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    Great weather up in Alaska this weekend (despite names, this is nowhere near Juneau)

    Just a nice little 46 mile epic.

    Saw hundreds of salmon, a few porky-pines and a mountain goat.

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    Yes. Hot and humid like a mofo. Went to the beach after so that was nice.
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    I rode caturday and funday. It was hot and skeeters were ravenous... it was good

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    ^^lol! Sprocket is such a goof, just like me.

    Did some more chunk practice, this time on the big wheel Yelli.

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    I'm saving that ^ chunky section for next time.
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    No weekend ride.. had a good week for me though, a Mon, Weds, Fri, get-out coming up with 35 miles. Didn't get too excited about the 90 degree days either though it's tapering off now for this week.
    Nice photos and write up's posted by those getting out.

    This week, I got a fence to mend for a day or two worth of distraction.
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    Not today, but...

    Took a trip up to Killington for my first bike park experience. My buddy and I took somewhere around 15 runs down a couple blues on Snowshed and then built up the courage to hit a couple of blacks over on Ramshead. Overall, had an absolute blast. My buddy had more of an XC bike with around 120mm travel, so we decided to change it up mid-day and take the "Off the Top" trail from Snowshed all the way up to K-1 Peak. Took over an hour to climb Bear, Skye and, finally, K-1 but it was well worth the climb. Had an amazing day and only took one hard fall off a jump I probably shouldn't have hit!


    Pictures are from the very top of K-1 where you can hike up a hundred feet or so past the gondola to the satellite tower lookout.

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    ^ what a view!
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    I'm very blessed to have a great, challenging trail with a wide variety of surfaces, obstacles, short techy climbs, tight switchbacks, and fast, rough downhills just a couple miles out of the way coming home from work.
    Also blessed to have great brakes, so when I lose the rear tire on a tight downhill turn over rocks, roots and pine straw with the bike leaned way over, and lock up the front brake at the last instant, getting shot into a tree that the trail twists around only results in this:
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    Not bad for smacking a 12" tree with my face
    #treehugger...

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    Not today, but did get out yesterday. Was shooting for my biggest climbing day to date (5K ft). Between the hottest day of the year so far, and a few beers at a wedding reception the night before, it didn't quite work out that way...
    Ended up with 17.5 miles and about 3300 ft of climbing. Was so gassed, I couldn't even enjoy the last descent...

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    well why wouldn't I

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    Of course. I did a 6 mile off road commute, and then went for a 7 mile ride around town with the wife. It was a good day.
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    Riding in Laguna wilderness... A wet one at that!

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    Sunrise fun this morning

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    Rode Falcon Trail in Colorado Springs,13.4 miles. Fairly easy single track but a few places have steep longish climbs. My legs were not pleased. Downhill sections made up for it.

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    did you ride today?

    I got a good fitness ride in this evening. 11 mi, 2500 ft of climbing here in Fremont.


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    Had planned to do my longest ride on a mtb to date, but cut it short, as work called with an overtime shift. Was A-ok with it, since my shorts were tearing up my bottom for some reason, and I was running out of fluids way ahead of time.
    Still got in 30.3. May not have done my longest ride, but hit the fastest average mph, so I'm pretty psyched.

    They call this area "the Chimneys", and there is indeed a chimney...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
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    Remember the A trail? There were so many more trails on that hogback pre 9/11.
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    A ride into the fresh clean air of L.A. last night
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    I'll have to get caught up with what "today" is, lol.. but here's one from a few days back. I'm not sure it qualifies as "ride" though. I just call it "bloody hell" now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    Remember the A trail? There were so many more trails on that hogback pre 9/11.
    Yes I do. An OTB endo on the A Trail back in 1986 is what convinced me to buy my first bike helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xblitzkriegx View Post
    Rode Falcon Trail in Colorado Springs,13.4 miles. Fairly easy single track but a few places have steep longish climbs. My legs were not pleased. Downhill sections made up for it.
    Have yet to see it or get there.
    A few friends have mentioned a plan but we've let other rides get in the way, Ute Valley, Pulpit Rock and was over to Limbaugh canyon area behind and above Palmer Lake recently. Have you been up there ?
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    Had a nice few days to get out after some fencing work on the yard. Got 12 miles in Thursday and 19 Wednesday.

