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    26° with a dusting of snow. Trail frozen good and solid.






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    First ride on familiar trails with the new front tire. Really want to demo a Stache or some other bike with 3.0 tires front and rear.

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    Bald Mountain in Michigan.

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    Brand new trails by my house. Share your LATEST SS ride...Pics and words-uploadfromtaptalk1456535797200.jpg

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    I've been off the single-speed for a while now, so this is kind of a welcome back week. Been on 2.1 rides on my trusty old Kona Kula and really enjoying the SS flow again. I've gotten back into solid shape for the first time in a couple years and my riding has hit a bit of a plateau so I figured I'd jump back on the SS and log some strength building miles.

    So I grabbed the best available components around the house and re-built my single speed. The result was somewhat predictable. First ride out was at Rockville and within a half mile of the trailhead I snapped the chain... I wasn't intending it to be a long ride and didn't bring along tools/ spare links or anything. Fortunately I wasn't far from the trailhead and was able to coast back. As punishment I put on my running shoes and jogged/ hiked for about 3.5 miles while my wife pedaled. I didn't try to salvage the old chain, just tossed it and ordered a new one.

    Next couple rides, including the one today which is where the attached photos are from were at Lake Hogan, a shortish trail system with about 50 steep switchbacks in a few short miles.



    The climbs at Hogan are mostly steep, loose, and rocky. Most of them were re-built about 5-8 years by a single speeder, but they are still quite a bit marbly which makes traction a bit tricky on a torque heavy single–speed.


    It was a gorgeous day, El Nino has been kind to us this year. I was lucky and the lovely Fiona snapped these photos of me on the lower trail.


    My one–and–only complaint about going back to SS is the fact that after riding on a Jet 9 with Thru Axels for just a few months, QR forks and hubs feel like your bike is suspected on wet noodles. I can't believe I've been spoiled this badly after just a few short months on newer bike tech.

    So... shopping for a SS which supports thru axels and tapered forks now. I'm not sure yet, most likely I'll go with steel unless I can find some ridiculously good deal on a titanium frame.

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    I have been riding the SS on winter weekends and having blast.



    My wife (above) and friends on our social group rides all have late model geared suspension bikes. There's no problem riding SS with the group.



    This was a ride at Lake Sonoma, which I love, and do not wish to popularize. There are a lot of steep climbs.





    A new Magura Marta brake replaced the Shimano CX77 on my bike. The mechanical CX77 return spring died and was causing lock up upon maximum lever pull. The hose on the Marta was too long, but it spirals nice around the fork leg, and I am not going to cut and bleed it.



    Dave on his Mach 6 Pivot.



    Ricardo and Bronson.



    The climbs are pretty and the moist dirt made it possible for the SS to grab traction. In the summer I might have been walking.



    There was some really messed up trail from an event called the Bullfrog Obstacle race. Whatevvs. A real F up for the trails and some unlucky trees. I cleaned this section...every one else walked.














    John here is an old singlespeeder, but is riding a 10 speed, yes single chain ring, Salsa El Mariachi hard tail he keeps here for his visits from Colorado.



    This is perfect riding.



    The Outcrop Trail area.







    Just some good quiet riding amongst nature and with friends.









    John's single chainring set up is interesting.





    Oh well, there are no photos of me riding, but I was riding the old SS. The Dean is very flexy frame and the carbon fork is also very flexy. I love the way that bike rides.

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    Do screenshots count? Trying my hand at endurance racing for the first time...SS of course

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    Todays rain ride in Los Gatos

    Weekend Ride Report ... 3/3/4/5/6- Mtbr.com Got in 2000 feet of climbing but ... It was wet and nasty!
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    Cottonwood trails Las Vegas, perfect temp, but windy as sh!t. SS uphill with headwinds in the 30mph range is no bueno!!! But, still had fun.
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    A balmy winter day in Colorado Springs. About a mile from my front door.

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    I picked up my SS on Tuesday. I got a easy ride of 14 miles in on Thursday and then on Saturday pre-rode a course that I have a race coming in at. I tend to not push through a few climbs so figured SS would be the best way to pre-ride the course. 22.5 miles and 1750 ft later I was done for the day. I think 32/19 was a good choice to start at. Only had to walk on of the switchbacks on the main climb, which even geared i have to due to how slippery it is. Two pics from the ride below. I am loving this SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad V2 View Post
    Cottonwood trails Las Vegas, perfect temp, but windy as sh!t. SS uphill with headwinds in the 30mph range is no bueno!!! But, still had fun.
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    You're view is better! Haaaaa.

