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    Where to ride when it rains?

    With the expected super El Nino on it's way, where will you be riding? What will you be riding?

    I live about 2 miles from Lake Chabot, so I usually ride from there to Joaquin Miller and whatever is in between. I LOVE riding in the rain. I DON'T love the East Bay clay. But I don't intend on backing off my riding, if possible. I figure I'll probably tune up my old 'cross bike and do some mixed terrain rides so I can avoid the clay trails and the trails more susceptible to damage from rainy riding.

    I might also go for some really skinny tires for my mountain bike. Any suggestions on bay area trails, or good 26" tires for the East Bay clay?

    Where will YOU be riding this winter?

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    I will be skiing. Unless the snow level is 9000 ft, which it might be. Then I'll be riding road, or gravel. Lots of gravel around Pacifica, Sweeny ridge, planet of the apes. For a long loop you can chain it with purissima, but purissima will be a little muddier. Alpine Rd usually stays ok except for a few sections and you can chain it with some road riding for a loop. You can do a decent gravel ride around Skeggs by staying out of the North leaf: methusula area. Gordon mill / Virginia / timber view, that kind of thing. It's boring but it's still riding.

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    Road bikes and trail work.

    Stay off wet trails god dammit
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    The better side of China Camp is pretty ideal in wet weather
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    The better side of China Camp is pretty ideal in wet weather
    I haven't been to China camp in years. What's that side like? I don't want to damage trails, but I don't want to not ride, either. I'm looking for trails that can accommodate both of those.

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    when it's been raining for a while and everywhere else is soaked, Rockville in Fairfield is usually still in great shape. Sandy rocky soil help it big time when the rain comes.

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    Ridable wet trail, according to my old riding buddies....

    Steven Canyon Cupertino, St. Joseph Hills Los Gatos, Mission Peak Fremont.

    Take it with a grain of salt, you will get muddy and have mud cog up your chain stay, but Mission Peak Stanford side for example is almost a gravel road up, and infact, traction is better at many spots when it is damp.

    With all that said, do make a call. If it is pouring cats and dogs, hit the road instead if you absolutely have to ride.

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    +1 on stevens canyon. My go to wet trail. Rode it the last "el nino" as well as the 83 el nino. It puddles in a couple places, but the trail is wide enough at those places to go around without "braiding".

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    Carlmont drains really well. I have never ridden in the rain, but it dries out very fast.

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    Never ridden there, but Fort Ord always comes up in these threads.
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    Tam and Headlands. Both great in wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanxj View Post
    Road bikes and trail work.

    Stay off wet trails god dammit
    OK, me ride fire road like Kennedy. I don't think I could do anymore harm than they did when they put in those jumps in a few yrs back.
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    Road ride!! That's why I haven't done it in 3 years.
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    +2 for Stevens Canyon. I can ride from home, climb Montebello road with a still clean drivetrain and descend Bella Vista and Canyon trails.
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    Carlmont. The best place to ride when it's actually raining or has rained. It can rain for a week and still be dry.

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    Oat Mine Trail in Calistoga.

    Much of the trail is decomposing granite and it doesn't seem to matter if its pouring rain or the middle of summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac1000 View Post
    Oat Mine Trail in Calistoga.

    Much of the trail is decomposing granite and it doesn't seem to matter if its pouring rain or the middle of summer.
    Oh such fond memories of this trail! There, and Rockville.. I used hit those places up every once in a while. It's been maybe 10 years! Thanks for the reminder. When fire season dies down, I'm going to have to go revisit that place.

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    Agree about Carlmont. Totally forgot about that place. Nice uphill climb and even more fun the other way. But seeing the OP is in Chabot area near Oakland, i think a rainy day ride will prob. be around his neighborhood/east bay instead of crossing the bridge or even driving south as many of us suggested.

    If you don't mind the pain, Mission Peak is your best bet and closest to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    I'll give you what you're looking for:









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    But where do I ride an Ebike when it rains?
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    Pleasanton Ridge dries pretty fast.

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    Hogan Lake, Calaveras County. Perfect before, during and after rain. Virtually no mud, coz it's rocky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    But where do I ride an Ebike when it rains?
    Luckily, e-riders tend to stay inside during inclement weather. They use the break to catch up on their scrapbooking!
    Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice--pull down your pants and slide on the ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    But where do I ride an Ebike when it rains?
    You didn't know? They're not rideable in wet conditions, they will short out with the slightest moisture. You'll die. Can happen even in seemingly bone dry conditions too. Spread the word. Folks need to know this. For their safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Procter View Post
    You didn't know? They're not rideable in wet conditions, they will short out with the slightest moisture. You'll die. Can happen even in seemingly bone dry conditions too. Spread the word. Folks need to know this. For their safety.
    But they are exactly like regular bikes! How can this be??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    But they are exactly like regular bikes! How can this be??
    If they stop, will they fall over like normal bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knucklehead View Post
    If they stop, will they fall over like normal bikes?
    Yes. Then, they will electrocute you.

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    You could ride right here in NORCAL. it didn't rain with El Niņo forecast last year. I'm counting on another dry winter of awesome singletrack shredding! It's going to be awesome! Get fired up. Endless summer means keep your summer tires on and go get some riding in. I'm more fired up after writing this. It's going to be great! See you out there.

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    My go-to areas during rain are Annadel, Marin Headlands, and China Camp. I live in the East Bay, but Tilden and Wildcat Canyon are mostly unrideable for weeks or longer after any real ride. So if I don't want to drive I will just ride the road (with a blinky light).

    Quote Originally Posted by Knucklehead View Post
    I haven't been to China camp in years. What's that side like? I don't want to damage trails, but I don't want to not ride, either. I'm looking for trails that can accommodate both of those.
    The backside is loaded with singletrack, much of it extremely narrow with steep dropoffs, with numerous technical bits. A mix of oak trees, manzanita, and brush. The soil structure seems to hold up very well with no puddling or rutting (aside from the handful of fire roads, which are the only "official" trails on the backside and best used for a few climbs and connections between singletrack). China Camp is also one of the better places for night rides during the approaching dark days.

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