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Unicycle ride: Mr Toads and Hole in the Ground

Last weekend when my cat disappeared I was busy having fun doing some mountain unicycling. I might as well remember the good stuff. Saturday a group of us rode Mr Toads Wild Ride as a 13’ish mile shuttle. I think it was my fourth time riding this trail (hopefully by writing it on my blog I can keep track better). Here’s some info here on singletracks about the ride. It is one of my all time favorite rides in California. It is very taxing on the body, and tough to ride all the way up. This was my first time... [read more]


Muni Ride Log, entry 18: Stevens Trail

Muni Ride Log – Stevens Trail, Colfax, CA (another link to info about it). I started using the iPhone app “iMapMyRide“. It dumps things back to a website and generates a nice map. Unfortunately, some data points seem to get lost, and it shows straight lines. The ride really took 1:35 mins (roughly), which is right, but I don’t think the mileage is correct. Most sites say 4.5 miles each way, and 9 miles total, which sounds more correct given the time. I rode it on the geared 24 KH muni; mostly in the high gear on the way out... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 17, May 22, 2008

Ride: Home to work. RTL training ride. Totally tired, and I forgot to get stats. Something like 12-13mph average over the 20 mile ride, and about 10 minutes longer than usual. i crashed riding to work due to being too tired! Plus, there was a major headwind that made it really hard to ride in. I then discovered that the Santa Cruz mountains were on fire, and rode home at 5pm with Shane and Curt (on bikes). I barely kept up, and we averaged 16.0mph on the 9.66 miles from work to Los Gatos. 37 minutes of riding time, and... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 16, May 21, 2008

Ride: Los Gatos to work. With my MacBook Pro 15″ in a backpack that also contained my camel back with 2 liters of water. Time: 8:00’ish to 9:40’ish Riding Time: 0:38’00 Distance: 9.21 miles Average Speed: 14.5 mph Max Speed: 22.0 mph ODO: 960.7 Notes: Hit lots of lights red. It is difficult to ride with a 15″ computer in my backpack, and I think that slowed me down a bit. I also took it easy, since I rode yesterday. Before I left, I had a large bowl of cereal. At work, I had a small bowl of oatmeal. Now... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 15, May 20, 2008

Ride: Home to work. RTL training ride. I finally fixed my cycle computer to be more accurate. Time: 6:35 to 8:05? Riding Time: Distance: Average Speed: Max Speed: 26.2 mph (that can’t be right, but I reset it before the ride) ODO: Notes: I’m still pretty slow….my legs were a scosh sore from Sunday’s ride. I felt like I was riding slower because of that. I hit a lot of red lights on the way to work. ——– Ride: Work to home. RTL training ride. Time: 5:15? – 7:00? Riding Time: 1:44’42 (cycle computer) Distance: 20.28 miles Average Speed: 11.6... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 14, May 18, 2008

Ride: Strawberry Fields Forever 2008 – Watsonville, Corralitos, and Santa Cruz. Time: 7:15’ish to 3:30’ish Riding Time: 5:13’08, moving time on cycle computer Distance: 65.52 miles. Average Speed: 12.5 mph Max Speed: 25.3 mph ODO: 910.8 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. The mileage should have been 62.55 according to the map. My computer is 2.97 miles off according to it! According to the mileage, my cycle computer should read 2740, but I had 2862 as the value input into it. I guess it is finally time to do a roll out test. I rolled... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 13, May 17, 2008

26’ish mile ride, “Rob’s ride” plus Sick and Twisted. On geared nimbus 36, with Chuck, Beau and Mike also on geared 36’ers, Tom on geared 29’er, and Nathan on a traditional Coker. Lots o fun. I like offroad better than the street. Tourists by the beach suck; I almost hit one as they hopped into the bike path by the boardwalk.