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    My new steed. Stock, but beautiful.
    One ride so far, I can't wait to log some miles on her!
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    Nothing too crazy. Just rode a snow covered rail trail. It has all melted though since. I can't wait to get back on some singletrack.

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    congrats on the endurance race. that is impressive!

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    This will probably be one of my longest training rides leading up to the 106 mile Chino Valley Grinder the first weekend in May. Some of the worst washboard miles I've ever experienced but the legs still felt surprisingly frisky on the last few rolling hills. Fueled off two gels with caffeine, two fig bars, one clif bar, one dos equis lager, and a large pepsi.

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    Winter is back.

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    Quickie before what turned out to be an outrageously thunderstorm. Sidewinder trail in Boise. I've been off the bike for two entire weeks and was feeling it badly. This is usually a quick warmup climb for me and this time it left me shredded! Oh well, the downhill was fun. Share your LATEST SS ride...Pics and words-image.jpgShare your LATEST SS ride...Pics and words-image.jpg

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    ^^^ 2nd picture is sweet

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    rode gooseberry mesa today. fun times and beautiful views, but kinda like slickrock where the novelty starts to wear off after a bit.
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    Another beautiful day riding in Hurricane...
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    ^ beautiful! it's like a postcard.
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    The Green, Green Grass of Lake Natoma

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    AZ bike rolling some scenic AZ gravel...not a bad commute.

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    bump...this bike really makes me giggle.

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    Around Lake Sonoma on 4/21/16

    The stars aligned for a rare plunge into a decent solo SS ride here in Norcal. Ended up with a bit over 27 miles and 6k of climbing on my phone. I did bring a Garmin as well, but I haven't uploaded the track.



    (Pictured above, at the Skaggs Road overlook, my Dean Colonel SS with White Industries Dos Eno.

    New parts on this bike include the carbon seat post. The seat post I will confess was ordered on eBay from China, and is a copy of the Ergon-Canyon CF3 leaf spring suspension, from 3Ts.

    Well I have been riding this seat post all week over some gnarly trails and it is pretty nice. Looks good. The price of the genuine post is north of $350! This post was less than $70 and it works really well.

    The downside so far is that if seated on big hits there is a wicked rebound. But of course! Really it is not noticeable most of the time. Maybe a slight Bob when spinning out on flats, but in that case it makes it more comfortable.

    In all it rides just like a normal seat post, except I can sit a bit harder on the seat when coasting mild terrain if I want.
    As a rigid bike rider with a flexible carbon fork up front the seat post fits right with the feel of the bike and I found myself "in the pocket" a lot.

    You are familiar with holding onto the seat with the thighs to brace for various impacts hovering over the seat. For example when crossing gullies at right angles to the trail, you have to get out of the saddle and manual the front wheel over the dip and depending, you might sit or case the rear wheel went it thuds onto the other side of the gully. The flexible post really soaks up this kind of abuse.

    It is not suspension in the usual sense. I never rode a Moots type of soft tail for any real time, so I don't know if the effect is similar. I was concerned with negative pedaling effects, especially climbing. Seems fine so far.

    However I had a difficult time setting it up, despite using the instructions from Ergon on the net. I ended up shinning the seat post to fit tight enough. It was slipping. I improvised using Gorilla duct tape between the leaves.

    The WTB Volt saddle is from my wife's bike. She didn't like it so much. It is hard. Yet the texture on it is useful for seated climbing on the SS.

    The other day I crashed and broke the rear Avid brake lever. Luckily the tiny local shop had a single rear Black Ops BMX v brake lever. I had to buy Origin8 lock on grips, because I had to destroy my grip to install the lever. Why hinge clamps aren't ubiquitous beats me. The grip looks pretty and I will have to put it on the other side too.)



    (Nice to see a lot of water in California.)


    (Post your steel single speed! This old bike has been hanging here since a contractor had graded a 3 or 4 mile section of trail a few years ago.)

    The phone stays on my person, whereas the Garmin is on the bike, and so the phone will always get more miles and climbing due to scouting around I usually do.




    (From about 3/4's through the loop, looking south over the arm of the lake the trail flows around, you can see the region of point where the first photo on this post was taken in the distance. On the west side of the lake the trail goes around some fingers in its ups and downs.)

    Conditions were about perfect. Got started before noon at least. I had meant to venture out earlier, and maybe do more miles, but the weather was dark and cold that morning.


    (Warm Creek is the biggest water crossing on the loop, apart from the main Warm Springs Bridge on Rockpile Road.)



