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    Is it time to start 'Hill climb Wednesdays'?

    What do you say? Afterwork Kennedy climbs? 6:30pm at the trailhead?

    Who's in?

    Let's do fun rides for the first couple weeks and not have hammerfest events. At the top, people can choose radar gun downhill, or Lexington landslide.

    Fun ride people, fun ride.

    Kyle, i spelled checked it and it was good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    What do you say? Afterwork Kennedy climbs? 6:30pm at the trailhead?

    Who's in?

    Let's do fun rides for the first couple weeks and not have hammerfest events. At the top, people can choose radar gun downhill, or Lexington landslide.

    Fun ride people, fun ride.

    Kyle, i spelled checked it and it was good.

    Id be up for that.

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    Kewl!! This is gonna sound spastic...I've never ridden Kennedy...so where's the trailhead??

    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    What do you say? Afterwork Kennedy climbs? 6:30pm at the trailhead?

    Who's in?

    Let's do fun rides for the first couple weeks and not have hammerfest events. At the top, people can choose radar gun downhill, or Lexington landslide.

    Fun ride people, fun ride.

    Kyle, i spelled checked it and it was good.
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    Ewe Kennedy. Done that once. That was enough

    My wednesday hills will be Buzzards Lagoon and Hihns Mill Just have to let it dry out for a couple weeks before kicking that tradition back into effect.

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    Oooooh Kennedy. Smeagol likes my precious. We wants it, we needs it. Must have the Kermit. No, freeride. Sneaky little hobbitses.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Kewl!! This is gonna sound spastic...I've never ridden Kennedy...so where's the trailhead??

    Its at the peak of Kennedy Rd. To make it easier you can
    pick me up on your way over and Ill show you. Parking is limited
    so car pooling is good. Or we could ride from my house or Trail Head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Oooooh Kennedy. Smeagol likes my precious. We wants it, we needs it. Must have the Kermit. No, freeride. Sneaky little hobbitses.



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    Francis, but down the booze. No really, is it SS able?

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    I've seen a few SSs on it, but yeah it has got to be tough and painful on a SS. I don't own a SS, and would never ride one. ;-)

    Seriously though, first ride has to be easy so that people will come back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    I've seen a few SSs on it, but yeah it has got to be tough and painful on a SS. I don't own a SS, and would never ride one. ;-)

    Seriously though, first ride has to be easy so that people will come back!


    Yeah well the last time I rode it, it wasnt easy even with gears.
    That climb is a beotch, Ill strap the motor to the Yeti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    I've seen a few SSs on it, but yeah it has got to be tough and painful on a SS. I don't own a SS, and would never ride one. ;-)
    I'll bring the Retrotec for you tomorrow. Eggbeaters right?


    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Seriously though, first ride has to be easy so that people will come back!
    What are you talking about? Did you re-grade Kennedy and make it less steep? You know that really is the only way to make that place easy

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    weds are tough (usually in oakland), but if I am in the southbay, I will try to make these.

    The only time I rode it, I needed the small ring for much of the way. but I was also carrying a six pack on ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Fun ride people, fun ride.
    Must be a different Kennedy than the one I'm familiar with.

    Who's making odds that this group eventually runs into the radar man on one side of the mtn or the other?

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    I can't make wednesday, but I could make it somewhere in the south bay Thursday around 6-6:15pm. Any suggestion?
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    Any other ride, i'd love to ride the Retro again. That thing handles really well.

    I need gears for Kennedy. I'll stick with my 1x9 for this climb.

    Yep, Kennedy is a love hate relationship for sure.

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    Zorg, i think you're looking for the Thursday Sierra-loop ride. They start out at 6:30pm as well. They come back via Calaveras. Fairly quick road ride though, and we aren't allowed to discuss road rides on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Zorg, i think you're looking for the Thursday Sierra-loop ride. They start out at 6:30pm as well. They come back via Calaveras. Fairly quick road ride though, and we aren't allowed to discuss road rides on this board.
    Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not allowed discussing the purchase of a road bike at the house. Somehow, my CFO thinks that buying 2 bikes in the 15 months is enough. Go figure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Any other ride, i'd love to ride the Retro again. That thing handles really well.

    I need gears for Kennedy. I'll stick with my 1x9 for this climb.

    Yep, Kennedy is a love hate relationship for sure.
    C'mon now.

    Precious!

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    This is a great idea. I will really try and be there next week if it happens again.

    I told the new guy, Jack, at THC that I'd show him around Boulder Creek tomorrow. We're meeting at THC at 7:00pm. Anyone interested should let me know. It'll probably be a late one.

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    It'll be a fun ride for exactly 4 minutes when Sean sees a rider up ahead that he must reel in. Then all hell will break loose and it'll become a race.

    Sounds like fun. Although, unlikely that I'd be able to make it at that time.

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    I was pissed off at the weather conditions last weekend so I did some nasty climbing out there. I wanted to do Lime Kiln up, but that is closed off due to a mud slide. So I went up the fire road just South of Lime Kiln. It was so steep at the top (after the trails intersect) I could barely keep the front wheel down.

    I'd be interested in Wednesday hill fests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max
    It'll be a fun ride for exactly 4 minutes when Sean sees a rider up ahead that he must reel in. Then all hell will break loose and it'll become a race.

    Sounds like fun. Although, unlikely that I'd be able to make it at that time.

    Dont count on it. With me and Kennedy its a hate relationship. I am
    gonna have enough trouble trying to figure out how to ride a sqishy bike with gears
    as it is. Ill be happy to make it without stopping.

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    After this Wednesday, we can pick what day of the week works for folks.

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    Is this climb more/less dificult than Mission Peak in Fremont? Never done Kennedy before.

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    I'd say less difficult that Mission Peak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
    Is this climb more/less dificult than Mission Peak in Fremont? Never done Kennedy before.
    Almost identical. Kennedy is about the same as the college side of Mission Peak ( to the very top)

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    If you can do Mission Peak (South Side on Stanford Ave), you can pretty much do any trails in the bay area. MP is an avg of 12% grade. It's easier if you start from the North Side on Ohlone College and it's mostly 9% grade. But starting from Stanford Ave is just plain BRUTAL!!!
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    Because 2500' isn't high enough

    The top of El Sombroso is 3000', with some absolute killer roller hills.

    I'd come from home over the top that way and go down to meet you at the top of Kennedy, but it'll have to be another week as I'm already doing rides in the morning and working late this week.

    For a Kennedy altitude profile versus Annadel, see this post. Although the main entrance off Kennedy Rd is around 800' elevation, the main climb is from 900' to 2600' in under 3 miles. By comparison, the Mission Peak goes from 400' to 2500 in a little over 3 miles. I'd say they're about the same climb rate.(But Mission Peak is a bit steeper.) For real fun, note that El Sombroso back side climb, that I'm starting to do about 80% while peddling, climbs from 1800' to 3000' in just over a mile! You can see it's steeper on the profile.

    And if you think Kennedy is bad for radar? After going down Limekiln, just try getting back down through St. Joseph's - thick with hiking spandex moms and ticketing radar rangers.
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    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    My bet is

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Must be a different Kennedy than the one I'm familiar with.

    Who's making odds that this group eventually runs into the radar man on one side of the mtn or the other?
    that if someone looked in the ranger's computer history they would find mtbr norcal popping up in the history more than once.

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    Just in case anyone is having second thoughts about today's ride, furget da bout dit.

    "A rider rides, always"
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    Quote Originally Posted by mecam
    If you can do Mission Peak (South Side on Stanford Ave), you can pretty much do any trails in the bay area. MP is an avg of 12% grade. It's easier if you start from the North Side on Ohlone College and it's mostly 9% grade. But starting from Stanford Ave is just plain BRUTAL!!!
    hellsya! The stanford side of Mission Peak is the king crusher.

    For the first 4 months of my biking, I only rode Mission Peak, Stanford. I didn't know of anywhere else. It was good character building.

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    tempted...for like half a second.

    After all this waiting to ride, I think I need to go back to school tonight.

    Campus it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Just in case anyone is having second thoughts about today's ride, furget da bout dit.

    "A rider rides, always"
    --Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal, Throw Mama from the train

    What would Danny DeVito know about riding a bike? Can he reach the pedals?
    Anyway I did a short road ride last nite up and down Kennedy twice and a climb and decent on Shannon as well. There was quite a few cars parked at the Kennedy trailhead. Ah the sun is so nice to see.
    Second thoughts? Im not having any thoughts at all.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Smiles all around today. As discussed, nice pace for the ride, except for 1 scalled green frog.
    The bionic frog today, again, reigns supreme. Great job.

