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    2012 Photo Thread

    As the Title says, 2012 Photo Thread. Photo's video's whatever ya got put them up!



    NorCal had nice weather the first 18 day of 2012, Super dry and Sunny, leading to the best trail conditions we've had in January in possibly over a decade!

    These were taken back on 1/8/12. Salmon Falls trail and Sweetwater Trails ride.

    Salmon Falls, Kevin, breaking in his new Ciclon, a very happy boy. See the lighter colored (tan) rocks over the riders shoulders (right side of pic), those are normal under water.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6732953153/" title="IMG_1383 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7150/6732953153_e2e0aa0eeb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMG_1383"></a>

    Sherwood on his Chucho leading out the V train, The trail is so dry it was almost dusty.

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    Yours Truly leading out the troops down to the normally underwater bridge that connects Salmon Falls and Sweetwater trails. That's a 6 Ventana train!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6732955021/" title="IMG_1404 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7032/6732955021_a73ce5611a_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMG_1404"></a> Photo Cred to Steve

    Another benefit to the dry weather and low water levels at Folsom Lake is the exposing of some pre-1954 (Dam construction) trails off the Sweetwater trail. Here Dustin, Kevin and Steve enjoy the normal underwater section of trail.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6732955791/" title="IMG_1414 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/6732955791_c71a0ac051_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMG_1414"></a>

    After the group ride, I went back and captured some more pics of the exposed sections, photo credit to Canon Tymer. He's a patient fellow willing to wait upto 35 seconds and take 7 shots!


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    Same section, different perspective.

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    Conditions continued to be insanely nice the following weekend, in fact Sunday's high of 67 degrees was the warmest January daytime reading in 3 decades according to the local news.

    Went back to Salmon Falls, solo this time, not many pics, actually no action shots, and just one short 15 second video to chronicle the conditions. But I did have to stop and take a pic of this guy, yep, the first Rattlesnake of the year, I guess the sunshine was just too much for him to pass up. About 3.5' and plenty cranky to have to move!

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    And the short video of Salmon Falls trail.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/35412610?portrait=0" width="600" height="338" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/35412610">Juneuary Salmon 2012</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1640888">Ciclistagonzo</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    from Nuevo Mexico:

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    If this works, New Years @ Alafia State River Park, Florida

    Jan 8, 2012 5:49pm | Facebook

    I don't have the original footage so hopefully it will work from Facebook

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    Paul, that was cool. There's no way I could get my son to do that, but my daughter would be all over that!
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    We're riding Salmon Falls and Sweet Water tomorrow morning at 0730 hrs......gotta love that trail. Did a night ride this week at a well know local trail......I forgot how much fun night riding was, Ole!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Paul, that was cool. There's no way I could get my son to do that, but my daughter would be all over that!
    Aaron, glad you enjoyed it.

    We are just a couple of plain old grandparents having fun. Not great riders but we try.

    FWIW, while the camera doesn't really show the full effect, I did walk the line I wanted to take two times prior to riding it. The consequences of a fall to the inside is probably around five or more feet straight down onto shellrock (concrete basically). The actual drop is worn nearly vertical with a springy root across it.

    After realizing we safely made the drop, my stoker commented that the drop was the most spine compression from a "G"out she had ever experienced.

    It's a cool section, probably like that rock face posted by you of Sherwood and son descending, you must commit and follow through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    It's a cool section, probably like that rock face posted by you of Sherwood and son descending, you must commit and follow through.

