I Rode My Bike Today...

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



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  1. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '20 Pivot Firebird 29
    Changed it up a little today. Parked in Laguna Canyon and climbed Willow into LCWP. After the obligatory Missing Link/Fenceline tour, I decided to turn left and hit one of my favorite short trails - Rattlesnake. I figured go down, then just push back up rather than continuing to dive down fireroad deep into El Morro. I LOVE Rattlesnake. Way too short, but chunky wonderfulness. Unfortunately there is a P-Line to the left almost all the way down, which I watched some e-biker struggle to descend (Levo Turbo or whatever the Specialized Enduro motorcycle is called). As I was pushing back up, there was another group of three on mopeds as well, barely able to ride the chunk - walking, crashing. :facepalm:

    This is looking up Rattlesnake. Chunkier than it looks.
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    Then it was over to Lizard. Haven't ridden there since the great paver controversy. It was no big deal. A slight reroute that was easy to see and didn't detract from the fun. Lizard is a hoot. Then it was over to Camarillo - which has a fun chunky section with 4 or 5 turns. Good times. Then it was just the upsy downsy leftsy rightsy of Stagecoach South back to the Willow lot. Dabbed the one climb that I only make about 60% of the time. Oh well.

    12.3 miles. 1840' About 75° and sunny. Bikes are fun! :cool: :)

    Oh and you will all be relieved to know that my new brake pads solved the problem I described last week. Phew! Bike was nice and quiet today. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    Stellar day on the bike today. I am generally quite good at recognizing stress for what it is, and managing it appropriately. This week that was not the case, and my gourd was a mess. I NEEDED a fun ride today. Went to very familiar territory and did a dry run of the route I laid out for the Cheseboro group ride. Was one of those days that it felt good to be alone to clean out the mental cobwebs. Sessioned a couple things that usually give me trouble, until I cleaned them. One of them being The Wall, which I cleaned for the first time on my second attempt. That felt so good. Made a deposit in the karma bank by donating a quick link and use of my chain tool to a guy with a broken chain. Turned into a good conversation, and nice see the stoke from a group whose ride went from done to back on track. Weather was absolutely perfect, and I totally felt on my game today. Lurv my home trail to pieces. 18.9/2535

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  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    The Wall doesn't look like much of a wall when you are below and across from it. But she's a challenge, no doubt.
     
  4. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    Yeah, hard to photograph, but pics never seem to do difficulty of any features justice. And starting on the left down low, and traversing to the right was the ticket. Gear selection seemed to make a big difference as well. At that other mini-wall section lower on the trail I tried it in 3rd gear (32t chain ring), and that made it almost easy (had previously been in granny, or 2nd), so that's what I used on The Wall as well. Made it all the way to the tip top in the first try, but got hung up on that last lip. Made an adjustment in the second attempt, and finally got it. So stoked to check that off.
     
  5. redwoods

    redwoods Member

    Location:
    Rialto Heights, CA
    Name:
    Pat
    Current Bike:
    Kona Process 153 G2
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    I rode my bike today. And did other things. :facepalm:
    Stupid crash on Gabrielino, tasted like humble pie.
    Made mistakes I know better not to do.
    With @Tom the Bomb's help, I got up and finished the ride.
    I think I bruised my ego.:laugh:
     
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  6. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '20 Pivot Firebird 29
    Before the photo...

    @Tom the Bomb "Hey Pat - you OK?"
    @redwoods "Yeah, I think so..."
    TTB "Need any help?"
    Pat "Sure, can you help me up?"
    TTB "You bet, let me dig out my phone first and snap a picture for IMTB..."
     
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  7. redwoods

    redwoods Member

    Location:
    Rialto Heights, CA
    Name:
    Pat
    Current Bike:
    Kona Process 153 G2
    That's pretty accurate.
    Friends, amiright?:Roflmao
    Actually, Tom was a great help, as usual. Great guy to ride with!
     
  8. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Prescott
    Name:
    hill^billy
    A wave right back at you. Looks like a nice comfortable bed of rocks?
     
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  9. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Lol! Priorities :thumbsup:
     
  10. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    New dirt Saturday! @cajun and @H2oChick invited the gang to the Bommer open access day... @horsebikerider , @mtnbikej , The Professor and I joined in. There is some fun stuff out there. :thumbsup: I wasn't even paying attention to the trail names- just following along. What a riot. Well... It was a riot after the Quail climb. :gag: Easier with gears, but still a ball buster on cold legs.

    Then some of the old standards... Camarillo, Cattle Crest, Old Emerald, Fenceline, Missing Link, Lizards... Fun time, with a Bommer Ridge finish.

    Tacos at Sharky's afterwards for a perfect finish to the day. :inlove:

    22/3700

    It was this kind of day... :D
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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    What EXACTLY is going on in this pic? Exactly... :confused:
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  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I was chasing my bike. :rolleyes:
     
  13. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    It has a motor?
     
