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    Bill, we're running a 20t front with a 36t rear so we can tow our little guy up the trails we ride. Thats the lowest I could find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Bill, we're running a 20t front with a 36t rear so we can tow our little guy up the trails we ride. Thats the lowest I could find.
    You guys have given me new hope. I'm running a 22/34 and I thought that was the lowest gear possible. I ordered a 12-36 9spd cassette, and now I'm going to look for a 20t chainring. Man that's a serious low gear. I can't wait to try to make it up some of the climbs that relegate us to walking.

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    Hey, troops, we are back on our bikes, and digging the cool weather and trail conditions. We got tandem runs on Mentally Sensitive, Car Wreck and Gridley Trail, so we're feeling reasonable. We'll be bikepacking in the Santa Anas this WE (go ahead, snicker), but after that are mostly free next week and WE. Holler if you want to hook up for some fun in or around OC...no criteria other than having fun.


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    I know this is really late notice but Jeff's team and my team will be riding Santiago Oaks tomorrow (1-2-12) at 9:00 We will park at school located at Knoll Ranch and Serrano.

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    Once a month ride

    Ok guys, after today's ride with Tim (not Jeff) and Hope. We have decided to try and organize a once a month ride with the Big Bikes as Tim calls them. So we don't have to wait, the last Sun. Of this month is projected and then every last Sun. As we get closer we can discuss location. Let us know who is in? Anywhere in So.Cal.

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    Hey Bill, how did the ride go today? Keep us informed on the last Sunday rides. If they aren't too hard we'll show up with our son in tow. We have a sitter set up for the 3rd Saturday of the month so we'll have our son on his trail-a-bike for the last Sunday.

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    Thanks for the call for teams. Look fwd to joining up next time.

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    So that would be Sunday the 29th for January? We are definitely interested and available.

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    Let's start throwing out locations so we can all plan. To make things smooth,somebody has to know the trail,so our kids in tow riders can decide. Should be fun!!

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    Had a chance to ride the big bike the last few weekends at CHSP. We went late in the day and the trails were pretty empty. Just a couple of hikers. Temps have been real good too. The significant other had to work so I took a longtime riding buddy out. He giggled like a school girl during the ride. It was very funny. His first times on a mtn tandem.

    It was interesting and a bit different. Fun none the less.

    Anyone interested in, or have done the Full Moon night mtn bike rides organized by Rock and Road Cyclery? Only problem I see is they are on a school night and start late 7:30pm. Look like fun though.

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    Ok, so tomorrow is the last Sunday of the month and I haven't heard anything about any of the SoCal Tandem's getting together for a ride! So Hope and I are planning on riding the Fullerton Loop at about 8:30 tomorrow and would love to ride with other teams.
    If anyone wants to do a little riding tomorrow, we'll be in the upper parking lot of the court house at 8:30.

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    Tim, we're just getting home from a party but we'll be ready to meet you and Hope at the Loop tomorrow morning. Thanks for posting this up.

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    Sorry about this last minute reply. This week has been a hectic one, my 86yr mom fell and broke her hip so we won't be able to hook up.

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    Thanks to Tim & Hope for getting us home safe. Wow what a ride. We did have fun, because on the tandem no matter what you do it together. This ride was just a comedy of flat tires. First off Tim & Hope had a flat and their spare was flat. We gave them our spare tube and all was good and we had a great ride.......until......we flatted comming down Morman hill. I tried to patch it but it didn't hold. Thats when Tim & Hope rode back to their truck and came back to pick us up. I must say after all the was said and done we still had a fun ride. You know what....even a bad day on the bike is still better then the best day at work.
    Thats why we were talking about next Sunday hitting up Bonelli for a morning tandem ride. Anyone wanting to join us, the more the merrrier.

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    Thanks for the holler, sounds like it worked out. "even a bad day on the bike is still better then the best day at work" ...roger!

    We were a little off this weekend but made some afternoon trail time. Looking good for this weekend; would love to meet up with y'all. Happy week...