    On the way to Monument Valley Park yesterday, we passed the Lucky Dog Kennel. If you are a lucky dog, check out the rooms with a view you'll be enjoying.




    Here is a busy looking tree we sat under while enjoying a Clif Bar.







    ** Strange but true; Had the opportunity to check the odo on my bike with GPS, total ride was 12.57 miles on both. That's some crazy calibration to be that "on". Retired Doctor friend there is 77 y/o I believe and mashing them pedals but good !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    fencing work on the yard.
    Sounds like a good time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Sounds like a good time!

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    Oh, no not that kind of fencing. Mine is the dangerous kind where you get wood splinters in your hand !
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    Just another day...

    Dale Ball South Trails at the 40 junction, Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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    This photo is right after a ball-busting hill climb--super steep and pretty technical. It eases off here for about 100 feet, turns left and gets totally nasty for 3 miles up to the north or around to the east side of Atalaya. This is literally my out-the-back-door-ride. So lucky, so grateful!

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    What to do when it is going to be 100F? Ride to the beach 😁 preping for my fund raiser 50miler on Wed.

    Anaheim to Huntington Beach 35miles round trip. Other than the homeless camps in Anaheim (about 4 miles of this) its a nice easy ride. Happy Father's Day weekend to you brave dads out there.
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    What to do when it's 95° (feels like 105°)? Sit in the AC in front of the computer and order parts!

    Nice ride, Jcd! I'm hoping to be driving out that way to my native Ventura County in a couple three weeks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    What to do when it's 95° (feels like 105°)? Sit in the AC in front of the computer and order parts!

    Nice ride, Jcd! I'm hoping to be driving out that way to my native Ventura County in a couple three weeks!
    That plan B sounds perfect! Enjoy your trip to SoCal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    That plan B sounds perfect! Enjoy your trip to SoCal!
    Just ordered a 30mm rise Renthal FatBar Lite, lol!

    I'll hit you up if I go down your way, might see who else I can harass while I'm out there.
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    YES!!!! I finally got to ride!! My first post-heart attack ride happened last Thursday (the 8th) and Friday the 9th (my B-day!!!) It was mostly on pavement, but we got to do a mini-bike pack trip to Put In Bay Island. I had about 40lbs of gear on me and my bike. It was my fiance's introduction to bike packing and camping. (Her idea of camping is looking at the woods out of a hotel room window...that's gonna change!!

    These are the only pics b/c both of our phones were too full for more pics. This was after arriving at the state park. I was huffing it due to time off and 89 degree weather. It is not much, but it was a major step in my recovery.did you ride today?-img_1622.jpg

    Had the old Trek 26ers out b/c I only had pannier racks and bags for mine. Plus it was mostly pavement riding.


    I got to hit the skatepark on the BMX for the first time last night as well...I am definitely feeling that today!

    Hope to hit the trails here in town this week
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Just ordered a 30mm rise Renthal FatBar Lite, lol!

    I'll hit you up if I go down your way, might see who else I can harass while I'm out there.
    Sounds good, just give me a heads up so I can plan it. 👍
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    YES!!!! I finally got to ride!! My first post-heart attack ride happened last Thursday (the 8th) and Friday the 9th (my B-day!!!) It was mostly on pavement, but we got to do a mini-bike pack trip to Put In Bay Island. I had about 40lbs of gear on me and my bike. It was my fiance's introduction to bike packing and camping. (Her idea of camping is looking at the woods out of a hotel room window...that's gonna change!!

    These are the only pics b/c both of our phones were too full for more pics. This was after arriving at the state park. I was huffing it due to time off and 89 degree weather. It is not much, but it was a major step in my recovery.Click image for larger version. 

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    Had the old Trek 26ers out b/c I only had pannier racks and bags for mine. Plus it was mostly pavement riding.


    I got to hit the skatepark on the BMX for the first time last night as well...I am definitely feeling that today!

    Hope to hit the trails here in town this week
    Awesome! That is great news, congrats.
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    Good to see you back on the bike, sXeXBMXer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
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    Great news sXeXBMXer and Happy Birthday
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    Had to be on the trail when the sun was coming up to beat the 110° heat today.
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    We did a Caturday evening ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    What to do when it is going to be 100F? Ride to the beach 😁 preping for my fund raiser 50miler on Wed.

