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    Santa Teresa Saturday morning ride 08/27/2011

    9:00AM, Saturday the 27th of August 2011, the plan is to meet up at the intersection of Harry Road and Camden for a semi-organised ride throughout the Santa Teresa County Park trail system. No-drop ride. The plan is for a faster group and a slower group. Perhaps I can convince our regulars (including Dion, bigLarry, mboldt, etc.) to make an appearance. What to bring: yourself, bike, helmet, water, food, sunscreen, etc.

    Santa Teresa County Park offers a variety of terrain to hike/bike/horsieride, from casual semi-flats, steep and loose climbs, and technical rocky stuff.

    More information on the park and a downloadable .PDF map can be found here:

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    On the last ride, I believe there were 15 people in total, which was a pretty good turnout. Let’s see if we can do it again!
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    I am going to try like hell to make it to this ride. Very cool place to ride with some cool riders to boot.
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    How slow is the slow group?

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    This all depends on a number of factors if I can go or not

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    I should be able to make it. Anyone want to ride out from downtown with me? It gets lonely sometimes on the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamvinhamese View Post
    How slow is the slow group?
    I was in the slow group last time and walked half of the Stiles climb, I'd say the slow group is pretty slow. Besides its a no drop ride so no one gets left behind.

    I'm in for the ride and will be in the slow group.

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    Motorbacon which rout are you taking, if you ride pass Meridian near Kooser and Blossom hill area then I'll join you, I'll be one of the slow ones, maybe I'll bail out again at the same spot like last time, still can not get over the fear of going down the slope, need to work on that, last weekend I rode the Los Gatos creek trail getting up to Lexington res, the way up I can manage but going down the lithe dirt section about 100 ft or so I managed to eat dirt twice, braking did not help, the rear tire slid away from me and I crashed into a bush, went back up and tried the 2nd time with out braking and it was worse, picked up speed in a short distance, could not help but apply brake again and here come the bush the 2nd time, I need help with getting over that fear or some technique to control the bike when going down the slope, I guess it will get better with more Mtb riding under my belt, much different than riding a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    I was in the slow group last time and walked half of the Stiles climb, I'd say the slow group is pretty slow. Besides its a no drop ride so no one gets left behind.

    I'm in for the ride and will be in the slow group.
    Perfect! I am going to try to convince my gf to go if I can figure out what is wrong with her bike. Crashed last week at Quicksilver and now it wont change gears properly

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    A chance to ride with PM and Leopold......I might make it if I can tune up my bike in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D1PHAM View Post
    A chance to ride with PM and Leopold......I might make it if I can tune up my bike in time.
    Get that thing tuned man and get out here!!! I can stay till about 1130 or so. Hoping to have a fun time and not a hammer fest, well maybe just a touch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    I should be able to make it. Anyone want to ride out from downtown with me? It gets lonely sometimes on the road
    I’ll gladly ride there with you from the Chynoweth @ MUT trail connector if you want to meet me there—approximately 6 miles from there to Harry@Camden. Figure roughly 1/2 hour at a medium-high rate (14 or so MPH average, includes the parallel offroad singletrack section). Say, around 8:30AM-ish? Lemme know before Saturday morning. Plenty of fun hoodlum-esque diversions en route to the trails from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D1PHAM View Post
    A chance to ride with PM and Leopold......I might make it if I can tune up my bike in time.
    What needs to be done to it?
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    I'll be there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt View Post
    I'll be there!

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    Excellent!!!
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    DANG! I'm going to do my best to make it.

    There's a fast group and a slow group. I'll be in the middle group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Excellent!!!
    Man.....Looks like someone found their calling ! Great to see this enthusiasm. Bring them all over to my backyard/Kennedy one of these weekends.
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    I would be there for sure...if it were a Sunday...I work Saturdays

    looking forward to meeting up with ya'll someday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post

