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    The Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report: April 13 - 15, 2018

    Happy Friday the 13th! Might not want to night ride Friday.

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    Now that the Pineapple Express appears behind us, the trails for most of NorCal should be getting in hero dirt shape for the weekend. Just enough rain this week to get things tuned up. Trail reports and pictures are important this week. Some nice weather ahead, with another tune up rain next week.

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    NorCal rain last 72 hours.

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    Things should be drying out nicely this weekend.

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    But with that comes some serious pollen.

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    Whoa, whoa, whoa...itís Thursday, itís not quite the weekend yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Whoa, whoa, whoa...itís Thursday, itís not quite the weekend yet
    I always post the night before. I'm usually busy Friday morning.

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    amazing supporting material.
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    Nisene was good tonight. Rode the SS and got some goods....

    little slick in a few spots but overall goodness is to be had.......

    enjoy.

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    Other parts of the country are having it tough this weekend.

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    Hoot Trail was PERFECT. Tacky goodness. I even set a PR despite running out of steam. According to my new HR monitor I was trying... Thanks again Dan. The Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report: April 13 - 15, 2018-20180413_182544.jpg

    My neck is in crazy pain and I can't sit at a computer for more than an hour at a time. Riding didn't seem to hurt or help so might as well ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Hoot Trail was PERFECT. Tacky goodness. I even set a PR despite running out of steam. According to my new HR monitor I was trying... Thanks again Dan. Click image for larger version. 

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    My neck is in crazy pain and I can't sit at a computer for more than an hour at a time. Riding didn't seem to hurt or help so might as well ride.
    Are you hanging upside down at your computer?! 218 HR Max!! Holy.....

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    Neck stetches yo...lol

    Not sure why the photo flipped.

    At the bottom of Hoot my legs were on fire and I was breathless and the HR monitor read 199 and started dropping pretty quickly as we climbed up the road at a comfortable pace and hung out around 150-165. Not sure what all the numbers mean for me yet.

    P.S. we got out of there before nightfall. I wasn't taking any chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post

    At the bottom of Hoot my legs were on fire and I was breathless and the HR monitor read 199 and started dropping pretty quickly as we climbed up the road at a comfortable pace and hung out around 150-165. Not sure what all the numbers mean for me yet.
    Unfortunately your HM is not accurate.
    218 is way too high for someone your age. That number would be high for a pro 20 year old.
    Maybe you can calibrate it??

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    We rode UC yesterday. Conditions were good but still a bit wet on the west side of Empire. Awesome day of riding with perfect weather and ocean views combined with some steep stuff!!
    Demo on Sunday!

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    Rode Crockett yesterday - spots in the sun were dry, some spots in shade were still pretty damp, a lot of spots were way overgrown with weeds/grass, and cows invaded the picnic table area. Not much cow evidence elsewhere though. Tree frog rode well, a nice mix of fast and dry hardpack and some shaded tacky mud spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyStein View Post
    Rode Crockett yesterday - spots in the sun were dry, some spots in shade were still pretty damp, a lot of spots were way overgrown with weeds/grass, and cows invaded the picnic table area. Not much cow evidence elsewhere though. Tree frog rode well, a nice mix of fast and dry hardpack and some shaded tacky mud spots.
    I was in Crockett yesterday too; I wasnít riding though...I was working at my Grandmothers house

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    Got out for 3.5 hrs today. Trails were pretty good, a little wet here and there...and dry and dusty in others

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    Is that a following mb with push? Or second Wreckoning.... or something else?

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    Apparently I was late for the Russian Ridge heli-shuttle. They wouldn't take me, but there was flowers sooo...

    Dirt was great from Rapley Ranch to new lot, and everywhere in between.

    Saw a group of about 20 high schoolers out there, smiles for miles. Cool to see.


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    Demo Flow was perfection today. A few muddy spots on Ridge Trail.

    I'm amazed at how many people were there today asking for directions. Like, literally not knowing anything about where they were, no map, no anything.

    For some reason, I love this sign!

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    Coe was fantastic today. Except the ticks and poison oak.

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    UCSC was really nice. Nothing wet, just magical...

    These last few weeks have been great for my skills... my jumps are not so flacid, I am hitting drops at speed, and I finally learned to bunny hop. yeah, stoke is high!

    Tmrw will hit some local trails with my 4 and 6 yo kids, it's just as fun in totally different way!

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    I soaked up some sun while beer rained down from the heavens and margaritas pour from the trees. No really, a dude was up in the tree with a backpack full of magaritas and dispensing it to anyone feeling parched.

    For the beer thing, well it's worth clinking this like to watch Marco Osborne at TDS today.

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    Got me a new toy.