    Mike

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    Just throwing it out there...anybody interested in riding this Sunday (2/5) we are planning to ride Bonelli Park in San Dimas. We'll meet at the park and ride lot at the 210 freeway and Via Verde exit (the lot is west of the freeway). We'll be there @ 8:30-8:45 if anybody would like to join us. Any questions let me know.
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    Hey, Patrick we're committed to a rest day Sunday; will be riding Holy Jim out/back from the TH near the fire station at about 9am tomorrow and ? on Monday. Anybody who wants to dismount numerous switchbacks is welcome to join us

    m&m

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    Hey Patrick, Hope and I will be riding with you and Maria on Sunday. Hope to have some other teams show up as well.

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    Hey MTBR, why bother with the 10-post requirement (or whatever it is) when that just forces noobs to post nonsense to reach the marker?

    And here I thought we had a new shooter in SoCal...

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    Hey gang,

    Doug "dirtvert" is having a Cholla-thon at Aliso Woods, Sunday AM at the bottom of the trail starting 8:15-8:30am. I thought it would be fun to see if we can survive some laps while doing something good for Project Rwanda and IMBA.

    If any other big bikes were inclined to show up, it would be pretty nutty. Anyway, we'll be there.

    Happy trails wherever!

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    Hey gang,

    Doug "dirtvert" is having a Cholla-thon at Aliso Woods, Sunday AM at the bottom of the trail starting 8:15-8:30. I thought it would be fun to see if we can survive some laps while doing something good for Project Rwanda and IMBA.

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    If any other big bikes were inclined to show up, it would be pretty nutty. Anyway, we'll be there.

    Happy trails wherever!

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    My wife and I don't ride our tandem much, but it would be fun to ride with other tandems sometime. The last Sunday of each month sounds like a good idea. We're in Redlands, but are usually pretty free on Sundays to drive somewhere.

    Jeff

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    Howdy, Jeff,

    We haven't gotten together yet with the other SoCal suspects, but I'll throw out a greeting to you and yours anyway. Hope to catch up with you guys for a ride soon

    Cheers,

    Mike (& Moria)


    PS: Hey, last Sunday of the month is this weekend...we could do either day of the weekend as it looks. Holler with your pleasure, anyone.

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    We're stuck locally until summer due to workload. We have great trails close to us, but here in Newbury Park we're pretty far from everyone else.

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    My wife and I are starting to ride the tandem a little again.
    I'm going to mix some road rides in with the dirt rides to help get us back in riding shape.
    Somehow, we've become much older and slower...

    Anyway, we're in the San Berdoo mtns, but we'll be riding down the hill for awhile.
    Rides like the paved SART, Crafton Hills, and Hulda Crooks.
    We're not big on early morning starts, more like mid-day starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JokerW View Post
    Somehow, we've become much older and slower...
    Thankfully you can do something about the "slower" part

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    Yes, I know I've been absent from this thread. And we haven't ridden our tandem in a long time. Why? Newborn boy and girl twins last September. We look forward to when they're old enough and we can pull them around in a double stroller. Maybe when they're old enough, I'll build them a matching mini tandem.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    All in good time, Lee. Way to prioritize.

    Good to have your voice on the tandem boards.

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    Lee, congrats on the twins. I bet they are keeping you two very busy. You may need to build a special trailer wide enough to fit 2 car seats. We were lucky enough to have Adam in a car seat in a Burley @ 4 months, no problems, 5pt harenss on the car seat and 5pt harness on the Burley. The Loop is his now. We'll see you when we see you, best wishes.

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    I'm still usually out on the loop at least once a week on my single bike, and my wife gets out every couple weeks. We trade off, which has been really nice. All things considered, the twins have been real easy (sleeping through the night since the second month).

    I'll probably wait until they're at least 12 months or so before we start hitting the river trail. We'll be moving houses soon (same area), but I have to do a full remodel before we move in, so that may limit my riding time. I know it's going to be so much fun getting the kids out on the trail. I'm really looking forward to that. Maybe eventually, I'll build a quad mountain bike, like that white roadie quad often spotted around Fullerton.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    Hey guys & gals, Maria & I have a sitter this coming Saturday the 21st for our son and are looking to get out and do a ride. If anybody would like to join us that would be great. A word of caution we haven't been riding much so we're kind of slow. Haven't yet picked a trail, we're open to suggestions. Our sitter shows up about 8am and we're in Fullerton so we can meet around 8:30ish. Hit us up and lets plan a fun ride.

