What a great day for a ride and not 1 but 2 celebrations - Bob's birthday and Nicole and Eric's engagement!
11 hearty souls braved the cool sometimes windy weather and threat of rain for another great Paradise Loop ride, conversation, and admiring each other's lugged steel human powered machines. Camino Alto climb was challenging for a couple others and me recovering from this season's nasty weeks long "flu". The twisty downhill to Larkspur has been refinished and is now just smooth & sublime. Cutting over to the bike trail we cruised easily under hwy 101 and headed out Paradise Drive for the usual loop - views, water, trees and way less traffic than I've seen on this route. Group pic in Tiburon and no stop at Caffe Acri today as we wanted to leave room for Rita's amazing cooking back at Casa de Freitas.
The man cave (Bob's garage) was filled with tasty snacks and tasty bikes as usual. We were called to the table inside for a simply amazing feast of bikie proportions. Rita is a wonderful hostess and we thank her so much for allowing us to help Bob celebrate once again!
Very hard to believe it's been a whole year since Dave Martinez has left us to go ride with the cycling legends. Dave was the heart and soul of our group of old steel and wool riders and is missed greatly. You will live forever in our hearts and minds, Dave. Say hello to Fausto and Gino and the gang for us...
I'm also hoping that Dave's eldest brother Leonard doesn't mind if I post his email to Bob Freitas a few days ago. I continue to be impressed and amazed at Leonard's strength to Linda, the boys and his whole family in their time of need and the respect he shows us as Dave's friends:
Thank you for posting the Woodside ride agenda on David Martinez' Legacy.com memorial page.
As we approach the 1st anniversary of our brother David's passing, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you and the entire cycling community, near and far, for sharing their comments, sentiments, memories and many photos of David.
David's loss continues to be felt deeply by our family. We take much comfort knowing that David's passion for classic cycling is memorialized in the enthusiasm and camaraderie within your fellowship. This is evident by the smiles displayed in the group photo currently posted on the Classic Rendezvous Events page that supports our sentiment:
My brother Dennis tells me that he plans to attend the afternoon dinner. I am unable to attend the dinner but I plan on attending the Sunday morning Woodside School pre-ride gathering.
I have shared your agenda information with David's wife Linda and their sons Chris and Ryan. Linda continues to rely on other family members for internet assistance so I made a printout of Sunday's ride agenda. I also encouraged Linda to contact you directly on your cell phone if she requires additional information.
Thank you, Leonard, for honoring your brother, Dave, and befriending us as we all work through this loss. It was a comforting pleasure to see and talk with you this morning.
Starting to think about building up the '52 Rotrax and found this very nice Argos restored '53 on dabay. So far I've got high flange 3-piece Campy steel barrel hubs (that need axles) and Sheffield pedals. Any suggestions on a proper or interesting build and which components?
Another great vintage ride today with perfect weather and wonderful friends. It's been a while since we rode together but it didn't seem to slow us down much. Robert Hollister was welcomed into the fold on his first group ride and fit into the group like an old hand. We rode our usual route stopping at Robert's Market for lunch supplies before meeting behind Woodside school to eat and talk bikes and life. Thanks for calling the ride, Marc. And thanks to everyone for a great day!
1974 Raleigh International - just built, I wanted this one to look like a homemade triple conversion, so you can see the after drilling on the crank arms for the 30 tooth chainring. Campy only made Nuovo Record triples with a 36 tooth chainring minimum. The Campy Rally rear derailleur would also be needed to replace the regular Nuovo Record RD to deal with the extra chain length needed when fitting a triple crankset. More pics here: