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    It's a full moon on Friday the 13th! This will not happen again for 30 years.

    ET Tree on the way home tonight.

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    Heat warnings. Hot, hot, and more hot. Rode today when it was 95. Not recommended, but wasn't too bad.

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    Rest day. Had an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. Have guests from the UK in today, so saved my energy for drinking and socializing. Several bottles of irreplaceable high end beers were consumed:

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    Ended the night planning a trip for a private yacht in Greece. It starts with the crazy idea of ďwhat if...Ē
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    Smoke in the air? My roommate noticed some bad air quality but I didn't, and the sky is clear as far as I can tell. This popped up when I was searching the forecast on the weather channel app. Anyone else notice poor air quality? Monterey/Santa Cruz....


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    New Bike Day! 2019 Canyon Strive CF 8.0.

    This thing is sweet. Only was able to do a neighborhood ride, but will put it through its paces tomorrow locally. Iím stoked!

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    We woke up early last Wednesday in our camp outside the June Loop. A quick breakfast, a big coffee, and a drive into mammoth lakes and the mammoth mountain bike park.

    I do this every September. I can't even tell you how much it cost for the ticket because I really didn't care. Five lift rides, three to the top, and I was pretty much finished. Then, I rode downtown trail to the earthquake faults where my wife was waiting with the camper and a nice cold beer.

    How was it? Awesome. A total blast. And lots of other superlatives, as usual. I think that at 71 I was the oldest dude on the mountain and I was a little slower than most other folks, at least uphill. I live at 60 feet above sea level - Mammoth is high.

    The trails are beyond great. Northstar is a downhill resort - I'm an XC type and the endless high intermediate trails at Mammoth are beyond great. The rest of the week, my thighs reminded me with lactic acid that I usually ride uphill for three hours, and downhill for only about 45 minutes!

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    Rode Martis, Tahoe Donner, Downieville, Mills Peak, and the new TAMBA Stanford Rock trail this week. There goes my hall pass for the year.


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    2days at Nstar. Great weather and not bad dust wise...last visit of the year..

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    September 13-19, 2019 Weekly Ride Stories

    Good weekend one day on the dj bikes one day on the big bikes


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    Drizzling now in San Jose!!!!!!!!!!! So unreal for September.

    I rode solo in Santa Cruz like a sad panda. But when i ride solo, it's really a strange dynamic since I can hang out with anyone. And maybe i'm more approachable.

    I joined 3 groups and got a bunch of number/emails of folks to ride with in the future. I met iliveonnitro too. Really an unexpected but amazing experience.

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    oh and i flew down to Socal as my son's team was honored by the Anaheim Angels for their D3 National Championship.September 13-19, 2019 Weekly Ride Stories-img_0704.jpg

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    Looks like it rained enough in SF last night to actually give some nice pretty nice dirt! Any rain in Santa Cruz? Anywhere else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Looks like it rained enough in SF last night to actually give some nice pretty nice dirt! Any rain in Santa Cruz? Anywhere else?
    This looks like the main front with Demo and SC right at the tip of it. Anything on Skyline blvd will be nice and wet. Pretty good rain here in West San Ho.

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    Rode Joaquin Miller Park after sunset last night. First night ride in a while. It was a bit trippy descending Cinderella into a beam of light that was mostly being scattered by heavy fog blowing up the hill.

    A half inch of rain fell there over night. The ground just drank it up. It'll probably help a lot with the dust though.

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    Report card says get out there in the next 24 hours.September 13-19, 2019 Weekly Ride Stories-70161087_2998631456878857_423808127020826624_n-1-.jpg

    Hopefully Downieville and Tahoe will get something substantial.
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    Been raining hard here in Truckee for an hour. The rain has changed over to snow now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Report card says get out there in the next 24 hours.

    Hopefully Downieville and Tahoe will get something substantial.
    0.20" at Demo today. So unless you are there now, I don't think it will make much difference in the woods by tomorrow.

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    It rained pretty good in SJ, but don't think any hero dirt will appear in south bay trails. Dry ground seemed to soak up the water like a sponge. Perhaps Skeggs might get tacky.

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    Rained here this morning, but the local trail was dry by the time I got to it for a lunch ride. Took the Strive out for its maiden voyage. Radically different feel and ride than my Farley EX 8. The thinner tires and lighter / more poppy ride going to take some time to get used to! Weather was absolutely perfect:

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    Skeggs is perfect. A little rain and a little tree pee. Tacky.

    MidPen did a great job on Oljon. Itís a bit ledgy in some spots, keep your eyes and ears open.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Drizzling now in San Jose!!!!!!!!!!! So unreal for September.

    I rode solo in Santa Cruz like a sad panda. But when i ride solo, it's really a strange dynamic since I can hang out with anyone. And maybe i'm more approachable.

    I joined 3 groups and got a bunch of number/emails of folks to ride with in the future. I met iliveonnitro too. Really an unexpected but amazing experience.

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    Woohoo, good to meet you! Let me know when you want me to ditch work during the week to ride . Weekends are almost always open, too!