    Anaheim to Huntington Beach 35miles round trip. Other than the homeless camps in Anaheim (about 4 miles of this) its a nice easy ride. Happy Father's Day weekend to you brave dads out there.
    Miss Huntington Beach, used to ride the boardwalk towards Balboa Pier during the week since there were too many walkers during the weekend.

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    My Saturday ride totally sucked/was awesome. I need to stop and take some pictures on my rides to give a sense of things.

    The ride sucked because I took a few trails that were quite overgrown with brush. You could barely make out the tread three feet in front of you while getting the arms and legs whipped with branches.

    The ride was awesome because I hadn't ridden this area for quite a few years and all the new lower trails away from the brushy clearcut up top were stupendously fun. Fast and flowy with lots little features to jump off. Near the bottom though, I it another trail that was super steep with several drops that were covered with all manner of brush, including blackberry vines, to the point that you really couldn't see what was coming up. I ended up walking a fair bit of that one.

    The last bit of singletrack was a fall-line descent straight down a rather steep slope. I was wishing that I didn't have a semi-slick on the rear during the descent, but made it fine.

    It started to rain during the last half of the ride and the mosquitos came out in force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    My Saturday ride totally sucked/was awesome. I need to stop and take some pictures on my rides to give a sense of things.

    The ride sucked because I took a few trails that were quite overgrown with brush. You could barely make out the tread three feet in front of you while getting the arms and legs whipped with branches.

    The ride was awesome because I hadn't ridden this area for quite a few years and all the new lower trails away from the brushy clearcut up top were stupendously fun. Fast and flowy with lots little features to jump off. Near the bottom though, I it another trail that was super steep with several drops that were covered with all manner of brush, including blackberry vines, to the point that you really couldn't see what was coming up. I ended up walking a fair bit of that one.

    The last bit of singletrack was a fall-line descent straight down a rather steep slope. I was wishing that I didn't have a semi-slick on the rear during the descent, but made it fine.

    It started to rain during the last half of the ride and the mosquitos came out in force.
    so basically you checked all of the "challenge boxes" on this ride!! All you would have needed to complete it is a bear encounter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Indeed!
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    Good to see you back on the bike, sXeXBMXer!
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    Great news sXeXBMXer and Happy Birthday
    thanks all!! It has been a long wait, but man what a rush to be back. I am refinding A LOT of muscles that I forgot (or never knewthat) I had

    ...and Cycleicious, where did you find that pic of my band? Tha tis form the first tour in the '80s
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    thanks all!! It has been a long wait, but man what a rush to be back. I am refinding A LOT of muscles that I forgot (or never knewthat) I had

    ...and Cycleicious, where did you find that pic of my band? Tha tis form the first tour in the '80s ;)
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    Had a great ride going yesterday until...

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    Bam. 9 miles in and a small mistake exiting a berm leaves me with a severely fractured collarbone. No more riding for several months.

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    ^ healing vibes Goldfly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nash04 View Post
    Miss Huntington Beach, used to ride the boardwalk towards Balboa Pier during the week since there were too many walkers during the weekend.
    Yeah, it was packed yesterday!
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    Here's a couple of shots from last nights ride in
    Fountain Hills, AZ (organized night ride). 21 mi. with ride temps. around 100 degrees but only 5% humidity so pretty pleasant for those of us who live in the heat.

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    Also got 30 mi. of canal riding this morning on one of my single speeds to loosen my legs up after last nights mtn. ride and Friday nights 45 mi. fat-bike ride.
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    Rode 14.3 miles with about 1100 feet of climbing. Very hot, humid, slick everywhere and muddy,too, from Friday's heavy rain.

    Dang, the ride felt like a 20 miler. Soaked completely through all clothing due to working out in the humidity.

    I have had better rides. Well, time to prep for next weekend!


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    Got one in before the ATX heat got me. New dog loving the creeks. Lots of father/sons out getting their nature/bonding on. Dang to Goldfly. That looks painful.
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    Hope that heals up quickly, Goldfly!

    I actually told my Dr last month that I was afraid of breaking my collarbone. He told me not to worry, they heal up really well. He musta misunderstood my concerns about being off the bike, lol!
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    Barely managed to sneak one in, otherwise it was looking like going almost a month without mountain biking.

