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    SoCal winters suck

    YEAH RIGHT! It was 72 degress at 7am here "where the women come equipped with scripts and fake breasts." Lunchtime yesterday peaked at 92 degrees here in Dogtown, but it's a dry heat! I simply can't conceptualize having to take MONTHS off due to weather.

    Anyway, strapped on a few upgrades in anticipation of a trip to SoMo in Phoenix this weekend. What we have here is a COIL Totem and a "non race" DHX out of the Push factory...





    The fork rides smooth right out of the box, VERY plush off the top. The stock spring is a little light for me but I didn't bottom on a few small drops. I dropped about 2 inches of ride height off the 888 which was much appreciated on the climbs, as well as the floodlock to rid any bobbing. Best of all, my fork didn't have any air chamber issues, imagine that!

    The Push'd DHX was noticeably improved as well. This kit lets you run less air which gives the stroke a smoother feel, and propedal is still adjustable. I don't usually like to upgrade front and rear at the same time, since it's harder to focus on how much improvement you get. Can't wait to rock this bike in SoMo.

    Happy winter everyone!

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    lets see somepics of the dirty bunghole riding his new gear.
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    Nice set-up, you should put the marzocchi freeride tires on there if you want to go big though. I'm waiting for the UPS guy to show up today too, the suspense is killing me!!! Can't wait to see how the new parts hold up to some Phoenix knarhucks to flat.

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    What happened to the Ti spring on the DHX?

    You're making the rest of us VPF owners envious. At least I won't go over the bars as much as you will this weekend.

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    nice looking bike, but where's the gravity retarder?
    Usually I hate all you SoCal folks this time of year, but today in the Colorado front range, temps are in the 70's.
    Not that I'm out riding or anything......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skins
    What happened to the Ti spring on the DHX?

    You're making the rest of us VPF owners envious. At least I won't go over the bars as much as you will this weekend.

    450 ti was undersprung, and 500 ti won't fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAHEEB
    lets see somepics of the dirty bunghole riding his new gear.
    Ride? Hahahahaha, I pushed it up, took the pic, and walked it down.

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    I usually hate socal'ers later in the winter, of course it started a little early this year but we rebounded nicely, off to Palmer this afternoon.

    DB- nice rig, did you send it in for it's bi-annual noise reduction pivot warranty service too? probably not needed yet, it looks brand new

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    I simply can't conceptualize having to take MONTHS off due to weather.

    Happy winter everyone!

    Say what! Who takes months off when you've got primo conditions like this? If we were to wait for a warm day to get out and ride, we may never get to go! Happy winter to all you lower 48ers too.

    Rando

    PS, woke up to minus 6 (that's F), will peak out today in the high teens after lunch.
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    Hey DustyB:

    After your ride in AZ please post more impressions of your "Non-Race" Push DHX-Coil. I am thinking of going that route.

    THANKS!
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    I'm jealous

    [QUOTE=Dusty Bottoms]YEAH RIGHT! It was 72 degress at 7am here "where the women come equipped with scripts and fake breasts." Lunchtime yesterday peaked at 92 degrees here in Dogtown, but it's a dry heat! I simply can't conceptualize having to take MONTHS off due to weather.

    Anyway, strapped on a few upgrades in anticipation of a trip to SoMo in Phoenix this weekend. What we have here is a COIL Totem and a "non race" DHX out of the Push factory...





    The fork rides smooth right out of the box, VERY plush off the top. The stock spring is a little light for me but I didn't bottom on a few small drops. I dropped about 2 inches of ride height off the 888 which was much appreciated on the climbs, as well as the floodlock to rid any bobbing. Best of all, my fork didn't have any air chamber issues, imagine that!

    The Push'd DHX was noticeably improved as well. This kit lets you run less air which gives the stroke a smoother feel, and propedal is still adjustable. I don't usually like to upgrade front and rear at the same time, since it's harder to focus on how much improvement you get. Can't wait to rock this bike in SoMo.

    Happy winter everyone![/QUOTE

    I remember the Chino Hills in January. A pretty boring ride but being able to ride in 70 temps is so nice. We are in the midst of a hurricane here in the NW. How far do you have to drive to ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    I simply can't conceptualize having to take MONTHS off due to weather.
    Well, yes, biking gets curtailed (but not completely cutoff), but skiing just picks up. I used to bike to get ready for ski season, but now it's the other way round. Shed no tears for the Coloradoan.

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    365 day season...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    Ride? Hahahahaha, I pushed it up, took the pic, and walked it down.
    Sounds like me.

    ~~

    I was just thinking about how we get a year round season in SoCal. It's pretty darn awesome.

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    Yup, that's why I live here

    It must be in the high 80's to maybe 90degrees F; right now. I almost baked last Sunday riding at noontime as it must have been around 90deg.

