Mixed Surface Roadirt Ride

Discussion in 'Trailhead' started by Runs with Scissors, Aug 30, 2018.

Added to Calendar: 09-01-18
  1. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Ride Name: Mixed Surface Roadirt Ride
    When: Saturday, September 1, 2018
    Time: 0615
    Where: Intersection of GMR & Sierra Madre Ave
    Ride Description or Details:
    I'm going up til I can't go up no more. Intent is to hit the top of the Baldy Ski Lifts. Maybe Sunset Peak on the way back. Definitely Monroe Truck Trail. It's 43 miles and 5,200 feet just to Mt Baldy Village and back. There's 1,000 feet of elevation gain to get back down the mountain. Really cool scenery and history along the route, too.
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    Meet Location:
    On GMR, just north of Sierra Madre Avenue. Like, maybe 50 feet north.
    Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Storm Trooper, Suicidal
    Ride Pace: Social Cruise, Easy with Moments of Effort, Moderate Pace
    Type of Ride: Out and Back
    Rider Limit: 987,654,321
    Anticipated Mileage: 50+
    Elevation Gain: 7,000+
    Ride Duration: 7 hrs +
    Previous Ride Reports: Search on my GMR rides.
    Possible Bail-Outs: Turn around.
    Facilities: Bushes and rocks until Mt Baldy Village. Water at Mt Baldy Village 22 miles in.
    Food/water suggestions: Bring whatever you need to climb 22 miles and 4,400 feet before anything is available. Then climb some more.
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  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Hmmmmm... Which bike are you riding?

    I'm wondering if I can start that late... Or if I should go out for something really early from home. I have some things to do later in the day.
     
  3. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'll be on the XTC.
     
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  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    As fun as this sounds..::::eek:k, not really, too much pavement.


    I’ll stay local and figure something out.
     
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  5. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Tire choice for this endeavor?
     
  6. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Same as always. 2.4 Ardent on the front and 2.35 Forekaster on the back.
     
  7. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    Blech :gag:

    I learned at Strada Rosa that Forecasters 2.35 F&R don’t make good road tires.
     
  8. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    This route should be done on a 6" travel bike... Smooths out the asphalt. :laugh: Ha-hem, @Grego . This route is also not recommended for Stans hubs. :cautious:

    I'm probably going to do a mixed ride of my own locally. I need to drive to LA later in the day, and don't want to cut things too close.
     
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  9. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Well, the good road tires are on the Defy...
     
  10. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    The reason I ask is because I did a mixed-surface ride yesterday (Meadows from the ranger station) and saw how much faster the roadies' tires rolled on pavement over my Ikons. It's like my Ikons were stuck to the asphalt.:bang:

    In the past I used a set of Performance Forte Fas-traks that rolled much better for mixed-surface rides like this.^^ Like unbelievably fast, but with outside knobs for dirt. I didn't trust those knobs for cornering on pavement, but they were acceptable on dirt. Quick search shows Maxxis has a comparable tire, the Tread Lite, and Performance has a Forte Dartmoor ($20). Maxxis also has the Pace which looks very fast but has less aggressive side knobs which might be better for pavement but worse for dirt.
     
  11. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'm one of those weirdos who doesn't want to change tires just because I'm doing a different type of ride. I'll ride what I got!! :cool:
     
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  12. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I was seriously considering taking the Kona (Sutra LTD, 36 x 11/42; 1x11 drop bar wunderbike) on this ride, but the adapters for the front wheel are not being moved right along. I ordered them a week ago; one would think that would be sufficient time to get here even from Minnesooooooota. But no.

    So, it's the XTC or the Defy. Given the rousing response I've gotten for this ride I may just go full roadie. :cool:
     
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  13. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    LOL I didn't see this just asked about it in the other thread.. yikes I'd the road bike can skip the Monroe Truck Trail on the way down but that's not going to happen tomorrow
     
  14. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Couldn't agree more. In fact, that's how the "I Road My Bike" thread got started. Not as a road bike thread, but how I roadied out my MTB for a plush road ride.