    Two weekends ago I went road biking with my kids, last weekend we were up in the mountains fishing and hiking and I promised my son I would take him fishing Saturday morning (yesterday). After not catching anything, we spent the rest of the day cleaning up the house as my wife was returning from being out of the country for three weeks. Then today, I had to drive my son to a neighboring state for camp. I thought maybe I could ride when I got back but I knew I would be tired and rain was predicted and a lot of rain all week. Then this morning I checked the drive time and it was only 3 hours rather than the 3:40 it had been when I checked earlier and I realized that there was a timezone change so we didn't need to leave quite as early, an hour and 40 minutes? Yep, I can squeeze a ride in! And I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Hope that heals up quickly, Goldfly!

    I actually told my Dr last month that I was afraid of breaking my collarbone. He told me not to worry, they heal up really well. He musta misunderstood my concerns about being off the bike, lol!
    Haven't seen a specialist yet but preliminary estimates are that surgery will be needed since it broke so severely and 3-4 months for a full heal. I know it's early and probably an overreaction but I'm thinking of going to something with bigger tires for stability and riding a bit more slowly from now on. Can't even imagine having to go through this kind of thing again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Haven't seen a specialist yet but preliminary estimates are that surgery will be needed since it broke so severely and 3-4 months for a full heal. I know it's early and probably an overreaction but I'm thinking of going to something with bigger tires for stability and riding a bit more slowly from now on. Can't even imagine having to go through this kind of thing again.
    How did it happen, did you land square on your shoulder?

    Bigger tires for safety, hmm, never thought of it that way, but that's a good argument to use against the curmudgeons who think anything bigger than 26X2.3" tires are a crutch, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    How did it happen, did you land square on your shoulder?

    Bigger tires for safety, hmm, never thought of it that way, but that's a good argument to use against the curmudgeons who think anything bigger than 26X2.3" tires are a crutch, lol!

    I certainly feel safer on my new 2.8" Minion!
    Yeah... it was at Kingdom Trails in VT. Super fast trail, much faster than I usually ride. Built up a ton of speed coming around a berm and exited it a bit too wide. Front tire went off the trail and washed out, sending me flying forward and landed directly on my left shoulder. I heard a crack and thought it was the bike, but when I got up I felt the bone poking out and figured it probably wasn't supposed to be like that.

    Currently the bone is just being held in place by gauze and tape. They tried to pop it back together but didn't end up working.

    A couple of my buddies have 29+ bikes so that's what gave me the idea to consider a switch. It'll be quite a while before I pick up a bike again so I certainly have plenty of time to think about it.

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    ^ healing vibes Goldfly
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Yeah... it was at Kingdom Trails in VT. Super fast trail, much faster than I usually ride. Built up a ton of speed coming around a berm and exited it a bit too wide. Front tire went off the trail and washed out, sending me flying forward and landed directly on my left shoulder. I heard a crack and thought it was the bike, but when I got up I felt the bone poking out and figured it probably wasn't supposed to be like that.

    Currently the bone is just being held in place by gauze and tape. They tried to pop it back together but didn't end up working.

    A couple of my buddies have 29+ bikes so that's what gave me the idea to consider a switch. It'll be quite a while before I pick up a bike again so I certainly have plenty of time to think about it.
    That must be rough having to sit there with a broken bone! Hang in there and try to keep your mind off of it, there's enough discussion on plus tires here to keep you occupied for weeks!
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    I rode early today due to triple digit heat expected. I showed another rider around my local trails and he did part of the ride with me before he went home then I finished off the 20 mile loop with plenty of short punchy climbs.

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    We did a really nice ride. It was hot and sticky (a little muddy from the intermittent rain)

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    Went out for the first time in 12 yrs. It was a comfy 56 degrees when I hit the trail. Good lord 12 yrs hasn't been good to me. I will just have to spend more time on the trainer and the weights. To many years of atvs and sxs' has made me lazy I guess. It felt great to get back out though.

