Rack ‘Em

Rack ‘Em

“Stack ‘em, pack ‘em and rack ‘em.” — Fred Thompson (Mr. Trudeau, Dulles operations chief), Die Hard 2. For years, my vehicle bike carrier was the flatbed of my Ford pickup truck. Now some truck bed carriers are made special for that, such as the one owned by my buddy Pete from Chicago who can clamp in his bike without removing wheels.

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Sand Hill and Portola Roads (Secrets of the Loop)

Sand Hill and Portola Roads (Secrets of the Loop)

There are two kinds of Peninsula Loop bikers:  those who bike the 11.5-mile long Loop in Portola Valley clockwise and those who bike counter-clockwise. They both begin from Santa Cruz Avenue, built in 1868 as a toll road from Menlo Park to the coastal town. The Loop done clockwise takes off on Alpine Road, once the cattle-drive trail down the ridge from a coast-side ranch.

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