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    Got my first off-road ride in this morning since slap boxing my face with the finest rocks in Sedona Easter weekend. I rode lake Chabot. Surprisingly muddier than I wouldíve thought. Canít wait to ride some real trails but I gotta wait till I get the ok from the DR.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Got me a new toy.
    Nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovarpa View Post
    Coe was fantastic today. Except the ticks and poison oak.
    Agreed!





















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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Perfection in the forest
    Great to finally meet you Francis in person.

    UC was amazing! First run on my freshly serviced fox 36 with Lutkappe installed! #pr all day! Got a chance to ride some new trails to me thanks to mtbflowrider!



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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    At the bottom of Hoot my legs were on fire and I was breathless and the HR monitor read 199 and started dropping pretty quickly as we climbed up the road at a comfortable pace and hung out around 150-165. Not sure what all the numbers mean for me yet.
    Looks like you have the same type I have. Mine will read either nothing or 218 (I think is a gauge max) when the connection between me and the strap isn't good. I've seen it at 218 sometimes when I'm sure I'm somewhere around 130/140. The 199 could've been right, though, based on your description, and would be higher than I'd want to be (but I'm not a doctor or medical professional, just know that I start to not feel right if get up to around 180 or so).

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    Great to finally meet you Francis in person.

    UC was amazing! First run on my freshly serviced fox 36 with Lutkappe installed! #pr all day! Got a chance to ride some new trails to me thanks to mtbflowrider!


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    Right on buddy. You are awesome. Very tall too. I thought you were my height. lolz.
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    So this is cool. I rode solo yesterday and met a friend and was bs'ing at the bottom of the trail when someone else flew down and stopped near me. Then she said, "francis???", "it's me rc girl."

    I said, "dammm, you actually ride mountain bikes?"

    Ha, ha, met my youtube friend 'rc girl'. She rides and does RC. She has a youtube channel and got hella sponsored!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Right on buddy. You are awesome. Very tall too. I thought you were my height. lolz.
    Lol tall ass 6'4 asian on a Yeti..

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    Today I play with dropper posts. There is an amazing, amazing post that's being released this Wednesday!!The Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report: April 13 - 15, 2018-img_6028.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    Lol tall ass 6'4 asian on a Yeti..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Today I play with dropper posts. There is an amazing, amazing post that's being released this Wednesday!!Click image for larger version. 

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    Hmm second from right i dont recognize

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    Agreed!
    What camera set up do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    What camera set up do you use?
    Hi. I use a Canon point&shoot, S110.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    Hi. I use a Cannon point&shoot, S110.

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    Just sent you a PM about this, ignore! Thanks!!

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    Did a quick loop in Auburn Friday afternoon, Culvert was too muddy. Today would be perfect day to ride in Auburn.

    Did a quick ride this morning at Salmon Falls. Great conditions, but look out for a lot of hikers.




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    Back to back rides at UC - conditions are amazing. Some friends invited me to Demo today but just can't justify since it's practically the same amount of time door to door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
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    I pick UC over Demo any day...more variety and more miles for time spent and vert feet climbin

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    Trailwork today...a big thank you to the guys who helped me drag that tree off the trail, once I got it cut. Now itís raining, trails should be perfect tomorrow
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    Rode Demo and then some today. Tree down on I think it was the first section on Flow. Not in a dangerous section though.
    Hard to beat the conditions today!
    Rode UC on f
    Fri - great 2 days of riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dp400 View Post
    Rode Demo and then some today. Tree down on I think it was the first section on Flow. Not in a dangerous section though.
    Hard to beat the conditions today!
    Rode UC on f
    Fri - great 2 days of riding!
    That must have fallen overnight?? I didn't see it yesterday??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    That must have fallen overnight?? I didn't see it yesterday??
    Yeah it looked fresh but I don't think we had any weather in the last day or so? Big enough that you have to carry your bike over it.

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    Rode UC on Thursday, pretty wet until you hit the steep stuff, good for 1745' elevation.
    Brother visited Friday night and my nephew had a dive meet at DeAnza so we hit Montebello/Stevens Canyon, good for 2625'
    On the way back to Santa Cruz I decided on a whim to attempt Squashyo's Dogmeat challenge ;( I can't believe how close I came only to sieze up and fail... oh well it was another 1750'
    Trail conditions in SC today were perfect, so we kept on riding till we hit 3975' and it started to rain. That puts me over 10,000' which is probably as much as I've ridden all year. Might explain why I'm so tired.

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    Finished up TDS today. It's such an amazing event! I'll do a full write up on it soon. So many fast riders and everone is cool as hell.

