I Rode My Bike Today...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by herzalot, Feb 17, 2015.



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  1. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I woke up in the middle of the night dreaming about a ride up Blackstar. So... I didn't want to tempt fate and ignore the dream. o_O It was 82 when I pulled off the road near the tree farm, and the wind was blowing pretty good. Huh... Not exactly dreamy conditions, but I pressed on. I felt pretty good, and tried to keep the hamster wheel spinning through the flattish section before the climbing starts. The wind was blowing enough to create a few mini dust storms. The dirt didn't taste too bad, but I was hoping the wind would ease up a little. Nope...

    Then... I hammered and kept the heart rate up pretty high the whole way. There were very few sections that I could sit and spin on the single speed today. It was just too windy to get any momentum... The heart rate was up in the 160s and 170s for most of the climb. :gag: My timer said I made it in a little over 58 minutes, but the Strava gods gave me 59:59. It's under an hour for the first time. I'll take it. :thumbsup:

    Eating better since the holidays and running on the elliptical has paid off. Shoot... I was hoping to get back to the donuts and Twinkies. :poop:

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  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Twice. 37 miles and a few hundred feet. Commuting is fun...except for when the wind shifts. :whistling:
     
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  3. StrandLeper

    StrandLeper Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Timothy M. Ryan
    Current Bike:
    SC Bronson 1x/Pivot 429 1x xtr
    @UPSed As I used to say on the sort line at the Certitos Hub ... "F'ing 'old contract' guys!" ;)
     
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  4. StrandLeper

    StrandLeper Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Timothy M. Ryan
    Current Bike:
    SC Bronson 1x/Pivot 429 1x xtr
    Wed'y night ride. Mechanical on the way down mentally. Held it together. Ride over to rock n road. Fixed. Road back to Aliso, dropped 5 Oak, climbed Cholla and had to bail. Not saying that I am getting good on the DH, but I am starting to "get it." Did 5 oak at the limit of control... A couple of times I wanted to slow down, but I just said to myself,"trust the dude who engineered your bike ... Stay in the attack position... And let it flow." A challenging trail on my Pivot 429SL. I love it! New Cholla PR at 4:19, stoked on that!

    Another cool thing, I pr'd my climb to Aliso... But I was just relaxing and spinning. That is REALLY cool.

    The bullfrogs and coyotes were my only friends out there tonight.

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  5. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    26 years has to have some kind of benefits. ;)
     
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  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I got out today.......

    I was having a very indecisive day. Couldn't decide where I wanted to ride. Knew I needed to get out, just in case it does rain this weekend.

    Finally decided on Whiting/Luge...with the plan of doing a second loop through Whiting. It was pretty toasty going up Mustard. Headed over to STT...again it was hot. About 1/2 to the Luge, I made the call to ride up to Cadillac, drop down and go through O'Neill before doing a second loop through Whiting. Just before the drop to the Luge, the temps dropped and the breeze picked up.

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    Top of Cadillac
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    Started down Cadillac....forgot just how trashed it was....I hadn't been down it in a few years and it was bad then. Found the limits on the Ikon in the loose rocks/baby heads and loose off camber. Couple of close calls. By the time I got back over to Whiting, I only had about 35 mins of daylight left. Chose to call it at that time. Would have been close.

    Good day on the bike.

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  7. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    I typically only ride in the afternoons/evenings. But with rain in the forecast and a dedication to get a minimum of 50mi a week in I switched it up. Woke up early. Ate a grapefruit, hash brown, and coffee hopped on my bike and went on my usual neighborhood hiking trail ride 12mi nothing exciting. Until I looked at Strava when I got home. I set 8 new PRs, WOW what a difference riding in the morning makes when you are full of energy.
     
  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    It's a good feeling when you finally break that 1:00 mark. Then you will start thinking where you can save another couple of minutes here and there...then seconds. How fast CAN I actually do it?

    Nice job.
     
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  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Thanks... I'm going to take another crack at it soon. The wind had to add a couple minutes yesterday. I'm thinking 57 flat with the same effort minus the wind.
     
  10. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Prescott
    Name:
    hill^billy
    Time to wash it off.

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    I rode and dug with my bike today in the rain, and it was awesome!



