San Gabes Sunday Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by abuck55, Dec 27, 2015.



  1. abuck55

    abuck55 Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Mark
    The weather Gods were good to us today!
    Clear skies w/ views of the ocean.
    We had a great group of 12 riders today.
    Well 13 but Jose dropped us like bad habit! Never saw him after the start of the ride.

    Tom the Bomb, Pat (Redwoods), Todd (Bluesrider), Luis, Mark (Doublewide), Roxy(Ridingrox), Cisco (Cisco Roots), Steve (Faust29), Eric (Eric H MWBA), Berni (Bigringrider101), Jose, and me (abuck55).

    We had one scare today: T-Bomb pedal-bashed a rock on Middle Merril and down he went.. He fell down into some steep granit rocks. Looked like Tom was about 15 foot down the rocks and his bike was about 50 foot down. Thank God for Tom's cat-like landing. He was ok.
    Don't do that sh$t again Tom! :)

    All in all it was a great day of riding.
    I got to meet some great new people: Steve (Faust29), Jay (MtnbikeJ), Eric (Eric H MWBA), and Berni (Bigringrider101)

    Jay and Steve did this ride on single speeds!
    (No thanks!)
    Berni did on a full rigid bike! (Nice!)
    Great riding with all of you guys and girl today!!
    Let's do more!...

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  2. Erik H - MWBA

    Erik H - MWBA Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Altadena
    Name:
    Erik Hillard
    Awesome ride today folks. Thanks for calling it. I didn't take many photos today but this ride deserved a "shower beer" once I was home.

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  3. Luis

    Luis MTB Addict

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    image.jpeg image.jpeg What a ride today! I don't even know where to start and what I should talk about but let's just say it was definitely an adventure today.

    Here are some pics though.

    Someone got creative at the old hotel ruins at echo mountain.
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  4. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Our very own Stonehenge, writ small.
     
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  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    Sorry....I didn't take any pics to post up.

    Got there a bit early, and it was cold....really cold. Others started showing up. Did the meet and greet. Geared up and headed out.

    First time out here for me.

    Short road ride to the start of the dirt...kinda made for a nice warm up.

    Once we started up the first climb, it was clear that this was a legit climb. We all stayed together for a little bit, but kinda splintered apart. A few regroups. Before I knew it, was at Mt Lowe RR. The rest of the group rolled in. @abuck55 said most of the hard climbing was over. However we were missing a rider.....apparently @Faust29 missed a turn and continued up to the saddle. After a short break, we headed up to the saddle.

    Fire road climb wasn't bad....hopped on @Cisco Roots back wheel and he pulled us for a while. After a couple of regroups we pushed on to Inspiration Point. Finally got to see some of the dreaded Poodle Dog Brush. Got pretty cold at Inspiration Point. Turned around and headed down. New dirt, new DH....took it easy. Quickly we had an incident. @Tom the Bomb thought he saw a dime on the trail so he jumped down to get it....saw it was only a penny and threw his bike over the side. :whistling: Anyway, took 8 of us to get his bike back up, and we were off again. Trail was much chunkier than I thought it would be....but it was fun. Walked a few spots...probably rideable if I had ridden it more. There was a little jockeying of positions. Ended up behind @Luis, and his lack of rear brake....nice ride with only the front brake most of the time.

    Quick spin back up to the saddle again, and down Sunset Ridge??? A little more flow, and still some chunk. Had @doublewide ridding my ass at this point....hope I didn't slow you up too much.

    Finally made it down to El Prieto....flowy and chunky and flowy and chunky. Before we knew it .....it was over.

    Totally worth the drive up there. Great trails. Super group of riders. Was nice to finally put some faces to some screen names.

    Turned out to be a great day on the mountain.

    Thanks @abuck55 for setting this up. Good times.:thumbsup:
     
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  6. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    Wow glad TTB was ok. That could have been ugly.
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Damn, TTB! Just because I did it doesn't mean you should!!!!
    Hope you're ok.
    Looks like a great ride. Better than getting chased by a werewolf!
     
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  8. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    This was the view when I pulled over to call mtnbikej to tell him that I just remembered that my helmet was hanging safely on the garage wall, and he should go on without me. I owe him lunch.


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    The temp when I pulled into the gas station to fill my kid's Jeep that I didn't plan on driving all the way today... 10mpg. Ouch.
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    The beginning of the climb...
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    Rox and Doublewide:
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    This is where I went left on the advice of the Sierra club hiker. Everyone else went right.
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    The views are too cool!
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    Berni!
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    I won't be drinking from Rox's water bottle. :stop:
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    Just before Inspiration Point:
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    Waiting for the group:
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    mtnbikej was sneaking in a few extra feet of elevation while waiting...
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    I admit it. I looked.
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    Wow.
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    The Motley Crew! I'm glad to have met each and every one... That's me on the end. The guy with the orange jacket, and the 3 sweatshirts underneath.
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    I didn't actually see this happen, as I was bringing up the downhill caboose, but Thank God he was ok...
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  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Looks like a fantastic outing! Thanks for posting the pics up!
     
  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Glad TTB is okay, and F29 learned to not take advice from a hiker!
     
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  11. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Just....dayum! I want to do that.
     
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  12. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    The Sierra Club will obviously never steer you right...
     
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  13. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    With your distaste for exposure....you may not have made it past the 1st 1/4 mile.
     
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  14. Cougar

    Cougar MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Niguel
    Name:
    Craig
    Current Bike:
    '14 Turner Burner
    Looks like an awesome time!
     