    Dane (Trail Peek) passing me a beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    Rode UC on Thursday, pretty wet until you hit the steep stuff, good for 1745' elevation.
    Brother visited Friday night and my nephew had a dive meet at DeAnza so we hit Montebello/Stevens Canyon, good for 2625'
    On the way back to Santa Cruz I decided on a whim to attempt Squashyo's Dogmeat challenge ;( I can't believe how close I came only to sieze up and fail... oh well it was another 1750'
    Trail conditions in SC today were perfect, so we kept on riding till we hit 3975' and it started to rain. That puts me over 10,000' which is probably as much as I've ridden all year. Might explain why I'm so tired.
    Nice. 6kí of climbing, 10kí of descending for me this week. Gotta love some shuttles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigersFIMA View Post
    Looks like you have the same type I have. Mine will read either nothing or 218 (I think is a gauge max) when the connection between me and the strap isn't good. I've seen it at 218 sometimes when I'm sure I'm somewhere around 130/140. The 199 could've been right, though, based on your description, and would be higher than I'd want to be (but I'm not a doctor or medical professional, just know that I start to not feel right if get up to around 180 or so).
    Thanks! 218 seemed rather odd. I was exhausted at the end of Hoot so 199 seemed more plausible especially with my 1 1/4 lung issue. I probably can't get enough oxygen in my blood required for the level of activity and it causes my heart to race.

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    Unfortunately your HM is not accurate.
    218 is way too high for someone your age. That number would be high for a pro 20 year old.
    Maybe you can calibrate it??
    Good to know. I was having trouble earlier on the ride with it reading my HR. I didn't wet the strap and I have a small divot on my lower chest were I put the sensor. I moved it lower so it made better skin contact and started sweating and it seemed better.

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    I only did about 4k of climbing this week. Which means I did about 4k of descending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    That puts me over 10,000' which is probably as much as I've ridden all year. Might explain why I'm so tired.
    Nice!!

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    Broke a 3 week off the bike streak with a quick run up aptos creek with some side bar action. Felt slow(er) but good. Some stuff was wetter than it has been all year surprisingly.

    Saw the front pass through and was raining steady by 6.

    Been to LA twice in the last 3 weeks and a quick 4 day trip to Cancun next week, hereís to being in worse shape than February. O well Mayk up needed

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    We got a ride in EMT on Sunday afternoon!

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    UC was a dream Sunday morning, dirt was all-time good.

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    So we had a two rides yesterday afternoon since my friend came from the East Coast and was gaddem late. Did a ride with Canadianjerkey, Randells and Jack while waiting. One of the best rides ever.

    Went to the car, drank some beverage and met the East Coasters. It started misting a the ride but then it got really wet. Schiiiit. Trail was fine but a lot of spray.

    Good thing I have my portable washer. Demonstration at Demo.
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    Justin,

    Ignore that 218. If you hit 218 you would probably have had a VERY bad day. My max HR is 185. I forgot to tell you, I had this problem with that HR monitor. I noticed it would happen when I was going downhill (evidence that it was not correct). From what I read, it can happen when your jersey (were you wearing a quick dry type shirt?) gets moving in the wind and the monitor pics up a bad reading. I really only look at the data when I'm climbing. I would guess your max HR is somewhere in the 180's. I don't bet, but I would throw down my savings that your max is nowhere near 218 LOL.

    Hope that thing works out for you!

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    Ended up on antibiotics after getting a nasty tick bite at Coe. Supposedly Lyme is not around here, it is something else (don't remember what). But it is the nastiest tick bite I ever had.
    It made me wonder what people do when they bikepack in Coe in the spring? I was seriously considering an overnighter but now I am concerned about how prevalent the ticks must be, because I was being very careful - I did not wonder off trail, did not sit down, nothing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovarpa View Post
    Ended up on antibiotics after getting a nasty tick bite at Coe. Supposedly Lyme is not around here, it is something else (don't remember what). But it is the nastiest tick bite I ever had.
    It made me wonder what people do when they bikepack in Coe in the spring? I was seriously considering an overnighter but now I am concerned about how prevalent the ticks must be, because I was being very careful - I did not wonder off trail, did not sit down, nothing...
    It's my understanding that Lyme is around here? What else have your heard ticks carry around here? Antibiotics for a tick bite??

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    Antibiotics would be the first line of defense against lymes and a whole host of other tick borne diseases. On a side note, I just picked 4 ticks off my dog after letting him run around China camp yesterday. They are all over!

