Friday, November 27, 2015

GMR/GRR High Point

35 miles with 4,619 ft of gain.  Nice day! But chilly on the downhill. Mike and I rode to the high point on GRR. He has something about going down to the saddle and village. He's been to Cow Canyon Saddle Once but we really need to hit the village. I think the climb back up is a pain in the butt but it just makes the ride "the Ride"! Hopefully next time! But I can say that it was chilly up there so I had no problem really agreeing  to head back ha ha! I believe the low was 44 degrees and and average of 55. My ears and nose froze on the descent ha ha! But another great ride up GMR/GRR.

Not many riders at all which made it nice. Plus once we were on GRR, not much traffic at all. Very nice conditions and no ice on the road! ;-)

                                  The sun was just right so we got a nice view of the ocean.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SART Sunday More Wind

This is the video from Saturday's Ride. Some wind, a fly by from Jose R., a greeting from Mark and Alex!

41 miles @ 17.1 average, no Gina. Started easy with Mike. Well as easy as it could be heading into a big headwind much like the one on Saturday. We started out riding side by side into a headwind but it got stronger as we headed toward Imperial. Not soon after it was a tough headwind but we stayed side by side. Finally about the last stretch to Imperial I noticed Mike was no longer at my side. There he was on my wheel ha ha! We had about 200 yards to the turnaround point when I noticed he fell back. Forget it , I'm not slowing down, I'm just trying to get it over with now ha ha! Mike pulled up shortly after I did and he was beat. He said he felt like puking! It was a tough headwind and not much in the way of a good warm up he he he! But once we turned around, it was all smiles. You know the feeling, doing 20 without pedaling!

So we kept the effort moderate. But as always, the wind shifted around the Honda Center. I was actually surprised that I felt this good after Saturday's ride. I was beat after the ride but hey, riding a tandem can take a little extra out of a rider. Not being able to shift, pedal at will, counter balancing for two, and trying to figure out the other rider's comfort zone. It all adds up and with the wind, even my arms were hurting on Saturday. But Sunday on the single, hey I was feeling good after the first 10 miles or so.

I pulled from Edna to the southern wooden bridge with Mike on my wheel. He said, you must be feeling good!". I was but thinking we'd have a headwind on the return cause heading to the coast was not all that hard. I was expecting a bigger headwind. Mike took the last pull from the bridge to the coast. The pace increased a bit and he said the wind had lightened up. I felt it too and thought uh-oh, we're in for it on the return.

We kicked back at the coast then the Legend showed up. Chatted a bit then Tony and his single speed buddy showed up right as we started rolling out. We said hi then headed off. We left the coast with Greg and I side by side having a good little chat. I was happy cause the headwind on the return was nothing like Saturday. Yay! As soon as we hit the wooden bridge Tony and his buddy caught us. I'm figuring they must have headed out from the beach stop right after we did. Cool, now we had a little group.

A couple of guys went rolling by us looking as if they were putting in a hard effort. They rolled by. One dude looked to be of the bigger category like me, the other a thinner rider. they were rolling pretty good. But then we entered that tight tight area with the concrete wall (last pic)/. Seemed we were all jumbled up so I took point just to keep things safe figuring it would form a single file line. I think it worked and  hey look, we're gaining ground on those 2 riders that rolled by us a couple minutes earlier. I felt good so I just kept on rolling, not trying to lift the pace but stayed consistent as usual.

We rolled by them and they hopped on. I was feeling pretty good so I stayed at the front for a while. I looked back to see what we had and wow, there were about 8 guys. One other guy I don't even know where he came from ha ha! Later I would see that he was a fit looking dude in a race kit.

So this is where the fun begins! I was at the front feeling comfy when I see somebody sprint around my left side. It was the bigger ride of the 2 that had passed us earlier. He blows by then slows down about 10 seconds later. First I'm thinking he's trying to drop us but he slow so maybe he's letting me get on his wheel. But he sits up and slows way way way down. I can't get on his wheel, we'll all surely crash so I just went around on his left trying to figure out what he's doing. So I'm keeping things steady at about 20-21 (?). Then all of a sudden the guy squeezes through on my right side!

