Monthly Archives: January 2012

Slight chance of rain this evening


Warm weather continues over the region and fog often shrouds the morning commute as it did this morning along the levee overlooking the Campus Commons Golf Course. There is a 20 percent chance of rain overnight tonight and into tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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House to vote on key transportation bill on Thursday

League of American Bicyclists and American Bikes alerted their members last week to contact their representatives in the House and ask them to preserve funding in an upcoming transportation bill for bicyling and pedestrians.
“Next Thursday, the House Transportation Committee will vote (see timeline) on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking. Representatives on the Transportation Committee are key positions to save dedicated funding for biking and walking,” said an article on bikeleague.org.
For more information about the act and how you can become involved, go to the this article at bikeleague.org or this article at dc.streetblog.org.

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Sunday morning run on the bike trail


Another warm, sunny Sunday morning brought out the runners on the bike trail. This runner startled a pair of mallard ducks and they launched from the slough next to the trail near the 3.5-mile post.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Tom turkey struts along the bike trail

The turkeys are back. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen a turkey on the bike trail and then this morning I saw a gang of about 14 birds clucking along the trail under the Fair Oaks bridge. Then I noticed the tom strutting along with his feathers all fanned out.

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Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Sun and warm temperatures return


Hard to believe it’s January. The National Weather Service is predicting a high temperature of 63 degrees today which is well above the normal of 56 degrees. Sacbee.com has a detailed forecast in their weather story today.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Change a flat in under a minute?

Check out this youtube video of a guy changing a flat in less than a minute. Granted, it’s the front tire, and, he doesn’t inspect it to find the cause of the flat, but it’s still impressive.

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Descending Cardiac Hill – Hwy. 128

With rain moving through the valley today, I’m thinking back to sunnier days. Here is a video I made on a warm sunny day a couple weeks ago. It is the descent on Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa in Napa County dubbed “Cardiac Hill.”

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for the music, “Long Time Coming” downloaded from his site, www.incompetech.com under the creative commons license.

Posted from Napa, California, United States.

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Winter rain finally arrives in Sacramento


Rain finally arrived in Sacramento last night. It was cold and wet and breezy for the commute home. This morning it was warmer with a few small showers dampening the ride to work. Puddles lined the streets, like this one at the corner of 16th Street and Capitol Avenue reflecting a pedestrian with an umbrella. The National Weather Service forecast is for rain after 10 a.m. with a high temperature of 56 degrees. It will be windy with gusts as high as 23 m.p.h. and there is an 80 percent chance of rain. Bundle up for the commute home.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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“Bikes Make Life Better” video recognized by TED

The peopleforbikes.org blog just announced that their “Bikes Make Life Better” video has been recognized by TED as “a 2012 Ad Worth Spreading.” Congrats to PFB. Nice video.

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How much is that doggie in the window?

Or, better stated, how much is that doggie hanging out of the window?
I happened across this pooch hanging out of the window of a red Ford Mustang this morning as I headed toward the bike trail in below-freezing temperatures. He didn’t seem very impressed by my cold-weather spandex attire.

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Posted from Arden-Arcade, California, United States.

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“Who pinched my ride” article in Outside magazine

A great article in this month’s Outside Magazine by Patrick Symmes who investigates the world of stolen bikes. As the headline touts, “When thieves stole his beloved ­commuter bike on a busy street in broad daylight, Patrick Symmes snapped and set out on a cross-country plunge into the heart of America’s bike-crime underbelly. What he saw will rattle your frame.”
Among the points Symmes highlights:

“FBI statistics claim that 204,000 bicycles were stolen nationwide in 2010, but those are only the documented thefts.”

“…theft is ‘one of the biggest reasons people don’t ride bikes,’ Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, told me.”

“It’s all about the (stolen) bike; even Lance Armstrong had his custom time-trial Trek nicked from the team van in 2009 after a race in California.”

“In America’s rough streets, there are four forms of currency—cash, sex, drugs, and bicycles…”

You can read the full article here.

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Trail repairs begin Tuesday near mile 29 of the bike trail


UPDATE (1/19/12): According to a story on sacbee.com by Bill Lindelof, the rainy weather has postponed the trail repairs. Read his story here.
It appears the worst section of the American River bike trail will finally get some much needed attention. Signs posted by the California State Parks department along the trail at mile 29 near the Mountain View Court overpass say the bike trail repair will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and end on Friday, Jan. 27. The signs say to expect delays, although they don’t say the trail will be closed.

Posted from Folsom, California, United States.

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I am no foodie

So, what kind of food do you like when you ride? None of those energy bars or sports gels for me. I’m into sugar, salt, fat and grease. The only criteria for eating this stuff is riding more than 60 miles.
Here’s a look back at some of my cycling food of the last year starting with a “Squeeze with Cheese” from the Squeeze Inn on Harbor Blvd. in West Sac. A couple of my favorites featured in the gallery are the breakfast burrito (with bacon, of course) from Montoya’s stand at the Davis Farmers Market and pastries and coffee at the Bakerie & Latte Chateau Arme at 2222 Francisco Dr in El Dorado Hills.

