Brian’s Mixed TerrRAIN Birthday Ride

This past weekend, Brian invited some friends to embark on a mixed terrain adventure that was worthy of being deemed a proper post birthday ride (his birthday was in late August, haha).

Weather forecasts indicated a 30% probability of “light showers” but being the optimists (i.e. dumbasses) that we all are, we decided to go ahead with the ride anyways.

We woke up at the crack of dawn and met at the Presidio Spire before rolling across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the headlands. I’m accustomed to having to deal with overcast skies, windy conditions and hazardous tourists while crossing the bridge, but since it was so early the weather was pleasant, the views were amazing and the tourists were non-existent.

The group was in good spirits up until Mill Valley, where the weather began to look ominous.

As we began our mixed terrain section up Old Rail Road grade, it began to rain and suddenly all the joyous conversation ceased, replaced by an eerie silence amongst the riders.

We actually ran into a rider participating in the Marin Mountains 200k but even he had the sense to turn around and call it quits.

We continued onwards, making nervous jokes and improvising our own bad Rapha poetry in an attempt cope with the crummy weather. Of course no rules were mentioned (although I was extremely tempted to quote my version of Rule #9: “If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a dumbass. PERIOD.”)

By the time we reached West Point Inn, most of us were already soaked and there was no indication that the deluge would let up.

The descent into the rain was brutal, as the rain seemingly flew in sideways and smacked me in the face.

By the time we reached Pantoll Station, the group was pretty much content with cutting the ride short. We were able to make it back to Sol Food in Mill Valley for a delicious warm meal and a brief respite from the rain before rolling back home.

Even though we only finished a portion of the planned route, it was a good day to be on the bike.

Photos courtesy of Carlin Eng, Manny Acosta and Brian Oei

Jeffrey’s Pittsburgh to D.C. Tour

Jeffrey is a kook that I know through my roommate and he lives in D.C. He recently quit his job (for an an awesomer job), and spent the rest of his money on Ortliebs and Bulleit before embarking on a tour from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC. This tour is specifically awesome because you take the Great Allegheny Passage trail to the C&O Canal Towpath, which basically creates a 335 mile long trail experience.

Peep some of his pics below and then check out his equipment list and ride reports over at his blog (Day 0, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5)


Richard Sachs Team Color Redesign

In our continuing efforts to become the TMZ of the undergruond bicycle industry, we have BREAKING news.

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That’s right, Richard Sachs Team bikes are no longer going to have a red/white color scheme.

While there are plenty of examples on the internets of non red Sachs built bikes, this marks a major transition for his team bikes to ditch the red/white scheme that he has become famous for.

I’m curious to see what Mr. Sachs has in store for us but I’m sure it will turn out better than the Yahoo logo redesign.

Let’s talk about The Rules: The Sequel

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Good to see that Carlin stirred up some responses about the rules.

Without getting too caught up in the enthralling discourse with our fine citizens of the internets, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts as an addendum to Carlin’s post about The Rules.

Read em, and agree or agree to disagree with me, and then go outside and ride your bike!

Okay so some of the rules are acceptable, I’ll give The Velominati that much credit. However, the rest are way too macho or straight up misogynistic.

Members and supporters of The Velominati have come running to the defense of their sacred words and have claimed that these rules are just a “joke” and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a tool.

We here at Boyz on the Hoods love jokes. Hell, we even put a photoshopped picture of Homer Simpson and the Stone Cutters at the BEGINNING of that article. Have you seen that episode? IT’S HILLARIOUS.

On the other hand, I don’t find anything about The Rules that funny because I have seen way too many occasions where a cyclist with a “holier than thou” attitude will scoff at “newbs” due to their equipment or clothing choices. All it takes is one jerk-off to cite “The Rules” in a serious tone and neg someone and then it’s not a joke but just real world bullying. That’s bad vibes.

Now we get some flack for being Grant Petersen acolytes and subscribing to his happy-go-lucky hobo bike touring philosophy. But what separates Grant Petersen from The Velominati, is that while some of his advice or suggestions may be slightly off kilter, none of it is ever exclusionary, derogatory or ill-intentioned (although his recent fascination with hatchets may be something to keep an eye on).

So yeah, the truth lies somewhere in between. The Velominati aren’t the most evil cycling group out there (that dishonor belongs to the Italians in Breaking Away) but the rules they promote and support certain companies (think accents of Pink and Helvetica) that like to sell this idea of exclusion and elitism. Likewise, Grant Petersen and Rivendell are also trying to sell you on their marketing philosophies no matter how non-chalant and relaxed they may seem.

What I’m trying to say is that, although we here at Boyz on the Hoods have our own preferences when it comes to bicycle aesthetics and coffee (among other things), we will never belittle or insult someone who rides with us just because they believe in different things (aluminum, carbon bikes, Folgers coffee).

So the next time you think of passing on The Rules to someone, why don’t you just share this and pass on the good vibes: Some answers to just about any bike forum post I’ve ever read

Beautiful Bags by Ruth Works

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If you ride classic bikes in the bay area, it’s only a matter of time before you meet or hear about Ely and his bag company Ruth Works SF. I’ve been fortunate enough to know Ely for about a little bit more than a year now, and we’ve been riding bikes together ever since! Ely let me come in and shoot a handlebar box bag (left) and a saddle bag (right) that he just finished working on and they are some of the prettiest bags I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Ruth Works bags are the finest cycling luggage I’ve encountered. Handmade in San Francisco, custom specifications, locally sourced materials, beautiful leather trim and a sturdy construction that holds shape over time. Contact Ely at RuthworksSF@gmail.com if you’re interested in getting in his queue.

Short Rides Can Be Fun Too!

When your options are short ride with friends or no ride at all, doing a short ‘city loop’ is quite attractive. Carlin, Irving and I did a short loop this weekend around 19 miles and it still amazes me to see what you can get up to in just a 2-3 hours biking in the city. Here’s some photos from the route!

Carlin and Irving heading back into the fog

Carlin and Irving heading back into the fog

 

Bikes with a view on top of Bayview Park off Key Rd.

Bikes with a view on top of Bayview Park off Key Rd.

We also ran into this little confused fella: