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    The "all about bikes only thread" in the "no bike discussion" forum page

    Starting to see talk & pics about "bikes" in the OC. While I personally do not have an issue with this the powers that be might, so I figured it was time to set up an "official thread page" dedicated to bike talk in the OC. Talk about anything related to bikes you want. All types, all styles, all sizes are welcome as well as all riding styles.
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    talking about bikes in the off topic form is off topic so is it off topic?

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    I think they're a good idea if the area you are in is prone to flooding....

    .... oh, wait a minute....

    .... bikes? Nevermind then. Wrong forum. I thought I was in OC.
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    Here come all the "which 29er handlebar?" threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    talking about bikes in the off topic form is off topic so is it off topic?
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    This is sorta like when the city gives the taggers an official spot to do their graphetti. Or like the porta-potty companies installing dry erase boards to cut down on the "writing on the walls".

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    I promise that I won't do it again, ambassador.

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    ill make no such promise.
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    Now wait a minute.
    This is the Off Topic forum.
    The topics on this forum are supposed to NOT be about bikes.
    So every topic on this forum NOT about bikes is on-topic.
    Therefore the only topic that is actually off-topic for this thread would be about bikes.

    Ow... that hurt my head.
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    TN: Thanks, I think?

    BT: Atta bouy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    TN: Thanks, I think?

    BT: Atta bouy!!!

    Opti: Don't hold back!
    Ok, then.

    You know, bike topic really is kept to a minimum, and then it's not like it's a debate between which 29er pedals are the best, it's more like the bsing that I mentioned earlier.

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    Agreed. The term is used loosely for the most part in OC. But when I started seeing members posting that other members had already mentioned the unmentionable, I figured it might be a good idea to start this thread. Just trying to help, that's all. Personally, I believe we should be free to talk about anything here in OC, anytime we want to....politics and religion excluded.
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    I was just making fun toward monzie. I was going to post it up anyway, but you really should always try to blame your indiscretions on somebody else. Everything after that was also in good fun. That's the way I see it anyway.

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    This whole thing was only ever meant to be in good fun. That is the way it is here.

    BTW, I like to mess with Monzie, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    This whole thing was only ever meant to be in good fun. That is the way it is here.
    That's why I like it here in OC.

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    You guys are messing up OC for me.

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    I like it. The d0uches don't come in the OC. This gives us a chance to "Talk amongst ourselves." I'll start.

    You can ride any bike on any trail - just not as fast as a bike specifically designed for a specific type of trail.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    The drywall behind this bike is amazing




    again! amazing drywall work!




    for the ladies, what a nice curtain!


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    Very nice drywall, especially in the first pic. Btw, the flooring ain't too shabby either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikane View Post
    Very nice drywall, especially in the first pic. Btw, the flooring ain't too shabby either.
    I agree!

    And, in the last picture, the concrete patio and park-like lawn setting is also very nice!
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    That grass could use some water however
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    That grass could use some water however
    I bet you've watered a lot of grass, in your day.

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    Not to be a nit-picker, but second picture, door casing is about 1/16" off the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    That grass could use some water however
    Is tap water safe for that lawn? Or would bottled water be better?
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    I'm no botanist, all I know is dry grass when I see it.
    Maybe filtered tap?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Not to be a nit-picker, but second picture, door casing is about 1/16" off the floor.
    Looks like it might be a basement. Up here, we'd do that just in case of expansion. I wonder why the 1/4 round moulding doesn't go all the way though. That looks a little odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonett iii View Post
    The drywall behind this bike is amazing



    again! amazing drywall work!



    for the ladies, what a nice curtain!

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    well the drywall is nice bu the baseboard is kinda dull, no omph. same with the door casing. The 1/16 inch space at the bottom is to make it easier to put the laminat flooring under it so it alright.

    but other then that it's is put together well.

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    That spammer has been reported....
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    Full Moon Fever ride last night. It looks like I inserted that full moon but it's just the crappy pics my cheap cell phone takes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Looks like it might be a basement. Up here, we'd do that just in case of expansion. I wonder why the 1/4 round moulding doesn't go all the way though. That looks a little odd.

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    My house I had back in Michigan had a fully finished basement. I left my drywall about 1-1/4" from the floor, used 1x4 that had 4 coats of polyeurethane on all sides for baseboard, just in case I got some water. Also put ceramic tile down instead of carpet. Worked great, got water twice and it took nothing more than a couple of hours with a squeegee and some bath towels to clean it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Looks like it might be a basement. Up here, we'd do that just in case of expansion. I wonder why the 1/4 round moulding doesn't go all the way though. That looks a little odd.

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    Lolz!

    The gap was left to put the floor in. The contractor who built my house sucked

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    We had a drought this summer and I do not waste water on the grass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Full Moon Fever ride last night. It looks like I inserted that full moon but it's just the crappy pics my cheap cell phone takes.
    Noice!

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    This is a picture of some storm damage, must have been some high winds that blew that tree down



    This is a picture of rock formations along the Pinhoti, showing how seismic activity helped create the Appalachian mountains

    Last edited by sonett iii; 10-29-2012 at 08:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonett iii View Post
    Lolz! The gap was left to put the floor in. The contractor who built my house sucked.
    That's why I've always done my own work. I hate gaps in trim work, and I like stained trim. I've thrown lots of it away and cut more just because I wasn't satisfied. I built my own solid oak raised panel wainscoting in my Michigan dining room, took forever and took lots of compound miters. Ended up doing it one piece at a time, rough fit 2 pieces and nail the first one in. Rough fit the next 2 and nail the next 1 in, and so on. Turned out really nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    That's why I've always done my own work. I hate gaps in trim work, and I like stained trim.
    The job was larger than I could do by myself

    for example here is my old bike


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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Full Moon Fever ride last night. It looks like I inserted that full moon but it's just the crappy pics my cheap cell phone takes.
    La Tuna or Cherry Cyn? That's the 210 freeway fo sho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy View Post
    La Tuna or Cherry Cyn? That's the 210 freeway fo sho.
    Overlook climbing La Tuna. I climb that and drop down Whiting Woods a few times during each week.
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    I'm on a crappy split shift this week. I fired one of my night shift horizontal mill operators, I still need the mill to run, so I'll work noon-10:00 for a week or so and run the machine myself after the day guy goes home, until I get the position filled. I see an advantage or two, I can squeeze in some morning rides, and maybe even a nice later night ride or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonett iii View Post
    This is a picture of some storm damage, must have been some high winds that blew that tree down
    What are the odds of that? High winds blew a running chainsaw into that tree... twice. Wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    What are the odds of that? High winds blew a running chainsaw into that tree... twice. Wow!
    Yeah, thats what I thought

    Had to be a tornado
    Last edited by sonett iii; 10-29-2012 at 09:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonett iii View Post
    for the ladies, what a nice curtain!

    I saw someone with that exact same bike, in the same color, on yesterday's goofy Halloween Cruise bike ride. Check out these bikes! I believe most of these are the epitome of "Off Camber" bicycles, as they definitely aren't mountain bikes .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonett iii View Post
    Yeah, thats what I thought

    Had to be a tornado
    The tree was positioned there to avoid the rooty section, true story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy View Post
    I bet you've watered a lot of grass, in your day.
    Wouldn't that be sort of counter-productive for highdelll?
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    Hmm, just noticed this thread. My thoughts after finding out what you are all talking about in OC.

