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    Picture Thread 2010

    Since the Random Pic Thread hit 101 post, I thought I'd start a new one! for 2010.

    So, got out on a solo run Sunday am. Winter time in Nor Cal when it's not raining means fog... and for Sunday, LOTS of it..

    From the Freeway start(pic1), to the trail head(pic 2) to the beach shots(Pic 3), fog, fog, fog, fog everywhere! This what the million dollar homes of "Los Lagos" get to see! (Pic 4)

    Only the Granite seemed to be at home. (Pic 5) and it made it look like a trail to nowhere! (pic 6).

    I took some of the trail home with me..(Pic 7) ....Pic 8 is just to get some Ventana content.

    OLE!
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    Aaron, that just looks cold, damp and foggy!!!! :-O

    Still in the mid 70's and sunny here in SoCal. Maybe rain by mid week? The in-laws up north of SAC said it was nasty foggy up your way.

    Well, 2010 here we are!
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    I will take cold, damp and foggy any day over mid 70's. It keeps all the fair weather trails users sipping their latte's at Starbucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life
    I will take cold, damp and foggy any day over mid 70's. It keeps all the fair weather trails users sipping their latte's at Starbucks
    4life- you are scarily accurate there. I ran into only one other person riding on Sunday.

    However that probably had more to do with them showing up later to do the trailwork and not riding that morning.
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    Here's how my Sunday ride looked like..... I had not ridden in weeks and to top it off I decided to take the Terremoto out...as you can imagine I was dead tired after almost 3 hours in the snow

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/4267890833/" title="Snowy Sunday Ride by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4267890833_eedfb9b3b2_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Snowy Sunday Ride" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/4268636924/" title="Snowy Sunday Ride by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/4268636924_eba664818d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Snowy Sunday Ride" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/4268638004/" title="Snowy Sunday Ride by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4268638004_954fc9c15e_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="Snowy Sunday Ride" /></a>

    My buddy Adrian had to do lots of waiting :P

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/4268639416/" title="Snowy Sunday Ride by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4268639416_7d82c94167_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Snowy Sunday Ride" /></a>


    For some Ventana content, I am trying wide flat bars on the Vs now :-)

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    Love winter riding

    Nice photos folks.
    Pictures of my Sunday ride are here: Keepin' it real...

    My El Ciclon in the first set of shots and my buddy's Maverick is in the second, but really, who cares about the bikes?
    Snow riding in Durango can be a beautiful thing.
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    Criss and CB great winter shots!
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    Coupla from this morning...





    commuting to work, sorta.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Coupla from this morning...



    commuting to work, sorta.

    Nice commute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Coupla from this morning...

    commuting to work, sorta.
    I'd love to commute to work, but my wife won't let me ride down the stairs from the bedroom to my office
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    I'd love to commute to work, but my wife won't let me ride down the stairs from the bedroom to my office

    Sounds like someone needs to get out of that lyra and show someone who wears the baggies 'round the house...
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Here are a few racey pics of my Ventana El Commandante in action.

    Raced this weekend in the Folsom Rodeo Cross event and entered Open Single Speed division. This is not your average cyclocross type course and while there are barriers and stair run ups and long flat grass sections, there is also a lot of singletrack and as a result, the field is roughly split 60% cross bikes and 40% on mountain bikes (or something close to that maybe).

    I had a rough start to my race as I dropped a chain on the first lap causing me to lose over a minute getting it back on, but luckily, an hour long race gave me plenty of time to catch back up and take 1st out of 8 in my class

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    Dropped chain first lap, cursing loudly:


    chain back on and rolling:


    giving it 110% to catch back up:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
    Here are a few racey pics of my Ventana El Commandante in action..

    I had a rough start to my race as I dropped a chain on the first lap causing me to lose over a minute getting it back on, )

    Wait a minute....singlespeeder dropping their chain? How'd that happen anyway? I thought the whole idea of singlespeeding was less problems?






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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14
    Wait a minute....singlespeeder dropping their chain? How'd that happen anyway? I thought the whole idea of singlespeeding was less problems?






    just busting balls man....

    haha...no worries. A single speeder that drops his chain deserves to get his balls busted

    I think what happened is that the EBB slipped a little. Just that morning before the race, I took my 34T sprocket off and threw on a 36T and I was kinda hasty in tightening everything back up (I think). I rode over to the race from my house in the morning and things were fine. In my warmup laps, everything was fine. And for the first lap, when we were all bunched up together and I wasn't really racing and accelerating at 100% yet, it was fine.

    But at the very end of the first lap, I stomped on the gas to make a pass and get moving, and POP!!!!. I thought I blew up my chain when I heard it, it was such a loud noise, but then I looked down and the chain was off both the sprocket and the rear cog. And when I got it back on the chain was way more loose than when I set it up in the morning. So I'm guessing EBB slipped a little when I torqued on it super hard. Luckily whatever position it ended up in was good enough to hold for the rest of the race and allow me to finish and come back.

