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    2014 Picture Thread

    Yikes, it's March and we don't have a picture thread yet?
    Well, nothing too spectacular to post, but it's a start.


    Our Local Norcal Loop...(Granite Bay)

    Ventanations' leader on his Zeus....
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    Birthday boy Kevin on his Ciclon

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    Followed by Big Bro, Dustin and Pops, old schooling on a Pantera and V1 Chucho!

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    BTW - the dry, dry very large "Beach" in the background? That's supposed to be underwater! And that's an improvement, as we started calling Folsom Lake...Folsom puddle, it's upto to Folsom Pond at least now.
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    Thanks for getting us started Ciclistagonzo!

    From two weeks ago now, Sycamore Canyon NW of Los Angeles. There was a huge fire here last year, and with little rain this winter the return of vegetation has been slow, very slow. The burnt out trees and blackened sticks of manzanita makes you feel like you're riding on a different planet.

    The Old Skool El Salt is a good choice for a longer day out here, though the Terremoto is sure a lot of fun on the downhill sections.

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    Winter Series XC racing at Camp Timberline (Kapolei Oahu)

    Rob applies massive power to Praxis BB running XT Cranks

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    "Sprinting" toward finish line - go Ventana!!!
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    Nothing like a beautiful and dialed-in mountain bike!!!
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    Continung the fun..

    Here's few more from the latest Weekend ride. (3/22 Sly Park Loop, Pollock Pines, CA)

    Steve, on Chucho...
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    Me, same spot as before, but different angle, better exposure! Pics of me thanks to Steve doing the shooting...
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    Sly Park loop is good shape with some obvious TLC given to it, the bridges where needed are evidence of it.
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    Glamour shot!! The waterfall behind is stunning contrast to the trickle that was there in January.
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    The South side of the lake, the trail gets more techy and is on the edge of the lake more. I love this section..
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    Close up of the same drop from before, about 18" drop, the old girl (08 Salty) handled it with ease of course...
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    Much of the before credit goes to these guys, I knew what to expect on my shock rebuild, having had one done before, but the Push Fork rebuild is nothing short of amazing.
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    -Aaron G.

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    Dry dirt in Idaho

    Riding my Zeus near Lewiston ID last WE and enjoying some dry single tracks there... Dirt season is upon us!
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    Post Work Mid week Ride...

    Plenty of Sun out, after a wet weekend and first part of week... We needed it though!

    It's getting really green is spots!
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    And the Golden hour was in full effect...

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    El Gordo

    Easter Sunday on the North Fork Ditch Trail.
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    Completing Vision Quest two weeks ago in Trabuco Canyon, CA on my Zeus. Zeus, the do-it-all everything bike.

    Big thanks to Teresa for getting me the V jersey in time to sport on the trail. It is a great looking jersey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phishin Paul View Post
    Completing Vision Quest two weeks ago in Trabuco Canyon, CA on my Zeus. Zeus, the do-it-all everything bike.

    Big thanks to Teresa for getting me the V jersey in time to sport on the trail. It is a great looking jersey!
    Great job on the VQ Paul!
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    Lupine Adventure
    Last weekend (5/3) we went to one of our usual ride locals, Granite Bay, but having been informed that the North Fork Ditch Trail was rideable, we decided to explore a bit. Super glad we did. New trails are always fun and the conditions are amazing, not trail wise, it's a simple if a bit sandy singletrack but the Lupine show was awesome:

    Lupines everywhere, Kevin in the front, Dustin in the middle and Sherwood farthest back.
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    Rolling terrain and the trail flowed around it nicely
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    Said "Ditch" before the dam and lake were created this was used for water supply:
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    Trail follows the ditch which closely matches the lakes shoreline. The lake in the backgound has slowly been rising, our water situation is still bleak though. (And hey, that's me! Photo cred:Sherwood)
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    Every wonder why Granite Bay is named Granite Bay?
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    Our usual trail is incredibly green right now thanks to some late spring rains, drawback is the Poison Oak has taken off as well. Evil, evil weed! (Sherwood on Central trail)
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    From today's ride - Mothers Day 2014. Happy day all you mothers!