    If we missed you, there is always next week.

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    Good ride. Great getting on the freakin' bike again!!!!! Met some new people...rode with some previous buddies...everyone is mucho faster than I am (nothin' new).

    Looking forward to next week
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Good ride. Great getting on the freakin' bike again!!!!! Met some new people...rode with some previous buddies...everyone is mucho faster than I am (nothin' new).

    Looking forward to next week

    Awesome!! Great to finally meet you Chum. And thanks for organizing Rensho. Kennedy is not much fun to do alone. There's nothing like a little motivation to clear the toxins out of your system. Next week, I'll take the big bike.

    The kermit bike was cool. Even on the downhill, I rode it like I had an FS. It moved around underneath me and took the bumps and ruts with enthusiasm. <-- sounds like my pro review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    everyone is mucho faster than I am

    Looking forward to next week
    Why? You expect me to show up so you'll have someone to keep you company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Why? You expect me to show up so you'll have someone to keep you company?
    ummmm......yes
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    Which Radar Gun did you pick?

    Did you come down past the Kennedy Radar Guns, or down via Limekiln and past the St. Joseph Radar Guns? Los Gatos is a lot further for me to ride home, but I'd go that way. It's a fun route.

    I almost skipped out work yesterday to join you guys at top, coming over via the back way. But my fun Quicksilver access was closed to mud (in spite of sun), and will remain closed to bikes over the weekend too, according to the ranger.

    Next week for sure. Wednesday same time? If Chum and FE come, I might even go up the front of Kennedy with you guys rather than the back way. They need to be faster than someone.

    Edit: No matter what, I'd make sure I don't slow anyone down - start with an appropriate lead, come up from the back, etc. I'd just say Hi from the top.
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    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Mark you calendars, Wednesday is ride #2.

    I'll have you guys know that CHUM rode extremely well for his first time up Kennedy. I came up in 55 min, so CHUM, your time was how ever many minutes you beat me to the top.

    For Wednesday, Jeff should be there again, as well as a friend of ours, female rider. I predict she'll give CHUM a good run for his money to the top.

    A rider rides, always. ;-)

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    I'm there...debating if I should try to SS it - I'm on the fence. Carl will make a showing as well.

    gonna be fun...well the first couple miles up anyway

    hasta

    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Mark you calendars, Wednesday is ride #2.

    I'll have you guys know that CHUM rode extremely well for his first time up Kennedy. I came up in 55 min, so CHUM, your time was how ever many minutes you beat me to the top.

    For Wednesday, Jeff should be there again, as well as a friend of ours, female rider. I predict she'll give CHUM a good run for his money to the top.

    A rider rides, always. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    debating if I should try to SS it
    If you do it, I'll do it. 8^)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    If you do it, I'll do it. 8^)
    Dangit!! You know I'm too stoopid to pass up a dare - I'm in on the SS

    It's gonna take me a little longer this time though
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Dangit!! You know I'm too stoopid to pass up a dare - I'm in on the SS

    It's gonna take me a little longer this time though
    I shall see you boys there. I'll bring the road bike

    Free socks for SS riders!

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    WOOHOOO!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I shall see you boys there. I'll bring the road bike

    Free socks for SS riders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I shall see you boys there. I'll bring the road bike

    Free socks for SS riders!

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    Reggie and I are in, I need to see what this Kennedy thingy is about.
    See you guys there,

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    Crazy SingleSpeeders!

    As if Kennedy wasn't killer enough? Didn't someone say "What doesn't make you stronger will kill you"? (or the other way around, which is less appropriate here)

    I'll have to join this race so noone else has to be last. I rode with Carl at Annadel before, although I think we're both a lot faster now.

    I've done Kennedy in 1h15m moving, plus a few minute break, but that was after riding 10 miles up the road to get there, and a very full pack on a long trip. I'll drive to the entrance and see what I can do with no pack.

    Lars of Trail Head Cyclery told me he did Kennedy in 29 minutes. I'll give my socks to anyone who can beat that - SS or not.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    I'm there...debating if I should try to SS it - I'm on the fence. Carl will make a showing as well.
    I'll be there... food and beer afterward?

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    Backside

    I rode up from third green gate, past Priest Rock last night. Rensho's words "I have no desire to ever ride a single speed" were echoing in my head on every steep section I hit. I have been thinking about turning my old MB-1 into a SS. I realized last night though, that I will be severely restricted when it comes to L.G. riding which is my primary riding area.
    I finally dabbed in the predictable place about 300 yards from the top where it meets Kennedy trail. That was on a 22 pound bike with a 22/32 low gear.
    I went back down the same way I went up. The same place that it's most likely dab on the way up is the same place it's most likely to take out a wheel on the way down. It's not as slippery as summer time yet but the lines are nearly invisible and the rocks are everywhere. Maybe I'm a little out of practice on my descending skills but I think the torrential rains may have made the backside of Kennedy a little more dangerous than usual this year. I know I rode it about 50 percent slower than I have in the past.

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    Holy cow, 29min? I'll wash anyone's bike for sub 35. ;-)

    Oh wait, this is suppose to be a fun ride. No focusing on time is encouraged.

    I'll tell ya, last week, i rode the first 3mi in JRA mode, and it was a really nice time. Last mile kinda sucked.

    Also, folks riding to the trailhead should be mindful of the daylight hours for the ride. If we start at 6:45(late) and you take 1hr to climb, and 10min to descend, it doesn't leave too much time to get home. Also, the 'treed' sections coming down will be pretty dark.

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    Focus on time AND have fun

    Just focus on beating Larry time, not Lars time.

    Kennedy to Priest Rock is 4 miles, ~1900' climb (from 850' to 2585' altitude with some small drops to make up)
    Last year I climbed at 1100'/hour and would take over 1h45m moving (yea, I'd have to ride solo)
    At Mt. Diablo in Spring I hit 1500'/hour
    Now I've been climbing just under 1800' an hour (with 25 lb pack) and might get close to 1 hour on Kennedy. (Just wait until I loose the next 45 llbs - watch out!)
    Most MTBR guys seem to climb between 2000' and 3000'/hour, but I can't really tell because they're so mellow in the group rides, and I never know how much they're waiting.

    Even though I'm last, I'm really enjoying beating old Larry time, since I can't beat any of you.
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    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I shall see you boys there. I'll bring the road bike

    Free socks for SS riders!

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    Dang you Francis! I take an XXL. Oh this is gonna hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Holy cow, 29min? I'll wash anyone's bike for sub 35. ;-)

    Oh wait, this is suppose to be a fun ride. No focusing on time is encouraged.

    I'll tell ya, last week, i rode the first 3mi in JRA mode, and it was a really nice time. Last mile kinda sucked.

    Also, folks riding to the trailhead should be mindful of the daylight hours for the ride. If we start at 6:45(late) and you take 1hr to climb, and 10min to descend, it doesn't leave too much time to get home. Also, the 'treed' sections coming down will be pretty dark.

    Be careful, you may be washing Andy's bike.

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    Lars has been known to stretch a tail or two...

    I thought the 29 minute time was set by our first local fast guy, and olympian, Don Myrah.

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    Sounds good...I'll probably need the food after leaving the contents of my stomach on the side of the trail

    now....where to eat???? Any good Mexican in the area?

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    To all would be SS'ers... don't do it. My knees got jacked for two days. My shoulder still twitches every time I walk by the green bike in the garage.

    If you're on a gearie and you clear the wall at the end, you can have socks too. (if you don't have one yet)

    I suggest we go to Andale's Burrito after the ride and drink some tequila.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    To all would be SS'ers... don't do it. My knees got jacked for two days. My shoulder still twitches every time I walk by the green bike in the garage....
    Well now you're just freakin' me out Still.....I'm dumb enough to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    Just focus on beating Larry time, not Lars time.

    Kennedy to Priest Rock is an ~1900' climb (from 850' to 2585' altitude with some small drops to make up)
    Last year I climbed at 1100'/hour and would take over 1h45m moving (yea, I'd have to ride solo)
    At Mt. Diablo in Spring I hit 1500'/hour
    Now I've been climbing just under 1800' an hour (with 25 lb pack) and might get closer to 1 hour even on Kennedy. (Just wait until I loose the next 45 llbs - watch out)
    Most MTBR guys seem to climb between 2000' and 3000'/hour, but I can't really tell because they're so mellow in the group rides, and I never know how much they're waiting.

