I Rode My Bike Today...

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



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  1. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    It’ll work out. You’ll get used to it. :D
     
  2. Sassyquatch

    Sassyquatch Member

    Name:
    Sam
     
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  3. Sassyquatch

    Sassyquatch Member

    Name:
    Sam
    Squatch and Smashy: 1:20 at Exploration then 45min at Skypark (I WILL talk bout that one this time :sneaky:). Arrow, Jumpline, Sleigh-Playground, Jumpline.

    Two flying Squatches were seen...one secondary to a loose corner and lazy technique on Explo and one toward the bottom of Jumpline...no wounds!

    epic times
     
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  4. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Yep true enough, change is hard sometimes! And what other option is there?!;)
    When I graduated from my Safire(Stumpjumper) 26er to my SC 5010 the first few weeks were not very romantic. The frame geometry was sooo different it threw me mentally and physically.
    And obviously now were besties :inlove:
     
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  5. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Yesterday I talked to my buddy Tony into going over and checking out the segment for an upcoming JRA challenge ride which includes 2 gravel and one MTB segment. Vince told me it was pretty steep but WTF? 24.9% grade on a gravel bike? No thanks. I couldn't even clean it on my MTB. If that's part of the actual route I will probably opt out.
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    Today I wanted to take Jennifer down Gas Pipe. She hadn't ridden it yet on her new bike. I rode from home and took the fire roads over to Palo Comado, hit Bones, back up Palo to Sheep Corral then down Sulphur to the parking lot where Jennifer had parked. She left about 20 minutes before I got there and had already started climbing Palo Comado. I ended up getting to the Lookout about 3 minutes after her. From there it was across Sheep Corral then down Gas Pipe, Las Virgenes, up Pump Hill, across Baleen and back to the parking lot. Jennifer did great on Gas Pipe. At one of the sections, which is actually the toughest for me, I stopped to pull out my phone to get a couple pics of Jennifer. By the time I was ready to take the picture she was already standing next to me. I followed her a few times and she has the use of her dropper post down. Now if I could only get her to ride more.
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  6. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Oh no...

    If it's any consolation, though, I read the crash description to my wife. She still thinks we're all nuts...
     
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  7. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Go Jennifer! :cool:
     
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  8. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
  9. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Yay chunk and rocks! Nice work JennifEd!
     
  10. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That bike looks just about perfect...
     
  11. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Thanks. They're always a work in progress... The new fork and wider rims have really pushed this build to the next level.
    It's just so much fun!
     
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  12. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    LCWP Redux...

    I changed the Firebird to the "high" setting before riding today. Steepens the head angle to 65.5 and the seat-tube angle 1/2 degree also. Raises the BB to a lofty 13.9". I liked the bike better in this setting for all-around trail riding.

    Up Willow, but I had to do a derailleur adjustment after the first steep pitch. I guess the geo change also changes the effective chainstay length, which impacts derailleur settings a little. Got that sorted out and up I went. Once I got past the steepest section, I really started to notice how well this bike pedals. I pushed a much bigger gear than I normally would, and this on 29er wheels. Legs felt great. Bike felt great.

    I wanted to do the exact same trails I did yesterday so I had a fresh comparison between the two geometries. But yesterday was only 2228' of climbing, so I decided to add a detour to Rattlesnake to do some more chunk testing. I had a bit of a struggle on Rattlesnake getting bounced off line a couple of times. When I got to the bottom, I noticed I had about 1.25" of the shock still unused. That's not right. Should use almost all of it on a run like that. Oh crap, I left the switch in the "trail" position. I called myself many choice names. Well, better push back up and try it again. I actually tried riding up the last bit of the trail, which is pretty challenging. I did better than I thought I would. At the top, I made sure the shock was full open, then went again. Good run, but still not as plush as I was expecting. Looked and still had about 3/4" of shock stanchion unused. I let out some air. I wonder if there are spacers in there? It seems extremely progressive.

    Then back up to Lizard. Fun run on Lizard. I made sure to drop my hands to the inside more on the turns to take advantage of the edge of the tires. Better. That and the adjusted geometry. Very fun, but still not as plush as my Tracer. Still needs work.

    Up under the 73 for a run down Camarillo. I was a bit smoother through the switchbacks and chunk today than yesterday, despite there being some traffic on the trail (they were out of the way). Fairly successful on the punchy climbs of Stagecoach.

    So as I returned to the Willow lot, I had to assess whether or not I could make another trip up Willow to the top of the park for a run down T and A. It's about another 1000' and I was at nearly 2000' already - some of it very leg intensive. Oh what the hell. Rest a bit, then head up the hill. I made it to about 50 vertical feet short of the top of T and A when I cramped suddenly and thoroughly. I had to stop. Rest. Walk. Stop. Sit. Push. Stop. Got to the top and put on the elbow pads for the ride down.

    Solid run down T and A. The slight adjustments to air pressure in the suspension helped a bit, as did the geometry, but as I was exiting the trees into the final descent, my legs were just about to seize. Rolled to a stop by the fence and there they go! Even the relatively flat road ride back to the car involved a stop for uncramping. God I hate me.

