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Jerome Thomere

Different Spokes
San Francisco
P.O. Box 14711
San Francisco, CA 94114

Hosted by 1&1

January Ride Calendar
December 2017 January 2018 February 2018
New Year's Day Diablo!
Jersey Ride
Social A Ride: Treasure Island to Assemble
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23 +
24 +
25 +
26 +
27 +
Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner at Henry's Hunan Restaurant
Four Bears with a Happy Pig
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29 +
30 +
31 +
01 +
02 +
03 +
04 +
Social A Ride: Brunch at Hideout Kitchen
05 +
06 +
07 +
08 +
09 +
10 +
Jersey Ride

Please signal any errors or omissions to Jerome.

To add a ride to the calendar, use the add-ride form or click on the "+" sign to the right of the date you want for the ride. Alternatively, contact the club's Web Editor.

Before leading a ride, download a copy of the Ride Waiver form. Have all participants read and sign this form. Then sign and date the witness line.

After the ride please email the completed form to the Ride Coordinator using the contact information at the bottom of the Ride Waiver form or contact the Ride Coordinator for an address if you need to use snail mail.


Rides are open to all club members, visitors, and guests. To ensure that you enjoy club rides, be sure to pick rides appropriate for your riding ability. Rides are classified by pace and terrain. If you are taking your first club ride, be safe and underestimate your ability. If you are unsure about a particular ride, contact the ride leader, who can provide more information about the ride and the expected difficulty. Helmets are required on all rides, and lights are required on night rides. Each rider should carry money for an emergency call and appropriate equipment (spare tube or patch kit, pump, water, food, and so forth).

Ride Key

PaceTerrainRide Type
A. Leisurely, frequent stops

B. Moderate, occasional stops

C. Brisk, few stops

D. Steady, strenuous, few stops

1. Mostly flat, easy grades, suitable for beginners

2. Few low hills, a challenge for beginners

3. Moderate hills with some challenges

4. Hills, some steep climbs, with some relief

5. Many steep hills and climbs, for strong riders



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January 1 - 9:00AM • Monday

New Year's Day Diablo!

Distance: 39
Pace: B
Terrain: 5

Join us for the traditional New Year's Day Diablo ride. This is a tradition for many Bay area bike clubs, and you will likely be shocked at how many riders you'll see. It is very festive, and a great way to start the year!

Your bike should be in good working order, and you should have everything you need for a winter ride in the country, including flat repair gear, snacks, water, and plenty of warm clothes.

The weather could be anything from sunny and 65 degrees, to overcast and 45 degrees, with a big variation from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Rain cancels, but cold does not.

Here is another year's ride. http://www.strava.com/activities/103342905

Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Pleasant Hill Bart
Pleasant Hill Bart. The train leaves 16th street at 8:13, arriving Pleasant Hill at 8:57. I'll be on the next to the last car. We are going to roll immediately, without a lot of dawdling, because it's going to be COLD!
Here is a route sheet. I'm not going to print anything, just download it to your phone, or cut and paste and print it if you must.

Get on Iron Horse Trail and cross Treat on bike bridge
.5 Turn left on Canal Trail
1.5 Turn right on Bancroft, becomes Walnut
3.5 Through roundabout, right on Castle Rock, then immediate left on North Gate
16 Turn around at summit
21 Turn left at ranger’s station to go down south side
28 Right on Diablo Blvd.
30 Left to stay on Diablo Blvd.
31 Left on Hartz for 3 blocks, right on Church 1 block, Lunardi’s market for lunch
31 Go north on Railroad, left as you’re coming out of lunch stop
32 Left on Danville
36 Danville turns into Main Street
37 Cross under freeway
38 Left on Olympic, one block then right on California
39 Bart Walnut Creek

Alternative route back to Bart: Get on Iron Horse Trail behind market at mile 31, follow trail signs all the way back to Pleasant Hill Bart, mile 40
Ride Leader:
David Sexton, Gordon Dinsdale

6 riders joined the ride.

January 13 - 9:00AM • Saturday

Jersey Ride

Distance: 27/47/59 miles
Pace: A
Terrain: 3

This is the official monthly club ride for all members (guests are always welcome). The ride offers different distance and level options where once a month all DSSF club members can get out, ride and socialize with the club. The ride starts from Peet's in the Castro. There are three options so you can go at your own pace and distance so please pick the appropriate option to your level of ability, we want to make sure you enjoy the day. The rides split and regroup in Tiburon where we have lunch together as a group. This ride is usually on the second Saturday of each month; however there are a couple of exceptions for special events (see the calendar).

