will use. The others (i.e. the ones you don’t use) are too expensive, even if they are (practically) free. 

FWIW, I’ve been using the Peloton for the last couple of years. For me, I like the “Spin Class” vibe when exercising indoors (I guess that makes me not a particularly serious cyclist).

I’ve used Zwift briefly, but I think that riding inside is almost a different activity than riding outside. I really like the Peloton. It is expensive for the equipment and for the monthly class subscription, but they have a “Power Zone” training program where you take an FTP test, then do workouts that target a specific power zone. I found these incredibly helpful as you know exactly how hard to work. I can get a good workout in a relatively short period of time. My power has certainly improved in the last couple of months that I’ve done these rides. Another advantage of the Peloton program is there are also classes for stretching, strength training, yoga, and even meditation. I think they really do have a lot of great instructors.

With that said, I know that it isn’t for everyone, and I would encourage you to try it out if you can. That applies to Peloton or a trainer for Zwift or whatever. I’m certain that someone on this list has a bike trainer that you can borrow and try some of the other options. 

David Walker


Re: Peloton-style vs. Smart trainers?

Mike Moore
 

Wow!    You guys really are the best!   Even Goldman.   ;-)

I appreciate the avalanche of quality information and now I have a lot to digest.   I was out doing Census work today and glancing at the messages and can only say wow and thanks.

I will undoubtedly have some follow up questions which I will address to individuals.

I look forward to when I can get back to the Bay and ride with y’all.  And of course if you are ever in Reno and want to ride, hit me up.   Bring Goldman with you!

Mike

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 9:27 AM Mike Moore via groups.io <mrmoore.usa=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi everybody!   As we are fond of saying in Reno, winter is coming.  (That’s pretty catchy!).   I am still trying to get back in shape after last year’s calamity so I am considering buying an indoor trainer.  So I would love to get the opinions (and I know you have them) on these questions:

1. Is it better to buy a Peloton-style or Smart trainer and if so, why?

2. If you’ve experience with a smart trainer, which one would you recommend and how easy is it to set up and get going?   What ancillary purchases are desirable?

3. What do you wish you knew before you purchased one of these machines?

From what little I know, there probably isn’t a single correct answer for every situation and individual preference which is why I would hoping to draw upon the collective wisdom of the club.

In advance, thanks!!   Safe riding and happy trails to all of you!

Mike









Re: Peloton-style vs. Smart trainers?

West Kurihara
 

Mike,  here is my two cents.

I’ve used the Lemond bike in my gym (very similar to Peleton).  It’s ok, but lacks the realism that Zwift provides riding with real people.  I much prefer zwift over any other simulation programs that I’ve tried.  

That being said I really don’t enjoy indoor training that much because I sweat a lot and my tolerance for overheating is low, even through I probably have an almost ideal setup for training with multiple fans, outdoor air circulation, etc.  so I only use Zwift occasionally though out the year, mainly during the rainy season although I’ve used it for short rides during this past month when the air quality allowed.

Since I’m not a heavy Zwift user, I never wanted to invest too much money in the setup, so this is what is use.

First, I have a power tap wheel on one of my old bikes for power measurement along with a garmin wheel speed sensor and cadence sensor.  I had to purchase an ANT+ usb dongle for Zwift (about $40) and I have an old CycleOps mag trainer (about $60 used)

Since the resistance is fixed, I need to change gears to change resistance so that is not as realistic as the Zwift controlled resistance of a smart trainer.

So that’s a scenario of spending very little money to try Zwift or any other online simulation software assuming you already have power, cadence, speed and heart rate measurement capability.  For several years, I’ve been considering purchasing a nice Zwift compatible power trainer But I just haven’t been able to justify it to myself giving the number of times I would use it normally.  The flip side is that if I ever do decide to purchase a nice trainer, I know exactly what features and capability I want based upon my experience with my bare bones setup.

-West

On Sep 6, 2020, at 09:27, Mike Moore <mrmoore.usa@...> wrote:

Hi everybody!   As we are fond of saying in Reno, winter is coming.  (That’s pretty catchy!).   I am still trying to get back in shape after last year’s calamity so I am considering buying an indoor trainer.  So I would love to get the opinions (and I know you have them) on these questions:

1. Is it better to buy a Peloton-style or Smart trainer and if so, why?

2. If you’ve experience with a smart trainer, which one would you recommend and how easy is it to set up and get going?   What ancillary purchases are desirable?

3. What do you wish you knew before you purchased one of these machines?

From what little I know, there probably isn’t a single correct answer for every situation and individual preference which is why I would hoping to draw upon the collective wisdom of the club.

In advance, thanks!!   Safe riding and happy trails to all of you!

Mike

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