Date   

Windmills of Altamont Pass 6/20 Father's Day

Gary Schaps
 

Ride's cancelled due to excessive heat (90 F+) predicted this Sunday in the Livermore Valley.


TMCR is ON!

Lori Sommer
 

Hello,

I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Please arrive early and sign in promptly so we can roll at 9:15AM.  If you are running late, text me and you can either catch up with us or drive further out on the route and join us along the way. 

It will be hot tomorrow!  The temperature forecast in Milpitas is 72 deg F at 9AM, reaching a high of 91 deg F at 1PM.    Please pick a route that is comfortable for you. I will NOT expect faster riders  to wait at the regroup points for the slowest riders, since slower riders may want to do shorter routes, especially due to the heat.  

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Lori
(510)693-8614

Thursday, 17 June
09:00
 Thursday Morning Coffee Ride - REI to Alum Rock with Shortcuts!
WhenThu, 17 June, 09:00 – 13:00
WhereREI, 43962 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538, USA (map)
DescriptionLength: 34 miles (with shortcuts of -17mi, -7mi, -5mi, -3mi)
Terrain: 2, 3; Pace: T, M

Welcome!!  You are all welcome! This is the first official TMCR in more than a year and we have some catching up to do and hopefully some new friends to meet.  This can be a very easygoing ride or a more difficult one; it is your choice.  Meet along the way, do shortcuts, ride ahead, leave early - just let me know.  This route will repeat in two weeks  and then monthly so you can measure your improvement over time. 

Since REI isn't open, please use the facilities at Starbucks or wait until we reach the Alviso Adobe in Milpitas. 

We are riding to Alum Rock along the beautiful foothills. This is a route with lots of flexibility -  to push yourself or take it easy and stretch your legs - whichever you like. Take Shortcut 1 directly to coffee and cut your mileage by 17.  Shortcut 2 cuts out 7 miles if you choose to ride to the park entrance (restrooms) then turn around..  Or you may go directly to the set of restrooms at the Youth Center and cut out 5 miles and significant climbing using Shortcut 3.  You may continue on the route, decide to skip Miguelito and only do Inspiration Loop (Shortcut 4, -3miles) or you may be in great shape and do the whole 42miles!  Please review the route sheet in advance and be prepared to follow your plan as I won't be chasing anyone down.  Better yet, find a friend with the same plan and stick together. Let me know if you have any questions.

If you are a slow climber like me, but want to do climbing, consider turning around when you see the faster riders returning OR bring yourself to coffee on your own. 

We will have lunch at Starbucks/Noah's Bagels ($) before heading back on a flat route, with no regroups. 

Here's the correct route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36345433 Please print the attached cue sheet and put my cell number in your phone in advance.  

Extreme temperatures, park closure, construction, rain, poor air quality or the whim of the ride leader may modify or cancel the route. Check here for updates: info@ffbc.groups.io

Lori Sommer: lorimsommer@..., 510-693-8624

Riders must follow California and County mask and distancing guidelines (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx).  Ride leaders are not responsible for enforcing these guidelines.  It is incumbent on riders to follow these guidelines to keep our cycling community safe.


Monday Morning Recovery Ride

Robert Tashjian
 

Monday Morning Recovery Riders,

 

This Monday, the MMRR will be co-led by Steven Muramoto and Bob Miller. The route will be the classic Fremont loop with a coffee stop at Panera Pacific Commons. The rwgps route is available here:

              https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31759143

 

Roll times are

              Isherwood Staging:                       8:45

              Chevron Paseo/Stevenson          9:15

              Paseo/South Grimmer                 9:45

 

Sign in is by email, send your mobile number, emergency contact info and starting location to Bob (robert.miller7@...) and he will sign you in.

 

Have a great ride!

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


Sunday Social

David Walker
 

Just to let everyone know, the Sunday Social will happen on Sunday, June 13. We'll meet at 9:00 and roll at 9:15. The pace will be "no rider left behind." Sign-up will use the normal sign-in sheets. There is no need to reply to this posting with rider info.

