Riding Otero in Dec??

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  • 11-30-2012
    MTBNate
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    Riding Otero in Dec??
    Today is the last day of Nov and it's hard to believe there isn't any snow in the east mts.

    Who's planning on getting some action in on Tunnel/Otero over the next 10 days or so - there is no better riding weather to be had, anywhere!

    :thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    Calhoun
    Last year RCC and I had our last Otero ride mid-December. As much as I love the East, it needs to get buried in snow.
  • 11-30-2012
    ABQ_Biker
    5 or 6 years ago we had a winter where we were able to ride the east mtns over the entire winter. The forest was closed late that spring. Let it snow please and soon!
  • 11-30-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ABQ_Biker View Post
    5 or 6 years ago we had a winter where we were able to ride the east mtns over the entire winter. The forest was closed late that spring. Let it snow please and soon!

    I'm hoping it hits soon.
  • 12-01-2012
    MTBNate
    I managed to get trail bitten at Otero today. Resulted in a trip to urgent care but no stitches.

    It was a most unspectacular crash too. :(

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  • 12-01-2012
    Calhoun
    damn, gotta cover those knees!
  • 12-01-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    damn, gotta cover those knees!

    Yeah, it's time for em. Recommendations?
  • 12-02-2012
    Calhoun
    POC
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post

    How are they vs EVOs?
  • 12-03-2012
    Calhoun
    Not sure, I tried the 661 Evos on, but just in the store. The POCs have the same EVO material (foam? smart foam?)

    I do love the POCs though.
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Not sure, I tried the 661 Evos on, but just in the store. The POCs have the same EVO material (foam? smart foam?)

    I do love the POCs though.

    Light enough for regular riding?
  • 12-03-2012
    Calhoun
    if your video above is "regular riding" I'd say yes :D
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    if your video above is "regular riding" I'd say yes :D

    I need to revise my clip and add in the part about 30 seconds before the incident where I said, "This is fun!" as we were dropping down the canyon.

    :o
  • 12-03-2012
    yogiprophet
    [QUOTE=MTBNate;9926255]I managed to get trail bitten at Otero today. Resulted in a trip to urgent care but no stitches.

    It was a most unspectacular crash too. :(

    Front wheel washout.
    That happened to me last weekend in Red Mesa as I was going full speed. Damn! I went down hard too.
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    I may have had too much air pressure up front. Managed to bend my rim a bit too.

    Gah.
  • 12-03-2012
    Fuglio
    What was it at?
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    What was it at?

    28-30ish
  • 12-03-2012
    Fuglio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    28-30ish

    Na ... were you riding a rigid?
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Na ... were you riding a rigid?

    naw - Pivot 429 w/100mm travel
  • 12-03-2012
    bg2lk15
    The horizontal trees caught my eye... Can you still ride or will you miss this December weather?
  • 12-03-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bg2lk15 View Post
    The horizontal trees caught my eye... Can you still ride or will you miss this December weather?

    I'll be takin a break for a couple weeks, I'm afraid.

    :(
  • 12-03-2012
    Calhoun
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    28-30ish

    Should not have been a problem. At the bottom of that wash there is a rock perfectly placed in the middle of the trail (as long as nobody moves it...) I think you caught that rock with the wrong part of your tire and went down. Happened to me in the Sandias. I flew headfirst into a stump and nearly knocked myself out. Busted my glasses, dented my helmet, and put an incurable wobble in the front wheel.
  • 12-04-2012
    supramk388
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Should not have been a problem. At the bottom of that wash there is a rock perfectly placed in the middle of the trail (as long as nobody moves it...) I think you caught that rock with the wrong part of your tire and went down.

    Yeah, looked like the "rock" took him out. Maybe the rock bandits missed that one.

    Nate IXS makes some good knee pads as well.
  • 12-04-2012
    bg2lk15
    Skerry's Rule: if the rock is loose, take it out. Looks like that one is still very solid, in spite of the dry weather. Been there many years and probably surprised a lot of folk.
  • 12-04-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bg2lk15 View Post
    Skerry's Rule: if the rock is loose, take it out. Looks like that one is still very solid, in spite of the dry weather. Been there many years and probably surprised a lot of folk.

    I've been thru that section many many times and never had any concerns.

    Just got jacked up this time.

    Oh well, $hit happens - it's all part of the game.

    :D
  • 12-04-2012
    bg2lk15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    I'll be takin a break for a couple weeks, I'm afraid.

    :(

    Not good at all. Maybe I'll ask Santa for some knee guards. But she'll just tell me to slow down. Maybe if I come in with a trashed knee...
  • 12-06-2012
    yogiprophet
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Should not have been a problem. At the bottom of that wash there is a rock perfectly placed in the middle of the trail (as long as nobody moves it...) I think you caught that rock with the wrong part of your tire and went down. Happened to me in the Sandias. I flew headfirst into a stump and nearly knocked myself out. Busted my glasses, dented my helmet, and put an incurable wobble in the front wheel.

