Where my night riders at?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kazlx, Nov 6, 2019.



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  1. kazlx

    kazlx Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin, CA
    Name:
    Joe
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5.5
    I'm really looking to make sure I get some miles in this winter and hoping to get out at night at least once per week. It would be rad to maybe set a consistent thing up if anyone is interested. I'm really only familiar with STT/Luge and then possibly Floop *cringe* if necessary. It would be rad to ride some other routes and just meet up with some people that are interested in the same. It's been a while since I've consistently done night rides. The Luge was always my weekly go to. Who's in?!
     
  2. Luis

    Luis iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    It’s too scary riding at night :eek:

     
  3. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Usually work
    Name:
    Bort
    Current Bike:
    Like electrical current bike?
    I’m dealing with a couple health related issues but once I am back to riding I will be in. During the week I can’t be out late, I get up at 3:45am so even getting home later than 9pm is not an option for my schedule.

    I get some stitches out tomorrow so that’s the easy part, just dermatology stuff. Blood test Friday to help see why I am feeling very “off” lately so hoping I can pull out of this funk. Can’t even walk around without getting dizzy the past few days so hoping it’s nothing major.

    When I get out of this I am motivated to get back my fitness.
     
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  4. siata94

    siata94 Member

    Location:
    lake forest
    Name:
    siata
    Current Bike:
    lazy goat
    Another option is with the Irvine Ranch Conservatory:

    https://letsgooutside.org/

    I've done night rides at Limestone Canyon with the above, usually about 15 mile loop. I see 2 upcoming events:

    11/21 and 12/19.
     
  5. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    ^^^Classic!^^^
    I'm in! But I'm too far away. Riding tonight at P12. P12 is a great place to ride at night! Nothing like chasing Kangaroo Rats and Bunnies!
     
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  7. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Ride at night?!?! That’s just crazy talk. :p
     
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  8. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    I'm not skeered of the dark, but kaz's newfound motivation is a little intimidating. Good thing I'm unavailable!???!

    Keep killing, @kazlx :thumbsup:
     
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  9. siata94

    siata94 Member

    Location:
    lake forest
    Name:
    siata
    Current Bike:
    lazy goat
    not that crazy with 7000 lumens of light. Anything less then that's crazy for sure.
     
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  10. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    I'd definitely be interested. I'm really close to joining the Thurs night blackstar ride. @mtnbikej & @Faust29 are familiar with that one. Maybe one of them can chime in.
     
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  11. kazlx

    kazlx Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin, CA
    Name:
    Joe
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5.5
    I'd be down for that!
     
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  12. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I didn't have half that on San Juan last night. I must be loco! :D

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    I used to post up a ride every Wednesday night, but there weren't many takers- with the exceptions of: @mike , @Grego , @calvin, @singlespeedrider , @Ebruner and probably a couple more that I'm forgetting. There were some really memorable rides in there, but it was usually just me and @mtnbikej . Maple to Motorway was our normal route at a decent pace, with the occasional Black Star to Motorway and Old Camp thrown in. There was a stretch where I had gone down Motorway more times in the dark than in the daylight. :inlove: If there's snow, a trip to the peak was also possible. Although there were a few nights we didn't make it past Four Corners before we froze. :D :thumbsup:

    It seems like this year San Juan is our go to night ride, but I'd like to add some of the others back in. :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Not my ride... But there are always a bunch of people out there on Thursday evenings. In the winter, it's a steady stream of headlights.
     
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  14. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    If you can get to South County, the Docent ride is pretty cool on Wednesdays. Trails I've never heard of and $5 for a Sammy and beer
     
  15. kazlx

    kazlx Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin, CA
    Name:
    Joe
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5.5
    I'm just unfamiliar with the routes, so it would be nice to go out there with some people that know where they are going. I haven't ridden Blackstar/Motorway/Maple much.
     
  16. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    I don't go out every week (at night) but I am quite familiar with all of those trails. I can't always get free, but with enough lead-time I can usually make a ride. Give me a shout if you are looking for a riding partner!

    Also, Jim (@Rumpled ) hasn't posted his Winter Solstice Ride yet, but that will be a night ride on Blackstar on or around Dec 21. I have gone on the last two of those, and they are a great time!
     
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  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    If one were to post up night rides, what would be the preferred starting time for this group?
     
  18. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    @Faust29 I’m good for anything after 5pm. I work in Anacrime by Dland & get off work @ Foh! I need to get some more use out of my lights.
     
  19. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    Gonna opt out on this question... because for me earlier is easier. If I can get to the mountains before rush hour it truly can save me 15 minutes of driving nightmare.

    HOWEVER... I know most people work for a living, so I am flexible :)
     
  20. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    1000 lumens divided between bars and helmet will get ya thru pretty much anything.
     
  21. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    You are already familiar with STT/Luge....add in the climb to Cadillac or Old Camp(you can't get lost).

    Blackstar to Beeks....same thing, follow the stream of lights. Can't get lost out there, it's a fire road out and back.

    The other rides(BS/MW, MS/MW, Harding) are longer rides....and this usually take more time than most people are willing to do after work.

    @Faust29 is right.....rides were regularly posted up, and it was the exception when we'd get another rider to join. We really didn't miss many night rides last winter, even with the rain, cold, snow, ice, freezing.

    My Thursday Night Social is open to anyone, but we are prompt. If we say 5:00 roll time, we roll at 5:00. I just need a heads up if you are gonna make it. It's social, but we keep moving. It's not ride 10 mins, stop, shoot the Sh!t for 10 mins, ride, rinse and repeat. However we generally don't hammerfest it either. We start at the Tree Farm.
     
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  22. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    They usually break these up into groups based on ability, if the turnout is high.
     
  23. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    pffffffft.....you don't fear what you can't see.
     
  24. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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

    Meh.....no lights is way more fun.
     
  25. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    yeah, but you still had 2 lights. :whistling:
     
  26. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Fortunately, they are all very straightforward.

    Just be prepared to not see anyone out there. I think that is one of the reasons we enjoy it.

    Once you go passed Beeks, you are on your own. Maple Springs, sometimes you see vehicles, but once up around 4 Corners, everyone goes away. San Juan, we haven't seen anyone on any of the rides.
     
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  27. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Two 750’s and a 900. I’m not skeered!
    Tonight at P12...
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  28. singlespeedrider

    singlespeedrider Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Irvine
    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    On One Lurcher Single
    I did quit a few night rides out here in Phoenix in August. It is away to beat the heat. The last few months that whole job and family thing keep getting in the way of riding
     
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  29. kazlx

    kazlx Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin, CA
    Name:
    Joe
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5.5
    Impromptu Luge ride last night. My lights work good enough for that, although I do think I need a better setup for some other stuff. Even managed to bust a ton of PRs which made it that much better!

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  30. kazlx

    kazlx Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin, CA
    Name:
    Joe
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5.5
    I'm off at 5. I started Luge last night around 6:30. I know some people prob want to start as early as possible. Every now and then I could probably jam out of work a bit early, but not on a regular weekly basis.

    Bruh. I work for Anaheim at City Hall right at Lincoln/Anaheim Blvd. I'm off at 5 though.

    I'm definitely open to whatever. I'm off at 5 but could occasionally make semi-earlier rides. I'm going to start looking around for a bit better lighting setup. I'd probably like to have bars and helmet. I have been on a couple rides where my rinky dink rig didn't really cut it. They are old and work ok but I would like to start making it routine and I know there's trails these won't work all that great. Plus, it would be nice to have them as extras to invite some friends out to get them hooked.
     
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