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    How is Soquel Demo and surrounding areas after this rain?

    If anyone gets out to Demo or Nisene today, would you let us know how the trails are after the rain from this past weekend?

    I'm considering making a trip out there for some riding Tue-Thu, but want to make sure I wont be riding in a mud fest.

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    We got a pretty good dowsing last night and I was told it was sloppy Saturday by various sources. Demo will unfortunately be pretty muddy and not ideal this week...I'd think about coming out another time but that's just me.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Tues-Thurs.... it will be legendary awesome. That half inch of rain just needs 24 hours of sun and wind and it will be dialed.

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    It looks like there might be more rain on the way Wednesday and Thursday. I'm picking up my new (it's a 2010, but never ridden off road) 5 Spot at the Fed Ex store this afternoon...this is what's causing the rain. Sorry guys.
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    I'd stay far away from Demo for awhile. Total mud fest yesterday... to the point that I only rode Corral and then went back to the lot. Way too wet to ride. That place must have gotten a freak storm, as all the surrounding rain gauges said that little to no rain had fallen at that time.

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    Worse than it was after the enduro a year ago? I rode the day after that and it wasn't terrible, but definitely not ideal.
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    I was up there early Sunday... the trails were in good shape, but only because no one else had been up there since the rain. If it doesn't rain anymore and we get some wind / sun, I'd guess it will be ok near the end of the week / next weekend. But I'm not sure how much more rain it got last night or how much is coming later this week.

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    PS - I blame Squashyo for this rain. He's recovering from a knee injury and must have placed some kind of voodoo rain/mud hex on SDF until he is back on 2 wheels.

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    Muu-ahahahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Worse than it was after the enduro a year ago? I rode the day after that and it wasn't terrible, but definitely not ideal.
    That was probably the muddiest I've ever seen it. It had absolutely poured that whole week prior to the event if I remember correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask View Post
    I'd stay far away from Demo for awhile. Total mud fest yesterday... to the point that I only rode Corral and then went back to the lot. Way too wet to ride. That place must have gotten a freak storm, as all the surrounding rain gauges said that little to no rain had fallen at that time.
    Demo seemed to be really misty on Sat in places. That mist hit the trees, condenses, then drops like rain.

    I rode the "double" on Sat, but it was wet and slippery. It was not muddy, but most everything was wet.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask View Post
    I was up there early Sunday... the trails were in good shape, but only because no one else had been up there since the rain. If it doesn't rain anymore and we get some wind / sun, I'd guess it will be ok near the end of the week / next weekend. But I'm not sure how much more rain it got last night or how much is coming later this week.
    I rode Sawpit there last Thursday. I wouldn't call it muddy but wet and slick. I'm sure it could become muddy if enough people ride it.
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    Burrell Fire Station shows three-quarters of an inch for the last 24-hours. A tenth of an inch may be no big deal, but by any standard 3/4 of an inch -- that is a lot of rain! Too much for the trails to be good right away.

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    Anybody try it today?

    I'm giving a tour to a visiting New Jersey mtbr dude tomorrow afternoon, but I'd rather go someplace else if it's not in good shape (besides, my bike's too pretty to get dirty).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Anybody try it today?

    I'm giving a tour to a visiting New Jersey mtbr dude tomorrow afternoon, but I'd rather go someplace else if it's not in good shape (besides, my bike's too pretty to get dirty).
    Take him up Dogmeat instead. Then you'll have one less friend to worry about.
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    ^^ That's not a bad idea!

    It would free up a lot of time from these guided tours--and it would give me one more/last chance at the Beast. I'd offer you another chiclet, but evidently I have to spread somebody first (?). Lucky for me, I don't rattle...

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    You'll be fine, specially if you go in the afternoon. That would be at least 50 hours of dry weather since the Saturday night rains.

    Just go on Ridge trail and if it's not ideal, then skip Braille since that drains the last. Saw Pit should be dialed!!!!!!!!! I was riding in Santa Cruz today and it was awesome except for the flattish parts.


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    Anybody try it today?

    I'm giving a tour to a visiting New Jersey mtbr dude tomorrow afternoon, but I'd rather go someplace else if it's not in good shape (besides, my bike's too pretty to get dirty).
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    How is Soquel Demo and surrounding areas after this rain?

    That's just mean... Already jealous since I was NOT riding in SC today, but then twisting the knife with the pic tease...

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    Thanks, Francis.

    But if we can't ride Braille, I'm not going to tell him that it exists. If he asks about the signs, I'll just tell him that it's a fireroad!
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    Definitely go there today. It will be fine. You will have the finest conditions known to man. These other wankers are just jealous, specially squashyo.