    Jaybo, nearest trail system is about 1/4 mine from my house.
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    Okay, it's official. I "officially " hate all you SoCalian's from november through april.
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    im totally envious dusty. the bike looks like its ready to hit s. mtn in grand style.how long ya gonna be out there and what do ya plan to hit? that hill is covered with primo dirt if ya didnt know and youll have a blast. dare i say the vpf may even be the better weopon than the spot for most of it.

    ps: so mo to the az locals is like sayin frisco to their locals. kinda bad juju in some circles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    YEAH RIGHT! It was 72 degress at 7am here "where the women come equipped with scripts and fake breasts." Lunchtime yesterday peaked at 92 degrees here in Dogtown, but it's a dry heat! I simply can't conceptualize having to take MONTHS off due to weather.

    Happy winter everyone!
    I hate you. Ugggh, our winter just officially kicked off this week where we've now had rain for a week and a half straight and the last two days were torrential downpours. Worse yet, it's a "pineapple express" so the temps are too warm to even be getting snow in the hills yet. They estimated we got 12 inches of rain in the mountains yesterday and 4-6" everywhere else.

    FWIW, we ride all year long in Seattle....the winter is just usually rather damp.

    That VPF looks awfully clean. You ride that thing, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    im totally envious dusty. the bike looks like its ready to hit s. mtn in grand style.how long ya gonna be out there and what do ya plan to hit? that hill is covered with primo dirt if ya didnt know and youll have a blast. dare i say the vpf may even be the better weopon than the spot for most of it.

    ps: so mo to the az locals is like sayin frisco to their locals. kinda bad juju in some circles.
    We will be hitting:

    National
    Mormon
    Geronimo
    Holbert
    Drops in the Wash
    Kiwanis
    Telegraph Pass
    Corona Loma

    And Christie's Caberet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    We will be hitting:

    National
    Mormon
    Geronimo
    Holbert
    Drops in the Wash
    Kiwanis
    Telegraph Pass
    Corona Loma

    And Christie's Caberet.
    Is this a list of the places you're going to drive your bike to, take a photo of it there, and then drive back to the cantina?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    I usually hate socal'ers later in the winter, of course it started a little early this year but we rebounded nicely, off to Palmer this afternoon.

    DB- nice rig, did you send it in for it's bi-annual noise reduction pivot warranty service too? probably not needed yet, it looks brand new
    At this point, I should be on the "vpp strip & re-lube" pro racing circuit. I can do it in my sleep. In the dry socal weather, the pivots start talking about every 4 months, which is not nearly as bad as it's glamorized.

    The bike is about 2.5 years old, but got custom paint about a year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Is this a list of the places you're going to drive your bike to, take a photo of it there, and then drive back to the cantina?
    Have we ridden together before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    We will be hitting:

    National
    Mormon
    Geronimo
    Holbert
    Drops in the Wash
    Kiwanis
    Telegraph Pass
    Corona Loma

    And Christie's Caberet.
    nope. ya didnt leave nuthin out on that list. top to.... errrrr..... bottom, thems the hot spots. good thing ya timed it so the wash's will be dry. we wouldnt want ya gettin hurt again now would we?
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    Quote Originally Posted by murphie
    Hey DustyB:

    After your ride in AZ please post more impressions of your "Non-Race" Push DHX-Coil. I am thinking of going that route.

    THANKS!
    I sure will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
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    Happy winter everyone!
    Indeed! Taken at 7:30am this morning in So. Utah.
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    Taken the other night in Malibu, just before a little sushi and beer on the beach... Heh, early November and the water is still 64 degrees; perfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadbolt
    Taken the other night in Malibu, just before a little sushi and beer on the beach... Heh, early November and the water is still 64 degrees; perfect!
    Nice shots!

    You're obviously a photographer, and I obviously am not. You'd never know it, but I was hoping to get the ocean in my picture above, but it's washed out. The camera I have is(im guessing)a farily decent 8mp with lots of different features.

    Question: What settings do I need to change to NOT wash out the ocean in the background?

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    I'm guessing..

    He is using a Digital SLR, which gives much more control over how the photo is taken. Those are some nice pictures.




    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    Nice shots!

    You're obviously a photographer, and I obviously am not. You'd never know it, but I was hoping to get the ocean in my picture above, but it's washed out. The camera I have is(im guessing)a farily decent 8mp with lots of different features.

    Question: What settings do I need to change to NOT wash out the ocean in the background?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadbolt
    Taken the other night in Malibu, just before a little sushi and beer on the beach... Heh, early November and the water is still 64 degrees; perfect!
    Yeah, took a run to the beach and went bodysurfing during lunch today. Water temp 65. Socal traffic sucks but the weather is fantastic!

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    Those doubles say carnage to me El C

    DB- ride pics please, only seen you crashing or in an ambulance

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    Nice Cat Litter Box

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    YEAH RIGHT! It was 72 degress at 7am here "where the women come equipped with scripts and fake breasts."
    Y'all can Fugg off!

