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So quiet in here... Let's get to know each other and get some context. Maybe we can go for a ride sometime.

Who are you? What do you ride and where do you ride? Photo?

How long you been riding?

Have you gone down yet?
 

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Currently live and work in Santa Rosa, am a native of S.F. and was a messenger there long ago, have been road riding since the '70's. Have had a few nasty crashes but nothing that caused permanent damage...yet. Mostly ride fixed on a Soma Rush, but sometimes geared on a Tommasini Super Prestige, usually in Sonoma Co.....would definitely be up for a Norcal RBR ride if one could be organized in the new year.
 

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rider from east county

I'm from antioch and just started road riding. I ride a Scott CR1.

Were doing a ride this Sunday the 16th.

The ride will be from Walnut Creek to Sunol and back.

50 -60 miles, moderate pace. Mostly flat with some rollers between
Pleasanton and Sunol.

Ride leaves from Heather Farms park 8:00am. (park as far back as you
can, by the baseball fields, near the bike path)

This is a good long mellow ride for people wanting to up their milage
and do longer rides without worrying about being dropped or big climbs.

A friend is leading this ride for our local club the Delta Pedelers.
 

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Sean, Im 40. Live in San Jose/Los Gatos area. Ride a Madone and a Look 585 until my new bikes arrive. A Specialized Tarmac Expert and S-Works are on order. :thumbsup: Im always up for a ride. Im doing base miles currently. Tomorrow Im heading to gilroy and back by way of the lakes loop.
 

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smw said:
Sean, Im 40. Live in San Jose/Los Gatos area. Ride a Madone and a Look 585 until my new bikes arrive. A Specialized Tarmac Expert and S-Works are on order. :thumbsup: Im always up for a ride. Im doing base miles currently. Tomorrow Im heading to gilroy and back by way of the lakes loop.
What? Are you Specialized sponsored now? You're not invited to the Look factory tour anymore.

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I'm 38, male, I like sushi, ride a Look 585, race mtb once in a while and live in Los Gatos. Let's ride, when it isn't as cold.
Hi I'm Rensho. I have a year old Look 585 with almost 70 miles on it. :D

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I'm francis aka francois aka fc.

I've been road riding for six years now. Four years ago, I got obsessed as I discovered Old La Honda Road, Tunitas Creek and some of the lane and half forest climbs of the bay area. Then I got pumelled and inspired by the Spectrum, Valley and Noon rides.

In 2007, my neck hurt so I didn't ride road much. But I feel better now so watch out asphalt.

Oh yeah. I haven't crashed yet.

I have a Look and a Steelman bike. But I currently ride an Ibex... cause I'm product testing! :idea:photo from Sierra road in November

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Man, I knew that pic would come back to haunt me. No one else has a better representation?

Come spring, I'll have well over 100 miles on my Look, though I am looking at a Look 595...
 

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francois said:
Who are you? What do you ride and where do you ride? Photo?
SWPM, 40, non-smoker, no drugs, social drinker, not religious, 6' tall, short dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, decent shape, honest. Looking for well-tattooed, limber Eskimo with tie-dyed mohawk for Jell-O wrestling and body piercing. No freaks!

Live in SF. Have a Ritchey Breakaway (that I have never traveled with) and Giant TCX cross bike for a commuter. Ride into Marin when time is short, but much prefer the Peninsula.

francois said:
How long you been riding?
Started on dirt around '93-94. Did the road thing as training for dirt, and to get to dirt without driving. Raced road a few times, but never got out of Cat 5s.

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Have you gone down yet?
Only one conflict (so far - let's hope it stays at just one) with a car, but I think I came out the winner... Short story is the car made a right turn directly in front of me, so I shoulder checked the car. I walked away with a few bruises and bent front rim, driver drove away with a dented quarter panel.
 

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What? Are you Specialized sponsored now? You're not invited to the Look factory tour anymore.

fc

Went for the bike that fit me the best. Oh and no sponsor, but I did get a great deal. The expert will be ready by monday.:D
 

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i live in sf. ride a caad 9. just started road biking, so trying to whip myself into cycling shape. but it's cold lately and that's my excuse for not exercising.

like to do some group rides. but dont have a car, so rides will have to be in sf or bart-able. hmmm...maybe i should get in shape first so i wont be dropped or dragged everyone down.
 

