No Country for Old Bikes: Lake Berryessa/Calistoga ~ Sat 1/18/14, 8:45am, Sonoma

 





No Country For Old Bikes: Lake Berryessa / Calistoga / Marin Loop

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When: Sat 1/18/14 - Arrive by 8:45 AM,  Stage @ 8:55, KSU @ 9:00 AM

Where: Meet at  Union 76 at 23007 Arnold Dr - corner of Arnold Dr (Hwy 121) and Hwy 116.  It's 6 miles North of Sonoma Raceway.

(There 's a Deli next door for snacks, drinks, etc.) - once you are fueled up and had coffee, STAGE at Park-n-Ride parking across the street by 8:55 AM.  KSU 9 AM  (map link = http://goo.gl/cpNpv8)

Pace: Not too slow.  Not too fast.  Just right.

Gear: Head to toe.

Motorcycle: Yes, please bring it with you ;-)

Route: ~  Expect 165 +/- counter clockwise miles of the great roads of Marin County / North Bay.  Mostly smooth technical backroads, with a few bumps thrown in for fun.  Ride will around 4 PM in San Rafael area.  Not for newbies \ Rain Will Cancel .

>>> Lunch at Busters BBQ in Calistoga <<<

Words of Wisdom:



~ Please review Liability Release statement at THIS LINK

~ Proper gear, a working machine and gas in the tank is highly recommended.



~ Ride within your comfort zone and leave room for bad karma.



~ I may pass slower traffic when it's safe. You don't have to. Remember, someone will wait for you at turns, so just relax and have fun.



~ I maintain the Pace according to road conditions with safety of all riders in mind. Be mindful of others in the group. Let faster riders get ahead of you by moving to the right and signaling them to pass you. And if you want to pass the rider(s) who are in front of you, make sure to do so safely and without startling them.







~ If you know the area and would like to sweep for the group (AM shift, PM shift or both), please let me know.



~ Good stuff to read before going on group rides (CLICK).



~ Keep an eye for the rider(s) behind you so they won't take a wrong turn. If they get lost, you'll buy their lunch












Bay Area Weather Outlook:















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  • John B.

    Grady, the video was great !!! Really enjoyed seeing the route, the sunny day, the winding road ... Thanks for the pix. Next time I'll know to ride right in front of you :) JB

    January 20, 2014

  • Grady F.

    Old Bikes Berryessa ride part 2, is here: http://youtu.be/x9H2CAFMVPo Most of this is the climb over Howell Mountain (from Pope Valley to Angwin).

    4 · January 20, 2014

    • Mehran

      Nice video. All good stuff.

      January 20, 2014

    • kent

      Very cool. Nice job. It's interesting to see myself in motion on my bike. Never have before.

      January 20, 2014

  • Grady F.

    By about 1-2 PM today, this youtube video link should be active: http://youtu.be/FUXBMskV8Fg This is So. Sonoma starting point to Lake Berryessa rest stop. Running time 17 minutes 23 seconds.

    3 · January 19, 2014

    • Mehran

      Great video. Thanks Grady.

      January 20, 2014

  • Grady F.

    Mehran, My tire plug kit, CO2 carts, and needle-nose pliers were all on the bike, but I had put them under the seat instead of in paniers - DOH.

    January 19, 2014

    • Mehran

      That's where I store mine, because (hopefully) we won't need them that often. How's the plug holding? That was easy to use, wasn't it?

      January 19, 2014

    • Grady F.

      Plug is holding good enough that I'm going to ride it tonight, and order a new tire tomorrow. Sunday not the best day to tire shop/install, esp. when I got ridin' to do.

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Mehran

    Another great California Winter day. I know, there's a drought. But I like sunny weekends. Thanks to all who came out. Thanks to Jeff, Grady and Zohar to help start Sabrina's bike. Many thanks also to Manuel and Will for marshaling the group. No real drama. No tickets. No crashes. No arrests. All in all, a good day. Until next time.

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • Mehran

      Or wait and then blend the two into one "GRF week-end episode" ;-)

      January 19, 2014

    • Grady F.

      Hmm, you may be on to something there.

      January 19, 2014

  • Grady F.

    Another fun day -- chilly/warm/chilly again, minor drama (Sabrina's bike), good eats (but watch out for Buster's "HOT" sauce ~ yes it is), one flat tire (mine, thanks for the fix Mehran), and made it home on the flat fix.

    2 · January 18, 2014

    • Sabrina P.

      Great ride! Sorry for the hold up but so happy you guys were there to help. Much appreciated! :-)

      January 18, 2014

  • Jeff

    I liked the backward Berryessa loop, seems the smoother faster part is done early that way, when your fresh. All in all, today was great.

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Zohar R.

    Great day, great ride, great people. another perfect day.

    Thanks everyone.

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesomeness to an exponential level

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Nicki

    Great route, great company, fun bumps n curves, no one got hurt, and the weather and surroundings were fantastic! Great to meet ya, hope the rest of you get home safe. I may have 1 or 2 pics to post up later, got company coming, gotta run for now.
    Cheers!

    3 · January 18, 2014

  • Nicki

    Love the route!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Mehran

    Leaving 280 rest stop @730. ETA SF 20 min later.

    January 18, 2014

  • Mehran

    Zoom Zoom :-)

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Dave p.

    Meyran what do you mean not for old bikes? Grady did you pick up a rope tow yet? We can do sweep together.

    January 17, 2014

    • Mehran

      Must have electric start ;-)

      January 17, 2014

    • Dave p.

      Or spark!

      January 18, 2014

  • Aaron

    I'll meet you all at Glen Ellen Market to hop in the group.

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Mehran

      OK Aaron. We'll just zip thru Glen Ellen. Wait here and then join the group as we pass: http://goo.gl/7eJW6K­

      January 13, 2014

  • Mehran

    I didn't suggest a pre ride because that would add 15-20min to your plans, time better spent getting a longer sleep :-)

    January 13, 2014

  • Toni

    Like Lake Berryessa... Thank you Mehran!

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Tom V.

      Toni, Can we meet early and ride up together? Thx.

      January 13, 2014

    • Mehran

      Early is an understatement :-)

      January 13, 2014

  • kent

    Hey Mehran - great route! My vacation/getaway home is located at mile 71. I'll already be up there that weekend; perhaps I can meet you at one of the regroup spots (Oakville?) then continue on…? I'd like to check out Buster's, as I've heard great things about them.

    January 6, 2014

    • Mehran

      email me your cell phone and I can text you our ETA.

      January 9, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Would love this one, but I have to drive my son back to San Luis Obispo. Damn kids!

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see there are only 17 attending...but might there be a fast group going? This is one of my favorite rides.

    January 8, 2014

    • Mehran

      Pace will be just right. I promise you won't get bored or fall sleep :-)

      2 · January 8, 2014

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