Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dangerous Driver in Calaveras

Siclista,

I'd like to share this to you which is take from Alto Velo Yahoo Group e-mail.

hey dave...I dont ride over there...but when the question first came out Gerald andothers were looking for ways to get this guy off the road...so I sent it to my sister who is a deputy sheriffin monterey and she sent me back some suggestions I forwarded along...Marc

This is one of the reasons I like riding with a group.>> Btw, how often, what days & times do you guys do this Calaveras Road > ride?> And where do you guys meet for this ride? Let me know.>> -Dave Schwartz>>

Gerald....glad this seems to be working out and you are making> >progress... guess my sister the sheriff was> >right...document/ file/document/ file> >until they get tired of you and act!> >> >Marc R

Gerald Sylvester wrote:> > Hi All -> > Another update. I spoke to the Officer Heylen again. The> > driver that almost hit at least 10 of us in separate incidents all on> > Calavaras Rd. got into an accident in mid-July and had his car> > impounded. It turns out he was driving with a suspended license. On> > Wednesday I'm going to the Santa Clara Courts to pull up the driving> > history on this guy (I have his name) and get the docket number for> > his arraignment on September 2nd. The DA's office told me submit a> > letter to the DA as well as to the court record. Please start typing> > up your letters. I'll fill in the details when I get them on> > wednesday. One person filed a police report against the guy a couple> > of years ago. Please get the police report number. The more info the> > better. I'd like to get these sent in sooner rather than later so the> > DA has time to prepare. Right now I doubt the DA knows anything about> > our incidents. The DA's office said normally the DA won't attend the> > arraignment but if the DA gets a lot of letters then they will send> > someone.> > Lastly, the guy also has a black honda sedan (sorry, don't> > have the license plate number with me). I'm guessing it is about 8-10> > years old. Watch out for it on Calavaras Rd. and if it is the guy> > with the description below, call the Milpitas police.> >> > Gerald Sylvester

Hi All -> > I spoke to Officer Haylen (sp?) of the Milpitas Police> > Department. I asked him the status of the series of complaints against> > this one driver. Officer Heylen then told me the truc k was involved> > in an accident just yesterday, the truck was towed away and> > impounded. I wonder what the circumstances are. How can you find> > this out? I didn't see anything online in the SJ Mercury News about> > an accident but I'll keep my eyes out. Thanks to the *half dozen*> > people who made calls to the police about this guy.> >> > G.S.

After work on Friday June 27th, I decided to ride up Sierra Rd and> >>> down Calavaras Rd in Milpitas. Just north(magnetic) / east> >>> (logical) of the golf course and park right as Calavaras turns> >>> south, there is a 1km long dead end road with no name that runs> >>> north off of Calavaras (Lat 37.448776 Long -121.847182 on google> >>> maps). As I was descending on Calavaras a white GMC 3500 pickup> >>> truck pulled out behind me around 6:15pm. As I was descending at 75> >>> km/hr (47 mph) the pickup truck crossed the double yellow line on> >>> the rolling hills on a turn to pass me. I either felt his mirror> >>> very lightly brush my shoulder or the wind off of his mirror 'hit'> >>> into me. While passing I also heard him say "...kill.... " I'm not> >>> sure if he said, "i'm going to kill you" or "get out of the wa y> >>> before you get killed." Here's the description.> >>>> >>> I had 4 other Alto Velo members say they had run ins with this> >>> driver including one that was run off the road. They are calling up> >>> to make a report. The more, the better.> >>>> >>>> >>> GMC 3500 white> >>> License plate: 5.F-94 178 (no spaces, dashes or periods but> >>> keep them in there so it doesn't show up in a search engine)> >>> Grey mesh where the tailgate is normally.> >>> Horizontal American flag about 6" x 4" in the middle of the back> >>> window (this is illegal)> >>> white male about approximately 50, black hair, black baseball cap,> >>> mustache and beard, that day had a brown (?) and blue vert striped > shirt> >>> no passenger in the car> >>> others have seen him pull a horse trailer. I think I've seen this too.> >>> Works at a ranch up on Calavaras Rd.> >>>> >>> *Whoever has had a run in with this driver to contact the Milpitas> >>> Police Deperatment at 408.586.2401 and ask for the voice mail of> >>> Officer Armas no later than this Thursday July 3rd. Reference Police> >>> report number 08-179-195. Officer Armas gets back to work on Friday.> >>>> >>> *Stay safe.> >>>> >>> G.S.> >>> Alto Velo

