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Jerome Thomere

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

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February Ride Calendar
January 2018 February 2018 March 2018
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
28
9:00am
Daly City to San Mateo falafel schnitzel loop
29
30
31
01
02
03
8:00am
Palo Alto!
04
9:45am
Social A Ride: Brunch at Hideout Kitchen
05
06
07
08
09
10
9:00am
Jersey Ride
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
9:30am
Portola Loop the Long Way
8:00am
Mt Tam
18
19
20
21
6:30pm
MAMIL Movie Night
22
5:30pm
2018 DSSF Membership Kickoff and Social
23
24
8:00am
Bolinas!
25
26
27
28
01
9:00am
2018 Saddle Challenge Begins Today!
02
03
9:15am
Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!
04
9:45am
Social A Ride: Ryer Island to Tortilla Flats
05
06
07
08
09
10
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

February 3 - 8:00AM • Saturday

Palo Alto!

Distance: 50
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Come join us for an exciting ride down to Palo Alto. We'll meet at Peet's in the Castro and sort it out.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

4 riders joined the ride.

February 4 - 9:45AM • Sunday

Social A Ride: Brunch at Hideout Kitchen

Distance: 31
Pace: A
Terrain: 2

This month we are returning to Lafayette's Hideout Kitchen for a delectable lunch. Starting at Orinda BART we will head to Moraga and take the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail down to the Iron Horse. But shortly thereafter we'll turn into the nether regions of Walnut Creek before circling back to Lafayette for our repast. Post prandial we will return to Orinda. This ride has just a few gradual, short climbs and is suitable for the vertically challenged. As usual we will go at a leisurely pace in order to encourage idle prattling.

Please RSVP. Meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure.

Rain cancels.

If coming by BART, be sure to check BART's online schedule to ensure you arrive with sufficient time to check in before we depart.

Bring a bike lock for lunch.

For more information about Hideout Kitchen: http://hideoutkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Brunch-12.10.17.pdf

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Orinda BART Station, Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA
Meet in front of the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

7 riders joined the ride.

February 10 - 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:
Bill Knudsen

6 riders joined the ride.

February 17 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Portola Loop the Long Way

Distance: 51
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

The Portola Loop is a standard training ride in the Midpeninsula and it's easy to see why: it's relatively short, has short power hills, and a long, steady downhill. Oh, and it's beautiful. But we are going to do it the long way: we'll start at Union City BART and cross the Dunbarton Bridge, do a fly-by of Facebook and take quiet Menlo Park streets to Stanford Shopping Center. Then we'll take a short cut through Stanford before visiting the "Frenchman's Tower" on Old Sand Hill and the Arastradero Preserve. After doing the loop we'll grab lunch at the Prolific Oven in downtown Palo Alto before rolling back across the Dunbarton. We'll roll at a B pace until the potty break at the Arastradero Preserve; then those who are so inclined may hit the afterburners on the loop!

For information about the Prolific Oven: http://www.prolificoven.com/store-locations/downtown-palo-alto-in-ca

Please RSVP.

Meet at Union City BART outside the fare gates at 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. departure.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Union City BART Station, Union City, CA
Meet in front outside the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

3 riders joined the ride.

February 17 - 8:00AM • Saturday

Mt Tam

Distance: 60
Pace: C
Terrain: 5

Come join us for an exciting ride up Mt. Tam and the seven sisters. We'll start at 8AM @ peet's in the castro or 9am @Mike's. We'll head into Mill Valley and have breakfast at Whole Foods and then ride up to Pan Toll and then over the Seven Sisters and down to Alpine Dam and then Fairfax for lunch. Awesome!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

6 riders joined the ride.

February 21 - 6:30PM • Wednesday

MAMIL Movie Night

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Join Different Spokes for a non-cycling (and BART friendly) movie/social event to go to the Demand Films showing of MAMIL (with optional dinner before hand).

"Middle Aged Men In Lycra! At last, the love that can finally be shared -- that of man for bike. We’ve shaved our legs and we’re here to stay! Deal with us, as we sweep down hills on our bikes, stopping for nothing (except maybe a macchiato). You might be queer in New York, you might be Christian in the midwest, you might be an Adelaide Fat Boy, you might be a lawyer or a cancer survivor, you might be hauling your middle-aged belly up the Col de Tourmalet or just popping down to the shops, you might be on a top-line Trek or a heap of junk, you might be wondering how you’re going to explain all of this to your missus, but you still thrill to the moving meditation of the bike. Narrated by Phil Liggett."

For those who can meet for dinner before, we'll meet at Saturn Cafe at 5pm (2175 Allston Way, a couple of blocks away.)

Otherwise, we'll meet out front at the theater 6:20.

IMPORTANT: You must purchase your own movie ticket(s) ahead of time here:
https://tickets.demand.film/event/3097

If the minimum number of tickets is not sold, the movie will not be shown. [UPDATE: the minimum number of tickets has been sold as of 1/26, so it will be shown!]

Please RSVP and indicate if you will also be making dinner beforehand, so I can get a headcount and reserve table(s).

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
UA Berkeley 7, 2274 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704
If not meeting for dinner before, we'll meet out front of the theater at 6:20.
You must purchase your movie ticket(s) in advance!
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

4 riders joined the ride.

February 22 - 5:30PM • Thursday

2018 DSSF Membership Kickoff and Social

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Come join us for the 2018 DSSF MEMBERSHIP KICKOFF and SOCIAL on Thursday, Feb 22, in the Grotto (lower level) at Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco.

As usual, we have a great evening planned: free food and drinks, information about club events for 2018, informative speakers, shopping at Sports Basement with a 20% discount, and a room full of awesome people who love to talk about cycling. This is a great opportunity to meet the new Board members, socialize with your cycling buddies, make some new friends, and treat yourself to some of that awesome new cycling gear that you deserve.