    There's a fast group and a slow group. I'll be in the middle group.
    Can I join you in the middle group?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    I’ll gladly ride there with you from the Chynoweth @ MUT trail connector if you want to meet me there—approximately 6 miles from there to Harry@Camden. Figure roughly 1/2 hour at a medium-high rate (14 or so MPH average, includes the parallel offroad singletrack section). Say, around 8:30AM-ish?
    Seems like that would work. I'll let you know tomorrow though, as I need to figure out some weekend stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamvinhamese View Post
    Crashed last week at Quicksilver and now it wont change gears properly
    Is the derailleur hanger bent? I've gone through a few of those. About $20 and 20 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay View Post
    Is the derailleur hanger bent? I've gone through a few of those. About $20 and 20 minutes.
    she took it back into the shop and they tighten some stuff on the derailleur and brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    I’ll gladly ride there with you from the Chynoweth @ MUT trail connector if you want to meet me there—approximately 6 miles from there to Harry@Camden. Figure roughly 1/2 hour at a medium-high rate (14 or so MPH average, includes the parallel offroad singletrack section). Say, around 8:30AM-ish? Lemme know before Saturday morning. Plenty of fun hoodlum-esque diversions en route to the trails from there.
    I am going to try to join you, but I need to figure out how to rearrange my kids Sat. morning schedules first.

    I will be on a blue Titus, and meet by Blossom Hill trail entrance if I can make it.

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    let me see if i can make this ride.

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    Well, I just got news I won't be able to make it

    Sorry, guys... have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamvinhamese View Post
    How slow is the slow group?
    OK, now that I'm coming too, you won't have to worry. This trip, I'll take the slower group around the fun Fortini singletrack rather than straight up the steep rocky Stile Ranch. Those who want can ride Stiles on the way back. It's a lot less steep climbing that way.

    As for speed, let me say you won't need to bring your bike to keep up, but it'll be more fun.

    My wife might join too. She's even slower...

    We'll greatly miss Dion.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    I'm primarily in the east bay but i'll head out down south eventually to give Santa Teresa a try.

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    Anybody coming from the Santa Teresa side and want to meet at the trailhead at Joice or Ohlone trail?
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    Oooh BL is going to join...I need to seriously make the Sat. schedule work to join the ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto'n'PushBiker View Post
    Anybody coming from the Santa Teresa side and want to meet at the trailhead at Joice or Ohlone trail?
    I will be coming from that side. I was going to get there about 830 or so and ride over. Want to meet right by Bernal and the stop sign before the ride starts to climb up? I will be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    I will be coming from that side. I was going to get there about 830 or so and ride over. Want to meet right by Bernal and the stop sign before the ride starts to climb up? I will be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Seems like that would work. I'll let you know tomorrow though, as I need to figure out some weekend stuff
    Coolness. Lemme know by Friday evening, as I plan on hanging out at that connector (Chynoweth @ Alamitos trailhead start) waiting for you. See image below:



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    don't think i can make it out to this one. hopefully the next one will be my first

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    Did I forget to mention that the Hawaii Tropic Bikini team will also be riding with me on this ride? Can't believe I forgot They are looking for tips on how to ride and also how to avoid tan lines. They are a crazy bunch and always complaining about having no boyfriends and stuff like that. Ah, those silly girls. Anyway, if you can't make the ride no big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    I will be coming from that side. I was going to get there about 830 or so and ride over. Want to meet right by Bernal and the stop sign before the ride starts to climb up? I will be there.

    Paul
    You guys plan on climbing the single track on the left side? I'll probably join you, I don't want to climb the road though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senna View Post
    You guys plan on climbing the single track on the left side? I'll probably join you, I don't want to climb the road though.
    Yeah I think it is called the ohlone trail. I never go up the road unless I have to. We will be there at 830.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Yeah I think it is called the ohlone trail. I never go up the road unless I have to. We will be there at 830.
    Sounds good, I will meet you at the stop sign. I will be on a brown santa cruz blur.
    Also,I can help out with those new riders, I'd be wiling to ride behind them (so i can see how they ride) and give them pointers

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    Quote Originally Posted by senna View Post
    Sounds good, I will meet you at the stop sign. I will be on a brown santa cruz blur.
    Also,I can help out with those new riders, I'd be wiling to ride behind them (so i can see how they ride) and give them pointers
    I will hopefully be on a Look Hardtail (my only MTB) with a red and black jersey on. Just waiting to get my bike back today from the shop. ST took it revenge on my bike on wed. Yeah I might even go earlier and just ride around and then come back down to the stop sign. I am not sure of the newer peoples comfort/experience level so I assume the pace will be slower. No biggie to em as this will be fun.

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    Leopold, I will meet you at blossom hill/trail entrance (right next to Baja Fresh). I will get there 8:30am, and wait for the group.