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  15. doublewide

    doublewide MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Just to let you know @rossage I spit n cursed the section where you fell as I rode passed it. :thumbsup:
     
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  16. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Glad you're ok Bomb. Now you get your very own section of MSM to think about until the next time you ride there!
     
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  17. ridinrox

    ridinrox MTB Addict

    Location:
    Murrieta
    Name:
    Roxanne
    Current Bike:
    '11 Turner 5-Spot
    Shitty and I got another invite to ride SJ today. It was so tempting to have a "do-over", sleep in by another hour, drive 30 mins vs 90...Hmmm, decisions decisions. :unsure:

    My conscious won. I remarked to Shitty that I can't flake again. I'm so glad we decided to do it.

    It was a bit chilly in the beginning but the road ride up to the trailhead is a good warm up. But just in case it wasn't, I filled my water bottle a few ounces of JD's Tennessee Honey Whiskey. Only takers: Eric, Luis and me. Our bellies stayed nice and toasty.....:ninja:

    Middle Merrill is a butt pucker nightmare but I LOVED IT!! A few more runs on that trail and I should be able to make everything but the impossible. :whistling:

    Sunset is my favorite more than El P. J rode the bottom half of Sunset on my arse, talking the whole time. I finally had to shout: S.T.F.U!! :p

    By the time we reached the bail out point of Brown Mountain CG and the road, Shitty and I had had enough. So we bailed bc I CAN! :rolleyes:

    Thanks for the memories guys. Nice meeting more of my dirt brothas!!

    Nice RR and awesome pics Mark!!! :inlove:
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  18. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    So the pictures lie? I don't mind it going up hill...I'm going really slow there. It's the downhill with ungodly 180 degree switchbacks that get me.
     
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  19. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    The climbs were pretty narrow....the DH's were downright treacherous in places.

    Makes Holy Jim look like a smooth highway.
     
  20. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Great report and pic's, thanks for sharing. I see nothing but smiles. Glad TTB is OK.
     
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  21. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    @mtnbikej - There was a section that we mentioned you, @Runs with Scissors. It wasn't far from where Tom the Bomb had his spill, and we were carrying our bikes over a small chasm that may or may not have been trail. This ride had some legitimate exposure!
     
  22. ridinrox

    ridinrox MTB Addict

    Location:
    Murrieta
    Name:
    Roxanne
    Current Bike:
    '11 Turner 5-Spot
    How bout "you had no freaking back brake!!" :eek:
     
  23. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball

    The Middle Sam Merril Trail (?) makes the Luge look like pavement... I was white knuckled there in a few spots, and only rode some because I watched the lines that @ridinrox and @bigringrider101 were taking. If I hadn't had them in front, I would have walked most of it. It was incredible terrain to see, though...

    I wish I had some pictures of that section, and the features... I didn't feel comfortable stopping there to take pics.
     
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  24. jaime

    jaime MTB Addict

    Location:
    Corona, ca
    Name:
    jaime
    Current Bike:
    '15 Giant reign advanced 1
    I second that Grego, Thanks for sharing and glad TTB is ok !!! So jealous of all of you !!! Man... Most of the top dogs of Imtb altogheter... Wow !!
     
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  25. Luis

    Luis MTB Addict

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Yea it just took the pucker factor to a whole other level... :thumbsup:
     
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  26. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    I dunno......sounded like a barking chihuahua most of the way down.
     
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  27. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb MTB Addict

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Thanks all for the thoughts. I have never crashed going that fast before. Felt a pedal bash and instant eject, I remember seeing nothing but jagged rocks and thinking this might not turn out well! Landed in the rocks briused up palms and right thigh, big scrape on left thigh. As I looked up I could not see my bike, then out of the blue it comes crashing to the earth. When it hit sparks flew and it went another 20 feet. It must have been 20 feet in the air! The first hit must have been on a tire for it to bounce that high, second hit on the left crank arm at the bb. The boys formed a life line to pass the bike up. Frame check, brake check, bar check, chain check, flat tire check, all good right? Wrong! As I got on the bike stem was crooked, thanks Mark for helping straighten that out. Started rolling and notice a sizable wabble in the tire. Figured I broke a cord in the rubber, not! Looked down and half of 2 spokes were missing! Bummer since the best part of the ride was ahead. Continued to ride it out being careful on the drops and made it out successfully . Kudos to roval fatties! Thanks Mark for a great ride and everyones assistance. Awesome group of people, good times.
     
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  28. Luis

    Luis MTB Addict

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Hahaha yea that was the rear brake complaining that I was dragging it. Had to pump the brake lever like 5 times for it to get a little pressure. As soon as I let it go, pressure was gone. That's why I washed out on that turn on sunset trail. Front wheel don't turn so well when braking hard.
     
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  29. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Duarte CA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    Trek Fuel EX 27.5
    I didn't see the actual point of impact but I did see you and your bike tumbling down the jagged rock garden :eek:. Your bike was actually flying and twirling in the air, it was pretty surreal. I'm glad you made it out okay, could've been WAY worse!

    Big thanks to Mark for puttin this ride together and thanks to all those that made it out here from beyond LA County! Great group of riders and great to finally meet you all, @mtnbikej @Faust29 @doublewide I had a blast!

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  30. Bluesrider

    Bluesrider Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newbury Park Ca.
    Name:
    Todd
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer T275c
    A fantastic ride yesterday in the San Gabs, It's been a long time since I rode out that way. Great gang of riders to spend a day with and good to see some familiar faces again. Glad Tom's bike ejection was without serious injury. Overall good times for sure.
     
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