Unicycle ride log, entry 12, May 15, 2008

Ride to work on “Bike to work day”. Ride: Ride from home to work (Los Gatos to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA). The path: Corbin’s house to work. Time: 6:30 to 8:00 — then stopped at the Apple ride to work station to get a snack. Riding Time: 1:28’50 (cycle computer), 1:30 minutes by my watch. I hit most lights green again. Distance: 20.79 miles Average Speed: 14.0 mph Max Speed: 24.3 mph ODO: 795.8 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. Clear glasses, instead of sunglasses. Half full camel back (1 or 1.5 liters). Cold... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 11, May 13, 2008

Ride home from work today. Louise also rode home, and I caught up with her going up old Santa Cruz highway. Louise crashed going down our super steep hill to the house; she had 125’s on her Coker and wasn’t using the brake. She has a bit of road rash on her arm and a bad scrape on her side, but she’s been healing fine. It was probably my fault; I was encouraging her to ride the hill, when she normally walks down it. I felt really bad, needless to say, but I took good care of her! So, I... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 10, May 13, 2008

I rode to work today. Crashed down Mt Charlie going about 17 mph. Ran it out while skidding on my feet. Lost the battery for my tail light. Ride: Ride from home to work (Los Gatos to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA). The path: Corbin’s house to work. Time: 6:30 to 8:00 Riding Time: 1:28’17 (cycle computer), 1:30 minutes by my watch. I hit most lights green. Distance: 20.76 miles Average Speed: 14.1 mph Max Speed: 24.2 mph ODO: 754.1 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub.


Unicycle ride log, entry 9, May 6, 2008

I rode to work again today. It was pretty easy going to work, but rather grueling coming home. I was pretty darn tired by the time I finally made it to my doorstep. My legs felt worn, and I was starving. Luckily, Louise is the best girlfriend ever, and said “Hey, I’m going to make us dinner. Give me 15 minutes!”. She was working in the garden and initially wanted me to work with her this evening. Riding made that not possible, but I didn’t want to let her down, so I stayed up last night and built a new... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 8, April 24, 2008

Unicycle ride log, entry 8 Ride: Reservoir ride from Nathan’s house. Corbin, Eric, Nathan. google maps Date: April 24, 2008 Time: 8:00 AM – 9 AM Riding Time: 1:00 Distance: 12.5 miles Average Speed: 12.5 mph (riding, nonstop) Max speed: 24.1 mph Route: Nathan’s house, down Los Gatos, Los gatos creek trail paralleling freeway, around reservoir, and back to Nathan’s. Training ride for RTL. KH geared 36’er.


Unicycle Ride Log, April 22, 2008 (afternoon)

Unicycle Ride Log Entry 7 – April 22, 2008 – afternoon Ride: Earth day ride! Ride from work back to home. The path: Corbin’s house to work. Time: 5:10pm to 6:57 Riding Time: 1:52’58(cycle computer), little less than 2 hours total by my watch. Distance: 20.84 miles Average Speed: 11.0 mph Max Speed: 22.0 mph (holy crap) ODO: 630.0 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. As I anticipated, the ride back was slower, but not twice as long. I rode along Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd in 1:1.5, only shifting at stop lights. It was definitely tougher than... [read more]


Unicycle Ride Log, April 22, 2008

Unicycle Ride Log Entry 6 – April 22, 2008 Ride: Earth day ride! Ride from home to work (Los Gatos to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA). Time: 6:32 to 8:07 Riding Time: 1:33’06 (cycle computer), 1:35 minutes by my watch Distance: 20.77 miles Average Speed: 13.3 mph Max Speed: 26.0 mph (holy crap) ODO: 609.1 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. The uphill from my house is steel, and it took 25 minutes to go 2.2 miles. Then, down Old Santa Cruz Highway I was cruising at 19-20 mph on the straights and slowing down... [read more]


Unicycle Ride log, April 20, 2008

Unicycle Ride Log Entry 5 – April 20, 2008 Ride: Geoff’s 12th annual birthday ride, Crystal Springs reservoir through woodside and portola valley, to Ladera and back. Time: 9:15-2pm (ish) Riding Time: long. Distance: 50 km Average Speed: ? Max Speed: 24.9 mph (seriously) ODO: ? Notes: The geared unicycle is way cool. 150mm crank holes. geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. In the high gear for the majority of the time. It was totally fun to hang out with everyone and ride. Pictures from Tom W.: Tom’s Ladera Pictures on Flickr


Unicycle ride log, April 19, 2008

I’ve missed some ride log days, but here’s a new one. Unicycle Ride Log Entry 4 – April 19, 2008 Ride: Bottom of highway 9, up UCON down Sick and Twisted. Geared 36’er. Date: April 19, 2008 Time: 11:30-12:20 (ish) Riding Time: 0:58 Distance: ? miles (forgot to look) Average Speed: ? Max Speed: 16 or 17 mph (off road) ODO: ? Notes: Mostly in 1-1, except on the fireroad, when I could blast in the high gear.