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    New telescoping fishing pole for MTB fishing. Amazing how compact and light these are, easily fits in a CamelBak and weighs about 1.5lbs with reel.


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    Anyone ride demo during the week now that they are actually working out there on the fuel abatement? I was there over the weekend and saw the sign stating that Aptos Road is closed until 4:00pm on weekdays. That would be ok for an after work ride if I want to head up Cussacks to Ridge.

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    Kernville - Cannell Trail is Truly Epic!

    Had an awesome weekend in Kernville.

    Cannell trail was amazing; lived up to it's reputation, though it was DRY and HOT out there!

    Lots of friendly people riding Saturday, and the Mountain and River Adventures folks were great (shuttle and campground).

    We hit Just Outstanding on Sunday, was a really great ride too!

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    Shout out to fc who planted the seed in my head to take a weekend out and make a trip down there. Thanks so much for the tip! Was definitely worth the time!

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    Tahoe is dialed again


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    Can report that Pacifica / Montara were really good this morning - my guess is that it won't last long though

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    Just enough rain in Santa Cruz to wash away the smell of homeless piss in the streets.

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    There were a few puddles in Almaden Quicksilver Park, but no signs up announcing closure to cyclists. Someone must have been asleep at the wheel.

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    Got a good ride in yesterday at Fort Ord but the rain didn't help much. Still loose and sandy just how I like it. Only saw one other biker, a 77 year old man not on an ebike

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    Saratoga Gap was divine yesterday.

    Skeggs and Demo were off the chain according to reports. Today may be the final day for the prime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    New telescoping fishing pole for MTB fishing. Amazing how compact and light these are, easily fits in a CamelBak and weighs about 1.5lbs with reel.
    Nice. I do a lot of MTB fishing as well. Those rods are nice because they are so compact and light, but mine broke. Now I'm using a 6-piece graphite rod (from Amazon) which is really nice. Excellent action and compact, but takes longer to setup.

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    Have quite a few people coming out for a group ride locally, many first timers. As a result, I got up at 6AM and hiked out to fix the bridge (one of the planks was broke and jagged near the end, done), cut / rake a few sections of weeds, and give the half pipe a much needed tune-up. Still need to do some digging on it to get it to perfect, but it will work for this afternoon's ride!
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    Looks sweet Jib!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    New telescoping fishing pole for MTB fishing. Amazing how compact and light these are, easily fits in a CamelBak and weighs about 1.5lbs with reel.

    Nice! Where did you get it? I need to get something like that for backpacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRP View Post
    Nice! Where did you get it? I need to get something like that for backpacking.

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    Everything was dry this morning but the air was so cool and nice

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    Thank you, sir.

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    Skeggs winter lenses. $15 Galvanic clear lenses for Oakley Jawbreakers.




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    El Dorado Hills weather report for 9/18:

    Wednesday
    A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. High near 72. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

    Wednesday Night
    A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Saratoga Gap was divine yesterday.

    Skeggs and Demo were off the chain according to reports. Today may be the final day for the prime.
    How bad is the poison oak? Still overgrown? The last time I was there, some sections only had about two feet of trail showing.


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    Group ride of 8 of us mostly locals. Everything was great ... until it wasnít. Came in too hot on the Half Pipe wasnít quite in tune with new bike and OTB and broke my collarbone in three places. Going to surgeon at 2:30 pm today. Thanks for the help on the way out guys!

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    Going to be a bit before I can ride / dig again. I keep replaying it in my mind. So bummed
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Group ride of 8 of us mostly locals. Everything was great ... until it wasnít. Came in too hot on the Half Pipe wasnít quite in tune with new bike and OTB and broke my collarbone in three places. Going to surgeon at 2:30 pm today. Thanks for the help on the way out guys!

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    Going to be a bit before I can ride / dig again. I keep replaying it in my mind. So bummed
    buddy!!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by yetilicious View Post
    How bad is the poison oak? Still overgrown? The last time I was there, some sections only had about two feet of trail showing.


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    The poison oak on all singletrack is pretty bad. The moisture weighs them down too and makes them hang on to the trail.

    The only piece of good news is it's late in the season and the plants are pretty dry.
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    Demo Forest was insane!!!!! .2 inch at the bottom of flow and perhaps a .5 inch up top. Since it's not too hot, the moisture is lasting. Hero up top, not dusty at the bottom. Gotta get there today though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Group ride of 8 of us mostly locals. Everything was great ... until it wasnít. Came in too hot on the Half Pipe wasnít quite in tune with new bike and OTB and broke my collarbone in three places. Going to surgeon at 2:30 pm today. Thanks for the help on the way out guys!



    Going to be a bit before I can ride / dig again. I keep replaying it in my mind. So bummed
    You're a tough guy, I bet you'll be out there digging with one hand in a couple days! Heal up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Group ride of 8 of us mostly locals. Everything was great ... until it wasnít. Came in too hot on the Half Pipe wasnít quite in tune with new bike and OTB and broke my collarbone in three places. Going to surgeon at 2:30 pm today. Thanks for the help on the way out guys!

