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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    shame on you letting a slower rider go by you then not giving enough space before you start up again then saying behind you @$$hole. If it was my friend I would have heckled him more and then crashed him
    LOL, I thought I might get some comments about that. That is a buddy of mine from work. I use "asshoe" as a term of endearment. You are right though, I should have heckled him more and knocked him down. Next time.
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    I'm a beginner level rider and have never been to Big Bear to ride.
    I would like to go a few times this summer so what specific trails do you recommend for a beginner?
    I obviously don't want anything too technical and I'm not interested in big jumps or anything like that, just some nice flow trails would be ideal.
    I did my first ever lift-assisted runs in Mammoth last year so I can manage, but I'm just looking to enjoy the ride and not mangle myself.

    thx

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    Rcrscott, you would probably like west ridge. Although there Is a few jumps. But it is the easiest one they have open at the moment. It's all about going and checking which ones you like the most. You'll definitely have a good time. Yesterday was my first time and I had a blast!!!

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    Everything on West ridge is rollable. It's my favorite trail even though it's not the most technical up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcrscott29 View Post
    I'm a beginner level rider and have never been to Big Bear to ride.
    I would like to go a few times this summer so what specific trails do you recommend for a beginner?
    I obviously don't want anything too technical and I'm not interested in big jumps or anything like that, just some nice flow trails would be ideal.
    I did my first ever lift-assisted runs in Mammoth last year so I can manage, but I'm just looking to enjoy the ride and not mangle myself.

    thx
    If you don't want to do the DH, you can always take the lift to the top and ride skyline, 2N10 to Pineknot and other branched off trails like that. I can share some of my strava rides from last year that were alot of fun and I had only been riding for about 5 months if that.

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    As mentioned, Westridge is a good trail on the slopes. For some flowy XC trails you should also make your way over to skyline and pineknott (1e01), then take towne trail back over to the lift.

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    Did anyone go out for Mother's Day weekend?

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    I wode the park on Saturday and it's in great shape. The lines we short most of the day and I got 11 runs in down the mountain. The wind was a big factor. You know the fast ladder drop near the top? The wind pushed me in the air over a bike length of where I wanted to land. The first time it was a little unexpected but the rest of the day I just compensated for it.
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    O and just a heads up for all you Big Bear regulars! GGR and Trail Angels are hosting an all women's weekend there August 9th and 10th. Close to 70 women will be on the mountain riding both the XC and DH trails. So please make sure you say HI and if you need to pass, be safe and courteous as we will be too! Thanks luvs..
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    hmm... The Mile.. I'm making plans to make the short trip from Lompoc to ride it a time or 5 on 23May... I'm slow, out of shape, riding the Jedi which is a completely new platform for me and confidence level at an all time low... I'll make sure to move over to let others pass
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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    hmm... The Mile.. I'm making plans to make the short trip from Lompoc to ride it a time or 5 on 23May... I'm slow, out of shape, riding the Jedi which is a completely new platform for me and confidence level at an all time low... I'll make sure to move over to let others pass
    hit me up...I might be there (probably)
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    Will do!
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    If any of you plan on being there for the July 4th weekend, the town is almost booked up! I got lucky with a condo from the Bike Shop. So me and some of my posse will be there for the holiday weekend! I'm back in June for some coaching too with Richard La China...then back in August for the womens weekend! Gonna be an awesome summer in Big Bear!
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    I went this past Friday with a co worker and his 13yr old son. It was funny because the 13yr old was faster than his dad. They added some more features to Westridge too like a wall ride and some more jumps Here's a little vid.

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    Big Bear 2014

    Headed up this weekend. Excited!

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    So rumor has it you might not have to decide between a Mammoth and Big Bear pass in the near future...
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    I'm headed up for the weekend. I'm on a black Talon (HT) with yellow grips. Say "hi."

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    What rumor is that? I know reps from Mammoth were up here a few times during the winter, but didn't hear any rumor in regards to anything.

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    I'm there all weekend too! I will have my purple GGR jersey on both days. Make sure you say HI!
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    I'm moving back to Big Bear in a few weeks. Are there any regular group rides?

