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May The Force Be With You Ride – May 15, 2015

Written on May 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM, by

Come with us as we ride through the Galaxy.

starwars bikeBring your starship to Downtown San Jose and join us.

This month we head to north, south, and west though the streets of  San Jose. We’ll meet at 7:30 pm in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Wheels hit the street at 8 pm. We’ll finish the ride at San Jose State University. Since parking is limited downtown (and since this is a bike event) please ride to the start. Check out one of three “pre-rides” leaving from outlying locations (see below).

 

 

Feeder Rides to the ride start

May North East Pre Ride

1171 N Capitol Ave San Jose, CA 95132. Leaving 6:30 pm

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Leaves from San Jose Bicycles @ 565 Tully Rd. at 7 pm

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Leaves from the Off Ramp Bicycle Shop, Lawrence Expressway and El Camino Real in Santa Clara at 7:15 pm

Ride with GPS Interactive Map

Click on “View Full Map” just above Streetview man

Remember we are going to do one lap around the galaxy at the ride start….well actually one lap around Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Turn by Turn Directions

May The Force Be With You Ride

 These turns by turns are more smartphone friendly

May 2015 TXT mobile1

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The Bunny Ride – April 17, 2015

Written on April 15, 2015 at 4:45 PM, by

Hop on down as we ride around town.

Bunny Ride PreparationThis month we head to north San Jose, so get your bunny ears ready and come help us celebrate spring. We’ll be meeting at St. James Park so we encourage you to ride to the start using one of the feeder rides (check below).

Also check out Team Green Ninja from San Jose State University. They are riding Friday night to train for an upcoming climate ride and to also help raise money for the ride. Please support this great team on the ride or here at IndieGoGo. 

 

All your favorite food trucks, beats, and of course bikes.

 

Come and dance to the beats of DJ Sharkie

DJ Sharkie Logo

How We Ride

#HowWeRide

 

Feeder Rides to the Bunny Ride

 

Feeder ride to the Bunny Ride

1171 N Capitol Ave San Jose, CA 95132. Leaving 6:30 pm

 

South Side Pri-Ride

Leaves from San Jose Bicycles

 

Santa Clara Preride

Leaves from the Off Ramp Bicycle Shop

 

SJBP Turn by Turn Directions

Who’s Riding Bike the Limits 2015? Here’s some tips.

Written on April 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM, by

Bike the Limits 2015

Ronnie T. always ready to ride.

Heads up. For all of you planning to join us for the Bike the Limit (BTL2015) Test Rides or the actual ride. These rides are physically challenging so Ronnie Twist has put together some excellent guidelines to ensure a great ride.

“Hey there peoples, with this ride rapidly approaching I wanted to set out some guidelines and tips for all those attending.

1) Nutrition: This is one of the biggest factors in long rides. In the days leading up to the ride try increasing your amount of carbohydrates more so than proteins. Carbohydrates get stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver and are your body’s primary source of fuel before slowing down and turning to converting fat for energy. Some of the best carbs for this purpose include pasta, rice (wild>brown>white), potatoes and whole grains. Remember to hydrate plenty before, during, and after the ride. While riding, always remember to eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty. Check out this link for further info:http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-runners/fill-er

2) Pacing: The tendency to get excited fresh out of the gate has happened to more than just a few of us over the years but proper pacing is important if you want to go the distance. Ride at a pace that you feel comfortable with rather than sprinting as soon as you begin, your muscles will thank you for it later down the road. As a general rule of thumb, while riding you should maintain enough breath to whistle but not to sing. Try finding a few riders who are maintaining the same pace as you and make some new friends. It’s always easier riding with a group that will help by trading off draft positions and working together.

Bike the Limits 2014

Bike the Limits 2014

3) Shifting: The #1 mistake you may be making without realizing it, is not using your gears enough. If you have a bike with functional gears you should put them to full use. Before coming to a stop always downshift to a lighter gear. Doing so will not only make taking off easier but will also help to prevent premature muscle fatigue. Remember your bike drivetrain is just like your car; start from a low gear and work your way up as you gain speed.

4) Equipment: Try to get your bike set up a few days before the ride. Resist the urge to change out parts last minute without fully testing them. A new set of handlebars or seat may seem great for miles 5-10 but could change your comfort level drastically by mile 30-40. As always, make sure to check your tires are fully inflated, brakes are working properly, and your chain is well-lubed.”

Bike the Limits Ride 2015

Do Bike Party People have a voice. You bet.

Written on April 7, 2015 at 4:30 PM, by

Willow Glen Bike Lanes

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition staff check out the new bike lanes. photo: SVBC

San Jose Bike Party is a lot of fun. There’s no doubt about that. New riders soon join our other rides, or start riding on their own with friends or family. But they soon realize that that bubble of safety that hundreds or even thousands of fellow riders bring you, disappears as you start to ride on your own.

If you don’t have other friends to ride with, bike paths or green bikeways sure help out a lot. But as new riders soon realize there are parts of this city that lack safe bike lanes, or what the engineers call bike infrastructure.

The city of San Jose is taking a bold step forward however in laying down some of this “infrastructure”. Have you noticed that many Bike Party rides highlight great bike lanes such as San Fernando St., 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th streets, as well as Hedding Street.

The city of San Jose has recently restriped Lincoln Ave. to include temporary bike lanes, but as you may have figured out controversies sells newspapers. A recent article by Gary Richards in his Roadshow column highlighted the mixed review on the project given that some people use the avenue more like a highway.

Yes if you live in the Almaden Valley and you use Lincoln Ave. to avoid the freeway traffic, you may be unhappy as you race through someone’s neighborhood. And yes many motorists hate “those $@^^# cyclists; but if you’re a cyclist going to work, or a mother taking your child to Willow Glen or Broadway Elementary Schools then the quieter, calmer street mean safety for your children.

Let the community and the city know how you feel. Support more bike lanes for cyclists, and calmer streets for pedestrians. Send an email to lincolnroaddiet@nullgmail.com. For more information check out their website.

Here are some things you might want to mention if you are in favor of the improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.

  • The wide buffered lanes make you feel safer, keeping you away from car doors that may open suddenly.
  • Less stress from no longer having to be so close to speeding cars and trucks.
  • How much easier it is to cross the street since you are only crossing 2 lanes of auto traffic instead of four lanes.
  • Sharrows ….well they just suck, and six foot bike lanes are much safer.
  • That calmer traffic just makes shopping and dining in Willow Glen that much more enjoyable. (Think Santana Row).

    Lincoln Ave. Road Diet

    Rendering of the temporary bike lanes on Lincoln Ave.

We know you got a voice; we hear it every month when you shout “Bike Party!”. Now make your voice heard and leave your comments at lincolnroaddiet@nullgmail.com Please keep this positive. Show cyclists in a good light.

 

Bike Party!!