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    ... and if we just ... Holy Jim recap w/ VIDEOS

    Cleveland National Forest, CA. Fantastic weather for Sunday's Path ride. Temps made it into the 70's and the sky was crystal clear.

    The ride would take us up Holy Jim from the Holy Jim parking lot, up the Main Divide to the Upper Holy Jim trailhead and back down.

    Here I am ready to go on a Kona Coil-air demo. My trusty 7Point7 was down for retune:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Tani and I early in the ride:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Looking back most of the way up Holy Jim:


    Tani nears the top of Holy Jim:


    We regrouped on the Main Divide before making our way up it towards the Upper Holy Jim trailhead.

    Grinding out the climb on the Main Divide:


    Brandi returns from surveying the top of Upper Holy Jim. The Main Divide is visible in the background:


    The guys take a break on the Main Divide before we headed down Upper Holy Jim:


    Descending Upper Holy Jim was a lot of fun. (Well until you get towards the bottom and trail goes under the trees and becomes extremely loose.) In this lower section Joel actually fell off the trail and came to a sliding stop...back on the trail. Lots of tight switchbacks.

    The guys taking a break on Upper Holy Jim:


    Mark nears the bottom of Upper Holy Jim:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Joel just fine after his slideout, nears the bottom of Upper Holy Jim:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Here I come, video rolling:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Once back on the Main Divide we regrouped before dropping Holy Jim:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Joel gets Holy Jim started, a steep loose drop in:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    Here Brandi fixes a flat suffered probably a third of the way down:


    Well we all made it down safely. Well except for yours truly who was tossed over the bars most of the way down Holy Jim, camera case sliding along the trail. Aside from some abrassions to my knee, arm, hand and the helmet camera case, I was fine.

    Brandi finishes up a great ride:

    [SIZE=1]Photo by "Crash" Maxwell[/SIZE]

    A big thanks to Tani for allowing me to ride a 19" Kona Coil-air demo bike while my 7Point7 is down for an extended time. (Thanks Progressive for dragging your feet on my shock retune.)

    Jon did an excellent job building the bike and it performed well.



    Thoughts on riding the Coil-Air:

    - Pedals great.
    - It cruises at a nice pace.
    - It descends with confidence and goes where you point it.
    - The XT drive train worked well. (I'm a SRAM trigger guy.)

    - I didn't care for the carbon brake levers. Too rounded and they have a slippery feel.
    - I have a 31" inseam, if I was buying this bike I would have gone with the 18" frame or a shorter stem.

    If you are looking for a light duty freeride bike that can be pedaled on long rides, this is your ticket.

    Videos:

    Upper Holy Jim (Please right click and select Save Target As...)
    Follow Brandi, Joel & Tani. Great views.
    Duration = 6:58
    File size = 53.0 MB

    Holy Jim (Please right click and select Save Target As...)
    Follow Joel, Tani & Brandi. Yep its a big file but around the 13:00 mark you will be glad you downloaded it.
    Duration = 16:20
    File size = 124.5 MB
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    Video of the Year

    That's what I was thinking with that great flow on Holy Jim.
    PS Does "Mr. Manual" ever fall?

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    Thanks for the good review.

    Only on the rarest of occasions does Mr. Manual ever screw up:


    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    That's what I was thinking with that great flow on Holy Jim.
    PS Does "Mr. Manual" ever fall?
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    holy jim trail is very fast below road. i like brush tunnel and fast trail. climb up is fun with switch back too.

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    Upper Holy Jim

    Nice switch back work on Upper Holy Jim!

    Where is the upper trail head (start) for UPPER Holy Jim? I know it drops out at Main Divide across from the top of Lower Holy Jim. It looks like fun.

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    You know that incredibly wide switchback area on the Main Divide? Lots of white sand. (Between Santiago Peak and Holy Jim.) That's where it is.