    Great day on the bike. I really hope I can get the suspension dialed in without spending a ton of money. I did order a Luftkappe ($100). My experience with that device in my Tracer's Factory 36 was very positive. It really does smooth out the first 2-3" of travel. As many of you have said, the bike will become the new normal, and only if I take the Tracer back out will I discover if it's truly better, worse or too close to tell.

    17.6 miles - 2917' Bikes are fun! :thumbsup: :cool: :)
     
  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Seven Oaks SART loops today. My buddy from work finally has his bike dialed in, so seemed like a good solid ride to see what it could do. His first time up there, and he LOVED it. Can't blame him, as conditions were primo. Nobody else on the trails at all. We parked at the 7 Oaks bridge, climbed the road to Glass, then road SART to MCR. Sloggy climb up that, and the gnats were out in force. Of course I didn't have my Camelbak w/ my net in it... Quick stop to top off water at the post office, then climbed the fire road to the upper SART section. That's getting pretty rugged, but a lot of epic fun. Finally hit the main PO loop, and just cruised that magnificent section to Cold Creek crossing, where we took a break. Then climbed out of the valley back up to MCR (more gnats!!!) and back down to the car. 18 miles, 2,200 ft, and 3.5 hours... he may be hooked!

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    Post ride we spent some time dialing in his suspension. Dropped psi significantly in fork and shock, so he pretty much has a whole new bike now. Will have to go back up and see the differences!
     
  14. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    That section is basically the grand finale of what is, IMO, the best run in all the Cheese, and the home stretch in the upcoming Cheese ride. It too can be yours.
     
  15. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity The Smash
    I have that same shock, and similar linkage (as far as I can tell). When I switched over to Smash mode I noticed that I too was leaving a good bit of travel on the table, but my PSI were as low as I dared run, and I was over 30% sag. Even had the second smallest of the 5 available volume spacers in. A small low speed compression adjustment made all the difference. Also, at least on my shock, there is about 5mm of visible stanchion even when the shock is fully compressed.
     
  16. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Hey -that's a good point. All of my shocks to date have used all of the stanchion. I should let the air out and see where maximum compression ends up.
     
  17. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    Bigger wheels.......are you running the same psi? Might wanna drop that down a little bit. Will help out. Just a thought.
     
  18. spicolli1976

    spicolli1976 Member

    Location:
    The Truman Show
    Name:
    Eric
    Santiago Peak and Joplin today!!!! :thumbsup:

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  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Nope - or is it yep? I dropped the tire psi due to wider rims. About 18 front, 20 rear.

    I have faith that the Versproingen Liftenkapsize will do what I am looking for.
     
  20. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    Those are good pressures. It's my go to. :thumbsup:
     
  21. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    So I hadn't ridden since Tuesday due to a cold I picked up.....I was hoping it was just the crappy weather, but nope.

    Yesterday @horsebikerider and I headed to Whiting for an easy afternoon spin. She took the SS, I wasn't feeling 100% so I took the Hightower. I spent the entire 8.5 miles watching Suz pull away....when i could see her. Otherwise, she was too far ahead of me. Which was great, she cleaned Mustard on the SS. She beat me to Mark's Bench. The only time I caught her was on the DH's, after she waited for me.

    I was happy I got out......

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    We did run across some deer at the bottom of Serrano Cow....they didn't seem to bothered by us rolling up on them.
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  22. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    You look like you feel like crap. :sick:
    Good job @horsebikerider!
     
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  23. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Wow! It looks like she chewed you up and spit you out! The Suz crushed J-Zilla!
     
  24. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Today, I knew I didn't have the legs/lungs/energy for the B*/Motorway ride.

    I waiting this afternoon and headed out. Thought about heading over to Chino Hills, but decided at the last minute to do a Whiting/Luge loop.

    Borrego was crowded, otherwise the rest of the the ride was quiet.

    Head and lungs were still a bit stuffy. Just took my time. However didn't stop. The only time I put a foot down was to go over the moto barrier on STT. However the climbs felt like my brakes were locked up, my wheels were square, tires flat, and I was tied to a tree.

    As I rolled back into 4 Corners saw a couple walking their accessory pet....let them know that they walked right by the sign that said "No Dogs".

    At the end of Live Oak I made the left turn and checked out Coyote Brush Trail....it has finally reopened...and someone rode a moto on it, you could see the tracks. Turned down Line Shack and hit Live Oak again....only to run into a guy and a girl at the other end heading up it....on ride share scooters....yeah, those are totally legal there.

    Got 19 / 3000' on a day I didn't feel that great.

    Still good to get out.
     
  25. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Yup....the whole ride was like that.
     
  26. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    I concur.
     
  27. tfitz

    tfitz Member

    Name:
    tom fitz
    Bentonville was fun
    Chattanooga had some flow
    I am glad I don’t wear cleats
    There are a lot of waterfalls in Brevard


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  28. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Sunday Funday with some Lady Shredders. :inlove:

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  29. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash


    Great portrait!
     
  30. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Oh My!
    Picture Slot Machine!
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