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2012 Rigid Ride

October 1, 2012

Yesterday was the 6th or 7th Annual Rigid Ride, on some of my favorite roads.  Lots of single-lane paths with very tight twists and turns, up and down the hills and alternating views of Redwood Trees, the Ocean, the SF Bay and some wildlife.  These challenging roads are just perfect for me and a preWWII machine, but maybe not quite as fun on a later machine that is geared for higher speed cruising.  We started and finished at the old Alpine Inn roadhouse, a bar and card room dating from 1852.  Up and over Old La Honda Road (yay!) with only one or two cars along the route, but 50 bicycles sharing the new asphalt with us.  Bypassing Alice’s Restaurant, we zoomed down the beautifully paved and banked curves of 84 down to the San Gregorio General Store for coffee.  Then south on the rough old stagecoach road to a view of the Pigeon Point lighthouse.  Sadly we passed a few emergency vehicles that were attempting to find some missing sailors whose boat had flipped in the strong surf.  Through another redwood grove or two up Alpine Road and eventually back for some mediocre burgers and cold beer. 

I was too busy doing my organizing duties to take many photos, but Atticus snapped a few from the seat of the sidecar.  See you there next time?

somewhere near AppleJacks

 pics at Alpine

Paul d’Orleans snaps a tintype photo of Bill Huth and his swell 1940 Sport Scout.  Conrad Leach in the background won the long-distance award, coming all the way from London, England.

general store

Randomness was for sale inside the San Gregorio store. Not shown:  the new issue of Adbusters, two guys who were playing guitar, the spotted pig, excellent coffee, a neat yo-yo demonstration, and political and anti-political slogans on stickers, shirts, books, and the bathroom walls.

 KSS fish fence

Kim’s 1930 Velocette KSS, with the fish fence behind.

 old fish fence

This guy has seen better days.  I think he was left over from last year or the year before.

 Paul dO on Triumph

Paul riding a neat little Triumph twin

 

AJS

Mark’s 1947 AJS 500.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2012 9:29 am

    GRRR, HOW in the world did I miss THIS! I am SO ASHAMED! I would have loved to ride with you guys and see Paul D. doing his amazing photography!
    (where does he get his energy from? …..he only JUST finished the Cannonball 2012!!)
    I’ve got to pay more attention to your calendar!….Anyway, looks like LOTS of fun!
    Cheers fellow enthusiasts

  2. Jim Abbott permalink
    October 1, 2012 9:49 am

    That Atticus is worth his weight in shutter buttons!! Good job Atticus!

    Jim A., Tucson, AZ

  3. October 1, 2012 10:13 am

    Argh! a smoking left cylinder and wiring glitch on my ’53 Triumph saw me have to miss it this year! Hopefully I’ll be out there in full force next year…

  4. October 1, 2012 11:24 am

    Wow. Such lovely photos. Lucky weather for sure. I’m reassembling my Excelsior 2 speed after a move. 90% done and 90% to go. I just got the heads up that Renolds chain is cheaper and thinner and weaker and better suited to my 10HP Excelsior’s mechanics than the Japanese stuff designed for 100HP! Thanks, Paul

  5. October 1, 2012 11:31 am

    I need throttle and Mag likages for my 1917 Excelsior Paul Venne if you know where to have made or get…Sure would love get my Ol’ X up and running. Clutch too….

  6. John Brookes permalink
    October 4, 2012 6:59 am

    Hello Pete, I am a follower of your blogs and cant see an alternative email address so have used this comments box to contact you although these comments are not specifically about the rigid ride. I note that in your archive I cant see mention of “Old Bloke on a Bike”. As I know you are fond of 100 year old bikes I was just wondering if you have been following Ron Fellowes’ journey on a 1910 FN Four? If you haven’t, you should check him out and take him as inspiration for all of us that enjoy riding old bikes. Sorry if I am telling you something you already know. John

    • October 4, 2012 9:26 am

      Hi John. I’ll send you a note with my email address. I haven’t found a way yet to put it on the OcchioLungo site without attracting a bunch of spam email to my inbox. Yes, Ron Fellowes is doing a great job with his ride! What an adventure he’s had, and good for him for doing it. I posted a link to his site on the OcchioLungo facebook page, but I must have forgotten to put in on my Links page. I’ll update it today!

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