    Even though I'm last, I'm really enjoying beating old Larry time, since I can't beat any of you.
    Odds are not looking good, but if I somehow get out of work at a normal time, I might try to join in the pain... eeerr... I mean the fun. Anyhow, how far is the trailhead from downtown SJ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    Odds are not looking good, but if I somehow get out of work at a normal time, I might try to join in the pain... eeerr... I mean the fun. Anyhow, how far is the trailhead from downtown SJ?
    I've found Hwy 17 isn't too bad once you get on. Don't do Hwy 87 or 85 at that time or you'll be on the road until dark.

    Come down 17, go east on Hwy 9 (Las Gatos Saratoga Rd.)
    After 0.5 mile: Left on Los Gatos,
    After 0.2 mile: Right On Kennedy
    Go about 2.5 miles through winding residential area to cars, bikes, and folk at top of Kennedy at the entrance to Sierra Azul.

    From San Jose downtown it's 20 minutes off peak, but over 30 minutes that time of day. I don't know which is the best way to get on 880/17 for you - maybe even 280 to 17. But the entrance on Colman on the other side of the airport only has a 5 or so minute wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    I've found Hwy 17 isn't too bad once you get on. Don't do Hwy 87 or 85 at that time or you'll be on the road until dark.

    Come down 17, go east on Hwy 9 (Las Gatos Saratoga Rd.)
    After 0.5 mile: Left on Los Gatos,
    After 0.2 mile: Right On Kennedy
    Go about 2.5 miles through winding residential area to cars, bikes, and folk at top of Kennedy at the entrance to Sierra Azul.

    From San Jose downtown it's 20 minutes off peak, but over 30 minutes that time of day. I don't know which is the best way to get on 880/17 for you - maybe even 280 to 17. But the entrance on Colman on the other side of the airport only has a 5 or so minute wait.
    Thanks. I'm hoping to make it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Smiles all around today. As discussed, nice pace for the ride, except for 1 scalled green frog.
    The bionic frog today, again, reigns supreme. Great job.

    If we missed you, there is always next week.

    (Green frog pic from last Ord ride)
    ... get in on this shiznit.

    Where is this again?

    /me dials up Google (clickity clickity click)

    *edit* Aw fooey! Los frickin Gatos? Sorry, too far for after work for me.

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    two pairs for rigid and fixed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bri
    Lars has been known to stretch a tail or two...

    I thought the 29 minute time was set by our first local fast guy, and olympian, Don Myrah.

    UB.

    Details, details... common mistake right?.

    My record up Kennedy is 29 minutes. Did I say 'my'? I meant 'the'

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    I've been waiting. No ride report? Any socks given out?

    You didn't see me for good reason. I bailed. I was sick and in denial at first, blaming the odd pains on trail work last weekend. Even took my gear and bike to work. But I was about to puke before heading up Kennedy and finally gave it up.

    I really wanted to do this ride, just to see the crazy singlespeeders pop their knees for socks.
    But I'll be there next week. Somebody's gotta write the report!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    I've been waiting. No ride report? Any socks given out?

    You didn't see me for good reason. I bailed. I was sick and in denial at first, blaming the odd pains on trail work last weekend. Even took my gear and bike to work. But I was about to puke before heading up Kennedy and finally gave it up.

    I really wanted to do this ride, just to see the crazy singlespeeders pop their knees for socks.
    But I'll be there next week. Somebody's gotta write the report!
    Yup - there were about 10 of us....4 were SS'ing and 1 was fixed. I was all smiles until around mile 2...then my body started questioning my brain. I am proud to say I earned those [email protected] socks

    Francois wrote a report here:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=186049

    Scroll down to post #32

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    Did a solo hill climb wednesday...

    All you pain freaks need to add one to your list. Decided instead of the normal alpine rd. out-and-back, I'd try climbing through Windy Hill OSP.

    Climbed WH06 -> meadow -> spring ridge trail to Skyline for the first time.

    holy.
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    steep.
    and windy.

    ~1200 feet in 2.2-ish miles, 1/4 singletrack, the rest fireroad. The singletrack is a little boring. The fireroad is an insanely beautiful, completely exposed, 30mph wind-in-your-face 10-lb mud-and-gravel-caked-flinstone-wheels climb that just keeps getting steeper and more insulting the closer you get to the top. I made the observation out loud a few times, "fock, its windy up here" before realizing that this was probably the reason the place was named "Windy Hill". It climbs up into the ubiquitous fog on Skyline, so you have to regulate your temperature as well as your temper. Anyone who thinks themselves a bad ass climber should tack this one on to their list.

    Saw a baby mountain lion on Crazy Pete's, which was cool. Alpine Rd. is in sweet shape right now, but LOTS of PO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Yup - there were about 10 of us....4 were SS'ing and 1 was fixed. I was all smiles until around mile 2...then my body started questioning my brain. I am proud to say I earned those [email protected] socks

    Francois wrote a report here:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=186049

    Scroll down to post #32

    See ya next week BL...I'll be sporting the SS again
    Yeah, you earned them woolies bebe!!

    Btw, did Menso make it out ok? In the dark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    ...did Menso make it out ok? In the dark?

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    Yup - complete with left hand cramp from gripping his only brake and a rotor so HOT it could start a fire

    and i love my socks el Jefe'
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Yea, Brakes on Kennedy

    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Yup - complete with left hand cramp from gripping his only brake and a rotor so HOT it could start a fire

    and i love my socks el Jefe'
    Yep, descending Kennedy is the big reason why I got 8" rotors on my new Heckler last year.

    Coming down on my old Trek Fuel with 6" rotors at over 300 lbs was probably like Menso with one brake, proportionally. Both my rotors would turn bright red with me pulling very hard on the lever with all four fingers. My hydraulic fluid did a gaseous phase change and left me with with zero braking on both rotors. I had to use my feet for a "Flintstone" stop. (Thank god for metal cleats so all the rubber didn't come off the shoe.) I then waited on one of the switchbacks, that I nearly went off the bad way. With both brake levers to the bar, I could slide the bike freely under me with no resistance. I pumped the brake levers for a few minutes while the hydraulic "fluid" went back into its fluid phase, and the rotors turned slightly less bright red. Braking was restored. From then on, I stopped for a few minutes halfway down Kennedy to give my brakes a "break". I don't need to do that with my 8" Saint rotors. No fade whatsoever.

    Also, when I broke my Fuel frame and it was in the shop for 3 weeks, I went down Kennedy on my commuter hard tail with clincher brakes. For the same power dissipation reason, my rims turned red, the tires started sweating and getting shiny, and then rotated on the rim with my braking forces and snapped off the valve stem on my thick tough thorn proof tubes. I thought it was a fluke and snapped off another tube stem again the next weekend. I've still got the tubes if you don't believe.
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    Hey, we're up again this Wed. Our ride leader might even show up this time.

    Food and drink afterwards at downtown LG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Hey, we're up again this Wed. Our ride leader might even show up this time.

    Food and drink afterwards at downtown LG.

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    The good news: I might be able to make it this wednesday!

    The bad news: my gearie is in a bunch of pieces right now, and all I have to ride is the SS.

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    Ok ok, such peer pressure... The ride leader will show up.

    Hey, i'd pitch in some bike parts and rim brakes to see Larry go down Kennedy with the rims glowing. If we have Larry come down from the top about 9pm, we could trace his path down the fire road. Could even do a time lapse photo or a video of it. pretty cool. Since you lost 40-50lbs we'd have to send you down with a backpack full of rocks to make up the weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    The good news: I might be able to make it this wednesday!

    The bad news: my gearie is in a bunch of pieces right now, and all I have to ride is the SS.

    No problem, Ill be SS'ing it too. Who else in gonna join in the suffering?

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    I'll show.

    Dogmeat to Overgrown and out would be good by me too....providing Overgrown is ridable?
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    What's the important record - SS? Even if someone walked it it's a record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    No problem, Ill be SS'ing it too. Who else in gonna join in the suffering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    ...Hey, I'd pitch in some bike parts and rim brakes to see Larry go down Kennedy with the rims glowing. If we have Larry come down from the top about 9pm, we could trace his path down the fire road. Could even do a time lapse photo or a video of it. pretty cool. Since you lost 40-50lbs we'd have to send you down with a backpack full of rocks to make up the weight.
    Larry, Larry, Larry!!!!....
    The fireworks would be ever so more spectacular because by the time the rotors turned red, the hydraulic fluid would be vapor (as before), with no braking action for me. So in addition to the red rotor glow, you'd have the multiple trailing sparks of my steel cleats scraping on the rocks and ground trying to add friction. Finally, you'd have the red comet streak of me going over the edge of the cliff at one of those switchbacks I wouldn't make at my near-free fall velocity.