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    Pixels forthcoming, my La Bruja's in the rotation for the next little while
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    Here I am riding the El Chucho down a wet Burnt Mountain trail in Dupont State Forest in North Carolina.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/56904808@N00/6824524797/" title="Burnt Mountain, Dupont State Forest by csnyder103, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6824524797_6a6cf443ea_b.jpg" width="1024" height="684" alt="Burnt Mountain, Dupont State Forest"></a>

    Here I am just a couple seconds too slow for the timer on the camera. This is at the top of the Big Rock Trail and the Cedar Rock Trail in Dupont State Forest. This is the location for the cover photo of the January issue of BIKE magazine

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/56904808@N00/6824549631/" title="Not quick enough... by csnyder103, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6824549631_a9d041c7e3_b.jpg" width="1024" height="684" alt="Not quick enough..."></a>
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    Now we see 'em! Great shots, Even the " a hair too slow" one is awesome, the composition is cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spitfire111 View Post

    Here I am just a couple seconds too slow for the timer on the camera. This is at the top of the Big Rock Trail and the Cedar Rock Trail in Dupont State Forest. This is the location for the cover photo of the January issue of BIKE magazine

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    I'm guessing you put the camera on the signpost???

    For us this was 2011, sorry. From here we were following a local and took the staircase sort of trail down. You can hear the front chainring contact solid rock on of the steps.

    Very nice area and trails, wish it were a lot closer.

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    That sign is exactly where I had the camera.. We are very lucky to have such great trails.

    Super shot of you two. Loved your video.

    I met some mountain unicyclist from the Tampa area at Dupont a short while back and they their home trail was Alafia.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by spitfire111 View Post
    That sign is exactly where I had the camera.. We are very lucky to have such great trails.

    Super shot of you two. Loved your video.

    I met some mountain unicyclist from the Tampa area at Dupont a short while back and they their home trail was Alafia.

    Cheers,

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    The MTB unicycle riders are a cool group. One of them took the video posted. They often joke that finally another bike with the proper number of wheels per rider.

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    Some more NC Ventana fun

    Some more weekend fun in Pisgah. Daniel Ridge Trail. One of the "Mutt" following and one of the "Mutt" leading the pack. Happy and Freckles are our main trail dogs.

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    A few more from 2/5/12

    Here's a few more pics from my last ride on 2/5. South Fork American River Trail.

    My steed:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884714415/" title="IMG_1585 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7057/6884714415_e4b7b77633_b.jpg" width="1024" height="575" alt="IMG_1585"></a>

    My buddy Dave and the required V content in the corner!
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    Some of the soso views...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884715621/" title="IMG_1591 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7055/6884715621_cf38f0167e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="575" alt="IMG_1591"></a>

    Where we start is on the far side of the bridge..
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884724367/" title="IMG_1607 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6884724367_3233af975d_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="IMG_1607"></a>

    and Oops..I shrunk DAVE!
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    Looks like a fantastic place to ride. Gotta love places to ride in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spitfire111 View Post
    Looks like a fantastic place to ride. Gotta love places to ride in the winter.
    SFART in Norcal is a fun trail, but this has been an unusually low rain year. The trail, especially the bridge shot, is in mid-summer condition.
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    Ok, ok... so yea its my (ugly?) mug again. We had 2 Ventana's on this ride (and a Knolly, one Special Ed, one Pivot, and a GF), but where where they? We'll, this Ventana (any my Photog on the Knolly) was the first to the top, and the first down the hill. Not surprising I guess! LOL! Feb 12th in the Verdugos (NE of Los Angeles). Ole!

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    What are you posing on? And how come no Huck pick off of it????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    What are you posing on? And how come no Huck pick off of it????
    It is a concrete water tank. Now, normally I would be doing a Superman Seat Grab off of it, it being about 4' to flat, but I'm only on my El Salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Here's a few more pics from my last ride on 2/5. South Fork American River Trail.

    My steed:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884714415/" title="IMG_1585 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7057/6884714415_e4b7b77633_b.jpg" width="1024" height="575" alt="IMG_1585"></a>

    My buddy Dave and the required V content in the corner!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884720315/" title="IMG_1597 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/6884720315_6853c66990_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMG_1597"></a>

    Some of the soso views...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884715621/" title="IMG_1591 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7055/6884715621_cf38f0167e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="575" alt="IMG_1591"></a>

    Where we start is on the far side of the bridge..
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884724367/" title="IMG_1607 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6884724367_3233af975d_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="IMG_1607"></a>

    and Oops..I shrunk DAVE!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6884713123/" title=". by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/6884713123_77e802b3da_b.jpg" width="1024" height="575" alt="."></a>
    Is that a tilt shift? Super cool!

