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Thursday, June 29th, 2006
9:20 am
[iamtim]
Critical Mass...
Hey, there's a fledgling Critical Mass taking place in Fullerton tomorrow night. I'll be going, it'll be my first time. I understand that it needs riders as it's just ramping up. So come on out, you can get more info over on the Fullerton Critical Mass MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fullertoncriticalmass

*blink, blink*

Ok, so the page is a little hard to read, but there's info there. :-)
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
3:49 pm
[dipster]
Amgen Tour of California jerseys
Voler sent me an email today (I'm on their mailing list) a promo offer for jerseys commemorating the Amgen Tour of California. I dunno about you, but they seem kinda plain to me.

http://www.velowear.com/tourofcali.asp?promo=JAN3EM

What do the rest of you think?
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
10:46 am
[dipster]
Volunteering for the Amgen Tour of California
Hi all,

The Amgen Tour of California is coming up in about a month. I mentioned before about wanting to get a group to volunteer for it. I'm planning on going on Saturday, Feb 25th, at the end of Stage 6 in Thousand Oaks because A)It's a Saturday. we can stay out late. B)It gives us time to drive out there in the morning to do whatever needs to be done.

The page to sign up and volunteer is here:

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/volunteer.html

And a map of Stage 6 here:

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stage6.cfm

I've signed up. Now it's your turn! :)

Edit: I forgot to mention, I signed up to do Volunteer Check In.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
9:05 am
[dipster]
For those of you living in and around Laguna Beach.
A REMINDER: The Laguna Beach City Council will consider our proposed bike route at their Tuesday, Jan 10th meeting tonight in the Council’s Meeting Room at City Hall, beginning at 6 PM. The item is #22 on the Council’s agenda, so it will probably not come up until after 7 PM or later, but it’s helpful to have a show of force throughout the meeting (you can link to agenda at www.lagunabeachcity.net by clicking on “City Government” and then “Agendas and Minutes”).

CITY STAFF IS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF THE BIKE ROUTE PROPOSAL, SO WE NEED VERY STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

Ken Frank, City Manager, reports his staff has concerns regarding potential city liability associated with diverting cyclists onto specific side streets in Laguna Beach, and that the city budget is very tight and probably can’t support this proposal in 2006. I have responded with information to counter those concerns. This includes the fact that the bicycle trails and bike route coordinators in all the surrounding jurisdictions have had no problems with liability associated with Class III routes; and there are simple things the city can do to mitigate any small risk that exists.

In recognition of these reservations, however, I will suggest the City Council consider “Approving the Proposal in Concept” and “Authorizing a Planning Phase” in year one during which all these issues and the necessary engineering analysis of the proposed route could be completed. Following that, our Association will assist city staff in developing grant applications seeking state funding for the implementation phase. In this way, the City Council can keep costs down and delay approval of the specific route map until a full implementation plan and funding are available in year two. Hopefully, this approach will reduce any disagreement about the specific route (which may change during the Planning Phase) and allow the Council to focus on the concept of a Class III bike route alternative to Coast Hwy for recreational and commuter cyclists. Finally, for those of you concerned that designating a Class III route might reduce their right to ride on Coast Hwy, a quick look at the agenda discussion will dispel your concerns. That discussion reminds the Council that California Vehicular Code allows cyclists to ride on Coast Hwy or any other road in the city, bike route or not.

THE CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO HEAR THAT YOU SUPPORT A NEW BIKE ROUTE

THE CITY’S LEADERSHIP NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE IN BEING A BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY!

Thanks for your support, Roger

From BikeOC.Org
Sunday, November 27th, 2005
11:24 am
[dipster]
Tour de California
Are any of you interested in the Amgen Tour of California? I've never seen a bike race like that before, at least in person, and I've got a hankerin' to go.

Team Discovery will be in it, minus Lance of course.