    Since I'm not willing to create such a spectacle, considering the heavy penalty, I will offer a couple minor concessions:
    1. I'll try to dig up some heat-damaged components (multi-colored 6" discs, tubes with valve stems cut off by hot rims,...) for show and tell.
    2. Although my 8" Saint rotors may not get hot enough to change colors, I'll allow any doubters on their heat bearing load to touch them after I descend. The resulting blister will make a believer of all, and an excellent picture for MTBR.
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    Overgrown

    is still closed right?

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    Pace: Pulling threads together

    I'm responding to these posts on other threads to keep the discussion here.

    From this thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    What's the MTBR recent record on your Wednesday climbs for that hill?
    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    We'll get to the records in due time, we're still in the fun ride weeks. I'll move the rest of this response to the Kennedy thread.
    And from this thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by OhSchitt
    Just curious, how long does it take the group to get up Kennedy?
    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    50-65minutes for the group. I think we have 1 person at 75 minutes, and he/she typically starts 5-10min early.

    Some of the really fast folks get up top in 41min, but they are going for time. The core group is there to ride together, get some climbing in midweek.
    OK, I understand you want have a good workout, not a race, and so there's no need to post individual times to keep it fun. But I was curious about the general pace. So your later comments on the other thread were useful.

    Were you refering to someone besides me that's around 75 minutes? Company is OK. I'll be there on Wednesday, and lead out by a few minutes.
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    If I make it, I'll probably start out with Larry. I'll need like a 10 - 15 minute handicap.

    Rode it tonight. hit the brakes in the wrong spot and I went down, oh well.

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    Ohschitt, was that you i saw up there tonight? I was coming up at 7pm, you were coming down. Titus jersey, black Titus racer-x. Riding with a girl riding a silver Titus racer-x.
    Bummer you went down. The down is trickier than just any ol' fireroad.

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    Larry, the 75min person is not you.

    I'd suggest that folks that aren't sub 60min get started right at 6:30 or just a few minutes before. This puts you at the bottom right at 8pm, which is just enough light to get through the treed section just fine.

    The core group is around 55min, and has been starting at 6:45.

    Overgrown is rideable, just that there is that small little landslide towards the bottom a few weeks ago. I'd assume it is still there.

    For folks that want to get a warm up, i'd park somewhere by Kennedy and LG BLVD. You can park on Kennedy anywhere around there. It is a 2mi ride to the trailhead, 400ft of climbing. We'll roll back down that way to get to the Taqueria.

    Lots of mosquitos out, so wear some bug juice if you are going to be standing around. I flatted on the way down, and in the 2 minutes it takes me to change a flat, I was bitten plenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry

    OK, I understand you want have a good workout, not a race, and so there's no need to post individual times to keep it fun. But I was curious about the general pace. So your later comments on the other thread were useful.

    Were you refering to someone besides me that's around 75 minutes? Company is OK. I'll be there on Wednesday, and lead out by a few minutes.
    There is an easy way to make a race to the top fun. Have the slowest person go first, and the fastest guy go last. Most importantly, you should time it so that everybody gets to the top at around the same time. Chester devised the method to liven up the time trial up the gold course climb at Chabot a couple years ago. It was a hoot.
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    Have the first riders...

    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    There is an easy way to make a race to the top fun. Have the slowest person go first, and the fastest guy go last. Most importantly, you should time it so that everybody gets to the top at around the same time. Chester devised the method to liven up the time trial up the gold course climb at Chabot a couple years ago. It was a hoot.
    who get to the top go back and get behind the back riders. It's called tag and we have played it on Hicks. Of course on Kennedy that would that everyone but the very slowest rider would have to climb the last two bumps at least twice..maybe more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Ohschitt, was that you i saw up there tonight? I was coming up at 7pm, you were coming down. Titus jersey, black Titus racer-x. Riding with a girl riding a silver Titus racer-x.
    Bummer you went down. The down is trickier than just any ol' fireroad.
    Hey rensho, yeah, that was me say'n, "one more coming down".

    Anyways, I actually went down near the top at the steeper sections. I gave the rider I was with a pretty good head start before decending, but at one of the sections, apparently he had slowed down quite a bit, saw him too late, and I came upon him too fast - either go down or take out another person - I look at it as taking one for the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portola Vince
    who get to the top go back and get behind the back riders. It's called tag and we have played it on Hicks. Of course on Kennedy that would that everyone but the very slowest rider would have to climb the last two bumps at least twice..maybe more.
    That's always fun. Painful, but good for you anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Hey, we're up again this Wed. Our ride leader might even show up this time.

    Food and drink afterwards at downtown LG.

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    aye...looks like i'm not gonna make this weds cuz of work. but, francois, ya owe me a small pair of socks for ss'ing kennedy last weds (ya can give 'em to andy).... don't forget!

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    I'm in

    At least I know were the top is, Compared to last week were I just kept going all the way to the end were the towers are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Larry, the 75min person is not you.

    I'd suggest that folks that aren't sub 60min get started right at 6:30 or just a few minutes before. This puts you at the bottom right at 8pm, which is just enough light to get through the treed section just fine.

    The core group is around 55min, and has been starting at 6:45.

    Overgrown is rideable, just that there is that small little landslide towards the bottom a few weeks ago. I'd assume it is still there.

    For folks that want to get a warm up, i'd park somewhere by Kennedy and LG BLVD. You can park on Kennedy anywhere around there. It is a 2mi ride to the trailhead, 400ft of climbing. We'll roll back down that way to get to the Taqueria.

    Lots of mosquitos out, so wear some bug juice if you are going to be standing around. I flatted on the way down, and in the 2 minutes it takes me to change a flat, I was bitten plenty.
    I'm in today. I might need a head start too.

    Does the ride start and end at the Kennedy Road trail head? Ive only been there once, and came down the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    I'm in today. I might need a head start too.

    Does the ride start and end at the Kennedy Road trail head? Ive only been there once, and came down the other side.


    Yes, and you dont need a head start.
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    I'll be climbing Kennedy, probably before you guys tonight - I need what ever handicap I can get.

    If you see a soloist coming down tonight, tis probably me - don't beat me up, please?

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    I'll be there, too, tonight, providing I get out in time. Where do you guys park? I'm SSing it, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max
    I'll be there, too, tonight, providing I get out in time. Where do you guys park? I'm SSing it, btw.

    On the street right across from the trailhead. Its gonna be a SS convention.

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    Sweet, tonight seems like a big ride.

    Most folks have been parking at the trailhead on Kennedy.

    Get there by 6:30pm
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    So just who is slow..?

    OK, so I get there way early, wait around until just before 6:30 for any other slow folk to start rolling. But that later 6:45 time seemed to only work for Thomas (Rensho).

    I tried to sneak off to start the climb. But others saw me and were afraid I'd get ahead.
    First it was Chum, saying "I'm slow" and following after me.
    Then it was Kyle, Andy, and, heck... all the rest of them
    Lance Armstrong showed up, said he was off form and slow, and took off early too.
    You get the idea.

    Only Francis and Thomas came up later. (Because they were still getting ready).

    However, we all got to the top right around 7:30. I think I was last at around 7:35.

    So the stats:
    8.0 miles
    2030' of climbing (1700' altitude difference plus about 150' of dips each way)

    And most important....
    I did the climb in just over an hour, about 63 minutes, plus 3 minutes of rest/picture taking!
    Last year, it took me near 2 hours.

    Over the year, with weight loss, my climb rate has increased from 1100' last year to 1500' at Mt. Diablo in the spring to today around 1800'/hour. Watch out when I loose the next 50 lbs!
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    OK, so I get there way early, wait around until just before 6:30 for any other slow folk to start rolling. But that later 6:45 time seemed to only work for Thomas (Rensho).

    I tried to sneak off to start the climb. But others saw me and were afraid I'd get ahead.
    First it was Chum, saying "I'm slow" and following after me.
    Then it was Kyle, Andy, and, heck... all the rest of them
    Lance Armstrong showed up, said he was off form and slow, and took off early too.
    You get the idea.

    Only Francis and Thomas came up later. (Because they were still getting ready).

    However, we all got to the top right around 7:30. I think I was last at around 7:35.

    So the stats:
    8.0 miles
    2030' of climbing (1700' altitude difference plus about 150' of dips each way)

    And most important....
    I did the climb in just over an hour, about 63 minutes, plus 3 minutes of rest/picture taking!
    Last year, it took me near 2 hours.