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    Yeah, I did, it was great. Went to where they ran rd2 of the EWS this year. Been a couple of times before and while everyone raves about it, I just didn't enjoy it for various reasons. But today went out with a mate I've know for years who just started riding, I'e been out sick for the last few months so fitness wasn't there. But had a blast. Great day out. Ye gads I;m slow, but meh funs everywhere. Now I'm keen as to get back (now to work on fitness...and find some skills that have gone to the crapper).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    YES!!!! I finally got to ride!! My first post-heart attack ride happened last Thursday (the 8th) and Friday the 9th (my B-day!!!) It was mostly on pavement, but we got to do a mini-bike pack trip to Put In Bay Island. I had about 40lbs of gear on me and my bike. It was my fiance's introduction to bike packing and camping. (Her idea of camping is looking at the woods out of a hotel room window...that's gonna change!!

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    Had the old Trek 26ers out b/c I only had pannier racks and bags for mine. Plus it was mostly pavement riding.


    I got to hit the skatepark on the BMX for the first time last night as well...I am definitely feeling that today!

    Hope to hit the trails here in town this week
    Wow. That's a big step up on a hot day.
    Glad you are coming back strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Yeah... it was at Kingdom Trails in VT. Super fast trail, much faster than I usually ride. Built up a ton of speed coming around a berm and exited it a bit too wide. Front tire went off the trail and washed out, sending me flying forward and landed directly on my left shoulder. I heard a crack and thought it was the bike, but when I got up I felt the bone poking out and figured it probably wasn't supposed to be like that.

    Currently the bone is just being held in place by gauze and tape. They tried to pop it back together but didn't end up working.

    A couple of my buddies have 29+ bikes so that's what gave me the idea to consider a switch. It'll be quite a while before I pick up a bike again so I certainly have plenty of time to think about it.
    Sorry to hear about the collar bone , Goldfly. I usually spend a weekend every summer at Kingdom Trails. Great, great riding!

    What trail did you wipe on? Most crashes come from the Burke mountain side of Kingdom Trails.

    Wish you a speedy recovery. Might get up there July 4th.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Headn4thehills View Post
    Went out for the first time in 12 yrs. It was a comfy 56 degrees when I hit the trail. Good lord 12 yrs hasn't been good to me. I will just have to spend more time on the trainer and the weights. To many years of atvs and sxs' has made me lazy I guess. It felt great to get back out though.
    ...spend more time on the BIKE!!! Screw the trainers and weights.

    I had a 20+ year hiatus, so I know what you are saying. "Excusing" myself into 20 years off of the bike was one of the worst decisions I ever made. That will NOT happen again!!

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    Did a quick 20 km ride today. Managed to improve my Strava record by two seconds on one section. Never thought that I would get this into Strava, but racing against the clock is much more fun than I thought it would be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravewoofer View Post
    Sorry to hear about the collar bone , Goldfly. I usually spend a weekend every summer at Kingdom Trails. Great, great riding!

    What trail did you wipe on? Most crashes come from the Burke mountain side of Kingdom Trails.

    Wish you a speedy recovery. Might get up there July 4th.


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    Can't remember the exact trail name; I think it was something with "Bear" in it. Surgery scheduled for Thursday and I'll have a metal plate in there forever but at least I'll be able to start healing.

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    OMG, I went OTB on the MTB...



    Hey, I'm old(ish), and getting back into bikes pretty much since I was a kid, so you're free to laugh at my very minor otb experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Can't remember the exact trail name; I think it was something with "Bear" in it. Surgery scheduled for Thursday and I'll have a metal plate in there forever but at least I'll be able to start healing.
    Hope the surgery goes well and the healing, too.
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    Didn't have much time today for riding, but managed to get 20 km in (mostly gravel road riding). Lifting up the stem slightly and dropping tire pressures a little bit made a surprisingly big difference, and the bike was much easier to ride on downhills now too. Been riding on the same pressures as I used to when I was over 10 kg / 22 pounds heavier, but getting lighter allowed me to drop them some more. Another benefit

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Can't remember the exact trail name; I think it was something with "Bear" in it. Surgery scheduled for Thursday and I'll have a metal plate in there forever but at least I'll be able to start healing.
    I see online the trail is Bear Back. It must be a new one as it is not on my map. I know they were adding a bunch of new trails down near Farm junk.

    Best of luck with the surgery. Heal up and ride again. It's the only way...


