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    San Diegan DH guys

    I just moved to SD from overseas with my VP-Free.
    Looking for someone to ride with and that can show me SD favorite trails.

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    sd is big.what area
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coby
    I just moved to SD from overseas with my VP-Free.
    Looking for someone to ride with and that can show me SD favorite trails.

    10X
    Yo Coby, welcome to SO CAL! There's some good local stuff going on at Flightline (look it up on this area). Otherwise there's lots of good shuttle runs in the OC/LA area.(San Juan, Mt. Lowe to name a few). We hit these spots often.
    Fontana has organized races with decent courses-if you don't mind pedaling...ALOT!
    Shoot me a line, or stop by the Supergone in Oceanside.
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    earn the way down. don't shuttle awesome trails like san juan. easily one of the better trails around to go up then down (riding up then back down tomorrow)

    i rode trabuco yesterday (down then up) and that trail is one to shuttle! going back up that thing was a major chore. awesome trail (the trailhead is right up by the top of san juan near bluejay). very nice singletrack. the views were spectacular. the guy that i was riding with said that the better way to get back to the top is to climb holy jim, but he said that he was on a schedule and didn't have time to go back up that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechmann_mtb
    earn the way down. don't shuttle awesome trails like san juan. easily one of the better trails around to go up then down (riding up then back down tomorrow)

    i rode trabuco yesterday (down then up) and that trail is one to shuttle! going back up that thing was a major chore. awesome trail (the trailhead is right up by the top of san juan near bluejay). very nice singletrack. the views were spectacular. the guy that i was riding with said that the better way to get back to the top is to climb holy jim, but he said that he was on a schedule and didn't have time to go back up that way.
    Excuse me, but I think the question was for DOWNHILL! I believe the condecsending forum is to be found else where.
    As far as "earning the way down" - mind yours.

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    that's a fine way

    Quote Originally Posted by bjammin
    Excuse me, but I think the question was for DOWNHILL! I believe the condecsending forum is to be found else where.
    As far as "earning the way down" - mind yours.
    to welcome oneself.........................

    FWIW, virtually every trail that is shuttleable is done in the uphill direction by many a rider so if you're going to go out and only ride gravity assisted, be aware that plenty of people will be coming up at a much slower pace.................

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    I've ridden with BJammin plenty a time; he's just as eager to bust a sweat going uphill as he is going downhill. He's a courteous rider; so go preach somewhere else preachy

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    wow dude, way to go short fuse.

    i wasn't being nasty, but it's all good.

    i did read that it was a post asking for downhill runs and agree that san juan is an awesome downhill... BUT there is a lot of traffic on SJT and if you expect to take an 8" travel bike out there, ride up 74 in a truck then turn around and pin it the whole way down you might be in for a major problem.

    i am totally down for being pollite on the trails and will yeild to other riders. i often yeild to people coming down (although i don't have to) because i too like to pin it and know that it can be tough to stop from 30 especially in loose conditions like there were on SJT today when we rode it. coming around a blind corner today a guy almost took a bad fall because he couldn't stop when we were riding up. a buttload of skill and some luck saved his bacon.

    riding up first can give you a bit of perspective on what it's like to be on the other side of the coin, and it also gives you a chance to scope the spots where a blown turn can leave you with major hospital bills and a ride in the helicopter.

    i also offered a good suggested run for the same area that gets WAY less traffic. i don't think there are very many people that ride up Trabuco so pinning it on that trail is a bit less of a gamble.

    if you don't mind driving to OC there are some trails that are pretty much understood to be one way like Luge that are AWESOME to pin it on with great berms. you can also shuttle the Ramona trail (drive up Thomas Mt fire road in Idyllwild) which is very similar to SJT in technicality and terrain but much less traffic and very few people riding up.

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    Shiver – I’m at UTC, near La Jolla.
    mechmann_mtb, I’ll tell you what, If we will meet at san juan, let’s switch bikes, you’ll take my 45 pound rig (with no front derailleur) and I’ll take yours and we both will earn our way down together….

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    Quote Originally Posted by hbfrdh1
    I've ridden with BJammin plenty a time; he's just as eager to bust a sweat going uphill as he is going downhill. He's a courteous rider; so go preach somewhere else preachy
    HBFRDH1 Thank you...
    All others - for someone who is new to the So Cal riding scene, I don't think we gave the proper impression.
    Coby - Everyone that I have ridden with since I moved here has been very cool. However, it's funny what can happen when we let our egos get the better of us.
    Smile - after all, we are talking about bikes here right?

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    1x9 :)

    what gearing do you run?

    my 32lbs 6" travel bike doesn't have a FD either. 1X9 is all i ride, i only have one bike.

    42lbs is a bit hefty but i tip the scales at 240+ with gear on so i might ask you to switch packs too if yours weighs less.

    i really wasn't trying to be nasty in my post. i take a lot of pride in earning the way down. i have shuttled san juan before (it was like 10 yrs ago). i joke around about lazy people doing shuttles but i remember how wiped out i was after shuttling that ride on a rigid '92 Haro Extreme back in the day. there is a bunch of climbing to be done going "down" only.

    btw... the other runs i mentioned for shuttling have almost no climbing. you might find the best one is Ramona Trail from Toolbox Springs down to the highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechmann_mtb
    what gearing do you run?

    my 32lbs 6" travel bike doesn't have a FD either. 1X9 is all i ride, i only have one bike.

