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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

New trails on Santa Clara County trail flooding page: Penitencia and Stevens Creek

Our recent drought-busting rains in the San Francisco Bay Area gave me enough good data to enable two additional trail segments on the Santa Clara County trail flooding information page. I added Penitencia Creek under I-680 in the city of San Jose, and Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View underneath Highway 101. I also tweaked read more » Continue reading »

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Mountain View Stevens Creek Trail closed at ECR

The city of Mountain View, California announced the Stevens Creek Trail is closed between El Camino Real and Yuba Drive due to serious bank erosion. Detours are in place for trail users. To bypass the flooded section of trail, add about 500 feet to your trip by detouring via ECR and Yuba Drive. The trail read more » Continue reading »

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If you plan to ride in the Santa Cruz Mountains this weekend …

The forecast predicts wonderful riding weather throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast for this Martin Luther King Jr Day weekend, but this past week of heavy rain and high winds have taken their toll on mountain and coastal roads. Boulder Creek resident Liz Tyler took this photo 1/4 mile up Bear read more » Continue reading »

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How to download your Relive.cc ride video

Relive.cc connects to your Strava profile to create ride videos after each Strava upload. It’s a fun toy to review the terrain of your ride, but sometimes I want to add audio to share the video with friends. How can I download the source video so I can create these edits? For these instructions, I’ll read more » Continue reading »

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Begin 2017 with San Jose Bike Train

Happy New Year, all. San Jose Bike Train rolls this coming Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 8:15 A.M. If you can make your way to the vicinity of downtown San Jose, join us the first week of 2017 at Caffe Bel Bacio located directly on the Guadalupe River Trail between Julian and St James Streets read more » Continue reading »

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Affordable conspicuity

Quick Reminder: The last San Jose Bike Train of 2016 rolls on the Winter Solstice, departing Caffe Bel Bacio in San Jose’s Little Italy at 8:15 A.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Bring a Santa hat for a group photo! After I warned you off ultra-cheap bicycle lights, Cherokee suggested this inexpensive knock-off of an read more » Continue reading »

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My naive psychology of traffic violence

You’re in a crowd somewhere and large, 64-year-old dude begins to yell antagonistically at you from across the room. You try to be cool and ignore him but your adrenal glands automatically squeeze their juices in response. Your body prepares for fight or flight by increasing heart rate, respiration, and diverting blood flow to the read more » Continue reading »

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Buyer beware on those cheap “super bright” bicycle lights

I have always purchased bicycle lights from well-known, recognized brands, and over about the past decade I’ve favored American brands such as Nite Rider (based in San Diego) and Light and Motion (which does manufacturing outside of Monterey, California). Made-In-America from an established brand with a reputation for quality translates into a premium price, and read more » Continue reading »

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National ad features Santa Cruz niche bike builder

Some outtakes from the shooting of the Amex ad with @SHAQ and the #dirtysixer #36er bike! #36inchwheels #36inchtires #36inchbike #madeinusa #nba #nbrpa #7footer #custombicycle #tallpeoplesolutions #tallpeopleproblems A photo posted by David (@dirtysixer) on Dec 1, 2016 at 6:28pm PST David Folch of Santa Cruz, California designs large bikes around thirty-two and thirty-six inch wheels for read more » Continue reading »

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Private bike share for San Jose office park

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