I Rode My Bike Today...

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



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  1. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Boiling Point Rd. Palmdale lies on the other side. Its one of H^B's secret stash of rides.
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  2. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Yo Ross I have fox float 120mm fork Compression , rebound and lock out adjustments, black, in extremely primo condition I am letting go. Just serviced at Ridgeline Susp. Make an offer.
     
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  3. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Sending you a pm now...
     
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  4. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    After work ride w/ the kids... pretty nice out!
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  5. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Nice to hear . One if the best in the winter.
    Fork is 3.3 lbs!
     
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  6. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    I rode my bike tonight... With the other crazy single speeder. The nighttime version of the Maple Springs to Motorway loop. Maple Springs has a lot more small debris to dodge on the pavement section, but nothing too bad. Some of the stream crossings are interesting, and I ended up with wet feet by mile 2. :p That wouldn't have been so bad, but it was low 40s at the start, and 29 when we hit Four Corners. No breakneck pace, just steady... We started seeing a little snow about 1/2 way up Maple Springs, and lots of frost and ice, with crunchy dirt. We even spun out on the ice in a few spots... :thumbsup: We also ran into two trucks that were making their way down... "Telecom" something or other written on the side. I imagine they were checking equipment up top...

    I bundled up with extra socks, another layer, heavier gloves, and a neck gaiter for the romp across Main Divide. I'll be turning in my "Born in Buffalo" card shortly... :p
    We saw a few stretches with more snow after Four Corners, which was pretty cool...

    Main Divide Snow...
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    The gaiter is now my favorite piece of winter riding gear. I pulled it up over my face on the downhills and was nice and toasty. Main Divide wasn't bad... We were a little nervous about the mud at Bedford Road, but the wind must have done its job and dried it out for us. There were a lot of cut branches blowing around, but everything was navigable.

    Motorway was rough at the top. The water thought it was a little smooth, so it roughed it up for us... Other than that it wasn't bad, until the very bottom. I saw Jason having some issues with fallen rocks and then I noticed that the trail was gone... The good news is that 36 degrees at the bottom felt downright toasty after being up top!

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    Looks like Wrightwood Creek Crossings...
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    All in all, it was a great night to be on the mountain. :thumbsup:
     
  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    ^^^^^ that's hardcore... :thumbsup: I was shivering at a soccer game.:oops:
     
  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I got out and rode today....well actually tonight.

    Did a Maple Springs - Motorway night ride with @Faust29

    Made it up the paved section before it started to get dark. The creek crossings were moving pretty good, but only about pedal deep. Lots of debris on the road, as well as a few places where the water was flowing across.

    Dirt section was in good condition. Lots of water, but not really any mud. Started to see patches of snow about 3500'. Temps were about 45/46 when we started. By the time we reached 4 Corners it had dropped to 30. Quick break to change gloves.

    Was happy to finally see snow.....
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    Shortly after this the road was covered....but I wasn't taking my gloves off to take any pics. Took it easy on the downs as wasn't sure what was under the snow. Main Divide was pretty torn up, but seemed better than last week. Main Divide went by pretty quick. This was the only time I really felt cold, and it was only my index fingers.

    Onto Motorway, the first chute was a little on the rough side, a few new ruts that like to grab the tires. The rest of the way down was good, but still just cruised. Until we reached the last debris flow above the moto barrier at the bottom. Got hung up on a couple of rocks the size of basketballs. Then noticed the debris flow field. The trail is completely gone. Had to HAB over it.

    Great night out on the mountain. Fun adventure. Good times.
     
