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    what's rideable this weekend?

    other than sierra azul.

    sc/wilder?
    demo?

    not sure what to make of the forecasts or how much rain is expected.

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    Kennedy! Road ride!

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    Hope doesn't rain to much Saturday-

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    other than sierra azul.

    sc/wilder?
    demo?

    not sure what to make of the forecasts or how much rain is expected.
    also subscribed to this thread, was hoping to ride demo on sat AM, but the various forecasts are conflicting.

    north bay (santa rosa/annadel), indicates rain on and off throughout the weekend into next week as multiple fronts move thru, but south bay (san jose) just has rain on fri, but overcast on sat and sun (if its not too heavy, it might make for good conditions at demo?)
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    They were grading Hihn's Mill between Braille and Sulphur Springs yesterday, so if it does rain, be ready for some softer-than-normal fire roads at Demo. Also the recent work on Sulphur may get sloppy if it rains much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson34 View Post
    Road ride!
    Wet road is bad, slippery on paint (road lines, limit lines, etc.). Not going to even bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Wet road is bad, slippery on paint (road lines, limit lines, etc.). Not going to even bother.
    And hurts more than mud.

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    You can't really tell. Just stick your tongue out of the window on saturday morning and make the call.

    The data point is all trails right now are absolutely perfect. None are waterlogged yet.

    So the critical part is how much rain has actually fallen in the last 48 hours before you ride. Inches matter. Tenths of an inch are a joke. Then understand that it's a Northern storm so the more south you go, the less rain you get.

    So I suspect all the usual jaunts will be good except for the sticky trail and skyline blvd trails. Kennedy and Ord are always there when it's pouring inches.

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    Isn't everyone practicing hauling turkeys up Kennedy anyway?

    Or if you're Kramer, working on a 10/20 record.
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    stationary bike or elliptical!

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    If it ends up being >~1" of rain ill be hitting up st joes and doin laps! Or running. Or maybe going for a hike in the rain. Or a cross race. Or a road ride.

    If its just little bits here and there... Ill be out somewhere on dirt!

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    Looks like total accumulation ~ 1" by Sunday morning in the East Bay. Sunday should be fairly dry.

    Hourly Weather Forecast for 38.02N 122.13W (Elev. 66 ft)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    If it ends up being >~1" of rain ill be hitting up st joes and doin laps! Or running. Or maybe going for a hike in the rain. Or a cross race. Or a road ride.

    If its just little bits here and there... Ill be out somewhere on dirt!

    Sent by smoke signal.
    This. St joes is always ridable after heavy rain. Most usually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohenfive View Post
    stationary bike or elliptical!
    God just killed a kitten because you mentioned such things.

    I was going to go to a BMX flatland Jam in Santa Roas this weekend, but I think that thing is going to get rained out. I was looking forward to it, too.

    Oh, well. If all looks good, I'm going to be goofing off and testing my new-to-me 150mm Revelation fork.

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    I rode Demo today and ALL fireroads were graded including a reGrade of Sulfer (another round beyond the first one last week). If it rains, it will be really muddy as there are loose/dust bowl spots everywhere. I ran into Ed on my way out and he says we should not ride Demo this weekend if it rains...if you do, it will probably suck. Just sayin'
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    If the BMX thing falls through, I'm going to edit my last riding footage. That's just like actually riding, from my desk, drinking cold coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    If the BMX thing falls through, I'm going to edit my last riding footage. That's just like actually riding, from my desk, drinking cold coffee.
    If it rains decently and St Joes becomes a viable option, you in for some loops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    If it rains decently and St Joes becomes a viable option, you in for some loops?
    I'm probably going to ride Kennedy in that case. Got the single speed set up, and going to suffer up it. Shooting for 3+ hours, 32x18 pain....maybe I should set it up for 32x20 instead.

    St. Joe's might be more enjoyable though, since it's not as steep or extended.

    It would be nice if there were an indoor pump track....

    Still hoping for no rain and the weather people are all on crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    I'm probably going to ride Kennedy in that case. Got the single speed set up, and going to suffer up it. Shooting for 3+ hours, 32x18 pain....maybe I should set it up for 32x20 instead.

    St. Joe's might be more enjoyable though, since it's not as steep or extended.

    It would be nice if there were an indoor pump track....

