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    Is Passion now SUV's/football/and the like? WTF?

    where the he// is Passion?

    OK, I'll go.

    Got up ridiculously early on Saturday a.m., grabbed my stuff, and was on Mt Seymour on the 'shore, in the dark, at 6:30 a.m. Night lights rule. and I love my new el cheapo Enduro, it's really a fun ride and I don't miss grinding the Bullit up hill.

    I had a great ride alone, did some trail work in a swamp I'm adopting, and came out refreshed and normal at about 9. Riding (night) in the early a.m. is new to me, but it works and nobody else is in the forest to impede a peaceful XC grind and flow.

    Later, Craig H and his SO, Rotr No More and his SO, and another newbie and I rode UBC endowment lands, and had a ball.

    Note to self: when Craig sez it *might* be a bit muddy, prepare to auger into axle deep mud where you dare not stop grinding Granny upon penalty of having to step off into said quagmire. Place in same file as "it's not too much further; just around the next turn; just over the next hill; this is the last climb" category ;P

    So I hope everybody had a good ride this weekend past? Go ahead and post it, eh?

    gotta run, Jim

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    FP should have a good write up coming tonight about this weekend's rides. I, of course, am in the office today while they are out on the trails. *******s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    Later, Craig H and his SO, Rotr No More and his SO, and another newbie and I rode UBC endowment lands, and had a ball.

    Note to self: when Craig sez it *might* be a bit muddy, prepare to auger into axle deep mud where you dare not stop grinding Granny upon penalty of having to step off into said quagmire. Place in same file as "it's not too much further; just around the next turn; just over the next hill; this is the last climb" category ;P
    Glad you had a good time on Sat.

    Any you can't say I didn't warn you...

    You missed a great ride on Cypress on Sunday. The rain held off until the end of the 2nd loop.

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    well, Jim, I'd give it a go, but. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    where the he// is Passion?

    OK, I'll go.

    Got up ridiculously early on Saturday a.m., grabbed my stuff, and was on Mt Seymour on the 'shore, in the dark, at 6:30 a.m. Night lights rule. and I love my new el cheapo Enduro, it's really a fun ride and I don't miss grinding the Bullit up hill.

    I had a great ride alone, did some trail work in a swamp I'm adopting, and came out refreshed and normal at about 9. Riding (night) in the early a.m. is new to me, but it works and nobody else is in the forest to impede a peaceful XC grind and flow.

    Later, Craig H and his SO, Rotr No More and his SO, and another newbie and I rode UBC endowment lands, and had a ball.

    Note to self: when Craig sez it *might* be a bit muddy, prepare to auger into axle deep mud where you dare not stop grinding Granny upon penalty of having to step off into said quagmire. Place in same file as "it's not too much further; just around the next turn; just over the next hill; this is the last climb" category ;P

    So I hope everybody had a good ride this weekend past? Go ahead and post it, eh?

    gotta run, Jim
    I get the feeling nobody would give a s#@$ about reading another one of my lengthy (and occasionally sappy) write-ups. Anymore, people just want pics pics pics.

    [insert lengthy ramble re: "good-old-days/I'll take the 1000 words, please/etc here]

    That said, I'll tell ya... I rode saturday with my friend Rocco. We got a few inches of snow wednesday into thursday. It was single-digits all day friday, so the snow stayed nice and powdery. By the time we hit the trails saturday afternoon, the temperature had climbed to about 30F. Not warm enough to melt anything, but not nearly as cold as it had been.

    Conditions were as good as they come for a snow-ride. The white stuff filled in the gaps between babyheads and the like, but was so light and dry that it didn't sap the life out of your legs. Traction was great, except when you didn't want it to be. We had fun drifting through corners 'power-slide' style, but our pace never suffered on account of the snow.

    Climbing was a breeze, and descending was swift and silent; a rare combination that makes you realize just how much your hearing plays into the 'ride' experience under more 'normal' circumstances. There was no grinding gravel, no skipping stones, not even the familiar winter sound of tires crunching frozen slush. Everything had that snow-muffled & muted quality about it.

    Without the usual auditory distractions, other senses came to the fore. Wind in my face, the sharp contrast of Wissahickon schist on crystaline white. Adrenaline surged as I realized I was about to hit a patch of hard ice, then quickly abated as I felt the studs in my front tire dig in.

    It was a good day, to say the least!

    Next time I'll try to bring a camera. . .

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    Sweet write up Stick!

    [you have a way with words that require no pics, thanks for the write up.. Yeah, I took a camera but the pix were fuzzy as it was still so gloomy. thanks for the good old days! Jim

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    Never left the house...

    Actually that's not true... I went for a run on Sunday...

    Here's how I spent the weekend....

    Wheelbuilding on a Sunday afternoon

    Nothing like riding your own wheels to make you feel a little passion...
    "Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand." -- Jim Burlant

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    looking for passion? we had some, but its of the paSSion nature:

    o'er on the SS board:
    19 single speeders....

    doing what I can to help- and Im glad there are people with the day off so that they can ride for us.

