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    Common guys, 5 weeks since the last post?!? Step up your game! (I know I'm guilty too)

    Decided to do a big ride today on my day off. Goal was just to enjoy this ridiculously perfect weather, the fall foliage, hit a few local parks, and smash hills.

    What a day, it just doesn't get much better than that. 3:15min, 3,531ft of vert, 27 miles. Loved every second of it.

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    Going to be doing this tomorrow...
    http://www.goldenbaymtb.club/milk-honey-race/

    Going solo, single bike on the Santa Cruz Chameleon 26" with 32/20 gearing.
    Forecast for a breezy headwind on the road section and 19į max.

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    Racing for honey

    enjoy yourself, and your chosen gear ratio sounds like reasonably spinny fun
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    Soccer fields were never this perfect when I was a kid. First ride on the new wheelset and tires. Can't complain about much except my fitness.

    One thing about fall riding - the leaves often hide the terrain below. Was caught off guard a few times but luckily no spills.

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    We've been lax!

    Annual trip to Raystown. Conditions were mint. Maybe a few small puddles here and there. Hadn't ridden the SS in a while and this was the perfect place to get back into it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinstigator View Post
    enjoy yourself, and your chosen gear ratio sounds like reasonably spinny fun
    105rpm for the first hour...
    30 something rpm for the next hour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic View Post
    Soul ride, yesterday.
    Which Jones is that? you running a 26 fatties?
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    105rpm for the first hour...
    30 something rpm for the next hour...
    A 30km road ride with a 9km, 7.5% climb at the end, then a MTB section to the finish over some of the most hard tail unfriendly terrain known to man.
    4min down on 2nd to last after 10km, 2 min back after 20km, caught him 1km later. 10min back on the next rider and caught them 5km later. The only people I caught all day out of the 90 starters
    Most of the riders were on road bikes for the road section and averaging around 38kph+ for the flat bit.
    I averaged 21kph...

    I'd like to do the MTB bit again, just without 2hrs at the limit to get there...

    Wonder when next years entries open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullit_cn View Post
    Which Jones is that? you running a 26 fatties?
    Not a Jones.
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    Blacksheep me thinks. Beautiful bike!
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    Me loves a bit of black sheep
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Blacksheep me thinks. Beautiful bike!
    Nope. Guess again.
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    Quatersoul?
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    I can't, it's too far out of my price range. I'm not familiar.

    I just know I want it.
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    Yesterday's ride was one to forget. Did a 3.5 mile loop to warm up and then hopped on a 6.5 mile loop and was about a mile into it when I suddenly realized that I seemed to be getting a lot of air on my head. D'oh! Stupid me hadn't been wearing my helmet the whole time. First time in 17 years that has happened. Then while waiting for a friend in the parking lot my chain busted for no real reason. This was to be a trend for the next four miles or so before I decided to abort after another few links broke. So frustrating! Not a fan of Shimano chains. Luckily I had a new KMC chain at home and it was on within 30 minutes of getting home. I guess we all have to endure some stinkers among the epic rides

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    That time when Nate showed us all how to rock-ring his 32X19 27.5 up the steps on Newham with nary a dab...

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    Got in much needed after work jaunt on one of my favorite trails in my area, first time going down this trail on my new Ti Honzo, finished in the dark. Perfect ride to end the day.
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    No pictures today, but damn I love my ss. I've been working in Northern California on the fire effected areas for the last 3 weeks and was relieved to finally get out and ride.

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    Took this bike out the day before the 2 day rainstorm that hit the Philadelphia, PA area.

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    Yesterday, Gooseberry Mesa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic View Post
    Nope. Guess again.
    Has to be a Vertigo

    The seat stays and seat tube bends are so cool, nicely tucking in the rear wheel for fun times.
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    Got a little 9 mile loop in at the Placitas trails after work. Such a beautiful place.
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    ^ Great pic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    ^ Great pic!
    Thank you.

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    Carver Gnarvester, great morning 21-miler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopbreakindown View Post
    Has to be a Vertigo

    The seat stays and seat tube bends are so cool, nicely tucking in the rear wheel for fun times.
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    Aqua - Sweet ride as usual, you sir have a sweet quiver.


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    Carver Gnarvester, great morning 21-miler!
    Nice pic, and Gnar also!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    Aqua - Sweet ride as usual, you sir have a sweet quiver.




    Nice pic, and Gnar also!
    Thank you! I love the bike, my nice FS Hightower is slowly becoming a garage clothes hanger!

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    Nice! Are you running a suspension fork on that puppy? Need a bigger picture.
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    AZ fall series race. Raced with my buddies Justin and Dennis.
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    Was a very fun but painful race lol




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    Quote Originally Posted by brent701 View Post
    AZ fall series race. Raced with my buddies Justin and Dennis.
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    Was a very fun but painful race lol




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    Quote Originally Posted by brent701 View Post
    Was a very fun but painful race lol
    Sounds like you did it right.

    (Still wish Vassago made frames in XL!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jct View Post
    In the future can you please post higher resolution pictures so I can oogle! Specifically your fork and the environment. It kills me that I can't blow that up ^^. Nice pic though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    In the future can you please post higher resolution pictures so I can oogle! Specifically your fork and the environment. It kills me that I can't blow that up ^^. Nice pic though.
    noted!

    the fork is Ti-boost from Vassago. environment is santa cruz!
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    Cool Sat AM in Cave Creek. Virtually empty trails. Just awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maximo View Post
    Got in much needed after work jaunt on one of my favorite trails in my area, first time going down this trail on my new Ti Honzo, finished in the dark. Perfect ride to end the day.
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    Just saw this post. Looks like they are out of sequence on the blog. Awesome bike! I've got a green one, and my shimano hub just arrived, so I'll be getting it SS this weekend. Looks like your bars are a little narrower than stock--or is it just the camera angle. I've honestly thought a shorter bar might liven up the steering just a tad, but still keep it stable in the rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder View Post
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    Went out for a 45min ride today.
    The track I was aiming for wasn't down off the other track, it was up.
    Very up...
    Also closed for tomorrow's Enduro (our first ever local EWS qualifier) stage.