Unicycle “fun” ride – “Scalisis’s Death Ride” – geared 36″ unicycle.

Last Saturday we did “Scalisis’s Death Ride” — a 57 mile ride with 5000’ish feet of climbing. We started at Tom Holub’s house, rode 30’ish miles to the base of Mount Diablo, and then climbed to the top of Mt Diablo (3,849′). The ride started out with six people, but it ended up with just three of us on geared unicycles. Tom on his geared KH 29’er, Mike on his geared Nimbus 36’er with the older Schlumpf road hub and myself on my geared 36’er with the KH Schlumpf hub. This was the first long distance ride on my Nimbus... [read more]


Unicycle Ride Log Entry 3 – March 04, 2008

Unicycle Ride Log Entry 3 – March 04, 2008 Ride: Apple to Stevens Creek Reservoir and Back 10’ish miles Date: March 04, 2008 Time: 12:10-1:00 (ish) Riding Time: 0:46’24 Distance: 10.62 miles Average Speed: 13.7 mph Max Speed: 20.9 mph ODO: 108.4 miles Notes: Difficult to maintain over 14 mph on average, especially with the slight hills in Cupertino. 125 mm cranks. New Nightrider Tire.


Unicycle Ride Log Entry 2 – March 2, 2008

Unicycle ride log, entry 2. Ride: Mark/Michelle’s house to Corralitos and back. Corbin, Louise, Nathan, Michelle, Rob. Date: Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 Time: 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM Riding Time: 2:56’09 Distance: 30.83 miles Average Speed:10.5 mph Max speed: 20.6 mph Route: Mark/Michelle’s house in Aptos. .. to .. to Corralitos Rd, to Browns Valley, changes into Hazel Dell, right onto Green Valley, right onto ?, past 4 corners market, down Varni Rd, left onto Corralitos Rd, right onto Freedom Blvd, left onto White rd, right onto ? rd, right onto ? rd. End at shel’s house. Training ride for... [read more]


Unicycle Ride Log Entry 1 – March 1, 2008

Unicycle ride log, entry 1. Ride: Skyline Blvd, 52 miles. Corbin, Louise, Nathan. Geoff on bike for a while. Date: Saturday, March 1st, 2008 Time: 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM Riding Time: (forgot to write it down) Distance: 52.4 miles Average Speed: 9.7 mph (riding) Max speed: 23 mph Route: Top of Hutchinson Rd and Summit Rd, left onto Bear Creek Rd, right onto Skyline/Highway 35, past Black Rd and continue on Skyline, past Castle Rock State Park, past highway 9, and down to La Honda Road (21 miles). Then back. Training ride for Vietnam. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Summit+Rd+%26+Hutchinson+Rd,+Los+Gatos,+CA+95033&geocode=&dirflg=&daddr=Skyline+Blvd+and+La+Honda+Rd&f=d&sll=37.14434,-121.99109&sspn=0.010297,0.015149&ie=UTF8&z=11


Unicycle ride log, entry 0 – Feb 28, 2008

Unicycle ride log, entry 0 Ride: Reservoir ride from Nathan’s house. Corbin, Louise, Eric, Nathan. Date: Feb 28, 2008 Time: 7:50? AM – 9 AM Riding Time: 1:02? (forgot the exact time) Distance: 12 miles Average Speed: 11.7 mph (riding, nonstop) Max speed: 23 mph Route: Nathan’s house, down Los Gatos, Los gatos creek trail paralleling freeway, around reservoir, and back to Nathan’s. Training ride for Vietnam.



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