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    thanks jim (nm)

    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    [you have a way with words that require no pics, thanks for the write up.. Yeah, I took a camera but the pix were fuzzy as it was still so gloomy. thanks for the good old days! Jim
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    Thanks...

    appears there are still a few of us not picking up the new Hummer to drive to the football game .

    My faith is renewed, thanks guys and Little b, Jim

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    A great ride is any ride you survive

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    CraigH[/color]]You missed a great ride on Cypress on Sunday.
    Based on my still being alive to type this, Sunday was a good ride.
    Based on how many sections I walked, it was a good reminder that I should be impressed by when I ride it well. I need a hardware fix. Time for a new bike.

    Glad the rain held off for your 2nd loop. How's the top of Wild Cherry holding up? I'll bet the stream crossing at the bottom of Roach Hit was interesting.
    Is ibuprofen considered a recreational drug?

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    Some of us still like words

    I find your writeups most enjoyable for what that is worth.

    I just hope I can figure out what I'm doing on the new board. Guess if this shows up I did. (playing with these smiles is interesting. Doesn't get me anywhere, but interesting non-the-less)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanB
    Based on my still being alive to type this, Sunday was a good ride.
    Based on how many sections I walked, it was a good reminder that I should be impressed by when I ride it well. I need a hardware fix. Time for a new bike.
    Glad the rain held off for your 2nd loop. How's the top of Wild Cherry holding up? I'll bet the stream crossing at the bottom of Roach Hit was interesting.
    JimC bought a bike, 006_007 bought a new bike (okay, it is a road bike), I'm building up a new bike, time for you support the bike economy!

    Wild Cherry was fine. There are a couple of erroded spots on the Roaches though. Creek crossings weren't bad at all.

    Riding down some of those steep, rooty, rutted banks on Roachs was fun!

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    Craig and Jim, how's Seymour?

    Sounds like you were on the lower half? Encounter any snow? I'm assuming everything up high is closed (CBC for sure)? Is everthing from the powerlines decent right now?

    I saw some updates on NSMB (one was from Craig) and it looks like things are clearing up (in general) on the Shore and even in areas of Squamish with the temps rising this past week. I'll be chompin' at the bit to get up as soon as things clear up just a bit more.....

    Cheers,
    EB

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    There's been a ton of rain in the last 2 weeks, wiping out most of the snow. I haven't been up on Seymour, but Fromme is clear up to the 6th switchback according to 2 guys who rode Upper Oilcan last Thursday. There was no snow on Cypress at the 3rd switchback. Zip. Zero. Nada.

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    Early Morning Rides..

    "Riding (night) in the early a.m. is new to me, but it works and nobody else is in the forest to impede a peaceful XC grind and flow."


    Because of my work hours, I learned many years ago If I was going to ride it would have to be in the early am. At least two days as week during the work week I'll be on the trail at 5 am. It's fun to get all pumped up before the day even begins. I'm lucky to have shower facilities at work so I can just go straight to work after the ride.

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    Good job! There's no snow ....

    I wouldn't think...while I was lower down, it's been raining and nearly 50F some days. It's *almost* dry, well, as we define 'dry' here in the NorthWet.

    Rest of the week the low is sposta be 32F, 0C, with temps rising to 40+F or so, so it should stay snow and ice free.

    You'll be pleased to know that the cedar is really slimy and viciously slippery. *fwisk* thud.

    Jim

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    Yeah!

    since I'm an early riser, this looks like a really fun way to start the day. Even if just a short ride. don't know why it took me so long to try it.

    Jim

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    My contribution

    Iíve returned to riding my bike regularly again. I seem to have taken last year off a bit, not riding as much and not posting much. But over the Christmas break I had 2 weeks off from work, and got back to riding about 4 times a week. I vowed to carry that over into the new year, and Iíve been diligent in commuting into work by bike 2x per week. That leaves the weekends for fun rides.

    Normally I commute with my cyclocross bike, and at the end of the week I left it at Arizona Bicycle Experts for a major overhaul. The bike was telling me it was time. I have a billion projects to get done before this yearís motorcycle racing season begins, so I decided to let the experts handle the work on my bike. That way, the bike would get fixed, I could continue working on all of my motorcycle projects (fiberglassing my own bodywork takes some time), and I was supporting a most excellent LBS.

    I usually hit Fantasy Island on the weekends. I can ride there from my house via a connection of residential streets, alleys, and fire roads. The cross bike is my favorite bike to ride there. It makes the singletrack more challenging, and I love the quizzical looks I get from mountain bikers as I pass by and descend down The Shaft with my skinny tires and drop bars. I can clear everything on that trail with my cross bike. This weekend I would have to ride the hardtail instead, as the cross bike wouldnít be ready until Wednesday.