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    new type of downhill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    Hmm, just noticed this thread. My thoughts after finding out what you are all talking about in OC.

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    It would be funny if an OC thread (talking about bikes) were moved to General Discussion because it was on-topic.

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    I won't mention the "B" word, just watch the movie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I won't mention the "B" word, just watch the movie...
    Why you no go faster?

    Also, looks kinda like my home-trails.

    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    It's weird, when I recorded the same stuff on my 26er (with the same camera), it looked like I am moving at mach speed. But being higher up on the 29er slows down effect. I was flying, I swear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I won't mention the "B" word, just watch the movie...
    Lots of scary drop offs. I'll bet your pucker would have you stuck to your saddle like a suction cup. Probably even end up with little sphincter bite marks in it.

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    ^ I'm gonna have to go out and check my saddle for "bite marks" in the morning...
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    ^^ You have teeth down there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    ^^ You have teeth down there?
    On a trail like that? You betcha!!

    I was riding in Sedona a couple years ago, way up on a butte, very narrow trail and I clipped a grip end on a tree, all that kept me from falling off a 100 ft ledge was grabbing onto said tree. Oh, and those teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Is tap water safe for that lawn? Or would bottled water be better?
    Definitely bottled water! I know of someone who won't give her cat tap water. No joke.

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    That looks like a pretty high cliff to the right. It would be hard to fall over it considering where the trail is at, but I would be spooked until I rode the trail a couple of times so I could memorize it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    I was just making fun toward monzie. I was going to post it up anyway, but you really should always try to blame your indiscretions on somebody else. Everything after that was also in good fun. That's the way I see it anyway.
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    This whole thing was only ever meant to be in good fun. That is the way it is here.

    BTW, I like to mess with Monzie, too.
    Maaannn. It is my fault. I did kinda verbal diarrhea about bikes all up in the NT. In my defense, I didn't think my story was worth a new thread and there were no pictures or awesome stories so it didn't belong in Passion. Burn me at the stake as a heretic. I deserve it; plus, fire is cool. Besides Big t and Nicole are always alluding to dirt, so there.

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    Is tap water safe for that lawn? Or would bottled water be better?
    Tap. Fiji.
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    Id scrap the passion forum all together, its a breeding ground for unicorn milkers, rainbow chasers and candy cotton farters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    On a trail like that? You betcha!!

    I was riding in Sedona a couple years ago, way up on a butte, very narrow trail and I clipped a grip end on a tree, all that kept me from falling off a 100 ft ledge was grabbing onto said tree. Oh, and those teeth.
    I just checked and I don't have any teeth there. I must not have flossed them enough.

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    Seriously, does anyone else get pi$$ed when some dude calls your drop bar bike a "ten speed"? REALLY chaps my hide!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadie scum View Post
    Here come all the "which 29er handlebar?" threads.
    I hate those threads with a passion and I'm always the odd guy out because I still run narrow bars.

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    ^^You and Highdelll have the same sig, almost. His is the uncensored version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    I just checked and I don't have any teeth there. I must not have flossed them enough.
    I most definately have butt teeth and I've used them before.

    Thanks for bringing that up Opti.
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    well this is why i didnt want to post it, because i have a meh camera. however, i guess if you want to hear me curse and (slowly) flail through stupidly messy terrain, here you go. hard to tell, but some of this was like riding atop a stone wall. these guys are trying to kill me!
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/48270915?badge=0" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/48270915">Aug 26 2012</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11099461">Nicole Bolin29</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Awesome, Nic!! Finally we get to see your stuff. That's some techy stuff, too. Looks like you take a pretty constant beating there.

    Don't be shy, post more clips (more often)....
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    ^ that section is a real bone rattler. shame i didnt have my cam on right from the beginning. i went over the bars within the first minute. then turned it back off, and had another idiot spill. i'll find some more....
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    Nice job on the skinnies Nic!

    Here is one vid of mine, I posted it long time ago in the keychain camera thread. Nothing worked for me in that ride on my HT, I busted my balls on every other rock and finished the ride with a pinch flat...
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EZ8btNl8vPQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I got to take some new FS action footage but all my clips are incredibly boring.

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    Nice video Nicole, some of that stuff look pretty hairy.

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    and another. pardon my sound effects, and no lolling at my speed. i swear it's worse than it looks
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/39988842?badge=0" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/39988842">Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro town forest</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11099461">Nicole Bolin29</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Nice video nicole, narrow trails and it didn't look like much opportunity to get a rhythm going. Good job.

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    Here's my "grainy" contribution. Used my old 4 meg Nikon and not my helmet cam. This was my Sunday Prime maiden voyage.

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    Video I made of the loc's.

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    Nice vid, sti, looked like some tough obstacles, sometimes it just isn't happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    I got to take some new FS action footage but all my clips are incredibly boring.
    F' that upload away, we want to see it ! Specially because if there's boring footage, it's mine ... yes 32mins of it MUAHAHAh
    Btw is that the 456C on the video ?

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    Skip to 3:17, 9:20, 11:55, 15:00, 19:15 and even then only the last two could be considered mildly view able
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    Here's another I dug up from a couple years ago, same crappy camera, but video looks less crappy, probably time for a new camera.

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    Hey ambassador, has this thread found it's purpose? A place for OC'ers to share off topic on topic vids and pics, keeping other on topicness to a minimum, while keeping the always desireable OC bantering and wiseassery to the maximum? I like it, because deep down inside we're all "on topic", but desire a place to "play" outside the "rules".

    But then again, I could be completely wrong.

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    Some great brakeless BMX going on here - Charles Paty testing a prototype frame.



    Oh, and this was my ride last Saturday . I was so stoked to get my hang-5's back without knocking my front teeth out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Hey ambassador, has this thread found it's purpose? A place for OC'ers to share off topic on topic vids and pics, keeping other on topicness to a minimum, while keeping the always desireable OC bantering and wiseassery to the maximum? I like it, because deep down inside we're all "on topic", but desire a place to "play" outside the "rules".

    But then again, I could be completely wrong.
    Yeah i like that definition, we post stuff about general biking but we can still f' around when we like, not unlike the "official" picture/video threads "moar picaturez and stfu !!!" kind of attitude.

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    Ah Sti, so that's the Fells, eh? my lil group would like to be "showed around" there. looks like some of the rockier trails i've ridden, sort of like Fort Rock in Exeter NH. looks fun!
    will you be our chauffeur ? do they "blow" the trails in the fall?
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    5000-5500 bicycle riders showed up to San Jose Bike Party. Art Mann was there taping it for his show. It was probably the biggest SJBP I've ever been to. Here's my edit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Hey ambassador, has this thread found it's purpose? A place for OC'ers to share off topic on topic vids and pics, keeping other on topicness to a minimum, while keeping the always desireable OC bantering and wiseassery to the maximum? I like it, because deep down inside we're all "on topic", but desire a place to "play" outside the "rules".

    But then again, I could be completely wrong.
    Yup, I had high hopes this gamble was gonna work. We're all drawn to this website by a common interest. As you've stated, we can do the bike thing here and screw around in our regular OC lingo.

    Thanks for all the contributions friends! Lots of great entertainment!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    and another. pardon my sound effects, and no lolling at my speed. i swear it's worse than it looks
    We get it, you like your rides slow and rough.

