I Rode My Bike Today...

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



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  1. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Well... After a fun romp out to Old Camp last night, I had some time and needed a little suffering. I've been running a harder gear on the single speed for the last few rides. At social pace, it's pretty manageable. It's even kinda fun to push harder than normal.

    So... I got the bright idea to do a solo Black Star out and back today. It hurt. Lots. And it wasn't any faster than when I run my normal gearing or when I run an easier gear. I'll be swapping the rear cog before Saturday's death march. :oops: :thumbsup: Even though it hurt, I'll take it. Wrightwood 50 is coming up fast. :thumbsup:

    I did see several other riders today, and quite a few hikers. There were also several e-motos. The riders were all without shirts, helmets, and shoes. I'm pretty sure they were in flip flops. One guy was talking on the phone while holding it against his shoulder with his chin. Going downhill. Shirtless. On a fire road. With brakes squealing. :confused:

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  3. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley V4 & DV9
    [QUOTE="Faust29, post: 195708, member: 274"I've been running a harder gear on the single speed for the last few rides. At social pace, it's pretty manageable. It's even kinda fun to push harder than normal. [/QUOTE]

    Just curious what a “harder” SS gear ratio is for you. I’m guessing that your “easy” is harder than my “hard”.
     
  4. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Just curious what a “harder” SS gear ratio is for you. I’m guessing that your “easy” is harder than my “hard”.[/QUOTE]


    32x20 is really pushing it for the rides I do... normally I have the 21 on.
     
  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Got out late....especially with the shorter days. Wasn't even 100% sure I was gonna ride.

    Rolled over to the Oaks. Legs felt better than I they would.

    Just kept moving. Weather was weird....was humid, but dry.....overcast, but breezy.

    Just before dark going up BumbleBee to Oak, I had too much power down and snapped my chain. Who needs an ebike....I make my own power. Ok, actually I shifted like a total hack. Quick fix. Rolled out of the park just at dark.

    17.5 / 2500'

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  6. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Exploration x3! Yeah! 1 loop 2 shuttles with @Knuckleduster and @sir crashalot. Saaaaaweeeet!

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  7. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Yup, yesterday rode Exploration trail in running springs with @knucklebuster and @Tom the Bomb . Started with the camp6 climb skirting slide peak, which goes through a young sequoia grove. Then first run down, they showed me a cool rock roll to the left side of the trail I never knew was there. Then two more downhill laps, using car shuttles. On The 2d time on that rock roll, I forgot to lower my dropper:eek: barely rode it out. Finally cleaned that one left-hand switchback. Weather was great (seemed not quite as cool as predicted though) trail was dry and loose. Great day on the bike with a couple of cool dudes who impress with with their riding strength and skill.
     
  8. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Nice one, team!

    Yep, those guys let the action do the talking. :thumbsup: Solid partners.
     
  9. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I want Wednesdays off...





    (but I don't want to be unemployed to do so)
     
  10. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Yesterday actually... No school in L.A..

    If you go here, take a bug net. Swarms.


    On a side note, my fitness is no where near what's required to do this loop in a timely manner....

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  11. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    Hey, I know that place. Glad you got out there. I’ll consider myself lucky that there were no bugs last week.
     
  12. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Dropped my truck at the shop for brake work and then pedaled from over to Cherry Canyon to do a Big ChLoop. Luckily, not much smoke at all around my area but I can see it in the not too far off distance.

    15.97 miles
    2477' gain
    1326 calories
     
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  13. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Just how do we know that you really burned 1326 calories:cautious:
    :p
     
  14. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Not really a solo GE ride! There were lots of bear prints, I saw a mama bobcat and her cub, the cub was so curious about me that he stopped, sat and watched me watching him..it was awesome! Also lots of hunters out there, more than usual for that area. Two other mtn bikers who took the FR the whole way, they weren’t interested in saying hi so I just went on my way:whistling:
    Oh and hardly any bugs, it was a bit too chilly for them today..yass!
    Such a perfect day, the kind that makes your heart feel full:inlove:
    #gratitude #godisgood

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  15. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Its what my Garmin says. I hear that it's an exaggerated estimate given by Garmin too, but what the hell, why not.

    BTW, how do we really know that you actually got 2,212 ft gain? :cautious:
    :p
     
  16. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Mellow cruise with my buddy Tony. After nine days off the bike and a hectic work week I definitely felt this one. Glad to be out there!

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  17. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    How does one do a mellow 35.9 mile/5640 ft gain mountain bike ride?
     
  18. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    By taking 4+ hours...
     
  19. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    How many hours involved in a non-mellow 35.9 mile mountain bike ride that includes 5640' gain?
     
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  20. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Because it’s like Strava....like... duh:rolleyes::cool:
     
  21. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    I averaged my pace over my last few rides that were similar in miles to elevation and came up with about 3.5 hours. :whistling:
     
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  22. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    OMG... like, totally OMG! :rolleyes::D
     
  23. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    That's a HUGE decrease. I am very disappointed in your performance today. Better get back out there tomorrow and work on it. ;)
     
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  24. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    I'll blame it on Tony. He passed down his metalworking business to his son and has had to help him out the last couple of weeks. He was dragging so I felt it was my duty to keep him company. :D
     
  25. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    @mtnbikej , @TheProfessor and I did a mellow ride at the beach today... It really was mellow. Lots of stopping to enjoy the sights... :whistling: We hit some of the usual suspects: Camarillo, Stagecoach, Old Emerald, BFI, Fenceline, Missing Link, etc... We ended up cutting it short, though, so as not to kill the Professor.

    Fun day on the stealth Lizard.

    Burritos at Sharky's afterwards...

    40 miles and 6500 feet...

    Coming down BFI... Had to stop for the view.
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    A detour to Ridge Park for a water refill. Professor was ogling the Santa Cruz bikes...
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    As I was looking at the two Chameleons side by side at Ridge Park, I had a feeling of deja vu...

    From July 2016... Two Highballs. Both have gone to the bicycle graveyard in the sky.
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  26. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Clearly, "mellow" is the word of the day where rides are concerned.
     
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  27. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Mellow 5600' of climbing. Mellow 6500' of climbing.

    I need a new sport. :bang: :facepalm: :oops:
     
  28. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Wrightwood Loop with Scan the man. Temps were perfect. We had the trails to ourselves.
    12.75 mi. 2850 elev. nice!
    Good riding Fran!
     
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  29. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Such a good day on the bike. The first climb out of Quail had me hacking pretty good.....combination of dry air and that damn climb. It would eventually subside.

    May not have been the best route, but it was just a suggested route that I did back when it was all about the stats.

    It started off quite chilly, but would eventually warm up.....alot. Things were going well for the first 20 miles or so. Then it just got stupid hot. Parts of the canyon where there was zero breeze were pretty brutal. The Professor started to fade in the heat.

    Once we climbed out of Emerald Canyon we took inventory of our fluids..... @Faust29 and the Professor was down to about 1/2 bottle, and we were still 8 miles or so from the car, and with the Professor was done, so we made our way back up to RidgePark. Refilled bottles and took the easy way back Quail via Shady Canyon.

    We ended up shorter than the planned ride, but still had fun. Still had plenty of legs, which was great.
     
  30. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Total score with the kitty sightings! (Kitty sighting you, vice versa :cool:). TFPU! :thumbsup:


    You mellow riders are flat putting it down...in the heat??? Burlosis!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup:
     
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