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Thursday Morning Coffee Ride

Robert Tashjian
 

Hello Coffee Riders,

 

While the map was correct, the cue sheet for the Alum Rock ride was missing a bunch of turns (actually, most of them). I’ve recreated the cue sheet and attached it, print it out if you want a cue sheet for the ride.

 

Also, just a reminder, there is no sign in at the start. If you’re going to join the ride you need to email me your contact and emergency contact information ahead of time and I will fill out your sign in entry.

 

Sorry for the confusion and hope to see you Thursday,

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

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Thursday Morning Coffee Ride is on

Robert Tashjian
 

Coffee Riders

 

We're Baack! Well almost!

 

Lori will start leading again in May with guest ride leaders until she returns. I’ll be leading the first ride which is an old friend, Alum Rock. Regroups at Higuera Adobe, Alviso Adobe, Alum Rock. We’ll start at REI Fremont with a stop at Starbuck/Noah’s Bagels on the return. If you want to skip the climb or shorten the ride, there is an option to turn early to the coffee stop. We’ll meet at 9:30 for a 9:45 depart, Thursday, April 15. The route and route sheet are available at

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20844826

per FFBC policy no route sheets will be available at the start.

 

Sign in will be by email only. Email your contact info (name, phone, emergency contact & phone) to me, rob@... before the ride, preferably by Wed evening. There will be no sign in at the start.

 

Please read and agree to the FFBC covid guidelines and requirements listed on the website and in the ride description on the FFBC ride calendar.

 

Hope to see you there!

Rob

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Robert Tashjian

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Mt Bike Handlebar

Tony DD
 

Hi all,

I'm looking for an inexpensive Mt. Bike handlebar, I'm just putting the bike together for some casual rides.
Please let me know what do you, thanks.

Tony 


Violent Bike Thefts in Berkeley/Oakland Hills

Steven Schonhaut
 


Here’s a post from one of my Strava buddies about a series of violent bicycle thefts in the Oakland/Berkeley Hills including a gun point theft of a bicycle on Grizzly Peak (https://www.strava.com/athletes/15003/posts/15408391). See the 21 comments from this post for details.

I think it may be best to avoid riding in the Berkeley/Oakland Hills at the current time.


Re: Tire recommendation

FRANCIS SI
 


Continental GatorHardshell ,  totally agree ,  hardly find a dent on the surface. Highly recommend 



On 28 Mar 2021, at 3:47 PM, Nathan Bell <mixologism@...> wrote:

I’ve been riding on a set of Continental GatorHardshell for the last year and have found them to be excellent for durability and puncture resistance. Comparing the specs, they look like an improvement over the Gatorskins. I ride mostly on tarmac, but they’ve also handled all the gravel tracks I’ve been on without any issue. They hardly even pick up any splinters. I ride about 4-5 hours a week, and they still have plenty of life left in them. I had a set of Grand Prix 4-Season before them, which were good, but the Hardshell’s are a significant improvement. The only negative for me is that they’re more difficult to get on and off than the 4-Seasons, though that’s balanced out by how infrequently I have to do it, but of course in that respect ymmv. For me, they’ve been worth every penny.

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of tburmas via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:40 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] Tire recommendation

 

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

Nathan Bell
 

I’ve been riding on a set of Continental GatorHardshell for the last year and have found them to be excellent for durability and puncture resistance. Comparing the specs, they look like an improvement over the Gatorskins. I ride mostly on tarmac, but they’ve also handled all the gravel tracks I’ve been on without any issue. They hardly even pick up any splinters. I ride about 4-5 hours a week, and they still have plenty of life left in them. I had a set of Grand Prix 4-Season before them, which were good, but the Hardshell’s are a significant improvement. The only negative for me is that they’re more difficult to get on and off than the 4-Seasons, though that’s balanced out by how infrequently I have to do it, but of course in that respect ymmv. For me, they’ve been worth every penny.

 

From: info@ffbc.groups.io <info@ffbc.groups.io> On Behalf Of tburmas via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:40 PM
To: info@ffbc.groups.io
Subject: [public info] Tire recommendation

 

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

Andrew Sass
 

I average one flat every two years with tubeless.  More than two years with the Schwalbe Pro Ones.  They roll nice and are lighter than a tire and tube.  

Bought a pair of Mavic rims a few years ago and they came with a complimentary set of Mavic Tubeless tires, stems and sealant, so no cost trial.  Nice tires, but the Mavics wore quickly, then they sprayed sealant, or rather wept a bit.  Eventually switched to Schwalbe and excellent wear.  They actually have three layers in the sidewalls, which can be a tires weak point.  They have some sealant layer, and i add air once or twice a week.  Even handled a 6p nail one day.  Pulled the nail out, let out a little pressure, spun the tires a couple times, and was good to go.  20 seconds vs 10 minutes.  I usually pump them up to 92 psi.

Good luck

Andy Sass

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 01:07:46 PM PDT, Amit Banerjee <wrknplay@...> wrote:


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

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.
 

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