I Rode My Bike Today...

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

  1. MattB

    MattB Member

    Name:
    Matt B
    After 2 days of waking up early to ride, changing my mind and going back to sleep, I finally stuck with it this morning and got out there. I had so much fun on the Laguna ride a while ago with @herzalot , @mtnbikej , and @Faust29 , and I'd been wanting to push myself and see how far I could go in Laguna, that I decided to use that ride as a starting point and see what I could add.

    My longest Laguna ride had been 28 miles, and my biggest climbing ride so far had been 6,158' (not in Laguna). With the help of the conserving my legs on the climbs with the lower gearing on the demo bike, I thought I might be able to hit 40 miles and 7,000'. If not, I at least wanted to hit 30 miles and shoot for 6,000'.

    I didn't get as early a start as I wanted, so I knew I might run out of time and was afraid it might get too hot. I rolled from Ridge Park about 8:15 and headed straight to Rattlesnake, up I Think I Can, over to and down T&A. It was fun to hit Rattlesnake again and felt a little quicker and smoother the 2nd time around. I wasn't quite as quick down T&A when I wasn't chasing @herzalot, but I wasn't too far off the pace and was having a blast. It was pretty cool tackling these trails cleanly on a 100/120mm 29er instead of my own 135/150mm 29er that I was riding last time.

    From there it was up Canyon Acres to see if I could clean it with the crazy low 30x50 gearing. I couldn't. I made it farther than usual, spinning out on a steep pitch with deep silt. I thought that 5 feet might be the only part I would walk, but towards the top my legs had all they could take even with the low gearing. And I still wanted to save some legs for the rest of the ride. From there I went down Meadows, up Mathis, avoided a swarm of bees on the way to Rock-it, down Rock-it and over to Canyon View Park. I had planned on dropping 5 Oaks, but was feeling the fatigue at this point and wanted to still be sharp enough to descend Stairsteps without hurting myself. So I skipped 5 Oaks and looked for the drinking fountain I thought I remembered in the park ... uh oh ... must have remembered that wrong. Oh well, I'll just conserve what's left in my Camelbak. Up Cholla and over to Stairsteps. I was a little nervous hitting Stairsteps about 23 miles and 4,000' into the ride so I was more relieved than anything to clean the waterfall and make it safely down. Crossed the 133, up Willow, and across Missing Link and Fenceline. At this point I didn't have much left in the tank or the Camelbak, and it was into the midday heat. I decided to throw in a Lizard loop to at least get close to the low side of my goal for the day. I thought about refilling water at Ridge Park and setting out for a simple XC loop around El Moro to hit 40 and 7K, but my legs were pretty done, I didn't really feel like being out there in the sun for another hour, and it was already almost 1pm. I had a feeling I was already pushing it a bit for how late I was getting back to the family. So I called it a day, and as sore as I am right now, I'm glad I did. I finished with 32 miles and 5,400' of climbing. Even though I didn't hit the goals I wanted, or all the trails I wanted, it was an awesome day out on the bike, and it felt great cleaning Rattlesnake, T&A, and Stairsteps on a shorter travel bike than what I'm used to.

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  2. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    I did 10 miles and 1800 feet in LCWP and I'm toast, can't imagine doing 32 and 5400! We stupidly started at 1:30. It was HOT. I'm paying the price now.
     
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  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    BEAST!!!! And it was hot today. :notworthy: :thumbsup: :cool: :eek: :confused:

    I rode with my daughter. I didn't get the stats, but I am guessing 4 miles and 100'! :cool:
     
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  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    Nice job.....I find that climbing Canyon Acres on any big ride tends to spend way too much energy....so much quicker and easier to HAB up Stairsteps.

    Also, there is a water fountain at the bottom of Willow, next to the Ranger's Trailer.
     
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  5. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    Sidewalk texted me asking to meet him up at the Post Office loop. I was able to finish work early which is not very often. Texted him back around 3 to meet me there at 5. My stuff was ready due to the ride the day before with Scottay and Hillbilly. Got to the trail head and he was already there. Didn't realize he had already done a loop. I suited up and off we went. The climb up Loch was a little slow for me and he waited like usual. We got to the P.O. loop in about an hour. Then we preceeded to kill the downhill to the rock slide in 15min, over 1min faster than my PR I believe his too. We hiked our bikes through the rocks and washout then remounted. Cruising along headed up to middle control I hear a crackling in the woods and low and behold a bear. What an awesome sight. It was to quick for us to get a picture. But I won't forget that. Sidewalk had seen the resident Doe earlier on his loop. Middle control was uneventful besides a good bit of BSing. Got to the top of Loch I took the lead and we ripped down it, Sidewalk PR'd it I was 20 sec off mine. This is another 15-20 minute descent which make 2 of them for this 20mile 3100 foot loop. Dinner at Jose's to complete our date got home by 9. Life is good ride on! Video to follow.
     
  6. MattB

    MattB Member

    Name:
    Matt B
    Thanks! Yeah, I think I'll do that next time. Just couldn't resist seeing if I could clean it.:rolleyes:

    Bummer, I looked for one around there and must have just missed it. I saw what looked like an emergency shower/rinse station next to the trailer, but must not have looked close enough to see the drinking fountain. Thanks for the info! Now I'll know for next time!
     
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  7. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    Here ya go.....water fountain at the red arrow. May be hidden by the bushes, but it is there.
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  8. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That is a nice ride! You rode with J. His "gotta go bigger" condition is contagious.
     
