All Mixed Up (A Blend of Dirt and Road)

Discussion in 'Gravel Grinders' started by Cyclotourist, Oct 23, 2018.



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  1. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Same thing out to the east, @alexfore ! I rode over hill and dale with Middle Child, and did some trail additions in the soft hills. Not another soul until we hit Prospect Park coming into town. Families everywhere picnicking and walking about. Many looked to be either multiple families or plural marriages. A couple photo shoots (it is picturesque!), one with their newborn. Nana is going to be in big trouble when we run out of ventilators.

    10/1,100/2

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  2. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Quick trip over to Alamos Canyon. Heard about it a few months ago. Nice little recreational area over by the Simi Valley landfill. :confused:

    It's only a few fire roads that you can tie together and/or do a few laps on. Beautiful views though. I finished by climbing up the "secret" entrance to the Reagan Library and dropping down the main entrance.

    35 miles
    2600 feet

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  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    PV3 & FEX
    I might be posting in here more often until they shut down the dirt I can still ride. Whether it's legal to ride that dirt at this time is another matter, though. :whistling:

    Second ride in the past few days on my commuter, turned roadie, turned gravel bike (off-roadish tires). I did in fact ride on a mixture of road and dirt so I guess it's legit.

    Bolted out the door to go see for myself if Verdugo Mountain is truly closed, since none of the locals here could answer with certainty. And I am here to make it official, it's closed. Big road block with closure sign sitting in front of the fire road gate. So sad. :(

    From there, I headed into La Canada. Rode through the oak groves on the twisty-turny Chevy Chase Road. I cut left onto Highland and took that to Devil's Gate Dam where I somehow, sort of accidentally rolled onto the lower end of the Gab. Ooops. But it was fun. And others were walking it. And so were the horses. When I made the climb up to the parking lot for El Prieto, I was shocked to see it slammed full. Not many mtn bikers, but lots of families out enjoying the sunny day. And THERE WAS NO SIGN STATING THAT THE AREA IS CLOSED. So I headed up the Arroyo again and hit the dirt. More Gab! Made to the first considerable creek crossing and chickened out.

    17.77 miles
    1084' gain

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  4. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    That bike is damn cool to get your gravel feet wet. :)
     
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  5. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Kona's are cool, nice rig Sssnakes...:thumbsup:

    That bike is what I shoulda done instead of trying those lame @ss drop bar things that tried to kill me...:gag:
     
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  6. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    PV3 & FEX
    Thanks Tom.

    With a flat bar, it rides like a hardtail.... Like a rigid hardtail.... Becuase it is a rigid hardtail. :D
     
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  7. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    I cleaned off and tuned up my Quickbeam SS graveler today, and hoped to entice one of the other cyclists living with me to go. No luck. Still a nice ride out to the river and back back. Glad I grabbed some lights as it got a touch dark on me.

    8/200/1

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  8. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ripmo, Ripley V4 & Timberjack
    Decided to stay away from the crowds again and hit Black Canyon in Ramona. It’s just a fire road climb and descent that’s part of the Waffle ride. I saw a couple of off shoot roads that I want to map out and go explore next time to see if I can make it a loop or at least a longer ride. I succeeded in avoiding the crowds as I only came across a handful of other riders the entire ride. I kind of equate it to a Blackstar ride without all the people. 25.5 miles/2,600 feet.

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  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Looks beautiful out there!
     
  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Yeah! Finally got a big-ass day out on the bike! I didn't know how it would work out for me as my average rides over the last several weeks have been about an hour long, and rather irregular. This turned into a five hour meander and it was great! I just kept going, and took a lot of breaks. Mainly to take pictures. Thirty seven miles, of which 15+ were dirt. A good 10 more were bike path or off road. A lot of fun beating the storm which was supposed to hit around 2:00. Hasn't rained yet!

    37/3,300/5

    Long ride gets lots of pics:

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  11. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ripmo, Ripley V4 & Timberjack
    Doing some more exploring in the Ramona area. Rode Santa Ysabel and parts of Lusardi Truck Trail, Pamo rd and Black Mountain Rd. Didn’t realize it beforehand, but some of these trails make up the Coast to Crest trail system. Santa Ysabel was a fun singletrack section. Need to do some more exploring out there before it heats up. 25.46 miles/2,680 feet.

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  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    @Lisa Sinclair Your neck of the woods!
     
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  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    A little after seven got out to smell the flowers... glorious morning ride. Tons of walkers on the city streets, exactly TWO on the dirt trails. I'm okay with that! Combined the Shelton and North Fork trails, which are some of my favorite. Tons of water in Plunge Creek, and water everywhere in the Santa Ana holding ponds. Lots of stops to absorb it all and take pics. Ran into one of my townie people coming home and had a chat. Great morning!

    My kinda' stats! 22/1,400/3

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  14. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Floopism on the Sutra. No pics, having too much fun.

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  15. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Pretty solid pace, especially with the heat!
     
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  16. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I stopped for 20 seconds all told, to avoid being squashed. :oops:
     
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  17. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    A perfect balance of pavement, gravel and dirt. Excellent route yesterday.

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  18. JordanHMay

    JordanHMay Member

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Jordan May
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon
    Another gravel cruiser around OC today. Really nice day without too many people in clusters. Trails users are much better at staying apart than street walkers that’s for sure. As per usual to ride gravel in OC you must also ride a lot of connecting pavement. Solid loop.