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    zibell, we would be happy to meet up for something. Open to trails/areas. The Luge would be a hoot, not too long a day. We've not ridden Whiting or Sant. Oaks, so anything at either would be great. The beach areas are fun too. No problem with any pace

    Mike/Moria

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    Hey Mike, how about we do the Oaks? Lets meet in lot #3 in Irvine Regional Park around 8:30. There are fun trails there. And if we get out early we should beat the heat. Let me know what you think?
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    Sounds like a winner, Patrick.

    Looking at their map
    www.ocparks.com/uploadgraphics/lbirvbrocv8.pdf
    I'm guessing "P3" is where we meet.

    I'll PM you my cel number.

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    Well, just sending it out one more time. Come out and ride with us (Patrick/Maria & Mike/Moria) at Santiago Oaks this Saturday @ 8:30. We are meeting in parking lot #3 in Irvine Regional Park. If you haven't had a chance to ride with other tandems, this is your chance. There is dirty fun to be had.

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    Hear hear, fun will be #1 on the agenda.

    Woot!!

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    Thanks Mike & Moria for the fun ride today. Maria and I had a blast with you guys. Here are a couple of pictures that Maria took. Can't wait to ride with you guys again.
    Patrick & Maria
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    p.s. If you feel like riding tomorrow we're riding the Fullerton loop. Hit us up.
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    Three cheers for Patrick and Maria!

    It was a nice survey of a sweet area and super fun ride. Thanks for hosting!

    We're off to Idy this AM; hold down the OC fort and we'll ride again. Cheers...

    M/m

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    So we're doing our Sunday morning run to the beach and back. On our return, we come across another tandem! Very surprising, to say the least. We've heard of this team, they're based in Simi Valley, but this is the first time we've seen them out on it. They're leading another couple on single bikes, but that couple also has a tandem and are based in Big Bear. Too excited about seeing another tandem and two tandem teams, I forgot to get names of Team Big Bear. Anyone on here?

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    Argh I should have not hit this forum you folks are killing me. We are currently in Simi now too. The tandem is "on blocks" for service while my wife is carrying our first child. It is amazing how much I miss having her to ride with. The great thing is how much she misses riding too; already planning a trip down the coast when the baby is about 8 months old (we will see on that one).

    Anyways have fun on the tandems it really is a special opportunity to enjoy cycling together.

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    Hey tandem people, we've got a sitter again for this Saturday the 19th. So we're heading out for another ride and checking the boards to see if anyone wants to join us? We're open to suggestions, Santiago Oaks is always fun. We can leave Fullerton around 8:00am when our sitter arrives and meet wherever. Its time to get out and ride!
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    Wish we could hook up with the Big Red Train, Patrick, but my stoker is away for a spell and I have a few balls in the air 'til June. I hope you get a good crew out or have a sweet time alone/together

    Yo, please note: Patrick and Maria are super fun to ride with! They crank hard, have skills and are very easy-going. Couldn't imagine a nicer couple to ride with.

    Thanks for the call...have fun!

    M (+m)

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    Mike, Thanks for the nice reply. When you and Moria are able to ride again let us know we'd love to join you two on another ride.

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    We only really have time for a local 7:30 ride...and we didn't even get out last weekend. School's out in June, however.

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    Well, the sitter just called and canceled for this Saturday so we won't be riding Santiago Oaks. We are thinking about still doing a ride. Towing Adam and doing something like Peters Canyon, Turnbull Canyon, or Bonelli, maybe Aliso. If anybody wants to join us you're welcome to join we'll just be slow towing a tag-a-long.

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    OMG, when I saw the forum's title, I thought it was a joke until I saw this picture. How the hell do you guys mountain bike on a tandem bike!? The turns, bumps, climbs!

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    Teamwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balldoc54 View Post
    OMG, when I saw the forum's title, I thought it was a joke until I saw this picture. How the hell do you guys mountain bike on a tandem bike!? The turns, bumps, climbs!
    Don't feel alone. Lots of folks, experienced riders included, sort of balk at the notion of a tandem on real MTB trails. Tight switchbacks/maneuvering between obstacles and mandatory wheel lofts are the downfalls. Other than that, you can tandem down any trail you can ride on a single. You can actually descend steep terrain with less likelihood of an endo. The core workout is phenomenal. Wanna make single biking seem easy? Get hot on a tandem

    Cheers,

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    I'll add:

    You may think you know how to ride a bike, and then you try a tandem.
    It's kind of like learning to ride all over again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Don't feel alone. Lots of folks, experienced riders included, sort of balk at the notion of a tandem on real MTB trails. Tight switchbacks/maneuvering between obstacles and mandatory wheel lofts are the downfalls. Other than that, you can tandem down any trail you can ride on a single. You can actually descend steep terrain with less likelihood of an endo. The core workout is phenomenal. Wanna make single biking seem easy? Get hot on a tandem

    Cheers,

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    I'd like to see some dh on one of those!