    (Hung my bike from an eye on a log bridge over Rancheria Creek. Discovered a front flat tire at the end of my break here. It was due to the rim strip having drifted off of a spoke hope in the rim. I am using tubes on this bike. I don't mind. I have bikes that are tubeless, but this bike is staying old school.)



    (I took quite a few macro shots of flowers along the ride. Spring is great in California and just to see the flowers is an excellent motivation to get out on a ride. I just can't miss this.)



    (Got a nice photo of a lizard who kindly posed for the camera.)



    (Ahhh. The hills in springtime!)


    (Interesting to see the anadromy count from the fish ladder.)





    Pretty happy about being able to do this.

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    https://www.strava.com/activities/553269649

    WRIAD, or I guess 'white rim in a night' would be more fitting. Started at 8:30 pm, finished at 5am. Had lights but only used them for the Murphys descent cause it was all shady there....otherwise the full moon was bright enough to light the way.

    Perfect Temps, no wind. All my other pictures came out as black blurs though... Lol. Rode over the musselman arch too, which was pretty cool. Just look straight ahead and go! Phew

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    PNW-like in El Dorado Hills

    Took Folsom Crossing to the POak Amazon, dam to the left, prison to the right.

    Great trail condits and Zombie like Poison Oak, kept coming, grasping, scratching, itching....

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    PNW-like in EDH

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    First SS. Have 10 miles on it. Once i can get a reliable tensioner setup I'll be a happy clam. Jury is out if I'll keep it ss over the winter months as ill probably have to gear it 22-25 for the snow I'm riding.

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    Nice report--thanks for all the photos!

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    not too may words b/c I am eating after that one.
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    not much water available on this ride and I have only 1 bottle cage so always happy when it is cooler out. got to feed a nice horse named chase b/c owner was so surprised i pulled over for her on a narrow trail. Saw 2 deltabravos not dismount in TenValley stables - kids riding nearby so I always do.

    soulcraft chain tensioner was perfect (as usual)
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    Hopped back on the Unit for some much needed single track riding on the way to work, love riding through post controlled burn areas.

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    Dude, really diggin the Enve envelope you have created. Great looking set-up man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post


    https://www.strava.com/activities/553269649

    WRIAD, or I guess 'white rim in a night' would be more fitting. Started at 8:30 pm, finished at 5am. Had lights but only used them for the Murphys descent cause it was all shady there....otherwise the full moon was bright enough to light the way.

    Perfect Temps, no wind. All my other pictures came out as black blurs though... Lol. Rode over the musselman arch too, which was pretty cool. Just look straight ahead and go! Phew
    thats a big ride, major props for that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    thats a big ride, major props for that one.
    I second that. serious adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    thats a big ride, major props for that one.
    thanks. definitely a pretty cool ride.

    this thread needs more action though!

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    Thunder Mtn & Cassidey near Bryce Canyon in Utah. Got snowed on hard, but stuck with it and the skies cleared up.
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    Amazing shots! What a place to ride!

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    Relaxing way to wrap up a ride
    "I ride to clear my head, my head is clearer when I'm riding SS. Therefore, I choose to ride SS."~ Fullrange Drew

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    Riding in St George after rain/thunderstorm...

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    taking the long(er) way to work, riding across this meadow is the highlight of the route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post


    https://www.strava.com/activities/553269649

    WRIAD, or I guess 'white rim in a night' would be more fitting. Started at 8:30 pm, finished at 5am. Had lights but only used them for the Murphys descent cause it was all shady there....otherwise the full moon was bright enough to light the way.

    Perfect Temps, no wind. All my other pictures came out as black blurs though... Lol. Rode over the musselman arch too, which was pretty cool. Just look straight ahead and go! Phew
    Were you able to ride Murphy's? What kind o' gearing were you using? Just curious, cuz we did WRIDE (White Rim In a Day Extra) and I was able to ride it w/ my bikepacker, but that has a granny gear. I've been wanting to try WRIAD w/ the SS, but I wanna be able to ride that and Hardscrabble w/out putting a foot down.

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    Were you able to ride Murphy's? What kind o' gearing were you using? Just curious, cuz we did WRIDE (White Rim In a Day Extra) and I was able to ride it w/ my bikepacker, but that has a granny gear. I've been wanting to try WRIAD w/ the SS, but I wanna be able to ride that and Hardscrabble w/out putting a foot down.
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    Definitely hike a biked Murphys and a little spot on hardscrabble. Might barely be able to clear it if I was fresh and it was earlier in the ride.... That things steep. I think I road everything else. If I did it again I'd gear harder and just accept the few HAB spots. So much high rpm spinning and coasting, spinning and coasting as it is.

