Speakeasy Ride

Despite my intentions my bicycling has been minimal this summer. Summer in SF, especially on the westside where I live, is notoriously cold and foggy. This year has been no different, and I have been having a really hard time convincing myself I should go out on a bike ride when all I can see out the window is dreariness. For the most part, if I could just get out the door I would have a good time. Although sometimes is can be windy or drizzly as well.

On Friday the SF Bicycle Coalition put together the first of three Love Your Lanes group rides to celebrate the new bike lanes built in the last year. This one was to Speakeasy Brewery in the oft forgotten southeast corner of the city. I love Speakeasy and have fond memories of going there on Friday afternoons when I worked in the Bayview several years ago. I decided I should probably jump back into riding with this event. It was a bit daunting since I would first have to ride about 5 miles to downtown to meet the group, and additionally I would have to make the 9 mile ride back home across the city alone and in on streets I was not familiar with cycling on. But I got out the door – obviously, or I wouldn’t be making this blog post.

It was foggy in my neighborhood, but I was happy to find sun on the east side. I made it!

I didn’t take any pictures of the group or the mass of bicycles locked up around the outside but here are a couple of the brewery.

I was hoping to find someone to ride home with and ended up making friends with a girl from the west side who was probably the one person to know less about cycling in SF than myself. She moved to the city from Rochester 6 months ago. She asked if she could follow me home so suddenly I was the leader of a journey I had never made. Still I was glad to have someone to ride back with.

The sun was setting when we left and it took about an hour to ride home, so it was also the longest night time ride I have ever taken. Anyway, fun thing about the east side: you can see sunsets there. Here is the view looking west and east from the same spot on the bridge over Islais Creek.

My total ride was just over 16 miles! When I got home I pretty much just passed out. I didn’t feel great, and thought I should probably eat something or drink more water but I didn’t feel hungry and all I could do was sleep. I think I overdid it a bit since I didn’t sleep well, and I wasn’t really back to 100% until Saturday afternoon. But I’m glad I went on the ride and I know I need to ride more often to be able to pedal across the city without having to pass out when I get home.

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May 28 – June 3

Well, I did a decent amount of bicycling this week because of the Long Shutdown, as the SF MTA has ominously named it. The N Judah train has been on hiatus for the last 10 days (replaced by buses) so they could replace some of the track. I decided to take this opportunity to ride my bike to work the three days I worked this week. With the additional bike commute I rode 50 miles this week. I was still exhausted when I got home two of the three days, so clearly I need to keep riding regularly and hopefully it will get easier.

I’ve been parking my bike downtown in the BART bicycle cage, which apparently used to be the pay phone bank.

Friday I went to the Ferry Building for lunch and sat outside since it was such a nice day.

On Saturday I went to my regular film archiving group. We’ve been working with 16mm, and it is so much easier to see the images during inspection than it has been with 8mm. I can actually get a decent image of the frames with my iphone camera. I worked on a two black and white reels from 1930. The second one had a whole section of a family working on a bicycle together. It was pretty great.

The 16mm reels have all had neat designs unlike the 8mm reels. The second one I worked on had a heart pattern. And the guideline about reels is: “if you can core it, you can keep it”. So – I put the film on a core for long term storage, and here is the reel. I think the pattern is more stiking when there is film on it though.

After archiving I went to a free book extravaganza across the street from my apartment and picked up these titles.

And I rounded out the day by going to see a new print screening of Grand Illusion at the Castro. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time.

Pretty good day!

Oh, and I’ve already finished a knitting project. A cowl. Alpaca wool. So soft.

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Memorial Day

I took a bike ride down to the beach yesterday. I thought I should go out, but I didn’t really feel like going on a long ride. The ride to the beach and back is the old standard, it’s about 10 miles.

Here are some examples of why they close the Great Hwy when it is windy.

I wanted to get a delicious breakfast sandwich but Devil’s Teeth was closed for Memorial Day. As I was riding around looking for something to eat I discovered these Playland ghosts.

Later, for dinner I made some delicious veggie chili and cornbread.


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Action Camera ride

On Thursday I got off work early and decided to ride down to Action Camera to check it out and to pick up some film splicing tape to repair some Super 8 film from my own family’s collection.

I got some 16mm splicing tape and a loupe. I decided to continue on down to the beach and come back home through the park.

Here is a map of my route. The gap is from me forgetting to turn the tracker back on when I left Action Camera. :p

When I got to the Great Highway is was closed to traffic because the wind was blowing sand all over the road.

I started riding on the road and quickly realized the wind was much worse than I thought. It was hard to move forward on my bike. I had to turn my front wheel to the left to go straight and the wind kept blowing me off the path. I got sand in my ear and mouth. It was pretty rough but certainly an exciting and unexpected ride. Once I got off the ocean path and back into the park it was much easier going. Here is a view of the choppy ocean.

Oh and I’ve set up a mini film inspection station at home. What I really need now are some rewinds.

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