    2:30 later I got back...


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    Did a short ride today. Found an ammo can with some weird stuff inside: a baggie with gloves, cord, earplugs, a bottle of Jack Daniels, a notebook and some kind of homemade remote detonator.






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    Laced up a new Onyx SS hub and WTB i29 rim and went tubeless(MTX33 in rear with older 36H Hope SS hub previously) took it out for a shakedown ride today, flawless and totally impressed with the infinite engagement of this hub!

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    ^ Cool!
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    At last a decent ride on my old true and trusted single speed bike.

    Most of the summer I've only been able to go out for a couple of hours, and usually on a full suspension bike, due to the location and it's heinously steep trails (but actually the SS is fine there too, but I didn't have one up there), because of many obligations.

    Getting back to today's ride, which happened solo because my partner cancelled on me this morning. I was all dressed and said now it's time to ride the SS.

    So glad to take it on and get past 5k of climbing. Felt great.

    Wow hardly any photos. Just kept it rolling.

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    It might get rough.

    We desperately need rain in a bad way. The rocks are all covered with talcum.
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    I like those chunky lines!

    What is going on with your seattube? What frame is that? It looks like it's split at the bottom and I swear I can see right through it to the rear tire. Seriously, what's going on there?!?!
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    More single speed Ti Honzo. White Mesa trails are pretty awesome.
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    Rowdy as hell for a shorter-travel SS. Getcha game on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    I like those chunky lines!

    What is going on with your seattube? What frame is that? It looks like it's split at the bottom and I swear I can see right through it to the rear tire. Seriously, what's going on there?!?!

    It's my old dog. Still my absolute all time favorite bike, for riding the chunky stuff!
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    Awesome ride in Canada this past weekend with loads of great friends and beer and snow!
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    So quiet...not a soul in sight.
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    Wrightwood 50 - 2017 Edition

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    Had soooo much fun doing this ride last year, knew it was gonna have to go on the schedule this year. Wasn't looking too good when the sign ups didn't go live until about 2 weeks before the event. Eventually they did and the ride was a go.

    Knew Steve was in and talked our friend Amy into joining.

    We got into Wrightwood on the early side and it was chilly.....mid/high 30's. We hung out in the car til the gas station opened up then popped in for the facilities. Got geared up and headed down to the start. The bakery smelled so good, I went in a bought a muffin.....I don't normally do this, but it tasted soooooooo good. I think there was a speech from Eric, but I was too focused on the chocolate chip muffin.

    Some will treat this as a race, others(like us....used it as a social ride). The 4 of us took off at the back of the pack, mostly because my Garmin was slow to load the route. We finally got going and it was even cooler. Garmin showed a low of 32*....brisk, but tolerable. The road climb up to Acorn Trail seemed longer and steeper than last year. Knowing what was at the top kept my pace in check better this year. Finally off the pavement and onto the dirt....even the approach to Acorn Trail seemed steeper. Passed the Acorn Trail sign and pedaled about 100 yards, then it was HAB for the next 2 miles/1500'. It's not a hard hike, but it just keeps going and going and going...........After 1:20 we made it to the top. Chatted with a Dutch fellow out hiking the entire PCT.



    Finally the ride can begin. Up and down along the Blue Ridge Truck Trail. I'll admit, I wasn't feeling very good at this point. My injured thumb was going from throbbing to numb to tingling along the way, not to mention my grip strength was limited. Toss into the mix that the glute muscle that had been tight on the right side at the Grizzly, mysteriously moved over to my left side....had me a little concerned. I didn't push the pace on any of the early climbs. I actually backed off a bit hoping to save some legs for later in the ride.

    In short time we reached Blue Ridge Trail....yay, the first ST DH for the day. It was a bit softer and looser than last year, but still a lot of fun. Lots of hiking traffic today on the way down. Quick water refill at the bottom then the climb back up to Blue Ridge Truck Trail via Mt. High. Again, just backed off the pace a little here and before we knew it we had reached the top. At this point we started getting the smell of fire/smoke. Looking up the canyon you could see the smoke....something was burning.

    Another drop back down to Hwy 2....this was where we would have the biggest navigational error of the day. Sharone got out in front on the Hwy section and started to pull away on a descent....problem was we needed to turn up into the campground. We stopped, he kept going. Several minutes later he came pedaling back up. Water stop in the campground and we again headed off. Down an old logging road we eventually popped out on Big Pines Hwy....up a short ways and over to drop onto Leprichaun Valley Trail. Fast, flowy, some chunky spots, wooded, soft.....good stuff. Of course with every down there is an up....and up we had to climb at the end of Leprichaun. Again I backed off and just cruised up the fireroad.

    Another short section of Big Pines Hwy and another water stop at Mt Oak Campground. Across the Hwy we would begin the climb up to Boy Scout Trail. This was the section to get lost on last year. This year we knew where we were going....no problems. Boys Scout is a great climb....not steep, just narrow. A ways up we got the drop down Fenner Trail. Fenner is funner. Fast and loose. Again at the bottom meant a climb. A couple miles up the fire road we finally reached the unoffical aid station.......the red ice chest. We stopped to check the contents.....M&M's, KitKats, Peanut Butter Cups, Cokes and PBR's. 2nd Place rider came back up from the Manzanita Loop while we were there....he warned us that even though it had been nice and chilly all morning that the canyon was warming up.