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More rides to consider for 2012

Last week I published a list of some rides to consider registering for in 2012. There are many. Here are a few more to consider adding to your calendar.
First, and foremost, if you are a double century rider, the California Triple Crown Schedule came out last weekend. This is a list of most of the double century rides during the year in California. I’m already making my list of which doubles I’m going to try this year.
If doubles aren’t on your agenda, there are many other rides out there worth checking out, like the Bike Around the Buttes on Saturday, April 21. Or the quite popular Chico Wildflower Century on Sunday, April 29.
Another popular ride is the Wine Country Century on Saturday, May 5, hosted by the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. Registration for this ride opens on February 1, and is usually sold out in less than three days. The next weekend, you can enjoy the Lodi Sunrise Century on Saturday, May 12. And, the following weekend, on Saturday, May 19, the Davis Bike Club hosts their annual Davis Double Century which is a good ride for those who want to try riding their first double century. Moving into June, there is the 5th Annual Gold Rush Century in Folsom on Saturday, June 9, which is part of the Folsom Cyclebration series. The next day, Sunday, June 10, is the Rex Ride, sponsored by Rex Cycles.
Hope to see you out there.

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Another lovely morning on the bike trail


It was a particularly lovely morning along the Sacramento River Tuesday as a full moon dropped over the horizon with the ziggurat and CalSTRS buildings reflected in the calm river water. According to an article on sacbee.com this morning, we have had nine straight days of of daytime highs reaching 60 degrees or higher. Hard to believe it’s January.


Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Freeriding with a shopping bag

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cringe at this YouTube video from Italy of a lady with a shopping bag riding on one pedal, downhill. I first saw this video on the Change your Life, Ride a Bike blog.

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Winds rage across the Sacramento Valley


Brutal riding conditions out there today. Ferocious winds were raging out of the northwest making riding in that direction a challenge. But, with the wind at your back, riding was effortless. Here’s an image of my friend Martin heading up Cardiac Hill on Hwy 128 near Lake Berryessa as the wind blows dust across the road ahead of him. We rode from Sacramento to Fairfield and suffered the winds out on the flats on the way to Winters, but savored the tailwind while heading south into Fairfield.
The National Weather Service posted a wind advisory for the Sacramento Valley today. The winds were blowing out of the north to northwest between 15 and 30 m.p.h. with gusts around 40 m.p.h.


Posted from Napa, California, United States.

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Cold and damp mornings, record-breaking warmth in the afternoon

The mornings remain cold and damp these days but the lack of rain has set us up for a rare occurrence, the chance of wildfires in January. Read more in the weather story at sacbee.com

A spider web drips with moisture in the morning fog along the Watt Avenue bridge on Friday.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Accidents happen, be prepared

As the new year begins, it’s a good time to think of reviewing your auto insurance coverage. While every cyclist hopes never to have a collision with a car, accidents happen. And, they can be incredibly expensive if you’re significantly injured.
I was reminded of this recently as I read an email exchange on the SABA (Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates) discussion list. In response to a query about what to do after a bicycle accident, SABA Executive Director Tricia Hedahl, who was involved in an accident last year, replied with the following email:

Here’s a message my husband wrote to friends on our lessons learned:

1. Immediately talk to a lawyer; don’t talk to the police, the driver, and especially not the driver’s insurance company. Personal injury lawyers generally collect a portion of whatever they collect; so, if you don’t get anything neither do they. They generally charge 30% – 40% of whatever you collect. Find a good one as they all charge the same and a good one will take care of everything for you. 2. Your own car insurance coverage will cover you, even though you weren’t driving at the time. Review your uninsured/under insured motorist coverage and boost it up to $1,000,000. Tricia and I just increased ours and it will cost us about $8/month more than the $25K we were running. 3. If you have health insurance that covered your hospital stay, don’t freak out when you find out that there is still an outstanding bill of $216,000. They are only able to collect on a portion of whatever you recover from the person who was at fault (in California they can only collect 30% of what you recover, up to the total bill). If you collect nothing, then you owe them nothing. If you don’t have health insurance, you are likely screwed with a massive bill, so read #2 again. In our case, the driver had $10K in coverage. We’ll be able to collect the $10K plus $15K from our car insurance ($25K coverage less the $10K that we received from the at-fault driver). Of the $25K total collected, 1/3 goes to the hospital, 1/3 to the lawyer, and we’ll end up with $8K. Money that will go toward Tricia’s continuing care and rehab.

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Rides to consider in 2012

Happy New Year!
As you begin planning rides for the new year, here’s a few good ones to consider.
The Party Pardee Century, the Sacramento Bike Hikers signature ride, will be held on April 7, 2012 in Ione. Registration for this ride opens today at this location. Register early because this ride fills up quickly.
The Sacramento Wheelmen will return to Amador County Fairgrounds to host the Sierra Century. The ride will take place on Saturday, June 16, and will offer three routes, a metric century, a century and a double metric century. Once again, riders can test themselves on Slug Gulch.
The Davis Bike Club will host the 43rd annual Davis Double Century on May 19. Registration will open sometime this spring.
If you’re into the longer distances, the Davis Bike club also hosts a Brevet Series beginning on Sat., March 3, with a 200k ride and working up to a 600k on the first weekend in May.
For the double century riders out there, the schedule for double centuries in California should be posted soon on the Triple Crown Website.

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