    Looks like rain is coming in Thursday afternoon so what you have today is brown pow window.

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    Thanks, Francis.

    But if we can't ride Braille, I'm not going to tell him that it exists. If he asks about the signs, I'll just tell him that it's a fireroad!
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    Ride today! I went against everyones advice and rode there yesterday. I was practically alone. Trails were in great shape. Wet, but not sloppy. Should be perfect today. Braille was in better(dryer) shape than Sawpit, but everything is ridable.

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    ^^ Thanks, man! Nothing beats first-hand experience!
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    Fine, go. See if I care.
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    ^^ Don't be bitter...

    You must be about ready for your Grand Comeback, yes? I'll foot sweep a trail section today in your honor.
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    I'm surprised how quickly it went from bad to good, but I guess when it's second hand info you never really know. I'm glad I didn't go on Monday though because I'm sure it was still pretty wet then.
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    I'm surprised too... total slop fest on Sunday. Hmmm... come to think about it I think I'm feeling a little sick. Maybe I need to take the afternoon off and see how these trails are first hand.

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    Sweet, I should be there by four!
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    The trails were in pretty good shape yesterday. Not sure how they'll be after the rain from last night and whatever comes today. That was my first ride on my 5 Spot. It's super nice!

    Maybe the trails will be dried out by Saturday if it the rain holds off?
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    Yeah, we had a fun ride, too: Ridge-Sawpit-Suffer Springs-Braille. It was a little slick towards the end of Ridge and much of Sawpit, as well as parts of Braille--but not bad. The biggest problem was the heat/humidity combined with pushing the pace to get his rental bike back in time. Btw- he got his bike from Family Cycling Center. He told them he was going to Demo, and they set him up with a Stumpjumper 29er. Weird, right?! Still, he had a good time and had his first view of the Pacific from the fireroad across from the entrance to Ridge. Big smiles at the end of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    He told them he was going to Demo, and they set him up with a Stumpjumper 29er. Weird, right?!
    Why is that weird? Seems like a great bike for Demo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    Why is that weird? Seems like a great bike for Demo.
    I think he meant it was weird to see the word StumpJumper next to the word 29er.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    ^^ This. Unless you're racing Aaron Gwin in DH: Opinion: Mitch Ropelato Wins Fontana DH On a 29er Trail Bike Also, the fact that he wasn't even offered a tweener (650b)...

    But, really, *most* people who try to catch some air prefer a 26, right? I don't really care--whatever melts your butter--but my buddy was wishing he had gone with the smaller hoops. He did, however, climb like the freaking wind!
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    How is Soquel Demo and surrounding areas after this rain?

    Currently riding a Stumpy Evo 29; had a Mojo HD, etc. I prefer a low bottom bracket 29er for the more XC type riding at Demo and SC. For larger doubles and features a longer travel 26 inch bike feels better to me.
    Just my $.02.

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    I was up at Nisene Marks last month and it rained a few days before I had gotten there and it was wet but not muddy. The tree cover does not help let the trail dry out it seems. Some places did have some mud and they had alot of tree coverage. It was an absolutely great ride and will come back sometime in June and do it again. I also did redmail box and De Lavega (disc course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    Why is that weird? Seems like a great bike for Demo.
    It was weird because his friend was only 4'11". And they had 650b's and 26ers in the demo fleet and didn't even ask him for wheel size choice .

    This brings up the question of wheel size and rental fleets....

    At the end of the day, most rental fleets are small and unsophisticated. They'll just send you out with what they have.

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    ^^ For the record, they had Blurs available. But it's really a case of caveat emptor. My buddy, the midget, was in a hurry, but he could have said no. A little person riding on clown wheels is something I won't soon forget...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ^^ For the record, they had Blur's available. But it's really a case of caveat emptor. My buddy, the midget, was in a hurry, but he could have said no. A little person riding on clown wheels is something I won't soon forget...
    You said midget!



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    Anybody been to/going to Demo today(Friday 4-5-2013)? Trying to decide if I should go ride Demo tomorrow or go some where else instead

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    I go to Demo way too much. I rarely go anywhere else. Skeggs, Waterdog and Saratoga Gap are the rarity.
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    Thank you all for your input earlier this week. I chose to listen to the optimists and take a chance that Demo would be rideable. On Wednesday, starting in Aptos, we did a ride up to Demo, a loop down Saw Pit and up Sulphur/Corral, then down some of the "fun" trails back to Aptos. It was an absolutely epic ride. Hero dirt almost the entire way and the weather was perfect.

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