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    Badass! Yeah, that's what I'd probably run - the spinning you mention is what worries me. I *might* be able to clear Murphy's w/ the 32/21, but the miles between climbs would get a lot longer. Congrats on completing it - I bet the sunrise was fantastic!

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    Haven't rode the SS in a while, it reminded me I should probably ride it more often. I just hurt, pretty much the whole time.




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    Auburness

    A not flat ride in Auburn today.

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    Climbing Stagecoach always wakes up the SS legs, good view from the bench.

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    SS on stagecoach is legit, nice work!

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    SSCX Ride

    Saturday my buddy and I decided to take our cross bikes on some trails. 66 miles and almost 5300' of climbing. He had gears I was pushing 39x17 the entire time. I was cooked at the end to say the least. Here's a pick of the overlook at the John Nicholas Trail in Cali.
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    SS Stoke

    Finally got my SS put back together and went out for my first ride of the season. Man i missed this thing! it was really fun, almost like re-discovering all the things I love about SS. (I've been riding the cross bike some but it's not the same). I love the rigid fork! efficient climbing and awesome connection to the trail. this bike is light and nimble, I was pushing both it and myself harder than i had in the past (I'm still not sure how much i trust a carbon fork). I was charging uphills and downhills. it was a full body workout, much more so than the geared hardtail. I forgot how much more quickly i get worn out riding this thing around here.

    I bought a bunch of new parts/upgrades over the winter but never installed them because i had a shoulder surgery, which i'm still recovering from, and i knew i couldn't handle the rigid fork. i am also looking for a bigger frame and thought i would be able to locate one by now but no luck yet.

    new parts: SLX brakes f/r, i had some significant brake shudder from my 203mm SLX rotor with BB7's, i swapped the front rotor for an XT 160mm that i had and now it's smooth as butter. Raceface Turbine cranks/BB, AB 34t oval chainring, White Industries 20t trials freewheel. I love the engagement, ratcheting is awesome in technical sections.

    everything performed perfectly. ~1,900 ft of climbing in 2.5 hours. the climbs here are short and steep. i was having too much fun and didn't get many good pics, but i took a few. I'm so happy to have this thing back up and running. I wrenched my shoulder a couple times, but with some ice, advil, and a couple days off I'll get back at it next week. totally worth it.

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    Very nice! Where are you located?

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    Is that dryer rd?

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    Rochester NY.

    that is west Irondequoit bay park, I didn't take any pics in Tryon or the wetlands.
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    Nice, heard there is a lot of good riding up there.

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    yeah, i can't complain. there's a decent variety of stuff, and some pretty nice MTB parks. only real gripe is lack of elevation locally. most climbs are 100-175 ish feet and super steep. if you drive about 45-60 minutes south there are some decent hills with ~1200 ft of vertical, which i like.
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    We need photos... I lived in zerocuse before I heard of mountain bikes....

    '86 maybe...

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    Rochester NY. that is west Irondequoit bay park, I didn't take any pics in Tryon or the wetlands.

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    Not today.....but Sunday.

    From Rancho Santa Margarita, through O'Neill Park then Harding to San Juan and back via Caspers and Bell View Trail/Dove Canyon.

    Was in the clouds for most of the day. 4 Corners to Upper Holy Jim were the only spots were I was truely under blue sky.

    San Juan was perfect with the mist and moisture. Only saw about 8 other riders out there.

    Trails are getting very overgrown.

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    I really need to post here more often......

    A week ago.

    Went out to explore a bit more.

    Starting at Harding Truck Trail, up to 4 Corners, over Main Divide and down Bedford Motorway....traverse across to Indian Truck Trail, back up to Main Divide, over to Trabuco Trail, down Trabuco Trail, through O'Neill Park, did a loop around Whiting Ranch before finishing back at the truck.

    Hadn't been up Indian Truck Trail in nearly 10 years....fun climb.

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    dude, i love the way you ride! every time you post one of these rides it makes me jealous and humbled at the same time. looks like a great place to live and ride!

    my friends think i'm nuts for doing 5-6 hour rides but you crush me in elevation, and i'm usually on the geared bike for those.

    love seeing these rides and great pics
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    Mtnbikej, you have the same handle bars as me woot woot....I got those bars from a big downhill rider and he thought I was crazy putting them on my xc ss bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Went out to explore a bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Not today.....but Sunday.

    From Rancho Santa Margarita, through O'Neill Park then Harding to San Juan and back via Caspers and Bell View Trail/Dove Canyon.