  14. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Well.... Okay? Those explicit details certainly clears everything up...:coffee:

    “Runaway bike never going back
    Wrong way on a singletrack
    Seems like I should be getting somewhere
    Somehow I'm neither here nor there”


    -Soul Asylum
     
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Yeah Pat!
    I’ve been right there with you!
     
  16. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    @H2oChick !
     
  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    The bike decided he wasn't pulling his weight, so it threw him. He chased it the last 20 feet...
     
  18. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve Boudreaux
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    I began watching the weather for Big Bear last Wednesday. Hi of 60 deg. and low of 32. Saturday turned out to be the perfect day for this solo ride. I took the DT 370 front wheel off my Chameleon and put on my Hightower because it had a DHF tire on it that I thought was a good choice for the soil conditions along with my Onyx silent rear wheel I thought would be a great combo- and it was. I parked at Snow Summit with the intent of repeating the group ride we all did mid summer. I spent a lot of time on trail forks making sure that I was picking the right trails which was really just getting up to Skyline. I rode all the way to Pineknot trail and felt good so I rode all the way around the mountain repeating our same path as before. Poking along, checking trailforks repeatedly I made it back to Pineknot trail head. I decided to skip the Pineknot decent into town in favor of returning on Skyline which was so nice to ride and also to cash in on the Fern trail decent back to the Snow Summit parking lot. I rode along all day at my own slow, careful pace with no dust and with very few other riders, hikers to be seen. 29.77 miles. 3,175 feet of climbing. I made it back home around 6:30 pm.

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  19. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Man, I bet it was blissful up there... That is a cool ride.

    It also looks like you lost a few pounds. :thumbsup:
     
  20. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    Awesome! Beauty, solitude, mileage....sounds like a stellar day.
     
  21. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Being in the forest when its empty is mind cleansing.
     
  22. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Yep Bomb Squad and the Gabe , a good combo.
    Pat had never ridden the reopened Gabe past Switzers . Pro_leisure had text me he his daughter and a buddy were riding it via a shuttle . Sounded good but Pat and I were looking for some elevation too. We opted to add a side run up to Valley Forge and back to Red box then out to JPL. VF is in good shape. A couple downed trees at the bottom but the rest is primo. A great route and mentally taxing, you do not just cruise through the Arroyo, lots of tricky stuff and exposure. We had a blast and so glad Pat was ok. If you are familiar with the section of the Gabe from Red box to Switzers there is a creek crossing where you can ride a log across the the creek bed. Yep that was where Pat fell. Your focus cannot waver for a second. He fell off the log to the down side into the rocky bed. Sooooo lucky. You're one tough dude Pat.
    The gouges in my leg are one of the hazards of technical HAB with flat pedals.
    Got the moves like Jaggar!
    Do it baby!
    TTB

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  23. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    Looks like Fall (Autumn, not crash) up in there. I like.
     
  24. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Rode a lap with the Trailslayer, @Grego @ricke24 and a few others. Split off to the Panorama Loop and back home.

    15 / 1,360.
     
  25. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Fun day....good ride. Hadn't been in to Bommer Access Day in about 7-8 years. Some fun trails in there. Some steep trails in there.

    Climbing Willow was like it usually is....hot. Great run down Old Emerald....I really do like it.

    Suz led the charge down Missing Link/Fenceline.

    Good run down Lizard.

    Kay talked to the rangers at the bottom of Willow....they said they were writing a lot of tickets yesterday....mostly ebikes. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  26. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '20 Pivot Firebird 29
    That is one nasty deep pedal gouge! :eek: :gag: :(
     
  27. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    I think he needs to replace some pins. Usually I get it with more than one pin so some of his must be worn. ;)
     
  28. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    Nice ride:thumbsup::thumbsup: and ouch
     
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  29. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I took the truck out for a spin today. Highway miles on the toll road to see if everything is tight with the new engine... It seems to be. :thumbsup: I came back on Santiago Canyon with the idea of climbing something. Maple-Motorway seemed like a good choice...

    And... This is the spot where I should be writing about my glorious solo Motorway loop... :p Well, it was quite glorious until I passed Four Corners and set out across Main Divide. I hit the scree and the ruts in the first downhill a little too hot, bounced around, pinballed, and ended up smacking the rear wheel pretty hard on a cantaloupe sized rock... The rock I hit was mostly covered in powder, so I didn't see it. But I sure felt it. :p :oops:

    The tire ended up with a nice tear right at the bead. It's done... But I got a tube in it and it held air even though the bead wasn't seating quite right at the tear location. So... Decision time. Head out across Main Divide for 6 miles to Motorway with a wonky tire, or make the climb back to Four Corners and baby it down the fire road. I chose the safer option... It would have been a long walk out from Main Divide.

    16.23/3,044

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  30. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Them fire roads are hell on wheels. And tires. :laugh:
     
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