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    Plenty on YouTube.

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    Man I can't believe it the summer is over and its still well over 100 degrees here. The board here has been quiet all summer so I hope everybody has been doing some riding. I just wanted to post here to say hey to all our friends out there in tandemland.....we miss riding with you. Keep the rubber side down!
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    P+M,

    Nice sentiment, thanks

    We've been out of the game with the wife on assignment elsewhere. Our grandiose plans for this year are again waylaid, but no dampener on enthusiasm. I re-purposed one of the frame bags for my single full squish and rode the CO Trail in attempt to pacify the tandeming jones (admittedly close, but no cigar).

    Hope to share some saddle time with you guys and any other fun-loving teams later this year or next. Thanks for the ping...crank on!

    m&m

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    Hey all so cal tandems.......summers over and we have a sitter for Saturday the 17th. We're going to go ride, weather permitting. If you'd like to join we'd love to have you. We haven't decided where we are going yet. If you want to join and have an idea let me know.

    Patrick & Maria

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    Hey All,
    I just found this site specific to Tandems awesome... I live in San Fernando Valley area and am interested in putting together some Tandem Rides once a month or so.( MTB of Course and maybe some road if we have too lol?) If there are any Tandems or rides out there please throw your 2cents in.
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    Rene,
    We are down in OC, but know of a few tandems up your way. Where do you guys ride? We've been over to Sycamore canyon w/ Okayfine ( very fun couple to ride with) and also been to Chesebro but that was on a hot summer day ( not too fun). We have some trails down here if you ever like to go on a little road trip. Next Saturday we have a sitter so we're doing ride if you're interested.

    Patrick & Maria
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    Definitely... a big group Tandem ride would be great... I can travel anywhere in So Cal on the weekends...

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    Team Zibell does group ride invites frequently (as shown above). We ride the Santa Monicas 99% of the time (when we don't travel to visit Team Zibell). Mostly Sycamore since we live close, but also Cheeseboro (but only in non-summer due to temps and lack of water and shade), with the occasional Backbone out-and-back.

    I think most of the SoCal teams have ridden with Team Zibell, since they put out invites more than anyone else.

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    Rene, a big tandem group ride would be a blast. But life happens and it's a hard to get people together on a set time and place. We found that if we just put it out that we're doing a ride then whoever wants to join us does. The most tandems we had show was 3, counting us. No problem because we always have a blast.
    Thanks Julian for the nice words. Hope you and Sally are doing well.

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    Been lurking here for a while and thinking of getting a MTB tandem. We've been mountain biking since the mid 80's and riding a road tandem for 3yrs, so we thought we would like to give it a try off road.

    Okay the deal is done, closed on a 2010 Ventana ECDM!!! Some highlights are; Sram XO code hyd discs front and rear, Fox Talas RC 36 150 mm fork, Sram X9 3x9 speed drive train. Should be delivered by Monday!

    Thanks for all the good info and motovation to see this thru. Hope to meet with some of you soon for a tandem ride!

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    Where in SoCal?

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    SoCal tandem

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    Where in SoCal?
    We're in south Orange County.

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    We the people ... First trail ride

    There is a large group doing Blackstar and the Motorway at 0800 this Saturday the 22nd of Dec. If some other tandems are going we would join in (but not do the motorway part)other wise we will be riding the Bell Ridge Trail from the waterfalls at Dove Canyon in Rancho Santa Margarita to Caspers Park and back, approx 20 miles. We would love company if anyone wants to ride.

    Posted some pics in the ECDM thread of the new ride. But here's another
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonP. View Post
    There is a large group doing Blackstar and the Motorway at 0800 this Saturday the 22nd of Dec. If some other tandems are going we would join in (but not do the motorway part)other wise we will be riding the Bell Ridge Trail from the waterfalls at Dove Canyon in Rancho Santa Margarita to Caspers Park and back, approx 20 miles. We would love company if anyone wants to ride.

