Cycling 2009

Dennison Grade in Ojai

Dennison Grade in Ojai

One of my favorite short ride hills, Dennison Grade is as easy or as hard as you want to make it. An elevation gain of 400+ feet in just a little over a mile makes Dennison just right for putting some hurt to the legs. And, the grade has a series of sweeping turns that give a real head rush if you are willing to lay off the brakes going downhill. At 30-35 mph the whole way down, it’s a great location to hone turn navigation skills.

It’s also a perfect start if you want an extended the ride up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain or around the loop through Santa Paula, Ventura and back home to Oak View, for about 50 miles. When daylight is short or I don’t have the time for a longer ride, a quick spin to Dennison Summit and back can be done in just about an hour from my front door.

Stan Johnson Custom Frame: All Original Dura-Ace 6 Speed

Stan Johnson Custom Frame: All Original Dura-Ace 6 Speed

Here’s my all-time favorite ride, a custom frame decorated with all original Dura-Ace 6 speed components, Mavic wheels hanging on 32 15/16/15 spokes. The frame was built in 1988 by frame maker Stan Johnson originally from Oxnard, now living in Boseman, Montana. It has withstood the test of time as only a well-built frame can. It’s still my favorite ride of the three bicycles I own.