Happy New Gear!

Twelve Days of Bike Christmas

HOLIDAY CHEER The Cycle Guy rounds up his best rides to get hungry cyclists through the winter.

Four packs of tubes, three gel packs, two brake pad sets and a bicycle under my tree! As you can see, I’m dreaming of a Bike Christmas.

We’ve finally made it to December! Is your cycling wish list filled out? Quick, send your designated shopper to the local bike shop! Make it happen! Have you been extra blessed this year? Consider donating a new or gently used bicycle (and/or gear) to your local charity. Share the love; share the thrill; share the ride!

Wanna join in some in some seasonal cyclocross insanity? As a spectator or a rider, you can’t go wrong at the Coyote Valley Cross in Morgan Hill, on Dec. 8 and 9. Sun, rain or hurricane, it’s bound to be a muddy mess…just the way we like it!Penultimately, Critical Christmas returns to Monterey’s Custom House Plaza on Dec. 23, for its 20th—I kid you not—year! Festoon your bikes with as many blinking holiday lights and as much yuletide finery as possible, then gather at 5:44. Revelers roll out at 6pm and generally finish by 7pm. Have fun, stay safe, and be a jolly good ambassador for cycling!
And finally, ending in that long-standing Spoking My Mind tradition…
I wish you a Happy Hanukkah,
I wish you a Special Kwanzaa,
I wish you a Merry Christmas,
and a Happy New Gear!

Save the Dates

12/8-9–Coyote Valley Cross–Morgan Hill–coyotevalleycross.com
12/23–Critical Christmas–Monterey
2/23–Almond Blossom Century–Ripon–musicfirstusa.info
2/23–Pedaling Paths to Independence–Linden–
communitycenterfortheblind.org
3/9–Solvang Century–bikescor.com
3/16–El Granada 200k–santacruzrandonneurs.org
4/11-14–Sea Otter Classic–Monterey-seaotterclassic.com
4/13–Tierra Bella–Gilroy–tierrabella.org

Curt “Cycle Guy” Hentschke has pedaled more than 60,000 miles of South Valley and San Benito County trails. Send your cycle celebrations to [email protected] Check for last-minute changes before attending.

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