I Rode My Bike Today...

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

  1. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    A quick run up Harding to Modjeska with a slightly harder gear ratio on the Highball. Also the first ride on some Performance carbon bars. They didn't break and my hands feel ok. I'll call that a win! And a couple minutes off the Harding PR... Very toasty at the bottom, but cool and breezy up top. :thumbsup:

    One surprise on the way up. Just before the last left hand turn before the Laurel Springs trail, I thought I heard voices. Then I thought I was going nuts... :eek:o_OUntil I looked off the right hand side, and saw pony tails and yoga pants! :thumbsup: Four ladies who had no clue they were being watched while they were taking their selfies. :p I ran into them again on the way back down... At least now I know which way the Laurel Springs trail goes.

    Also ran into a couple guys on the way up to Modjeska Peak, and we ended up chatting for a few minutes before I headed back down and they continued on to Santiago Peak.

    This is pretty much how the Highball will be set up for VQ... The only changes will probably be a Maxxis Rekon on the rear, and probably a 33 tooth chainring, instead of the 34. :gag:

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  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    You had me at pony tails and yoga pants.... :oops:

    (Unless on dudes).
     
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  3. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Nope....Park Rangers don't care....I spoke to a couple of them 2 years ago at the Casper's Non Dot Race about that gate, and going over it. You are all good to do it.
     
  4. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    So, pictures of the mountain, and of the bike, but not of the yoga pants-clad, pony-tail-sporting inhabitants of said mountains?:p
     
  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Once you get used to the bigger gear, it doesn't seem any tougher....but you will be faster. :thumbsup:
     
  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I spent another Tuesday Afternoon at the Oaks.

    Got a bit of a later start. Down Yucca, up BumbleGoat, up Goat. Ran into a friend at the top of Chutes...so I rode with her. We headed down Cactus, then up Bumblebee, up Oak and down Yucca again. She dragged me up BumbleBee. Back up BumbleGoat and she killed me going up Goat. We were gonna meet up with @horsebikerider so we had a little time, so another go at Cactus/BumbleGoat/Goat....my legs were screaming.

    Down Chutes, and over to Irvine Park. Horseshoe Loop is now open again, so clockwise around HS then up Puma. First time back up it...weird without the trees and brush. Back over to Chutes where we tried to chase down @horsebikerider up Chutes....we didnt' catch her....she beat us, but I was redlined trying.

    Down Cactus, up BumbleBee, down Grasshopper, before we all parted ways....back up Oak, down Peralta and home.

    Felt good to be pushed....er, pulled. Glad to see some of the other trails reopening.

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  7. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Exploration, spring conditions, snow on the trail but ridable in the first half mile then its ooooon! Melache' baby! Rode with Jason and introduced Dennis to this little gem. He likes! Rocky's post ride viddles.

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  8. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    I know nobody really give a Sh!t, but i am going to keep writing my daily ride journeys here.

    Today was most excellent.
    I started with a cheese croissant at breakfast. Then a maple bar for mid morning snack. Before noon i had downed 3 cups of coffee. Between 10and noon i drank 22 onces of tailwind (3 scoops)

    Up borrego in WR was strange. There was no one on the trail. Like creepy empty. Only saw two runners the whole trail. Thought i must have missed a Lion warning.

    At the base of mustard i was turnt up. F@ck it let’s try for 10 min today why wasit all year to hit my goal? Half way up i get a carrot to chase. I click a gear and try to catch them but the carrot is holding the gap. Turns out it was a linked cycling guy. Who get this.... is using a tow rope to pull up a young 6-7 year old riding a 20” MTB. Dude is strong AF. I went hard, and got to the top and congratulated him on an amazing tow up the hill. He was not even breathing hard.

    I hit 10:33. A full minute under yesterday’s PR. Holy F@ck i got this!! I’m doing it. 230pounds of get outta my way.

    I celebrated with Tommy’s chili cheeseburgers. More about my ground breaking nutrition program later.
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
  10. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Keep it up! It's like a mountain bike Days of our Lives with the voyeuristic food options less traveled (or at least less revealed). Whatever the rationale behind your current nutrition program, your gains (did I say that?) are impressive.

    BTW, my afternoon snack today was a hot blueberry muffin with cheese and turkey sausage on the side, and a cup of coffee with half and half. Am I on the right track?
     
  11. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    Never been there but I went to Mtn Bike Bill and clicked on the sat view. I figured others would not know the local area so the view was just to put things in perspective. I like using Mtn Bike Bill since he gives topo's and sat views although I guess they are a bit stale
    Sorry about those bad directions to da happy trails
     
  12. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    Super high glycemic program 3-4 hours pre ride.(for maximum watts)
    Huge portions of meats, plant proteins, fats, and grease + high salt (rebuilding muscle, recovery calories)
     
  13. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    Rode Hummingbird today: I had a good idea what was up, only two tire tracks on the trail. Whats up with that? It was a double black diamond, it is now so much more. Wow, it is no wonder I only ride this once or so a year. Many of those tight sbacks are still there complete with axle high drops on the exit. But it is so rough I spent my vision going into the turns, never even looking for the clean exits. There may not even be clean exits. The trail is short almost 2 miles, drops ~1300 feet so the numbers are good. But the trail is mostly on exposure, it is so rocky & rutted that there is no high speed line. I figure if ridden again you would gain 10 extra corners, ridden a few times and it would become WICKED. I was solo so I passed all those air opportunities and as I said you are looking for the line in front of you most of the time. I did not hit that unlimited air because there is no time to look far down the trail. I will probably ride it again soon and try to carry a bit more speed. I did not see any riders or hikers so you are alone out there, best be careful on the Bird
    Happy twilight trails
     
  14. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Is this an @dustyyoungblood original diet plan? Just for fun, I made up some titles.. Viking Diet, Barbarian Diet, Incredible Hulk Diet, and they're all actual diet plans? I'm so outta touch! (Should this be a PM conversation?)

    Anyway.. I used to get a lot of power out of a pre-ride chili cheeseburger/fries/large coke. Sounds similar to what you're doing, but not sure I can still eat like that. However, if it gets me back in the low fifties for a Luge lap, maybe it's worth a try. :thumbsup:
     
  15. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Damn, that sounds so fun. Nice job ticking that one. I'll be on da big hills train if I'm anywhere in SoCal when the repeat goes off. Please post it up! :thumbsup:
     
  16. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    AS promised rode LCWP after a nice teeth cleaning allowed me to slip out of the office early. Been sick for over a week (as have kids) so was not feeling great. Decided on just a quick Lizard Fenceline loop and was glad I did as my lungs felt like they might explode climbing Upper Laurel. Did some trail maintenance on Lizard covering a stupid cheater line that goes up around a rock. Beautiful afternoon, could see all the way to San Clemente island.
     
  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    @mtnbikej and I tried to avoid the wind up top, and chose a Whiting- Old Camp ride instead. Rolled from Cooks at 4:00 when it was still a bit toasty, and made our way into Whiting and up to Mark's bench. One run down Cactus, a climb up Borrego, Cattle Pond, Mustard, and Cactus run #2, bouncing through the potholes the entire way! Exit at the stables, and up Modjeska Grade. I'm not sure when they did the road work, but the grade on Modjeska Grade is significantly steeper than the last time I rode it. Yep. Either the road was steeper or someone hooked me to an anchor. :whistling: In fact, all of STT seemed steeper tonight. :gag:

    Maybe I blew myself up more than I thought on Harding yesterday, or I need to start following @dustyyoungblood 's nutrition plan. Maybe a couple bacon cheeseburgers before the ride? :p

    We turned around just before the downhill to the lower Joplin trailhead. It was a really clear night... Coming down STT is fun at night. We passed about 8 riders headed up which is unusual. Get a little higher up in the mountains at night and we don't usually see another soul.

    A run down the Luge, and back to the cars. No mechanicals, no issues. :thumbsup:

    As I passed the end of the Trabuco wash on the drive home, I could see bike lights on STT. Pretty cool... :thumbsup: Unfortunately, I could also see at least three Jeeps headed up Cadillac. :thumbsdown:

    Nice night...

    21.2 miles and 3400 feet...

    Catalina and San Clemente visible tonight...
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  18. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I've been in Whiting, and on Mustard, exactly once. I don't remember which one Mustard is and I can't get it to show up on Google Maps. Is it, perhaps, officially named something else?
     
  19. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    It's Mustard Road on the official park map. We enter the park at Borrego Trail and then take Mustard Road to Four Corners.

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  20. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Cool, thanks for the reminder. Nice to know there's an official staging area too. :thumbsup:

    Someday soon I need to ride it again. If only to see if I've improved any since the first time, which was about 3 months after I got back into riding. :sneaky:
     
  21. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Rode my bicicleta today. A little exploring was on the agenda for todays ride. The plan was to ride from my house and see how close I could get to Mt Gleason via 3N17, Santa Clara divide rd.

    The stats:
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    Well thanks to the 2009 station fire and the more recent creek fire, my plan was thwarted at mile 12 :mad: when I arrived at Bear Divide
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    At this point I wasn't in the mood to get chased out if I rode around the gate, so I turned around and climbed back up towards Camp 9. From there I just rode around and enjoyed the views from the top.
    Next time I will bring my Enduro instead and try my hand at this fire break from the top:
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    And you guys wonder why I go through so many sets of brake pads :whistling:
     
  22. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    It's definitely called Mustard. But oddly, even the OC Parks Map leaves it nameless. Find Borrego and just follow it to Four Corners. That's Mustard. It's just a fire-road, and it's not ridiculously challenging. It gets a little steep for the final 20 pedal strokes, but not crazy. Consider that my comments are coming from - me. You know I love climbing. :confused:
     
  23. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    I dunno....I did break a chain there once of the last few times I climbed it. :eek:
     
  24. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Where haven't you broken a chain or other part of your bike?
     
  25. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
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  26. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I see "Mustard Road" on the park map I linked to... :whistling:
     
  27. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
  28. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    So probably not until after CC and Rwanda, but I'm getting the itch to ride Whiting again. Who wants to play guide?? :p
     
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  29. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That's a great map... As long as you don't need to find anything. :p

    I'm glad I'm old fashioned. When I started riding, I downloaded the PDF maps for most of the local parks... Trail names and all!
     
  30. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    That's because they're in the process of closing all the trails to mountain bikes...:sick:
     
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