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Autumn Passion Trail Bikes News # 8

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Autumn Passion Trail Bikes News # 8
Autumn Passion Trail Bikes News # 8

Autumn Passion Trail Bikes News # 8

This week's news and info on November 13, 2008:

1. NorCal weather in November: gorgeous, yes, yes.
2. San Francisco Soil Saloon Tour of SF Dirt Nov 16th
3. Sunday morning shop ride at Waterdog Nov 16th
4. Waterdog trailwork 9:00AM Saturday Nov 22nd
5. Turkey Ride in Los Gatos Nov 27
6. Appetite Seminar in Fairfax Nov 27
7. Turning Wheels for Kids bike build Saturday Dec 13th
8. ROMP Holiday Party Friday Dec 19th
9. Bicycle Expo and Swap, presented by rideSFO @ the Cow Palace, Nov 29 & 30


1. NorCal weather in November: gorgeous, yes, yes.

You really MUST get out and RIDE! If ever there was a good reason to abandon all obligations and hit the trails, this might be the best. Awesome autumn weather, yessirree, and velcro traction. Yuba Expeditions reports wonderful conditions in Downieville with a light dusting of snow on Packer Saddle that is melting quick. Reports from Annadel, Marin, Pacifica, Waterdog, Skeggs Point, Monte Bello/Russian Ridge/Long Ridge/Saratoga Gap, Soquel Demo, Wilder, Coe, Ft. Ord, and other prime riding locations are all great as well. MROSD reports no seasonal closures on their trail conditions page.GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!

This
Afternoon

Sunny
Sunny

Hi 72F
Tonight

Mostly Clear
Mostly
Clear
Lo 53F
Friday

Mostly Sunny
Mostly
Sunny
Hi 80F
Friday
Night

Mostly Clear
Mostly
Clear
Lo 55F
Saturday

Sunny
Sunny

Hi 79F
Saturday
Night

Mostly Clear
Mostly
Clear
Lo 56F
Sunday

Sunny
Sunny

Hi 75F
Sunday
Night

Mostly Clear
Mostly
Clear
Lo 54F
Monday

Sunny
Sunny

Hi 73F

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2. San Francisco Soil Saloon Tour of SF Dirt Nov 16th

The Soil Saloon crew have put together a race/adventure in San Francisco on November 16th, starting at 11AM. They've laced together seven parks with legal trails that vary in likeness from Skeggs to Tamarancho to China Camp. 35 miles with ~ 5,500 vertical feet of climbing with sweeping views of the city Epic? yes.

Go to the Soil Saloon website for details.

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3. Sunday morning shop ride at Waterdog Nov 16th

John H. has posted another ride up on MTBR for Sunday Nov 16th meeting at the shop at 9:00am, and we are hoping you will join us!

Charles will be leading or sweeping, depending on mood and/or coin toss, and we expect a number of our good friends and customers to join in. Patty will be leading a FBG ride up onto the singletrack with Reba. Should be awesome tacky wonderful trail conditions! Lunch and brews shortly after noon in the Passion Lounge afterwards.

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4. Waterdog trailwork 9:00AM Saturday Nov 22nd

Patty is starting to populate our winter calendar with trailwork dates, and the 22nd will be our first official workday of the season in Waterdog.

Now that the dirt is softened a bit, and the rains have made an entire years' growth of vegetation droop down into the trails, it is time to get back out on the trails with some tools and give back a little love! The project has not yet been determined, but most likely we will do maintenance on one of the existing singletracks, brushing back and repairing drainage and any other damage that has occurred during the year.

Please RSVP if you would like to join in on the fun! Send Patty an email at patty@passiontrailbikes.com to get on the list. Please NOTE! RSVPs are REQUIRED to get info on the project and meeting location. This is so Patty knows how many bagels to get, how much coffee to make, how many tools to load, and how many crew leaders she needs.

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5. Turkey Ride in Los Gatos Nov 27



Los Gatos Turkey Ride going up, 2007

The Turkey Ride is a community celebration bike ride and feast for people who either don't have a family group meal planned for Thanksgiving, or who want to eat twice. The ride is up Kennedy, a long and at times steep fireroad out of Los Gatos. Many riders start at 8am at one of the shops in Los Gatos. Most riders bring something to either eat or drink (or both), in quantities large enough to pass around. This is definitely a socialist event; sharing is expected. Along with comestibles, bring your own utensils, cup and plate, you'll need to take them back with you. There will be BOB trailers and Extracycles. There will be backpacks and paniers.