    The fist thing I noticed was the seating position. I am so used to being hunched over with my hands on the hoods of the cross bike. Second, it felt like I was pedaling and not going anywhere. A great illustration of the difference in rolling resistance between the bikes. I cruised along the fire roads, reacquainting myself with the hardtail. We proceeded through the gate to Fantasy Island, and it took me several tight turns to remember that I was on a mountain bike, and not the cross bike. I could also plow through a lot of areas that I would have to slow down for on the fully rigid cross bike. I started pumping the pedals harder and harder, and riding the trail faster and faster. I knew the trail like the back of my hand, and knew exactly what turns were coming up and where the rocks in the trail were. The cross bike makes me slow down and think before taking a section, but the mountain bike allowed me to hammer. I decided that I would do the loop without stopping. I was in a hammer mood. Perhaps it was the suspension fork and the better brakes of the hardtail. I donít know. All I knew was that I was going faster down this trail than I had in the past, and I didnít want to let up.

    I passed by groups of riders on the side of the trail. I gave them a quick ďhiĒ and a smile that said I was having too much fun to slow down and chat. The sun felt good, and my body absorbed the energy. Iím a native desert rat, and canít stand cold weather. But this day it was warm and in the upper 60ís, and my effort on the bike made it that much more enjoyable. I descended down The Shaft, not bothering to touch the brakes or slow down. The hardtail ate it up, and I carried the momentum up the other side. The half pipe was my favorite feature with the mountain bike. I dropped in and carried speed as I carved the turn on the bank of the left side of the pipe, and then the right. I had much more exit speed on the hardtail, and flew over the jump exiting the pipe. This caused me to be launched much higher than expected, but I landed the jump perfectly and continued to hammer up the climb out. I held the hammer pace to the north entrance of the trail, which is a popular gathering place for riders. I slowed down a bit as I passed by groups hanging out there, but didnít stop and continued on.

    I love being a solo rider. As a group rider, I would have had to stop at the trailhead to wait for the group, or catch up to those that were ahead. Then, of course, there would have been the chatting that would have ensued, causing me to loose the momentum of my hammer fest. But I wasnít in a group, and I could simply continue with my ride. I was getting tired at this point, so I slowed the pace a bit to rest, but didnít stop. As I came down a hill, I could see another rider entering the downhill of a section ahead of me. I finally caught up to the rider, and she pulled over to let me by. ďGood morningĒ I said politely, and she returned the greeting. I noticed that the woman was older, maybe in her early 50ís, and she too was enjoying the trail alone. I hoped that one day I would be like her when I was that age. In shape enough to continue riding, while still daring enough to find the fun in a solo ride.

    By the time I reached the flag, I had found my second wind. I peeled off to the right, taking the Valencia trail back to Valencia road. I had this section of trail all to myself, and didnít come across any other riders. I carved through the tall cholla cactus, instinctively sticking out my knee on the inside of each corner. Riding my bike helps to improve my racing. It reminds me that I need to look through each corner, and look ahead to where I want to go, rather than staring at the front wheel. I guess thatís why I never took to road riding. I end up staring at my front wheel while on the road, and just think about my legs making circles. Thereís much more that I need to react to while on the trail, kind of like roadracing. All decisions are made in a split second, and become instinctive during a race on a 300 lb motorcycle. I think I thrive on that type of environment. The faster I ride the trail the faster I need to pick a line and make a decision. Sometimes I canít see where the trail goes on the other side of the cholla. Rather than slow down, I trust that instinct will take over and Iíll quickly remember where the next turn will be right after the tree of cactus.

    I roll into the driveway, still out of breath from my hammer fest. I had done the loop without stopping, and it felt great. I was able to finish a full 20 minutes faster than I would have on the cross bike. The rocky sections tend to slow me down on that bike, while the hardtail allowed me to fly through. I decided that on my next free weekend, I would take the cross bike to Fantasy on Saturday, and the hardtail to Starr Pass on Sunday. I've got to start letting the mountain bike out more to play.

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    now that's passionate!

    I'm glad you're back on the bike(s). After Downieville I sort of slumped also, but over the last few weeks (with help from a new bike) I've gotten the passion back, and apparently so have you. Thanks for the great post and insight into the Cross vs. MTB perspective. I'm (sort of) finding that a bit with the Enduro and Bullit, just a bit slower on the Enduro, or risk death.

    The Shaft...not in Phoenix are you?

    Jim

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    Great description of the differences between xc & mtb, PG. Different pedal strokes for different folks. Reminds me that I switched to mountain bikes for more than not having to true the wheels every second ride.

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    Wow! Great "Passion" post! Thanks! NM

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    Great writeup, PG! Sometimes a thousand choice words does more than any picture could to get me jonesing for my next dirt ride. You really drew me in, there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    I love my new el cheapo Enduro, it's really a fun ride and I don't miss grinding the Bullit up hill.
    What do you think of the cables being routed under the down tube, any problems?

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    not a problem on either bike.

    I assume you mean the Bullit? I have a top tube Cordura protector on it so the cables are a non-issue. Jim

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    I resemble that remark!

    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    where the he// is Passion?

    "it's not too much further; just around the next turn; just over the next hill; this is the last climb" Jim
    Famous last words heard at the first September By The Sound 99.

    Good to hear that you had a good ride. I still can't get up that early to do any sport what so ever. I guess that's why I never really got into fishing.
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