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AKA PCC on MTBR's forums (I registered there first but could not register here with PCC as it was taken so I went with Squidward - I guess you can say that I've been watching too many cartoons with the kids).

41 YO MAM, been on and off bicycles since I was about 6 or 7. I was wrenching on them back then and continue to do so to this day. I bought a mountain bike way back in '87 or '88 but my cousin really wanted it so I sold it to him (it was one size too small for me and it was perfect for him so it made sense at the time). I replaced it with a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp that was one size too large for me (I had a bad habit of not buying bikes that actually fit me back then, still do, sort of). I never really rode either bike all that much due to time, not knowing where the trails were, not having anyone to ride with (my cousin had this weird schedule where he was only available after dark). To further complicate matters, I had sustained a neck injury back in '96 and, doctor's orders, I had to get a suspension bike. My wife thought that I was using that as an excuse to get a new bike so, being the finance manager, she said no. I hardly rode my bike from '96 through '05! I had occasionally taken the old Stumpie out to ride but I was so out of shape that I could barely ride around the block without needing to stop for air. It's hilly in my neighborhood. In '05 my wife looked at me and said that I should get out and ride my bike as I was getting out of shape. My answer was that I had just sold it to my cousin (same one as he sold his bike to a friend). When she asked why I did that I explained to her that I had been telling her for years that I needed a full suspension bike, doctor's orders, and that she had never believed me. We bought an '05 Cannondal Prophet the following weekend at Mike's Bikes at their year end clearance sale. The very next day I stopped by my brother's house to work on my neice's computer when I spotted something in his garage that absolutely looked out of place: an '89 Bridgestone RB1. I asked him about the bike and ended up buying it from him for $40. My sister-in-law was thrilled. He had bought it at a neighbor's garage sale for $50 but didn't know how to get air into the tires so it sat in his garage for a few months until I came along. A few weeks later my cousin returned my Stumpie complaining that it was too big for him. I went from one old bike to no bikes to one new bike and two old bikes in about a month!

Fast forward two years: I've sold the RB1 to my nephew (different brother's kid), still have the Stumpie though the original parts have been scattered, upgraded the Prophet, bought then sold an old Atala road bike (kept the parts), built and sold an aluminum Leader road bike frameset (lept the parts), built a Pedalforce.com carbon road bike frameset with full Campy Chorus, built a NOS Guerciotti road bike frameset with assorted parts (currently my commuter bike), built a NOS Colnago International with the old Campy Chorus parts from the Atala. I've also built a 43cm Bianchi Vigorelli road bike as well as an Access (from Performance Bikes) mountain bike for my son. I bought a Jamis Komodo frame some time ago and built up a hard tail mountain bike that I sold to my cousin. I bought an old frame on eBay and built it up for a different nephew last year as well. I have a good friend who got back into cycling shortly after I got into it and I've built or rebuilt a few bikes for him as well. He started off as a casual mountain biker and is now more of a roadie than anything. My bike projects are coming along. I have about as much fun building and wrenching on my bikes as I do riding them.

Two years ago I could barely ride around the block. Nowadays, I'm just getting warmed up after five miles. Longest ride so far is 52 miles but my typical weekend ride is something like 30 miles. I'm still working on it. Though I have not lost any significant weight (started at about 155 lbs, now at about 148) I have much better leg strenght and much more stamina. I can be found on most Sundays riding down Canada Road in San Mateo.

I'd love to get my nephew, who bought the RB1 from me, into a cycling club or something as this kid can ride! I think he can ride up OLH in about 20 minutes or less if he tries (my best so far is 30 minutes). I've ridden up Guadalupe Pass with him and he was instructed to wait for me at the top. He waited something like 10 minutes and, in his own words, he was taking it easy so that he wouldn't have to wait so long.

Geez, I wrote a book!
 

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Wow, is it all boys in here?


///runs back to The Lounge


snap has all of 16 miles this year
 

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I'm scotty, live in south San Jose. I'm a commuting clyde with about 6000 miles this year so far. Ride a Trek 5500 on the road, and a frankenTrek Fuel 98 that I've built up over the years as I've broken things. Very interested in Saturday morning rides on either road or dirt, usually head east to Mt. Hamilton or west up the peninsula.
 

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wallace | 26 | cupertino | on the road for a little over a year now | usually on a trek, but can also be seen on a pedalforce, specialized and a old lugged raleigh (fixed convert) or fixed motobecane around town.

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