    Was in the clouds for most of the day. 4 Corners to Upper Holy Jim were the only spots were I was truely under blue sky.

    San Juan was perfect with the mist and moisture. Only saw about 8 other riders out there.

    Trails are getting very overgrown.

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    Holy crap... that is insane!

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    Errr... that looks like South America. Might as well have been!
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    first SS race of the year

    the strangest thing happened yesterday, i did the final race of a 5 race series on a course that is known for it's climbing and lack of a place to rest. on a good day it's pretty brutal.

    I decided to try the SS last night as my position was already locked-in from the first 4 events (best 4 of 5 races). this was only my second SS ride of the year, first was last week, and i had a bunch of new parts on the bike that really hadn't been well tested. I wasn't sure how great an idea it was to even attempt this event on a SS, some tight trails and really chattery DH sections covered in loose over hard, but i figured what the hell I'll just go have fun and if i finish dead last NBD.

    I got a decent start but quickly ran out of gear off the line and was 4-5th going into the first turn. picked off two riders on the first hill. I wasn't really sure how to pace myself, i was hitting it pretty hard. made the pass for first near the end of the first lap. I figured i would hold on as long as possible but it was unlikely i would be able to stay there.

    on the second lap i could feel my legs start to protest, not a good sign with 3.5 laps remaining. i held the lead, but on lap 4 my legs were pretty much done. the pain had set in. near the end of lap 4 there is the hardest/longest climb on the course that is like a three tier climb the top of which is super steep and i did not even bother to attempt even on the first lap i just hopped off and walked/run to the top and re-mount. apparently i worked a little too hard on the first two tiers because i was suddenly breathing so heavily that my throat started to close, not good. so i rested a little and slowed my pace.

    i ground it out and hammered the last lap pretty hard while trying to keep my breathing below spaz, legs didn't have much left. I managed to hold my lead and won! i couldn't believe it, i was stunned. not only that but i set my best time of all 5 events. how the hell did i manage that with no suspension and only one gear? not being able to pedal on the DH sections was definitely a penalty, and having to hold the brakes going down was way slower than just letting it out, i just can't believe being that much faster on the uphills made up for the lost time.

    SS still blows my mind sometimes. I figured i would be about a minute slower per lap and instead i was somehow faster. I push pretty hard on my geared hardtail, i didn't think it would be possible to be faster with the exception of one or two climbs. granted the whole course was hero dirt this week thanks to a recent rain, everyone was a little faster than the previous week, and my gearing for that course was perfect.

    can't wait to try it at another event! though i hope by then i'll have built up my SS muscles a bit more and not feel like i'm going to die half way through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    the strangest thing happened yesterday, i did the final race of a 5 race series on a course that is known for it's climbing and lack of a place to rest. on a good day it's pretty brutal.

    I decided to try the SS last night as my position was already locked-in from the first 4 events (best 4 of 5 races). this was only my second SS ride of the year, first was last week, and i had a bunch of new parts on the bike that really hadn't been well tested. I wasn't sure how great an idea it was to even attempt this event on a SS, some tight trails and really chattery DH sections covered in loose over hard, but i figured what the hell I'll just go have fun and if i finish dead last NBD.

    I got a decent start but quickly ran out of gear off the line and was 4-5th going into the first turn. picked off two riders on the first hill. I wasn't really sure how to pace myself, i was hitting it pretty hard. made the pass for first near the end of the first lap. I figured i would hold on as long as possible but it was unlikely i would be able to stay there.

    on the second lap i could feel my legs start to protest, not a good sign with 3.5 laps remaining. i held the lead, but on lap 4 my legs were pretty much done. the pain had set in. near the end of lap 4 there is the hardest/longest climb on the course that is like a three tier climb the top of which is super steep and i did not even bother to attempt even on the first lap i just hopped off and walked/run to the top and re-mount. apparently i worked a little too hard on the first two tiers because i was suddenly breathing so heavily that my throat started to close, not good. so i rested a little and slowed my pace.

    i ground it out and hammered the last lap pretty hard while trying to keep my breathing below spaz, legs didn't have much left. I managed to hold my lead and won! i couldn't believe it, i was stunned. not only that but i set my best time of all 5 events. how the hell did i manage that with no suspension and only one gear? not being able to pedal on the DH sections was definitely a penalty, and having to hold the brakes going down was way slower than just letting it out, i just can't believe being that much faster on the uphills made up for the lost time.