    Over the year, with weight loss, my climb rate has increased from 1100' last year to 1500' at Mt. Diablo in the spring to today around 1800'/hour. Watch out when I loose the next 50 lbs!

    Hey Big larry, Francis started a new thread for last nites ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    OK, so I get there way early, wait around until just before 6:30 for any other slow folk to start rolling. But that later 6:45 time seemed to only work for Thomas (Rensho).

    I tried to sneak off to start the climb. But others saw me and were afraid I'd get ahead.
    First it was Chum, saying "I'm slow" and following after me.
    Then it was Kyle, Andy, and, heck... all the rest of them
    Lance Armstrong showed up, said he was off form and slow, and took off early too.
    You get the idea.

    Only Francis and Thomas came up later. (Because they were still getting ready).

    However, we all got to the top right around 7:30. I think I was last at around 7:35.

    So the stats:
    8.0 miles
    2030' of climbing (1700' altitude difference plus about 150' of dips each way)

    And most important....
    I did the climb in just over an hour, about 63 minutes, plus 3 minutes of rest/picture taking!
    Last year, it took me near 2 hours.

    Over the year, with weight loss, my climb rate has increased from 1100' last year to 1500' at Mt. Diablo in the spring to today around 1800'/hour. Watch out when I loose the next 50 lbs!
    By the way, thats a great improvement.

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    Dweeb Plot

    In all the excitement, I almost forgot the dweeb plot (AKA altitude profile).
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    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    1 more for this coming wed?

    Are you guys OK with a stranger/newbie joining you on this coming Wed's ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantdude
    Are you guys OK with a stranger/newbie joining you on this coming Wed's ride?

    More the merrier.
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    Last week we had 14 people, and 13 were smiling.

    This week, the trails are getting drier, hence the mountain is less swelled and the rider should be a little shorter and a little easier. We'll see if anyone's times improves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Last week we had 14 people, and 13 were smiling.

    This week, the trails are getting drier, hence the mountain is less swelled and the rider should be a little shorter and a little easier. We'll see if anyone's times improves.
    We should stage the start:

    6:30 pm - Group D - 1 hour plus climbers and just chillin folks
    6:35 - Group C - 55 minute climbers
    6:40 - Group B - 50 minute
    6:45 - Group A - 45 minutes and under.

    Waddayasay? Free socks for first one to the top... and last!

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    Hey, you moving the time up on us?

    I agree with the start table, but let's move everything back 15min. Some folks can't get to the trailhead earlier than 6:30. I know our resident Turkey Whisperer can't, and we'll need his skills on the trail. We need a Rabbit Whisperer too if anyone knows one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Hey, you moving the time up on us?

    I agree with the start table, but let's move everything back 15min. Some folks can't get to the trailhead earlier than 6:30. I know our resident Turkey Whisperer can't, and we'll need his skills on the trail. We need a Rabbit Whisperer too if anyone knows one.
    Sorry, that was a brain fart. Let me edit that now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Last week we had 14 people, and 13 were smiling.

    This week, the trails are getting drier, hence the mountain is less swelled and the rider should be a little shorter and a little easier. We'll see if anyone's times improves.
    I'm aiming to break the 40min mark if I can...add one more to the non smiling list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    We should stage the start:


    Waddayasay? Free socks for first one to the top... and last!

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    Is that offer retroactive from last ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I'm aiming to break the 40min mark if I can...add one more to the non smiling list.
    Whoah, that is a serious effort. Good luck, i'll be one of the smiling peeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Whoah, that is a serious effort. Good luck, i'll be one of the smiling peeps.
    We'll see. I could be way off.

    I really don't like to climb, but I know its good for me.
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    Can't make this weeks ride

    working in oakland this wed.

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    Nice Plan

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    We should stage the start:

    6:30 pm - Group D - 1 hour plus climbers and just chillin folks
    6:35 - Group C - 55 minute climbers
    6:40 - Group B - 50 minute
    6:45 - Group A - 45 minutes and under.

    Waddayasay? Free socks for first one to the top... and last!

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    Great Plan - If it would only work. People may leave early and/or ride in groups regardless.

    Seems like a handicapped race. Didn't Thomas say it's not a race, just a friendly ride? (hee, hee, hee)

    Let's see if this plan works, or adds fun. It could keep the riders grouped together longer in the middle of the ride, and give faster riders a stream of riders to pass for thrills, and brief company and encouragement for the less speedy being passed.

    Don't worry about handicapping for my sake. I was only leaving early to prevent people from having to wait too long up top. If others want to leave early and wait longer at the top, fine with me. It's not that much a wait these days anyway.

    Last ride I was just remarking that I found it amusing all these very strong riders thought they were slow. I consider just making it up Kennedy is tough. Doing it anywhere close to an hour is super. Much less than an hour is extreme. But NONE are slow (except maybe me).

    The best part of your plan is socks for the last guy up.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Man, this week's ride sounds like a whole lotta fun. Earlier game this week, so I'm gonna miss it. I'll be back next week though. ...and I'll be starting at 6 then too :-)

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    I'm out this week - urghh Will be back next week on the CX rig.

    have fun y'all
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    I'll be there, along with 2 other regulars and another 3rd newbie from work that wants to get back into mtb'ing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    I'll be there, along with 2 other regulars and another 3rd newbie from work that wants to get back into mtb'ing.
    Hi Rensho

    I'm sure I missed the memo ... is the meeting point trailhead on gate # SA01 on Kennedy Rd ?

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gakster
    Hi Rensho

    I'm sure I missed the memo ... is the meeting point trailhead on gate # SA01 on Kennedy Rd ?

    Cheers.
    Yes, the trailhead on Kennedy rd. Approximately 2.3mi from(east of) Los Gatos BLVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Yes, the trailhead on Kennedy rd. Approximately 2.3mi from(east of) Los Gatos BLVD.
    I'll probably see you guys at the corner of LG blvd and Kenney Rd again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I'll probably see you guys at the corner of LG blvd and Kenney Rd again.
    Sweet. This time, we'll give you a little bit better warm up ride up Kennedy Rd. than last.

    Folks, looks like Wed. weather is going to be a warm one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Sweet. This time, we'll give you a little bit better warm up ride up Kennedy Rd. than last.

    Folks, looks like Wed. weather is going to be a warm one.

    So you're going to haul ass and kick my ass?
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    Haul ass.

    I hardly think i can come close to kicking your ass.
    Last time i had to hang with my friend on the road part, so i couldn't ride with you to the trailhead.

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    I'm doubtful for today's ride...

    - my boss is in town from the East Coast

    - my mercedes dealer wants $3k to fix a couple of warning lights in my wife's car.

    - I was at skeggs yesterday and got hammered! I was back of the pack with 10 team wrong way and roaring mouse guys. They will pay!!! When all my aches and pains go away...

    - my dog ate my homework.

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    No excuses

    You bast***! I'm stopping by your house and dragging you out to Kennedy.

    Besides, how often do the slow guys get a chance to pass up Francis on a long climb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'm doubtful for today's ride...

    - my boss is in town from the East Coast

    - my mercedes dealer wants $3k to fix a couple of warning lights in my wife's car.

    - I was at skeggs yesterday and got hammered! I was back of the pack with 10 team wrong way and roaring mouse guys. They will pay!!! When all my aches and pains go away...

    - my dog ate my homework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bustamove
    You bast***! I'm stopping by your house and dragging you out to Kennedy.

    Besides, how often do the slow guys get a chance to pass up Francis on a long climb?

    Are you going D?

    If so, I've got no chance at the socks.
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    Yes, I am showing up today. Despite the warm weather.

    BTW, I am bringing a post-ride treat for everyone.

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    Damn.

    I've got a family obligation that just came up...I'm still doing the climb, but I'll be doing a much earlier shift...closer to 5-5:30.