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    I have to find time to look at all the videos here so I can share my smart ass comments with you, apologies for not having done it yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    Ah Sti, so that's the Fells, eh? my lil group would like to be "showed around" there. looks like some of the rockier trails i've ridden, sort of like Fort Rock in Exeter NH. looks fun!
    will you be our chauffeur ? do they "blow" the trails in the fall?
    I would be happy to show you around. Unfortunately, the only thing that blows there is me.

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    Btw is that the 456C on the video ?
    Yes, it is. The frame is currently hanging on the wall but I am going to build it up for this Winter again. I have realized why my ride sucked so much then - Racing Ralphs, nuff said.

    You wanted boring, you get boring, 3:18+ shows one of the smallish rollers and then later some chunk IIRC (i.e. 6:65+).
    Edit: video was not working before but it is now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    We get it, you like your rides slow and rough.
    Hey sir, answer my question bout the Fells!

    *edit...you did. sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    Hey sir, answer my question bout the Fells!

    *edit...you did. sorry
    You gotta be patient with me, it takes me a while to comprehend what I read here. Pick your date and time and we'll hit the Fells trails. You are going to endure the sight of me in lycra though. Btw. this weekend not looking good but the next two ones would work fine. The wet leaves give Fells a little extra oomph.

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    ...and we're so proud of oursleves for doing 3ft. drops on full suspension bikes, full face helmets and pads. Sean Burns. *ouch* I cringe every time I watch his video segments.


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    looking at that trail, i'd rather it be dry! who knows, it may have to be springtime. most of my bros are from further up in NH than i, so it would be planned out. We can show you around the north too
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post

    More, more, more! I need another fix

    Sure, I guess I'll play in this communist thread in OC.

    Quick cell phone video. Had to go slow so it was at least watchable.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/48312499?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/48312499">MTB ride</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user9355912">Nobrunch</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>


    From last year (riding the Stumpy) but since it's fall I'll post this as well.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/37208630?badge=0" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/37208630">Trail ride</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user9355912">Nobrunch</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    Sure, I guess I'll play in this communist thread in OC.

    They suck I know. Deal with it.
    Nice to see you in action M___t! Gotta get you flat-landers to come out West to show you what steepness is all about.

    What was that imaginary road trip/mtn bike trip we were talking about? Meeting in New Mexico, was it???
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    My trail is far from flat lol nor is it straight for more then 30 seconds. Damn trees everywhere. Yes, Northeastern part of NM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    My trail is far from flat lol nor is it straight for more then 30 seconds. Damn trees everywhere. Yes, Northeastern part of NM.
    Didn't mean to offend.
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    Just saw this of my homie Pete Brandt killing it at the Clocktower in SF. True flatland legend; O.G.


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    Eff! I hit the trails today, they are all leaves and fallen branches and I broke a MRP chain guide when a stick got entangled in the chain. The guide is the most expensive part of the drive train, the tensioner just snapped off. I hate the noise of a loose chain!

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    That's why i use a cheap guide and some zip ties and bushings to keep the chain tensioned. Cheap
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    couple more. the first short one is from my digicam. much better quality than my helmet cam! also goofin with my dog a bit in both of these
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/40366927?badge=0" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/40366927">Untitled</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11099461">Nicole Bolin29</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Just finished watching your video StiHacka, lot's of roots over hardpack, quite different from what i ride around here. Many walkers on the trail too, again really different from around here.
    Looks a good trail to ride nevertheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    Just finished watching your video StiHacka, lot's of roots over hardpack, quite different from what i ride around here. Many walkers on the trail too, again really different from around here.
    Looks a good trail to ride nevertheless.
    The best thing about those trails is that the loop starts about 200 meters from my house, and it is less than 15 kms from downtown Boston. There are better and more technical trails within an hour of driving but nothing beats the convenience of coming home from work, hopping on a bike and riding until sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    The best thing about those trails is that the loop starts about 200 meters from my house, and it is less than 15 kms from downtown Boston. There are better and more technical trails within an hour of driving but nothing beats the convenience of coming home from work, hopping on a bike and riding until sunset.
    Couldn't agree more, my "usual" trail isn't the most technical and there are a couple parts where i need to dismount from the bike but the trail begins and ends about 1km from home, the next trail ( much more technical since it's also used to hold the regional downhill race/stage ) is almost 30km from home.

    And considering that in at least 50% of the trail i hardly meet anyone apart from the odd ATV and motocross bike, it's more relaxing to ride than the next closest trail that is usually full of people in 7'' inch bikes that ( mostly ) ride slower than i do in a 4'' inch one, which pisses me off to no end.

    So convenience + relaxing = win.
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    Nothing... except the kids in this vid are 10 to 13 years old.

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    I really enjoy watching these raw footage videos you guys have posted. Sure they don't have any fancy editing, but they show what the rider experienced on the ride, and that's what's important. I love videos that document a ride and let you hear the bike and rider sounds. The ones where the camera is placed on the ground and you can hear the bike flying by are really cool!

    BTW, I like hearing all the cussing and other dialogue from the rider in the helmet cam vids.

    I don't have any mtb videos that haven't already been posted here on MTBR, so I'll just have to direct you guys to my latest thread in Passion: http://forums.mtbr.com/passion/explo...eo-821507.html. There is a video at the bottom of the page in my OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    I really enjoy watching these raw footage videos you guys have posted. Sure they don't have any fancy editing, but they show what the rider experienced on the ride, and that's what's important. I love videos that document a ride and let you hear the bike and rider sounds. The ones where the camera is placed on the ground and you can hear the bike flying by are really cool!

    BTW, I like hearing all the cussing and other dialogue from the rider in the helmet cam vids.

    I don't have any mtb videos that haven't already been posted here on MTBR, so I'll just have to direct you guys to my latest thread in Passion: http://forums.mtbr.com/passion/explo...eo-821507.html. There is a video at the bottom of the page in my OP.
    Beautiful country out there. Those climbs must be steeeep because you are laboring hard.

    I've posted this one somewhere else on MTBR but here it is again. Honorable mention to OO7, who I am chasing!

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    Good videos everyone! Hutch - I was almost expecting the first one to turn into a screamer.

    Daniel: I enjoyed yours, too. Brings back memories of my trip to Portugal, I spent some quality vacation time in the North with a base camp in Guimar„es long time ago.

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    And now for something entirely different.

    Got the bling ring today. Who'ss the boss?
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    gah, my last link had issues. this should work. Massachusetts, earlier this spring, with my colorful commentary as usual. there is even a quick cameo of Pedalphile, patting my dog
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/52585148?badge=0" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/52585148">bike movie 3-18</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11099461">Nicole Bolin29</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post

    BTW, I like hearing all the cussing and other dialogue from the rider in the helmet cam vids.
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    glad you're not offended
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    i like seeing everybody's "terrain" depending on what part of the country/world they're riding in
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    cant take credit for the vid, but i can take credit for having ridden this exact section tonight for the first time. ate it coming off the red bull wall the first time through but figured it out, and rode it many more times after without a hitch.

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    i took home a souvenir for my efforts too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Beautiful country out there. Those climbs must be steeeep because you are laboring hard.

    I've posted this one somewhere else on MTBR but here it is again. Honorable mention to OO7, who I am chasing!
    That climb with the captions mentioning me having to walk it back in 1997 is so steep it was a near-maximum effort for me. At one point I looked at my Garmin and saw a heart rate of 202. Strava says I hit a max of 204.