    Wet and eerily beautiful.
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    A friend of the trail
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    Fixed a tight unridable section by this tree.
     
  11. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    I love this weather and since it wasnt raining hard, just misty, I decided to hit MTT yesterday. I was the only there and was in full on spiritual bliss riding in the clouds, God, nature, me and my bike. For me it doesnt get much better. Parts of the trail are overgrown so each time I brushed up on a bush, I would get full on drenched. As I approached the summit I realized that going back down the trail was not going to be the best idea, since I was completely wet, so I decided to take the road GMR down. First time I have done this. Wasnt bad except that I was freezing my ass off. Luckily I had some extra layers on for the descent. Took a long WARM shower when I got home.

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  12. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Usually work
    Name:
    Bort
    Current Bike:
    Like electrical current bike?
    I am also fond of this weather, wish I would have done a bigger ride today but I didn't know what to expect... I still did 11 miles at Santiago Oaks land only saw one other rider. Got my ars out of bed around my normal 4:45am wake up time and fiddled around until around 7 and pedaled off just when the sun was breaking through some clouds. The weather was great, it barely sprinkled on me and the dirt was not too wet at all.

    It just poured here in Orange so not sure about a ride tomorrow, perhaps I need to go pay a visit to Holy Jim in the morning... :sneaky:

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  13. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Wifey was going to Walmart and asked if I wanted to go but luckily Rusty had a better idea so we got out of it. His plan involved stretching his legs and getting moms bike dirty so off we went.

    First Rusty had to show off his finely honed hunting skills...
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    Then up the canyon we went. Shhhhh don't tell mom we got her bike dirty...
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    And it poured down rain on us but who cares we had fun...
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  14. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
  15. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    I rode my bike today... after I washed it, I rode it up and down the street to cycle the suspension and shift gears. 200 yds, 1 foot of climbing. No injuries. :thumbsup:
     
  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I woke up this morning and looked outside....it was dry. "I'm going for a ride".

    Had breakfast and looked out once again...still dry.

    Geared up and and walked out to the garage....it was all wet.

    Screw it, I'm going for a ride. Misted a little bit and the ground was wet, but it stopped and dried up . I saw that it was expected to rain at 11:45 so I had to knock out as much as I could before then. Well the dirt was dry. It was damp in a few places and the traction was great, but no mud, no ruts, no puddles.

    Ended up hitting almost all the trails....missing only Old Goat and Chutes Ridgeline.

    Finally started raining on me about the last few minutes in the park, then got poured on on the way home.

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  17. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Pics and/or data or it didn't happen! :D:D
     
  18. ridinrox

    ridinrox Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Roxanne
    Current Bike:
    '16 Giant Trance Advance
    Demoed this bad boy this morning. I tried to immulate Gwinny (he didn't crash in today's DH WC race). I'm pretty sure I was close: ;)
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    It rode incredibly. I might be sold on Intense.
     
  19. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    I rode today. Not a whole lot of people out there it was kinda nice.

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  20. Postal Pat

    Postal Pat Well-Known Member

    Name:
    patrick
    Current Bike:
    kona hei hei
    Late start for a tapia loop today, it was awesome, dry, no one there, great temperature

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  21. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Hmmm this one is confusing. I rode a bike today(the Ripley my wife repoed last week) but it was mostly on the road. Not sure if it's my bike or my wife's but I wrote the check for it so I'm gonna call it mine for now. Today is her birthday so I thought I'd give her the gift of silence and vanish for a few hours. Being as Castaic has a special kind of super sticky heavy mud that won't wash off your bike I opted for mostly road miles today. Walked out to the garage and had a tough decision of which bike to ride. First was the hardtail with 3x10 & skinny gravelbike tires that should be the best tool for the job(nope that thing beats me up). Then was the trusty Kona with it's worn out tires and 2x10 and superior track record(I kinda feel guilty for not showing some love here). Then was the Ripley with the plush suspension and the 2.35 Hans Dampfs and 1x11(you know the one thats least "road" worthy). Well since the Ripley is going to Kokopelli with me I might as well put as much time on it as possible since it's still new to me.

