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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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Swift Industries Summer Solstice Campout

Seattle-based bag company Swift Industries organized a worldwide “Summer Solstice Campout” this weekend, aka #swiftcampout, that inspired folks to get together for some fun outdoors adventures on the longest day of the year. Jenny, Sean and Manny (employees and fans of Rivendell Bicycle Works) secured a scenic spot at Lake Chabot for 50 friends. Emily led a mellow “not-Manny” ride, while Manny plotted a route that followed his weekly “Taco Tuesday” trails. TBO and I couldn’t stick around as our Iko’s under the weather at the moment — but we had fun on our 30-mile mixed terrain jaunt in the East Bay Hills and hanging out with folks for a few hours afterwards!
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2015 SFR “Ride to Eat” Dart

On Wednesdays evenings after work, a group of us East Bay folks regularly get together for a jaunt up into the hills followed by dinner. This outing is called, “Ride to Eat”, appropriately enough, and this year I volunteered to captain a DART team with members recruited from this circle of cycling friends.
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