    I am doing all these climbs with toe clips and straps instead of clipless. I have clipless pedals on my road bike, but I'm too chickensht to put them on my mtb due to the technical trails I sometimes ride. Clipless would have helped quite a bit on those steep fire road climbs.

    I don't have any good mtb chases like yours, but I have a good one on my climb up Donner Pass Road in September. Since this is "Off Camber", I figure it's okay for me to post a road ride video here. After all, I'm biking up a mountain, right?

    The woman in the last part of this video gave me a hell of a challenge. She probably heard me "freight training uphill" and decided to put the hammer down every time I got close .

    Contour | Stories | Donner Pass Road climb 9-8-12
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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    The woman in the last part of this video gave me a hell of a challenge. She probably heard me "freight training uphill" and decided to put the hammer down every time I got close .
    Don't know about that. Your camera spent an awful lot of time aimed at her butt. Are you sure that you were really trying to pass her?

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    Nice arm strawberry BT!
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    I think they called it a bling ring as a self-defense because it looks really dorky IMHO.


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    yeah buddy! its hurtin for certain this morning haha. i dont care, i have eyeballed that line for a month and never thought i would have the balls to hit it anytime soon... but peer pressure is a mofo, aint it? (and the peers were as stoked as i was, after i got up, went back to the top, and kept on hittin it )

    if i can afford to ride there all winter, and dont destroy my bike in the process, i am gonna be so much better of a rider in the spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Don't know about that. Your camera spent an awful lot of time aimed at her butt. Are you sure that you were really trying to pass her?
    It was a handlebar-mounted ContourGPS camera, so of course it's going to stay pointed straight ahead. Speaking of straight, that's me. A straight female .

    Since the video has 100% natural sound, the sound of my effort should be enough proof that I was working hard on that climb. Here's the data from that ride for further proof: Bike Ride Profile | Donner Pass, Donner Lake Roads near | Times and Records | Strava or
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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    I really enjoy watching these raw footage videos you guys have posted. Sure they don't have any fancy editing, but they show what the rider experienced on the ride, and that's what's important. I love videos that document a ride and let you hear the bike and rider sounds. The ones where the camera is placed on the ground and you can hear the bike flying by are really cool!

    BTW, I like hearing all the cussing and other dialogue from the rider in the helmet cam vids.
    Well i have a video with cursing but it's not in English It also has my own "commentaries" but unfortunately the camera got pointed down somewhere and i only noticed when i got home, as such the camera angle is stupid ... not bad to see the terrain though.

    DISCLAIMER: As always the video is big and boring

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    ^ No gloves?! ^
    They're one of those things i couldn't ever bring myself to use, too frikin hot ... Sometimes i wish i had some when i come home full of scratches from a fall or from those nasty thorned bushes but the discomfort of using them is worse to me. I already have to use gloves all week, don't want to use them when i'm supposed to be having fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    Well i have a video with cursing but it's not in English It also has my own "commentaries" but unfortunately the camera got pointed down somewhere and i only noticed when i got home, as such the camera angle is stupid ... not bad to see the terrain though.

    DISCLAIMER: As always the video is big and boring
    Even with the lack of English, I got a pretty good idea what you were thinking when you encountered the various tough sections .

    Sounds like the ContourROAM has automatic gain control, which is an improvement over the ContourHD and ContourGPS that I have. Those have manual recording level adjustment. I have the HD's mic level set to 45 and the GPS's to 40 in order to capture normal background sounds, but I get distortion on loud noises like yelling and loud engines on vehicles passing me while road riding.

    Trying to get the perfect camera angle is a PITA! I finally got my ContourHD aimed properly by putting two pump straps underneath the front part of the vented helmet mount to raise it up more.
    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    They're one of those things i couldn't ever bring myself to use, too frikin hot ... Sometimes i wish i had some when i come home full of scratches from a fall or from those nasty thorned bushes but the discomfort of using them is worse to me. I already have to use gloves all week, don't want to use them when i'm supposed to be having fun.
    That's how I feel about tight spandex. I refuse to wear it (I do wear gloves though). I hate polyester clothing. I am much more comfortable wearing 100% cotton. All cycling websites say cotton is the worst thing to wear, but I find it wonderful on hot rides when I have a nice baggy tank top on and don't overheat on climbs.

    Besides, I am convinced that motorists treat cyclists better when they think they are just trying to get from point A to point B (commuting to work, running errands, etc). Some motorists feel that cyclists wearing kits are "playing" on "their" roads, while others wearing normal clothes are not. It sucks, but it shows how ignorant some non-cyclists are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    It was a handlebar-mounted ContourGPS camera, so of course it's going to stay pointed straight ahead. Speaking of straight, that's me. A straight female .
    Sorry. I was at work until 11:45 last night, usually get out at 4:30. Tired, and a computer without speakers, will compromise your judgement.

    That looked like a tough climb, you made a great effort. There are some awesome twisty uphills near to me, I've thought about buying a road bike for cardio purposes, but I don't think that I would ride it enough to justify the expense.

    Btw, thanks for keeping your camera pointed at that girls butt for so long, it's almost like you did it just for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Sorry. I was at work until 11:45 last night, usually get out at 4:30. Tired, and a computer without speakers, will compromise your judgement.

    That looked like a tough climb, you made a great effort. There are some awesome twisty uphills near to me, I've thought about buying a road bike for cardio purposes, but I don't think that I would ride it enough to justify the expense.

    Btw, thanks for keeping your camera pointed at that girls butt for so long, it's almost like you did it just for me.
    No problem . I was going for a PR on that climb, which I did get in spite of a back muscle that I strained a week before from sneezing while sitting in a chair, of all things . Boy was I glad when that healed up! That is one of the muscles used in cycling!

    You might be surprised how addicting road cycling can be. If you have good climbs nearby, even more so! I love climbing more than anything, and I like to haul ass on descents. Since it's safer for me to do that on pavement, I spend more time road riding than mountain biking. Another reason for that is the fact that I have to drive to do any mountain biking. There are no good legal trails within riding distance around here.

    California State Parks started charging $10 to park in areas that used to be free, so now I have to find other places to park on mtb rides. I have a personal rule that I will not pay to park a motor vehicle anywhere. I will ride my bike instead, or park further away and ride the rest of the way. I am "car-lite", meaning I use bicycles for practical purposes as well as recreation, and I try to avoid driving unless I absolutely have to.

    Here's a video I know you will like . I recorded this with the helmet cam, and it looks like I was looking at the lead rider's butt, but in reality I was suffering trying to keep up with her. When I am suffering on a climb I put my head down more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    Well i have a video with cursing but it's not in English It also has my own "commentaries" but unfortunately the camera got pointed down somewhere and i only noticed when i got home, as such the camera angle is stupid ... not bad to see the terrain though.
    The camera angle and its wide FOV make it look like you were riding on one of Little Price's planets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Here's a video I know you will like . I recorded this with the helmet cam, and it looks like I was looking at the lead rider's butt.
    Thanks. Seriously though, that looked like a fun and tough ride, a few downs mixed in with the ups, I enjoyed the scenery. I like it here in the desert, but I always enjoy getting somewhere that has trees and green.

