I Rode My Bike Today...

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

  1. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    Even considering that Barham Ranch is a flood plain...it is surprising how much water is still standing there, especially at that picnic bench.

    Guess that kills my picnic plans for tomorrow.
     
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  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    And paired with the new MK3... That is a long term investment! :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Fueledbyex8

    Fueledbyex8 Member

    Location:
    Whittier
    Name:
    Albert
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower
    Finally made it out to SART" it was about a year since i last rode it, me and Trinidad decided to ride it today Sunday, Never ridden the post office loop" it was recommended by @SnakeCharmer and boy is that a fun section of SART, a lil over grown in a short section, but otherwise fun, fun,fun! We made our way out to SouthFork campground then turned back for our decent back to Glass rd. a lot of down trees, and even a few big rocks in the middle of the trail! No casualties, weather was beautiful" oh and one tick I had to pull out from my thigh" overall 24.9mi. over 2300ft. Of Fun!! 20170326_094409.jpg 20170326_101822.jpg 20170326_113038.jpg 20170326_101632.jpg
     
  4. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Yeah, great trails out there!!! Downed trees to be expected this time of year. Thanks for riding it and giving us all a trail update:thumbsup:
     
  5. StrandLeper

    StrandLeper Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Timothy M. Ryan
    Current Bike:
    SC Bronson 1x/Pivot 429 1x xtr
    Local Schmocal. 24 /4,000. Lynx, (great shape), 5 oaks (killer), stairs (overpowered my abilities on the the 429 SL (crowded)), fenceline (crowded), TnA (had an incredible run going but I got too aggressive / forward and burped and crashed at the penultimate drop). Got dirty and humbled.

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  6. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Rode yesterday at Bonelli with Vincent and some Floop friends. Around the park loop with some extra climbing at the end. Trails are in great shape imo. Found Vincent's Garmin/Strava lies. We all took to the left rock garden but his Strava shows he went to the right. How does this happen? whatever. Also at Bonelli the was some kind of road bike race going on around the pavement circle. We witnessed a large group of women roadies crash. Too close together at speed DH. The sound of crunching carbon fiber and wheels flying. Every one did walk away. Our ride was uneventful, just good riding.

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    Rode today with Tom the Bomb at Marshall, Itchi, Webb. I haven't been to Marshall in years and the rest was new dirt for me. We flew down a single track in Marshall to a jump line. So fun we hit the jump line twice. Itchi is crazy steep, loose DH at the beginning followed by some loamy grassy descent and a butt pucker at the end. At one moment we looked back to look at what we came down, It looked like a wall. Webb was more flowey with some good tech. I passed on one rocky drop that Tom made look easy. Gotta love Tom's advice throughout the ride: "After the steep loose turn, avoid the rut and drop the rock, make sure to ride the spine, etc..." Haven't ridden tech like this since old snow summit outskirt trails. Thanks TTB! Good times.
     
  7. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Awesome Greg, good times! Will do it again soon!
     
  8. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Slow applause for the accurate use of penultimate! (Assuming you meant the second-to-last drop). :thumbsup:

    Sounds like a great ride, except for the crowded part, and maybe the falling part. Hopefully no injury.
     
  9. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    You forgot this foto bomb of you when I was trying to get an epic pic of my bike in the clouds :Roflmao:Roflmao:Roflmao. Great ride though and excellent time on the mountain, couldn't ask for anything else :thumbsup:!

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  10. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    hahaha @Cisco Roots you should have crouched down and taken the picture. It would have looked like I was surfing on your seat :laugh:
     
  11. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    After imploding on Monday, I was able to get out on Tuesday for a road ride in the rain. Was soaked through but able to bust out 10 miles or so without tearing my lungs apart. Set me up for a quick Friday afternoon ride, hit Lizard and Fenceline, and made the Laurel climb without the implosion.

    Also got out Saturday, parked at bottom of Willow and did a quick TNA loop. TNA is SO overgrown through the middle section, super hard to see the trail. Bottom is still in great shape. Top is still strange.
     