    SS still blows my mind sometimes. I figured i would be about a minute slower per lap and instead i was somehow faster. I push pretty hard on my geared hardtail, i didn't think it would be possible to be faster with the exception of one or two climbs. granted the whole course was hero dirt this week thanks to a recent rain, everyone was a little faster than the previous week, and my gearing for that course was perfect.

    can't wait to try it at another event! though i hope by then i'll have built up my SS muscles a bit more and not feel like i'm going to die half way through.

    Nice job....you are always going to be faster on the climbs on the SS...no way around that. So you make up more time on the climbs and don't lose any on the DH. Even walking a couple of the climbs, usually you are far enough ahead that it makes a nice little buffer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    I really need to post here more often......

    A week ago.

    Went out to explore a bit more.

    Starting at Harding Truck Trail, up to 4 Corners, over Main Divide and down Bedford Motorway....traverse across to Indian Truck Trail, back up to Main Divide, over to Trabuco Trail, down Trabuco Trail, through O'Neill Park, did a loop around Whiting Ranch before finishing back at the truck.

    Hadn't been up Indian Truck Trail in nearly 10 years....fun climb.

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    Holy crap! What is your bike geared? Hell, if I hit 2,000ft on the SS I feel like superman. Or, at least I did until seeing this. LOL Beautiful pics BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    Holy crap! What is your bike geared? Hell, if I hit 2,000ft on the SS I feel like superman. Or, at least I did until seeing this. LOL Beautiful pics BTW.
    Hahaha...... At 2000' I'm just warming up.

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    Jesus, I should ride more, a LOT more. You're a beast J. Long extended climbing just kills my lungs on the SS, heart rate pegs out and I go into oxygen deprivation if I'm maintaining a cadence that I can manage to turn the gear over.

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    Ticked off a ride I've been thinking about ever since I moved to Flagstaff...AZT from Humphreys to the Grand Canyon and back with an overnight camp at the GC. 160 miles round trip, unfortunately fell on two of the hottest days of the year and water is scarce. Nearly went too far into heat stroke territory on day one but had a much better return ride.

    Headed back towards the mountain on day two.

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    Sub 21 lbs Niner build, 23" xxl frame. Loving it so far, except the cheap-arse singleator, still need to look at a better solution
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    I have a friend who's been getting back into riding. And I've needed badly to leave the new gadget bike alone, and get back on my SS and build some strength. I felt really slow today, been off the bike a few weeks with a nagging back muscle strain. Turns out I set two PRs though, weird. It was my buddies biggest ride yet, and the post ride margaritas were all that much sweeter because I got to share that moment with a really great friend.

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    Had some time restrictions for this morning's ride.

    Rode the SS up a familiar trail into a cloud and met a lady with a llama on the way down.

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    Carbon Rigid Singlespeed with 29er fork and disc brakes . Still more work to do - 11.1 lbs !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by karimian5 View Post
    Carbon Rigid Singlespeed with 29er fork and disc brakes . Still more work to do - 11.1 lbs !!!
    Wow. Is it rideable being that light? I'd imagine you'd be deflected by everything on the trail.

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    Also, are you running linked brakes to save weight? I'd kill that thing in a matter of minutes at my weight.

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    Today's adventure with my son - dual single speeds up to Gold Hill

    My son and I took a great but brutal ride up Boulder Canyon then to Gold Hill Colorado. Lots of elevation gain, lots of scenery, burning legs and hot weather. What a day! The rides: Niner custom single speed, Cannondale Trail SL SS.

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    Carbon Rigid Singlespeed with 29er fork and disc brakes . Still more work to do - 11.1 lbs !!!


    14 spokes per wheel? Where are you able to ride this?

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    14 spokes per wheel? Where are you able to ride this?
    this.

    at first glance, i'm skeptical. also, look at those brakes. both are on a single lever. and what about those pedals?
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    Last Friday was my birthday, and my goal was to ride a mile of trail for every year on the planet.

    I was using a different tool roll, after my seat pack kept falling off the last time I rode with it. It fell off as well. At one point down a ripping downhill the roll flew off. I yelled back at my friend "leave it" but he grabbed it gave it to me at the bottom of the hill, at which point I swore and reluctantly put it into my pocket.

    A couple miles later this happened:

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    We were able to piece the pedal back together using a pair of flathead screwdrivers to tighten the nut. But the other bearing failed about a mile later. I ended up riding about 10 miles back to the lot with a disconnected pedal.

    At this point my friend was headed home and I still had 14 miles or so to go to hit my goal, so he let me borrow his pedals. Luckily we had saved my pack, because I keep a 8mm allen key in there for changing flats - it came in handy for swapping pedals trailside.