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    Nice pose to get the socks in there, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2TurnersNotEnough View Post
    Nice pose to get the socks in there, too.
    These things don't happen by accident you know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Killrop View Post
    Is that a tilt shift? Super cool!
    I wish, but no it's a feature built into my Canon Elph. It focuses only a portion of the available sensor electronically giving the effect of a tilt shift. I have control of the size and orientation of the focused area. The effect is pretty good though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    These things don't happen by accident you know?
    Always the professional, you are.

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    Mid-Week Ride, Febuary and 74 Degree!

    Title says it all, 74 and Sunny, wow.

    The price to pay for the sunny weather is the decided lack of water in our lakes....

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    In memoriam.....

    I let the La Bruja go, it was a great steed, but the witch had to make room for a bebe.....
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    Although I have a new generation frame designed and built in my head, I'm going to try to get two more race seasons out of this frame.

    For this year, I went to a single 36t ring, and a 150mm fork. Besides the extra 10mm of travel, the extra fork height slackens the HT to 67.5, the ST to 73.5 and brings the low 13.1" BB up a touch.

    After taking this pic, I realized I've never washed this bike. I've hosed it off after a muddy race run but that's it. There's even a spider living in the CNC'd BB area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Title says it all, 74 and Sunny, wow.

    The price to pay for the sunny weather is the decided lack of water in our lakes....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/6778915618/" title="103_0033 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6778915618_64422ae949_b.jpg" width="1024" height="744" alt="103_0033"></a>
    Is that Salmon Falls again? I used to ride there. Where is all the water?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endo73 View Post
    Is that Salmon Falls again? I used to ride there. Where is all the water?!?!
    Well, it is Folsom Lake, but it's a trail on the North West side of the lake, or nearly the opposite shore than where SF is at. It's a trail that leads into Granite Bay Beach Park proper.

    Seriously dry Jan/Feb rain wise, lakes are uber low. Miracle March hasn't started yet. (Miracle March = the past 23 of 25 dry February's we've had wetter than normal March's)
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    The Terremoto doing what it loves, and taking me along for the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladd Jasper View Post
    The Terremoto doing what it loves, and taking me along for the ride.
    that's the only X-braced Terremoto i've seen. looking @ the first pic i can see why you customized it. how much extra for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    that's the only X-braced Terremoto i've seen. looking @ the first pic i can see why you customized it. how much extra for that?
    Hey, thanks for noticing. I love the look, stiffness, and stand over of my X-5, and wanted to carry that through to the Terremoto. It's been a few years now, but I recall it being a semi-custom design that carried a $300 upcharge. This included a longer seat tube (to run a shorter post) and braze-ons for full-housing, in addition to the X-brace.

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    All of my Ventanas are patiently waiting in my basement for summer to arrive, in the meantime....
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    Nice Rockville ride today. I was lucky, it didn't rain on me until I was back at the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Is Rockville good right now? Been debating on hitting Ft. Ord tomorrow, but Rockville looks like more fun
    That picture is from a few hours ago today. I did a 14 mile loop. There are a few puddles, but not bad. Rockville has that nice sandy soil so you can see my tires in the picture have no mud build up. I would say it's good conditions for the amount of rain we have had. Rocks are slick, your bike will need a good wipe down and you'll have a mud stripe down your back, but its very ridable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    That picture is from a few hours ago today. I did a 14 mile loop. There are a few puddles, but not bad. Rockville has that nice sandy soil so you can see my tires in the picture have no mud build up. I would say it's good conditions for the amount of rain we have had. Rocks are slick, your bike will need a good wipe down and you'll have a mud stripe down your back, but its very ridable.