    Posted some pics in the ECDM thread of the new ride. But here's another
    Nice ECDM, that is almost identical to ours. Can't join this weekend but we'll keep our eyes open for future rides. We have done Motorway a few times on the tandem, it is actually not a bad trail except the numerous water bars are a PITA. Just curious where you would come down if you didn't end up riding Motorway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drdoak View Post
    Just curious where you would come down if you didn't end up riding Motorway?
    You could just turn around at the golf ball at Beaks Peak or continue on the main devide to Maple Springs and come out Silverado Canyon road and back to Black Star.

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    Don, thanks for the invite. We have to pass this time as we are heading to a family Christmas function on Saturday. I heard it may rain, I hope it holds off for you to get a ride in. Love the bike, very nice. Even if you don't have any takers at this time, go ahead and post future rides. We'd love to join you guys on a ride. Have fun.

    Patrick & Maria
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    We the people ... First dirt ride on the Ventana

    We decided to do the Bell View ridge trail from home with friends from our road club. Only about 12 miles on an out and back along the ridge but beautiful clear skys and mid 50 temps. Helped some other riders fix a chain on the way back and had to use 2 new pins to get him going. As luck would have it Ali snapped his chain near the end and had to push about a half mile!

    Here's a pic of us enjoying the sunshine and catching our breath after the first steep climb of the day. Thats Ali on the left with his wife Helen and my wife Terri on the right. We were very impressed with the Ventanas ride and ability to absorb some big hits that we usually jump on our singles. I think we're going to like this!
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    With backdrops like that, moving to Florida will be a culture shock! It's really flat. I mean almost pool table flat.

    Looks inviting and fun. Glad you enjoy the new bike, off-road tandeming is so much fun. Possibly mountain bikings best kept secret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    With backdrops like that, moving to Florida will be a culture shock! It's really flat. I mean almost pool table flat.

    Looks inviting and fun. Glad you enjoy the new bike, off-road tandeming is so much fun. Possibly mountain bikings best kept secret.

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    We're going to run it again! This Wednesday JAN 2nd.

    If anyone can get away we would love company

    Meet between waterfalls at Plano Trabuco and Bell Canyon Dr in Rancho Santa Margarita at 9am Wednesday morning.
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    Bell Ridge Trail to Caspers Park Jan 2nd

    Looks like editing doesn't post as a new date entry so.....I'll make a new post.


    We're going to run it again! Trail was still too muddy for the last attempt.

    This Wednesday JAN 2nd.

    If anyone can get away we would love company

    Meet between the waterfalls at Plano Trabuco and Bell Canyon Dr in Rancho Santa

    Margarita at 9AM Wednesday morning.

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    We will be riding Aliso Wood Canyon Saturday at 11:00 on the Ventana.

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    Thanks for the heads up... My Tandem is in pieces right now getting a new facelift, tuck, firmed up etc... Should be back on the dirt in a couple weeks...

    Keep me posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonP. View Post
    We will be riding Aliso Wood Canyon Saturday at 11:00 on the Ventana.
    Have fun,

    Wish we lived closer so we could ride there also.

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    Hey Don, what route are you riding tomorrow? If I can get the team up for a ride Aliso sounds fun. We haven't been riding much lately and we will be towing a tag-a-long, so we may be a little slow. The route we ride starts at the ranger station and up the main trail to cholla and we exit the park and run thru the neighborhood to the top of cholla. From there we take the ridge up to top of the world. Then thru back thru the neighborhood to meadows and down and out.
    If you wouldn't mind a slow team to ride with we'd like to join.

    Patrick & Maria
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    Good job! Aliso Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Hey Don, what route are you riding tomorrow? If I can get the team up for a ride Aliso sounds fun. We haven't been riding much lately and we will be towing a tag-a-long, so we may be a little slow. The route we ride starts at the ranger station and up the main trail to cholla and we exit the park and run thru the neighborhood to the top of cholla. From there we take the ridge up to top of the world. Then thru back thru the neighborhood to meadows and down and out.
    If you wouldn't mind a slow team to ride with we'd like to join.

