Now I think I can count as a local.
In the spirit of Geocaching, The Riverside Bicycle Club suited up for the 2016 “Race Through Time” sponsored by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. We did pretty well, considering it was a last minute team & we didn’t study, nor did the team really want to ride very fast. Even still!, we pulled into several stops before any other team and got to half the stops… we’ll do better next year. Now that we have a cheat sheet!
Here’s to riding bikes.
The Nappa to Calistoga ride route as noted by my Garmin GPS: Note the location of our turn around is at a delicious restaurant in Calistoga called Sarafornia. It’s on the main drag and hard to miss. They’ll serve you a great deal of water for filling your bottles to get back on the road along with your bicuts and gravy.
After a few months of planning and shopping, followed by about a month of assembly, I’ve finally completed it.
MY NEW BICYCLE!
Comprised of both new and used parts. I’ve put together a solid Soma Double Cross light touring frame, capable of any all out race I chose to engage in.
[Used Portion: frame, pedals, clips & shoes, wheels, tubes, tires, rear derailleur, water bottle cage, pump, rear light, brakes, shifters, & seat post.
New Portion: saddle, front fork, handlebar tape, cables & housing, brake levers, crank, chain, sprocket, front derailleur, front light, brake pads, & bottom bracket. ]
And all of this for the low low price of … much more than a new bicycle. DOHith! Oh well, I got exactly what I wanted, and now I’m ready for my next installment of cash so I can make changes.
Until then.. here’s to riding up the hill in style!
I suppose I know the answer to the question, if I’ve kept all my documentation. However, if memory serves me right, my documentation of what pedal type I own is sitting in Tucson, in a box, labeled bicycle parts.. or maybe in the Mojave with all my tools. I suppose that’s the problem with being in pieces. And since I am in pieces, I’m asking you. What kind of pedal is this?
Above: Shoe Cleat, Below: Pedal.
These are twist in/twist out cleats. Someone in Berkeley once suggested, “Track Pedal.”
Tired of waiting for an answer from no one, I felt like a more active attempt at getting this problem solved was to post it to craigslist, Bay Area. You can Follow Along if you’d like (EXPLICIT) – then, about 20 minutes later I got a reply and just like that my question was answered. The pedal was a Coombe, made by Bill Coombe in Colorado. Unfortunately, for what ever reason, Bill Coombe closed his shop in 2006 and left the world out of luck. Bummer, eh? So I got onto wikipedia and righted a wrong and added Bill Coombe to the list of clipless pedal manufactures. I even added it’s very own Coombe Clipless Pedal page. Hopefully, the page gains more information and grows into something a bit more useful to the world. We’ll see.
And just for fun here is a cool pedal picture museum to check out: Speedplay’s Pedal History Museum
Today I finally ventured out into the cold of Colorado for my first bike ride since driving my little road racer 1,200 miles from California on the back of the Volvo. Dawning my Chinese riding pants and socks, I also made sure to put on my sleeved Mizell Racing jersey because of weather. I packed some goods in case I broke down or stopped to dine, which included a light jacket for any sudden storms that may approach this reckless land and strapped it all to the back of my Trek 1000, just so I could reminisce of the good old days of packing it all down the road. I inflated the tires to their peek performance level of 120 psi, strapped on my helmet, and downloaded MapMyRide for my iPhone. (I also started up my Holux m-241 for redundancy and spot checking.) The only thing left to do was embark.
I stepped out into the brisk 70 degree air, lightly clouded, so the nuclear heat of the sun could be avoided. I shivered. This was a desolate place. The light cloud cover, still air, and seventy degree ambience created a surreal mind fog. Burrrrr…fog.. I plunged right into my ride with vigor and quickly found two factors to be the most obnoxious: one, there was debris all over the roads from the previous storm and de-icing techniques, two, I was dehydrated before my first mile was completed. Racing downhill, I was struggling for good deep breaths, and found mucus collecting faster than I could project it into traffic. However, my body quickly warmed up and I drained a water bottle. Then I began to enjoy the ride, the weather, the scenery and my brief loop through the springs proved to be a fantastic dry, thin-air, up-down warm up for the end of a riding season up here in the Colorado Rockies.
… I suppose I should add that it really isn’t cold here. It’s beautiful and warm and today was a perfect day to ride… but I’ve got to scare the other Californians away, right?
The basic plan for the day:
Berkeley to Palo Alto, California
Post ride evaluation:
This is not the Best route one could have taken to get from SF to PA, however, it wasn’t bad. At one point the bike lane vanished and the road was essentially a freeway on/off ramp and it was necessary to keep my wits about me. Also the short route through the Burlingame area, roads were narrow and unkept, full of potholes and debris. For the most part, the ride was easy. For a total of 33 miles (per maps.google) I was able to ride south to north in 2:15. That includes stopping for just about every signal in suburbia, riding with a loaded day pack on the back of the bicycle, two bicycle malfunctions, and stopping at a signal to give a brief talk on bicycle safety and sharing the road with a passing motorist.
I finally got the route off the gps and online!!
For the full GPS file, us this URL:
More so, each post now has the daily GPS route accompanying it’s text. Soon I hope to have routes on MapMyRide too.