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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....



    Birthday boy Kevin on his Ciclon



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




    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.
    -Aaron G.

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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.

    Ole!


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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...


    Me, same spot as before, but different angle, better exposure! Pics of me thanks to Steve doing the shooting...


    Sly Park loop is good shape with some obvious TLC given to it, the bridges where needed are evidence of it.


    Glamour shot!! The waterfall behind is stunning contrast to the trickle that was there in January.


    The South side of the lake, the trail gets more techy and is on the edge of the lake more. I love this section..


    Close up of the same drop from before, about 18" drop, the old girl (08 Salty) handled it with ease of course...


    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.
    -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!


    And the Golden hour was in full effect...

    -Aaron G.

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    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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    "Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul".

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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.


    Rolling terrain and the trail flowed around it nicely


    Said "Ditch" before the dam and lake were created this was used for water supply:


    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)


    Every wonder why Granite Bay is named Granite Bay?


    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)
    -Aaron G.

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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


    Switchback central...




    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!
    -Aaron G.

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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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    i need to ride more. building jumps takes to much time...my other hobby is kicking the crap outta my home built mook jong.

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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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    2014 Picture Thread



    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!

    Ole!
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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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