MROSD regulations allow visitors to consume beer or wine with a picnic meal. Rangers will be present to enjoy the vibe and monitor the party, since usually there is nothing but good cheer and good behavior to be found. Info on the ride can be found on this thread on MTBR, as can pictures from last year. Jay is bringing cheesecake. Charles is towing something heavy up to the top, and would be happy to answer any questions about what you should bring for him to eat, if you send him an email at charles@passiontrailbikes.com. Rumor has it he plans to have wheels rolling on or about 8:30am (plus or minus) so he can get back in time for a second meal in the evening at his Mom's.


Some of the Turkey Ride food spread


Not everyone brings turkey

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6. Appetite Seminar in Fairfax Nov 27


Flyer for the 1981 Appetite Seminar

The Appetite Seminar, according to Charles Kelley, "By far the longest running mountain biking event" in the world.

Appetite Seminar circa 1975

Like mountain biking itself, the Appetite Seminar is an individualistic, celebratory and adaptable endeavor, and you can do it solo or as part of a group. There is no sponsor, no organizer, no entry fee, and no special rules or special equipment needed. Show up in Fairfax at a time that is convenient to you, and ride your bike. Most people start early in the morning, and following tradition, ride the Pine Mountain Loop. One of the esteemed businesses in Fairfax has a keg or four to help everyone (at least those who get back before it runs out) to quench their thirst before heading home to Thanksgiving Dinner.

Info on the ride, and pictures from last year, can be found on this thread on MTBR from last year. Berry says he's doing this ride and would be happy to answer any questions if you send him an email at berry@passiontrailbikes.com. He plans to have *wheels rolling* by 8:00am so he can get finished and home to his sweetie, and you can bet he is much more punctual than Charles when it comes to getting back to his sweetie..

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7. Turning Wheels for Kids bike build Saturday Dec 13th

Patty has signed up to bring a team of 10 volunteers to the Turning Wheels for Kids annual bike build at the San Jose Convention Center, to help build over 2000 bikes for disadvantaged children. We will assemble the bikes so that they can be distributed to a number of different charities who help children from low-income families experience the joy of getting a bike for Christmas.


We will be turning these boxes...


Into bikes for disadvantaged kids

Please send Patty an email at patty@passiontrailbikes.com if you want to participate. We still need a few more volunteers. Don't delay as this will fill up! This is an awesome and inspiring event and volunteer spots are limited! Check out photos from last year here on MTBR.


This could be YOU!

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8. ROMP Holiday Party Friday Dec 19th

YOU ARE INVITED!


Every year ROMP hosts a fabulous dinner party for all friends of mountain biking in the area. We usually see a great showing of friends there. Last year Joe Breeze was the featured speaker and there were almost 100 people at the dinner!

ROMP encourages singles, couples, families, and guests to attend. Dinner is $25 per person, $20 for 12 yrs or under, and the food is great. There is a link on ROMP's webpage where you can buy one or more dinner tickets and state your menu preference.

6:00pm Doors Open
7:30pm Dinner Buffet
8:30pm ish during Coffee and Dessert Time there will be a special Guest Speaker (still TBA as of Nov 13)

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9. SF Bicycle Expo and Swap, presented by rideSFO @ the Cow Palace, Nov 29 & 30


But be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming Bicycle Expo and Swap, presented by rideSFO. The 2-day event takes place November 29th and 30th, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. I'm sure you remember the Velo Swap of past years, but Nor-Cal has been lacking a premier Expo. We decided to bring it back with our style (and more affordable) than before.

Booth spaces are available for all levels of participation, and the rates are staggered to maximize the value of your participation. Check out www.ridesfo.com for details.

This will be a hot-spot of everything bike related, there will be something for everyone. Whether you are a dealer with old inventory to move, a sales rep with a sample account that needs to get cleaned up, a manufacturer with a great line that needs an audience, or a bike enthusiast that wants to find NOS Deore derailers, the Bicycle Expo and Swap is the ticket.

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To contact us, email us at info@passiontrailbikes.com, or call the shop at 650-620-9798.

Happy Trails, the PTB crew
Charles, Patty, Berry, John, Bret, Sterling, Daryl, Daniel, Peter, Reba and Buster



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