Last month I said I was going to try a new route, but I didn't get my act together quickly enough so we'll simply do the Alviso ride as listed on the ride calendar. Next month though!

As a reminder, we'll meet at:
Starbucks, 46655 Mission Blvd & Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539

This is the Starbucks in Warm Springs across the street from Safeway (not to be confused with the Starbucks inside of Safeway).

The route is as follows:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31563209

I've also attached a pdf of the route sheet. If you want it on the ride, print it out before you come as I will not be providing them.

Hope to see you Sunday.

David Walker


Saturday, June 12th ride through Los Altos Hills and Woodside

Robert Miller
 

I have updated next Saturday’s ride on the calendar. I wanted to try out a few roads and trails that we normally don’t go on. It starts in Burgess Park in Menlo Park. Meet at 9AM. Ride at 9:15AM. Bathroom available at the start/end. Lunch around noon at Roberts Market on Alpine – bring money. M paced ride.

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36321508

 

I’m limiting it to 15 riders so please email me ahead of time with your name, contact number and emergency contact number. I’ll confirm that you’re on the ride.

 

Thanks,


Bob Miller

 

 


Monday Morning Recovery Ride is ON!

Robert Tashjian
 

The MMRR is on for this Monday, June 7. We will ride the classic MMRR Route
with a coffee stop at Panera, Pacific Commons. For those so inclined, you
can make an optional stop for a vaccination donut at Krispy Kreme on the
way.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31759143

Email me where you are starting from, your mobile and emergency contact
information and I'll sign you in.
leaving from:
(across from) Isherwood Staging Area: 8:45
Chevron Paseo/Stevenson: 9:15
Weibel Paseo/S. Grimmer: 9:45
Be there a few minutes before.

NOTE: We need a ride leader for the MMRR on June 14. If you can lead the
ride, let me or Barry know.

Regards,
Rob
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Robert Tashjian
rob@tashjian.com


MMRR is now filled

Robert Tashjian
 

There has been a tremendous response and the MMRR is now filled. I’m not accepting any more sign ins for the MMRR tomorrow.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


Re: Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

Robert Tashjian
 

Some announcements about tomorrows ride:
- It will be quite warm tomorrow, although we should miss the worst of it
since we will be so close to the Bay. Bring lots of water and whatever you
need to deal with the heat.
- It will be a large group, so we'll have fairly frequent regroups. I'll
make sure to announce the next regroup at each regroup.
- The times listed for each of the pickup places are roll times. Please be
sure to be ready to roll on time. Note that the Chevron & Weibel times are 5
min earlier than normal.
- Roger's will reserve donuts & coffee for us.

See you tomorrow,
Rob
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Robert Tashjian
rob@tashjian.com

From: Robert Tashjian <rob@tashjian.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:41 PM
To: 'info@ffbc.groups.io' <info@ffbc.groups.io>
Subject: Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

This week the MMRR will bring you a special extended edition – We will
travel down across the south bay to Mountain View, up the peninsula, and
back across the Dumbo for a total of just under 50 miles, mostly on the
Baylands and Bay Trails. The route is paved except for one short stretch of
hard pack dirt trail near East Palo Alto. Coffee & goodies at mile 25 at
Rogers Donuts and Deli in Mountain View. Here is the rwgps route, I will not
have printed route sheets available, so make sure you load it in your bike
computer or print out your own cue sheet.

              https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36166715

We will meet at the usual places (Isherwood Staging, Paseo-Stevenson
Chevron, Paseo-S. Grimmer/Weibel), but we will be leaving the Chevron and
Weibel meetups about 5 min earlier than usual:
Leaving at:
Isherwood Staging          - 8:45
Chevron                            - 9:10
Weibel                              - 9:40

Email me your mobile and emergency contact numbers and I’ll sign you in so
we won’t have to sign in at the start.