    Looks like to me he washed out in the loose dirt to the down side of the rock. With the soil so loose and dry it is much more likely to happen.
    The weather's good but the trails are too damn dry....
  • 12-06-2012
    MTBNate
    Here's the extended mix version in HD - coming down Otero only.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5TrT...layer_embedded
  • 12-06-2012
    ABQ_Biker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Here's the extended mix version in HD - coming down Otero only.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5TrT...layer_embedded

    It is set to private :(
  • 12-06-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ABQ_Biker View Post
    It is set to private :(

    fixed - but it wont play on your phone, music copyright i suppose


    On the plus side, the guys at Kickstand managed to fix my bent front rim.
  • 12-07-2012
    Fuglio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    fixed - but it wont play on your phone, music copyright i suppose


    On the plus side, the guys at Kickstand managed to fix my bent front rim.

    What brand/type
  • 12-07-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    What brand/type

    Back in mid-2008, I had my rims built by a guy here on mtbr, mikesee who has a business building 29r wheel sets called: Lace Mine 29 - Big Bicycle Wheels

    After telling him my riding style etc he built my wheels using Bontrager's Duster rims (tubeless) and Hopes Pro II hubs.

    Never has a single problem with the wheels until my 'incident' last Saturday - not even a loose spoke.. nada.
  • 12-09-2012
    MTBNate
    The weather man says we're supposed to have a high today of 39 up in Otero - I'm doubtful since it looks warmer already this morning (sunshine/blue skies et al).

    But a cold front is on the way, forecast low temp for Tijeras is 9 deg tonite.
  • 12-09-2012
    bg2lk15
    Left today to ride Faulty under sunny skies and rising temperatures. Faulty was dry as a bone ;). Ended the ride with snow falling and diving temperatures. Made me forget the pain of the SS. The precip is great even though the trail selection will narrow. Wait, this isn't the Faulty Trail thread...
  • 12-09-2012
    mtbike52
    I'll say diving temps. 23 out right now and going lower. Ground is all white now as well. Hope we get hammered tonight.
  • 12-09-2012
    De La Pena
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    Hope we get hammered tonight.


    You can say that again:thumbsup:

  • 12-10-2012
    mtbike52
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 6bobby9 View Post
    You can say that again:thumbsup:


    How did you know what I was thinking?:D Sure wasn't hammered by the snow. Might be 1/4 in if that. Damn cold, 10 deg
  • 12-10-2012
    granpa
    Otero Staturday


    Also large EVO knee pads for sale as new $20....don't fit me.

    275-2941
  • 12-10-2012
    granpa
    Oooops....full disclaimer....I am a gray hair and thats not me. That's my daughter's boyfriend. His second time mtn biking in a year but he rides the skate parks a lot.
  • 12-10-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by granpa View Post
    Also large EVO knee pads for sale as new $20....don't fit me.

    PM sent
  • 12-14-2012
    mtbike52
    A little snow falling today. Keep it comming.
  • 12-14-2012
    MTBNate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    A little snow falling today. Keep it comming.

    :thumbsup:
  • 12-14-2012
    mtbike52
    3-4 in of very wet heavy snow on this side of the hill.:thumbsup: About time. Looks like the foot hills are the game for a bit.
  • 12-14-2012
    cactuskiss
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    3-4 in of very wet heavy snow on this side of the hill.:thumbsup: About time. Looks like the foot hills are the game for a bit.

    Thanks for all of the east mtns updates.
  • 12-17-2012
    MTBNate
    Better get your rides in before Fri:

  • 12-19-2012
    tyrebyter
    Is that Celsius or Fahrenheit? Either way, I'm looking at putting ice in the Camelbak.
  • 12-19-2012
    mtbike52
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    Originally Posted by tyrebyter View Post
    Is that Celsius or Fahrenheit? Either way, I'm looking at putting ice in the Camelbak.

    That last Otero ride might be a little tough. Good news is, there's plenty of ice at Otero for your Camelback. Got the feeling Otero is done for the season.
  • 12-19-2012
    F.N.G
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    That last Otero ride might be a little tough. Good news is, there's plenty of ice at Otero for your Camelback. Got the feeling Otero is done for the season.

    Awesome!! Now we can all enjoy the sanitized South Foothills!!! (SSFH)
  • 12-19-2012
    Fuglio
    Sssfh. Snowy and sanatized sfh ....
  • 12-20-2012
    mtbike52
    Crap! So tomorrow is the big day.:eek::eekster::eek::eekster: So many trails to ride and so little time.