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    Here are a few from this weekends Ride..

    South Fork American River Trail or.... S FART for short.

    Green, VERY, VERY green. Late spring rains (for us anyway) have helped with an explosion of green. PO is everywhere but with careful line selection it's not too bad.
    On with da Pics!

    Kevin
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    Switchback central...
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    Last Pic, these two young'ns are getting too fast for me to take pics, I have to race ahead and spend the next 20 minutes recovering way off the pace to survive!
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    2014 Picture Thread

    Me in action during the 24h Round and Round relay race in Spokane a few Weekends ago... Rode my custom El Chucho 29er front/27.5 rear. It's mostly an Alpino frame with a modified front triangle geo to accommodate a big wheel. The bike was just perfect to ride on an endurance event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC822 View Post
    Me in action during the 24h Round and Round relay race in Spokane a few Weekends ago... Rode my custom El Chucho 29er front/27.5 rear. It's mostly an Alpino frame with a modified front triangle geo to accommodate a big wheel. The bike was just perfect to ride on an endurance event.
    Very nice. How much travel are you at on the fork, 120mm?
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    120mm front, feels very well balanced with the rear...

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    Very nice. Is the head tube angle still the same? This looks very interesting.
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    I am not sure what the headtube angle ended up being. My idea was to have it like the Alpino (68.5) but I let Sherwood decide so it may have ended up being 69 like the Chucho...

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    Re: 2014 Picture Thread



    Labruja air time, Take off



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    My classic Ventana. Still going strong. The bike now resides in Australia, shuttled around in a diesel powered Toyota (that alone was worth moving here for). Ready for a Saturday morning ride.

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    Keep your shaft clean...
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    Pretty warm out here in SoCal this weekend, mid 80's on one side of the hill and upper 90's on the other. With some sort of soccer game going on (World Cup Finals), it was nice and quiet out on the trails.

    The now "Old Skool" El Salt was the bike of choice today.



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    If it wasn't for your superior skillz, I'm sure you would've died riding such and Old Skool bike.

    Great shots, as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2TurnersNotEnough View Post
    If it wasn't for your superior skillz...
    Well like duh! I knew I was taking my chances, dropping off that huge Red Bull style edge, riding that "old" bike, and with only 26 inch wheels! I'm sure if it WASN'T a Ventana I never would have pulled it off at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    Well like duh! I knew I was taking my chances, dropping off that huge Red Bull style edge, riding that "old" bike, and with only 26 inch wheels! I'm sure if it WASN'T a Ventana I never would have pulled it off at all!

    Ole!
    You're taking a huge chance with the 26" wheels, but it also appears you're not running a dropper post...That's what I'd be concerned about. Apparently it's impossible ride without one anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    You're taking a huge chance with the 26" wheels, but it also appears you're not running a dropper post...That's what I'd be concerned about. Apparently it's impossible ride without one anymore.
    I don't believe El Salt is that crazy. It looks like there's a classic Gravity Dropper hidden under those PROCORE baggy shorts with the remote lever safely next to his right hand.

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    What, no boot on the GD?

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    Gentlemen, gentlemen, please. I've been riding since well before there was a Hite Rite, or a Garvin Flexstem, so I know enough to NEVER ride without the boot on my GD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2TurnersNotEnough View Post
    ...those PROCORE baggy shorts...
    Yea, PROCORE, that's me!
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    Some pics of my El Comandante. The race was the HC 100. Just added the Niner fork. Just awesome.
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    Seaplane and El Gordo

    Yes, Folsom Lake is a seaplane base (FAA identifier C39). Believe it or not this is not an uncommon sight on Folsom. Did anyone ever notice the windsock buoy by the dam. Seaplanes are permitted to land on Folsom Lake as long as the lake is above 380 ft elevation.