    We headed down for the 12 mile loop. The top of Manzanita was well brushed this time....last year it was some bush whacking. The trail this year was also quite a bit looser....no problem, just made it more fun. 6 miles of DH....who could argue with that. We reached the bottom at South Fork Campground and there was quite a breeze blowing. Sweet, we are gonna have a tailwind blowing us back up Big Rock Creek Rd to the red ice chest. About 1.5 miles up the road, the tailwind immediately turned 180* into a head wind. Amy pulled away out front, Steve stopped for a breather, Sharone fell off the back and I just put my head down and pedaled. We reached the "prison camp baseball field" at the end of the road a short time later. Filled our bottles from spigots that probably haven't been touched since WW50 last year. Sharone was hurtin' pretty good about this point. However we still had the worst climb still to come. Up 4n11 to 3n26 we would gain 1700' in 3 miles. I was able to ride about the first mile, but eventually gave in and had to walk the mile up to 3n26. I think Amy was the only one to clean it all.




    I got back on and pedaled up 3n26 back to the ice chest/aid station. I don't drink sodas anymore, but I had a Coke.....it was tasty, it was cold. Everyone made it back up to the ice chest. Some were feeling better than others, but the good news was we were only 12 miles from the finish. Bad news was we still had another 1600' or so of climbing.

    Fast, flowy and fun run down Boy Scout Trail....had the trail to ourselves. Pushed through the bottom of Jackson Lake. A few punch ups and downs. Then back out on Big Pines Hwy again for a bit. Last year around this time I was feeling my legs. The punchy little climbs were taking their toll. This year, I was feeling better the farther we went.

    At the Appletree Campground we were once again back into the dirt. A steady climb followed by a short steep HAB at the end.....we didn't tell Sharone about this one til he got to it. We retraced a bit of trail we had ridden earlier in the morning before dumping us out on Big Pines Hwy near Leprichaun Valley Trail. This time we would continue on the highway up to Mountain High. Steve and Sharone weren't feeling to spunky at this point. Steve was fighting off the Ghost of Bernie Cramps, and I think Sharone was just cramping no matter what he did.

    We reached the fork in the road to Table Mountain. There was earlier discussion that Sharone may just head straight back to the finish from here and skip the Table Mountain Climb. However at the turn off, he dug deep and pushed on. It was only about a 9 minuted climb on the road. I was feeling really good now. Maybe I was on a caffeine high from the Coke.....I dunno. We had now reached the top of the ride....no climbing left. A flat spin on a forest access road before we dropped down the East Table Mtn Trail. Fast, loose and flowing Luge style trail. A couple of hikers towards the bottom, but not a problem. From there it was a 2 mile fast coast down Big Pines Hwy to the finish.

    Grabbed some lunch at the Yoeddler....

    Overall great day on the bike. I felt as though I got stronger as the day wore on. I know there was still plenty of gas in the tank at the end. Didn't seem nearly as tough as last year....maybe it was knowing the ride this year....maybe it was taking it slower it at the start...maybe it was the Coke.

    I know I only did 6 scoops of Tailwind all day....but I also started the ride with a fresh muffin in my belly.

    I'll be back again next year.
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    I saw the San Juan ride get posted last night....and really wanted to join in, but my week so far has been pretty light. So I needed to get in a longer ride.

    I went to bed last night with 2 routes in mind. 1 would require a predawn start, the other is an old standby. I set my alarm. I would decided when the alarm went off.

    Well as it would be, I got to bed late. I knew I would be going solo today. I opened my eyes about 1 hr before the alarm would sound, and chose to sleep in and do the shorter route.

    Finally got on the bike at 8:20......3.5 hours later than route 1. I went light since the weather said it was supposed to warm into the mid 70's. Right away it was cool and cloudy. Would I regret it later? I pedaled down the Santiago Creek Bike Trail, through the neighborhood and onto the horse trails heading to the Oaks. Late start would mean way more people....and there were lots more people. Through the lower section of Oaks, around the Dam Hill and along Santiago Creek Trail to the entrance of Irvine Park.

    Out on the road for the roadie spin through the canyon to Blackstar. Sh!t ton of roadies out today. Lots of cars driving through the canyon. Just turned a casual pace and was at the turn to Silverado Canyon in no time. Down the road to the Blackstar gate. The good news is that it was much much quieter down there than it has been in the past. Still tired of the weekend outdoors people.....you know, the ones that really don't get out except once or twice a year. The ones that don't know how to behave out there. Like the guy who had his dog on a 25' leash, that stretched all the way across the road. Or the lady that had 3 large dogs tethered together, but didn't have a leash on them....that was just an accident waiting to happen.

    Got through that quickly and headed up. It would be much quieter the rest of the day. Lots of riders heading down. Passed a few riders on the way up. Stopped at the top of Hidden Ranch and chatted with another rider.






    Made it up to Beeks'...wasn't fast, wasn't slow. Didn't stop, just rolled through and continued on my way to Sierra Peak. Made the left turn and stopped half way up the first climb to let the snake continue on its way.
    Shortly after a big group of riders came through....turns out it was a crew doing the FREEKS ride. After that, it was just me and the mountains.

    Rolled out to the end of the road as I usually do then turned around to drop down Coal Canyon. There was a nice breeze blowing up there and the temps were still comfortable.



    The top part of Coal Canyon is a little overgown and loose. Still fun, but a little more sketchy than usual. A little ways down the road has been graded, so it fast and smooth, but slippery. Passed a few riders on the way down....also saw a few moto's.....last I checked they were not allowed out there.

    Came down and under the freeway and onto SART for some roadie miles again. About 1/2 hour later I reached the entrance to Deer Canyon Preserve. This time the trail was more open than it was last time I tried. Stopped at the water fountain next to the restrooms to find the water very hot. So I stepped into the restroom and the water in the sink was ice cold. It had warmed up pretty good at this point. I filled a few bottles and proceeded to pour them over my head.....so refreshing. The singletracks through Deer Canyon Preserve were still too overgrown, so I was stuck to riding the main road though it.....means I would miss out on some extra elevation gains. Again, it was quiet out there....just me and nature.