    I also forgot my helmet, but another friend had a spare in his car.

    Ended up doing about what I set out to (a little extra even) thanks to my friends who are awesome.
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    First Single Speed ride

    First time ever on an SS MTB, decided to head to the Eagle Bike Park just outside Boise. No long, sustained climbs, lots of fun singletrack, and no real way to get myself into trouble on my first time out on the new bike.

    In short, I'm hooked.

    In... long? I can definitely see what all of the fuss is about. I still don't think shifting takes a large amount of mental energy, but it was interesting to force myself uphill in a higher gear than normal, and learn the different methods of using position and body english to get myself up the hills. Definitely a different kind of workout, and one more in line with how I like to feel after a ride. I only went 10 miles, but they were a great ten miles!

    I also learned something about bike material and my preferences. While I definitely prefer Ti on the road, I think that steel may be the best feel available on an MTB. This Niner is the real deal! Fully rigid is also a complete blast. I went down one of the gravity trails (and skipped the jumps) but took some fast, huge bermed turns way faster than I would on a non rigid bike. The feel offered by rigid is just amazing.

    I also tried flat pedal for the first time (Spank Oozy's with Five Ten shoes), and I think there is something to that as well. I have been on clipless 100% of the time for probably 7 years now, and while I am not giving them up completely, I did enjoy the feeling.

    Can't wait to get back out and put on some more miles!

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    I went out the other day for a typical Saturday ride. Actually I had tried this route the weekend before but got turned around because of the heat.


    Met up with my buddy at the Tree Farm at 5:30 this morning. Cool temps and clear. Rolled off and passed a couple of people in the canyon.

    Just before the fist cattle gate we rode into the low clouds/soup. Temps were still comfortable, but it was HUMID. Casual pace and we reached Beek's at 1:02. Pushed on and headed to Sierra Peak. Secitons of the road has visibility of about 25' and the clouds/fog were blowing across the ridge.

    At Sierra Peak, I whipped my phone out to take a picture. I get a message saying "9% Battery, Low Battery Mode". WTF???o_O It was charged when I left the house. So I turned it off....I was going to need it for later.



    Turned around and headed back to Main Divide. We or I was in cruise mode, so I just took it easy on Main Divide. Short break at the Doplar Ball and we continued on. On the way to Hagador, once again visibility got very short. A few times I even got confused as to where I was. Through the gate at Pleasant's Peak and a couple minutes later we were under blue sky and sunshine....oh yeah, and the bugs. Another short break, and we dropped back to the gate.

    This is where Hugh headed back on Main Divide, and I continued on to Eagle Rd. The original route had my dropping Eagle, traversing over to/up Bedford, and Main Divide to 4 Corners and down Harding. Well, since my phone was dead, I decided that being that far out solo without any form of communication wasn't the smart thing to do, so I made the call to go down Eagle and climb back up via Skyline and make an extra credit trip to Sierra Peak.

    Felt good going down Eagle...still in the soup. Reached the bottom and hit the pavement. Immediately the back of the bike was bouncing.....again, WTF??o_O Looked down and saw the rear wheel wobbling. Stopped to check it out. The tire was deformed and was beginning to develop a hematoma under the treads. Not good, I'm on the wrong side of the Santa Ana's for a tire failure. Figured I would just ride it till it failed. By the time I reached the bottom of Skyline, it was beginning to bulge. I was just hoping that I could make it to the top before it let go. About 1/3rd the way up, it was now the size of a golf ball. The wheel would bounce each time I ran it over, and it was hitting the frame...annoying as hell. 2/3rds the way up, if finally burst. Crap, I really didn't want to deal with it, but booted it and tubed it.





    Finally made it to Beeks'.....no extra credit out to Sierra Peak.

    At Beeks' it began to drizzle, ALOT. Wobbly, hoppy wheel and drizzle. I was soaked on the way down.

    Was happy to make it back to the truck.

    So my $10 blowout tire from Pricepoint lasted me 5 rides before it blewout. Granted I didn't have high expectations anyway.

    Kinda bummed, my original route was 65 miles / 11,000' ascent....but 2 weeks in a a row, I haven't been able to knock it out. Oh, well.....there is always next weekend.

    Still a fun ride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    So my $10 blowout tire from Pricepoint lasted me 5 rides before it blewout. Granted I didn't have high expectations anyway.
    Whoa! That tire looks like it has about a thousand miles on it based on tread wear... then again if all your rides are 65+ miles, that makes sense that it would only last five rides!! Nice work BTW

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    Funny I'm still rolling on a ten dollar Vee Rubber V10 that's in it's second season as a front...probably around a thousand miles on it now. Guess some models hold up better than others.