    You mentioned 250bpm at the beginning of your vid, how long could you sustain that? Back in my early 30's when I was in my running prime, I could hold 194bpm pretty much as long as I cared to, but a maximum effort would only get me to maybe 210. I don't use a heart rate monitor anymore, I'm afraid to see what I'm doing to myself. I love to climb also. I'll be selling a bike soon, maybe I'll do a little road bike shopping. Being a runner since the mid 80's, and a very serious runner for probably 15 years continuous, I fully understand the importance of a good cardio workout. Mountain biking is certainly good for you, but the on/off/on/off isn't as beneficial as a nice sustained effort. As we age, it's more important than ever to stay healthy by exercising and eating right.

    As far as PR's go, I started goofing around with Strava, swore that I wouldn't get into it, now every place that I ride I have my GPS. Now, I get home, mix my Recoverite, sit down to upload my data, and know where I stand before I even get into the shower. I'm such a dork.

    Have a nice day, freighttrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Thanks. Seriously though, that looked like a fun and tough ride, a few downs mixed in with the ups, I enjoyed the scenery. I like it here in the desert, but I always enjoy getting somewhere that has trees and green.

    You mentioned 250bpm at the beginning of your vid, how long could you sustain that? Back in my early 30's when I was in my running prime, I could hold 194bpm pretty much as long as I cared to, but a maximum effort would only get me to maybe 210. I don't use a heart rate monitor anymore, I'm afraid to see what I'm doing to myself. I love to climb also. I'll be selling a bike soon, maybe I'll do a little road bike shopping. Being a runner since the mid 80's, and a very serious runner for probably 15 years continuous, I fully understand the importance of a good cardio workout. Mountain biking is certainly good for you, but the on/off/on/off isn't as beneficial as a nice sustained effort. As we age, it's more important than ever to stay healthy by exercising and eating right.

    As far as PR's go, I started goofing around with Strava, swore that I wouldn't get into it, now every place that I ride I have my GPS. Now, I get home, mix my Recoverite, sit down to upload my data, and know where I stand before I even get into the shower. I'm such a dork.

    Have a nice day, freighttrain.
    Do you mean 205 bpm? I think that's probably pretty close to my max nowadays. When I was 25 years old I had a max HR of 215. I'm sure I would blow up if I tried to maintain the kind of effort you see in the first mtb video I linked to here. The climb in that video was almost maximum effort (and it sounds like it too, believe me! ). On most long climbs I can sustain heart rates in the 180s.

    I think mountain biking is great interval training because of the steep climbs that require intense effort like the one in that video. Road riding gives you the continuous effort over a longer period time. I think that's what burns the most calories too.

    I'm probably even more of a dork. I always make sure I have my Garmin and my camera on my climbing rides. I also just recently purchased the speed/cadence sensor for my road bike. Now I get accurate speed readings that don't jump around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Do you mean 205 bpm?
    You're right, I was wrong. I re-watched the beginning and you said "215". Kinda sounded like you said 250, that's why I was wondering, it sounded kind of high. But you never know, there are elites out there that can leave us mere mortals in the dust. I'm going to have to dig out my Polar and take it out for a spin, there's a nice trail climb near me that usually takes me about 9 minutes and damn near kills me every time I do it, which is about twice a week, I'm kinda stupid that way. I'm interested now to see what kind of rate I hit, right before my chest explodes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    You're right, I was wrong. I re-watched the beginning and you said "215". Kinda sounded like you said 250, that's why I was wondering, it sounded kind of high. But you never know, there are elites out there that can leave us mere mortals in the dust. I'm going to have to dig out my Polar and take it out for a spin, there's a nice trail climb near me that usually takes me about 9 minutes and damn near kills me every time I do it, which is about twice a week, I'm kinda stupid that way. I'm interested now to see what kind of rate I hit, right before my chest explodes.
    I remember exactly how I found my old max of 215. I found a local hill that is 1/4 mile long and gets steeper as it goes on. I rode up that as hard as I could. After seeing 215 on my Polar on several of those rides, I figured that was as high as I could go.

    I'd love to see raw video of you doing that trail climb. I always want to go out and hammer after watching raw footage of tough climbs posted by other cyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    I'd love to see raw video of you doing that trail climb. I always want to go out and hammer after watching raw footage of tough climbs posted by other cyclists.
    It is now on my list of things to do.

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    Time to bump this sucker with some self-embarrassment material from this morning.

    The temp was in lower 40s this morning so I decided to wear my riding pajamas.

    Here's a fun looking rock next to a fire road I have been ignoring until today.


    And here is the dramatic action shot (not).
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    Early morning rides can be tough! Especially when it's cold out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Early morning rides can be tough! Especially when it's cold out!
    Any ride is tough when you're working a swing shift, I am so lazy (and tired).

    Nice rock Sti, that's what it's all about, explore and conquer!!

    Here's a few quickies from my own "rock conquering archive".

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    nothing like the risk of falling into a cactus to keep you on your toes! and Sti, i wuff your yellow bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    nothing like the risk of falling into a cactus to keep you on your toes! and Sti, i wuff your yellow bike.
    Couple of years ago I got a little too close to a particularly nasty little (big) cactus, I was still digging broken off spines out 6 months later as they worked their way to the top. Just about everything out here will puncture you, it's part of the thrill.

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    No cacti here but there are zillions of branches and sticks covered with leaves on the trails after the storm and they seem to spring up at you at any moment. My shins are covered with rivers of blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    And here is the dramatic action shot (not).
    I was making a snarky remark but i'll go film something instead i guess in a couple hours, a bit on the cold side but whatever !
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    I was making a snarky remark but i'll go film something instead i guess in a couple hours, a bit on the cold side but whatever !
    Are you telling me that despite all the investment into this hoax including the hired actor that I made to make you believe I actually own a bike, the video did not hit the mark?

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    That's going to be sweet. He deserves it.

    This was my first MTB video edit ever:

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    Are you telling me that despite all the investment into this hoax including the hired actor that I made to make you believe I actually own a bike, the video did not hit the mark?
    You almost fooled me but then the yellow frame busted everything ! It's pretty obvious that you would use a bright yellow frame for post processing in After Effects, noob mistake tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    You almost fooled me but then the yellow frame busted everything ! It's pretty obvious that you would use a bright yellow frame for post processing in After Effects, noob mistake tbh
    I learned my lesson and won't make that mistake again. /me would be staying behind the camera from now on, never in front of it.

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    So I found someone to buy my motorcycle. Just need to get it running again. This is to put a road bike on layaway. Yes, layaway with a min payment of 1$ a month so put that in your corn pipe and smoke it.

    Only I need your guys help. Have any of you seen in person or have pics of the Tarmac Sport Mid Compact in the green/black combo? The LBS does have the black gloss in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    ...This is to put a road bike on layaway. Yes, layaway with a min payment of 1$ a month so put that in your corn pipe and smoke it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    I'd love to see raw video of you doing that trail climb. I always want to go out and hammer after watching raw footage of tough climbs posted by other cyclists.
    freighttrain, unfortunately, I didn't do it well today. I've attempted this climb about 20 times, I've no dab cleaned it 4. It's .8 miles, 282 feet of elevation gain, average grade of 6.2%, there's a half dozen or so spots where it's 22-26%. I had to dab a few times today, and had to push the 2 steepest sections. I keep showing my HR monitor, but it didn't resolve well, I was pushing 164-170 bpm the whole climb, there was a 2 minute climb right before this one that got me elevated, it ranged anywhere from 10.3 to 27.7%. I had messed up schedule at work all week, I was tired this morning and felt like crap. It bugged me a little that I did get whooped, because I just cleaned this darn hill for my 4th time earlier this week. There will be a next time.