Hope to see you Monday!
Rob
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Robert Tashjian
mailto:rob@tashjian.com


Re: Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

Robert Tashjian
 

One more quick note (hopefully the last): Please include where you plan to start (Isherwood, etc) so I know where to expect you.

 

Thanks,

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robert Tashjian
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:45 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [public info] Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

 

One quick note, I forgot to mention that this is an “M” ride.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robert Tashjian
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:41 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

 

This week the MMRR will bring you a special extended edition – We will travel down across the south bay to Mountain View, up the peninsula, and back across the Dumbo for a total of just under 50 miles, mostly on the Baylands and Bay Trails. The route is paved except for one short stretch of hard pack dirt trail near East Palo Alto. Coffee & goodies at mile 25 at Rogers Donuts and Deli in Mountain View. Here is the rwgps route, I will not have printed route sheets available, so make sure you load it in your bike computer or print out your own cue sheet.

 

              https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36166715

 

We will meet at the usual places (Isherwood Staging, Paseo-Stevenson Chevron, Paseo-S. Grimmer/Weibel), but we will be leaving the Chevron and Weibel meetups about 5 min earlier than usual:

Leaving at:

Isherwood Staging          - 8:45

Chevron                            - 9:10

Weibel                              - 9:40

 

Email me your mobile and emergency contact numbers and I’ll sign you in so we won’t have to sign in at the start.

 

Hope to see you Monday!

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...


Re: Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

Robert Tashjian
 

One quick note, I forgot to mention that this is an “M” ride.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robert Tashjian
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:41 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

 

This week the MMRR will bring you a special extended edition – We will travel down across the south bay to Mountain View, up the peninsula, and back across the Dumbo for a total of just under 50 miles, mostly on the Baylands and Bay Trails. The route is paved except for one short stretch of hard pack dirt trail near East Palo Alto. Coffee & goodies at mile 25 at Rogers Donuts and Deli in Mountain View. Here is the rwgps route, I will not have printed route sheets available, so make sure you load it in your bike computer or print out your own cue sheet.

 

              https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36166715

 

We will meet at the usual places (Isherwood Staging, Paseo-Stevenson Chevron, Paseo-S. Grimmer/Weibel), but we will be leaving the Chevron and Weibel meetups about 5 min earlier than usual:

Leaving at:

Isherwood Staging          - 8:45

Chevron                            - 9:10

Weibel                              - 9:40

 

Email me your mobile and emergency contact numbers and I’ll sign you in so we won’t have to sign in at the start.

 

Hope to see you Monday!

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...


Memorial Day MMRR - Extended Edition

Robert Tashjian
 

This week the MMRR will bring you a special extended edition – We will travel down across the south bay to Mountain View, up the peninsula, and back across the Dumbo for a total of just under 50 miles, mostly on the Baylands and Bay Trails. The route is paved except for one short stretch of hard pack dirt trail near East Palo Alto. Coffee & goodies at mile 25 at Rogers Donuts and Deli in Mountain View. Here is the rwgps route, I will not have printed route sheets available, so make sure you load it in your bike computer or print out your own cue sheet.

 

              https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36166715

 

We will meet at the usual places (Isherwood Staging, Paseo-Stevenson Chevron, Paseo-S. Grimmer/Weibel), but we will be leaving the Chevron and Weibel meetups about 5 min earlier than usual:

Leaving at:

Isherwood Staging          - 8:45

Chevron                            - 9:10

Weibel                              - 9:40

 

Email me your mobile and emergency contact numbers and I’ll sign you in so we won’t have to sign in at the start.

 

Hope to see you Monday!

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...


Re: MMRR

Steven Muramoto
 

Hi Rob:

Please sign me in....

Phone #: 510-565-2771
Emergency Contact:  Judy Muramoto, Phone #: 510-677-0064

Thanks!

~Steven Muramoto

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 07:27:19 PM PDT, Robert Tashjian <rob@...> wrote:


This Monday the MMRR will go to the Panera on North 1st Street. The route is about 43 miles, but there are options to cut the distance down with returns along Fremont or Central. You can find the route at

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35929782

 

If you haven’t already, email me your mobile and emergency contact information and I’ll sign you in.