    At the end of Deer Canyon Preserve I usually immediately drop into Weir Canyon. Today, I chose to mix it up and drop down Serrano to pick up the bridal trails off Weir Canyon. Hadn't been up there in a while, way more rutted than usual. Got a bit cooked on the way up. The usual drop back into Weir Canyon is way overgrown and there was a tree down in the trail.

    Finally back in Weir Canyon, continued my loop around like usual before dropping down Cliffhanger. This is a fun DH, but gives me a little extra climbing back up. It was pretty toasty back in Weir Canyon. As I got closer to Oaks, the wind picked back up. It was a welcome wind. Without slowing down to think about it, I just dropped into Deer Trail to climb back up into Oaks. I was feeling my legs, so I stopped about 1/2 way up for a breather. Back up on Barham Ridge, it was clear the park was empty....then again it was 2:30. Down Barham Ridge, down Chutes Trail...just cruised.

    Final spin down Santiago Creek Trail from Irvine Park back to Oaks then out the back of the Oaks. Along the horse trail I passed 3 girls out of the park who were lost....gave them direction how to get back to the park. Fought a headwind the final 3 miles home.

    Was good to be out today. Great day on the trails.
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    Sounds like you did some pretty great rides! I'm totally jealous.
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    Sounds like you did some pretty great rides! I'm totally jealous.
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    Did a short ride today. Found an ammo can with some weird stuff inside: a baggie with gloves, cord, earplugs, a bottle of Jack Daniels, a notebook and some kind of homemade remote detonator.






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    This is so weird, did you report what you found?
    Yes, I reported it to both USFS and local PD.

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    Yes, I reported it to both USFS and local PD.

    I rode the same trail this morning and the ammo can is still there.
    Ear plugs, remote detonator, Jack Daniels (presumably for courage)?!? That's definitely disturbing.

    Did you see if anything was written in the notebook? I wouldn't want my fingerprints on any of that stuff, or disturb the items any further, but perhaps you already looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryder1 View Post
    Ear plugs, remote detonator, Jack Daniels (presumably for courage)?!? That's definitely disturbing.

    Did you see if anything was written in the notebook? I wouldn't want my fingerprints on any of that stuff, or disturb the items any further, but perhaps you already looked.
    Yeah, I started poking around then I thought about the fingerprints, so I stopped. Donít forget the binding cord and latex gloves.

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    Yes, I reported it to both USFS and local PD.

    I rode the same trail this morning and the ammo can is still there.


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    Nope. Spidey senses tingling. Bad enough I got my prints in it being nosy.


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    Rode Demo on Saturday

    I didn't see another SS on the trail, but I assume I'm not the only one stupid enough to park on Highland Rd. and make the climb to the top on an SS.

    I'm glad to have been on this bike instead of the hardtail, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic View Post
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    I'm sure it's a funny angle, but pic #2 looks like your headed face first into a dirt sandwich. Looks like you got lots-o-rocks to play on. I love that kind of tech, but don't get to ride it as often as I'd like.
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    I'm sure it's a funny angle, but pic #2 looks like your headed face first into a dirt sandwich. Looks like you got lots-o-rocks to play on. I love that kind of tech, but don't get to ride it as often as I'd like.
    That one we call the Milf Roll. It's a nasty, steep, vertical roller. I don't always hit it. If I'm not feeling it....I'll pass. The run out is pure granite. If things go sideways it would be real bad.

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    Short ride taking advantage of the snow free surfaces before the next storm. Felt good to be on my SS after 2 months of riding the geared fatty. Looking forward to spring.
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    Did a little China Camp bootie. Tight single track, a few jumps, a little walking and banged my head pretty good on a branch. Love the new 2.5 DHF on the front, feel very confident with it. Got to the nike site and took a nap in the sun. No complaints.

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    Did some climbing around the Hawes Trail system, in NE Mesa, east of Phoenix.


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    This is from a few weeks ago... It is hard to pass up a ride in the desert the morning after it rains.
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    20 quick miles on some relatively easy, fun trails. 1935 feet. Dry at the top, a little sloppy here and there at sea level.
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    On other people's bikes.

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    This turns out to have been the my last ride on this bike as a 26" wheeled SS. I just converted it to a 27.5 and haven't even had a chance to ride it yet due to rain. I'm looking forward to it drying out for a while.

    Getting off of these slow rolling Nevegals ought to be a big change on its own.
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    Where I live, in Phoenix, we get about 20 days of any measurable rain per year. I choose not to ride on those days. A set of well maintained, properly set up, quality v-brakes is perfectly adequate for where and how I ride this particular bike. Thanks for your concern though.


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    Is that the ďnewĒ Jabber?

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    First ride on new plus wheelset (sunRingle Duroc 40ís laced to Industry Nineís SS-specific). Tires are WTB Ranger 3.0ís.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blaklabl View Post
    And what did you think???


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    Loved it. When I first got this bike in Nov, I had the Rangers on my Flow MK3ís, but felt that was too narrow (i29 mm) and they seemed a bit squirrelly due to that profile. Iíve been running other tires on my Flows, and had this wheelset built up so I can run true plus. The Duroc 40ís are i36 mm.

    Ran 11 f/15 r PSIís, and it was supple as hell. Really smoothed out all the little bumps in the trail, which I am very familiar with, and hooked up extremely well. I had a Strava PR down Grind, just because it was rolling and sticking so well. And Iíve been down that a lot. Yes, thereís a bit more rolling resistance there, but the bike feels pretty fast, and is super fun and comfortable. Gonna ride this setup for a while in varied terrain to see how it goes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Loved it. When I first got this bike in Nov, I had the Rangers on my Flow MK3ís, but felt that was too narrow (i29 mm) and they seemed a bit squirrelly due to that profile. Iíve been running other tires on my Flows, and had this wheelset built up so I can run true plus. The Duroc 40ís are i36 mm.