    Going to be a bit before I can ride / dig again. I keep replaying it in my mind. So bummed
    Damn! Sorry to read this. Wishing you a full recovery,

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    Oh no, roughster! That sucks man. Who is your carrier? If Kaiser, check out Dan Kemper in Walnut Creek. He's a buddy of mine and a phenomenal ortho. Bikes, skis, etc.

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    Nice!

    I may head down there this morning.

    Is the back way still closed due to the fire work? If not, Demo for me. If closed, maybe UC.

    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Demo Forest was insane!!!!! .2 inch at the bottom of flow and perhaps a .5 inch up top. Since it's not too hot, the moisture is lasting. Hero up top, not dusty at the bottom. Gotta get there today though.

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    Roughster, yikes. Sorry to see that. Heal fast and well.

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    As I sit here on the couch reliving it over and over, I figure thereís a lesson learned in this for me, and probably others. Here were the watch outs (many) that I didnít listen to:

    1- Work got crazy, and I was feeling the ride needed to go fast as I needed to go back to work after the ride to finish a report. I was stressing all day about whether I shouldíve cancelled it.

    2- My initial plan was to show 2-3 guys the trail. Through email and text, the number grew to 8 new riders. I was feeling pressure to make it a fast ride. That is 100% on me. Everyone was super cool.

    3 - I got my new bike up and running on Monday. I had one short test run and knew I needed to do some tweaking. I knew I shouldíve stuck with the bike I was comfortable on, especially knowing I was probably going to be pushing the pace. Didnít listen.

    4 - On the ride itself, I knew I was pushing and started feeling pretty tired before the half pipe. Shouldíve ate my pride and rested.

    5 - Even dropping into the half pipe, I knew I was going too fast. For one second I thought about braking and thought, youíll be fine ...

    6 - Contributing factor probably was the morning before the ride I went through the half pipe and raked it end to end to get ride of some dead weeds and smooth it out. I wonder if that loose layer of dirt on the surface of the hard pack played a role in the crash. Iím sure it did along with my poor riding skills!

    Anyways, Iíll have 6 more weeks to psychoanalyze my poor decision making. Surgery tomorrow morning, ughh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    As I sit here on the couch reliving it over and over, I figure thereís a lesson learned in this for me, and probably others. Here were the watch outs (many) that I didnít listen to:

    1- Work got crazy, and I was feeling the ride needed to go fast as I needed to go back to work after the ride to finish a report. I was stressing all day about whether I shouldíve cancelled it.

    2- My initial plan was to show 2-3 guys the trail. Through email and text, the number grew to 8 new riders. I was feeling pressure to make it a fast ride. That is 100% on me. Everyone was super cool.

    3 - I got my new bike up and running on Monday. I had one short test run and knew I needed to do some tweaking. I knew I shouldíve stuck with the bike I was comfortable on, especially knowing I was probably going to be pushing the pace. Didnít listen.

    4 - On the ride itself, I knew I was pushing and started feeling pretty tired before the half pipe. Shouldíve ate my pride and rested.

    5 - Even dropping into the half pipe, I knew I was going too fast. For one second I thought about braking and thought, youíll be fine ...

    6 - Contributing factor probably was the morning before the ride I went through the half pipe and raked it end to end to get ride of some dead weeds and smooth it out. I wonder if that loose layer of dirt on the surface of the hard pack played a role in the crash. Iím sure it did along with my poor riding skills!

    Anyways, Iíll have 6 more weeks to psychoanalyze my poor decision making. Surgery tomorrow morning, ughh!
    Bummer, and good lessons! Iíve found that reflecting on mistakes after a crash leads to really rapid progress. I had a similar fracture, but not as displaced and angulated as yours. I chose not to have surgery, but wish that I did.



    Went up Sulfur Springs 3 times today at Demo. Man, Iím sick of that trail! But the descents (2 Braille, 1 Flow) were really good. Not dusty or blown out at all, with some almost hero dirt in some places. Expected braking bumps on flow,and some dust collecting at the bottom of the berms, but if you stayed high or middle of the berms, it was a non-issue.


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    The couple rains have left us with some primo dirt. Did a Scotts, lake lap, double hoot, upper pioneer, miners, back home....

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    Santa Cruz yesterday, parked at Costco and the doorman said it was no problem to leave my car there. Instead of the hwy 9 side, I rode down the mail route twice and it was awesome. At the end, came back from the bottom via campus roads. Man, what a campus! Near the intersection of Empire Grade and Chinquapin there was a big group of people wearing Specialized branding. Most of them were on foot milling about, and a few walking around Long Meadow. Hardly any bikes in the crew, I wondered what they were doing. They had some boxes of gear.

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    On the return trip from Lake Stevens Washington.
    Rained just about every day but was able to squeeze a few rides in.

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    Sun popped out with everything dripping water.

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    Had the trail all to myself

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    Driving south today....

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