    For any others who watch this, be forewarned, freighttrain asked for a raw climbing video, this is 13+ unedited minutes of me gasping for air.

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    Paging Mr. Silva, paging Mr. Silva, where is the promised masterpiece?

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    Sure looks like somewhere in the San Gabes with all that typical exposure and huge penalty for failure... but since the huge fires up there and looking like a Mars landscape, I've not been back up to ride any of it. The San Gabes is a young mans game, great challenging ride, but she'll hurt you bad if you make a small mistake.

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    Cotton has awful wicking properties. For cold weather, especially. It soaks up sweat (like a cotton towel) and actually makes you colder through the wetness. If you wear an appropriate cycling base layer, it will wick away moisture onto an outer jersey layer, keeping you dry, and therefore warm.

    I just got a Club Ride Go West jersey. Normally I wear Lycra, but I'm incredibly impressed but the fit and feel. Plus, it's cycling specific with vents, pockets and moisture wicking properties. If you don't like the look of cycling apparel, check out the Club Ride stuff.

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    Here you go, ambassador, you asked me to help you get your riding fix for the day. Two videos, same trail, the day light one was a while ago, the night one I just did a half an hour ago. I checked my GPS data, tonight was the exact same as my fastest daytime run. My new Ayups work great for riding, pretty much suck for night video.

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    Thanks, but that night vid makes me dizzy.

    Where are these trails?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Thanks, but that night vid makes me dizzy.

    Where are these trails?
    Yeah, the night vid is terrible, the lights worked pretty good for riding though. It's lower Corona de Loma. Corona dumps off National just west of the Buena Vista parking area, goes down to Desert Classic. This trail is the bottom part of it, it drops 128 ft in .4 mile, most of it in the first .25 mile, it's pretty quick, and of course rocky. I usually run it in around 2:08-2:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    freighttrain, unfortunately, I didn't do it well today. I've attempted this climb about 20 times, I've no dab cleaned it 4. It's .8 miles, 282 feet of elevation gain, average grade of 6.2%, there's a half dozen or so spots where it's 22-26%. I had to dab a few times today, and had to push the 2 steepest sections. I keep showing my HR monitor, but it didn't resolve well, I was pushing 164-170 bpm the whole climb, there was a 2 minute climb right before this one that got me elevated, it ranged anywhere from 10.3 to 27.7%. I had messed up schedule at work all week, I was tired this morning and felt like crap. It bugged me a little that I did get whooped, because I just cleaned this darn hill for my 4th time earlier this week. There will be a next time.

    For any others who watch this, be forewarned, freighttrain asked for a raw climbing video, this is 13+ unedited minutes of me gasping for air.
    Thanks for the video. I really needed it! I don't know if there's something in the water around town or what, but I've been putting up with major attitude from people for the past two days. People just don't have any control over their emotions, and they've been taking out their frustrations on uninvolved people, including me.

    The worst was the guy who was acting like a wannabe apartment manager and giving me grief about my bike when I showed up at a memorial for a dear friend who passed away recently. He kept saying I needed to park my bike out front. I told him repeatedly that I was goint to lock it up in the rack in the back parking lot closest to the gathering, but he just wouldn't shut up.

    I finally had to tell him that his behavior was inappropriate and that I was there to pay my respects to my departed friend. He didn't like that either. Oh well.

    I found out later on that the same guy gave a disabled woman grief about her service dog, and b!thced out another tenant about his bicycle.

    Back to the video. That looks like a climb I would love! That first steep section would probably cause me to stall out too, and I would end up dabbing in the same places you did.

    I am debating whether to take a road or mtb ride tomorrow. With all the new fees implemented by California State Parks in areas that used to be free that are close to trailheads, I might just take a road ride because I know I can park for free in the city park where I start the ride from. I'm just not in the mood to deal with any bullshyt. I want to jump on my bike and hammer up some hills, then haul ass back down. I need the intense effort to improve my attitude. Endorphins are the cure for life's BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    Paging Mr. Silva, paging Mr. Silva, where is the promised masterpiece?
    Considering that i have a major case of the sniffles, that was postponed. Every time I get a few days off work I get sick, this is why I f' king hate winter .... I never even knew that one person could produce so much mucous

    Optimus that's one great looking trail, we simply don't have that kind of terrain around here, would love to someday ride in a place like that, tired of all this green I have around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Yeah, the night vid is terrible, the lights worked pretty good for riding though. It's lower Corona de Loma. Corona dumps off National just west of the Buena Vista parking area, goes down to Desert Classic. This trail is the bottom part of it, it drops 128 ft in .4 mile, most of it in the first .25 mile, it's pretty quick, and of course rocky. I usually run it in around 2:08-2:15.
    Do you ride any of the other areas besides South Mtn? I think I heard that there's some good riding at North Mtn and isn't there a little area to ride on the North side of Int. 10 on the Western side of Phoenix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Do you ride any of the other areas besides South Mtn? I think I heard that there's some good riding at North Mtn and isn't there a little area to ride on the North side of Int. 10 on the Western side of Phoenix?
    I live right below South Mountain, 10 minutes by bike and I'm on the trails in the middle, 10 minutes by car and I'm on the trails at the east end. I've ridden North Mountain, yes there's good stuff there, I've been over in the White Tanks once, that's where you mention west of town and north of 10. I've ridden lots out to the east, over by Superior, on the Arizona Trail. 2beerjoe and I a couple of Father's Days ago rode the AZT down off Montana Mountain, out to the east of the valley. It was quite a ride, the trail started up around 5400 ft, was 21 miles back down to hwy 60, and the trail map profile looked like all down hill. Ended up taking us 6 hours, man was it rugged up there, there really wasn't much trail, just kind of a hint of where there might have been one. It was a lot of fun. My wife and son were all worried because I was gone so long, the previous Father's Day I came home with my face all smashed up, a broken finger and a chipped elbow from an OTB. I ride Sedona and Flagstaff a few times a year, climbed up to 10,000 ft on Mt Humphries recently, on mostly single track. So, to make a short answer long for you, yes I ride other places. Here's a couple snaps of the Montana Mountain ride.
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    freighttrain, that's part of why I ride, to get away from the masses. A lot of my rides are planned for times and places where I know there won't be many, if any people. I've done rides at 110 degrees, 20 miles out into nothing and back, never seeing another soul, not even at the trail head. Marvelous.

    I think that I would enjoy your Quarry Trail. Nice climb, by the way.

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    I figured you did, you just hadn't mentioned or supplied vid/pics for any of the other places recently.

    Nice to have South Mtn in your backyard, though... awesome local "stomping grounds".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I figured you did, you just hadn't mentioned or supplied vid/pics for any of the other places recently.

    Nice to have South Mtn in your backyard, though... awesome local "stomping grounds".

    We've never had an on topic off topic means to share before. I'll dig through the archive for some of the more interesting pics.

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    i had a glorious ride today, but seemed everybody else was having a rough time, breakin shyt. my poor bud had this XTR derailleur for only 3 hours, and....