  9. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Greg, I think those are my tracks in your headlight! Today I did the maple springs-motorway loop, which i havent done in about 7 years. Just me and the cougars out there. It was so nice to see all the water flowing down the canyon, and lots of epehemeral waterfalls. the creek crossings are now manageable. I forgot what a grind the last bit of the pavement is! but a pleasant spin in a middle gear up the dirt o four corners. Started seeing snow and ice patches at 3600', and up around four corners an inch of snow covered the shady stretches, looked deeper up towards the peaks. Saw some kitty tracks in the snow and did some "snow biking" going downhill from 4c on main divide. Main Divide was very wet, and soft in spots, but no washouts or damage except for a few ruts and downed shrubs. The last 2 climbs sucked! Motorway was in fine shape, the top section was rough and fun, no washouts exept for a debris flow near the bottom. The views and sense of accomplishment(at least for me!) on this ride are pretty sweet.

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    Debris and washout near the bottom of motorway:
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  10. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    You can really see the damage to the bottom of Motorway in your shots. :thumbsdown:
     
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  11. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'm really glad I had my first run down Motorway in apparently near-perfect conditions. :thumbsup:
     
  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    It is still really fun....just a bit rougher.
     
  13. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Don't look for perfection. Perfect your technique and deal with what you get.
    New ruts-new place to practice. Roll it? Bunny hop? Combo? Unfortunately, a lot will choose the P-line.
    5 inch travel bikes that go around 2 inch rocks! What's the suspension for? Impressing your friends? Impress yourself with some new skills in this melache soil!
    Get some!
     
  14. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    All three of the people who liked this post ride hardtails almost exclusively. I wonder why that is... :p
     
  15. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    They don't need rear squash to ride mashed potatoes.
     
  16. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    We only ride the mashed potatoes to get to the raw carrots.
     
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  17. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ripmo, Ripley V4 & Timberjack
    So, just as @mtnbikej said it would, Oaks opened up today. I had an opening in the work schedule so I decided to run out for a quick ride. The trails were a lot drier than I thought they would be. There were a few areas of standing water or mud, but nothing that I couldn't either ride or walk around. Lots of new ruts and trail debris, but that doesn't bother me. Kind of fun to have the same old trail all of a sudden ride a little differently. Deer was in much better shape than I thought it would be. The worst area was at the bottom of the canyon where Coachwhip, Cactus and Bumblebee all come together. Felt good to get dirt under the tires again.

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  18. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Yeah, I got out there this afternoon as well. I was expecting wet spongy trails. Nope...trails were very dry. Not any hero dirt.

    The bottom of Oak had water running down it....especially since there was a lake above the first turn.

    Lots of ruts, a few mudslides and some failing trail....but everything was ridable.
     
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  19. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    On a side note.....I overheard the ranger telling a couple on e-bikes that they were not allowed in the park. In fact they were not allowed in any of the OC Parks.

    He said that even though they were allowed by State Law....local jurisdictions can overrule that. Sounds like that is what OC Parks is doing.

    They were bummed that they spent all that money on their Levo's, and that the shop didn't say anything to them about it.
     
  20. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    ^^^^ can I like that x 10000?
     
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  21. H2oChick

    H2oChick Well-Known Member

    Name:
    K-Oss
    Alright, that just made my day! Hugs to everyone!!! :inlove:
    (and Oaks is in good shape, Jon drained the mud puddle at the bottom of Cactus so no "oh Sh8t" when you come around).
     
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  22. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    There are at least 3 threads I could post this in (weather, trail work..), but I'll put it here.

    I rode my friend's bike today (more on that later). Received multiple reports on the STT/Luge and decided to ride and work on the STT. I cruised out to the area called Vulture Crags, aka the descent to the flag, grabbing a pick and shovel along the way. There was a small mudslide about 1/2 way down and long ruts at the bottom. I'm concerned about the ruts because a lot of entry level riders hear about the Luge and I don't want them getting hurt before they even get to the flag. So I filled in ruts. (That works for fast riders, too, because things can get a little crazy at that point.) I had a little extra time so I cleaned up the mudslide, too.

    Then as I was heading back the STT to get to my truck, I stopped to stash the tools and my friend Geoff, who loaned my the Ripley, rode up.

    He said, "I have some bad news."

    "You want the bike back."