    Patrick & Maria
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    Sorry I didn't catch your post earlier but it was nice meeting you at the park Patrick! Wish we had more time to talk with you and your wife but we had a large group of singles from work doing a ride too. Great day for a ride there, we also went out around the neighborhood to the top of Cholla then up the ridge to top of the World where I got a pic of a friend and his 13 yr old son on his first ride there. You can just see Santa Catalina Island off to the right. We came back down Mathis with some of the group and the rest went to Meadows.

    We'll hook up again for a tandem ride!

    Take care

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    Don,
    It was very nice seeing that beautiful Orange Ventana in person. Oh, it was also nice to meet you and Terri. We ended up running into some friends on our way in/their way out. Then we saw a herd of deer I the meadow on the way up the canyon. When we made it thru the neighborhood and up the ridge line we loved the views of Catalina Island. We made it up that killer clime up to Mathis and decided it was straight down Mathis and back to the car.
    We'll keep you posted on when we ride again.

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    Sounds like a dry weekend coming up, anyone up for a tandem mtb ride? We're open for either day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonP. View Post
    Sounds like a dry weekend coming up, anyone up for a tandem mtb ride? We're open for either day.
    Hey, Don, we've been hankering for Joplin and want to ride it from Holy Jim and back down Doc Edgar fire road (Rose Cyn). If that sounds fun, holler. Cheers...

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    Hey guys, Maria and I have a sitter for our son on Saturday and we're up for a ride. Our sitter arrives at 8am so we can meet around 8:30-8:45. I've been sick with the flu last week and we've been off the bike for about a month, but I'm ready for a ride. We haven't thought about where to ride, maybe Santiago Oaks or El Moro or something fun.

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    Hey, P&M,

    Hoping you get some good trail time in this WE. We're set on Joplin so will likely miss you this time. Have fun, here's to honing your edge...

    M/m

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    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Hey guys, Maria and I have a sitter for our son on Saturday and we're up for a ride. Our sitter arrives at 8am so we can meet around 8:30-8:45. I've been sick with the flu last week and we've been off the bike for about a month, but I'm ready for a ride. We haven't thought about where to ride, maybe Santiago Oaks or El Moro or something fun.

    Patrick & Maria
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    Okay, we're up for either one. We have never done Santiago Oaks so would need directions. El Moro is more familiar but it's been a few years.

    Don&Terri

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    Hey Don & Terri, nice to hear you're up to ride. Well as for destinations, El Moro is a lot like riding @ Aliso very similar with mostly fire road with a small amount of single track mixed in. Santiago Oaks is located in the Irvine Regional Park and its a little more technical as its mostly single track with a bunch of switchbacks. If you're up for it we'd love to show you around Santigo Oaks. Let us know what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Hey Don & Terri, nice to hear you're up to ride. Well as for destinations, El Moro is a lot like riding @ Aliso very similar with mostly fire road with a small amount of single track mixed in. Santiago Oaks is located in the Irvine Regional Park and its a little more technical as its mostly single track with a bunch of switchbacks. If you're up for it we'd love to show you around Santigo Oaks. Let us know what you think.

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    Santiago Oaks sounds like fun, meet Sat around 8:45 then?

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    Sounds great. Parking is $5, and park in lot #3. There is a restroom close by and it's close to the trail. See you Saturday.

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    Tandem ride

    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Sounds great. Parking is $5, and park in lot #3. There is a restroom close by and it's close to the trail. See you Saturday.
    Do you enter at Irvine Regional Park off Jamboree?

    Okay found parking lot 3 at Irvine Regional on the map below, see you on Sat!

    http://ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/...x?BlobID=15633
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    Yes Don, enter IRP off the top of Jamboree. Lot #3 is the 3rd lot after you enter you make the 1st left and drive around to the 3rd lot, it will be on the right.
    If there are any other tandems out there that would like to join us we are always happy to ride with more of the big bikes. This is a fun ride!

    Patrick & Maria

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    Just a reminder if anybody would like to join Don & Terri and Maria & I on a ride tomorrow morning we'd love to have you join us.

    Patrick & Maria

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    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Just a reminder if anybody would like to join Don & Terri and Maria & I on a ride tomorrow morning we'd love to have you join us.

    Patrick & Maria
    Had a great ride today with Patrick and Maria at Santiago Oaks! They are amazing on climbing switchbacks! We have a lot to learn from you two. The weather was sunny and warm and the views from the top all the way out to Catalina Island were fantastic. Lunch at the Cronic Taco after the ride was excellent.

    Looking forward to the next ride.