 

Meet at/leaving from (times posted are roll times!)

(across from) Isherwood Staging Area: 8:45

Chevron, Paseo/Stevenson: 9:15

Weibel, Paseo/S. Grimmer: 9:45

 

Until Monday,

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


Castro Ranch Road closed to bicycles until mid-July

Donna Luporini Kaplan
 

To: cyclists who have been thinking about riding “The Three Bears”

 

There is a 1.5 mile stretch of Castro Ranch Road, between Olinda Rd (one block east of San Pablo Dam Road) and just beyond the Carriage Hills South subdivision, that will be closed to cyclists until July 18, 2021.  Until mid-July, cyclists who really want to ride the Three Bears can only access Bear Creek Road from Camino Pablo (Orinda) or from the eastern direction (Martinez).

 

I sent notice about this stretch of road—stating that it was very hazardous to cyclists and an accident waiting to happen—to Bike East Bay last October and did not receive a reply. I tried again in mid-March and heard back right away with apologies. Dave Campbell, Advocacy Director at Bike East Bay, subsequently reached out to various agencies, and it took just two days for us to hear back from the City of Richmond Infrastructure Administrator, saying that repaving this stretch of road had been planned but held up because it was such a big job. Of course I know that I (and Dave Campbell) didn’t make this happen, but I like to think that perhaps we pushed it up on the calendar.

 

I will miss riding the Bears, but I am very happy about this outcome.

 

Donna Kaplan

 


MMRR

Robert Tashjian
 

This Monday the MMRR will go to the Panera on North 1st Street. The route is about 43 miles, but there are options to cut the distance down with returns along Fremont or Central. You can find the route at

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35929782

 

If you haven’t already, email me your mobile and emergency contact information and I’ll sign you in.

 

Meet at/leaving from (times posted are roll times!)

(across from) Isherwood Staging Area: 8:45

Chevron, Paseo/Stevenson: 9:15

Weibel, Paseo/S. Grimmer: 9:45

 

Until Monday,

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


MMRR

Robert Tashjian
 

The MMRR is on. We will go to the Starbucks at McCarthy Ranch this week. I’ve updated the route slightly, you can find it at

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36016054

 

If you haven’t already, email me your mobile and emergency contact information and I’ll sign you in.

Meet at/leaving from

(across from) Isherwood Staging Area: 8:45

Chevron Paseo/Stevenson: 9:15

Weibel Paseo/S. Grimmer: 9:45

 

Until tomorrow,

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


Monday Morning Recovery Ride

Robert Tashjian
 

I will be leading the MMRR for the next three weeks. Specialties is closed and Tous les Jour didn’t have indoor or outdoor seating yet. We will be riding some different routes for the upcoming Mondays. All of the routes will still have ‘pickups’ at Stevenson/Paseo and S.Grimmer/Paseo.

 

  • This Monday, 5/17, we’ll go to Starbucks McCarthy Ranch. They have tables outside, limited indoor seating, and open bathrooms, 37.6mi, 697 ft.

              https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36016054

The route skips the turn into Coyote Hills, for those who want more miles, you can turn into the park and do Nike/bay side of Coyote Hills.

 

  • Monday 5/24, we’ll go to Panera 1st st. in San Jose. I’ll send the finalized route to the list next week. It will be 38-40 miles.

 

  • Monday 5/31 will be a special Memorial Day ride clockwise around the South Bay returning across the Dumbo. Route to be finalized, but there will be a stop at either the (newly reopened/only remaining) Specialties or a personal favorite, Roger’s Deli & Donuts, both in Mt. View, both with large patio seating areas. About 42-45 miles.

 

Email me with your mobile and emergency contact info and I’ll sign you in for this Monday’s (5/17) MMRR.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


MMRR is ON!

Robert Tashjian
 

The Monday Morning Recovery Ride is on for May 10. Email me your mobile and emergency numbers and where you will start the ride and I will sign you in.