    Ran 11 f/15 r PSIís, and it was supple as hell. Really smoothed out all the little bumps in the trail, which I am very familiar with, and hooked up extremely well. I had a Strava PR down Grind, just because it was rolling and sticking so well. And Iíve been down that a lot. Yes, thereís a bit more rolling resistance there, but the bike feels pretty fast, and is super fun and comfortable. Gonna ride this setup for a while in varied terrain to see how it goes.


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    Awesome, thanks for the feedback! Had a Stumpjumper FS 6fattie and hated it. I had a feeling it might be a different story on a hard tail!


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    I'm sure you've said somewhere else, but is this 29+ or 27.5+? Either way it looks sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding View Post
    I'm sure you've said somewhere else, but is this 29+ or 27.5+? Either way it looks sweet.
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    Its a tough way to get up. 2231 vertical feet to the top of Atalaya Mountain (9150') in 5.8 miles with one gear, always the wrong one! #singlespeeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by beastmaster View Post
    Its a tough way to get up. 2231 vertical feet to the top of Atalaya Mountain (9150') in 5.8 miles with one gear, always the wrong one! #singlespeeding

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    2,800+ climb ft, 15 miles out & back above Duarte on my Giant XtC 27.5+.
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    Heavier than the previous Maxxis Rekon 2.8s but diggin' the mad traction.

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    Just an easy weekend ride, enjoying the trails and the weather on my El Mariachi

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    Finally got out on a longer ride today. Not many opportunities this year since shifting house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roubi View Post
    Just an easy weekend ride, enjoying the trails and the weather on my El Mariachi
    More closeups please...

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    Nice bike! Still happy with it? I kind of regret not getting one of those, but I do like my ros+ a lot.

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    The fork is a specialized chisel, wheels are 29x2,6 (front) and 29x2,35 (rear).
    I love this bike, it's really fun to ride.

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    The fork is a specialized chisel, wheels are 29x2,6 (front) and 29x2,35 (rear).
    I love this bike, it's really fun to ride.
    Thanks for the pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racefit View Post
    Is that the ďnewĒ Jabber?

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    Yep, it's the new Jabber. Well, last year's model, anyway. They've been out of stock for a while. Not sure what the coming model will look like. It's a Vassago Odis fork. I gave some more info here: http://forums.mtbr.com/custom-builde...l#post13598309

    Actually, like Waltaz, mine also came with Ranger 3.0 and Duroc 40 rims. They feel a little draggy to me, but its my first time on + tires/rims, so maybe I just need to get used to them. Previous wheels were Arch MK3 and 2.35 Forekasters, so about 250 grams lighter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roubi View Post
    The fork is a specialized chisel, wheels are 29x2,6 (front) and 29x2,35 (rear).
    I love this bike, it's really fun to ride.
    Awesome bike! What are the wheels and internal rim width? I think that is probably the perfect set up for SS.

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    For yesterday's 24.9 mile - 5,360' Sunday all fire road ride in Sierra Azul OSP with my wife and a friend, I chose to ride my single speed.

    We started in Los Gatos, rode a few miles of pavement, and arrived at the bottom of the dirt Kennedy Road climb. I put the White Industries Dos Eno dingle-drive into the low gear setting, and left it that way for the rest of the day.

    I cleaned the Kennedy climb, which is pretty awesome. It doesn't always happen for me on the SS.

    Originally this ride's goal was to reach the summit of Mount Umunhum.

    Unfortunately, the day before I decided to fact check how much climbing this loop would involve, an estimate of 7700', and decided to tell my partners who are riding geared bikes.

    Because we haven't been able to ride much all week, and the rain has probably created some power sucking mud, we decided to not ride to the summit, but get as close as seemed prudent.

    Well, now that it's all said and done, we felt really fine after the ride and I think we should have just gone for it.

    On the other hand, this was my first SS ride in quite a while, and on the way back after the spring-like climb over St. Joe's OSP on the way back, I felt my arms getting fatigued, in a pre-crampy sort of way.

    That indicated to me that my blood was getting a bit depleted in something.

    It would have been another 2k of climbing of the hardest kind to get to the summit. So I'm pretty sure it would have put me in the hurt locker.

    One other thing I favor of not doing the bigger ride: My front brake pads wore out on the ride (I looked at them at the start, and said to self "they're worn out but I can get one more ride out of them") I think another 2k of descending would've damaged the rotor.

    So, I have to return one day to do this properly.

    I avoid riding in Sierra Azul because there is no single track there. Apparently, so do other riders. We hardly saw any riders all day, except on Kennedy Road.

    But it's decent. At least you can rack up plenty of miles and feet there and have nice views.

    In conclusion, after a couple of months a full suspension bike, I feel like I belong back on a single speed for a good while.

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    I've always wanted to get a mile of climbing in a single ride. Would be nice if my local trail had more elevation, but it was a fun ride. Only issue was arm fatigue about half way through, but since I wasn't riding as fast as normal I was able to drop the tire pressure and it made the rest of the ride much more enjoyable.

    Now that I've reached my climbing goal, my next will be for distance. Currently working my way up to a 100 mile singletrack ride, but not quite there yet.

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    ^ good stuff guys. I love reading about others big rides. Beautiful pics.
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    Missed a week of riding due to rain.


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    Walt - I have to know where you got that sticker that's on your swingarm...

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    Awesome bike! What are the wheels and internal rim width? I think that is probably the perfect set up for SS.
    Hubs: Tune King/ Kong
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    Basically a gravel ride, so I took my 1932 Sunbeam Road Racer.

    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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    Cool Sunbeam!

    It was so nice out today I did a loop around the bay on the cross bike. 33 miles, 2k ft, lots of scenic views and Blue skies. Lots of birds out today, swans, shore birds, vultures, and a few dead fish.