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    Say we're not done riding by 2pm, will there be areas to bail out and jump back onto camden? I say this cause I need to be in RWC by 4pm, clean and dressed for kicking my brother's ass on a gokart track.

    Also, I'm gonna be slow. Just rode to work after a 5 day hiatus. Holy crap I feel sluggish. Damn classes and sitting all day long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    I will hopefully be on a Look Hardtail (my only MTB) with a red and black jersey on. Just waiting to get my bike back today from the shop. ST took it revenge on my bike on wed. Yeah I might even go earlier and just ride around and then come back down to the stop sign. I am not sure of the newer peoples comfort/experience level so I assume the pace will be slower. No biggie to em as this will be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    What needs to be done to it?
    Just general maintenance. If I don't get it done in time I'll bring my HT.

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    I'm not going to make it. The wife planned a last minute getaway to SF. I have to keep her happy while I'm not working

    Cool Man: Skip the Stiles climb and take Fortini to where everyone will meet up after that first climb. The ride from there is great and not technical. Everything you did on a roadbike desending still applies to a MTB. Stay loose on the bike, look where you want to go, stay back over the rear wheel. A couple things may also help, air down your tires. You will have much better traction while braking. Also, use both brakes. Even on steep decents your front brake will provide most of the braking power. With good tires the front will have plenty of traction for braking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    Cool Man: Skip the Stiles climb and take Fortini to where everyone will meet up after that first climb. The ride from there is great and not technical. Everything you did on a roadbike desending still applies to a MTB. Stay loose on the bike, look where you want to go, stay back over the rear wheel. A couple things may also help, air down your tires. You will have much better traction while braking. Also, use both brakes. Even on steep decents your front brake will provide most of the braking power. With good tires the front will have plenty of traction for braking.
    yep yep. Remember to feather the brakes as they're not on off switches, and front brakes are awesome...And sometimes going too slow is actually harder as you're making more contact over obstacles and you get pushed around more. Quicker is often better

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    yep yep. Remember to feather the brakes as they're not on off switches, and front brakes are awesome...And sometimes going too slow is actually harder as you're making more contact over obstacles and you get pushed around more. Quicker is often better
    The going too slowly part is what I'm working on these days. Being off a bike for ten years has made me to cautious. But you are right, going for it works better in most cases than trying to go very slowly over obstacles. It can be tough to practice but it works. Even though I haven't ridden a 29er, it would seem even easier to roll through stuff than try and go very slowly.

    Cool Man: if you want to hit up the Los Gatos Creek trail sometime let me know. I used to ride it all the time (lived in Campbell). We can add St. Joseph's hill for a bit longer ride with more climbing and easy decending.

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    FWIW, my brother and I will be riding from Thousand Trails in Morgan Hill to who-knows-where Sunday morning on las bicicletas de cross. I may try to encourage him to pack it up and drive down to Almaden Quicksilver with me and time trial the hill (my preference).

    We shall be well fed with camping food and will have extra turbo boost fart power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sungchang View Post
    Leopold, I will meet you at blossom hill/trail entrance (right next to Baja Fresh). I will get there 8:30am, and wait for the group.
    Cool! Motorbacon and I will look for you. I’ll be on a very assinine-looking bike that has humongous tires, and I think Motorbacon will have roadie drop bars (and possibly a bald rear tire).

    From the Blossom Hill entrance it’s roughly 5 miles to the Harry@Camden trailhead. There is some neato singletrack for about 1.3 miles along the side of the multi-use trail past the Almaden Lake Park, I’ll make sure we hit that on the way to the real meetup point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D1PHAM View Post
    Just general maintenance. If I don't get it done in time I'll bring my HT.
    I always bring my fully rigid non-suspended bikes to these rides. I think Dion will be doing the same.

    Oh wait, Dion’s not going to be making this ride.
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    See all you in the morning. My fancy carbon rig is still being fixed (part order prob) so I will be on an old school SS Marin with rim brakes! The gearing is super hard so this will be a very hard morning. I anticipate having to walk some sections.
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    Oh goodness. We're having a serious oddball bike reunion at chynowth. I'm on a rigid, drop bar 29er with a red fork and some neon green bar tape. Hahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Oh goodness. We're having a serious oddball bike reunion at chynowth. I'm on a rigid, drop bar 29er with a red fork and some neon green bar tape. Hahah
    Hope you had a chance to upgrade that bald rear tire. See you tomorrow morning @ 8:30AM. I am going to down a few more beers, then I am off to bed.
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    Will be there and a few others from 8am hope to see you all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Hope you had a chance to upgrade that bald rear tire. .

