Another Fall Color

California is often referred to as the Golden State. Depending upon who you ask, the term may be referring to the discovery of gold in 1848, the generally sunny weather, or the golden grass that blankets the state through most of the summer.

When we think of fall colors, we generally think of the bright reds and yellows of New England. But here in California, another fall color is the bright green of newborn grass. After the first rains, our fields suddenly come alive and everywhere you look fresh grass is sprouting up, transforming the golden blanket to vivid green. It’s a wonderful time of year to be a bike commuter.

7 Responses to “Another Fall Color”

  • Sami says:

    Nice shot! Can’t wait to hear how that Alleyway is holding up.

  • Alan says:

    Hey Sami,

    I’m quite enjoying the AW. The Gates/Alfine drivetrain is so cool; silent, crisp, just perfect. The ride is comfortable, solid, smooth, dialed in. And it looks super. Great bike. Did I say I like it? ;-)

  • Joel van Allen says:

    Man, talk about track standing… how’s that thing standing up?

  • Alan says:

    Look close. It’s being held up by a Click-Stand:

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2008/11/24/click-stand/

  • Joel van Allen says:

    Nice! I’ve never even seen one of these before, but it’s a great idea. I love the simplicity of it. I have a 2007 Trek Soho w/ disc brakes, and I haven’t been able to find any reasonable post-production kickstands the mounting of which won’t interfere with the rear brake assembly. This would be perfect and fit easily into my Ortlieb Bike Box. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Have never been to California and can’t even imagine the golden grass.
    Is it rue what they say about there being lots of places to cycle long distance without being molested by heavy traffic?

  • Alan says:

    @Lovely Bicycle!

    “Have never been to California and can’t even imagine the golden grass.”

    This is the same stretch of trail, one shot in spring, the other during the height of summer:


    “Is it true what they say about there being lots of places to cycle long distance without being molested by heavy traffic?”

    Here in the Sacramento area, we’re fortunate to have a 32 mile bike trail that follows the American River from its source at Folsom Lake, all the way to its confluence with the larger Sacramento River. It’s a lovely trail that’s equally cherished by recreational bicyclists, commuters, joggers, and walkers. The River (and consequently the trail) runs through a suburban/urban area, but is buffered by a substantial greenbelt.

    In general, traffic in California revolves around the big freeways, so yes, there are areas where you can ride back roads for hours without seeing many cars. I’m not a fan of freeways, but the lack of traffic on back roads is an unintended consequence that benefits recreational bicyclists. Of course, freeway-centric planning also promotes sprawl, which we have plenty of, and can be a real problem for bike commuters due to the long distances between bedroom communities and urban areas.

    Alan

 
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