    Riding in shorts for the first time in a while. Quite a contrast from yesterdays ride, we drove into the hills to ride fatbikes, it was 17 degrees when we got there, and I was riding on 4 feet of snow.

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    Lunch ride with the pup after Vet visit

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    It was a rare beautiful day here yesterday, so I took my Singular Cycles Ti Hummingbird for an outing. The best ride that Iíve had in a long time, with sunshine, hardly any wind and on some of my favourite local trails.
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    Look at this afternoon yesterday in AZ (Hawes Trail system, in NE Mesa, east of PHX). High-70ís and blue skies!

    Absolutely vibed on my Vassago Optimus Ti 29+, running 3.0 WTB Rangers. Lots of chatter on the interwebs about whether ďplus is deadĒ and the pros/cons of plus tires, but Iím telling you, with the right bike, tires and PSI, you really canít beat it. Very comfortable ride; plush, even, and I set a number of PRís both climbing and descending on segments that Iíve ridden many times, including some 100+.


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Lots of chatter on the interwebs about whether ďplus is deadĒ and the pros/cons of plus tires, but Iím telling you, with the right bike, tires and PSI, you really canít beat it. Very comfortable ride; plush, even, and I set a number of PRís both climbing and descending on segments that Iíve ridden many times, including some 100+.

    I don't think 29+ is the answer for everyone, in every part of the country. I can absolutely see why the PinkBike lift-service progression-pushing crowd doesn't like them, but holy sh!t.... Here in the AZ desert, they're game-changers.
    Like many of us, once I got the setup sorted out I was crushing my Strava PRs, both up and down. I've even beat a couple "few-year-old" PRs I set while riding my FS 150mm 26er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARandomBiker View Post
    I don't think 29+ is the answer for everyone, in every part of the country. but holy sh!t.... Here in the AZ desert, they're game-changers.
    Totally agree!
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    I can see why plus tires run at lower PSI would be great in very rocky conditions. I used to live in Vegas so I TOTALLY get it. Here in the PacNW I don't think so much as we have hero dirt, traction USUALLY isn't a problem.

    I have 29er 2.35's on wide rims and 27.5 plus 2.8's. I'm consistently faster on the 29er wheels, although to be fair they're like a pound lighter wheels + tires. I'd like to get a lighter 27.5+ setup and compare but I'm not that willing to drop as much $$ as I did on the 29er setup given how good those are.

    Wait, this thread was about our latest SS ride wasn't it?? I just did a relatively easy 1800 vert on one of our awesome local flow trails. Wanted to climb more but too much snow still. This was my first real MTB ride on the newly converted SS. Got-DAMN does it climb! PR's on the way up and surprisingly on the way down too even though I crashed it.

    Also, the chain stretch is real. Brand new chain loosened up enough that I had to adjust after the big climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post

    Also, the chain stretch is real. Brand new chain loosened up enough that I had to adjust after the big climb.
    Nice ride! With a brand new chain, I typically set it a little tighter than normal knowing that it's going to loosen a lot on the first ride

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    Spring ride in the SL,UT foothills on my new to me titanium frame. Enjoying the warm sun again

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke View Post
    Nice ride! With a brand new chain, I typically set it a little tighter than normal knowing that it's going to loosen a lot on the first ride
    It was fairly tight when I first fitted it and I was like, "I'm gonna back it off a click." Shoulda left it tight, haha! I'm super happy for the awesome chain tension system the Les has though, even trailside it's loosen bolts, couple clicks the same on both side and tighten bolts. Impossible for it to not be straight unless you can't count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
    Impossible for it to not be straight unless you can't count.
    I guess I will take that frame out of the running for my next build...

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    Another fun ride on the SS, and on a beautiful 70 degree sunny day!

    This is the trail where the marathon national championships will be held next month. One of my absolute favorites. Lots of rain earlier this year has caused a little erosion and exposed more rocks, so it was rougher than normal, but I still had a great time. 29+ is just amazing on trails like this

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    I am wondering if anyone has some advice for gearing chamge when going from 29 to 29+. I assume I will have to go to a slightly bigger cog but is there a general rule I could start with. I am trying to avoid haveing a drawer full of cogs. Haha.

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    Been pounding a lot of pavement lately, melting snow and rainy days mean no trail riding until things dry out. Still there's some good stuff around here, scenic. Trying to build fitness for racing which is only a few weeks away. Sucks that I can't do it on trails, but urban assaults are fun in their own way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefflinde View Post
    I am wondering if anyone has some advice for gearing chamge when going from 29 to 29+. I assume I will have to go to a slightly bigger cog but is there a general rule I could start with. I am trying to avoid haveing a drawer full of cogs. Haha.
    BikeCalc.com - Bicycle Gear Inches Chart

    Looks like:
    29x2.4 with 32x18 gearing = 52.13 gear inches
    29x3.0 with 36x21 gearing = 52.13 gear inches

    If you want to keep the chainring the same, going up to a 19t cog will give you 51.22 gear inches which is slightly easier but might be welcome with the added weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefflinde View Post
    I am wondering if anyone has some advice for gearing chamge when going from 29 to 29+. I assume I will have to go to a slightly bigger cog but is there a general rule I could start with. I am trying to avoid haveing a drawer full of cogs. Haha.
    My experience is adding 1 tooth to the rear cog. Iíve been really happy with 32x19 or 32x20 for just about everything.
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    I honestly didn't notice much difference in gearing when switching between 29 and 29+. On my 29er I typically rode 32x18 or 32x19 depending on the trail. Since I built my 29+, I've just stuck with 32x19 for everything and it feels like it's right between the 18 & 19 that I had on my 29er.