    Have a few pics at the bench.



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    Don & Terri, We had a blast yesterday with you guys @ Santiago Oaks. It is always a fun place to ride and challenge ourselves. It was a perfect day for a ride and you're right the views were beautiful. Lunch after a good ride is always the best ever.
    When we get another nice Saturday maybe we can come down your way with our son and ride some of your local trails.

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    Sure, give me a heads up when you think you can do it and I'll pre run it to be sure the tag along bike won't have any problems.

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    How does this Sunday look for a tandem ride along the Bell Ridge trail to Caspers Park, anyone free to ride?

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    Don, We'd love to ride with you and Terri again. We'll have our son with us, do you think we could do this toying a tag-a-long? We can ride most trails toying him as long as they aren't too steep or too tight. Last weekend was our date Saturday but Maria was sick so we haven't ridden in a couple of weeks. Let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zibell View Post
    Don, We'd love to ride with you and Terri again. We'll have our son with us, do you think we could do this toying a tag-a-long? We can ride most trails toying him as long as they aren't too steep or too tight. Last weekend was our date Saturday but Maria was sick so we haven't ridden in a couple of weeks. Let us know.

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    The ridge trail would be fine for the tag along, no worse that Aliso Wood you ran with it a few months ago. There is one rough spot from the last bad rain we had that you may want to walk it up though. We could meet at the trail head between the two waterfalls/fountains at Plano Trabuco and Dove Canyon Drive at about 08:30 Sunday?
    We have a long road tandem ride to Seal Beach planned with our road group on Saturday.

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    Don, that sounds great. We'll see you & Terri Sunday @ 8:30, and anyone else who wants to join us.....you know you want to.

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    Good job! Bell View Trail

    We had another great ride today with Patrick, Maria and their son Adam. Also along was Mike and April on single bikes. We explored the whole ridgeline and a few trails in Caspers Park on the Ortega Highway. We got 22 miles with just over 3000ft of climbing. We finished off the ride and had lunch at Friends Sports Bar, and some 1/2lb burgers! Yum!!!
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    Hey Don, Thanks for showing us your local trails. We had a fun time. Adam really had a blast checking out all the plants, flowers, and creatures. He enjoyed the fact we rode by Starr Ranck. It was a blast riding with you & Terri and Mike & April. It was a long ride and when we got home we all passed out. Those were nice pics. Here are the pics I took.

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    Good job! MTB ride Sunday

    [QUOTE=zibell;10274253 Hey Don, Thanks for showing us your local trails. We had a fun time. Adam really had a blast checking out all the plants, flowers, and creatures. He enjoyed the fact we rode by Starr Ranck. It was a blast riding with you & Terri and Mike & April. It was a long ride and when we got home we all passed out. Those were nice pics. Here are the pics I took.[/QUOTE]

    Sorry for the short notice but we will be doing a portion of the recent Rwanda 25/50 mile ride on Sunday. It will be about 15 to 16 miles as we will not be starting at the Oakley building but at the waterfalls at Dove Canyon Drive and Plano Trabuco in Rancho Santa Margarita. (The same start place of our last ride but a different trail) Start time is 0830 Sunday morning and should be about a 2 1/2 hour ride depending on stops.

    All are welcome to join in the fun!

    Complete route here: Geoladders -- 2013 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda - 25 Mile Route

    Starting at #52 on the route description below;
    geoLadders.com: Route Directions (2013 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda - 25 Mile Route)

    Should be fun for all but beginners due to some good climbs. Will have to walk a tagalong...

    Mostly fireroad with some fast singltracks and creek crossings.

    Bring your Camelbacks and a snack!

    Feel free to forward to anyone you think may be interested.

    Hope you can join us!

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    Don, thanks for the invite. We're going to pass on it this time. It's railroad days in Fullerton and we're taking Adam to see the trains. You & Teri have fun.
    Thanks
    Patrick

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    On Saturday 10-12, we were taking our old beast to Hulda Crooks to get in some climbing and some techy singletrack. As we were driving up Mt View, and crossing Barton Rd., we saw three tandem teams at the light. At least two were on full suspension rigs. We honked and pointed towards Hulda Crooks as we went through the intersection, but I'm sure that they were probably on the end of their ride.
    Anyone out there know who they are?
    We'd like to hook up with some other teams out here in the IE.

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