    Can I use tuition money and pages from textbooks to retread a tire? Heading out in a few.

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    Thanks to all for helping me out with the broken suspension link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt View Post
    Thanks to all for helping me out with the broken suspension link!
    What broken link? Looks like it might work better than before.
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    Paul, I didnt know that your definition of 'walking' was putting everyone else to shame on joyce with your 'tall gears'. Haha. Only person that outdid you was that porstacker fella and well, his bike doesnt count.

    Good ride for sure.

    Mbolt, do you think you can find a market for that custom rear suspension?

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    Great ride, guys! Good to see so many people, some new faces as well as familiar ones. Bummer about Marco’s suspension dingly thingy breaking, otherwise no mechanical failures (or flats/pinchflats) happened. Was super fun. Hope to see everyone out again at 9:00AM on Saturday the 10th of September.

    I was doing so well going up Joice Hill, I felt really strong… but where I should have NOT been out of the saddle, I was, and of course my rear tire started spinning, and I had to dabble. Oh well, next time perhaps. Very impressive watching Paul huck that 32x16 geared SS bike up Joice!

    Marco, you still have your KOM on Gooch Flats—my time was only one second behind yours!

    I am eager to see Larry’s fine photographic work as usual.
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    Dug out the OEM links. Good as new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Paul, I didnt know that your definition of 'walking' was putting everyone else to shame on joyce with your 'tall gears'. Haha. Only person that outdid you was that porstacker fella and well, his bike doesnt count.

    Good ride for sure.

    Mbolt, do you think you can find a market for that custom rear suspension?
    I am not sure if you saw me but I walked most of that trail then decided to jog it up! I will say that I was surprised that the SS was not as hard as I thought. However, up stiles was hard because I found my momentum being robbed every time I hit a rock. Great riding with you guys and fun too. I wish I could have stayed longer and ridden some more. Just got a call about 15mins ago about my bike- all ready to go. I just might do some more SS'ing though to build up leg strength. See you all soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    I just might do some more SS'ing though to build up leg strength. See you all soon.

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    I am seriously considering it as well. I have some spare 18t and 20t cogs if you want to try them out. Time to do some hammering up Quicksilver and Woods to Kennedy SS style, complete with metric craploads of PAIN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto'n'PushBiker View Post
    What broken link? Looks like it might work better than before.
    Moto- are you freaking kidding me about the Joice climb? You crushed the hell out of that climb man!!!!! Did you ride it or run it. That is awesome how fast you went! Nice to meet you and ride with you today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    I am seriously considering it as well. I have some spare 18t and 20t cogs if you want to try them out. Time to do some hammering up Quicksilver and Woods to Kennedy SS style, complete with metric craploads of PAIN.
    Yeah the 32/16 isn't going to work up kennedy or anything else that steep for so long. I think I could do 32/20 without too much complaint. Only one way to find out. One of these fridays we'll make a go of it. I had a fun time today. Did you ever find Biglarry again? Hope we didn't ditch him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Yeah the 32/16 isn't going to work up kennedy or anything else that steep for so long. I think I could do 32/20 without too much complaint. Only one way to find out. One of these fridays we'll make a go of it. I had a fun time today. Did you ever find Biglarry again? Hope we didn't ditch him.
    Yes, we finally ran into Larry and Ed (don’t recall Ed’s forum handle, he indicated he is more of a lurker than a poster) on one of the sections where the dirt intersects the old paved part. There was a bit of confusion as to where we were supposed to have regrouped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Moto- are you freaking kidding me about the Joice climb? You crushed the hell out of that climb man!!!!! Did you ride it or run it. That is awesome how fast you went!
    This is the second time the glitch has happened on his Joice Hill climbs. For some reason they aren’t registering properly. I had calculated he would have needed something nutso like 860 watts of power to be able to climb up it in 1:02—that is like superhuman territory right there—don’t get me wrong, he is a super strong rider, but I wouldn’t think he could crank out a constant 860 watt stream of super mad bionic power. He ended up having the Strava folks delete his previous “KOM”. I wonder what firmware revision his Garmin 705 is running? Certainly not the same as mine.
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    I was able to catch up with the group at the rest stop near the parking lot (I took the easy route to avoid stile climb, but then I had to bail out again at that point. Hope I can ride with the group all the way next time. I still need a lot of practice going down thos rocky hill, need to find an easier and wider track to work on it, I may go up Los Gatos creek trail near Lexington tomorrow to work on it.

