Santa Clarita Bicycle Trails


…Only for a moment!

Three years ago I was told to start my cycling blog again. So I did. It was one post and then I stopped, again…until now. Why did I stop? I had increased my cycling so much that I didn’t find time to pay any attention to my blog. Writing, adding pictures and making it better. I kept telling myself to get back at it, you actually like to write stories and well yes you like to ride a bicycle so why not bring them together to share with others.

Soooooo here I am… again. Starting the rebirth of my blog, BikeSantaClarita! Yippie! There I said it! WhooHoo! I will have as much fun with this blog as I do riding my bicycle(s).

Here is a synopsis of what has happened in these past three years:

  • I have taken many photos and saved them from my rides, weather they were road or mountain bike adventures.
  • I began racing mountain bikes again after a 15 year hiatus. I started back up on the very same dirt where I stopped 15 years ago at Castaic Lake.
  • I gave time trialing a try at Uncle Tren’s TT in Piru.
  • I became more involved in the community pertaining to cycling as a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Bicycle Coalition.
  • Met some really cool bicycle people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It got me thinking… I haven’t written in this blog for over 20 months! I can write every excuse in the book down and they are all true but the truth is I just haven’t done it. I will start today and write about all my rides and adventures on a bicycle.

I have been “blogging” on Facebook about my rides and of course Strava but had completely forgotten about my lonely blog.

I am committed to doing this. I want to do this! Why not just do it on this blog as well! Thanks Catherine for the nudge!

So about that ride I did today (11/7). It was a Pedalin’ Posse spin off ride organized by Jeannine. The weather was perfect, in the 80’s! A bunch of us went out and rode a great course consisting of Golden Valley, Sierra Hwy, Wiley Cyn, Old Road, Pico into beautiful Mentryville all the way to the back gate where the runners and mtn bikers go up. We then finished off at Peet’s coffee shop in town for a beverage and a snack. Great ride with great people – Jeannine, Stacey, Mark, Catherine, Laurie, Cathi –  who really enjoy cycling and getting together and having some fun!

Here is some history and pictures on Mentryville.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentryville,_California

see you out on the trails!

I haven’t been able to blog for good reasons I guess. I have been so busy with my real estate career that I just couldn’t spend the time to sit down and write a post. I have been so busy showing homes. Some weeks I would show 6-7 different appointments! That’s busy!

This is all coming from the market in my area finally flattening out and making a turn for the better. I really do see the stats all around improving. Multiple offers on everything out there, the stock market is improving, the unemployment numbers are going down. Things are just getting better. Yes slooooowly but better is good. At least it’s not worse!

All this time being spent on taking clients out and showing homes has prevented me from blogging and also doing what the blog is about, cycling! I haven’t been able to ride my bicycle(s) in weeks!

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

I will make a concentrated effort to post more about what I like to do and that is ride my bicycle!

I wouldn’t pass this up for anything! I will ride with Professional cyclists and athletes from around the world! George Hincapie is the Grand Fondo Chief but there are many many others! Tinker JuarezIna-Yoko Teutenberg, Tejay van Garderen, Paul Amey, Amber Neben, Matt Bigos and Greta Neimanas  and the list goes on!

http://www.arideforlife.com/event.php

http://www.arideforlife.com/index.php

I am going to be able to check off “riding with George Hincapie” from my bucket list! He is doing an Organized century ride here in Santa Clarita on 12/31/11

Click the link below for information

http://www.arideforlife.com/

What I like most about the bicycle is seeing others using a bicycle. Locally I see the  bicycle being used for it’s original purpose, transportation.

Not only do I enjoy every minute of being on a bicycle but I also enjoy reading articles about the progress the bicycle makes throughout time. What has grabbed my attention most recently is the growth the bicycle has made with the way the economy has set us all back the last few years. The bicycle has become once again very popular. At the same time being environmentally conscious, has once again regained its  roots.

With both of these working together the bicycle has taken on many new directions. One in particular is bicycle storage facilities in major cities and towns. I can’t speak for the city of LA as I don’t frequent there enough but here in  Santa Clarita cycling is not as prevalent as other areas. In my opinion the Automobile is king here and will always rule.

In most of LA County and especially in the smaller suburbs like Santa Clarita. The city was build with the auto in mind, not the bicycle. We do have some amazing trails and paseos connecting our town but not enough people use them is my point. Thus we have no mega storage facilities by the mall or downtown or even most importantly by the train stations.

In some cities the bicycle has taken on such a stronghold for transportation that bicycle parking structures are being built. For example this cool looking place in Cleveland, Ohio called The Bicycle Rack. Check out the short article below!

http://www.clevelandbikerack.com/

I was able to make time and do a ride with the Newhall Bicycle Company. This was a Monday evening ride leaving from the Newhall Bicycle Company shop at 6pm. Lights were required on this ride.

Ride had approx. 10 riders, myself included and it started with a short warm up and then it picked up speed from Calgrove to Wiley onto the bicycle trail. The hills on this ride were Newhall Ranch followed by Golden Valley and then Placerita.

I personally got dropped by the main group and was riding with another rider who got dropped, Mary. Once we got to Sand Canyon the lights needed to be turned on. Then up and down the roller coaster of Placerita in the dark. We did finish back at the shop.

Riding at night is a different type of riding. I had a blast and plan on doing that ride as many times as possible.

We had no encounters with four-legged animals but Mary said she has had a coyote run along side of her before!

If you are up for a fast 30-35 mile Monday ride then you just might like this. The group does stop at one location to meet up with everyone also. I must say Roger, the owner of Newhall Bicycle Company, who is a mtn bike racer himself and has won numerous awards, offers his support willingly to people.

So…get on your bike and ride!

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