    "Yes."

    But then he said, "I also have some good news. You can ride this bike while I ride the Ripley."

    This bike turns out to be a Mojo HD3. I know, sucks right? Guess I'll just have to make the best of it. :geek:


    Update: For STT/Luge conditions, see post #283 in "Santa Ana Mountains, CNF"
     
  23. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    I hope you can cope with the hardship! :( :whistling: :cool:

    And thanks again for your tireless work to help us all have more fun and ride more safely. :thumbsup:
     
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  24. tfitz

    tfitz Member

    Name:
    tom fitz
    Did the Skyline Regional Park not sure if most would like it. The trail is manicured but only 2 miles off the hwy it's definitely a good place to stop for lunch and stretch your legs. Buckeye az. 20170126_112732.jpg
     
  25. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    I did a blackstar night ride with a friend last night. I wanted to try out a new ITUO light. Conditions were pretty solid when we started at 4:30. Cool but not cold. It got a bit windy in some of the transition areas on the way up. A few muddy spots towards the bottom but you there were ride arounds or throughs that were easy to handle. A significant, but not surprising amount of washouts on the way up. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a fire road any more with how narrow some of the passings are ending up. Overall though it's in decent shape. Persistent ruts and typically each corner has one big one about 6-8" deep and 6-8" wide. Regardless none of the corners are so rutted that you can't take them at speed.

    The booby track single track was in great shape and as fun as always. Definitely not too wet and still a bit tacky. Overall a great night for a ride and i'll post a review on my new lighting setup soon.
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  26. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    ^^Are the Blackstar washouts unmarked?
     
  27. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    They are not marked. I think there are about 4 significant ones leading up to the gate before beeks. The worst is about 3 miles in from the gate/parking lot at the bottom. That one is easily fixable for bike traffic with maybe 2-4 hours worth of work although I wouldn't want to take a 2 ton vehicle on it with how the down slope soil looks. There is for sure two very questionable spots just before the booby trap single track turn off. I'm not a soils engineer (although work for a general that does a lot of site work so this isn't totally out of my realm of expertise), but they look like they should be stabilized.
     
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  28. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Thanks Erik. Not a good situation for riders/trail users, plus it's a fire prevention road so I'm not sure why it's been neglected. This would be a great time to fix it with all the moisture in the ground, so I'll pass the word on to the Forest Service and County.
     
  29. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I went up B* today - what Ebruner said. The ride was still fun, I had a good time, but it can be a little tricky in a couple spots if you don't pay attention. I updated the "Trail Conditions" forum in "Santa Ana Mountans CNF" http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/santa-ana-mountains-cnf.1529/page-10#post-75628

    Pics and everything. Oh, and it was windy. If you have to ride in the wind, have it push you up the last 150 feet of the climb out of Hidden Ranch on the way down. I didn't have to pedal. At all. Freaky!!
     
  30. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    I just went to check and see how wet O'Neill was, and to turn the pedals for a few miles before I turn them for 8 hours tomorrow. The creek crossing is impossible to get through without getting wet... It's easily hub depth. And the little shortcut that @tortoise posted last week is still too wide to cross.

    I think I'll find another spot...
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    I crossed on the road a little ways down... And got soaked in the process. :thumbsup: Live Oak wasn't too wet, probably thanks to the hurricane force winds the night before. What I really wanted to see, though, was the Vista DH that the county re-routed in October. I was worried that it wouldn't survive the rains. It did! And it's better than it was before... Everything is packed in nicely, and no damage. One small rut, maybe 2 inches wide and an inch deep at the main drop in. Other than that, it was perfect.

    1/2 way down, looking back up...
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    Twisty to the bottom...
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    It was in such good shape that I climbed back up and did it again from the cheater drop-in.

    The crossing...
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    All set for tomorrow. 8 hours of going round and round... And for some reason, my Garmin said this ride took 38 hours. We'll see how it does in Temecula tomorrow. o_O
     
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