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Can't remember the exact trail name; I think it was something with "Bear" in it. Surgery scheduled for Thursday and I'll have a metal plate in there forever but at least I'll be able to start healing.
    I once saw a road racer named Scott Russel break his collar bone during Friday practice for the Daytona 200. He flew out that night to see Dr ting in Ca, flew back the next evening and raced the Daytona 200 Sunday with his freshly plated collar bone.
    I'm not saying it was the brightest move in the world, just saying that plated collar bones are pretty tough and you may be able to do more than you think, sooner than you think post surgery. Good luck.

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    did you ride today?

    Rode yesterday and the heat was terrible. Going down hill, fallen tree after tight switch back, got stuck on it. Walked around and rode to the car to bring back my saw. Ended cleaning up the trail to prevent orders to crash. It was not a pleasant ride but a least a get out there.

    Here is a previous clip of that ride:

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    I did! A quick 50mile beach ride . This was my fund raiser for the Alzheimer's Association ride. Looking forward to hitting some dirt on Saturday though. It was a very cool morning going in, but overcast by the ocean, but that was welcomed.

    I've never ridden 50miles.. hoping one day I can do it on a trail Not as tired as I thought I would be, but it wasn't very demanding other than the distance, and surviving the homeless camps in SNA.

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    Yep. Early, before the day got hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notso View Post
    I once saw a road racer named Scott Russel break his collar bone during Friday practice for the Daytona 200. He flew out that night to see Dr ting in Ca, flew back the next evening and raced the Daytona 200 Sunday with his freshly plated collar bone.
    I'm not saying it was the brightest move in the world, just saying that plated collar bones are pretty tough and you may be able to do more than you think, sooner than you think post surgery. Good luck.
    Certainly an encouraging story . The big day is tomorrow, hopefully all goes well. The surgeon said he wants me moving the arm again almost immediately after the surgery so that's good. I imagine overcoming the fear of getting back on the bike will be just as hard as the physical obstacles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Just a short ride to my wife's work to test out the 27+ wheels I put back on after washing out with the twenty niner wheels last ride. Trails are getting dry and slippery up here in Montana.


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    17 miles today. Very humid with 1000 feet of climbing. Tough riding with the humidity until the rain started. The rain cooled me off so I could feel better pounding the trails.

    Saw a Coyote kit and bumped an owl 🦉 off his roost.

    Good ride with another planned for tomorrow.


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    Dawn patrol. Got a 22 mile singletrack loop with 3000'+ elevation and got home by 7:20am. Every bump and breath on this morning's ride made the rib I cracked when I crashed Thursday hurt like crazy.

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    Got in 11.7 miles with 1515 ft of climbing and got to see Osprey Falls from a distance. The last few switchbacks before the trail flattens out are steep and loose, good thing I switched back to 27+ or I would have spun out for sure!


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    12miles today, 1000' of climbing, and it was a food drive👍

    Really enjoyed the Fullerton Loop, met some cool people, and joined a group that looks like fun. This loop is known as a beginner's ride but had some really fun spots. I had only done a quarter of it when I first started, pleasantly surprised at the entire ride. No pics today😱
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkr80015 View Post
    Got in 11.7 miles with 1515 ft of climbing and got to see Osprey Falls from a distance. The last few switchbacks before the trail flattens out are steep and loose, good thing I switched back to 27+ or I would have spun out for sure!


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldFly View Post
    Man I love the Hightower. At this point I think it would be my dream bike if I had the money.
    I've loved riding it! I got it as soon as it was available and with some gearing changes it has been great for the steep climbs and my weak legs. Definitely a keeper for sure! There is talk of a longer travel version but for me it is the perfect bike just the way it is.


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    Started before dawn and was able to get 15 miles in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29er4ever View Post
    Started before dawn and was able to get 15 miles in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Oh that is beautiful!
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    Yes I rode today

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    2 more hours today, bit of a slop/slip fest >.<

    But, it's mid winter here & that's what we've got o_0

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    Yeah, only 5 miles and a thousand ft of climbing


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    I rode one of my local XC courses today. 20 miles and over 2,300 gain. Rode three days this week and it was HOT out all three. Glad I started fairly early. Have a great week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trmn8er View Post
    I rode one of my local XC courses today. 20 miles and over 2,300 gain. Rode three days this week and it was HOT out all three. Glad I started fairly early. Have a great week!

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    Thx JCD46 we need to ride soon...