    This picture shows the trailhead:


    Check out the Geoladders route description for more info.
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    how long is that ride distance and time? oh and about how much do all your bikes weigh?

    thanks

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    Ride distance was 12 miles or so and we were out there for around 5 hours. Lots of climbing but at a relaxed pace.

    Most of our bikes weighed in around the mid 30's:

    3 Kona Coil-airs (6")
    1 Kona Coiler (5")
    1 Ellsworth Moment (6")

    A couple of them are in the low 30's:

    Turner 5 Spot (5")
    Titus Racer-X (Not 100% sure of the model.)

    I'm used to pedaling a 41 pound bike around, so that 36 pound Kona felt like a race bike to me.

    Oh, my Camelbak weighed in at 22 pounds.

    Quote Originally Posted by jr711
    how long is that ride distance and time? oh and about how much do all your bikes weigh?

    thanks
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    I love those tunnels

    Nice work! I love those tunnels through the bushes! Does somebody trim them that way? Is there any poison oak in them?

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    Thanks. The Warrior's Society does trail maintenance on Holy Jim once or twice a year. Their Toad Festival and Pow Wow (Vision Quest) events use Holy Jim.

    There tends to be PO on the lower wooded section (below the waterfall) of Holy Jim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Nice work! I love those tunnels through the bushes! Does somebody trim them that way? Is there any poison oak in them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    Titus Racer-X (Not 100% sure of the model.)
    Moto-Lite actually. I think it's just under 30, but I haven't weighed it recently.

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    Great videos on a great ride!

    I did that ride a couple of weeks ago. I started at O'Neil Park, so it about doubled the miles, but what a great ride. THANKS!
    Last edited by Floater; 11-17-2005 at 07:21 AM.

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    Cool vids and photos. What kind of camera setup do you use?
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    Turkey Burn

    Winston,

    will you be doing this ride on Friday after Thanksgiving?

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    Nope, can't make it. I will spending time with my daughter over the holiday weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrdr98
    Winston,

    will you be doing this ride on Friday after Thanksgiving?
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    Playback woes.

    Winston,

    As usual I've been enjoying your latest videos, but since you changed encoders they now play back in Media Player 10 almost as a square rather than the typical aspect ratio. I swear I have not made any changes on my end. Other than watch the videos using QuickTime is there something I can change in Media Player?

    Thanks,
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    Nice work Winston!

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    AHHHHHH! Nothing makes you lose hair like video encoding. It should play in the correct aspect ration in Windows Media Player.

    In the future I'm going to switch back to using the encoder that comes with Adobe Premeire Elements. The file sizes may increase some but at least the aspect ratio will be true.

    Thanks for watching,

    Winston

    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Winston,

    As usual I've been enjoying your latest videos, but since you changed encoders they now play back in Media Player 10 almost as a square rather than the typical aspect ratio. I swear I have not made any changes on my end. Other than watch the videos using QuickTime is there something I can change in Media Player?

    Thanks,
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    16:9

    The 16:9 format plays nicely on all the versions of the WM Player on all three of my computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    The 16:9 format plays nicely on all the versions of the WM Player on all three of my computers.
    Why don't you give me a paper cut and rub lemon juice in it?

    It must be nice to see Winston's videos in the right aspect ratio. Everybody just looks really skinny on my computer.


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    MP4 version

    Give this MP4 version a try. You will need Quicktime 7 to view:

    Upper Holy Jim
    Duration = 6:58
    File size = 56.9 MB

    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Why don't you give me a paper cut and rub lemon juice in it?

    It must be nice to see Winston's videos in the right aspect ratio. Everybody just looks really skinny on my computer.
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    any idea what you guys might be riding tomorrow 11/20? think it'll be around 5hrs or so? i don't think i can keep up with you guys if it were any longer. what time do you meet at the shop again 7:30am?

    thanks

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    Super cool vids. looks like a pretty awesome ride!

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    as usual winston your videos rock!

    i wanna ride that trail now. hope to do it with some of the other engineers from work that ride with warriors society.

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