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Re: Tire recommendation

Matt Kihlthau
 

I really like the Grand Prix 4 Seasons. They’re perfect if you want a more performance compound and less rolling resistance with nearly the flat resistance of Gatorskins. I’d consider them the newer version of Gatorskins.

- Matt

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 2:01 PM Gabriel Beddingfield <gabrbedd@...> wrote:
I still use Gatorskins (25mm), and also add a Stop Flats 2 (or Mr. Tuffy) tire liner for my training wheels. I also inspect them every ~10 hours for debris embedded in the tire. Been satisfied enough not to really look for anything else.

If I go to the "fast group ride" with that set-up... I'll usually get dropped. :-)

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 11:39 PM tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted


Re: Tire recommendation

Gabriel Beddingfield
 

I still use Gatorskins (25mm), and also add a Stop Flats 2 (or Mr. Tuffy) tire liner for my training wheels. I also inspect them every ~10 hours for debris embedded in the tire. Been satisfied enough not to really look for anything else.

If I go to the "fast group ride" with that set-up... I'll usually get dropped. :-)

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 11:39 PM tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted


Re: Tire recommendation

Amit Banerjee
 

Check out the detailed comparisons.
If your bike allows wider tires, I recommend getting 28mm.

I recently bought Continental GP5000, 28mm wide,
Great deal online from Excel Sports, Boulder, CO. Free shipping for over $99.

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 11:39 PM tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted


Re: Tire recommendation

Marie Hughes
 

I use Continental Grand Prix 4000s. They are about as strong as the Gatorskins but are faster and give a more comfortable ride.

Marie

On Mar 27, 2021, at 11:39 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas@...> wrote:

For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted


Re: Tire recommendation

Abhishek Ratna
 

I’ve been pretty happy with tubeless and that can handle most minor chips and nails

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 12:09 PM tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted


Re: Tire recommendation

mdavis94536
 

I've used Specialized Armadillos for years and they have worked very well for me.


On Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 11:39 PM tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted



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Mark


Tire recommendation

tburmas
 

For those who don't race but love to ride on tarmac (not gravel) and not get flats, what do you recommend for tires?

I've been using Continental Gatorskins (28s) and am quite satisfied (haven't been getting flats, ride quality seems fine in dry and wet and tires last a long time), but was wondering if something else has surpassed them as technology has progressed.

Thanks,
Ted


Re: Where to park close to hill on Calaveras in

Daniel Karpelevitch
 

As long as you are completely off the asphalt and not blocking any gates, it probably won't be a problem. Do so at your own risk though!


On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 9:23 PM tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello,
     I love to ride the hills on Calaveras Road in Sunol.  But I would like to avoid riding on the flat section from downtown Sunol to the hills.  I'm hoping to park my vehicle closer to the hills, perhaps in this area: https://goo.gl/maps/HwXtn1fABekrwWHbA

     I see a lot of "No Trespassing" signs but very few if any "No Parking" signs.  Anyone know if it is legal to park along this road?  I often see cars parked close to the 680 intersection but I'd like to get closer to the hills.

    In case you are wondering, I like to avoid riding the road due to traffic and limited bike lanes - basically safety.  I find there is less traffic on the hills as many vehicles are either going to the quarry or Sunol Regional Wilderness.

Thanks for your help


Where to park close to hill on Calaveras in

tburmas
 

Hello,
     I love to ride the hills on Calaveras Road in Sunol.  But I would like to avoid riding on the flat section from downtown Sunol to the hills.  I'm hoping to park my vehicle closer to the hills, perhaps in this area: https://goo.gl/maps/HwXtn1fABekrwWHbA

     I see a lot of "No Trespassing" signs but very few if any "No Parking" signs.  Anyone know if it is legal to park along this road?  I often see cars parked close to the 680 intersection but I'd like to get closer to the hills.

    In case you are wondering, I like to avoid riding the road due to traffic and limited bike lanes - basically safety.  I find there is less traffic on the hills as many vehicles are either going to the quarry or Sunol Regional Wilderness.