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    That is a killer bike! Glad you joined the crowd. Nothing the like the "leaf spring" feel of a steel bike in high G turns, and I feel you can use the return spring out of a turn like an old YYZ. I think you will also be surprised at how quickly you improve at forcing that bike over the climbs as well. Lots 'o fun in store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2tallrid3r View Post
    Whoa! That tire looks like it has about a thousand miles on it based on tread wear... then again if all your rides are 65+ miles, that makes sense that it would only last five rides!! Nice work BTW


    It is a Vee Rubber Race V tire....the tire is a "semi slick" tire. And I only got 198 miles out of it. Oh, well.
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    Alpine season is here at last...

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    Hey! Where'd the track go? I swear I was following one a minute ago...


    Found it 10 min later.


    Not the sort of thing you want to see nearing the end of a good Strava segment.
    5min of carrying the bike over wind fall trees instead of 30s of riding...

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    Carbon Rigid Singlespeed with 29er fork and disc brakes . Still more work to do - 11.1 lbs !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmctav23 View Post
    Share your latest ride...not your latest unrideable light bike...
    LOL...exactly! And it's also actually aluminum (the ebay ad in the link anyway)
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    did a good ride this morning. i was the only SS in a group of 9, which i usually don't like, but it worked out just fine. lots of steep climbs. there were a couple really skilled riders with us this morning, it's impressive and fun to watch, and extremely humbling.

    I've only done a few rides on this bike this year. legs did ok, but there's definitely room for improvement. no great pics either, to busy hammering hills.

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    So I wanted to get a big ride in before the heat kicks in with temps supposed to be floating around 100*.

    I cast out a ride options and decided on this.

    We knew it was going to warm up at some point. So we decided on 5:15 roll time. Actually heat or no heat, I like that start time. Rolled away from the Tree Farm and it was downright chilly. Think it felt colder than it actually was. Didn't feel like a fast pace up Blackstar, but we just kept rolling. One bad thing about dawn patrol, is you get to clear the spider webs out for everybody else....your welcome.

    We made good time up to Beeks' and just kept going out to Sierra Peak to bag #1. Kept a social pace, as I knew we would be climbing quite a bit today. Passed a couple of trail runners just below Sierra Peak. On our way down, we passed them again.

    Back on Main Divide we passed through Beeks' and the Doplar Ball....again just kept moving, and making good time. Made a quick turn up to Hagador Peak to bag #2 for the day. Pleasant's Peak is only a few minutes away, and with the road in such great shape, it goes by quickly. Bagged #3.

    Pleasant's Peak in the background...



    Santiago Peak way out in the background....we are not going there.....today. :sneaky:



    Hagador Peak.....yup, been there...done that.



    We continued on Main Divide....some ups, some downs. Temps were still actually quite nice at this point. A few miles later we reached Eagle Rd.

    Eagle Rd is still a fun descent...especially the more I ride it. A few miles on the pavement over to Skyline. The water in the water fountain was cold....yippee!!!!!!
    As we started our way up Skyline, it finally started to heat up. At times there was a nice breeze, but it really didn't help that much. Eventually we would ride for a bit, and take a break in the little bits of shade here and there. The heat on the climb up Skyline was energy zapping.

    Eventually we reached the turn off to Sierra Peak. I knew this was going to be a painful 2nd trip out....and it was. A little bit of walking on few climbs.....Faust said his Garmin was showing over 100*, but again it didn't feel that toasty. Quick turn around at the Peak and head back. Passed a couple of riders heading up.

    Made a quick stop at Beeks'...mostly for the shade. Finally headed down B*...and it felt as though we were standing in front of blow dryer. :gag: Again, there were riders heading up...it was after 12:00 at this point.



    Finally made it back to the Tree Farm...twas hot. With that said, it was still a fun day on the bike and on the mountain.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/613420336


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    Short dawn patrol ride today. Trails are overgrown and difficult to see. Even when I can see them I find parts to be quite technical. One flat up front, my first ever riding mtb (several years of riding but I've been lucky) as a result of sliding off of the trail on an off camber decent and burping the front tire. A little CO2 and I was rolling again.

    View over the lake was quite nice this morning.

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    Did a ride up on Peavine Mtn here in Reno before it got too hot. We've had a good bit of rain this spring, so the areas around the trail are still pretty green and the trails themselves are not yet completely dried out and loose.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/614494281

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    Took my new Hettly Orion Titanium custom for a first spin on the weekend in Western Australia. She flies pretty well!

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