    Headed tere in an hour. Super windy now, hoping it'll dry it up a tad. Either way I'm excited as it'll be a first dirt ride since 1/1/2012!! Toooooo long......
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    Headed tere in an hour. Super windy now, hoping it'll dry it up a tad. Either way I'm excited as it'll be a first dirt ride since 1/1/2012!! Toooooo long......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14 View Post
    Headed tere in an hour. Super windy now, hoping it'll dry it up a tad. Either way I'm excited as it'll be a first dirt ride since 1/1/2012!! Toooooo long......
    Maybe I'll bump into you. I'll be heading there around 11am.

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    @ internal, Stripes

    Did you guys end up heading to Rockville? I was going to go, but last minute the guy's decided on Skyline instead. Skyline was nice, but Rockville would have been drier!

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    Yup. Got there!

    Well, after getting there at 9:30 and then reaching into my gear bag to only find ONE shoe, WTF?!!, I ran home and came back an hour later and caught up with my buddies for a few miles before they split and I tooled around for another hour fifteen having fun.

    I realized that the last time I was at Rockville was my birthday, over four months ago! Yikes!!! Long lay-off. It was my first ride on dirt since Jan. 1st. so it was great to just get out and slip slide on around the place. But you know Rockville, 7 inches of rain just keeps the rocks clean and the dust down, hardly any mud.

    Ran into some customers on their 29er ECDM tandem they bought a few months back out hammering along. Those two are nuts.....Auburn, Annandale, even Skyline on a tandem I could get into, but Rockville? Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Gawd, that looks c-c-c-c-old.

    Nope, kinda need a tour guide to Rockville. Only been once, and that was 6 years ago. Been meaning to get back there.
    Stripes-1st. sorry for the non-invite. I just kinda tagged into a group already going at the last minute.

    But you really need no guide for Rockville. It's all about 2miles wide by 1 mile deep. You cannot get lost. Not even if you tried! You're boxed in by roads all on sides so even if you did leap over a fence unknowingly and wind up on a road, you'd make it back to your car in 10 minutes or less.

    It's a small park with a ton of trails going this way and that. Don't bother with a map, it'll just confuse you. Trust me. Just get up there and goof around for a few hours, you WILL find some cool stuff no matter where you go.

    fuenstock-your photo is killer!! Yikes!! Keep the baby up high, outta the water!
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    Well, after getting there at 9:30 and then reaching into my gear bag to only find ONE shoe, WTF?!!, I ran home and came back an hour later and caught up with my buddies for a few miles before they split and I tooled around for another hour fifteen having fun.

    I realized that the last time I was at Rockville was my birthday, over four months ago! Yikes!!! Long lay-off. It was my first ride on dirt since Jan. 1st. so it was great to just get out and slip slide on around the place. But you know Rockville, 7 inches of rain just keeps the rocks clean and the dust down, hardly any mud.

    Ran into some customers on their 29er ECDM tandem they bought a few months back out hammering along. Those two are nuts.....Auburn, Annandale, even Skyline on a tandem I could get into, but Rockville? Ouch!

    A few pics to show I was there, El Salt!
    I saw your FB post about the shoe as I was leaving for my ride and quickly did a equip check. Where's my glasses? Yep on the counter, so Thanks!

    But more importantly WELCOME BACK! Glad to see you back on two wheels and dirt!

    Ok, about that Couple on the ECDM... I don't know what makes me cringe more, the Fox Fork, or the thought of the unprotected boom tube out at RVille. Mad props to them though for hitting that place on a 8' long beast! Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Gawd, that looks c-c-c-c-old.

    Nope, kinda need a tour guide to Rockville. Only been once, and that was 6 years ago. Been meaning to get back there. Going to try in the next month or so. Need to have a 10 or 11am start time though, coming up from San Jose.
    If Im free when you ride Rockville, I can guide. It's a small park, but it helps to ride with someone that knows the trails so you can piece together a nice loop with all the best parts. I can also go most weekdays. Im going again this wednesday or thursday.