    Hammer up, hammer back down.
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    Pre Wednesday Hill Climb Ride Report

    I climbed up the backside of Kennedy last night around 4:00 pm. It wasn't that hot on the Lexington side and it was fairly cool at the top but down near the bottom at the Kennedy road trailhead it must have been close to 90.
    My back tire slid out on every steep section on the way up. Each time it did I took a much needed break. Then I walked up the rest of each section until I could start out again. I walked the entire top section after sliding out about 50 yards after it got steep.
    It is nice to have that hill to train on after a busy day like yesterday. I had plans for Demo or Skyline and just didn't have time. So I started in Campbell. I climbed St.Joseph's until the intersection that goes to Alma Bridge. I wanted to climb Overgrown but it's still closed. I climbed the Priest Rock trail instead. When I got to the top of that I didn't want to do Powerpoles because I know that is one of the longest, hottest,steepest climbs in the area. So I just walked/biked up the backside.
    There wasn't anyone on that side of the hill at that time of day. No one came down the backside while I was bike/walking up it. It was a very peaceful climb. It's hard to believe that place is so close to a major urban area.
    I was pretty worked because of the heat and allergies by the time I got back to Campbell. I feel ok now though and I will probably hit Demo later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portola Vince
    I climbed up the backside of Kennedy last night around 4:00 pm. It wasn't that hot on the ..........was pretty worked because of the heat and allergies by the time I got back to Campbell. I feel ok now though and I will probably hit Demo later.

    That is one of the longer, painful, (and somewhat borring) climbing routes you can take. Props for doing it.

    You right...once you get out towards the back side of Kennedy, you feel miles away from everything. It's kinda nice actually. Pretty out there.


    I was pressed for time and a wuss and did Jones/St. Joes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    That is one of the longer, painful, (and somewhat borring) climbing routes you can take. Props for doing it.

    You right...once you get out towards the back side of Kennedy, you feel miles away from everything. It's kinda nice actually. Pretty out there.


    I was pressed for time and a wuss and did Jones/St. Joes.

    Puleeaze, even I showed up at Kennedy. I brought the wrong bike (cruiser) and brought the wrong legs (mine) and I paid dearly.

    Good cake at the bottom too!! Happy birthday boys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Puleeaze, even I showed up at Kennedy. I brought the wrong bike (cruiser) and brought the wrong legs (mine) and I paid dearly.

    Good cake at the bottom too!! Happy birthday boys!

    francois

    Yeah, I brought the wrong bike too, my roadie. But I had good legs for a change. I had my 2 best times up Kennedy, thanks Rensho for pushing me.

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    Hehe, I showed up with wrong bike as well, my roadie. I had prior engagement to do an ACTC club ride, but it was nice catching up with you guys at the gate area. Man I had weak legs and I had trouble with my compact gears not shifting to my granny. It's bad enough that I don't have triple in the front, but the rear derailleur cable must have stretched out and even with barrel adjuster, it just wouldn't go in to my granny. That made Kennedy/Shannon a tough climb.

    Btw anyone willing to help show me how to adjust front and rear derailleurs? I'm trying to learn to do it myself.

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    I got to say, fc was the man for showing up even with all the other pressing issues. Then he stomped us on the climb.

    Thanks D for the cake. That was awesome.

    Sean made me pay on the road up to the trailhead. He wasn't about to let someone on a mtb beat him up to the top, so off he went. At one point, I looked over and thought, 'damn, he's going to go for it, even with a maxed out HR apperance' Way to go Sean, there's only 1 way to get stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Puleeaze, even I showed up at Kennedy. I brought the wrong bike (cruiser) and brought the wrong legs (mine) and I paid dearly.

    Good cake at the bottom too!! Happy birthday boys!

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    I know, I suck.

    I should be there next week.
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    It was nice meeting you all - I rode down Dog Meat as I was parked on the other side of town - my loss as I missed out on the cake that way (happy birthday, btw!)...
    hope to see you next time.

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    Alternative to Wed. hill climbing

    I am confused guys, this Kennedy ride is it road or MTB, can someone also post the exact location of the meeting and start of the ride
    I also can lead alternative Wed. Hill climb for the East Bay riders. Anybody interested to meet at Stanford ave trailhead in Fremont for Mission Peak climb next Wed. May 17th say around 5:45-6PM. downhill sucks, but it is a great workout.
    If nobody joins me this Wed at Mission peak. I look forward to join you at Kennedy, sholud I bring road or MTB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gevorg
    I am confused guys, this Kennedy ride is it road or MTB, can someone also post the exact location of the meeting and start of the ride
    I also can lead alternative Wed. Hill climb for the East Bay riders. Anybody interested to meet at Stanford ave trailhead in Fremont for Mission Peak climb next Wed. May 17th say around 5:45-6PM. downhill sucks, but it is a great workout.
    If nobody joins me this Wed at Mission peak. I look forward to join you at Kennedy, sholud I bring road or MTB?

    Here's a hint: I don't own a road bike.


    Kennedy is the South Bay Mission Peak.

    The trail head enterance is at the 'peak' of Kennedy Road...exact meeting spot is discussed on this thread. Go up Kennedy road for about 4 miles...trust me, you won't miss it.
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    Btw anyone willing to help show me how to adjust front and rear derailleurs? I'm trying to learn to do it myself.
    The folks at ParkTool are your friend. Here's a link to their derailleur systems page. Contains good procedures for adjusting both front and rear.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gevorg
    I am confused guys, this Kennedy ride is it road or MTB, can someone also post the exact location of the meeting and start of the ride
    I also can lead alternative Wed. Hill climb for the East Bay riders. Anybody interested to meet at Stanford ave trailhead in Fremont for Mission Peak climb next Wed. May 17th say around 5:45-6PM. downhill sucks, but it is a great workout.
    If nobody joins me this Wed at Mission peak. I look forward to join you at Kennedy, sholud I bring road or MTB?
    Check with Zorg. He was starting the Mission climb on Wed in another thread. I'm sure he'd love to ride with you starting from either Ohlone or Stanford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gevorg
    I am confused guys, this Kennedy ride is it road or MTB, can someone also post the exact location of the meeting and start of the ride
    Sorry for the confusion as I was one of the two that was on road bike. Hope this clarifies.

    From Los Gatos Blvd, there is about 3 miles of street road ride. Kennedy MTB trail starts at the summit of Kennedy Road. Kennedy MTB trail is about 4 miles of very steep dirt trail. To ride the Kennedy MTB trail, most people do either one of two things:

    1. Ride up from Los Gatos (3 miles road) and then do the Kennedy (4 miles dirt), or
    2. Drive up to Kennedy entrance and just ride the 4 miles dirt. One thing, there is very limited parking space at Kennedy entrance though.

    That being said, SMW decided to ride his road bike and accompany rensho and others up there. I other hand just coincidentally met them at the entrance as I was on a road ride with my club ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gevorg
    I am confused guys, this Kennedy ride is it road or MTB, can someone also post the exact location of the meeting and start of the ride
    I also can lead alternative Wed. Hill climb for the East Bay riders. Anybody interested to meet at Stanford ave trailhead in Fremont for Mission Peak climb next Wed. May 17th say around 5:45-6PM. downhill sucks, but it is a great workout.
    If nobody joins me this Wed at Mission peak. I look forward to join you at Kennedy, sholud I bring road or MTB?

    If you can do it on a road bike, your one heck of a rider.

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    Alrighty then....who's back for some more punishment??

    I'm in on the SS - see y'all at 6:30
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    We are way ready for this wed. Bring it on.

    CHUM, glad to hear you're back and ready to go. I was bracing for the slew of 'oh i'm tired and achy from 24hr' from the folks that raced.

    Bring it on.

    This week, if we want, we could observe the ride in silence for the first part of the ride (from start to just past the corner of the treed section after the 1st long downhill).
    This is in observation of all of the fallen bike riders. See thread in Passion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gevorg
    I am confused guys, this Kennedy ride is it road or MTB, can someone also post the exact location of the meeting and start of the ride
    I also can lead alternative Wed. Hill climb for the East Bay riders. Anybody interested to meet at Stanford ave trailhead in Fremont for Mission Peak climb next Wed. May 17th say around 5:45-6PM. downhill sucks, but it is a great workout.
    If nobody joins me this Wed at Mission peak. I look forward to join you at Kennedy, sholud I bring road or MTB?
    I can't make it that early. At best, I could start around 6:30. When I climbed MP a couple weeks ago from the Ohlone side, I hooked up with a few guys which I believe start around the same time as you but from the Ohlone side. I've never done the Stanford side but my understanding is that it's steeper and not as fun, and the downhill to Ohlone is quite a blast (hmmm, stairs...).
    I'll try to do Kennedy tomorrow night though to go check it out and make fun of CHUM while he blacks out on his SS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    ....Bring it on.
    aw crap....this is gonna hurt


    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    This week, if we want, we could observe the ride in silence for the first part of the ride (from start to just past the corner of the treed section after the 1st long downhill).
    This is in observation of all of the fallen bike riders. See thread in Passion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    ...I'll try to do Kennedy tomorrow night though to go check it out and make fun of CHUM while he blacks out on his SS.
    great...wonderful...super...why do i do this to myself...ughhh
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    Remember the proper protocol if you happen on a rider on the ride that has crashed or blacked out(especially if it is CHUM, K-MAX, or SMW):

    1. "Are you ok?"
    2. "Stay perfectly still."
    3. Take out camera. snap a few shots.
    4. "Is it possible for you to turn a little towards the camera, I want to get the valley view as well for the background?"
    5. "OK, see you at the top"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Remember the proper protocol if you happen on a rider on the ride that has crashed or blacked out(especially if it is CHUM, K-MAX, or SMW):

    1. "Are you ok?"
    2. "Stay perfectly still."
    3. Take out camera. snap a few shots.
    4. "Is it possible for you to turn a little towards the camera, I want to get the valley view as well for the background?"
    5. "OK, see you at the top"

    Now there is an idea, I can fall over and take a nap so I dont have to climb that long steep relentless SS killer of a hill. Ah shiznits, I hate to get dirty. I will ride along side Chum just to see what happens when he black out.