This year, our speakers will be long-time club members Jerome Thomere and Tony Moy. Jerome will be talking about the upcoming Gay Games in Paris from August 4 to 12, 2018. Registration for the Gay Games has already begun, and the earlier you register the lower your cost will be. Come learn about what is being planned for Paris and how you can participate either as a competitor or a volunteer! Tony, our new ride coordinator, will talk about previous club weekend getaways and show a few slides with the end of seeing how much interest there is in weekend trips in general and in specific Lake Tahoe for this summer.

Here's the schedule for Tuesday evening:

5:30 - 6:30 pm reception (food, drinks)
6:30 - 6:45 pm Welcome, Introductions
6:45 - 7:15 pm Speakers
7:15 - 7:30 pm Questions
4:00 - 8:30 pm Shopping at Sports Basement with 20% discount. Please note that some exclusions apply, including 2018 models of most bicycles.

PLEASE RSVP BY TUESDAY, FEB 20, SO WE CAN PLAN TO HAVE ENOUGH FOOD AND DRINKS.

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA
Sports Basement on Bryant St (Potrero Hill).
The Grotto is on the lower level where the bicycle department is located.
Parking garage is underneath the store, enter on Florida Street.
Ride Leader:
Sal Tavormina, DSSF Board

17 riders joined the ride.

February 24 - 8:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Too Cold!

Bolinas!

Distance: 65
Pace: C
Terrain: 5

Come join us for an exciting ride out to Bolinas. We'll sort the route details at meet time. Meet at 8:00 @ Peet's, 8:30 @ the bridge or 9:00 @ Mikes in Sausalito.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 Market Street San Francisco CA 94114
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

March 1 - 9:00AM • Thursday

2018 Saddle Challenge Begins Today!

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

The 2018 Different Spokes Saddle Challenge is on!!!

The Saddle Challenge is our annual event, during the month of March, where members can challenge each other (and themselves) to get out on their bikes and ride. You choose your own mileage goal for the month, whether it be 25 miles, 100 miles or 800 miles, it's your goal! Then use the Saddle Challenge Web page to log your mileage, watch your own progress, and see how other members are doing.

Historically, the Saddle Challenge has also been a way for members to raise money for Project Inform. Project Inform, is a non-profit based in San Francisco that provides information, inspiration, and advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. You can find more information about the life-saving work they do here:

http://www.projectinform.org/

You can choose to pledge per mile, or as a lump sum, and this is entirely optional. No one is required to pledge money in order to participate. At the end of the month, we will ask those members who did pledge to mail a check (made out to Project Inform) to the DSSF Ride Coordinator, so we can donate all money raised on behalf of Different Spokes.

We also encourage riders to find sponsors who are willing to donate on their behalf. Sponsors can donate a lump sum, per mile, or per mile with a cap. One of the benefits of donating through the Saddle Challenge is that unlike many other fund raising events, the Saddle Challenge has absolutely no overhead. That means 100% of your tax deductible contribution goes directly to Project Inform – not 70%, not 80%, not 90%, but 100%.

To sign up for the Saddle Challenge, use the link on the left side of DSSF homepage, or go directly to:

https://www.dssf.org/dssf_html/sc/

To register, enter your first and last names and the password: SC2018. Then, set your own mileage goals for the month of March. You will also have the opportunity to make your own pledge (per mile or lump sum) to Project Inform, but this is strictly optional.

If you have any questions about the Saddle Challenge, please contact me at: president@dssf.org

Ride start:

Ride Leader:
Sal Tavormina

March 3 - 9:15AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: 40% chance of rain

Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!

Distance: 50
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Mines Road in Livermore is a low-traffic, stunningly beautiful road through the East Bay park lands. It's like riding through the Sierra foothills, complete with gorgeous wildflowers, soaring raptors, and lots of horse farms, but without the RVs and logging trucks. Mines will take you all the way to Mt. Hamilton, if you wanted, but we won't go that far, just out to 'the junction' and back. It's 25 miles each way, with just one challenging hill at the beginning, and then a couple good rollers just before the Junction. In between, it's flat with nothing but Sierra Club-calendar like swatches of wildflowers, a small stream that may still be running after all our spring rain (we hope!), and farms and fields and woodland.

The mileage could be more if we opt to ride out into San Antonio Valley in search of more wildflowers.

There are no services/restrooms near the start so you may want to stop somewhere in Livermore on the way. DO NOT SPEED THROUGH DOWNTOWN LIVERMORE -- speeding tickets are a major source of revenue out there.

I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

Don't have a car but want to come? Email the ride leader for ride sharing possibilities, or if you are a member, post a message to the club’s Yahoo! group.

Not a member? Consider joining us for just $20/calendar year here:
http://dssf.org/dssf_html/membership/membership.php

Total elevation: Approximately 3600 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/83238

Meet time: 9:15 am

Ride out time: 9:45am

Meals: Junction Cafe at the turn around point, and post-ride Starbucks stop in Livermore. For more information about the Junction Cafe, go to: http://thejunctionbarandgrill.com

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:
Mines Road & Del Valle Rd, Livermore, CA
Meet at Mines Road in Livermore, just past the turn-off to Del Valle State Park
To get to the start, exit I-580 at N. Livermore Ave. and proceed south
through town. N. Livermore becomes S. Livermore and then curves left
and becomes Tesla. After about a half mile on Tesla, turn right on
Mines Rd and go about four miles to a T intersection where Mines turns
left and Del Valle goes straight. TURN LEFT TO STAY ON MINES and go
about a tenth of a mile to a place with a wide shoulder on the right hand side of the road and park.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

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