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    Oh, wow! Did he slam it on a rock and bend it?!
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    a flat slab of a rock, about 6 inches long just flung up in there. kind of a freak thing. it was the only random rock on the flowy section of trail
    wasnt just bent either, pieces just shattered off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    For any others who watch this, be forewarned, freighttrain asked for a raw climbing video, this is 13+ unedited minutes of me gasping for air.
    Nice climb! I ride a comparable one (distance, elevation gain) near my office once every full moon, only mine is littered with rocks, mud and tons of roots. I tried to persuade Nicole to ride there with me and my friend but she would not ride without her wolfpack.

    I have no video but if you do strava, here is a link to the segment. Strava Segment | Howard St Climb

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    a flat slab of a rock, about 6 inches long just flung up in there. kind of a freak thing. it was the only random rock on the flowy section of trail
    wasnt just bent either, pieces just shattered off
    That's why I ride with a SLX RD. Comparable performance, more robust, only slightly heavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    Nice climb! I ride a comparable one (distance, elevation gain) near my office once every full moon, only mine is littered with rocks, mud and tons of roots. I tried to persuade Nicole to ride there with me and my friend but she would not ride without her wolfpack.

    I have no video but if you do strava, here is a link to the segment. Strava Segment | Howard St Climb
    wha? when did i turn down a ride? if you mean that day we fitted tires, i didnt have any gear with me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    i had a glorious ride today, but seemed everybody else was having a rough time, breakin shyt. my poor bud had this XTR derailleur for only 3 hours, and....

    Ouch! That's why I only own cheap SRAM X7. Ironically, knock on wood, I've never broken a derailleur or hanger yet.

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    Tried to get out for another ride tonight but couldn't get the usual suspects to participate (I didn't want to ride alone) so I stayed home and did some things that needed to be taken care of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Tried to get out for another ride tonight but couldn't get the usual suspects to participate (I didn't want to ride alone) so I stayed home and did some things that needed to be taken care of.
    I rode twice today - I had a great early morning ride with a next door buddy and an evening relaxing ride with wifey.

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    I rode yesterday with the slow/fat group ride. Slow indeed. I think our average speed was like 5-6mph. on an easy mostly buff flat trail, with plenty of stops. It was fun though. Sometimes you need to go that slow to be able to enjoy going full tilt.

    I wanted to ride today but do to a mishap involving a glass bottle, fire and water being spit from a tree, I didn't. The burn on my hand looks funny though because the flesh is burnt around my callouses from work/riding but the callouses are fine.

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    im coming to the realization that drunken night rides are not my forte. clearly i need more practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big terry View Post
    im coming to the realization that drunken night rides are not my forte. clearly i need more practice.
    Can you supply some details/results/events/highlights?
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    We rode yesterday and today. It was quite overcast today and because of the time change we needed our lights by 5pm! Dark days are ahead
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    I'm glad you guys (and gals) got out there. I busted my bottom all weekend long with work. Worked straight through since last Monday and gonna keep on going right through this week!

    Next day off: Saturday

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    i learned that the hard way too Terry, i dont think i can ever drink as much again, as i did friday (i wasnt blackout drunk, but enough to make night mtb'ing feel really shaky and stupid) we rode somehwere very easy, but we were out for many hours and i was just aching so bad, with random black n blues. Next time, i'm only drinking slightly less than that, haha. i also seem to remember making some very embarrassing confessions to some new friends. eek. i'm sure i'll get reminded
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    i learned that the hard way too Terry, i dont think i can ever drink as much again, as i did friday (i wasnt blackout drunk, but enough to make night mtb'ing feel really shaky and stupid) we rode somehwere very easy, but we were out for many hours and i was just aching so bad, with random black n blues. Next time, i'm only drinking slightly less than that, haha. i also seem to remember making some very embarrassing confessions to some new friends. eek. i'm sure i'll get reminded
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    Few pics from the archive, Pass Mountain, I've ridden here a few times, 1/2 hour from home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Can you supply some details/results/events/highlights?
    well, i got started way too soon...i was a passenger on the road trip, didnt have to drive, so i was well juiced by the time we got there. barely had time to set up the tent before it was time to ride. it was my first time on the trail- i had never even ridden it in daylight before- and it is, in places, above my ability to ride (even sober ). i found that out the hard way, a few miles in, when i went over a smallish jump on a downhill line, and blew my front tire on the landing- going otb and faceplanting in the rocks. i was encouraged to take the ride out in the sag truck, and i had pretty much come to that conclusion before it was even offered to me. the truck happened to have all the beer, too so not a total waste.

    im gonna need to practice on trails i know, before i do anymore new trails at night. being half faced didnt help but not knowing the terrain, i think, was my biggest issue. other than that it was really freakin cool to be riding in the woods and see a chain of headlights hundreds of yards long, snaking through the woods and hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big terry View Post
    well, i got started way too soon...i was a passenger on the road trip, didnt have to drive, so i was well juiced by the time we got there. barely had time to set up the tent before it was time to ride. it was my first time on the trail- i had never even ridden it in daylight before- and it is, in places, above my ability to ride (even sober ). i found that out the hard way, a few miles in, when i went over a smallish jump on a downhill line, and blew my front tire on the landing- going otb and faceplanting in the rocks. i was encouraged to take the ride out in the sag truck, and i had pretty much come to that conclusion before it was even offered to me. the truck happened to have all the beer, too so not a total waste.

    im gonna need to practice on trails i know, before i do anymore new trails at night. being half faced didnt help but not knowing the terrain, i think, was my biggest issue. other than that it was really freakin cool to be riding in the woods and see a chain of headlights hundreds of yards long, snaking through the woods and hills.
    Agreed. I wouldn't rode any trail at night that I wasn't already familiar with, and being buzzed in addition is a recipe for trouble.
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    It is getting dark awfully early now, I am thinking about riding some of the tamer trails at night. A helmet mounted Mag lite should suffice, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    It is getting dark awfully early now, I am thinking about riding some of the tamer trails at night. A helmet mounted Mag lite should suffice, right?
    Mag lights are pretty expensive.

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    You are right. I am going to get a pair of the gas station $3 torches instead.

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    I've wanted to try one of those for a long time. Today I managed to swap for repairing a couple of carbon fiber exhausts for a moto trial bike.
    Now that's gonna be good fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Magura View Post
    I got a new bike today


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    I've wanted to try one of those for a long time. Today I managed to swap for repairing a couple of carbon fiber exhausts for a moto trial bike.
    Now that's gonna be good fun.


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    I cannot see how riding this could be safe. It is obviously missing reflectors in both wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    I cannot see how riding this could be safe. It is obviously missing reflectors in both wheels!
    To be honest, I agree that thing is not safe, and I'd wish I could blame it on the reflectors


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    That's a beauty--is the model name the "Nutcracker"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    That's a beauty--is the model name the "Nutcracker"?
    I have a feeling it will be baptized "Nutcracker" in the nearest future.

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    Yesterday's ride was definitely an "Off Camber", off-topic ride (on-topic for RBR though ). I wanted a smooth fast ride and no parking issues, so I did a road ride. Looking at everyone's videos and pictures in this thread makes me miss the dirt though, so maybe I'll sneak a mtb ride in this week.

    I wish I lived near that Helipad climb that Optimus posted video of. You know I'd be right there with camera recording as always!

    The thing I like about the country roads I rode yesterday is the continuous effort with minimal stopping and minimal traffic. There aren't any stop signs or traffic signals and I don't have to pull over and stop every time another road user approaches, so I can burn off more fat (hopefully!) and keep a rhythm going.