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    Pic from today, just a few hours ago - winter wonder land and a perfect ride with the new t'moto
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    New El Rey

    Just got this bad boy roll'n. Semi custom front end (tall height, medium length)
    Full XX Groupo
    Hope II hubs laced to Stans Archs
    26.0lbs with pedals
    Most importantly it makes me smile when I ride it.
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    Great looking El Rey! That XX looks amazing. Got a look at it at the Interbike this past summer. I'll bet that rig puts a smile on your face! :-)
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    random, non action bike pron


    Freshly built berm on a new trail...first and only tires you see on there are the V's. That is a 6' gap to transition 10 meters down the trail.

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    Some Shots from last weekend 2/13/10
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    Some recent post-fire shots, out with the Chamuco.

    BTW, I'd struggled with the Chamuco build for a while--even tried to sell it with a 150mm Z1 and Romic coil. The bike never really felt agile with a bigger, heavier fork. So, no one bought it (luckily), and the frame ended up sitting around for a year. Then I took a look at my Salty, which had grown overforked anyway with a 140mm Vanilla (guess I'd been trying to turn it into a Ciclůn) and had a moment of inspiration: why not swap out the parts from the Salty to the Chamuco? Turns out, built up AM with the Vanilla and a Float shock, the Chamuco sprang to life. Still plenty slack, low bb, stiff (installed thru-axle main pivot and 10mm thru-bolt hub), great suspension, and light. This setup just smokes.
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    Santa Monica Mountains (Los Angeles) 2.21.10

    Last weekend we were able to get one good ride in, the Backbone trail into Will Rodgers State Park. After rain early in the week, things dried out on Saturday giving us a chance to get in the 20 mile loop on Sunday. I'm not often the one in my photographs, as I'm usually the one taking them. Anyway, my goofy mug aboard the Terremoto, happy to be out on the trail. (a little artistic license with the image too.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiRacer
    Just got this bad boy roll'n. Semi custom front end (tall height, medium length)
    Full XX Groupo
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    Most importantly it makes me smile when I ride it.
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    Some from 2/21/10

    Some more from 2/21/10
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    Is a video ok, as well?

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    XC legs,
    DH balls...

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    low res pics pulled from facebook




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    Solo pre B-Day ride. Twenty five years of mountain biking now! Local ride in the Santa Monica Mtns. Temps in the upper 60's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt
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    Solo pre B-Day ride. Twenty five years of mountain biking now! Local ride in the Santa Monica Mtns. Temps in the upper 60's.

    nice shot, the forced flash really brought the bike clearly into the foreground.

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    I put this one in the seemingly dead action thread. Riding in digging clothes because we were cutting the trail...had to size this one up for a while. It is about 30' downhill from the top ladder and is much bigger...4+ at the end of the ladder...angled slightly up and lands you 15-20' out on the transition. That is most likely as big as I have gone...yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    nice shot, the forced flash really brought the bike clearly into the foreground.

    Thanks Zero. Often I ride with my Canon G10 (and occasionally an external Canon Speedlite too), and while it is a great camera, it does suffer from the shutter lag that many of the P&S type cameras do. For my solo ride I crammed my older DSLR body (Canon 20D), and I do mean crammed, into my CamalBak. Took that, one lens, mini tripod and my wireless remote. Having only the built in flash of the 20D, I wished I had a bigger / more powerful flash. Hard to balance the bright sun of a cloudless day with that little twinky built in flash.

    Looking for a more photo specific hydration pack for photo rides. Looking at these guys: Clik Elite Have seen there stuff in reviews and at the PMA show here in Los Angeles last month. Great quality stuff. They are located in St. George, UT... Hummmm... maybe an excuse for a Utah trip. Maybe if I'm really nice, I'll get one for my birthday this weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt
    Thanks Zero. Often I ride with my Canon G10 (and occasionally an external Canon Speedlite too), and while it is a great camera, it does suffer from the shutter lag that many of the P&S type cameras do.
    Yeah, I considered the G10 when my G9 was lifted. I went with the LX3 instead...first time to stray from Canon, but I don't regret it one bit. Still chuggin up that learnin' curve and aspire to one day have a dSLR.

    I do think a speedlight needs to be my next piece of equipment though...built-in flash is horrible for almost every situation! And I am learning to deal with the direct sun as well, as that is about what we get here in TX>

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    Still chuggin up that learnin' curve...
    I do think a speedlight needs to be my next piece of equipment though...built-in flash is horrible for almost every situation!

