Specialized Bicycle Museum, Morgan Hill, CA (~82 mile R/T)

A few weeks back I had a brief Twitter exchange with Specialized Bicycles (@IAmSpecialized) and discovered they have a small museum in their lobby…which just happens to be about 2 miles from one of my “destination brewpubs” http://www.eltorobrewing.com/

Despite the short daylight hours and a late start, I set-off on tuesday, December 17th from Santa Clara. It’s a bit longer than going by car, but I manage to stay on paved trails for ~90% of the route for my own safety. At ~39 miles to the pub, plus an extra 2 miles or so, to Specialized, I rode just a bit over 82 miles for the day. That beat my prior distance record by the extra distance to/from Specialized from http://www.eltorobrewing.com/ The relaxed pace isn’t bad compared to the 100K races I’ve previously done.

Off we go!

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Past the new Santa Clara Levi’s 49ers stadium

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A newly paved section of trail, north of downtown San Jose, near historic Alviso:

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Yet another massive apartment or condo development in North San Jose:

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Past the San Jose airport:

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Thru downtown San Jose near Adobe HQ:

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…and out of the city. I LOVE this sign. It’s rare to see trails around here that are welcoming to bikes and not horses. It’s usually the other way around!

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This is ASCII for “Santa Clara County”, I believe. I heard it was placed at the geographical center of the county by some IBM engineers. (Note the faint background alphabetical lettering at the center)

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…and the lunch reward:

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After a burger and 2 pints, I headed through the local streets of Morgan Hill, CA to visit Specialized. Here are a few shots from the Specialized HQ Lobby and their small museum.

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I particularly enjoyed the write-up on the 1989 Epic Allez, which I believe was the first mass market carbon frame (the frame on the right, not the red bicycle!). I was riding my 1991 Epic Allez that day! i really like the sub-20lb weight, plus the classic “skinny tube” look with an aluminum fork and aluminum lugs.

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Specialized’s first delivery vehicle as they expanded to become North America’s largest Campagnolo distributor.

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Heading north in the afternoon, with Highway 101 way off to my right. I already knew at this point that I’d get home after sunset, due to my fatigue and the normal afternoon headwind coming down the Coyote Valley.

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A quick stop at San Jose’s Hellyer velodrome

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Sunset near the San Jose airport. Arrived home about an hour after sunset. Good ride!

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More photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59666465@N00/sets/72157638961371976/

A GPX track from a prior visit El Toro Brewing. In the southbound direction, this route takes Monterey Highway the last 5 miles, which is shorter, but less safe than taking the Coyote Creek Trail all the way to the end. This track does not include the visit to Specialized:
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2313493

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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!
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