I Rode My Bike Today...

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



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  1. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    Yeah that chart is pretty dramatic... Things that saved me... Pads, it was a low side.. skidding / sliding as opposed to high-side abrupt stop... And in this case with the flats I did not drag the bike with nor land on it... Oh to add so it my glasses banged my cheekbone while protecting me... Gave me a little shiner!
     
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  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    The "shrubbery over the crater" is what got me in Limestone this past summer. I think it's even worse when it sneaks up on you like that. No time to mitigate the damage beforehand... You just take it all.
     
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  3. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    So easy to hit 30 plus on mach 1.. thank God nothing major...hope u get better asap...
    Always liked ur avatar even in the old forum...
     
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  4. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    Oaks n weir..thank u for whoever put the roxks on the little creek cxings...weir has water!
    Fun monday ride...
    Oaks 3 rides in a row...time to move on..
    Almost feeling like the floop! Hahaha...
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Glad to hear that it wasn't worse than it is. Heal up. :thumbsup:

    I too am having fun with the ruts up here. I encountered three that took me by surprise yesterday on my ride. Two of them were on a trail that I am not very familiar with and they were about 2 feet deep each. The third and final one was on a trail that I could ride blind folded and it is at least 3 feet deep and on the main line to take through that section. It's gnarly enough so that a new line has been created to get around it but you can't see it until you are right above it! :eek:
     
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  6. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    It's fast just standing still! He's getting PRs left and right!
     
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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
    So it sounds like it was not too busy?
    If you are looking for a ski partner pm me I will join you if I can.
     
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  8. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Cool! I was up the last two Sundays and have confirmed my earlier findings. If you arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 you can park right up front in the main lot. That's essential for me, because I change gear (ski equipment to snowboard equipment). I can then relax, get my lift ticket, hit the RR, grab a breakfast burrito and get my gear on with no hurry. I then ski/ride until 12:30 or so. I have never had to wait in the lift line more than 2-3 minutes. This was true the last two years too when I brought my daughter up for all-day lessons.

    The Sunday of MLK weekend, there was a six-mile long string of cars waiting to get in when I left - all the way down the 2 to the 138. Last Sunday, there was no line of cars at all - but strangely, both days, no long lift lines before noon.

    Now - I have not gone up there on a weekend during or immediately after a fresh snow. I am guessing that's a different story. I plan to go up again one day this weekend. I am hoping this time the snow level stays below 6000', but I am not too optimistic that it won't rain.

    @Tom the Bomb I will hit you up if I go (alone) this weekend. If I go with my daughter, I will be confined to the bunny hill (where the lift lines are long) unless I put her in a full-day lesson. :thumbsup:

    My apologies to the OP of this thread for the massive derail. He's gonna be pissed! :p
     
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  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    I met TTB and his friends Garren and Jason at MTT this morning for a ride. The creek has a good amount of water flowing through it and a few of the old path sections were erased but it was mostly recognizable with 3 or 4 water crossings. There is some fresh chunk exposed in the creek bed which made for some fun coming back down through it. Perfect weather for riding/climbing today, warm in the sun, cool in the shade. The climb went well for me. I am still getting used to my new ride but I was happy with it's climbing performance today. Garren wasn't quite feeling it so he dropped out somewhere around half way up. The ST above the Mystic trailhead is fairly grooved and trenched out which made for some wild times coming back down. It was there on the way up that TTB checked his saddle, which didn't feel right to him. Well, upon inspection, he discovered that the rear half of one of the rails was GONE. :eek: But, he carried on and the return back down didn't seem to bother him since he had the seat slammed most of the time. I think it's probably fair to say that each of the three of us remaining came close to eating it at least once coming back down. Our bikes got a bit dirty rolling down through the creek bed and it was a hoot! :cool::D:thumbsup:

    15.79 miles
    2503' gain
    1297 calories

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  10. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Good to ride with you again Mike. Did not know your bike was new too. Congrats, nice. That a Gaboon viper as your avatar?
     
  11. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    Yikes BVader... glad it wasn't worse, but you're probably hurting a bit. Healing vibes and stuff

    I had my worst crash ever 7 or 8 years ago, on the fast lower part of Rockit in Aliso, similar speed. Caught a rut wrong like you and next thing I know flopping down the side of the trail. Was awhile before I could get up much less think. Could explain some things. Don't want that again.
     
  12. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    My back doc gave me the OK to ride after 6 weeks off, with the usual warning to start out slow and easy, flat ground for 15 minutes kinda thing. I told him that was not possible on a mountainbike... he rolled his eyes

    So I started at the Ranger station in Aliso, up Wood canyon to canyon vistas, up hollyleaf (bypassing Cholla, was trying to be good) then down Rockit. Mundane? It was glorious!
     
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  13. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Yes, the mighty Gaboon Viper! I see this snake every time I visit the L. A. Zoo.
     
  14. Old&InTheWay

    Old&InTheWay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange, Ca.
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Primer Pro
    1/2 Harding 10 miles 2200 feet
    Dried up
    Roughed up a bit
    Lots of loose rocks
    Cool temp
    Beautiful Day

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    :)
     
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  15. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    With the impending "storm of the century" coming the end of this week, we figured our Thursday night B* social would get washed out. So @horsebikerider made the call to head out to Blackstar last night. Small group, just 3 of us. Suz headed out a few mins early while I waited for the late arriver.

    Social pace up....nice temps. Never did catch Suz.

    Stopped just below the gate......