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    Trails were too wet due to heavy rain. When the final storm system passed, Chris and I did a 21km run-ride pairing

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    With all the rain we had last week, the trails around me were closed so I decided to hit the pavement. I realized a while ago that a couple of the nearby rides I do come close to being connectable, the only "barrier" being a busy road but thinking about it, it would just be a short distance and probably not too bad. It was combining a ride with mostly bike lanes to a greenway. So I set out nine miles later, I was to the greenway.

    There are mountain bike trails where it starts and these trails were open, these are kind of my 4th choice for local trails and I hadn't checked them. Anyway, hit the greenway and was at mile 17 when I got to the end. There was a sign I couldn't really make sense of, mentioning a bike route 2.9 miles to the trailhead to be completed by the end of 2016 (sic) and follow the gray signs. So decided to check it out and discovered bike lanes that I don't think had been there the last time I had explored beyond the greenway. Rode out a ways until I hit 20 miles and decided to head back.

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    Couldn't resist riding a little single track when I went back past the mountain bike trails. It occurred to me later that I had pumped my tires up to 80psi since I thought I was only going to be on the road rather than the 60psi I run when riding single track.

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    Back to the busy road, sitting in traffic waiting on a red light and spotted a Smoothie King and decided to take a break. 32oz chocolate, banana and peanut butter smoothie, hoped it would sit well for the remaining 12 miles back (it did).

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    With all the rain we had last week, the trails around me were closed so I decided to hit the pavement. I realized a while ago that a couple of the nearby rides I do come close to being connectable, the only "barrier" being a busy road but thinking about it, it would just be a short distance and probably not too bad. It was combining a ride with mostly bike lanes to a greenway. So I set out nine miles later, I was to the greenway.

    There are mountain bike trails where it starts and these trails were open, these are kind of my 4th choice for local trails and I hadn't checked them. Anyway, hit the greenway and was at mile 17 when I got to the end. There was a sign I couldn't really make sense of, mentioning a bike route 2.9 miles to the trailhead to be completed by the end of 2016 (sic) and follow the gray signs. So decided to check it out and discovered bike lanes that I don't think had been there the last time I had explored beyond the greenway. Rode out a ways until I hit 20 miles and decided to head back.

    Couldn't resist riding a little single track when I went back past the mountain bike trails. It occurred to me later that I had pumped my tires up to 80psi since I thought I was only going to be on the road rather than the 60psi I run when riding single track.

    Back to the busy road, sitting in traffic waiting on a red light and spotted a Smoothie King and decided to take a break. 32oz chocolate, banana and peanut butter smoothie, hoped it would sit well for the remaining 12 miles back (it did).

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    Got in a tad over 40 miles.
    Nice adventure.

    I'm eyeing the progress on a new connection that should let me commute to work without being in traffic any or at least not very much at all.
    In the Middle Ages, the biggest mistake was not putting on your armor because you were 'just going down to the corner.'

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    Yes.
    Finally got inside the U.S. AFA to see the trails there. Heard about them for a while and just hadn't got around to a plan with others.


    Here's two of the guys trying to talk the horse into taking our picture;



    Here, about a third of the way into the ride;



    This guy .....



    Ended up being a good work out for me with a few solid climbs ... ride total was 13.25
    In the Middle Ages, the biggest mistake was not putting on your armor because you were 'just going down to the corner.'

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    Decided to head out of town today to some trails about an hour away we had never ridden. Tough climb in the heat but the fast, flowy narrow single track down more than made up for it! Had a few "aw crap" moments thinking I was going to clip my bars in the really narrow stuff, but ended up all good. Super fun and can't wait to go again. Met some friends after for local beer and pizza, perfect!

    Love seeing all the cool pics of where everyone rides. Some beautiful spots!

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    Not today, but I did get out yesterday. Super fun 17ish miles about 3100ft climbing and a 5 mile "down hill". Great group. good times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by notso View Post
    Not today, but I did get out yesterday. Super fun 17ish miles about 3100ft climbing and a 5 mile "down hill". Great group. good times...
    Same...went yesterday. I was working from home, made some good progress so I decided to treat myself to a Monday ride on my local trail.

    It was "feels like 101" according to weather channel so I decided to just go out and make a nice smooth 8 mile lap, not try to set a PB or anything. It was great.
    NTFTC

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