    Then the unexpected happened. On a ride where the first 10 miles are all steep blacktop climbing the bike with the biggest tires and widest handlebars with the least amount of gears killed it. Screw what the suspension bob and geometry charts say Ripley's are great pedaling bikes. Saw two other spandex clad roadies on this climb one of which was fixing a flat tire and the other just got passed like he was sitting on jacks.

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    Did a little exploring on this ride to an area Mikie & I have been looking at but haven't made a priority. Since there's tons of pics on this site of my Kona's handlebars I figured I needed to add some of the Ripley's too... Thats the I5 freeway above above Templin hwy.
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    This must be the top...
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    There were lots of cool rock formations that my phone pics just don't do justice for.
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    And then I found some pristine singletrack. It wasn't very long but oh boy was it good stuff with the finale section being a super fun DH section...
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    About this time I got a phone call from the wife saying she was perfectly fine but had just gotten rear ended(on her birthday of all days) so I decided to head back home. Got to here and thought about jumping on the freeway to avoid the last couple climbs...
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    The rest of the ride was uneventful and involved me spinning like a hamster and then lowering the dropper and going in to full tuck for the decent on home.
     
  22. Postal Pat

    Postal Pat Well-Known Member

    Name:
    patrick
    Current Bike:
    kona hei hei
    Actually very dry out there today
     
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  23. StrandLeper

    StrandLeper Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Timothy M. Ryan
    Current Bike:
    SC Bronson 1x/Pivot 429 1x xtr
    Hero dirt. Almost. A little too wet for mentally, so ... Birthday to Coyote. Most of Coyote was good, but there were a few sections where I HABd to avoid leaving a footprint. Birthday was goooood. But I had to take it slow to avoid the silt and stay on the sandstone. I was running low pressure in anticipation of hero dirt as the morning wore on. First run down 5 Oaks, I burped my front tire on the stair steps. I am not good enough to try and gap stuff on runs like this ... On my race bike. Crash bam boom. But not over the bars, more like "laid it down". Got up, air pressure seems to be enough to make it down ... "Lean burp" ... Pull to side of trail. Looks like a bunch of dirt got into my rim. Gonna have to clean it out and use my tube. Remove tire, empty out stans. Clean rim inside and out. Grab tube pack (I keep it inside a sunglasses bag so the tube doesn't get nicked, and use the bag for necessary wipe downs). So proud of myself how I am all totally prepared. Get my tube out. It's a freaking 27.5!!!! I am on my 29. I have two completely separate bags for each bike, how did this happen????

    FARK! Not enough Stans to reinflate. (I tried anyway) HAB up 5 Oaks. Walk to Jax. No wallet. Implore dude to throw air and stans in my tire. Walk to Sbucks and get the Jax crew coffees.

    Bike is ready. No extra air. Wrong size tube, so no funny business. Drop 5 Oaks gingerly, climb cholla at a leisurely pace (a tandem in front), drop stair step. As I am descending, I notice that that front tire isn't seated properly. Quick change of direction after the waterfall "burp" crash bam boom. Laid it down to keep from going OTB. Ripped my shorts and my arse. Maybe 10 lbs of pressure left in front tire. HAB back up stairs and ride home gingerly.

    Super bummed about the morning. Was planning a crazy fun ride on great dirt. Instead, my lack of attention to detail derails me. !!!!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/541824070

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  24. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    @StrandLeper glad to hear you took it easy on the trails, and bummer about the burps (what's up with that?). BTW, you can make different sized tubes work in different sized wheels/tires. a 26 tube will easily stretch to 29, and a couple weeks ago I had to borrow a 29 tube off a buddy and folded it over into my 26. Got me down the luge and home though it had a little lump in it :)
     
  25. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
  26. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Yup - you can make almost any tube work in any tire, and a 27.5 will work just fine in a 29er.

    So NOW we tell you! :bang:
     
  27. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    That bike sucks.... :laugh::devilish:;)
     
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  28. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    ^^I cannot for the life of me figure out the extra tiny tire, especially since it seems to be mounted on the top tube...:confused:
     
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  29. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    We are all 29 all the time in this household....but I only buy 26" tubes....they are cheaper, lighter and take up less space.
     
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  30. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    All the Intense riders ride with a spare wheel mounted on the top tube!

    Orrrrr - it's a trail sign that the bike is leaning against....
     
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