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Jerome Thomere

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

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January Ride Calendar
December 2018 January 2019 February 2019
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
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31
01
9:30am
Resolution Ride - Mt. Diablo
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
9:00am
Jersey Ride
13
10:15am
Short but Steep -- Patterson and Altamont Passes
14
15
16
17
18
19
9:00am
Crystal Springs Damn NEW Bridge Inspection
20
21
10:00am
The Post-Birthday Ride -- Healdsburg Wine Country
22
23 +
24 +
7:00am
Hawk Hill
25 +
26 +
10:00am
Lamorinda Tour to the Creekside Grill
9:30am
Marin One Bakery Loop -- Lucas Valley, Marshall Wall & the Bovine Bakery
27 +
6:30pm
Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner at the Firewood Café in the Castro
28 +
29 +
30 +
31 +
01 +
02 +
03 +
04 +
05 +
06 +
07 +
08 +
09 +
9:00am
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.

ALL RIDES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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

Road

Off-Road

Wear DSSF Jersey

January 1 - 9:30AM • Tuesday

Resolution Ride - Mt. Diablo

Distance: 38
Pace: B
Terrain: 5

Join us for the club's traditional ride up Diablo on New Year's Day.

We'll ride out from Pleasant Hill BART, then up the mountain. At the ranger station (approx. 2200 feet up), it's your call whether you want to go up the rest of the mountain or not. So the group might split there.

We're all a bit slow and out of shape these days so don't worry about this one being a sufferfest.

Lunch at Lunardi's in Danville, 345 Railroad Avenue.

BART riders from SF: please arrive on the 9:16 AM train.

Total elevation: 4,036 for the full monte, 2,500 if you head downhill at the ranger station.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11616970

Meet time: 9:15am

Ride out time: 9:30am

Meals: TBD, but bring snacks for the climb.

Sweeps? No

Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please either know the route or bring a map in case you get dropped from the group.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
1365 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Pleasant Hill BART
Ride Leader:
Roger Sayre, Gordon Dinsdale

7 riders joined the ride.

January 12 - 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
415-596-7604
roger122@hotmail.com,jersey@dssf.org

2 riders joined the ride.

January 13 - 10:15AM • Sunday

Short but Steep -- Patterson and Altamont Passes

Distance: 36
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

This ride is on the short side, but the two passes and the in-between roll through the countryside will get your heart pumping. Meet at the old Nob Hill shopping center in Livermore (corner of Livermore and Pacific Avenues). We'll roll through the wine country and up the pass, then descend and stop at the Mountain House for drinks, snacks and to warm up if needed before heading to the Altamont and the rolling return to town. Since in previous years we've gotten to the Mountain House before it opened, this year we'll meet at 10:15, roll at 10:30, and hope we hit it just right. 20% or greater chance of rain cancels -- call the leader by 9:00 that morning if in doubt. Food options are limited at Mountain House, so bring your own if you're picky.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
3008 Pacific Ave, Livermore
Meet in the parking lot of the old Nob Hill Shopping Center, on the corner of Livermore and Pacific Avenues just past downtown Livermore. Don't speed once you come off the highway exit -- they like to give tickets in this town!
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke
510-423-1873
stephclarkebike@gmail.com

2 riders joined the ride.

January 19 - 9:00AM • Saturday

Crystal Springs Damn NEW Bridge Inspection

Distance: 30
Pace: B
Terrain: 2

So the Crystal Springs dam bridge is finally open. a few of you have already run, cycled or seen it. We'll meet in Daly City at Wandersons home at 9am, Ride out at 920am, take Hillside south to Serramonte and then the
Centennial Trail South - https://goo.gl/maps/r4EipxLSJdJ2 .
Sneath west up to a stop at Lunardi's Market 10 am ?? - https://goo.gl/maps/8bYJTFbwCVE2
Then hop on San Andreas Trail south to the DAMN Bridge. Photo opp there.
You are free to return, or continue to Woodside and Palo Alto for food.
Cycling back to the city or Cal Train [my plan]

You are free to join us anywhere along the route. Text Bill for updates or meeting times.