Monday, August 18, 2008

Look Compatible Gripper Cleats - $14.98

Hi Fellow Siclistas,

The new Look Keo cleats with rubber grippers typically sell in the high twenty dollar range. There is a 3rd party manufacturer (Exustar) that makes Look Keo compatible anti-slip cleats for $14.98 on ebay. I've not tried these but look to be very much worth the try considering the savings:

Exustar Gripper Cleats on Ebay


Sunday, August 17, 2008

August 17, 2008 NAPA Century pics and videos

Link to the pics View it with "Slideshow" (top right of the screen)
Pics from JohnnyB's lens

This is wrong, another Photo Crazy solo shot, specially in agony.

Sino naglagay nito? Photo Crazy solo shot? Bawal ito! Not Allowed.
........... What are these guys looking at?

Raw videos from the August 17, 2008 Napa Century ride.
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Post ride party
videoMore to come

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jack's B Ride

Sunday, August 10, 2008.
Pre-ride of the 1st Siclista Classic route.
Meet at Central Park Lake Elizabeth 7AM roll by 7:30
Link to the route
From Lake Elizabeth Park, Rt.Stevenson RMissionBlvd LPaseoPadre >Warren LWarmSpring LScottCreek RParkVictoria LEvans >Piedmont LSierra RCalaveras >Paloma LNilesCanyon RMain RBond RFoothill LDublinCanyon LPaloverde LPalomares RNilesCanyon LMissionBlvd RStevenson LLakeElizabethPark

A nice warm-up for the Napa Century riders.
Please post up if you are coming to this ride.

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LINK to Pics

The Dirty Dozen

Tristan and Rico joined us mid ride
JR Jojowayt Rico Spak Cesar Larry Jack Benjie Roger JohnV TonyC Vill Bong Tristan

video

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

LOOK RECALLS KEO PEDALS

Look Cycle USA Recalls Keo Pedals

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Look Cycle USA, have issued a voluntary recall of about 40,000 pairs of Keo pedals.The steel axle inside the pedal can break, posing a fall hazard to cyclists.Look Cycle has received 14 reports of incidents with broken pedals, including seven injuries which resulted in scrapes, cuts, contusions, elbow pain and a knee injury.The recalled pedals are black and were sold separately from bicycles. Pedal models include the Keo Classic, Keo Sprint, Keo HM and Keo Carbon. The model name is printed in white on the side of the pedal. Date codes between January 2004 and December 2005 are included in this recall. The date code for the Keo Classic, Sprint and Carbon pedals is on a dial stamped onto the pedal. The date code for the Keo HM is on the bottom of the pedal, with the letters A through L corresponding to the month, and the numbers 4 and 5 indicating 2004 or 2005.These pedals were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from January 2004 through July 2007 for between $100 and $500.The pedals were manufactured in France.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pedals and return them to the place of purchase, or contact Look Cycle USA to arrange for shipping and

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mt. Hamilton Ride

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Mt.Hamilton
3 Aug 2008 Siclista Mt. Hamilton Ride via Quimby Road. 40miles Hors Category. Ka JR is our ride leader.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

San Mateo Bridge to Marina

Does anyone have the bike route details from Breakwater Ave., Hayward (adjacent to Hwy 92) to San Leandro Marina? I was told that there is an off-road bike path along the bay to Marina. I searched on sites such as bikely.com etc., but did not succeed. Thanks.