WTF! He sprints around and seems to be pounding the pedals. Well for about 30 seconds ha ha! Then he slows way down again. I look back at his buddy who is on my wheel and give him the hand/arm gesture like wtf is he doing? The guy just shouts, " I dunno! I dunno what the deal is ha ha ha!". I just kind of laughed back and kept the pace. We roll by the guy again and he takes the back.

After a while I figure I have been at the front for quite a while so I move over and let the next guy roll. It's the guy's buddy and he looks pretty fit. He takes the front as I drift back to the end of the line. The sprinter dude is at the back and Mike right in front of him. Mike rolls by and I'm waiting for the sprinter guy to go by but a gap opens so I figure he wants me in front of him so I take the spot. All of a sudden I see the guy drift back and fall off. Mike said the guy was gasping for air already and was having a hard time. Hmm,not sure why he just didn't save his energy on the showboat sprints, he would have had a much better chance of hanging on. Oh well!

So then little confusion of are you going or not kind of set me back about 5 yards trying to figure things out. Just then, the dude at the front picked it up to about 23! I had to push to get onto Mike's wheel which was the end of the line now. It took me a couple of minutes to catch my breath but once I did, I was good. Wow, doing 23 and rolling almost effortlessly, ahhh the advantage of a nice draft!

The guy kept it up for a while then pulled off the front. Next was Greg. Now I'm in trouble cause I know Greg is strong. Luckily it seemed to be a short pull as we hit the Edna Park bridge. At this point the sprinter was loooooong gone and his buddy who had just taken a pull was gone too. I think maybe he slowed down for his friend and let us go. This is when the racer kit dude took the front. He was pretty good. He kept a nice consistent pace. Nice straight line and paying attention to the road. Good thing cause we approached the dark homeless camp underpass at the north end of the golf course and there was a truck and trailer stopped at the bottom! :-O

We practically had to stop. We all made a safe slow as the truck took off. I got in a good shift and as soon as we took off I found myself back at second wheel again. Mike blew his shift and missed lost his position in line. The guy was good so it was no problem staying on his wheel. He later pulled off and I got the last pull to our stop. As I rolled around the guy I said nice pull and he replied with a thanks!

I took my last turn then Mike and I pulled off at the fire station exit (Orangewood). We said by e to Greg and the other dude, the only survivors at this point! Tony and his buddy exited in Costa Mesa. i'm thinking Greg and the other dude worked together after that but I don;t know cause my story ends here ha ha! Well it;s a blast when you got guys helping you out at the front working together. Fund day and fun times!

The things us people in California have to deal with in the cold months! :-P

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Windy Tandem Ride

Wow another windy ride on SART! Whassup with dat?! At times we were pushing hard and only holding 13 MPH into the wind heading to Imperial. But again, once we headed back from the coast it seemed the wind was against us again. Couldn't catch any breaks today!

Should have another short video at a later time..

PLUS!!! I have been posting in a quiet little forum called Cyclingforumsdotcom. I just started a "DID YOU RIDE TODAY??? THREAD". It is in the road cycling section. I've been posting pics and vids there. So if anyone is interested in seeing any of their pics or videos and having a chance to reply, join up! Not much going on there but it's cool and civil!

CAUTION: If you post there, at times after you push "post", the page will go blank and it will seem that your post did not work. It does, just go back to the forum and check or you run the risk of double, triple posting ha ha!

The thread: Linky clicky! :_P


The forum:

Today's images from the video:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Solo Night Ride

15 point something miles. I think Gina has been wanting to escape the darkness and the cold. So hey, I went alone tonight! Average temp of 66, not bad. I was expecting to freeze on the way down (you know us CA people!) bu tit was very nice. Not cold at all and a really nice ride.

