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Jerome Thomere

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

Hosted by 1&1

September Ride Calendar
August 2017 September 2017 October 2017
Orinda Pool Party 2017 Special Edition (Femme)
Orinda Pool Party 2017 Special Edition (Butch)
Social A Ride: Iron Horse Trail to Khyber Pass Kabob
Jersey Ride
Jock Sunday at The Lookout: Fundraiser and Fun
Social A Ride: Contra Costa Ramble to Clayton
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BART to the Niles Canyon Roll 'N Stroll
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07 +
Mt. Umunhum

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.

After the ride, please fax or e-mail 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



Wear DSSF Jersey

September 2 - 10:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Excessive Heat: Forecast of 96 to 103 F

Social A Ride: Iron Horse Trail to Khyber Pass Kabob

Distance: 18 or 36
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

This ride is perfect for those who are looking for something easy and short--it's only about 18 miles one-way! We'll meet at Walnut Creek BART and follow the Iron Horse, the most popular multi-use path in Contra Costa County, as it threads south through Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, and Dublin. The path is the remnant right-of-way of the old San Ramon branch line of the Southern Pacific that was bought by the County and converted to a multi-use path. Back in the day it was a popular club ride. We'll stop in Danville at the Saturday farmers' market for refreshment and then continue to Khyber Pass Kabob in Dublin for a delicious Afghani lunch. Afterwards it's a short hop to the Dublin BART station where those who are doing a short ride can return home. For those wanting more we'll turn around and mostly follow the Iron Horse back to Walnut Creek; in Danville we'll skirt over to Danville Boulevard and take it back to BART for a total of about 36 miles.

Khyber Pass Kabob also has vegetarian dishes for those eschewing animal flesh. For more information about Khyber Pass: http://www.khyberpasskabob.com

Note: if the weather forecast is for heat (i.e. 90s and above) we will postpone this ride.

Please RSVP. Thanks!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:

Meet in front of the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

September 9 - 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:


September 10 - 3:30PM • Sunday

Jock Sunday at The Lookout: Fundraiser and Fun

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Not a ride--
JOCK SUNDAYS is a weekly Sunday afternoon/evening party at the Lookout, a bar in the Castro located at the corner of 16th Street, Market, and Noe. Every week, the owner generously dedicates this event to raising funds for LGBT sports teams/organizations and a hot afternoon romp! Fueled by a rotating cast of superstar DJs, each week is a benefit for a different LGBT team or organization, who hosts that week's festivities.

This has been a very successful fundraiser for DSSF in past years. Come hang out; have a drink or jello shots; socialize. Wear your club jersey. We'll also need folks to sell jello shots and raffle tickets. Contact Evan to help, before he contacts you!

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
3600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
At the LOOKOUT, located upstairs at the corner of Market, 16th St, and Noe.
Ride Leader:
Evan Kavanaugh


September 16 - 10:00AM • Saturday

Social A Ride: Contra Costa Ramble to Clayton

Distance: 31
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

The eminence grise of Different Spokes, Derek Liecty aka The Den Daddy welcomes you on flat tour of the paved bicycle trails and neighborhoods of Contra Costa County on a visit to "semi-rural" Clayton. Starting at Walnut Creek BART we will roll along parts of the Iron Horse and the Contra Costa Canal Trails along with plenty of twists and turns through the neighborhoods before we finally arrive in Clayton for a gentle repast. Our return will be a bit speedier along roads before we again roll along the Iron Horse and the Canal Trails back to Walnut Creek BART. This will be your chance to view Derek's new ride, a fantastic Felt e-bike, with which he could drop you like a hot potato if he so desired (but he won't because this is a Social ride!) Hostesses with the Mostestesses Tony Moy and Roger Hoyer will be Derek's Laddies in Waiting and make sure you don't get lost.

Please RSVP.

If the weather looks to be unpleasantly hot (i.e. above 90 F), then we shall convene at another as-yet-to-be-decided date.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Walnut Creek BART station
Walnut Creek
Meet in front of the fare gates
Ride Leader:
Derek Liecty, Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

September 30 - 9:00AM • Saturday

BART to the Niles Canyon Roll 'N Stroll

Distance: 20 or 37
Pace: B
Terrain: 1

The Niles Canyon Roll 'N Stroll is a special event closing Niles Canyon to car traffic for most of day (from 7 am to 2 pm). If you've ridden Niles in recent years, then you know it's become a dangerous route for cyclists at least at certain times of the day. The Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll began in 2015 by Alameda County Supervisors Richard Valle and Scott Haggerty in an effort to promote an initiative to create a class 1 trail through the Niles Canyon. This is the second time it's being closed. From 7 to 8 am it's cyclists and after that it's open to everyone else--walkers, doggers, skateboarders, roller skaters, you name it. We won't make the 7-8 time but it should still be fun and much less stressful than riding it when cars rule the road.

This route is fairly flat and we'll take it at a B-pace. We start at Union City BART and head south to Niles Canyon, which we take all the way to Sunol for a brief rest stop before we head north on Foothill Blvd. We cut through downtown Pleasanton and make our way BART at about the 20-mile point. There you can end your ride and take BART back home or you can continue with us northward along the Iron Horse and eventually Danville Blvd. to Walnut Creek BART, which will make the route 37 miles in length and the official end of the ride. However since we have to get back to Orinda, if you are aching for more miles (or just enjoy riding in the Contra Costa suburbs!) you can accompany us and we'll see you off at Orinda BART. We will likely stop somewhere in Danville for something more substantial to eat.

For more information about the Niles Canyon Roll 'N Stroll: https://www.84strollroll.com

Meet at 9 a.m. with a departure by 9:30 a.m.
Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Union City BART, Union City, CA
Meet outside of the fare gates
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

October 1 - 1:00PM • Sunday


Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Come enjoy the fall weather and our annual Fall Social hosted by Phil Bokovoy at his home in Berkeley.

As usual, there will be 1 or 2 ride options before the Social. We're working on some new routes due to road closures in the East Bay. If you are interested in leading or co-leading a ride before the Social, please contact Phil Bokovoy. Info on the ride options will be posted on the Ride Calendar after routes and ride leaders have been determined.

After the rides (1:30-2:00 pm) Phil will serve his awesome BBQ turkey (veggie burger options as well.) The Club will provide drinks. Come for the ride only, come for the Social only, or come for BOTH!

If you come to the Social, please bring a side dish or dessert to share; suggested choice by last name:

A-H -- appetizer
I-Q -- side dish
R-Z -- dessert

If you'd like to shower after the ride, bring a towel.

Please RSVP for the Fall Social no later then 8 pm, Friday, Sept 29th, using the link on the right. If you plan to join one of the rides before the Social, please RSVP separately for the ride after the ride descriptions have been posted on the Ride Calendar

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
2601 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ride Leader:
Phil Bokovoy


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