    Did you read EB's post? This picture is taken about 1 mile from the trails we ride all winter-



    Still better trails than Cali has... just wet thats all

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder

    DB- ride pics please, only seen you crashing or in an ambulance

    I got this one, Dustball.
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    I actually look forward to winter riding [michigan perspective here] - no mosquitos, black flies, 100% humidity, no plastic-seat-sweat, no whankers crowding the trails, etc....it's wonderful.....20 degrees, packed snow, and a cloudless sky is all I ask for......and I don't have to worry about my beer getting warm for apres' bike festivities!

    70 degrees.....how mundane....

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    SoCal and winter do not belong in the same sentence. Mid 90's at my house today. Ridiculous! But, the normal 70 degree temps are hard to beat. That combined with a great local trail only 3 blocks away and only a 15-20 minute commute to work make this a pretty good place to live. Although, I have to admit, I really do wish we had seasons here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    We will be hitting:

    National
    Mormon
    Geronimo
    Holbert
    Drops in the Wash
    Kiwanis
    Telegraph Pass
    Corona Loma

    And Christie's Caberet.
    oh boy, this should be fun to watch! looks like a coasterfest to me, too bad you left the hill's best dh off your list ding bat.

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    A succession of fair weather days is unbearable - Voltaire

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    yeah...i'm really suffernin' here in arizona! no rain, in the 70s and 80s all day long...

    it's really terrible...i mean it...i actually got a little hot at 11am on saturday...it was about 85...not to mention that it's so dusty...

    woe is me...
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    That looks pretty cool I guess.

    But I like to change things up a bit. I don't know how I'll ever get through 5 months of this without riding my bike. Might as well just crawl into a hole and sleep through it.
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    dude...those are cool pics! i have to say...i'm a bit jealous...no snow in AZ!

    **before anyone has a hissy...i mean SOUTHERN AZ!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jokermtb
    A succession of fair weather days is unbearable - Voltaire
    Voltaire lived in France and England. Not sunny SoCal. You gotta cope somehow.

    Boris - Those pics can't be from this season already? That's almost enough to make me want to...

    take a vacation somewhere with lots of pow pow.

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    Boris- that looks mighty sucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokermtb
    A succession of fair weather days is unbearable - Voltaire
    Voltaire didn't have a bike!

    We took full advantage of daylight savings time last night to kickoff the nightriding season. It was 75F at the car and dropped into the mid 50's in the bottom of the canyon. after an hour and a half down there, I almost cooked climbing back up. it was still 70 something when we got back to the car.

    I had 4 seasons for 31 years...I looove SOCAL winters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Voltaire lived in France and England. Not sunny SoCal. You gotta cope somehow.

    Boris - Those pics can't be from this season already? That's almost enough to make me want to...

    take a vacation somewhere with lots of pow pow.
    Correct, not this season, But it's almost there. After the scheduled storm later this week it will pretty much be go time. But you don't want to come to UT for pow, we barely get any and the LDS folks are crazy, CO is much better.

    This pic is from a couple days ago of some folks more motivated than me. It's almost ready. Cool thing is you can stil mountain bike in SLC.
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    I'm no statistician, but "off season" pretty much blows 96.825% of the time.
    Enjoy AZ, the riding there is a blast.

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    With all due respect to Mr. Buttons, it is still only fall around here, not winter. However, it really does suck. Monday night I rode at 8 p.m. only in shorts and a short sleeve jersey. I really wanted to try out my new jacket, but just couldn't bear to put it on due to the 75 degree temp.

    I love global warming.

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    I've considered moving to Southern Utah

    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBAPRO
    Yup, that's why I live here

    It must be in the high 80's to maybe 90degrees F; right now. I almost baked last Sunday riding at noontime as it must have been around 90deg.

    Jaybo, nearest trail system is about 1/4 mine from my house.
    My parents live near Rosarita Beach on the Baja. We should move to Southern California. I'm getting bored with State employment, but we want to own a house. Cali is just so expensive! We've been considering St. George, Utah. We are in the midst of the never ending rainy season. It is freakin' depressing! I would just love to sit outside right now and enjoy some heat!

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    I don't know. I guess the title says it all.

    I guess I now know what the Pusgley's good for.

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    Wow, youre insane

    Quote Originally Posted by EndoRando
    Say what! Who takes months off when you've got primo conditions like this? If we were to wait for a warm day to get out and ride, we may never get to go! Happy winter to all you lower 48ers too.

    Rando

    PS, woke up to minus 6 (that's F), will peak out today in the high teens after lunch.
    to live in a place like that, and on top of that, to ride in that. Props to you for doing
    it though. I'll still take my 100 degree late afternoon starts over that any day.
    So what kind of tires/rims do you have to run ? Are they studded and do you
    have to mostly ride pregroomed trails, ie snowmobile trails ?

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