    You've got some great shots, the ones I've seen anyway. A true DSLR is really almost impossible to beat. I don't have any hands on time with the LX3, but the reviews (dpreview.com is a good one, I'm sure you've surfed there) are very impressive, so I can't say. But the number one thing, for me that a DSLR has, is the instant shutter release and the high speed continuous drive mode(s). And yes, an external, high guide number flash is a necessity for outdoor photography. Many people think, hey the sun is out, I don't need my flash!?!?, but you can get a better shot on a cloudy dark day without flash than you can on a sunny one!

    Check out this guys stuff, http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithpyt/ He has great technique, and there is some definite post processing going on, but number one is his use of (and often more than one) high power strobe. Stuff that he does he can not "ride in" with, but must hike in. The lighting equipment is just to big / heavy. But you can do some amazing things with one or two external flashes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt
    You've got some great shots, the ones I've seen anyway. A true DSLR is really almost impossible to beat. I don't have any hands on time with the LX3, but the reviews (dpreview.com is a good one, I'm sure you've surfed there) are very impressive, so I can't say. But the number one thing, for me that a DSLR has, is the instant shutter release and the high speed continuous drive mode(s). And yes, an external, high guide number flash is a necessity for outdoor photography. Many people think, hey the sun is out, I don't need my flash!?!?, but you can get a better shot on a cloudy dark day without flash than you can on a sunny one!

    Check out this guys stuff, http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithpyt/ He has great technique, and there is some definite post processing going on, but number one is his use of (and often more than one) high power strobe. Stuff that he does he can not "ride in" with, but must hike in. The lighting equipment is just to big / heavy. But you can do some amazing things with one or two external flashes.
    Yeah, thanks man!
    Some great points there on how the dSLR is better for this type of shooting - I hadn't considered the instant shutter release aspect before, and of course, the continuous drive is of utmost importance (one of the reasons I went LX3 over the G10 is that it was a bit faster).
    Thanks for the link, I'll have to check it out.
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    Wtf?

    8" with 4 pots? Dude you weigh a buck fiddy!! You can probably pull of some serious skids!

    Happy Pre-Birthday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo
    8" with 4 pots?
    -A

    Hey now, you know me, go big or don't go at all. Even if the "big" is only the brakes!

    Another from yesterday. (Please note the HOPE vented rotor!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt
    Hey now, you know me, go big or don't go at all. Even if the "big" is only the brakes!

    Another from yesterday. (Please note the HOPE vented rotor!)

    sweeeet.

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    Ok, so nothing too knar to be sure, but just look at that friggen weather! Mid 70ís, flowers blooming, and deep blue sky with puffy clouds. Fun little section of trail in NW Los Angeles. (2 Ĺ minutes)

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    Nice video! I like the music! Rush.....
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    Quit looking at the camera! (At the beginning)

    Nice conditions, we finally have some sunshine this week here in Norcal this weekend should be epic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo
    Quit looking at the camera!

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    You know me, I'm a camera hog!
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    Picture Thread 2010

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    Wrap your thumbs underneath your bars before you kill yourself. I've never seen anyone ride like that unless climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaredbadams
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    Wrap your thumbs underneath your bars...
    Huh, never realized that. I mean, I guess maybe that technique isn't "correct"? In 25yrs of riding, I've only once had a wreck because of loosing grip on the bar, but I will be aware of my position going forward. At least experiment with hand position. (Honestly, thank you.)
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    One from Friday Afternoon..

    South Shore Trail Lake Natoma - Solo Ride
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    My El terremoto Some tuning left, but you get the picture..
    Got a issue with brake-rotor and fork clearing, any tips? Centerlock disc instead of adapter?
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    yeah..it seems like your adapter is pretty thick...

    perhaps you could try thinner adapters like the DT Swiss, Magura or Shimano?

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    Two from yesterday...

    Regrouping and my rig...peace
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    This could be heaven or this could be hell...

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    RCC,

    Iíve been following your build here on the Ventana board, on the other thread, but havenít yet chimed in. Anyway, looking really sweet. BTW, great looking trails there in NM. Iíve been out to UT, CO, AZ, etc., but havenít made it over to NM. Looks like Iíd better bump it up on my list!
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    Made it into MTB Action, but...

    Hey! We are magazine stars! You can find me, on my Terremoto, and Lori my wife on her Knolly, in the May edition of "Mountain Bike Action" on page 36! The pics are from our ride on the JEM Trail outside of Hurricane, Utah. Too bad they got our last name and city wrong.

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    Rear Shock

    RCC, what year is that rear Fox shock? How does it pedal on the climbs?


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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt
    Hey! We are magazine stars! You can find me, on my Terremoto, and Lori my wife on her Knolly, in the May edition of "Mountain Bike Action" on page 36! The pics are from our ride on the JEM Trail outside of Hurricane, Utah. Too bad they got our last name and city wrong.

    Congrats!

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