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  12. H2oChick

    H2oChick Well-Known Member

    Name:
    K-Oss
    Rokform had their open house with some "special guests" on Saturday
     
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  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    A rare Monday Morning Motorway Loop... My wife and I have plans with the oldest offspring today, who is still home from college. But he rolls out of bed at 12, so I figured that was time enough to sneak in a Black Star to Motorway loop. The wife agreed... :thumbsup:

    The plan was just to pedal and not push the pace. Which is also the strategy I'm hoping to use on VQ day. Put on the blinders, and ignore all the rabbits, tortoises, and other creatures. There were a few groups of hikers heading to the Falls, but I didn't see another soul until near the bottom of Motorway. An hour up Black Star was a little faster than I anticipated, but I was feeling OK, so I rolled through Beeks and headed for the ball. A quick pit stop at the ball to relieve some liquid ballast, and onwards to Hagador... And the pea soup. It had been sunny and upper 40s/ low 50s all the way to this point. Then I hit the cold wet pea soup. It's Main Divide... So I was in pea soup one second and bright sun the next. And it alternated all the way to Motorway. :thumbsup:

    The only unusual sight was the crane at Hagador. It looks like they are installing more antennas on one of the towers.
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    I made pretty good time across Main Divide, and walked the usual sections... And maybe a couple extra. :whistling: I blame the lingering head congestion and the really loose condition on a couple of the climbs. :gag:

    Made it to Motorway without seeing another soul, and started down. Chunky fun... But I was trying for smooth, not fast. And then I ran into two older hikers who wanted to chat. I blew about ten minutes, but they had a million questions about the trails... I couldn't ignore that. They were a riot, and really excited about getting out and discovering the mountains. :thumbsup:

    Made it to the bottom with no flats, no issues and a bunch of smiles. There was a notice at the gate as I was leaving... How am I supposed to see this coming from the other side of the mountain?

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  14. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Thumbs up, indeed. Way to represent!

    I get a kick out of anybody's stoke on the mountain. It's fun to go out of your way to surprise hikers that we all are not all crazed gravity junkies who don't have a second to chat up the goodness of the environ. You can tell that some are truly surprised :cool::thumbsup:
     
  15. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    This was especially cool, as it was a first contact situation. They were marveling at the suspension fork and the knobby tires... Said it never occurred to them that there would be bikes up there.

    I hope their next encounter goes as well...
     
  16. jaime

    jaime Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Corona, ca
    Name:
    jaime
    Current Bike:
    '15 Giant reign advanced 1
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    Monday ride ! @herzalot look where I rode master ! RR later :thumbsup:
     
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  17. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    Cheater, there's obviously a chairlift in the background that brings you up from the 91 fwy to Sierra Peak. 5ยข a ride (one way)
     
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  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    I shot out to Simi Valley after finishing up work nearby this afternoon. I was off and rolling by 3pm. Gorgeous day. Warm and comfortable in sun, stiff breeze, fresh air, cool in the shade.

    Was hoping for a snake sighting but no such luck. Lizards galore, though.

    Pretty quiet out there. Only saw one or two other cyclists and a few hikers. Climbed Las Llajas, junctioned (hell grind) over to Rocky Peak. Stop at Seashells to see if she was selling seashells by the seashore, and she was. Blasted down to the Chumash trail head, and then took that down and out. Walked quite a bit of the longer/steep tech sections, too much for my liking. Seems more rough than it was when I last rode. Still fun, though.

    9.12 miles
    1:17:28 ride time
    1693' elevation gain

    Stopped to smell the roses whenever I saw some...

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  19. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C

    Nice... And you took the big bike! Was it feeling neglected? Mine just hangs on the wall...
     
  20. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    LOL, I hate climbing on that thing but the ST there has some serious tech and I wouldn't have been beaten to a pulp on my HT. But yeah, she doesn't get enough love from me. I am half-heartedly considering dumping her and building a CF Trek Fuel EX to replace her. Something lighter but with some cushion.
     
  21. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    With all the rain we have gotten this year the dirt has been washed away leaving the top of Chumash really chunky. It is still a fun trail, especially the lower section.
     