    Still hoping for no rain and the weather people are all on crack.
    Is this your first time up Kennedy on SS? Is the bike 29 or 26 with that gearing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    I'm probably going to ride Kennedy in that case. Got the single speed set up, and going to suffer up it. Shooting for 3+ hours, 32x18 pain....maybe I should set it up for 32x20 instead.
    It's been a while, but I found Kennedy pretty tough with 32x19 on a 26er. I think 20 or 21 is just right for Kennedy. 18 or 19 is perfect for Joe's, Saratoga Gap and everything else around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    Is this your first time up Kennedy on SS? Is the bike 29 or 26 with that gearing?
    Yes, 26. I actually don't use SS much at all. Had it for a bit last year, but was still n00b then and was riding Arastradero. Less n00b now, but I can't middle ring Kennedy at all. I figure the best way is to just do it and eventually I will. I'd probably turn around after the tree...or shatter a knee trying.

    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt View Post
    It's been a while, but I found Kennedy pretty tough with 32x19 on a 26er. I think 20 or 21 is just right for Kennedy. 18 or 19 is perfect for Joe's, Saratoga Gap and everything else around here.
    thanks for the advice, I'll go set up a 32x20. I need a better tensioner so I can swap to the smaller cogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    I'm probably going to ride Kennedy in that case. Got the single speed set up, and going to suffer up it. Shooting for 3+ hours, 32x18 pain....maybe I should set it up for 32x20 instead.

    St. Joe's might be more enjoyable though, since it's not as steep or extended.

    It would be nice if there were an indoor pump track....

    Still hoping for no rain and the weather people are all on crack.
    but loops! and there are the two 1/8th of a mile single track sections. hah!
    Its boring, but its riding and its not that stupid fire road. I'll take it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    If it rains decently and St Joes becomes a viable option, you in for some loops?
    Only if we're gonna be rolling skinny tires, cantilever brakes and loopy handlebars with tape on them

    If not, I got my PR breaking 1986 Rockhopper. IDK what the hell is going with that bike, but it has become a viable contender. Ooh, I may need to replace those plastic rocksTektro passes off as brake pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Yes, 26. I actually don't use SS much at all. Had it for a bit last year, but was still n00b then and was riding Arastradero. Less n00b now, but I can't middle ring Kennedy at all. I figure the best way is to just do it and eventually I will. I'd probably turn around after the tree...or shatter a knee trying.



    thanks for the advice, I'll go set up a 32x20. I need a better tensioner so I can swap to the smaller cogs.
    Kennedy is a mental crusher on SS. Just go with that thought, and if it is a hair better, sweet. It gets better after a couple times, but then you go faster and the pain comes back 2x.

    Gap is awesome on SS.


    Looks like SC mtns is due to get 2+" of rain by Sunday end. Hmmm, looks like it may be a wee bit wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Only if we're gonna be rolling skinny tires, cantilever brakes and loopy handlebars with tape on them

    If not, I got my PR breaking 1986 Rockhopper. IDK what the hell is going with that bike, but it has become a viable contender. Ooh, I may need to replace those plastic rocksTektro passes off as brake pads.
    I can be easily convinced to take the cross bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locoyokel View Post
    They were grading Hihn's Mill between Braille and Sulphur Springs yesterday, so if it does rain, be ready for some softer-than-normal fire roads at Demo. Also the recent work on Sulphur may get sloppy if it rains much.


    I was hoping to sneak out to Demo mid-morning tomorrow for a quick loop. Totally forgot about this rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    ...I'll go set up a 32x20. I need a better tensioner so I can swap to the smaller cogs.
    I'd definitely go 32x20 or higher on Kennedy. I typically will swap out to 32x22 on my 29er if I am going to climb Kennedy and Powerpoles SS... especially in the mud. IMO, Kennedy is a crusher on SS in any gear though.

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    PS - Hoping/planning to hit up Skeggs this afternoon if the rain holds off long enough. I'll have to keep an eye on the rainfall map for that area today. I'll probably try to get in a SS Kennedy ride this weekend if we get too much rain for the singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gddyap View Post
    Surf City Cyclocross in Watsonville on Sunday.
    yea baby. there will be mud. i don't think there was a mud race last season b/w CCCX, SC, and BASP.

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    so far, this rain is a dud. 0.00 inches in san jose with no rain in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    so far, this rain is a dud. 0.00 inches in san jose with no rain in sight.

