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Dennis Stone Memorial Ride

I’d briefly met Dennis Stone, the recently departed owner of Stone’s Cyclery in Alameda, only one time several years ago. I’d popped into the shop to say hello to my friend Jason, who’s been moonlighting at the shop for ages, during a casual group ride around the island. As I walked down the center aisle of the store, I couldn’t help but admire the dozens of beautiful bicycles packed into its small space. Lined up in long racks that practically spanned the length of the shop, some were shiny new Waterfords and Bob Jacksons for sale, their bright colors beckoning you to take them on a test ride; others were classic vintage steeds that were distinguished members of his permanent collection.

Stone’s struck me as the sort of place where amid the dust and clutter — it had the genteel quality of an old antique shop — customers who loved bicycles as much as Dennis did would stop by often. Not just to pick up a tube or a derailleur or a new frame, but to swap stories and laughs. And after that first meeting, I heard much about his generosity, his loyalty and his far-reaching impact on the Bay Area cycling community.

This past Sunday, his dear family and friends organized a full day’s worth of celebrations to commemorate his life and legacy. These photos are from the first leg of the memorial ride that departed from the western part of the island back to the shop. I hope he was watching, from wherever he’s pedaling in the universe, as we came together and filled the streets of Alameda in his honor.

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Seagull Scavenger Hunt: Biking the “49-Mile Scenic Drive”

I know the “49-Mile Scenic Drive” was originally created to showcase San Francisco’s attractions by car — but I’ve always wanted to ride the entire route by bike (plus it makes it way easier to navigate the crowds and traffic through the city.) TBO and I found this version online (I believe it was created by the SFBC), so we used it as the basis for our adventure. It deviates a bit from the actual route, so we’d hop on and off at very points to stick with the seagulls. And the original route ends on 280 North, so obviously we skipped that part!
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The Geysers

So…where to ride on my first “longish” bike ride after the Sunshine 1200k? We got up too late for the Meet Your Maker shindig down in Santa Cruz, so we narrowed it down to two choices: mixed terrain fun near Mt. Vision or one of Santa Rosa Cycling Club’s, “10 Great Rides” — the “Geysers.”
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