Thanks for your help


Re: Your next bicycle could have titanium alloy tires like NASA's rovers

Tim OHara
 

Amen to no flats.  Sign me up!

On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 8:49 AM Robert Miller <Robert.miller7@...> wrote:
Looks pretty interesting and potentially coming out in 2022. I wonder how well it grips the road, especially wet roads?

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/03/20/metl-metal-bicycle-tires-cars-trucks/






Re: Your next bicycle could have titanium alloy tires like NASA's rovers

depps55
 

Also, looks a little pricey.

On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:51 PM, Robert Miller <Robert.miller7@comcast.net> wrote:

Looks pretty interesting and potentially coming out in 2022. I wonder how well it grips the road, especially wet roads?

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/03/20/metl-metal-bicycle-tires-cars-trucks/





Your next bicycle could have titanium alloy tires like NASA's rovers

Robert Miller
 

Looks pretty interesting and potentially coming out in 2022. I wonder how well it grips the road, especially wet roads?

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/03/20/metl-metal-bicycle-tires-cars-trucks/


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

Bill Brier Jr.
 

I ride this section of Mission daily and always take the lane. Most of the time there are no cars behind me but when there are they usually slow down to let me have the lane. Not taking the lane here only invites trouble. 

bill

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 2:57 PM Michael Graff <michael.graff@...> wrote:
Here's a courtesy trick that works well for me: After I'm controlling the lane, I use a "right turn" signal (right arm straight out) to indicate that I plan to move to the right. It's literally true; I'm going to move into the bike lane after I get through the underpass. 

People react surprisingly well to this signal.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 1:23 PM mdavis94536 <mark@...> wrote:
Also agree that when taking the lane you should be courteous about it - recognize that you *are* inconveniencing someone, so be as quick about it as you can.  Sharing the road works best when we are all respectful of each other.
 


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

Michael Graff
 

Here's a courtesy trick that works well for me: After I'm controlling the lane, I use a "right turn" signal (right arm straight out) to indicate that I plan to move to the right. It's literally true; I'm going to move into the bike lane after I get through the underpass. 

People react surprisingly well to this signal.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 1:23 PM mdavis94536 <mark@...> wrote:
Also agree that when taking the lane you should be courteous about it - recognize that you *are* inconveniencing someone, so be as quick about it as you can.  Sharing the road works best when we are all respectful of each other.
 


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

mdavis94536
 

Agree with all of these points.  The sidewalk is safer from the point of view of vehicle traffic, but the surface may pose other hazards.

Also agree that when taking the lane you should be courteous about it - recognize that you *are* inconveniencing someone, so be as quick about it as you can.  Sharing the road works best when we are all respectful of each other.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM William Ho <willho99@...> wrote:
Just be very careful in the sidewalk. A car was getting towed at the spot in the photo some years ago, so I thought the tow truck will draw to much attention if I went thru the subway so I took the sidewalk! 🤦‍♂️Hit the uneven sidewalk such that both hands fell off the bars at 12mph (power data shows it), front wheel into the grass rut and went over my bars. Favorite REI wind jacket & Giro Prolight helmet ruined! 😡 

I take the full lane and decision to do it at the traffic light is done if it’s red, and the white hashed are is rather large, so be emphatic that you are taking the lane via arm signal  We really don’t want cars changing lanes under the tracks. Also show you are trying by making a mini sprint, and don’t take your sweet time.

—William


On Mar 20, 2021, at 12:16 PM, mdavis94536 <mark@...> wrote:


Nice!

I would argue though that that shouldn't even be marked as a bike lane.  It's marked as such at the intersection as you enter, but then it just tapers down to nothing without warning, essentially.

BTW one alternative is to just take the sidewalk through the tunnel.  A bit inconvenient, but AFAIK legal, and at the very least morally justifiable.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 12:10 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
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Ken


On Mar 20, 2021, at 10:29 AM, Yahoo-Julie via groups.io <jmgilson1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I’m not aware of a ‘share the road’ sign or a sharrow marked on the road - worthwhile contacting City’s Public Works staff?

Julie

On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Joe Banchero <huck-162@...> wrote:


Agree with Ken, it's the only safe way to ride that section.
On 03/19/2021 11:36 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
 
 
Ted,
 
I go through there quite often without any problem. 
 
I wait for a gap in traffic, signal with my left arm, and move to the center of the right lane. When there is no bike lane, taking the entire lane is the only safe option. If a car does come up behind me, it will either have to wait ten seconds while I go under the underpass or it can move to the other lane.

Ken
 
 

On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:19 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello,
     I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas.  The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7  For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches.  Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away).  I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd.  The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.

    I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section.  Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches).  I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.

Any suggestions are welcome,
Ted



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Mark


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Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

Gayle Tupper
 

It may be complicated to get help from the City of Fremont because Mission Blvd is also State Hwy 262, and CalTrans may need to be involved.  They only rush if they see an imminent hazard.  The City and CalTrans probably have to coordinate, which could also cause additional delays.

I know that there are long-term plans to replace that overpass, but any timeline on that is likely optimistic relative to reality.

Gayle Tupper

On Mar 20, 2021, at 1:00 PM, William Ho via groups.io <willho99@...> wrote:

Just be very careful in the sidewalk. A car was getting towed at the spot in the photo some years ago, so I thought the tow truck will draw to much attention if I went thru the subway so I took the sidewalk! 🤦‍♂️Hit the uneven sidewalk such that both hands fell off the bars at 12mph (power data shows it), front wheel into the grass rut and went over my bars. Favorite REI wind jacket & Giro Prolight helmet ruined! 😡 

I take the full lane and decision to do it at the traffic light is done if it’s red, and the white hashed are is rather large, so be emphatic that you are taking the lane via arm signal  We really don’t want cars changing lanes under the tracks. Also show you are trying by making a mini sprint, and don’t take your sweet time.

—William


On Mar 20, 2021, at 12:16 PM, mdavis94536 <mark@...> wrote:


Nice!

I would argue though that that shouldn't even be marked as a bike lane.  It's marked as such at the intersection as you enter, but then it just tapers down to nothing without warning, essentially.

BTW one alternative is to just take the sidewalk through the tunnel.  A bit inconvenient, but AFAIK legal, and at the very least morally justifiable.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 12:10 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
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Ken


On Mar 20, 2021, at 10:29 AM, Yahoo-Julie via groups.io <jmgilson1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I’m not aware of a ‘share the road’ sign or a sharrow marked on the road - worthwhile contacting City’s Public Works staff?

Julie

On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Joe Banchero <huck-162@...> wrote:


Agree with Ken, it's the only safe way to ride that section.
On 03/19/2021 11:36 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
 
 
Ted,
 
I go through there quite often without any problem. 
 
I wait for a gap in traffic, signal with my left arm, and move to the center of the right lane. When there is no bike lane, taking the entire lane is the only safe option. If a car does come up behind me, it will either have to wait ten seconds while I go under the underpass or it can move to the other lane.

Ken
 
 

On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:19 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello,
     I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas.  The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7  For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches.  Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away).  I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd.  The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.

    I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section.  Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches).  I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.

Any suggestions are welcome,
Ted




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Mark


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

William Ho
 

Just be very careful in the sidewalk. A car was getting towed at the spot in the photo some years ago, so I thought the tow truck will draw to much attention if I went thru the subway so I took the sidewalk! 🤦‍♂️Hit the uneven sidewalk such that both hands fell off the bars at 12mph (power data shows it), front wheel into the grass rut and went over my bars. Favorite REI wind jacket & Giro Prolight helmet ruined! 😡 

I take the full lane and decision to do it at the traffic light is done if it’s red, and the white hashed are is rather large, so be emphatic that you are taking the lane via arm signal  We really don’t want cars changing lanes under the tracks. Also show you are trying by making a mini sprint, and don’t take your sweet time.

