• 01-15-2013
    digthemlows
    anyone riding Demo Sunday Jan 20th?
    I'm goin to be in the bay area for other reasons and was going to bring my bike........I've never been to Demo and would love to tag along with someone that could show me the good trails? I'm not a strong climber so I'm looking more for flow, jumps, bumps and silly fun! If no-one can ride, please point me where to start and end............
  • 01-15-2013
    StuLax18
    I think I will since the next day is a holiday. We should get a group together of people who spin uphill in their lowest gears. :D
  • 01-15-2013
    IAmHolland
    I'm a maybe, may hit it Sat or some other spots, a bit too early to think about the weekend for me. :p Stu, you're probably faster than me. :thumbsup:
  • 01-15-2013
    StuLax18
    You have Strava? I'll show you my times. There's a 10% chance you're slower.
  • 01-16-2013
    MTBAlex
    Is the conditions at demo slop right now?
  • 01-16-2013
    StuLax18
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBAlex View Post
    Is the conditions at demo slop right now?

    Not from what I saw last Thursday, so it should be better now. It never really gets too terrible out there, in my short experience. I rode the day after the enduro race last year and it wasn't horrible.

    You got anything other than the DHR? If another big bike is out there, you know I can't resist bringing the Glory. It looks like a few guys are coming down with their DH/FR rigs in late Feb, so I'll let you know about that as it gets closer to see if you'd like to come. I'm guessing we will do a Braille run and then I'll show them something on the way out.
  • 01-16-2013
    digthemlows
    well I'll be on a Turner RFX so I may be able to hang in for big bike trails.......I follow my buddy on his Glory around here and he needs to stop an wait for me every now and again, but it's still a blast.....I'll be in SF downtown sleeping for Saturday night, so keep that in mind for start times if anyone really wants to do this.

    Doug
  • 01-17-2013
    Tim F.
    I might be up for it as well, been itching to do a Brail run or two on the big bike, but I'll be puhing up.
  • 01-17-2013
    digthemlows
    someone wanna pick a time and place, then let me know how to get to said "place"? :-)
  • 01-17-2013
    StuLax18
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tim F. View Post
    I might be up for it as well, been itching to do a Brail run or two on the big bike, but I'll be puhing up.

    Middle to late Feb, three NCG guys are coming down to ride, so I'll be sure to let you know once that gets closer and a date is picked. I'm thinking Braille for sure, see how we feel, maybe look at something else on the way back up.
  • 01-18-2013
    IAmHolland
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    Originally Posted by digthemlows View Post
    someone wanna pick a time and place, then let me know how to get to said "place"? :-)

    I don't think I can make it. I'll probably ride Demo on Sat.

    The Demo Parking Lot

    If Stu can't make it, what you want to do is go out of the lot, back onto Highland Way, and take that up. You'll reach 3 intersections on the way.

    Since you start on road, the first intersection is with dirt, about a mile or two into it. It's going to go right, at the apex of the road section. There's a Cal-Fire sign there saying something to the effect of "are you ready for fires?". This is the start of Buzzard's Lagoon.

    The second intersection is on dirt, on the climb up. You'll go around a turn on the climb. At the apex of the turn there is a branch off to the right. Do not take that, stay left and keep going up through Nisene Marks.

    The third intersection is also on dirt, you may see other riders resting there. It's at the apex of a climb, and has a route going right for more climbing. Take that. That will lead you to the very top of Ridge Trail, where you can start. This is the start of the Aptos Creek Fireroad.

    The 3 trails to go down. Corral, Braille, and Sawpit. Don't go down Sulphur Springs. That's for climbing back up.
  • 01-18-2013
    squashyo
    Don't let this map fool you...if you prefer DH, Corral is the ****. Sawpit is more XC as you add substantial climbing and the ST is more "on the ground".

    I am also riding Saturday but will be keeping a spin and will likely hit everything the park has to offer.
  • 01-18-2013
    StuLax18
    Well if all you folks are going Saturday then I don't know what to do now!

    Is STCP open yet?
  • 01-18-2013
    squashyo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Well if all you folks are going Saturday then I don't know what to do now!

    Is STCP open yet?

    Actually, just Holland and I are riding Sat it seems. And I am not going to be riding big bike pace...though I will have a big bike.
  • 01-18-2013
    StuLax18
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Actually, just Holland and I are riding Sat it seems. And I am not going to be riding big bike pace...though I will have a big bike.

    I've got the Pivot now so I am quicker up though I don't know how much more. Need clipless pedals for going up. Holland and I are nearly the exact same pace but he stops to rest more :p
  • 01-18-2013
    IAmHolland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    I've got the Pivot now so I am quicker up though I don't know how much more. Need clipless pedals for going up. Holland and I are nearly the exact same pace but he stops to rest more :p

    ha, yeah, i like to talk to the people at the bottom and top, as well as grab a snack.
  • 01-18-2013
    StuLax18
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    ha, yeah, i like to talk to the people at the bottom and top, as well as grab a snack.