Distance: 27 Miles
Pace: A/C
Terrain: 3

Turn off at the end of the Sausalito bike path and go directly into Tiburon where the other riders will join you for lunch. You can ride back to San Francisco (or take the ferry to avoid climbing the Sausalito hill). This option is recommended for those who are newer to road cycling.

Distance: 47 Miles
Pace: B/C
Terrain: 3

This is a real fun loop with spectacular views! From Sausalito you have a small climb over Camino Alto before you head out and around the Tiburon Peninsula. This ride is recommended for the intermediate rider or for those who don't feel like the more strenuous third option.

Distance: 59 Miles
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Split off from the group and make the climb up Conzelman in the Marin Headlands then climb up that small canyon, McCullough Road before heading back out to Sausalito to ride the Tiburon Loop. This is the faster paced, more advanced option with extra hills and mileage.
Meet At: Peet's Coffee in the Castro (16th and Market Streets). Please arrive between 8:30am and 8:45am for ride sign-up. Ride leaves at 9:00am.

You can find routes sheets with printable cues at:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1574859 (Shorter route - 40 miles, with possible bailouts in Tiburon (at mile 20) and Sausalito (at mile 30))
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1599856 (Clockwise route, aka "Tiburon Loop")
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1599771 (Counterclockwise route, aka "Reverse Tiburon Loop")

RSVP Required

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
2257 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
(Peet's in the Castro - please let us know if you want to join us along the route)
Ride Leader:
Roger Sayre


2 riders joined the ride.

January 20 - 9:45AM • Saturday

Social A Ride: Treasure Island to Assemble

Distance: 40
Pace: A
Terrain: 2

Come ride our very own “bridge to nowhere” by taking the Alex Zuckerman Path up the new section of the Bay Bridge to Yerba Buena and Treasure Island. There still isn’t a lot going on at TI but we will be able to stop for coffee and a snack at Aracely Cafe. We’ll take in the interesting views of both San Francisco and Berkeley from TI before we return back to Emeryville to head north up the Bay Trail to the Rosie the Riveter Museum and the old Ford plant in Richmond where we will take in a sublime lunch at Assemble. Never eaten at Assemble? You’re in for a treat—their fish & chips or chicken pot pie are worthy! And if those don’t appeal to you (they should), there are many other delicious choices.

Does 40 miles seem too long for you Social A riders? Keep in mind that the only “hills” on this ride are the gradual climb to Yerba Buena, the ride up from TI on the return, and the lump at Golden Gate Fields. Otherwise it’s a flat and has beautiful scenery to boot.

We'll meet at MacArthur BART and return there.

If there is rain, the ride will be postponed to Sunday, January 28.

For more information about Assemble: http://assemblerestaurant.com/

Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
MacArthur BART Station, Oakland, CA
Meet in front of the fare gates at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

5 riders joined the ride.

January 27 - 6:30PM • Saturday

Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner at Henry's Hunan Restaurant

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

This is the club’s annual dinner to thank and honor 2017 ride leaders because without rides our club would be, well, just a website! So please join us to honor those who have contributed so much to our mutual enjoyment of cycling in 2017—all club members, friends, and family are welcome to attend.

This year we are returning to Henry’s Hunan Restaurant in the Outer Mission. We have reserved a private banquet room and have arranged a diverse menu that includes vegan and gluten-free choices. Although the restaurant specializes in Hunan style cuisine, i.e. spicy, there will be a few non-spicy items as well. The cost is a flat $21 per person (non-2017 ride leaders only) and includes everything except the beverages of your choice.

Please RSVP to Tony no later than Wednesday, January 24, 2018 so that we can give a firm number to the restaurant. If you have a PayPal account, please make your payment to the club's PayPal account, http://paypal.me/dssf/21 no later than Wednesday, January 24. If you do not have a PayPal account, please contact Tony for alternate payment arrangements.

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
Henry's Hunan Restaurant
4753 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

January 27 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Four Bears with a Happy Pig

Distance: 34
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

The Four Bears? We're doing the Three Bears in reverse--Papa, Baby, Mama--and then heading up Pig Farm and up Reliez Valley before dropping down to Lafayette. But then it's up Deer Hill and up the front side of Happy Valley before doing Papa Bear again. That's a lot of climbing compressed into 34 miles. Ouch. But Tony is completely detrained so we're taking it at a B-pace. After the ride it's lunch at Geppetto's in Orinda Village.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Orinda BART for a 9:45 a.m. departure.

Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
BART Orinda, Orinda, CA
Meet in front of the fare gates
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

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