    55 miles 3700 feet - https://www.strava.com/activities/3372239523

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  19. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Sort of a road ride, but I'm reluctant to post in that thread too often! This had enough dirt in it to bump it up to mixed terrain standards! A train was parked straddling Live Oak Cyn Rd, so I had to retrace and go back and up. That's a tough climb mentally, but in actuality it's not a big deal. Retraced through Herngt 'Aki' Preserve and back via Sunset which is always pleasant.

    21/1,500/2.5

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  20. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Local fun mix of dirt and road today. Up and over Albertson for the dirt then the go-to roadie route for the road. We finished with a cruise through the golf course. Fun day.

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  21. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Last day of nice weather meant I could go on a long local ride and not have to drive to the mountains. So out I went (after sleeping in). Up Mentone, then Yucaipa, to the tipp-top of El Dorado Park. Then up and over the saddle to Wildwood Cyn State Park. A mountain biker almost rode over me while I was climbing up the road. At least he wasn't on an e-bike, right! Meander through Yucaipa and Calimesa to the mesa and open space: Four miles of wonderful flowy, old-California roads that come out on Live Oak Canyon. Down that (no train today!) and to San Tim. Cruised through the open space there, feeling bonky and running out of juice (Tailwind long gone by this point). Finally Barton/Brookside back into town with my IT band starting to act up (seat might be a touch to high). 38.9 miles, so I walked around the yard for it to hit 39! Wasn't going to go for 40 at this point. One Lagunitas, one Aperol spritz, hummus & pita chips, Italian sub. Bike held up fine, and I am mostly that way. A Naproxen on board just in case. Hopefully the knee is good and I didn't inflame the ITB. A great time out before the heat!

    39/3,300/4.5

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  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    I had an 8:30 zoomy this morning, but definitely wanted to get out for a decent spin to take advantage of the cooler temps. But then I slept in. A quick cappuccino and I was rolling. Up to the jerky store and over to Greenspot bridge. Hit the dirt and all is good! Rolling, rolling... WTF, why is a pitbull chasing me? Focused on the dog wanting to bite my legs (she was pacing me really well!) and not on the rock in the trail. BAM! Pinch flat (not a broken scapula!). Owners calling their sweet little puppy and apologizing while I got to pump up the tire that I really meant to put sealant in. Sh!t, won't seal. Finally got it to mostly seal at a really low pressure (probably 12-15 psi) and limped back home on the road. 20 min late to the meeting, but eh, I had a pretty damn nice ride.

    18/900/1.5

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  23. JordanHMay

    JordanHMay Member

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Jordan May
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon
    Another solid gravel loop the other day. This time I decided to head up Blackstar on my canyon loop. Not a single car parked at the gate and two sheriff trucks nearby. Passed four snakes on BS, one without its head.

    55m / 4500ft

    ..

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  24. JordanHMay

    JordanHMay Member

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Jordan May
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon
    Apparently the forum flipped one of my images and thinks I can ride upside down. Skills.
     
  25. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
  26. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Fun morning ride up to Crafton Hills summit (The Bench!). I was going to drop in on .38 Special and check out the new connector, but then decided I wasn't feeling the climb back out from that. So then decided to drop in Regional Park Trail and cross Yucaipa back to Sunset Hills. But ran out of time for that. So ended up pretty much just taking roads back and catching the last part of my Zoom meeting, so I got credit for being there... Yay!

    Gotta' admit, once I hit the dirt at mile four, I wish I was on a MTB. Lack of wide tires was really noticeable on the climb and more so on the descent. I'm kinda' thinking of getting the forthcoming BMC La Cabra which will fit a full 29er tire. I don't need any suspension, but wider tires would definitely make me happier. A rigid 29er could work as well, but I get tired/bored of a straight bar on the road. Drops really helpful there. Maybe a Jones Bar would split the difference some. Decisions...

    20/2,200/2.5

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  27. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Down through Sycamore Canyon, across PCH, up Deer Creek, down Yerba Buena, back across PCH and back up through Sycamore Canyon.
    I've only climbed Deer Creek once and that was 8 years ago. It's a little over 2 miles long and the grade averages almost 12%. It has since been repaved and seemed to be much easier. They are repaving Yerba Buena and aside from the road construction crews it was a blast to descend. Actually looking forward to incorporating the Deer Creek/Yerba Buena loop soon in another ride.

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  28. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Such a nice 19 mile ride this morning. Weather was good, so got to sleep in even! I think the key to this one was keeping it kinda' flat... just out there spinning easy was kind of nice!

    19/1,000/2

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  29. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Loop from my back door that ended up being 25 miles. Felt real good. Last cool day before the weather changes, so didn't have to travel anywhere or ride real early. Ran into a buddy and talked a little, then hit the back hills. Pretty good route for avoiding the inside people!

    25/2,000/3

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  30. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Funny, as this ride had a lot more dirt in it than on my single speed last night. But I wasn't on a mountain bike, right! Streets up to the Jerky Store, then dirt up to my favorite trail, Lower Workout. Totally isolated, and kinda grown over, but not too grown over, knowwhatimean? Took the lower Mentone wash trails all the way back to town, then the Orange Blossom Trail home. Great morning with lower temps and a few clouds. Fun!

    19/1,300/2.5

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