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    A few pics to show I was there, El Salt!
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    Weather man says 100% chance of rain tomorrow, so we thought we'd better get out today. Santa Monica Mtns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    It's got both your type of bikes on there, right? A Ventana and a Foes.
    Yup, all it needs is a Turner and it would be garage art!
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    Sedona a couple week back






    ... wait, is this thread for 2012 rides, or 2012 bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    I saw your FB post about the shoe as I was leaving for my ride and quickly did a equip check. Where's my glasses? Yep on the counter, so Thanks!

    But more importantly WELCOME BACK! Glad to see you back on two wheels and dirt!

    Ok, about that Couple on the ECDM... I don't know what makes me cringe more, the Fox Fork, or the thought of the unprotected boom tube out at RVille. Mad props to them though for hitting that place on a 8' long beast! Wow.
    Cool to see the tandem being used. I know we will never ride there...it would be a very long drive.

    Agree on the unprotected boom tube. Our ECDM now sports a glide plate made from 2mm or so of carbon fiber.

    Now if I could get some serious frame mounted bash guard for the front chainring...

    Fork wise, there are a few folks running the single crown Fox forks on tandems. For what we ride I'll suffer with the added weight but better steering of the Fox 40 or an ATC. It just makes the bike more precise and flickable if that term can be used when referencing a tandem.

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    Here I am riding the El Chucho down a wet Burnt Mountain trail in Dupont State Forest in North Carolina.

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    Here I am just a couple seconds too slow for the timer on the camera. This is at the top of the Big Rock Trail and the Cedar Rock Trail in Dupont State Forest. This is the location for the cover photo of the January issue of BIKE magazine

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    Beautiful scenery out there!
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    Great Rockville shot!

    Liked the effects. Was that photo enhanced?
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    We had some good rain fall here on SoCal on Friday, but after letting them dry for a day, today things were fantastic!

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    Sedona a couple week back
    I gotta pick your brain about Sedona. Thinking about going in the fall and wondering if October would be too late or not? Also need to get some solid trail 411.
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    Me and Ciclistagonzo riding at Sea Otter this past weekend! Ole!

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    ummmm, uncomfortable, if not disturbing.

    Some V cameo here: plus a little marketing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
    ummmm, uncomfortable, if not disturbing.

    Some V cameo here: plus a little marketing.
    The post processing and slight HDR does bring out my sexy legs.... Oh, you mean the video!?!? My bad. LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
    ummmm, uncomfortable, if not disturbing.

    Some V cameo here: plus a little marketing.
    Dude, that's a killer video! Awesome looking trails too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14 View Post
    I gotta pick your brain about Sedona. Thinking about going in the fall and wondering if October would be too late or not? Also need to get some solid trail 411.
    October would be spectacular.
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    Up from SoCal to visit the in-laws in Maxwell, CA (1 hr N. of Sac), we brought the bikes! Had two days of riding near Folsom, CA.

    Fleming Meadows Trail #8 (above Pollock Pines, CA)



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    Not a picture, but here's some GoPro action from my El Toro (custom geo) over the last 2 weekends.

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    Tahoe Riding...

    Got a quick trip to Tahoe in over Father's Day weekend, no action shots as I was solo for all rides, but did try out the new Van Sickle Trail from Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

    The Veiws Sucked,
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/7429368648/" title="156 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5445/7429368648_ae2b1994a7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="156"></a>

    and the trail was terrible...
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    and poorly marked..
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    Why is it called "Bi-State Park?".....
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    One interesting side note... incredible amounts of Pine Tree Pollen, literally snowing pollen!

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    Ooof. Sorry you had to endure all that hideousness!

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    Ooof. Sorry you had to endure all that hideousness!
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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
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    Some V cameo here: plus a little marketing.
    Great video.....slot machine appears to be a cool trail that could cause some serious rash if your touched off the edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Some pictures from Wilder Ranch (Russ then me):
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    July 4th escape..

    Got in a quick Solo jaunt on the rocks of Granite Bay. Nice to ride in the morning during the week.