—William


On Mar 20, 2021, at 12:16 PM, mdavis94536 <mark@...> wrote:


Nice!

I would argue though that that shouldn't even be marked as a bike lane.  It's marked as such at the intersection as you enter, but then it just tapers down to nothing without warning, essentially.

BTW one alternative is to just take the sidewalk through the tunnel.  A bit inconvenient, but AFAIK legal, and at the very least morally justifiable.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 12:10 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
<image.png>


Ken


On Mar 20, 2021, at 10:29 AM, Yahoo-Julie via groups.io <jmgilson1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I’m not aware of a ‘share the road’ sign or a sharrow marked on the road - worthwhile contacting City’s Public Works staff?

Julie

On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Joe Banchero <huck-162@...> wrote:


Agree with Ken, it's the only safe way to ride that section.
On 03/19/2021 11:36 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
 
 
Ted,
 
I go through there quite often without any problem. 
 
I wait for a gap in traffic, signal with my left arm, and move to the center of the right lane. When there is no bike lane, taking the entire lane is the only safe option. If a car does come up behind me, it will either have to wait ten seconds while I go under the underpass or it can move to the other lane.

Ken
 
 

On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:19 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello,
     I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas.  The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7  For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches.  Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away).  I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd.  The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.

    I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section.  Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches).  I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.

Any suggestions are welcome,
Ted



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Mark


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

Timothy Luders
 

To reduce/end any ambiguity the sign might say “bicycles take full lane through underpass “. 

On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:19 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas@...> wrote:

Hello,
     I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas.  The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7  For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches.  Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away).  I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd.  The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.

    I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section.  Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches).  I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.

Any suggestions are welcome,
Ted


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

mdavis94536
 

Nice!

I would argue though that that shouldn't even be marked as a bike lane.  It's marked as such at the intersection as you enter, but then it just tapers down to nothing without warning, essentially.

BTW one alternative is to just take the sidewalk through the tunnel.  A bit inconvenient, but AFAIK legal, and at the very least morally justifiable.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 12:10 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:


Ken


On Mar 20, 2021, at 10:29 AM, Yahoo-Julie via groups.io <jmgilson1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I’m not aware of a ‘share the road’ sign or a sharrow marked on the road - worthwhile contacting City’s Public Works staff?

Julie

On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Joe Banchero <huck-162@...> wrote:


Agree with Ken, it's the only safe way to ride that section.
On 03/19/2021 11:36 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
 
 
Ted,
 
I go through there quite often without any problem. 
 
I wait for a gap in traffic, signal with my left arm, and move to the center of the right lane. When there is no bike lane, taking the entire lane is the only safe option. If a car does come up behind me, it will either have to wait ten seconds while I go under the underpass or it can move to the other lane.

Ken
 
 

On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:19 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello,
     I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas.  The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7  For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches.  Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away).  I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd.  The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.

    I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section.  Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches).  I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.

Any suggestions are welcome,
Ted



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Mark


Re: Help with tricky traffic situation

Ken Goldman
 



Ken


On Mar 20, 2021, at 10:29 AM, Yahoo-Julie via groups.io <jmgilson1@...> wrote:

I’m not aware of a ‘share the road’ sign or a sharrow marked on the road - worthwhile contacting City’s Public Works staff?

Julie

On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Joe Banchero <huck-162@...> wrote:


Agree with Ken, it's the only safe way to ride that section.
On 03/19/2021 11:36 PM Ken Goldman <ken.goldman@...> wrote:
 
 
Ted,
 
I go through there quite often without any problem. 
 
I wait for a gap in traffic, signal with my left arm, and move to the center of the right lane. When there is no bike lane, taking the entire lane is the only safe option. If a car does come up behind me, it will either have to wait ten seconds while I go under the underpass or it can move to the other lane.

Ken
 
 

On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:19 PM, tburmas via groups.io <tburmas@...> wrote:

Hello,
     I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas.  The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7  For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches.  Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away).  I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd.  The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.

    I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section.  Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches).  I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.

Any suggestions are welcome,
Ted

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