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    Rocky Zilla Picture Show

    I've been super busy lately and haven't had much time for riding. But I did manage to reserve Friday for a return assult on Cannonball, Skyline drive in NJ. I got with some of my buds and we had at it.

    If you are unfamilliar with the Cannonball trail, it's near Ringwood in NJ but it's NOT Ringwood. Cannonball is one long huge rock garden. It's a techy crawl all the way in and a white knuckler most of the way back. It's endo city b/c it's studded with square edged granite much of it obscured by leaves and grass. Almost every thing of interest is coming directly off of something else, and almost nothing has a direct approach or useful run-out. It's game-on start to finish.

    Unfortunately for me this assault began far earlier than I expected. While headed into the trail, I distracted myself with some shifting anomolies and endoed HARD over a 4" log . Gravity in NJ apparently isn't quite the same as NY...I totally fockered my right hand. So now I'm as limp wristed as Tim Curry's "Dr. Frankenfruter". Determined to bring it on, I rode anyway. It hurt like hell and I had very limited control. I endoed hard at least three more times. Jose (Bones) is a military surgeon , just back from Iraq. He looked at my wrist and gave that "you'll be fine" kinda smile doctors give while they're trying to remember your next of kin.

    Anyway it was a awesome ride. John(JohnnyPedals) is our own Spongebob's buddy and he came along to show us the goods since SB bagged like a checkout coutner .(J/K SB) I'm a little disappointed I had to pass on some of the drops (not pictured) b/c I've been waiting a LONG time to come back here with the right bike to knock it out. Oh well next time.

    On with the show!

    Da Crew(L2R): Peter, Pete, Paco, Jose, John, Yours Truly.
    (Is it my imagination or am I riding with elves??)



    Peter(Farty-Fartmeister) Rolls it out: Farty DESPERATELY misses his Switchblade. His Moto lite is nice but he can't let go of his first true love. Still he rides and climbs like a man possessed.


    JohnnyPedals takes it down: Local riders really know how to make ya feel like a poseur... not that I need help with that.


    Pedals takes it up: He really understands the NJ Gravity.


    Pedals Rolls his own:


    Zilly trys the notch:


    Bones Takes his own advice: (He somehow snapped his Tomson stem on his Blur so he brought his hardtail... This is NO PLACE for a HT... Bones hung hella tough!


    Paco shows no fear: Paco is jonesing for a Flux... I'll be giving him the appropriate council.


    Zilla follows suit: (this sort of thing was really messing with my mind, thinking if I go over I'll snap what's left of my weakned wrist.


    more to to follow...
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    Pete puts on his own climbing show: Pete had mentioned he was having a lot of trouble getting his DHX-A dialed right...turns out it's been stuck down for DAYS. It didnt stop him from schooling us AND the rocks.










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    Another Roller:


    Pete Rolls a big step:


    And makes it


    Zilla folows suit... and doesn't!!! Note front tire convienently stuffed in the rock Pete just went around. By this time I decided not to land on my right hand again.



    Me trying my green thumb at Rock Gardening:






    Nahh naaaa!!! No hospital for me!


    The End
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    For the GEEK in you

    Geekout!

    GPS Data:







    Summary Data
    Total Time (h:m:s) 3:01:23 19:30 pace
    Moving Time (h:m:s) 1:50:44 11:54 pace
    Distance (mi ) 9.30
    Moving Speed (mph) 5.0 avg. 18.9 max.
    Elevation Gain (ft) +1,814 / -1,826


    Time Data Total % of Total
    Total Time 3:01:23 100.0
    Moving Time 1:50:44 61.0
    Ascent 0:23:22 12.9
    Descent 0:24:30 13.5
    Flat 1:02:52 34.7
    Stopped Time 1:10:39 39.0
    # of MB Stops 25


    Distance Data Total (mi ) % of Total
    Distance 9.30 100 %
    Ascent 2.20 23.7%
    Descent 2.97 32.0%
    Flat 4.12 44.3%


    Speed Data Average (mph) Maximum (mph)
    Overall Speed 3.1 --
    Moving Speed 5.0 18.9
    Ascent 5.6 15.2
    Descent 7.2 18.9
    Flat 3.7 16.0

    Pace Data Average ( m:s ) Best (m:s)
    Overall Pace 19:30 --
    Moving Pace 11:54 3:10
    Ascent 10:43 3:57
    Descent 8:18 3:10
    Flat 16:21 3:45

    Elevation Change Total (ft)
    Total Elevation 3,640
    Elevation Gain 1,814
    Elevation Loss 1,826
    Net Elevation Change -13

    Vertical Speed Average ( ft/min) Maximum (ft/min)
    Ascent 16.4 946.2
    Descent -16.5 -1,561.2

    Grade Average (%) Maximum (%)
    Overall Grade 0.6 --%
    Ascent Grade 19.2 21.3%
    Descent Grade -5.2 -505.8%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Pete puts on his own climbing show: Pete had mentioned he was having a lot of trouble getting his DHX-A dialed right...turns out it's been stuck down for DAYS. It didnt stop him from schooling us AND the rocks.









    Breather:
    Wow, super pics-I think you peaked the fun-meeter. That place looks like a trials riders paradise and your boy Pete looks like he's got it dialed. Sorry to hear you tweaked the wrist-that seems to be a pretty common injury. A Titanium wrist band from Phitenusa.com might help you heal-give em a try, if it works it's money well spent; I use their stuff and it works for me. Just wondering, have you tried riding with flats and 5.10 shoes-it's a sure way to get off the bike in a jam-sure beats gettin slammed. Your photo skills are impressive and most inspiring-I'm working up to getting a camera soon.
    thanks, turtle

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    Tnx T. Getting out of the clips isn't my problem. Staying in is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Tnx T. Getting out of the clips isn't my problem. Staying in is.
    Whatever it is, stop doing it and heal up quick and please keep posting pics.