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    Wow, learn something everyday. What dock is still in the water?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Wow, learn something everyday. What dock is still in the water?
    The low water. Good for a few more days. My wife wants me to go with her to keep up her seaplane rating but I have to be on business travel. Crapolla (sp)


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    New El Salt

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    New El Salt that I built up last month with a rag tag mix of old components - but the bike rocks!
    It's a big change after the past ten years on hardtails...the first few rides have proved it's perfect for our local trails and upcoming enduro series.

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    Mammoth Vaca Video.

    Here's a quick edit from the Mammoth Trip last month. Still learning the ins and outs of the GoPro and I should have pointed the camera up more.

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/104686991" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/104686991">Mammoth Fat Biking</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1640888">Ciclistagonzo</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Video #2 from Mammoth

    Same situation, camera needs to get point up more , but this is the Richter trail from Mammoth.

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/104815722" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/104815722">Mammoth Richter</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1640888">Ciclistagonzo</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Same situation, camera needs to get point up more , but this is the Richter trail from Mammoth.
    Good stuff Gonzo. Yes, I've played around with the "Chesty" mount. Not sure if you did, but I ended up running the camera upside-down (actually from this pix maybe not), this way I could get more up-tilt on the camera. You can either 'flip' the image in the camera (menu setting) or later in most editing software.

    Sure had a good time up there, looks like you thought it was ok too!

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    Last one from Mammoth, Main computer crapped out again, hence the delay to get editing done.
    Same issue as previous two with Camera being pointed slightly to low. I have since corrected that.

    This is Recoil to Twilight Zone.
    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/111495843" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/111495843">Recoil Twilight Zone HD Vimeo</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1640888">Ciclistagonzo</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Mescal Trail - Sedona, AZ - November 2014

    Good times last week in Sedona. Met up with a whole group of riding friends from SoCal and the Santa Barbara area and road for a couple of days. Riding the the old school El Salt was a good choice. I've ridden my Terremoto here in years past and it is no doubt super fun on some of the chunkier stuff, but there is some climbing here for sure too.

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    Late November - Burn the Turkey Ride..

    One from the "Burn the Turkey" ride we did on Black Friday before the heavens opened up on us the rest of the weekend here in Norcal...
    That's me, on the largest of the rock roll outs we have to play on at Granite Bay. Bruja is 6X too much travel for the trail we were on, but makes playing on this stuff a lot of fun.
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    That's a fun line.
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    A few More from the Past Few weeks in Norcal

    Here are few more from the past few weeks in NorCal, back when we had hero dirt, and sunny skies....

    Me, Salmon Falls...Mid-November ride...
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    Kevin Playing on a slab, going down with good form....
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/15748471267" title=". by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7571/15748471267_2556c9b14a_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="."></a>

    Not as equal success trying to go up though....

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/15746787488" title=". by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7535/15746787488_9e2ecf84ec_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="."></a>

    Here's the entrance to the roller I did in the previous post... I like the sky/clouds background...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/15908421246" title=". by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8582/15908421246_571b73e733_b.jpg" width="1024" height="750" alt="."></a>
    -Aaron G.

    "Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."

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    From just a couple days before our rain hit.

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    Wet December=Video Editing time..

    So finally had time to edit some of the summer time footage I got while riding this summer at Northstar. I'm no crazed DH expert like say Internal14, but hey, not bad for a middle aged dad of two etc etc.
    Also, mounted it on the side of the helmet so much better sight lines than the previous video's.

    NorthStar, this past August, Gypsy Trail.
    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113679759" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/113679759">NStar 2014 Gypsy Full Vimeo</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1640888">Ciclistagonzo</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
    -Aaron G.

    "Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."

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    One more Video This year....

    From a November Ride. Played around with a GoPro template. Not sure it's really my style but here it is...

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113472671" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/113472671">Salmon Falls Trail - Hero Dirt</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1640888">Ciclistagonzo</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
    -Aaron G.

    "Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."

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