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    Awesome. Thank you everyone for the quick response. I think I will try my current 18 and see what happen

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    Been loving the new Ti SS, and the trails across the river in Salida seem especially well-suited to SS compared to what I have near home in Los Alamos. So many bermed turns; a good mix of chunk, and so much fun. Perfect weather and primo dirt this weekend.Share your LATEST SS ride...Pics and words-ss-chicken-dinner.jpg
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    Glad to have done a shake-down ride this afternoon, really to test my wife's bike for tomorrow's epic.

    My SS is so reliable! Not, the pedals, after loads of rides.

    In fact, the other week the other pedal gave up in a different way. So much for the 4 years of WAM01.



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    Trails opened briefly on Saturday so I was able to get the Jabber out... pure love.

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    Stopped to appreciate some fine art on my last ride.


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    I thought the statue was pretty cool, too.
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    Mt. Um (yep) Single Speed (yup)

    37.47 mi / 5:18:12 moving time / 8,009ft

    Had to walk a few parts. Happy now.

    This was attempt #2. It all worked out very nicely. Veterans Skyline35 and non-Strava-user Eric were the best companions for DMQ and I on this bucket list ride.

    Everyone I know who rides would appreciate this ride because it begs to be done in one form or another. As a mountain biker I have no interest in road riding to the summit. However, riding the dirt is a real attraction that only recently became available.

    What follows is really a kind of diary entry and is not meant to entertain or brag.

    Rode up Mt Um on my single speed. Luckily having done a dry run of most of the route I was very confident.

    We used to ride in this area a lot during the 90's when we were riding lousier bikes with taller gear. Well, not exactly, now I was on a single speed.

    In the 2000's I was active in MTB advocacy and planning for the Sierra Azul OSP master plan was nascent. The area has a lot of potential. Sadly the MROSD doesn't share my vision, and I am disappointed in the results.

    The only thing that pleases me are the prospects of riding to the top on dirt the plans resulted in. The 3 mile trail at the top is very well built and appropriate for the multi-use setting. But there are miles of abandoned roads which could be single tracks and more regional connection that could be established.

    Sourgrapes behind me now.

    We used to meet by the LG HS and ride after work, and so we started there.

    For the sake of variety we went up St Joe's and Priest Rock. At the top of the first climb we debated whether or not to climb Priest or Lime Kiln (Dogmeat or Power Poles).

    Well I couldn't resist the call of Dog Meat, and neither could DMQ or Eric. Skyline chose Power Poles, which is the way I would go next time if on SS.

    So I gave it a shot, but my gearing is not low enough, period. I went back and lowered my air pressure, and went farther, but then ran out of pure torque. So I walked a few small sections. But that's pretty good in itself. I even thought about what kind of SS gearing I would need to make a real crack at it someday.

    Climbing on SS is dicey. It's hard to clip out on a steep track when you're totally committed. You might know that's how I had my worst injury ever. Because of that I am seriously concerned, and try to quit when I'm at 9/10 in effort. But it's hard to know when the rear wheel is going to break away, or if your going to go wonky and in which way sometimes.

    Along this ride there were a few of these hard moments.

    Being on a geared bike can be just as bad too.

    One has to question the worthiness of such climbing pursuits to clean a climb, when hiking is just about the same speed. But enough.

    Because of all the intrigue and drama of the steep climbs, I suppose in excess of 24% I'm sure, the climb went by with pleasure and before I was ready for it to end I reached the summit of Kennedy.

    It had been a long time since I climbed up this. Memories of past hot summer grinds surfaced.

    In more recent years, I sometimes do the Turkey Day ride up Kennedy and descend Dogmeat. In past years I would typically be quite inebriated on the reckless ride down. Upon reflection, that behavior is stupid. I won't do that anymore. There's a graceful unofficial laxity of speed and other prohibitions in enforcement on Thanksgiving due to the holiday tradition.

    On to Mt Um. The Kennedy rollers to Lime Kiln are a blast. I was able to ride most of it. On the way back, I cleaned them all! That was a first try thing on the return direction.

    We took a lunch break on El Sombroso, and contemplated the view, speculating upon the conditions, and why all the bushes are dead under the power lines, where we were resting....agent orange, gamma rays, and fire.

    I noticed a what appears to be a crack across Eric's 22" titanium Motobecane hardtail's seatpost junction below the clamp on one side, across a weld, and pointed it out to him and took pictures. This lead me to closely inspect my bike, and it looked fine for the time being. Eric's crack might just be a deep scratch, however it is very difficult and unlikely that titanium scratches like that. We'll keep an eye on it. I think Eric's in denial. I wonder if Bikes Direct warranties these?

    The road down to Woods is a nice steep and smooth fireroad with one rocky steep ass pitch in it. It's not the kind of road you can seriously bomb because there are so many loose corners. I just took easy riding the brakes and enjoying a break, focusing my mind on the next big climb.

    Barlow road was reached, and although I wanted a pee break, there was a convergence of hikers, and my buddies were forming a cluster ****, so I just put my head down and stomped up the loose steep rocks at the start and got on with it.

    To my surprise I cleaned the first part, which I thought was going to be a Johnny Walker, and kept going all the way to the top.

    What people who don't single speed don't realize is that not only is the bike lighter, but that the drivetrain is so direct, responsive, and efficient. On top of that, the lack of gears, and in my case, suspension, really brings my mind into a sharp focus on moving forward and upwards. All of this creates an immersive physical and mental experience that transcends ordinary cycling. Even though it may not be so, each increment of progress up challenging climbs, measured out in expenditures of effort, feels like a miraculously wonderful achievement. I am elated.

    And so having cleaned the climb and feeling confident the rest of the ride unreeled like a beautiful dream. My friends were digging it. My wife was riding a new bike we got for her birthday and was hammering right along with the guys too. How lucky am I?

    As mentioned earlier, I cleaned the Kennedy rollers on the way back, which is no guaranteed thing on a single speed, and that sapped me pretty good too. Then it was all down hill to the end, on another long fireroad. Kind of boring. Too bad the MROSD isn't building single track alternatives.