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    [QUOTE=CHUM]aw crap....this is gonna hurt




    You act like you dont love it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    Now there is an idea, I can fall over and take a nap so I dont have to climb that long steep relentless SS killer of a hill. Ah shiznits, I hate to get dirty. I will ride along side Chum just to see what happens when he black out.


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    Mission Peak Hill climbing Wed. at 5:45PM or so

    Ok that Kennedy thing is about 50 miles from my place would love to join you but that is too far. So I will be doing the Mission Peak instead at 5:45 Pm(flexible) at Stanford Ave and come back from Ohlone college side, and the we will stop by coffe shop on corner of Mission and Washington.
    Anybody else is going to be there. Zorg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    great...wonderful...super...why do i do this to myself...ughhh
    Don't worry CHUM I'll suffer with you, time to break out the fuzzy ss again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cRasHmAstER
    Don't worry CHUM I'll suffer with you, time to break out the fuzzy ss again.

    CreAzY aaV SXBVJNNNNDDDDYYYYY
    Okay, I'm in this week, no more flaking. To SS or not to SS is the question... of course, my gear is 1.7:1, none of this 2:1 craziness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8Trak
    Okay, I'm in this week, no more flaking. To SS or not to SS is the question... of course, my gear is 1.7:1, none of this 2:1 craziness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8Trak
    Okay, I'm in this week, no more flaking. To SS or not to SS is the question... of course, my gear is 1.7:1, none of this 2:1 craziness.

    -Dave
    Damn! are you O.K , glad to see your showing, I'm running 2:1 again
    on how hot it's been I'll be walking this round, the heat doesn't agree with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cRasHmAstER
    Damn! are you O.K , glad to see your showing, I'm running 2:1 again
    on how hot it's been I'll be walking this round, the heat doesn't agree with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'm out. Is mah anniversary.

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    What better bonding experience than bringing the misses out for a nice Kennedy fun ride. Did you tell her about the free socks if she goes up on a SS?

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    I'm SS'ing it today. My Slingshot SS just got a make over and I'm anxious for a shake down ride...might as well be Kennedy.


    To up the ante:
    2:1
    It's full rigid.
    It's all vintage c. 92 (except for the rear Paul hub w/ Phil bearings, and Soulcraft Convert)
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    As a related side note, I'll be pushing my bike to the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    What better bonding experience than bringing the misses out for a nice Kennedy fun ride. Did you tell her about the free socks if she goes up on a SS?

    Haaaa. I don't take marriage advice from bachelors

    Bad news hon. The expensive dinner is out. Good news... you get free socks if you SS Kennedy with me!

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    I'm fairly new at riding, so I'm going to start earlier with Oschitt.....

    I'm the guy that will be complaining as I push my nomad up that hill, while the mosquitos eat me alive...... while you guys pass me

    I think I have bruised ribs from when I fell last week there haha....
    speaking of which IT'S MOTRIN TIME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Bad news hon. The expensive dinner is out. Good news... you get free socks if you SS Kennedy with me!

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    Expensive dinners are overated. Take the $300 and buy her some Boone Ti SS cogs.

    Seriously, enjoy your night out. Where's dinner? Been to Manresa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hennessy
    I'm fairly new at riding, so I'm going to start earlier with Oschitt.....

    I'm the guy that will be complaining as I push my nomad up that hill, while the mosquitos eat me alive...... while you guys pass me

    I think I have bruised ribs from when I fell last week there haha....
    speaking of which IT'S MOTRIN TIME!
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    Welcome, and we're looking forward to passing you and heckling you.

    Nomad heh, that's cool. I haven't seen one on the trail yet i don't think. They look like great bikes. You're loving that thing on the way back down.

    You bring up a good point about Motrin, or other ib. For those who have joint pains due to inflamation, it is good to take some ib before the ride. It keeps the inflamation down, or from happening, which often is the cause of other problems/pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Welcome, and we're looking forward to passing you and heckling you.

    Nomad heh, that's cool. I haven't seen one on the trail yet i don't think. They look like great bikes. You're loving that thing on the way back down.

    You bring up a good point about Motrin, or other ib. For those who have joint pains due to inflamation, it is good to take some ib before the ride. It keeps the inflamation down, or from happening, which often is the cause of other problems/pain.


    are'nt you supposed to be working? How else ya gonna pay for that new Kermit Niner that will be arriving in the next week?

    See ya tonite

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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    are'nt you supposed to be working? How else ya gonna pay for that new Kermit Niner that will be arriving in the next week?

    See ya tonite

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    Hey our Niner wheels are here. I rode mine last night and it is the friggin champ. Very smooth and handles beautifully.

    Note the special lightening holes on the hub. It's not a pig anymore... just a piglet.


    Here's yours:


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    Yeah being on the nomad is great up and down hill... too bad the motor is a bit out of shape haha. At least for me now, being a noob rider I try to take it easy downhill because
    I'm still adjusting to how to react to sliding around. With trails I'm more familiar with it's easier to let loose

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Hey our Niner wheels are here. I rode mine last night and it is the friggin champ. Very smooth and handles beautifully.

    Note the special lightening holes on the hub. It's not a pig anymore... just a piglet.


    Here's yours:


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    ohhhhh bling bling me likeee, bilng bling. Dang those are gonna look awful sweet on my Tang Niner. Bling-bling You noticed a differance between these and the one you were running?Bling-bling When ya want me to pick em up, ya want to wait till the other stuff shows? ling-bling-bling whys my computer keep blinging

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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    ohhhhh bling bling me likeee, bilng bling. Dang those are gonna look awful sweet on my Tang Niner. Bling-bling You noticed a differance between these and the one you were running?Bling-bling When ya want me to pick em up, ya want to wait till the other stuff shows? ling-bling-bling whys my computer keep blinging

    Sean

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    Just pick it up when it's all here.

    They feel more solid. I thought they would be slower since they're a bit heavier but they were faast! Yesterday, I was able to hang with the wrong way boys. Then one of the guys borrowed the kermit bike and he went off the front. On the downhills, he hung with the full suspension guys too.

    I rode his Giant Reign which was definitely a nice fs bike. But... I was slow, off the back so I just hung with the ladies.

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    Well...now I can say I've done Kennedy on a single speed.

    I can also say that I'll most likely will be on a geared bike for the next HCW.

    You guys are nuts for doing that on an SS every week. Nuts!


    It was a blast bombing back down with Andy. You let it hang out and have a good time doing it, that was fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Well...now I can say I've done Kennedy on a single speed.

    I can also say that I'll most likely will be on a geared bike for the next HCW.

    You guys are nuts for doing that on an SS every week. Nuts!


    It was a blast bombing back down with Andy. You let it hang out and have a good time doing it, that was fun.
    That was fun, I thought I was a little nuts, But man you were fying Rigid and all even with no bottom tube. you got to love those slingshots.

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    Ugh...Boy did I blow up early on that ride 2 full minutes slower than last time. Rensho was cool and kept me company chatting me up as he rode away from me, then back down for some more chatting, then back up...ya get my point. He must have gained an additional 750' of "bonus footies" (maniac )

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    Quote Originally Posted by cRasHmAstER
    That was fun, I thought I was a little nuts, But man you were fying Rigid and all even with no bottom tube. you got to love those slingshots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Ugh...Boy did I blow up early on that ride 2 full minutes slower than last time. Rensho was cool and kept me company chatting me up as he rode away from me, then back down for some more chatting, then back up...ya get my point. He must have gained an additional 750' of "bonus footies" (maniac )

    Good seein' everyone again and meeting Oschitt & Hennesy.