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    Nothing remarkable here, but I had a moment on Sunday where I felt like I had turned a corner on my winter fitness level. *fist pump*

    Working on learning to manual too, but the fault obviously lies with my 17.25" chainstays that I'm not any good yet I can see it's going to take a lot of failing to get good

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovarpa View Post
    Ended up on antibiotics after getting a nasty tick bite at Coe. Supposedly Lyme is not around here, it is something else (don't remember what). But it is the nastiest tick bite I ever had.
    It made me wonder what people do when they bikepack in Coe in the spring? I was seriously considering an overnighter but now I am concerned about how prevalent the ticks must be, because I was being very careful - I did not wonder off trail, did not sit down, nothing...
    Babesia is another tick-borne illness with potentially serious consequences, and it sounds like people often get both if they get Lyme from a bite

    I'm in Butte county and almost everyone I've talked to about Lyme has a friend or family member with Lyme. It's a bit freaky how prevalent it really is

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    It's my understanding that Lyme is around here? What else have your heard ticks carry around here? Antibiotics for a tick bite??

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    I can update with what the diagnosis was, I asked again. I got the same antibiotics that you get for Lyme (doxycycline) since it supposedly treats this condition as well. It is pretty obvious this tick was infected with something, I got red rash, big bruise, swollen groin lymph on the side of the tick bite....
    I guess I just hope everything works out fine. I have a friend with misdiagnosed Lyme who is now battling to get better and it is pretty scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovarpa View Post
    I can update with what the diagnosis was, I asked again. I got the same antibiotics that you get for Lyme (doxycycline) since it supposedly treats this condition as well. It is pretty obvious this tick was infected with something, I got red rash, big bruise, swollen groin lymph on the side of the tick bite....
    I guess I just hope everything works out fine. I have a friend with misdiagnosed Lyme who is now battling to get better and it is pretty scary.
    Pretty scary. Hope you feel better soon!

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    Rode Foresthill Divide Loop on Saturday. The trail was wet in a number of places on the south side of the trail. The first big descent on the north side of the trail was hammered from the rain. The running water really washed away a lot of the trail. It's going to need some TLC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovarpa View Post
    Ended up on antibiotics after getting a nasty tick bite at Coe. Supposedly Lyme is not around here, it is something else (don't remember what). But it is the nastiest tick bite I ever had.
    It made me wonder what people do when they bikepack in Coe in the spring? I was seriously considering an overnighter but now I am concerned about how prevalent the ticks must be, because I was being very careful - I did not wonder off trail, did not sit down, nothing...
    That sucks sorry to hear that - I have picked up 3 ticks In the past 3 months riding in Santa Cruz and have never got one before in the past - fortunately only one really burrowed in and Tahoe BC pulled it out cleanly within a few minutes - I started getting into the habit of tick checks after every ride. Should we start a thread called guess where the NorCal tick bite is?!



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    You guys should try out a 3m product called Ultrathon. It's a powerful repellant of ticks and stuff that bugs you (it even works on my wife..). Also you can cover your clothes in a product called Permethrin that kills ticks on contact (as far as I have read ..)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovarpa View Post
    Ended up on antibiotics after getting a nasty tick bite at Coe. Supposedly Lyme is not around here, it is something else (don't remember what). But it is the nastiest tick bite I ever had.
    It made me wonder what people do when they bikepack in Coe in the spring? I was seriously considering an overnighter but now I am concerned about how prevalent the ticks must be, because I was being very careful - I did not wonder off trail, did not sit down, nothing...
    If you ride Coe enough, you'll start figuring out the trails to avoid during Spring season. After July is pretty safe but from January to June, avoid Cross Canyon, Bowl Trail (between LW and MSR), Pacheco Creek. Or be prepared to do frequent checks for ticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    You guys should try out a 3m product called Ultrathon. It's a powerful repellant of ticks and stuff that bugs you (it even works on my wife..). Also you can cover your clothes in a product called Permethrin that kills ticks on contact (as far as I have read ..)
    I use this on my clothes for work and it's pretty good. I've put ticks on my treated and untreated pant leg to test it out and they tend to try and run or drop off the treated leg. https://www.rei.com/product/768970/s...mp-spray-24-oz

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    A threesome camped Coe last Saturday night and rode both days. We didn't get a single tick bite.

    We did see plenty of ticks though.

    Between the tree of us we have a lot of experience with ticks and exposure.

    We always look for them, all the time

    Wear light colors so you can see them on the clothes easier if you can. Have tight gaskets on sleeves, thighs and hips.

    Always check any itch to see if it's a tick.

    Carefully comb and shake out your hair.

    Check your partners.

    They come home in your gear, so don't let your guard down. They take up residence in your vehicle as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adagioca View Post
    If you ride Coe enough, you'll start figuring out the trails to avoid during Spring season. After July is pretty safe but from January to June, avoid Cross Canyon, Bowl Trail (between LW and MSR), Pacheco Creek. Or be prepared to do frequent checks for ticks.
    I did JDT to Wasno Pond, to Jackson Road and Trail, down Anza and then one more loop of JDT and down Spike Jones/Timms. 24 miles or so.

    Certainly didn't mean to hijack the thread with ticks, more of a PSA...

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