The weather is to be one of the few days with NO RAIN.

https://cmo.smcgov.org/blog/2019-01-11/crystal-springs-dam-bridge-reopened-motorists-bicyclists-pedestrians

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Hanover St - Daly City, CA
Ride Leader:
Bill Knudsen , Wanderson Carlos
6309184704
billwknudsen@gmail.com

January 21 - 10:00AM • Monday

The Post-Birthday Ride -- Healdsburg Wine Country

Distance: 53
Pace: C
Terrain: 2

Well, we tried to run this ride in December, but the rain intervened. Now we'll take another shot at it, this time on the holiday. We will begin with Westside Rd and then head over to Windsor and onto Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley to Jimtown. We will return through Geyersville, Canyon Rd, and finish up on West Dry Creek Rd and hope that some of the fall colors are still there. Lunch will be at Jimtown store at 31 miles so you may want to bring a snack to tide you over, and you can even call in your order that morning or the day before so that it is ready when you get there. The ride has a few hills but no major climbs. It is about 53 miles, but one can skip the afternoon loop and go straight back from Jimtown to Healdsburg for a total distance of about 37 miles. Bring some warm layers -- January mornings in the wine country can be cold. There are bathrooms near the bridge to the shops. 20% or greater threat of rain will postpone to another time -- it's too far a drive to risk riding in the rain. Call the leader by 8:15 that morning if in doubt.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Parking lot on the corner of Matheson and Grove, downtown Healdsburg.
Take the Central Healdsburg exit off 101 North. This becomes Healdsburg Ave. Go a couple of blocks to Matheson and turn left. The lot is on the right about another block down, and should be available because the Farmer's Market ends in November. But if the lot is full, there is parking just past it on Grove and on various side streets.
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke
510-423-1873
stephclarkebike@gmail.com

January 24 - 7:00AM • Thursday

Hawk Hill

Distance: 20
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

Turns out there are at least two of us who like to ride in the mornings. Ginny and I are going to have a jaunt across the bridge and then up Hawk Hill and back. It would be great to have other club members join us!

Neither of us expect to be in too good shape for this, so we'll make it a little short and won't push the pace for today.

Meet time: 0645
Ride out time: 0700 sharp (some of us have to be at work)
Meals: None. Get something at Peet's before the ride if you want
Sweeps? No
Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please know the route.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Peet's Coffee, 310 Broderick, San Francisco, CA 94107
Meet us at "Panhandle Peet's"!
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith, Ginny Watson
415-282-3283
dg@dgolds.com, gwatsonsf@gmail.com

January 26 - 10:00AM • Saturday

Lamorinda Tour to the Creekside Grill

Distance: 30
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Here's an easy jaunt taking in Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, and that famous part of Walnut Creek, Rossmoor! This isn't a fast paced ride but it will probably be a little faster than our usual Social A rides. We start at Orinda BART and head out to Moraga to catch the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, which we take to Lafayette and Walnut Creek. We double back to Rossmoor to take lunch at the Creekside Grill. Afterwards we'll do a short but hilly tour of Rossmoor before exiting and heading through Lafayette and back to Orinda BART.

For information about the Creekside Grill: http://www.rossmoorcreeksidegrill.com/lunch.html

Bring a lock for lunch. Rain cancels.
Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Orinda BART Station, Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA
Meet outside the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer
925-254-5802
handtalksf@yahoo.com

January 26 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Marin One Bakery Loop -- Lucas Valley, Marshall Wall & the Bovine Bakery

Distance: 60
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

A classic ride -- lots of rollers, some big climbs, and the perfect bakery at the end. Those wishing to cut off 20 miles from the total can meet the group as it rolls through Nicasio sometime between 10:30-10:45. Minimal regroups, but all those comfortable following a cue sheet are welcome. Bring plenty of water and snacks to see you through until the Bovine Bakery in Pt Reyes Station. 20% or greater chance of rain will cancel - call the leader by 8:30 that morning if in doubt.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael, CA
Meet across from the firehouse on Miller Creek Road in San Rafael.
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke
510-423-1873
stephclarkebike@gmail.com

January 27 - 6:30PM • Sunday

Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner at the Firewood Café in the Castro

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

This is our annual dinner to thank 2018’s ride leaders. Because of their fantastic volunteerism we are able to appreciate bicycling together rather than alone. Please join us to honor your fellow club members who have made our cycling so much more enjoyable.

This year our dinner will take place at the Firewood Cafe in the Castro. If you’ve dined at the Firewood you know that they have delicious salads, pizzas from their wood-fired oven, and pastas. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. The cost is $25 and includes everything except beer or wine. The Firewood Cafe is just three blocks from the Castro Muni station. If you plan to bicycle to the dinner, make sure you have robust lock(s) as at least one Spoker's bike has been nicked in front of the Firewood.

Please RSVP to Tony by Wednesday January 23, 2019. If you have a PayPal account, please make your payment to the club’s account, http://paypal.me/dssf/25 no later than Wednesday, January 23. If you do not have a PayPal account, please contact Tony in advance for alternate payment arrangements. Also if you are vegetarian or vegan, be sure to let us know in advance.

Firewood Cafe
4248 18th St.
SF, CA 94114
415.252.0999

To view the current menu: http://firewoodcafe.com/menu.html

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
4248 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy
925-254-5802
handtalksf@yahoo.com

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