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    awsome stuff z! you take some of the better ride shots in these parts. i couldnt find my digi for thursdays ride so im waitin on squish. that could be awhile.

    hows the wrist or do ya know yet?
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    right on! those are some awesome shots! just what i needed...cool ride pics on the turner forum...i'm on vacation...visiting non-biking friends and am really missing the riding! so thanks for letting me live vicariously BZ!

    as for the wrist...hope it's ok...i've done that move before...clearly had a somewhat limited understanding of gravity in AZ at the time...and it was pretty bad...big thumbsup for riding on after that...i''ve also done that...and all i have to say is OUCH! when i fell, i didn't tell my friends how bad it was because i didn't want them stop me from riding...but when i got to the car, i couldn't even take my glove off! yikes! so i feel your pain, buddy...i feel your pain!
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    That was a blast yesterday!!!

    Don't let Bikezilla fool you he was kicking some serious tail !!!!! The boys from

    Westchester really know how to bring it.

    And don't worry we'll both hit that drop next time

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    WOW I needed the picture of the 'breather' cause I had the adrenaline going from looking at all the great riding going on! Great form guys

    That place is right behind my cousin's condo. Gonna have to show up there with the family for a 'visit', so's I can get out and try that place. [SIZE="1"]see ya later honey, Marty and I are going riding!![/SIZE] haha!
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    Awesome ride shots Z. Looks super techy. In the first pic you look like you're either 8 feet tall or you ride with 4'11" guys.

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    Tnx folks. My hand is swollen and looks like it got run over. No worries though,
    A few hours with the right magazines and some lotion and my wrist will be good as new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Tnx folks. My hand is swollen and looks like it got run over. No worries though,
    A few hours with the right magazines and some lotion and my wrist will be good as new.
    What magazines????
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    MBA, BIKE you know...

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    Thanks for the pre-ride stoke! I'm heading out to Noble right now! Great shots. I am pretty paranoid about wrist injuries, since turing mine into spagetti on a bad high speed endo.

    Sounds like you haven't set up the new shock/mod yet? Kind of hard to test out now I guess, till you wrist is feeling better.

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    Yes I did bag it!

    Oh Man! I wished I had kommt mit. I so rarely sleep these days, that when I did, I had to roll over and enjoy it! But I got up later, and got some miles in to work off the turkey, and chocolate, even though the were roadie miles What's more dangerous, mountain biking or road biking in Paramus during peak shopping season? JP and I just did some more miles today, and are headed up to Blue tomorrow.
    Those are some great pic's. I'm sure I would have done a few superman's if I had come. I'm getting a camera for Christmas, and I'm stoked looking at yours!
    BZ- tell me about your gps unit.
    And lastly, nice 'action figure'. And warm up that lotion, it'll help the wrist!
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    geez, a couple of those shots I found myself saying "are you sure they are actually ON A TRAIL????" Talk about baby elephant heads.....! Fun looking ride though....

    Hey Zilla - what kind of GPS software are you using to generate that ride summary data stuff that follows the google earth overlays....I'm kinda fishing around for some GPS software that does that.
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    Good write up, I was also looking for more of a "trail". With all the leaves this time of year it must be like riding by braille.

    Please tell me that first shot is some kind of photo illusion. I know you are a big fella but those guys don't look any bigger than the burrito I had after my ride today.

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    Yeah Zilla some of those rock gardens look pretty intense, more like boulder gardens!? and yes compared to the others , yeah it looks like elves. Endoed 4X!!! you are definetely a madman! ride on Dude

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    Thanks for the stoke.

    My god, your a large man

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    I endo a lot lately. I'm usually quite good at rolling the fall or running off the eject. Avg techy speed is less than 5mph so I get to pick my landings. The last high speed endo's I had ended up with both arms pinned under and me sliding it out on my chest...AUGER!

    Anyway the last time I had a series of endos my fork was too soft. I better have a looksie.

    SB, road riding around here is psycotic. People are flat out gunning for bikers.

    Any GPS will get ya that data, map and Sat shots...the gravy comes from Motionbased's Website It's got some killer utilities and basic service is free. Excellent stuff!

    I'm pretty sure the rider size differential is an optical illusion. I'm only 6'2".

    The wrist is getting a nice workout painting the kitchen today.
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    I love rock, but I think what's hidden under those leaves would scare me. I hate surprises. Great shots. Heal up quickly.

    BTW, did your friend break a Thomson Elite or X4 stem? I heard of 2 X4 breakages in the last month so I'm curious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    I love rock, but I think what's hidden under those leaves would scare me. I hate surprises.
    thats why i bailed on one of my fave runs thurs am. i asked the guys where the hell they were goin as they climbed rather than desended on our regular route.

    "have ya ridden here in the last week?"
    "no, i havent.", i admitted.
    "3' deep gully filled with 6" of leaves coverin 4" holes. roots too. super erroded.", i was told. "go for it if ya want, were headin up."

    i followed, 2 did not. 1 made it, the other came back beat up after a big stack ridin my borrowed x-fly. maybe i better look it over. the word was leaves up to the top of their sliders at one point. thats 2 feet kids!
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    Damn Zilla, how bout a little trail with those rocks , nice stuff, rocky/techy goodness!

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