    42lbs is a bit hefty but i tip the scales at 240+ with gear on so i might ask you to switch packs too if yours weighs less.

    i really wasn't trying to be nasty in my post. i take a lot of pride in earning the way down. i have shuttled san juan before (it was like 10 yrs ago). i joke around about lazy people doing shuttles but i remember how wiped out i was after shuttling that ride on a rigid '92 Haro Extreme back in the day. there is a bunch of climbing to be done going "down" only.

    btw... the other runs i mentioned for shuttling have almost no climbing. you might find the best one is Ramona Trail from Toolbox Springs down to the highway.
    OK, I give up, switching packs with you is not gonna make my ride easier
    Thanks for your recommendations. Anyhow, I don’t think it’s a good idea to hit these trails by myself so first I need to find buddies…

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjammin
    HBFRDH1 Thank you...
    All others - for someone who is new to the So Cal riding scene, I don't think we gave the proper impression.
    Coby - Everyone that I have ridden with since I moved here has been very cool. However, it's funny what can happen when we let our egos get the better of us.
    Smile - after all, we are talking about bikes here right?
    Ben thanks, you really don’t have to worry about the impression …
    See you out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coby
    OK, I give up, switching packs with you is not gonna make my ride easier
    Thanks for your recommendations. Anyhow, I don’t think it’s a good idea to hit these trails by myself so first I need to find buddies…
    Checkout the thread titled Flightline builders have been busy. There are some great photos of the trails - very technical. I do them on my 5.5 and VPX - depending if I want to make a long loop (15+mi.) or just hit stunts and drops all day.
    It's in Carlsbad, which is about a 45min drive from UTC w/o traffic (like that ever happens).
    Worth the drive.

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    you are welcome to ride with the wife and i. we havn't done any shuttling though. one trail that i wouldn't mind riding but will have to wait till next year (snow and cold) that requires a shuttle is SART. if you get the urge to pedal up, we have been riding San Juan at least once a month. we are pretty close to it (live in murietta).

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    Hey Coby, shoot me a PM, Ted Williams is one of the best spots for shuttle-able DH/FR runs in the SD area. I'm out there pretty much every weekend.
    cycle tracks will abound in utopia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechmann_mtb
    i wasn't being nasty, but it's all good.

    i did read that it was a post asking for downhill runs and agree that san juan is an awesome downhill... BUT there is a lot of traffic on SJT and if you expect to take an 8" travel bike out there, ride up 74 in a truck then turn around and pin it the whole way down you might be in for a major problem.

    i am totally down for being pollite on the trails and will yeild to other riders. i often yeild to people coming down (although i don't have to) because i too like to pin it and know that it can be tough to stop from 30 especially in loose conditions like there were on SJT today when we rode it. coming around a blind corner today a guy almost took a bad fall because he couldn't stop when we were riding up. a buttload of skill and some luck saved his bacon.

    riding up first can give you a bit of perspective on what it's like to be on the other side of the coin, and it also gives you a chance to scope the spots where a blown turn can leave you with major hospital bills and a ride in the helicopter.

    i also offered a good suggested run for the same area that gets WAY less traffic. i don't think there are very many people that ride up Trabuco so pinning it on that trail is a bit less of a gamble.

    if you don't mind driving to OC there are some trails that are pretty much understood to be one way like Luge that are AWESOME to pin it on with great berms. you can also shuttle the Ramona trail (drive up Thomas Mt fire road in Idyllwild) which is very similar to SJT in technicality and terrain but much less traffic and very few people riding up.
    "earning it"??? such a lame overused term that only incites retaliation. I 've ridden SJT up and own many times in the past. I prefer to shuttle on my 5" and on my DH bike...just depends on what kind of fun you want to have. I agree.. shuttling certain trails at certain times can lead to problems....so I ride certain trails after all the XC people have gone up and back. Theres plenty of trails and time so all users can get what they want out of it.
    I ride(or "pin it") SJT at least 3 times a month and have never run into anybody....hell we hardly ever see anyone out on the trail.

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    sorry to have ruffled your sensitive feathers guys.

    i had no idea that "earning it" had such a negative connotation. i like to think that i "earn" just about everything i have in life. maybe we need to convert to a socialist/communist economic model so that "earning it" doesn't imply negativity. maybe i am part of a rugged individualist type of mentality that is getting to be a thing of the past. in either case my intentions were not to incite an argument.

    there are plenty of times when SJT is pretty empty. middle of the week or late in the day. most people ride fairly early out there. if you shuttle it in the afternoon chances are you will have the downhill to yourself. enjoy the ride.

    Coby...

    if you run into me and the wife up there make sure to say hi. maybe we can hit up a trail some time.

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