I actually called on Eyemage to see if he wanted to do GMR tonight, to the shack. But he's faking sick again. He's always sick when I mention GMR he he he! :-P I've done it before alone at night but Ron did see that bear and all up there a few weeks back. :-O

Max speed on the downhill was 32 mph. The lights look much brighter than they do in the video so it ain't all that scary rolling down Euclid Ave.

             BTW. got this note through my email. Just in case anyone else uses Ribble. ;-)

                                               Uhh, why is only my nose sticking out? :-P

And God said, "Let there be cycling lights!".

30 MPH downhill into the darkness! :-O

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Freakin Wind Fo' Sho!

Well a 50 mile ride today (17.6 MPH average) with Mike David​. Few stills from the video, I should have a video at a later date. Gina sat out today so we figured we would do a fast ride. Mike saw Me show up with David and he said, "Now I know we are in for a fast ride!". Well we tried. We had a pretty good average at one point but then headed into a monster headwind before reaching the beach. We thought we were in for a good 18 MPH maybe more average. But the wind slowed us down and when we turned back expecting a big tailwind, it was almost as bad as the headwind on the way to the beach ha ha! The wind was blowing real hard at the beach. Mike and David took their helmets off and with the way the wind was blowing, good thing neither one of them has hair he he he! :-P

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday SART 11/8/15

Another 44 miles with Gina, Aimee, Mike and Jose. Nice consistent pace, 16.8 average. Ran across Genaro in a fly by. Plus Gem and Ron (PinoyBnter). Saw Tony at the coast with his new best friend. Hmm, best friends but why does his friend have a bandage on his face? (See pic below) I guess it's a good thing I'm not Tony's best friend, I like my face ha ha! Saw Bob and Greg for a short bit. As well as Bong and a few of his buds making a quick stop. I saw one rider go by and shout "Beanz!" as both times we crossed paths heading opposite directions. I want to say it was Rickie (Keeping TI Real) but he looked somewhat smaller. Maybe all that climbing and racing he's been doing. We'll see if anybody fesses up ha ha! Had some days of the past chat with Rick at the coast. Reminiscing about the old softball days ha ha!

Oh oh oh yeah! We saw NotSoFast Frank too. I try to remember everyone we see! :-P

I asked Bong to strike a pose. This is what he came up with ha ha!

The Rough Boyz!

Glad I'm not Tony's best friend! :-O

Saturday, November 7, 2015


44 miles at 16.5 average. With Gina, Aimee, and Mike. We rode singles as our plan was to back off the effort some. Hard to do on the tandem. The tandem is all or nothing it seems. When you say back off some, it's hard for both riders to be on the same level so heck, we took singles today. There was a super stiff headwind heading to Yorba, man talk about stiff! I was pushing pretty good to hold 14. Easy ride, yeah right! It's pedal or fall over! But heading back to the coast was nice. Doing 17 without pedaling much. The wind shifted at Edna Park so we did have a nice tailwind back form the coast so it made for a nice ride overall.

Your friendly on-bike photographer!

On the Mr. Beans Mobile today!

So Cal in November!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

SART Sunday Trying For EZ Ride

What the heck?! Started out looking for an easy cruise. Btu when the wind is stiffer than a....hmm, can't seem to fill in the blank on this one! :-P Well we did get up at our usual time and started at 10:30 as usual. forgetting about the winds kicking up a little more as it gets later. I'm thinking we better start our rides at 9:30 for a while ha ha! But the good side was that there were hardly any riders on the trail while we were out there. Plenty when we started but I think they all started early to compensate cause it sure was empty about 1/4 way through our ride.

We tried for an easy ride and our average was about 1.5 lower than usual but wow, it was push hard or fall over ha ha!

A few stills from the ride. Captured Bong, Greg, Julie, and Alex in the video.

No music this time, just a few clips.

I've had a few people say that I force Gina to ride. 
Does she look like she needs forcing?! :-P