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    Welcome back! There are rides every day of the week, either road or mountain, check bigbearcycling.com for more info.
    I ride the Tues. night road ride( starts at Maggios in the Vons center@5pm) or the Thur. night mountain ride( Starbucks in the Vons center also@5pm)
    Both these rides are advanced riders only, but there are rides of all levels, come on out.

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    I had a blast today and look forward to tomorrow. For the first time ever, I "got some air" over a bump I've always just rolled. There was a kid ahead of me who got air, so I figured that I'd try. I even landed with the wheels under the bike. Wow.

    However, I'm absolutely beat.

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    You can't roll the ones on Westridge Had a great time, bummed my gopro was pointed at my crossbar the whole time.

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    When I die, someone can put my ashes in a backpack and wear it while riding Westridge because thats the only way I'll do it.

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    There were a huge number of pinch flats while I was there this weekend. Interesting.

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    None for me, no pinch flats when you run tubeless.
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    Bruce, so very nice to meet you! Richard was booked the entire weekend sorry. We stayed on Westridge and Cruiser most of the time and had a blast. WHAT an amazing weekend! Also rode the new part of Skyline East...Just EPIC!
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    Wendy, nice to meet you, too. I ended up getting "schooled" by an 11-year old who was in the lift line with his grandma. She asked me which were the easy trails, so I invited them to ride with me on 2N10. She flatted and walked in. He then took me for quite a ride. Just having someone to gauge against was invaluable. I even "got air" over a bump I've always just rolled up and over.

    Side note... it looks like Friday, I'll get to ride at Boyette Bike Park, which is my absolute favorite.

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    WHAT a story Bruce! Glad you had a great time! How could you not though in BB! I hope to be there again this weekend...waiting to hear from friends what we are doing
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    Went this weekend. I was really disappointed with what they've done. The jumps and "features" on westridge are horribly laid out. Nearly all of them are laid out so that either a flat, or uphill corner immediately precedes it, or the series of jumps is flat or slightly uphill. The wall ride and the jumps after it are the worst offenders. I've never had to pedal so much in my life at a resort "jump trail". They really need to build some real DH trails that aren't flat and uphill half the time. Those 2 jumps near the bottom of Miracle Mile are the same way. It's a shame that they are trying to build all these trails to be "safe" rather than fun.

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    You do have a bike with pedals... I realize you want it to be mindless but I think they did a great job with it compared to last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Island20v View Post
    realize you want it to be mindless but I think they did a great job with it compared to last year.
    Mindless? Hardly. I want it to be good. Tiny jumps that require you to pedal your ass off out of every corner is not good. It makes it an XC trail with jumps, not a resort style DH trail, which of course, all the trails there are billed as. It's a real shame. They try to hype the place as "designed/built by the same people who made Whistler". When the reality is their current jump trail is a joke compared to those at more legitimate resorts. At Whistler a skilled rider should be able to more or less clear every jump on A-line blind, at Silver Star same with prostar/walk the line, or even mammoth on lower Twilight Zone and Pipeline. This is nowhere near the case at snow summit. The excuse of "it's new, it's our first year" is long over. They should be striving to be world class, not "Just good enough that people from around Socal will show up once in a while because there are no other options within close proximity"

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    I cleared them without much if any pedaling. It's all about carrying your speed and keeping up your momentum. Just sayin. Besides, the mountain is not super huge like Whistler or Mammoth, so you can't make the runs as vertical because then the runs would be super short. They have to throw in some flats to make the runs longer.
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    nah, it has nothing to do about trying to make the trail longer. i rode up the lift with the risk assessor from gravity logic a couple weekends ago, they made them flat so everybody could ride them and to save money. Supposedly they want to put true black diamond trails in on the east side of the mountain where log chute used to be, but are waiting for the mountain to sell, the current owner isn't going to spend any more money than necessary. Steeper trails will require a special permit from the forest service and apparently that's expensive, this all from the horses mouth. fyi, i heard some investors from mammoth were at summit so there may be an offer on the table someday soon.
    nothing witty here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredman69 View Post
    so you can't make the runs as verticle because then the runs would be super short. They have to throw in some flats to make the runs longer.
    Wrong, wrong wrong wrong. Absolutely wrong. That's the kind of thinking that's dangerous to mountain biking. At mammoth Chainsmoke, velocity, and techno rock are only ~750 vertical feet. Bullet isn't much more than 1000 feet. Lower Whistler (fitzsimmons zone) is only ~1200-1300 feet. Upper northstar (dogbone, karpiel) is only ~1200 vert. You really think you need 1500+ vert to make a legitimate DH trail? VERY few places meet that criteria.


