East Bay ride to NAHBS 2019

The Concord Wheels Of Steel plans a group ride from Pittsburg, California to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2019 in Sacramento this Saturday.

They’ll start from Pittsburg / Bay Point BART at 9 AM on Saturday and bike the 68 miles to the Sacramento Convention Center, with estimated 4 PM arrival. The last time NAHBS took place in Sacramento, I watched a guy on a beer-hauling bike arrive with this crew.

They’ll have regroups every 10 miles, and lunch regroups at Rio Vista Bridge and Steamboat Slough. I’m not sure if this is strictly a “no drop” ride, but if the group is large enough I expect it might split off into a fast group and a casual group. See the Facebook event page for rules, route map, and other details.

Antioch is that closest you can get to Sacramento on BART, using the newly opened DMU line from Bay Point BART. From there, it’s 50 miles by bike to the Sacramento light rail Blue Line station at Cosumnes River College. That’s just a thought if a metric century plus is too daunting for an early spring ride. Sacramento Light Rail allows bikes on board with limitations.

The transit option for the full distance is the Capitol Corridor train. Fare from San Jose to Sac is $39, but this train has all kinds of deals and promotions, especially on the weekends. Advance purchase may be required for these deals. It’s a mile from Sacramento Amtrak to the convention center.

I’m curious about anybody who plans to drive out on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday. The Tahoe region has epic snow this season, so I expect I-80 and every back road between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento will test the patience of many drivers.

Today’s outrage: Teen driver intentionally runs down boy on a bike

Unlike my recent regrettable episode of repeating hearsay as fact, I’ll just let the news story speak for itself in this case from Sacramento, California.

Upset over tossed water bottle, teen girl accused of purposely mowing down boy on bike

Witnesses told police that around 2 p.m. Sunday, the 13-year-old threw the bottle at the teen’s vehicle in Sacramento’s Arden Arcade area. That’s when the driver flipped a U-turn and gunned it for the boy.

Witnesses reported hearing the driver rev the engine and speed up before running over the boy on a neighbor’s lawn, crushing the bike and pinning the boy under the engine compartment between the front two tires.

Read the full story in the Chronicle: Upset over tossed water bottle, teen girl accused of purposely mowing down boy on bike.

And Happy Bike Month!

I want to bike to NAHBS, but…

I’ll be at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this weekend in Sacramento. Give me a shout out if you’ll be there too.

Psst: I have a room to share at the downtown Hyatt Friday night. Two beds and floor space, and I snore. I don’t know yet if that space will be available Saturday night or not yet. Ping me if you’re interested.

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