    One photo, before my batteries died.
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    4th of July ride - West Los Angeles

    So, its the 4th of July, its not supposed to be drizzling and foggy, right? Well, light drizzle, plus dusty, dry, summer time SoCal trails equal a mess. Anything facing forward... down tube, head tube, bars, legs, arms, face, body, is now covered in black sloppy goo.

    Those that know me, know I was not happy with that situation.

    I might need a trade-in, or at least a frame refurb!

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    picture taken at Rocky Ridge near York, Pa with Three Mile Island in the background

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    Threw together a little something this weekend. My attempt to bring some Ventana goodness to the midwest.


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    threw together a little something this weekend. My attempt to bring some ventana goodness to the midwest.


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    Thanks. I'm hoping to start a community around these parts of Ventanaphiles. I figure the time is right to start/support a movement of buying things your neighbor makes. If it costs too much, then you don't need it at the moment. Save until you can support quality, leading edge, US designed, sourced, and made kit Until we change our national mindset to supporting ourselves (or those that support us) we are doomed to mediocrity. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to build a 100% US made bike but one can make an effort. Thank you Sherwood and Teresa and all of the Ventana employees I've never heard of. I hope to sell many of these bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammon287 View Post


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    Is your frame cosmic orange or mango tango color?
    Nice ride!

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    Is your frame cosmic orange or mango tango color?
    Nice ride!
    It's the stock 2012 Ciclon color, I think Cosmic Orange. I didn't upgrade. I only wish I had more time to ride it.

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    Fun weekend up at Big Bear, CA / Snow Summit - Aug 3 - 6, 2012. Not the amount of trails at Mammoth, or Tahoe / North Star, but close to home.

    Had a small crew of peeps meet up, ride, eat, enjoy some tasty drinks over 3 days. Got a little rain - thunder showers one afternoon.

    Road part of the SART trail on Sunday.

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    Northstar - 8/26..Cuervo, 'nuff said!
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    Fun stuff!

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    I already posted these pictures here on another thread, but though I should add them to the 2012 photo thread to










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    View Trailside from above Park City Utah on Armstrong Trail. 2012 Photo Thread-imageuploadedbytapatalk1348797703.031800.jpg
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    Racing Into Fall

    Even here in SoCal the leaves are beginning to yellow and fall. From today, Sullivan Cyn, West Los Angeles.

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    A little Ciclon fun! Picture quality is poor due to my very scratched up gopro lens.....went OTB at northstar closing weekend..


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    Semi action shot

    Represent'n the 650B movement during a short break during a NorCal ride up in Skyline Park, Napa.
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    Upper 80's in Los Angeles today, it was a little warmer than I would have liked, but the views were ok! Exercised the El Salt today.

    Sullivan Ridge ST (Jedi), overlooking the Pacific Ocean.



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    Wow...Nice color on that El Comandante. Is that candy teal?
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    Great looking ride. I used to live in KC over 10 years ago. Is that Clinton Park? People never believe me when I tell them that KC has some great trails! Enjoy your Ventana.
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    The lake pic is from Kill Creek Park, one of the newer trails in KC. I feel lucky to be In KC we have lots of trails and more being added.

    Yep bike color is candy teal

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    Rain is falling now, light rain, here in SoCal, really only the second "storm" we've had this year, and by storm I mean heavy drizzle. Weather man is saying it may continue into Saturday, so we'll have to see. The trails can surely use it! More of our "local stuff" (you may have seen it before?) from a week ago or so.

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    A little shot from a week ago. Rockville Hills Park in NorCal. Perfect trail conditions. Such awesome dirt and freshly washed rocks before they grow any moss. :-)
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    Nice Myke,, good pics.I can't believe I HAVEN'T been to Rockville this year, SO need to change that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Nice Myke,, good pics.I can't believe I HAVEN'T been to Rockville this year, SO need to change that.
    I'm hoping this weather pattern, rain three days sun five days) keeps up because it sure makes the dirt perfect. Last week was money! This week it's already dry and dusty most places. But really, Rockville is a blast no matter.
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