    Even though this was a road ride, I made sure it had plenty of climbing like my favorite mtb rides. On the way up one hill, the lead rider in a group of three descending cyclists saw me and said hi. When I said hi back to him he yelled "Hey I know you! I did, uh, Scott's ride!".

    "Scott" is a member of a cycling club I'm also a member of, and he leads some of the best climbing sufferfests you could ask for. Unfortunately I'm too fat and slow to keep up with those hammerheads. I'm also the wrong gender . Nature didn't bless most women with the strength to keep up with male mountain goat cyclists . Strava reminds me of that every time I post a ride and compare myself to men and women instead of just women.

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    Here's the Garmin Connect version of the same ride, useful for those who aren't on Strava. You don't need to be a member and logged in to see all the data on Garmin Connect: Malcolm Dixon, Deer Valley Roads by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details

    Here's video of that ride. You can see and hear the other rider who recognized me from the climbing sufferfest club ride starting at 3:38.

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    Anyone decorating their bike for the holiday season? I just received my order for a short strand of 10 LED lit icicles powered by 2 AA batteries! I'll probably wrap it around the rails of my saddle and string the rest on down the seat post.
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    No but im waiting for my winter tires to get here. Purgatory 2.3F Ground control 2.3R. Also after I thought my LBS used Bonti TLR strips and valves I found out they used Stans, hey it was for free so no harm but today put in order for the Bonti kit as well. Still going to use the Stans fluid though.

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    "I roll Ground Controls front and rear 365 days a year".

    We don't get "Winter" here and these tires work well for our "loose over hardpack" terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    No but im waiting for my winter tires to get here. Purgatory 2.3F Ground control 2.3R. Also after I thought my LBS used Bonti TLR strips and valves I found out they used Stans, hey it was for free so no harm but today put in order for the Bonti kit as well. Still going to use the Stans fluid though.

    Phoned in.
    Personal experience with both tires, granted it's in the dry, but I'd run the ground Control on front and the Purgatory on back. GC 2.3 doesn't "look" overly impressive, but it grabs extremely well.

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    Yea, I hope they are promising. Was going to get a different set but decided otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Personal experience with both tires, granted it's in the dry, but I'd run the ground Control on front and the Purgatory on back. GC 2.3 doesn't "look" overly impressive, but it grabs extremely well.
    GCs remind me of the old Specialized tire Roll-X, which I loved!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    I wanted a smooth fast ride and no parking issues, so I did a road ride. The thing I like about the country roads I rode yesterday is the continuous effort with minimal stopping and minimal traffic.

    Nature didn't bless most women with the strength to keep up with male mountain goat cyclists . Strava reminds me of that every time I post a ride and compare myself to men and women instead of just women.
    Very nice ride. 5 PR's, some nice sustained climbs, 5ish continuous miles of primarily 5-7% grades, not too shabby at all.

    Funny that you compare yourself to the men, I find that I compare myself to the women. I'll never be able to compete with the top tier men, but I get a kick out of it when I'm almost as fast as the upper echelon women. It's fun though just to see where you stand against your peers. Climbing, I tend to be toward the back of the pack, descending definitely well into the front.

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    Opti, what tires do you roll on over that jagged rocky terrain that makes up the Valley of the Sun?
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    I'm working on my winter set up. The current set up is Bontrager XR-1s (1.9"s). When the trail is in good shape, they are great. Put a little loose sand on top--they turn into a mess. Last winter was a disaster. They were too narrow for snow and had no traction on the icy stuff.

    I now have a set of bontrager 29-2 2.1" tires that I'm going to try this winter. Hopefully they will work. I only paid $10 for the set (they were take offs gathering dust in the LBS), but I wanted wider. If they don't work, I'll have a new set of tires to try next year.

    Perhaps next year I'll have to pick up a fat bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Opti, what tires do you roll on over that jagged rocky terrain that makes up the Valley of the Sun?
    I really like Specialized tires, they hold up well for me and their performance is certainly acceptable. On my single speed I was liking a Captain 2.2 rear, Eskar 2.3 front, control casing. Can't get Eskars anymore, switched to Ground Controls on the SS, awesome for the assigned mission. On my AM bikes, which are both 29ers, I really like a Butcher 2.3 control front. Being as it just came out, I was riding a 2.4 Purgatory on front. I like a 2.3 Purgatory rear. I do have a Pivot Firebird also that I never ride, I like my 29ers, I ride Butcher front and Clutch rear on the Bird but in SX casing, very tough tire. I run everything tubeless. I wear out a half dozen tires a year, but only slice maybe one. I'd really like a 29er tire as tough as an SX, although it would be a little bit heavy.

    I'll be selling the Bird soon, size large, very nice condition although it has been dumped a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I'm working on my winter set up. The current set up is Bontrager XR-1s (1.9"s). When the trail is in good shape, they are great. Put a little loose sand on top--they turn into a mess. Last winter was a disaster. They were too narrow for snow and had no traction on the icy stuff.

    I now have a set of bontrager 29-2 2.1" tires that I'm going to try this winter. Hopefully they will work. I only paid $10 for the set (they were take offs gathering dust in the LBS), but I wanted wider. If they don't work, I'll have a new set of tires to try next year.

    Perhaps next year I'll have to pick up a fat bike
    I was looking at running the 29-3F, 29-2R as my other set up. Until I saw how few reply's in a thread I started asking about them. FWIW the 29-2 looked to be a promising rear tire and if you want you could run it in a 2.35 up front. Those should be a good tire out your way though if it doesn't get to wet. The XR2/26 at the LBS is almost identical to the 29-2 and wanted to to go overkill for this winter. Thus went with the more burly set up.

    Why do I have a feeling your referring to the older version and not the new one and I just typed this up for practice at typing....

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    They are the older ones best I can tell (not the same as the website). The old tread pattern looks better for winter, though.
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    He does have a good point though.

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    So new tires came in. Just waiting on the TLRS. They are nice looking.

    Anyway.... you know that awkward moment when you take a week off cause your sick and have poison ivy growing on your arm and you can't take it anymore so you go out for a night ride only to run into team members finishing up a night ride and you missed a race a couple days before that was a night race. So you your all like "hey" all awkward like especially cause their doing the trail backwards and you have your lights on full blast total 2400 lumens est*.

    But wait there's more so you turn down your lights and that's that and your doing your usual laps only to come onto a new section at night and your like wtf, um, this is new. So you do your two laps freezing your toes, hands, and not sure if your balls have dropped back to normal status. Then you come on here.

    Anyone else ever get that?

    For the record I'm all bundled up like the picture below now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    So new tires came in. Just waiting on the TLRS. They are nice looking.

    Anyway.... you know that awkward moment when you take a week off cause your sick and have poison ivy growing on your arm and you can't take it anymore so you go out for a night ride only to run into team members finishing up a night ride and you missed a race a couple days before that was a night race. So you your all like "hey" all awkward like especially cause their doing the trail backwards and you have your lights on full blast total 2400 lumens est*.

    But wait there's more so you turn down your lights and that's that and your doing your usual laps only to come onto a new section at night and your like wtf, um, this is new. So you do your two laps freezing your toes, hands, and not sure if your balls have dropped back to normal status. Then you come on here.

    Anyone else ever get that?

    For the record I'm all bundled up like the picture below now.

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    Ummm, well..., no.

    But I can picture you all cuddly/cozy in your burrito style blanket body wrap.

    Post a pic of the new tread!
    life is... "All About Bikes"...

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