 

Meet across Isherwood from the Isherwood staging area for an 8:45 departure. We’ll ride at a M pace. We’ll stop for rider pickups at the usual regroups: the gas station on Stevenson/Paseo and the corner of South Grimmer/Paseo(Weibel). See the calendar for times. Route will be the old familiar favorite Panera, with a side venture to Krispy Kreme for a vaccination donut if desired. We will discuss some options for future alternate routes and stops.

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31759143

 

Riders must follow California and County mask and distancing guidelines.  Ride leaders are not responsible for enforcing these guidelines.  It is incumbent on riders to follow these guidelines to keep our cycling community safe.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


Road closure

Robert Tashjian
 

Road the MMRR route this morning and Surprise!, found out Willow street between Enterprise and Thornton is closed through May 9. The alternatives are Sycamore or Wells and Spruce St.

 

You have been warned:^)

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 


Re: low psi ok for 28mm gatorskins?

Gabriel Beddingfield
 

+1 to what Robert says.

Here's my story. Dunno if it'll help you, but... here goes...

I used to do gobs of commuting on 25mm Gatorskins between Los Altos and Fremont. Overall, I had fewer flats when I would (a) use Mr. Tuffy or StopFlats2 and (b) pump the pressure up pretty high (like 105psi). More recently my commute changed and I can get away with lower pressures (~85psi).

A lower pressure is more comfortable but makes you more susceptible to pinch flats.

With that said, these days when I do intervals on Marshlands Rd I drop the pressure to 60-70psi for the comfort. I can get away with it because I generally know where all the "potholes" are located and avoid them. I wouldn't do less than 75-80psi for a long ride on unknown roads. (I'm 195 lbs... and again, this is 25mm tires).

-gabe


On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM Robert Tashjian <rob@...> wrote:

The Gatorskins (and Gatorblah,blah,blah follow-ons) are clinchers, not tubeless, so you want to run them at higher pressure than equivalent tubeless tires. The pressure kinda depends on several factors:

How heavy are you (and the bike)? This is probably the most important one.

How wide is the rim? A 20mm internal width rim can (and should) run lower pressure than a 15mm internal width rim.

How aggressive are you?

How bad is the surface you’re riding on?

 

You generally want more pressure in the rear tire than the front. If you are 140lb on a 20lb bike with 20mm rims, probably. If you are 200lbs on a 20lb bike with 15mm rims, probably asking for a flat.

 

Most rim manufacturers have a pressure calculator hidden away on their websites somewhere, probably best to check with whoever made your rims.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of tburmas via groups.io
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2021 11:05 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] low psi ok for 28mm gatorskins?

 

Hello,
     I've found that if I ride 28mm gatorskins at 60-80psi I get much better comfort, grip and downhill control.  Am I asking for trouble going this low or is it common these days?

Thanks,
Ted


Re: low psi ok for 28mm gatorskins?

Robert Tashjian
 

The Gatorskins (and Gatorblah,blah,blah follow-ons) are clinchers, not tubeless, so you want to run them at higher pressure than equivalent tubeless tires. The pressure kinda depends on several factors:

How heavy are you (and the bike)? This is probably the most important one.

How wide is the rim? A 20mm internal width rim can (and should) run lower pressure than a 15mm internal width rim.

How aggressive are you?

How bad is the surface you’re riding on?

 

You generally want more pressure in the rear tire than the front. If you are 140lb on a 20lb bike with 20mm rims, probably. If you are 200lbs on a 20lb bike with 15mm rims, probably asking for a flat.

 

Most rim manufacturers have a pressure calculator hidden away on their websites somewhere, probably best to check with whoever made your rims.

 

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

rob@...

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of tburmas via groups.io
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2021 11:05 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] low psi ok for 28mm gatorskins?

 

Hello,
     I've found that if I ride 28mm gatorskins at 60-80psi I get much better comfort, grip and downhill control.  Am I asking for trouble going this low or is it common these days?

Thanks,
Ted

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