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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 2016 January 2017 February 2017
New Year's Day Diablo
Jersey Ride
Social A Ride: Midpeninsula Meander to the Prolific Oven
Annual Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner
Lucas Valley
No Football?! -- Ride the Rollers to Drake's Beach Instead
peninsula ride down to palo alto
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 • Sunday

New Year's Day Diablo

Distance: 39
Pace: C
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. 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

January 14 - 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:

January 21 - 9:45AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain

Social A Ride: Midpeninsula Meander to the Prolific Oven

Distance: 35
Pace: A
Terrain: 2

This month our Social A Ride heads to the Midpeninsula for a meander through Portola Valley and Los Altos. We’ll meet at the Stanford Shopping Center and head up Sand Hill Road to do the Midpeninsula’s most popular ride, the Portola Loop. Our route has easy and short rollers with just two moderate grades, Sand Hill (5%) and Elena (7%). We will make a short diversion out to Cañada Road before rejoining the Portola Loop. After the Portola Loop we’ll roll down Alpine Road and take the Arastradero cut-off over to Elena Road in Los Altos before returning on Foothill Expressway to downtown Palo Alto for a delicious lunch with heavenly baked goods for a well-earned dessert. This is a no-drop ride.

Meet at 9:45 a.m. with a 10 a.m. departure.
Caltrain from SF arrives at the Palo Alto station at 9:19 a.m. To see its full weekend schedule, go to: http://www.caltrain.com/schedules/weekend-timetable.html

The Prolific Oven menu can be found here: http://www.prolificoven.com/cafe/downtown-palo-alto-in-ca

Please RSVP in advance.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Vineyard Lane & Sand Hill Road
Meet in the Nordstrom's parking lot near the intersection of Vineyard Lane and Sand Hill Road.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

January 28 - 6:00PM • Saturday

Annual Ride Leaders Appreciation Dinner

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Let's get together as a club and thank the folks who have led rides for us this year. All Different Spokes members, friends, and families are welcome.

Menu with vegan and gluten-free options:
Mexican buffet with carnitas, grilled chicken, and vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, bell pepper, cauliflower, squash)
Whole pintos and black beans
Rice, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, salsas, corn tortillas, flour tortillas
two flavors of aguas frescas (fruit drinks)

$20 per person *** in advance ***

Significant others and friends are welcome.

Please RSVP by making a PayPal payment of $20 per person to dg@dgolds.com.

We need a firm head count several days before the event, but the sooner we can get a sense of how many people plan to come, the easier for the caterer. If you need to pay by check, please contact me privately.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes everything (food and service) except beverages other than tea or water.

Please RSVP to David no later than Wednesday, January 25. We need a firm count by then.

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
345 Church Street (between 15th and 16th)
Community Room (Nancy Levin's

Parking is limited but the location is easily accessible by public transit
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith

January 28 - 8:00AM • Saturday

Lucas Valley

Distance: 75
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

I think it's gonna be dry on Saturday so come ride out to Lucas Valley via Fairfax. We'll have lunch at North Gate Mall in San Rafael. You'll love it!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 market street
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

January 29 - 10:00AM • Sunday

No Football?! -- Ride the Rollers to Drake's Beach Instead

Distance: 53
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Football takes a break for a week before the Super Bowl, so let’s go on a favorite rolling ride from Nicasio out to Drake’s Beach in the Pt Reyes National Seashore instead. We’ll start by taking in the Nicasio reservoir, cross over Platform Bridge and then head up Olema Hill to Pt Reyes before heading out Bear Valley Road and Sir Frances Drake to the coast for lunch (picnic tables and bathrooms available, sandwiches can be purchased at the excellent deli along the way). After lunch we’ll head back to Pt Reyes Station for an optional re-group at the Bovine Bakery before the short section left to Nicasio. Expect a few significant climbs and lots of rollers as we make our way out to the coast (not to mention a leg-cruncher short stretch to get back up to the main road from the beach). Bring water, lunch or money to buy, and clothing suitable for conditions. Rain postpones to sometime in February. Ride co-listed with Grizzly Peak Cyclists, but those bears don't bite.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:

Central Nicasio, meet at the ballfield. Lots of parking available approximately 1/4 mile north on Lucas Valley Road, in large pull-out area next to the field. Limited parking across the street from the ballfield.
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke

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