We Are Lucky...(for now?)

Discussion in 'Trail Advocacy' started by herzalot, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    After reading this article about Marin County on Pinkbike, I have been reflecting on just how fortunate we are. I went out today and rode world class, challenging mountain bike trails ten minutes from my house. Most of us on IMTB routinely access great trail systems from our homes, or after a very short commute. The thought of living like the riders depicted in the article makes me cringe, and makes me think "there but for the grace of God, go we." It may not be the grace of God however. It may be by the grace of land managers who haven't YET made all trails illegal for mt. bikes and haven't YET turned every trail into a dumbed-down bridle path. Or worse - sold all the land to housing developers.

    So as I rode perfect dirt, over steep, rocky and challenging trails today on a great bike with some great like-minded dudes, and saw many others doing the same, I thought - and said aloud - "man, are we fortunate."

    Then I said a friendly hi, good morning and thank you to every hiker and jogger I saw.
     
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  2. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Sounds like you had a very good safety break along your ride.
     
  3. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo (South Orange County)
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Canfield The One '12
    Oh, what lucky men, we are (rip Greg Lake). Spoke to a couple rangers at the Borrego entrance to Whiting today, they were handing out handlebar bells for bikers. I asked them how big of an issue is the MTBers pissing off hikers and equestrians, how many complaints they get. They said some, not excessive, but the bells would help everyone coexist. Still, a few dumbasses can get us stereotyped and potentially trail closures come. Over the top yielding and kindness is my m.o.
    BTW, was told the bells were supplied by SHARE and ASG. Good for them for making that effort:thumbsup:
     
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  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Good thing we don't have them doing this to our trails down here.....for the most part:

    Before.....
    saratogagapscout-7.jpg
    saratogagapscout-8.jpg

    After.....
    saratogagap201611-30.jpg

    Apparently they damn near paved it.
     
  5. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Oh god - where was that? I have a sneaking suspicion that old hikers much prefer the removal of trip hazards so that they can have a nice gentle path through nature. They are also the ones with the time to bug land managers all day long to give them what they want. Maybe they can just put in a moving walkway so they don't have to pick up their feet at all!
     
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  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    Up in Nor. Cal.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/california-norcal/saratoga-gap-singletrack-paved-sanitized-1027970.html
     
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
  8. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    There has been sanitizing near that level on UWC in Chantry. No quik crete but plenty of burying roots, rocks, and wooden steps. Quite a bit of bedrock removal/smoothing. I have seen several attempts to fill in the famous drop. All have mysteriously failed.
     
  9. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    NO!!!!!
     
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  10. hill^billy

    hill^billy MTB Addict

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    OMG!!!!!!! Quik crete? Boy does that look natural, the older I get the more disgusted I get with humanity! Nothing but pure :Barefoot::poop::poop::poop::poop:!
     
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  11. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Dead Highball
    That top pic is what a lot of the Alpine trail looked like in Oregon... But that was one bike friendly town!
     
  12. Poofighter

    Poofighter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Noel
    Current Bike:
    Shortboy
    Yeah I just saw that a couple of weeks ago. I took @bobzrag there and told him about the very first uphill right from the pavement which I haven't seen in a couple of years. It had the rocks and steps removed and someone made it all smooth similar to J's pic of norcal. There was also the left hander with the steps after the rock drop that got pussified as well. WTF OVER?
     
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  13. Dismay

    Dismay Member

    Location:
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    Name:
    Michael
    Current Bike:
    Cannondale Trigger 29
    OMFG. Those pics make me want to puke.
     
  14. riiz

    riiz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Redlands, CA
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Heckler/Killmaleon
    Making trails safer for roller-blading? That Sh!t is a crime!
     
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    I think people that are not mountain bikers will never "understand"... mountain bikers.
    I think a reason why we struggle with some other trail user groups.
     
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  16. hill^billy

    hill^billy MTB Addict

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    I know Mikie, there is a reason why the stand up jet ski rocket was discontinued. More :poop: !
    I think to add a bit to the trail, there going to need cross walks and stop signs. I just love a good sized crowd.
     
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  17. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Sometimes I need to remind myself that the little hike most of these people are taking is a big deal-to them.
    Stepping outside of their comfort zone, onto an uneven, rocky, exposed, trail. No cell coverage, Now here comes Jonny Blaze, trail manners by Red Bull, wardrobe courtesy StarWars, skidding into the corners saying "What? I got a bell...."

    Still, trail sanitizing sucks, and so do the people who do it.
     
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  18. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    That was beautiful!
     
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