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    it was raining nice and steady in santa cruz when i left this morning. also raining down here in salinas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jct View Post
    it was raining nice and steady in santa cruz when i left this morning. also raining down here in salinas.
    Yeah, the rain went south and completely missed the south bay.

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    IAH: meet me at Kennedy at 9:00. Low key Hillclimb tomorrow, I'm shooting for a sub-40 to the top. Where is AR, I figured he'd be all up in this thread telling us about the awesomeness that is Kennedy.

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    Francois can you post the link to the weather site you use. I can't find it. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask View Post
    PS - Hoping/planning to hit up Skeggs this afternoon if the rain holds off long enough. I'll have to keep an eye on the rainfall map for that area today. I'll probably try to get in a SS Kennedy ride this weekend if we get too much rain for the singletrack.
    What time you planning on rolling from Skeggs? If you want company, I'm in.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    What time you planning on rolling from Skeggs? If you want company, I'm in.
    I was planning to email you once I got a chance to see what the weather was doing. I am shooting to leave Palo Alto / office ~2pm. Probably take 20 minutes to get up there. I could be convinced to leave earlier though if that is better for you / weather.

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    ya know it starts getting dark now around 4pm in the woods...can we make it earlier?
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Yes, 26. I actually don't use SS much at all. Had it for a bit last year, but was still n00b then and was riding Arastradero. Less n00b now, but I can't middle ring Kennedy at all. I figure the best way is to just do it and eventually I will. I'd probably turn around after the tree...or shatter a knee trying.



    thanks for the advice, I'll go set up a 32x20. I need a better tensioner so I can swap to the smaller cogs.
    If you have a 21t or 22t I would use those. I use 21t and find that you can do a bit more spinning and a bit less standing ,but it is still very tough. 22t IMO is where you should start. I am running 22t for the challenge season and it allows me to clean almost everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    ya know it starts getting dark now around 4pm in the woods...can we make it earlier?
    4... wow, that is early. Yes, lets go earlier. I can leave here (downtown Palo Alto) at noon. Roll out from the lot at 12:40 or so... that work for you? That gives enough time for a good 2.5+ hour ride @ Skeggs. Might even beat some of the traffic home on 280S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    so far, this rain is a dud. 0.00 inches in san jose with no rain in sight.

    fc
    FC - you interested in testing that Scott 720 @ Skeggs this afternoon? Dirt should be pretty good if it doesn't rain more today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    IAH: meet me at Kennedy at 9:00. Low key Hillclimb tomorrow, I'm shooting for a sub-40 to the top. Where is AR, I figured he'd be all up in this thread telling us about the awesomeness that is Kennedy.
    I'm riding in santa cruz. BS rain, weather people with their build up. No rain so far, or very little where I'm going to be. < 0.1" so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    If you have a 21t or 22t I would use those. I use 21t and find that you can do a bit more spinning and a bit less standing ,but it is still very tough. 22t IMO is where you should start. I am running 22t for the challenge season and it allows me to clean almost everything.
    Hmm, I got the Performance Bike kit, it only has a 16, 18, and 20. I could move to a granny front and the 16 or 18 rear. But, you know what, I don't care. I'll mash it and stop to rest a bit, and repeat. That is the SS way, from what I understand. It'll likely take me 3-4 hours to make it to the top, but who cares. If I enjoy SS, I might get some BMX cranks with their wondrous selection of rings and easy chainline adjustment.

    Don't you have a 29er? I'm running a 26.

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    Welp, I was going to go ride but it just got mighty dark in LG and now the rains are coming down pretty good. That new James Bond flick looks promising all of a sudden.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    I'm riding in santa cruz. BS rain, weather people with their build up. No rain so far, or very little where I'm going to be. < 0.1" so far.
    Mate!! Don't know where you're planning to be in SC. This morning was ok, but now it's pouring pretty steadily here in Felton. It is in fact a good weekend for places that are sandy/sandstoney/drain well. Ft. Ord, Big Basin, Butano, that kind of thing. Wilder will most likely shut down the trails as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Mate!! Don't know where you're planning to be in SC. This morning was ok, but now it's pouring pretty steadily here in Felton. It is in fact a good weekend for places that are sandy/sandstoney/drain well. Ft. Ord, Big Basin, Butano, that kind of thing. Wilder will most likely shut down the trails as usual.
    Oh well.

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    Here is my backyard as of noon today - what's rideable this weekend?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1353097484.473745.jpg
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