    Hmm I only saw two people the whole time last ride so that's why I didn't talk much.
  • 01-18-2013
    digthemlows
    Well it looks like I may be going alone.......I'm playing by ear cause I may try and help out at Tamarancho too.........going to see Pinback at Bimbos in SF tomorrow night and the guy I'm staying with rides (bought his bike from a certain site admin) and I'll leave it to him where he wants to go.
  • 01-18-2013
    IAmHolland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digthemlows View Post
    Well it looks like I may be going alone.......I'm playing by ear cause I may try and help out at Tamarancho too.........going to see Pinback at Bimbos in SF tomorrow night and the guy I'm staying with rides (bought his bike from a certain site admin) and I'll leave it to him where he wants to go.


    have a good time. sorry I couldn't go. Wife wants to do a ride on Sun, so I'm limited.
  • 01-18-2013
    tsimbu
    I think I can swing a Sunday ride.
    I'm slow up but I have a LOT of fun down. I enjoy session rides where we stop at features and try to master them.
    I propose a 10am start time at the parking lot on Highland way.
    Cross over the bridge and park in the large dirt parking lot
    I'll post tomorrow to verify.

    Map here

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  • 01-18-2013
    StuLax18
    What time is the Saturday crew riding?
  • 01-18-2013
    digthemlows
    Sunday at 10 might just be do-able. I'll PM you my cell number tomorrow
  • 01-18-2013
    bassn
    Me and a few friends will be starting around 10:30ish from Highland road.
  • 01-18-2013
    StuLax18
    I was thinking around 10, but I always seem to run late, especially in the morning. I was wondering when Holland was going, especially if he's by himself.

    Good thing about Demo is I know the place, so you guys wouldn't have to wait up haha.
  • 01-19-2013
    tsimbu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digthemlows View Post
    Sunday at 10 might just be do-able. I'll PM you my cell number tomorrow

    Got the green light, so I plan on being there around 10am.
    Look for a blue Santa Cruz Chameleon.

    We'll play it by ear but I like to do Corral and Braille when I go out there.
    IMO, it's the best fun for the climbing.

    Travis
  • 01-19-2013
    squashyo
    Ask, Randomroot, and I rode Ridge, Corral, Sawpit, up Tractor (Road), down Braille...primo conditions...almost too dry in spots. have fun gents...weather should be perfect!
  • 01-19-2013
    bassn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Ask, Randomroot, and I rode Ridge, Corral, Sawpit, up Tractor (Road), down Braille...primo conditions...almost too dry in spots. have fun gents...weather should be perfect!

    How was Tractor? I guess it's open now?
  • 01-19-2013
    StuLax18
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Ask, Randomroot, and I rode Ridge, Corral, Sawpit, up Tractor (Road), down Braille...primo conditions...almost too dry in spots. have fun gents...weather should be perfect!

    I liked your parking spot, :p
  • 01-19-2013
    squashyo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    How was Tractor? I guess it's open now?

    It's open but it's still a slog of a climb and really the only deep mud we saw all day. Not sure if I'd do it again but maybe...
  • 01-19-2013
    Southbay Bomber
    I'm in
    A family get together was just postponed so I can get a ride in. If anyone is interested in a carpool I'll be coming down from Fremont. I'll have a BLTc (black) .
  • 01-19-2013
    paulney
    I'd like to join in - don't want to ride Demo alone. I'm in Campbell, very close to 17 Camden exit.
  • 01-19-2013
    Southbay Bomber
    Sounds good. Check your PM.
  • 01-19-2013
    digthemlows
    well crap.... I can't get enough time to make it..... sorry.....

    my phone made this
  • 01-20-2013
    Tim F.
    Can't make it Sun, but hoping to make it out Monday.
  • 01-20-2013
    hkenshin
    I'm thinking about Monday as well. Pm me if anyone is interested in carpooling
  • 01-20-2013
    StuLax18
    Might go ride Monday with le big bike. I was slow yesterday for some reason, unless Strava messed up. I had improved every time the past 3-4 rides out there, and then suddenly I'm 2 minutes slower on the new bike. Granted the rear brake is giving me issues so I had no confidence to go fast, but damn.
  • 01-20-2013
    IAmHolland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Might go ride Monday with le big bike. I was slow yesterday for some reason, unless Strava messed up. I had improved every time the past 3-4 rides out there, and then suddenly I'm 2 minutes slower on the new bike. Granted the rear brake is giving me issues so I had no confidence to go fast, but damn.

    Just blame Alan and his 29er. ;)
  • 01-20-2013
    StuLax18
    Yeah but see I did one run by myself first. I dunno, something isn't right. Other weird part is I was faster on ridge, so it's not like I was going slow completely. I'm looking at the Glory right now and it's saying take me out there and lay pipe to that trail.