Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Marshal Canyon

The ride started with Meme and I heading up Marshal Canyon. It was an easy ride with a few stops to talk and appreciate our environment. Once we reached the "Plateau" we stopped and observed the recent back fire and trail grading that was done a few days ago. With the recent grading, the bulldozers left most of Marshal Canyon soft and difficult to ride. Great, I was riding my cross bike with 35c "Skinny" tires.

Togi, Richard and Antonio met up with us at the Plateau. Meme was pressed for time and turned back, I heading up with Togi's group. Not before long, Antonio and I had pasted Togi's Group and together we headed up MC to Yellow Gate.

Antonio is a mountain goat and at 47 years old, rides like someone much younger. We zipped up MC to Yellow Gate and from the gate headed right to the Gazebo. At the Gazebo we rested a few minutes before heading down Cobal Canyon and then up Burbank.

From Burbank we headed back up to the Gazebo and met back with Togi's group. We all talked awhile before I headed down Cobal Canyon and back home.

Here are a few pictures of the remains of our county workers fire prevention measures up MC. At the Plateau some brushes was lay burnt. Twisted black charred branches contrasted against batches of green and gold and the blue sky. The bulldozers lay sleeping and their work flattened the trails and left most of MC soft. Riding in a straight line wasn't a problem. It was the twists and turns that became tricky with the possibility of sliding out in the loose dirt.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Off Road Safety has a New Tune

I bought a new bell for my SS Mountain Bike. The original one was damaged when I laid my bike down a few months ago. I kept using it although the bell barely rang. This new one has a nice ring to it and it comes in handy on heavily used trails like the Claremont Wilderness Trail.

The problem lies with hikers and joggers. If I yell, "On your right," they go right. If I yell," On your left," they go left. Sometimes they panic and freeze like a deer in the head lights. Other times they are pissed because I'm yelling, "On your right, left, whatever!"

When I was at the Sea Otter Classic, I was complaining about this very issue to a friend. He recommended I buy a bell. This way I can ring my bell and let the hikers/joggers decide where they want to go. Then, I just go the opposite side.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

CANIDAE at Marshal Canyon Gulf Course

Today was a nice cool, sunny day. With the current closure of GMR, I opted for a cyclocross ride up Marshal Canyon. There were lots of people on the trail and on the greens of the Marshal Canyon Gulf Course, I spotted three coyotes. They had something in their sights and paid little attention to me. The coyote in the middle was a healthy guy with a strong lean stature. I guess food is plenty up Marshal Canyon.

The ride was fairly easy, I didn't push to hard. I ran into a guy named Ron from Claremont. He's been riding these trails since 1989. Nice guy and much has changed since his early days of riding MC.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Night Vision

Around CAL POLY Pomona and MT SAC

Some Pictures of my ride around CAL POLY Pomona and MT SAC. It was a nice ride.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bicycle Friends' Bicycles

Austro Daimler and a Centurion


Took Meme around Cal Poly then Mt Sac then up Grand Ave and Back home. On the way he got a monster cramp. His calves were cramping up pretty bad on the way home and forced him to stop and stretch and do whatever he could to loosen them up. You could see his calf muscle twitch! We made it home and refueled at Bravo Burgers in Pomona.

Riding around CAL Poly and Mt Sac was nice. Both schools have changed quite a bit since my days there. I remember at Mt Sac the new performing arts center just opened and I enjoyed going to plays and the dance recitals there.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Project X - SS Road Bike

The SS Road Bike is coming along well. I finally decided on green, CANIDAE Green to be exact. I had Daran Rupp at Precision Metal Finishing, sand blast and powder coat my frame. I am impressed with his workmanship and the CANIDAE Green came out 1000 times better than I expected. Daran paid particular attention to the Bottom Bracket threads and head tube. These areas typically need to be chased and cleaned after a paint job, but was not necessary because of the great workmanship. Besides the head set, everything on this bike will be black.

Daran's company powder coats everything. If you have bike projects or need something powder coated, give him a call.

Daran Rupp
Precision Metal Finishing
3134 Maxson Rd
El Monte, CA 91732

Fire Birds

Fire birds rested on the airfields of Brackett Field this Saturday morning. Gearing up for another battle with the recent fires that have hit Southern California. These giant mechanical birds look like something from a science fiction novel. Their towering presence filled the airfields as tiny men worked on the birds' engines. Protruding from their bellies were the hoses that sucked up water, I assume from Bonelli Park, and delivered them to the fires hot zones.

Jamie, my kids and I were awe inspired by the mechanical beauties. Adam kept saying, "Copters" and was reluctant to leave.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Meme Ortega put this one together and its fitting for the tainted, filthy, black, soot filled air in So. Cal. The air is so bad my sinuses are going haywire. I don't want to breath. I don't want to spend too much time outside. I run from my house into my car. In my car I'm afraid to run the air conditioner because even though I have it set on recycle air, I still smell the smoke. This time of year you can't escape it. Smoke is everywhere. In the mornings, its like my car, the ground and air is filled with snow, except this snow stinks of smoke.

I hope it rains, we need the rain to clean the air and wash away the dirt and grime. Its been about two weeks since my last ride and the same for my run. I can't stand it. Maybe this weekend, I can get something in, a short run or a easy ride around Bonelli.
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