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    Fun run down chasing Suz.....then my light went out just after we climbed out of Hidden Ranch.....no big deal.

    Good ride.
     
  16. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    It needs to rain, just not on weekends.:bang:
     
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  17. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Agreed 100%!
     
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  18. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo & Intense Primer
    Went out to ride Lake Hodges for the 1st time in about a year. Its our "local" place in Escondido where we usually take people just starting out but it's always a great place to get some XC type miles in. I was just looking for something different and was trying to get on some dirt before the weekends expected rain. While the riding may not be the most exciting, the flow up is always worth the trip in that direction :D

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  19. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    That's not a Gaboon viper its just a bunch of leaves (moves in a little closer) YOUCH! :gag:
     
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  20. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Yep, that's the plan. At least until it pumps you full of the largest dose of venom of any of the venomous snakes. :eek::D
     
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  21. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo & Intense Primer
    One of the guys in our group moved here from Connecticut and was always having a hard time with our tech. He went thru a few bikes (Giant Trance, Ibis Ripley, then HD3) before getting the Mojo 3 and it literally transformed his riding. He was riding it with 2.35 tires. He has since went back to the newest Ripley and in all honesty, his riding on techy features has deteriorated. He should have kept the Mojo 3.
     
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  22. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Even with 20+ years of experience Jennifer couldn't believe how much easier the M3 was to ride through the techy stuff than her Ripley. Just point and shoot.
     
  23. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Marshall Bombed tonight with T-2, Redwoods, Brandon, Kevin and Allon. Good Chit baby!
     
  24. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    Evening ride last night with @mtnbikej and @Faust29 up B* to Sierra Peak. Great conditions, great weather, got to the peak without lights, but needed them on the way back down. Saw three riders on the first 75% of the ride... and then loads of riders (as well as hikers) coming back down from Beek's. Very weird given the large number of solistice rides we have done when we see none, or only a couple. What are hikers doing wading in the creek (probably in private property) at 7:00 PM? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Thanks to mtnbikej for the delicious warm Mt. Dew at the end of the ride! Mainlining sugar is always better when it starts at body temp!

    My first ride to Sierra Peak. 23.75 miles, 3470 feet.
     
  25. Lost Kiwi

    Lost Kiwi Member

    Location:
    Was UK, now Mission Viejo!
    Name:
    Simon
    Current Bike:
    Nugget Proflex 657
    Decided to try and shake of the after effects of jet lag and an oncoming cold by dragging my sorry arse round Whiting this morning. OC parks gave the all clear and the rain hadn't arrived yet so I set off spot on 7am. Only saw one other rider and about 6 walkers. I haven't been here since start of December so it was pretty cool to see how green the place is. Little bit of rain really brings everything back! Also sad to see the damage it does to some of the trails, especially the wider fire road stuff, lots of washed out ruts and stuff in places made things interesting a couple of times. The wet sandy mud plays havoc with the old v brakes and had me wincing down Cactus. Was feeling pretty ordinary for the relative lack of effort but its nice to be back on the bike after a couple of months worth of patchy riding time.
    Hoping the rain isn't to bad so I can do another loop tomorrow otherwise I'll probably head for Maple Springs Saturday or Sunday.
     
  26. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Another mix it up for Weds. night ride.

    @Faust29 and @BonsaiNut had a social ride out to Sierra Peak. Temps were nice the whole time. We had Sierra Ridge all to ourselves. Looked like we might ride into the fog, but it cleared out in time.

    Very very dark night out there. Cloud cover blocked all the natural light. Lots of other riders out.

    Fun ride.
     
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  27. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Fabulous news, Dave! I've thought of you in the last six weeks; see, I had/have a little reminder that your back was messed up. Glad you are out of the weeds! Forge on, but with care. I'll be following behind ya... "Flat ground"...sounds good, that means no chunk. Is a board still flat when I tilt it at a grade? Of course it is! Easy does it, brother. :thumbsup::geek:
     
  28. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Yep... @BonsaiNut had never made the trek out to Sierra Peak, so @mtnbikej and I showed the way. Nice social pace up to Beeks, and then a jaunt across Main Divide to Sierra. I think @BonsaiNut made it out there without lights, but I wimped out with all the new rain ruts and washouts to dodge...

    Nice night... It never got too cold, and it was fun coming back down. We even had some rabbits to chase on the top half. :thumbsup:

    24 miles and 3300 feet
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    Trying to beat the rain, I went out and did the Bell Trail to Caspers today, with some extra credit on the Coto single tracks. :thumbsup: I was largely successful, and only saw a few drops. The wind was another story... Still fun.

    19 miles and 2500 feet...

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  29. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
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  30. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I rode my bike today.....and it was glorious.

    It was also, wet, raining, cold, windy, muddy.

    Maple Springs to Motorway w/ @Faust29

    48* at the start....we would see temps down to 36* at 4 Corners. We were in the mist/drizzle/rain pretty much the whole ride.

    The gate was closed and we only saw one other rider and it was early on. No PR's were harmed in the making of this ride. Lots of waterfalls running on the way up Maple Springs.....sorry, no pics....you have to see for yourself, and I don't want to share.

    The muddy spots along Main Divide were not bad today, but it was still really wet out there.

    Motorway was hit hard by the rain. The scree is gone and the trail bed is down to bedrock. Somewhere along the way, my fork became locked out. Of course I didn't find this out til we were back on the road....now I know why my hands were killing me on the way down.

    Glorious day on the mountain.
     
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