    See y'all next week if you're not at MBTB8
    That was nice. You looked a little in pain last night. I could have stopped and waited, but even with my granny, I was hurting plenty... Now, the downhill was a hoot!

    Man, those SSers were amazing last night. BTW, what the elevation gain up that climb?
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    Nice to meet you guys. Thanks for the encouragement and chat on the hill. Cya there again in 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hennessy
    Nice to meet you guys. Thanks for the encouragement and chat on the hill. Cya there again in 2 weeks.
    It was a good ride.

    I hope to make the pilgramage up Kennedy about once a month... seems like sufficient penance for a month's worth of sins

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    Next week i'm hoping to feel the SS pain, hopefully. Niner, you get my hint?

    Eric brought out the pain bike, or was that the bling bike? Very cool, 2:1, SS, drop bars. I'd like to swing a leg over that thing at some point.

    Henessy and CHUM were showing some pain on the climb. They were smiling, but that was to hide the grimace. At points when I was riding with CHUM had that look on him like, 'If i thought i could catch you, I'd kick your A$$ just for the fun of it.'

    Funny part of the ride for me.

    Rensho - 'Hey, so how is such and such'
    CHUM - 'Can't exactly chat right now', huff, puff, gasp, pull on the bars...
    Rensho - 'Oh right, sorry...'
    Rensho - 'So hey, how's the family?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Next week i'm hoping to feel the SS pain
    GD massochists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho

    Eric brought out the pain bike, or was that the bling bike? Very cool, 2:1, SS, drop bars. I'd like to swing a leg over that thing at some point.

    Knock yourself out buddy, I'll be on gears.

    Any time you want to ride it, let me know. We can swap out pedals (I'm pretty sure you're not on SPDs?) and you can have at it.
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    Wed Kennedy Hill Climb 6/7/06

    So who's going this week?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    So who's going this week?
    I'm still broken....urghh...so I'm out

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    Is it going down this week?
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    We'll go up and down this week.

    Route for this week will be Up Kennedy, down Dogmeat, down Priest Rock (last 2 weeks we went down Overgrown).
    I may need to bust out the FS this week so the ride down Dogmeat is a little more appealing, though it sure isn't as bad as Downieville on full rigid. We'll see.

    Time: 6:20pm
    Park/meet: Kennedy Rd., near corner of Los Gatos BLVD
    Back at cars around 8:15pm
    15 miles of fun in the sun.

    Who's coming? CHUM? Jeffh? Menso? Jeff? Alex? Kyle(Sean's son) Medium Larry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    We'll go up and down this week.

    Route for this week will be Up Kennedy, down Dogmeat, down Priest Rock (last 2 weeks we went down Overgrown).
    I may need to bust out the FS this week so the ride down Dogmeat is a little more appealing, though it sure isn't as bad as Downieville on full rigid. We'll see.

    Time: 6:20pm
    Park/meet: Kennedy Rd., near corner of Los Gatos BLVD
    Back at cars around 8:15pm
    15 miles of fun in the sun.

    Who's coming? CHUM? Jeffh? Menso? Jeff? Alex? Kyle(Sean's son) Medium Larry?

    Cool, I should be in for this week...finally. I'll be on the El Salt for sure.

    I'm partial to going down Overgrown, but I'm easy.
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    I'll make it and maybe the climb will be a new homoeopathic cure for the poison oak on my legs,

    I'll also check and see if my neighbor Bill will make it, but he might be going up to Tahoe for the weekend.

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    Jeff, for PO, most of us get the Dr. to prescribe Prednizone. Works better than anything i've tried, and takes just a few days. You can take it the day before exposure as well, which then would go a long ways to prevent the rash before it happens.

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    I'm in this week too. I'll be on Rensho's revamped Racer X, thanks R. I may start right at 6:00 but I'll hang at the top if I get there before you guys but I suspect the timing should be perfect.
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    I'm test driving some Fluocinonide cream .05% for the PO this week that the Doc. prescribed, will see how that works.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJG
    I'm in this week too. I'll be on Rensho's revamped Racer X, thanks R.
    Sweet, can't wait to see what it looks like. You just brought back fond memories of it for me...

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    I'll let the group decide if we're going down Overgrown or Preistrock. I like both, but don't care. I just didn't want folks to get bored of the same route.

    Curtis, we told you about the first guy to the top rule right? You go back down and pick up the last person and ride back up from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker
    ill be in town this week, let the pain begin. do we need to start timing runs down dogmeat?

    curtis

    From what I hear, you'll absolutely smoke everyone up one side and down the other.

    I'm game to see how close I can stay.**




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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    I'll let the group decide if we're going down Overgrown or Preistrock. I like both, but don't care. I just didn't want folks to get bored of the same route.

    Curtis, we told you about the first guy to the top rule right? You go back down and pick up the last person and ride back up from there.
    (just don't tell him it only applies to him. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJG
    I'm in this week too. I'll be on Rensho's revamped Racer X, thanks R.

    Looking forward to seeing it RJ.

    I trust you've put some good rides in on it now? All sorted out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker
    ill be in town this week, let the pain begin. do we need to start timing runs down dogmeat?

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    dude you're so lucky I'm not available this week.

    I've been practicing my downhill domination. actually can't even do that yet. been reading descend mag though.

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    Great stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffh
    I'm test driving some Fluocinonide cream .05% for the PO this week that the Doc. prescribed, will see how that works.

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    That stuff is great - next best thing to Prednizone. A little goes a long way and will cure that "I want to gouge my bones out" scratch. It'll take a few days to clear up, but if you use it you won't be itching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    I'll let the group decide if we're going down Overgrown or Preistrock. I like both, but don't care. I just didn't want folks to get bored of the same route.

    Curtis, we told you about the first guy to the top rule right? You go back down and pick up the last person and ride back up from there.
    FYI, "dog meat" has been plowed. I road it last night, it was worthless. it should be called the beach.

    overgrown in fine. limekiln is in the same condition as "dog meat", freshly plowed. not much fun.

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    Thanks for the FYI. That actually makes it better for me (Frogger, full rigid bike).

    Also, this would give Curtis a chance to rip it at, oh, say, 55mph!!!! Bring out the copter, as we'll need to follow the action somehow.

    Oh, and folks, be safe. This is a no crash ride.

    Demo_Slug, come on out tonight. What's the hold up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Thanks for the FYI. That actually makes it better for me (Frogger, full rigid bike).

    Also, this would give Curtis a chance to rip it at, oh, say, 55mph!!!! Bring out the copter, as we'll need to follow the action somehow.

    Oh, and folks, be safe. This is a no crash ride.

    Demo_Slug, come on out tonight. What's the hold up?
    sorry, I do hill climb tuesday_thursday. hill climb wednsday is so last month. good luck with the soft sand. please let me know if kennedy got plowed. I need to find an alternate trail until limekiln firms up.

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    I think Hennessy & I are going to be there taking our 1 hour handicap ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by demo_slug
    sorry, I do hill climb tuesday_thursday. hill climb wednsday is so last month. good luck with the soft sand. please let me know if kennedy got plowed. I need to find an alternate trail until limekiln firms up.

    It could be a good day for a personal record on Kennedy. The top wall is freshly graded and flat as a pancake. There is plenty of brown powder to dodge but also plenty of freshly plowed hardpack lines all the way up the rest of the climb. Kennedy was graded today from about mile 1.5 to the top.

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    I'll try not to throw up on the trail

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    They re-plowed Kennedy sometime recently... so it's pretty loosey goosey

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    Kennedy is plowed from about 1 mile up, all the way to the top. Then the backside is plowed to at least the 4 way intersection. The trail feels different and is like discovering it all over again.

    It is slower going up, due to traction issues at some parts. The trail is significantly wider at some parts. Going down dogmeat was more challenging for me yesterday. Almost went off the trail 2x, slowly, and had to tripod it around. Curtis thought it was a little easier going down as perhaps you can slide the rear until it sunk down and dug in then sling you around the corner...

    Going up was a painfest yesterday. I think most people went faster than they ever have, and some(me) really paid. I made the mistake of seeing Curtis out of the corner of my eye for the first 1.5 mi. It didn't feel like i was redlining it, but when i felt it, i really felt it. Saw my HR hit 196 pretty consistently until the oak tree. It was great, but i hadn't been that tired on that climb, ever. Happy, but tired. I didn't try either walls at the end.

    Good to see RJ out there on the his Titus Rx. Still getting it dialed in, but it looks sweet. Had some Thomson and King bling going on.

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