  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That is a lucky encounter... :thumbsup:
     
  10. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I rode today. Really enjoy the grippy front tire. :thumbsup: Only slowed me down a bit, but going down the hills is way better now. Ardent EXO 2.4 at 17 psi - it's like having an extra 20mm of front suspension. :geek:

    Super FLoop.
    21 miles, 2,055 feet of gain, 2 hours. Views were outstanding.

    FLoop was kinda crowded today too.

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  11. MattB

    MattB Member

    Name:
    Matt B
    Thanks! I can't deny it. Even just reading his ride reports has given me the bug to try to work on my endurance and maybe join one of those crazy rides one of these days.o_O
     
  12. MattB

    MattB Member

    Name:
    Matt B
    Thanks! That's really helpful! I completely missed it. The shower thing I saw was between the trailer and the wall just below the bottom car in the picture ... wrong place altogether.
     
  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    When I started reading his ride reports, I was still struggling with bumping up from 5 miles to 10 miles on my Diamondback. And I probably still tipped the scales at 275... :oops:
     
  14. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I don't think I read his ride reports - and knew they were his - until after my first ride with him. :whistling:

    Then it was more of a WTF? :eek::geek:
     
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  15. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    No wonder you agreed to that first ride up and over the peak! :Roflmao

    I'll admit I had an "oh Sh!t" moment when he came out for that ride... :p
     
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  16. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    I rode with mi amigos Faust29 and mtnbikej today. Finished up in time for a 10am SNPA.

    Here's to the freaks, them two guys included, who get up in the middle of the night because they love to ride bikes in the dirt. Always a pleasure :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Um, yep... I rode with mike and mtnbikej. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary happened. No crashes, no blood, no bruised ribs, no flats, no bailouts.... Nope. Not a one.* :whistling:




    *Let's not call this version 100% true. It may need to be amended slightly in the future. Slightly.

    Climbing Main Divide:
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    Near the Upper Holy Jim trailhead:
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    Marion berry pie from Oregon... And two interested pooches:
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  18. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Something tells me there's more to the story @Faust29...o_O
     
  19. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Yep I rode today, a couple times. Waited till at least 6:00am for Rusty to wake up but I guess he needed his beauty sleep so I took off. Was thinking about a big loop but got to the end of the street and decided to keep it close to home and be good hubby/dad... First loner loop was good for 19/3k ish and I was just starting to feel good. Called the wife a few miles from home to see what her plans were and she had no answer so I took a direct line home and loaded loaded her & her bike & the dog in the truck. Got a short loop that maximizes the shade so thats what we did. Helped that we stage at a Starbucks parking lot so the wife was easy to convince. I'm a plain black coffee kinda dude but today when we finished I had a cold caramel frappucino and truth be told I really liked it even though it probably cost more than a 6 pack of beer.

    Proof of ride # 2
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    Oh and the wife(aka shiny shoes) got these shiny new things that she thought matched her bike real well. Rusty & myself disagree...
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  20. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That's awesome... Except for the frappuccino part. :sick::gag:
     
  21. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Rusty!!!!!!! LOL I guess he doesn't underestimate the power of a good night's (or morning's) sleep :sleep::geek:


    Mountain biking may be hazardous.

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  22. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Classic...:thumbsup:
     
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  23. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
  24. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Rode The Tour de Noble Friday with t-2, Sunday Mission trails in S.D. Tues. fireworks with Family, Thurs. Tour de Cold Springs with a Crazy Hillbilly! Shaping up to be a good week:geek:.
     
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  25. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    My buddy Ty called in sick yesterday for our Chumash ride so I decided to throw the 29s on and go for a local fire road loop from home. Of course there were a few miles of pavement to get there. I really love the versatility of this bike. I just have to remember that the 2.25 Racing Ralphs don't have quite the traction of the 2.8 Minions. I left just before 6 as I had to be home by 8. Made it with 15 minutes to spare! Hope everyone had a great 4th.20170704_071942-1612x1209.jpg 20170704_071755-1944x1458.jpg 20170704_072742(0)-1209x1612.jpg 20170704_075335-3024x2268.jpg IMG_20170704_080809_733.jpg
     
  26. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Lots of critters out today. Saw a roadrunner up the trail and when I got to where it headed off into the brush I flushed a covey of quail. All under the close eye of some kind of small hawk. Rabbits darting about not wanting to end up on the menu. Only thing I didn't see was another human all morning on the trail. Nice. Smiling is good.
     
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  27. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

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

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    @scan That does look magically delicious. I will need to add this to the list for this summer. Perhaps you could be my tour guide?
     
  29. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley & Tranny
    I was up early today so I decided to beat the heat and get a dawn patrol run in before work. Rolled out of the driveway at 5:30 and did a Peters Canyon and Oaks loop. Weather was perfect. Didn't even need arm warmers. Saw a few hikers and a couple of bikes on the trail, but pretty much had the trails to myself. Barham still makes me sad. :( 18 miles, 1,699 feet.
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  30. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    I headed out to Oaks before it got hot and did a quick loop up and around before checking out a helicopter dropping mosquito repellents in the water/marsh behind the dam. Cruised around Irvine park for a bit and found a nice ledge in some grass to practice drops on.

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    Ended up pedaling for 15.5 miles with only 1200 feet gain since I rode Irvine park for a bit. I'll probably get out again tomorrow morning for a tougher ride.

    Beer o'clock at Tustin Brew Co, Pliny the Elder on tap.

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