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    Thanks for the fun ride today. No falls,ticks,flats,suspension breaks or stomach illness due to overheated canned mackerel. Where does one purchase canned mackerel anyway? I'm not saying I'm interested but just out of morbid curiosity.

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    Thanks for organizing the ride. I had a fun time and nice to meet some new riders. I will need to work on my technical riding. Those rocky descents are a little scary for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    This is the second time the glitch has happened on his Joice Hill climbs. For some reason they aren’t registering properly. I had calculated he would have needed something nutso like 860 watts of power to be able to climb up it in 1:02—that is like superhuman territory right there—don’t get me wrong, he is a super strong rider, but I wouldn’t think he could crank out a constant 860 watt stream of super mad bionic power. He ended up having the Strava folks delete his previous “KOM”. I wonder what firmware revision his Garmin 705 is running? Certainly not the same as mine.
    Sorry about that "KOM". I lost traction halfway up and banged my knee into the top tube and just turned around and took another trail. Strava still made this incomplete segment the KOM. I send an email to Strava support to get it fixed on Friday, so it'll hopefully get fixed this week.

    I do have the latest firmware on my 705. The data recording frequency is set to "smart recording", which is the default. The only other option I see there is every second. What do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto'n'PushBiker View Post
    Sorry about that "KOM". I lost traction halfway up and banged my knee into the top tube and just turned around and took another trail. Strava still made this incomplete segment the KOM. I send an email to Strava support to get it fixed on Friday, so it'll hopefully get fixed this week.

    I do have the latest firmware on my 705. The data recording frequency is set to "smart recording", which is the default. The only other option I see there is every second. What do you use?
    Yeah this Joice trail thing is weird! It would have been funny not to let them know about it because people would have thought you were superhuman. My Garmin has been funny lately too as it seems to short me elevation and distance. I can see being 100 feet off or so but not 1,000 feet as mine has done. Oh well, we'll ride again soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto'n'PushBiker View Post
    The data recording frequency is set to "smart recording", which is the default. The only other option I see there is every second. What do you use?
    I have no idea. I haven’t ever read the instructions. I know how to power it on, start/stop, and upload GPS data to my computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snergster View Post
    Thanks for the fun ride today. No falls,ticks,flats,suspension breaks or stomach illness due to overheated canned mackerel. Where does one purchase canned mackerel anyway? I'm not saying I'm interested but just out of morbid curiosity.

    See you again on the 10th

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    Ah yes, Ed the lurker. I purchased the canned mackerel fillets in oil from Whole Paycheck. Cheaper than those cycling-centric “energy recovery” candybars are, it has more “nutritional value” (saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein) from a natural source (as opposed to the made in China supplement additives), yet with omega-3 fatty acids and the delicious flavour of mackerel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    ..I had a fun time today. Did you ever find Biglarry again? Hope we didn't ditch him.
    I got too far behind when I stopped to get a few maps so we could discuss and coordinate routes. But we never rejoined till too much later. Ed came back and joined me, and the two of us rode the same route as last week. (SungChang and his friend split at the parking lot to do Rocky Ridge.)

    I knew everyone was going up that steep section of Joice up to Vista Point. Some hikers saw you go that way too. I figured if you did Vista Loop, I'd have seen someone around with that short loop. So Ed and I continued down Joice to Norred. None of the hikers had seen you, so we figured you must have chosen a different route. Ed and I just continued on plan.

    The remainder of your group caught up with us on the climb back up to the parking lot, at the intersection of the Old Bernal Rd and Hidden Springs singletrack.

    Leopold Porkstacker said several hikers mentioned an old guy with a camera was looking for them. Don't know who that'd be. But if they said an Old Slow Big Bearded Guy with a camera, that might have been me.

    Everyone then did Stile Ranch and headed out.
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    Where all the pictures maaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Where all the pictures maaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnn?
    Since you ask.