  22. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Oh, no doubt, I dig it!

    And while I was poaching your home turf today, I wondered if you just blow through all of that crazy tech without so much as a minor concern since you are used to it and know all the lines.
     
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  23. MattB

    MattB Member

    Name:
    Matt B
    I'm getting spoiled being able to ride more often now that I'm home taking care of the kids. I felt like I was going stir crazy after not riding since last Monday. My daughter had to stay home from school a couple of days at the end of the week, then my wife had to attend a conference over the weekend, so suddenly the rest of my riding chances for last week disappeared, and I was left looking forward to a Monday! :eek:

    I wanted to make today count, so I had everything ready to go after dropping the kids off at school. I've spent most of the winter riding the Santa Anas and Santiago Oaks, so I changed it up and rode Laguna for the first time in a while.

    I started at Canyon View Park, went up Cholla (I always want more of a warm up before that climb), down Stairsteps, up Willow, Down TNA (had to stop to pay my respects to the old rock garden), up Canyon Acres, down Meadows, up Mathis, down Rock-it. and out. 18 miles, 3,500', and tons of fun!

    I was curious to see some of the trail work LCF had done on Stairsteps. The lower rock garden now has a smooth, easy line through it on the right. It looks like they trimmed a branch (or a few) out of the way and filled in some dirt over the rocks to make the line on the right. Fortunately, the tougher line is still there on the left, although I'll admit that approaching it I just gravitated to the faster line. Next time, I'll try to stick to my old rockier line.

    This was my first time visiting the scene of the crime at TNA. The new reroute was pretty fun for the most part, and would have been a welcome addition in my mind if they had just left the old rock garden alone. It was generally a pretty fun, flowy trail, I just hate to see technical trails turned into flowy trails. There were some fun whoops, a lot of the berms were good, and most of the pavers had been well buried with dirt (although I'm sure more will start peeking out as the dirt gets dry trail gets more use). The drainage on the trail is not subtle at all. They could use some lessons from Kioti on how to manage water effectively without affecting the flow of the trail. There were a number of berms with drains right in the middle or late in the berm, so it was like a 1 foot section of berm was just missing as you're coming around the corner :eek::thumbsdown:. I was also surprised by some of the fire damaged erosion areas that the new trail traverses. Until that grows back (years?), it hardly seems more sustainable that the old rock garden.

    Looking up and down at the old trail from one of the berms on the new route
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    Agree with @littlewave on the middle and bottom of TNA (middle is way overgrown, bottom is great).

    After TNA, Stairsteps seemed far away, and HAB anyway, so I climbed (and HAB'd) Canyon Acres instead on the way to Meadows. There's a bit of a rut forming on the right side ... or maybe it's a new technical downhill line.
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    The weather was perfect, the trails were in great shape, and I ran out of time a little before I probably would have run out of legs ... All in all, a great day to ride, and great to be back out there!
     
  24. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    That mustard is going to get thick, strong, and dry. Once it does it will rip the skin right off your arms and legs if you go fast.
     
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  25. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I am honestly sick to my stomach hearing a report that someone did work on Stair Steps to make it easier. :( :bang: And equally sick to hear about the installation of such poorly thought out and executed "drainage" humps - the same kind that kills the flow on Meadows. Wonder who is responsible for that? :thumbsdown: :sick:

    Good ride. Congrats on getting out and tackling some tough trails. :thumbsup:
     
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  26. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    The trail reroute was done before the fire. But, since that area burned they shouldve just kept the old line, at least till that area grew back.
     
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  27. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    I wouldn't say I blow through it but I can clean it.
     
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  28. MattB

    MattB Member

    Name:
    Matt B
    Yep, completely agree!
     
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  29. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    Have you ridden TNA yet? The drainage bumps are way worse, imo, than meadows. Let's go check it out this weekend.
     
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  30. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    I haven't seen it in person, but your photos make that old line look restorable. Maybe not as rocky as it once was, but more like before all the topsoil washed away.
     
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