    Quote Originally Posted by 2w4s View Post
    the current owner isn't going to spend any more money than necessary.
    That agrees with rumors I've heard. And it definitely agrees with how the park is run right now.

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    Any body know when the Going Green Trail will open? My wife is new to mtnbiking and that trail will be a perfect fit.

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    They want to aim for the July 4th weekend. From their site...

    "Over the course of the next five years our master plan of building out the bike park begins this spring with a beginner trail. We are currently moving forward with our plan to have the LONGEST and ONLY “Green” mountain bike trail in the Big Bear Valley with full lift service! If all goes to plan we hope to have it open by the Fourth of July! We are working with the National Forest Service to pursue our original plan for this trail designed by Gravity Logic, Inc. and we are currently doing environmental studies and pursuing the appropriate permits."
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    Thanks BB.
    I saw that on their website but was hoping for more "first-hand" info. I know a few SDMBA peeps were up there last weekend moving dirt but wasn't sure where exactly.

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    The green trail hasn't even been started yet, still pending approval from the forestry.
    Plenty of other off Snow Summit trails to ride which end up back at SS.

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    @bjammin..have her sign up with GGR! We have beginner rides all the time. She can go to our FB page here to sign up for rides: Its a non dues club! Free! https://www.facebook.com/groups/350083721682365/ and check us out on the website too: Girlz Gone Riding - About GGR. Beginners are welcomes with open arms! PM me if she has questions. We have a beginner ride this Saturday and next weekend as well! Guided, no drop rides. She will have a great time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Jeff View Post
    The green trail hasn't even been started yet, still pending approval from the forestry...
    how strict are they with trail creation there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixteenornumber View Post
    how strict are they with trail creation there?
    what do you mean by trail creation?
    nothing witty here...

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    the forest service will bury you...they pull down signs even Snow Summit puts up!
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    If you want to be involved in "trail creation" go through the proper channels ie; Big Bear Trails foundation, we are working on an existing trail on Wed. and building a new one on Sat.
    There are plenty of existing trails to ride up here for any level and more coming..don't ruin it for everyone else and build your own trails.

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    I won't be building trails any time soon, I was just curious. I haven't lived in BB in almost 10 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05 View Post
    Went this weekend. I was really disappointed with what they've done. The jumps and "features" on westridge are horribly laid out. Nearly all of them are laid out so that either a flat, or uphill corner immediately precedes it, or the series of jumps is flat or slightly uphill. The wall ride and the jumps after it are the worst offenders. I've never had to pedal so much in my life at a resort "jump trail". They really need to build some real DH trails that aren't flat and uphill half the time. Those 2 jumps near the bottom of Miracle Mile are the same way. It's a shame that they are trying to build all these trails to be "safe" rather than fun.
    Dude you're just not riding it right/ fast enough. You can coast/ pump Westridge in it's entirety and make everything if you want.
    Also this is a HUGE step in the right direction for SoCal so appreciate what you have now......

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    I've already been up 4 times this year. Lift passes are cheaper with an mtb gravity card of course...but not free.lol If I go a few more times that means I need a season pass next year.
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    I'm chatting with my mom on facebook this morning when she tells me "Check out Gran Fondo Grizzly 100". I'm thinking cool, I'll finally be back in the states and in Big Bear all while some cycling event is going on. I love my mom but I had to laugh when I realized what she was talking about. Is anyone planning to ride the "Terrible 10,000" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixteenornumber View Post
    Is anyone planning to ride the "Terrible 10,000" ?
    Yep

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    How much are lift tickets (for cyclists) and which trail(s) is/are fast and flowy w/o jumps?

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