    First the Gathering. I counted 14 riders at Harry Rd. and we got joined by more on the way.

    And then we split many times on the ride, like our typical Saturday gathering.

    Here's pictures at Harry Rd and also at the Pueblo Picnic Area (the parking lot.)
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    Stiles Climb

    Here's pictures of the climb up Stile Ranch trail. Sunchang, his friend, and me went around on Fortini singletrack and waited for the rest at the picnic area.
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    Regrouping

    Heres where we all came back together briefly at the parking lot. Before we went different ways or got separated. These pictures are entering the parking lot area.
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    Stiles Again at End

    We exited Santa Teresa on Stiles as well. Heres a few pictures of the climb and descent of the switchbacks.

    The descent photos were difficult to clean up with all the lightness. I tried what I could.
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    Leopold Porkstacker

    As usual, LP is up to his tricks. I would never have imagined a wheele possible on the big wheel monster.
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    Here's how LP get's his wild energy. Not everyone eats canned mackerel for power. They might start, seeing what it does for LP.
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    Great pics as always, Larry!

    I really don't know why I waited so long to do these group rides. Always have a good time and Santa Teresa really is a great place to ride due to the variety of trails.

    Towards the end, before we crossed paths with Larry and Ed, I thought I was done for. Riding with 5 fast guys I was just barely keeping up. Brett, Paul, Marco and the two other guys (sorry, I'm HORRIBLE with names) don't mess around.

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    And awesome trail dog was awesome. Happy as could be and never once got in the way.

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    It was good meeting everyone. Sung showed me the nut crasher trail aka rocky ridge. Nice day to be out riding with a great bunch!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Great pics as always, Larry!

    I really don't know why I waited so long to do these group rides. Always have a good time and Santa Teresa really is a great place to ride due to the variety of trails.

    Towards the end, before we crossed paths with Larry and Ed, I thought I was done for. Riding with 5 fast guys I was just barely keeping up. Brett, Paul, Marco and the two other guys (sorry, I'm HORRIBLE with names) don't mess around.
    I think you are short selling yourself! Seemed like you kept up to me. Also, your the only one who looks cool with the drop bars! Cool pic of you coming down the switchback on your genetically freakish bike. I do however like the thing! I like bikes like porkstacker's and Dion's and yours because they are different but functional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt View Post
    Thanks to all for helping me out with the broken suspension link!
    Quote Originally Posted by Moto'n'PushBiker View Post
    What broken link? Looks like it might work better than before.
    That tube had 3 sets of pinch flats - all at the same time - on RR descent! Usually am pretty good about not getting flats there, but I think I had below 40psi that day and must have taken a bad line. But it's weird that three pinch flats could occur at the same time. Anyhow, thanks to my bulk patch kit and big jar of Elmer's rubber cement for saving the day! Used to not be a fan of patching, and actually bought (more than) a lifetime's worth of tubes, but now am enlightened and now have only a lifetime's worth of tubes :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Great pics as always, Larry!

    I really don't know why I waited so long to do these group rides. Always have a good time and Santa Teresa really is a great place to ride due to the variety of trails.

    Towards the end, before we crossed paths with Larry and Ed, I thought I was done for. Riding with 5 fast guys I was just barely keeping up. Brett, Paul, Marco and the two other guys (sorry, I'm HORRIBLE with names) don't mess around.
    Yes, that was a great ride. I never take the opportunity to explore the fireroad side of STCP by myself, so these rides are great. Thanks to Brett for organizing the ride. Sorry, I'm horrible with names too. I'm the guy the "performance" logo on my bike/shorts.

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    It was great meeting everyone. Due to time constraint Jenn (Newbie29er) and I bailed at the parking lot to climb the fireroad to radio tower and come down Rocky Ridge trail and headed home.

    Look forward to catching you guys next time.

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    Thanks again to everyone for showing up, and glad everyone had a great time. As always, Larry, AWESOME-OH pictures!

    Dion: September 10th, 2011 @ 9:00AM. Surely you’ll be there! (everyone else too)
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    Brett: start another thread to bring the 10th ride into the light!

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    looks like fun guys!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    As always, Larry, AWESOME-OH pictures!
    Thanks.

    Sure wish I could get my rep points off the floor, though.

    (Hint, click the thumbs up in the left column under my name if you enjoyed my pics. )
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