The race doesn't make it to OC tho'. The closest point is in Redondo Beach where the race ends. Maybe we can get a mob of us to go check it out and/or volunteer.
10:12 am
[dipster]
Groups you should know about
Hey OC, here are some groups you should know about, but probably don't:

Various bike advocacy groups

Government bike links

Route planning
  • Bike Metro - Trip planning for LA, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Local cycling scene
  • SoCal Cycling - An online web 'zine of the southern California bike scene


If you can think of any sites that should be included, please let me know.
Monday, November 21st, 2005
8:46 am
[dipster]
Upcoming cycling activities, from the OC Register
Saturdays:

All-level 25-45-mile rides. 7 a.m. Sponsored by Ladera Cyclery, 25662 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo.(949) 429-7784.

Recumbent 12-mile ride. 8 a.m. Currently 10-20 rider group, all ages welcome. Sponsored by Richard's Cyclery, 1943 Valley View, Garden Grove. (714)379-2717.

Sundays:

Advanced ride of 30 miles at 18-20 m.p.h. Sponsored by Kings Pro Shop, 11190 PCH, Seal Beach. Reservations and information: (562) 598-9322.

Mountain bike rides. 11 a.m. Sponsored by Sea Schwinn/ Two Wheels One Planet 17th St., Newport Beach. Reservations and information: (949) 646-7717.

Nov. 26:

Easy-paced mountain bike ride: 10 a.m. Easy 5-7-mile ride through historic Weir Canyon, home to rolling hills, extensive oak woodlands and perennial grasslands. The trail is part of the historic trail route that oxen teams traveled in the 1800's en route to San Juan Capistrano. Weir is also habitat for several raptors and to sandstone formations that support a healthy population of colorful lichen. Information and reservations: The Nature Conservancy's field office, (714) 832-7478 or irvineranch@tnc.org
Monday, November 14th, 2005
8:58 am
[dipster]
City of Irvine Open House on Bike Lanes
The city of Irvine, which has the most marked bike lanes and paths in the county, is having an open house Tuesday at city hall (on Harvard Ave at Alton Parkway) from 5:30pm to 7pm. City staff will be on hand to answer questions about what's in the works for the city's 42 miles of bikeways and 132 miles of bike lanes.

Pity that I'll be attending the Anaheim city council public comments forum about the city's wireless plans.

http://www.ci.irvine.ca.us/citycals/default.asp?ViewBy=0&CalDate=11/15/2005
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
5:09 pm
[dipster]
A Quickie Survey
Poll #596283 Bike Poll

What kind of bike(s) do you have?

Road/Racing (with dropbars)
1(16.7%)
Hybrid/Comfort (similar to road bikes, but with flat handlebars)
0(0.0%)
Mountain (typically the bikes you see most often)
1(16.7%)
Beach Cruiser
0(0.0%)
BMX
0(0.0%)
Tandem (2 or more cyclists)
0(0.0%)
Recumbant
0(0.0%)
Custom chopper with monkey bars and a long front fork.
0(0.0%)
High-Wheeler or other antique
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Typically, how far do you ride in a day?

Less than 10 miles
2(33.3%)
Between 10 to 20 miles
2(33.3%)
Between 20 to 30 miles
2(33.3%)
Between 30 to 40 miles
0(0.0%)
Between 40 to 50 miles
0(0.0%)
More than 50 miles
0(0.0%)

Where do you prefer to ride?

On road and other paved paths
5(83.3%)
Off road
1(16.7%)
Stationary bike or trainer
0(0.0%)

Why do you ride?

To commute
0(0.0%)
For fun
1(16.7%)
For fitness
1(16.7%)
Combination of the above
2(33.3%)
All of the above
2(33.3%)

What city do you live in?



Current Mood: curious
Thursday, October 20th, 2005
3:45 pm
[dipster]
Welcome to OC Cycling!
Hi all! Welcome to OC Cycling!

This community isn't meant to replace any of the other biking communities. I just wanted a place for us local to OC, Ca to be able to find each other.

I'm Stephen. I've been biking off and on for a few years now. I don't bike as much as I'd like because most of my friends don't have the time or just aren't as interested.

I've got a Specialized Allez Elite road bike and a K2 Razorback 4.0 mountain bike. Both these bikes have a lot more potential than the rider currently. :)

And if you're looking for someone to ride with, I'm in Anaheim, about where the 91 and 5 come together.

So everyone, introduce yourselves!
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