    That's it. I'll be back.

    Now I'm scheming on doing this mountain from home on my single speed. With my dingle set-up, I'll be able to reel in the miles back and forth. It would take all day, starting in the pre-dawn light, and would be alone, since no one wants to ride with a single speeder that early on a road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post
    Now I'm scheming on doing this mountain from home on my single speed. With my dingle set-up, I'll be able to reel in the miles back and forth. It would take all day, starting in the pre-dawn light, and would be alone, since no one wants to ride with a single speeder that early on a road.
    It's weird how few people are willing to ride with you on a 6-7hr jaunt in the hills
    And that's without even mentioning "single-speed".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns View Post
    Mt. Um (yep) Single Speed (yup)

    37.47 mi / 5:18:12 moving time / 8,009ft

    Had to walk a few parts. Happy now...
    Not too shabby sir, not too shabby! Cool to see you still are riding that bike!

    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    It's weird how few people are willing to ride with you on a 6-7hr jaunt in the hills
    And that's without even mentioning "single-speed".
    That's because Jack has a way about him that lures you in. He makes it sound easy and fun and by the time you're into the ride you might as well finish it. *I met Jack years ago while wrenching for a shop and he's so mellow it hides the fact he CAN ride REAL GOOD.

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    Been riding my Lynskey as the default SS. My Kona Unit needs some love. The Unit is my very first SS as well as my first 29er.

    The Lynskey took over the role as the light and rigid SS, so the Unit got a SID fork and a larger rear cog.

    Took the Unit on a steep-to-me ride. Climbed 1440ft in 3 miles. Felt great with the exception of breaking loose under load in several sections. I need less teeth on the rear cog.

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    Casual SS ride with my wife on our local trail. Beautiful sunny day and about 50 degrees.

    There can't be too many people lucky enough to be married to someone who actually prefers to ride with one gear and no suspension

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    Having fun on my urban single track commute at the moment. Winter is coming tho....

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    One less tooth in the rear. They say one should not be able to feel 1 tooth, well I felt it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by tk1971 View Post
    One less tooth in the rear. They say one should not be able to feel 1 tooth, well I felt it.
    Who says that? 1 tooth in the rear makes a big difference if your near the limit of what is manageable.
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    Back in the woods!!

    It's been a long winter, the weather just wouldn't let up until a couple days ago. I did my first MTB ride tonight, man it is so good to be back on my SS MTB!

    Man I missed this thing. It's so funny to me some of the small things you forget about. How the bike handles, how it fits, technique, how much work it is. (precursor: I've spent the past 6 months riding a fatbike, my SS cross bike on pavement mostly, or my SS road bike commuter).

    My first few observations: my gearing is super low compared to my cross bike. So spinny for the 2.5 miles to the trailhead. 760mm handlebars felt wide at first, until I hit the trail then felt totally normal again.

    I need some practice keeping soft hands on the grips. A couple times I noticed I was squeezing super tight and my hands started to cramp. I needed to make a conscious effort to keep a light touch.

    I'm out of shape, not terrible but after one ride I'm reminded how riding SS around here will whip you back into shape in a hurry. Pounding on a cross bike on pavement is NOT the same thing! Today was a full body workout, and I only did a little over 2 hours, granted my legs were a little tired from a big ride 2 days ago. I need more hours on the bike to build fitness, it seems the weather has turned and it will be better from here on out.

    I had a blast. I was jumping off stuff everywhere, crushing climbs, ripping around corners, all the things I missed returned on my first ride. Good stuff. Hero dirt to boot.

    The bike is getting a few tweaks. New Phil Wood seatpost clamp that matches the rear P321 hub. Nice piece. I have a White Industries headset on the way in matching Purple. That will help balance out the new color accents. The bike is getting more and more American made parts on it. Not too much left to go. I have a Thomson seatpost ready to go on. I also intend to get a Paul Boxcar stem, just haven't gotten around to it yet. New King Cage.

    And now for the pics.

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    Fruita and GJ

    Went to Fruita and Grand Junction this past weekend and rode Mack exit trails and Lunch loops in Grand Junction.
    The first picture is on Moore Fun and the 2nd is overlooking CO River from Mary's Loop. I love passing 6 inch Yeti's, up and down, on my cheap bike!
    The weather was awesome and the obstacles were a blast. Took my buddy's new full squish for a quick ride. Thought I'd be hooked, nope, and I'll save $6500. I love my SS.
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    El Prieto on the Kona Unit.



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    Starting the weekend off right with my Saturday go to ride.

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    Did a big ride yesterday. Last big one before my first race Tuesday. Took off my 2.6" Nobby Nic and installed two 2.35" Forekasters f/r. I continue to be impressed with this tire. This is also the first time I've run the same tires f/r. Should be a good race tire for me.

    WI headset as promised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    This turns out to have been the my last ride on this bike as a 26" wheeled SS. I just converted it to a 27.5 and haven't even had a chance to ride it yet due to rain. I'm looking forward to it drying out for a while.

    Getting off of these slow rolling Nevegals ought to be a big change on its own.
    I was looking at this and possibly considering turning mine into an SS. Not much in the way of resale value... And it has a cane creek AD 12 shock. What did you use as a disc brake adapter for the rear?

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    What happens when you are climbing on a single speed and drop the chain? Over the bars and on to an elbow. Ouch!

    Chain tension was good. No chain stretch. Didn't seem like there was any frame flex. Who knows! Maybe something got pulled up into the chain/cog/ring causing it to derail. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beastmaster View Post
    What happens when you are climbing on a single speed and drop the chain? Over the bars and on to an elbow. Ouch!

    Chain tension was good. No chain stretch. Didn't seem like there was any frame flex. Who knows! Maybe something got pulled up into the chain/cog/ring causing it to derail. Oh well.

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    first ride on my new Unit (managed to find a NOS - 2015 modell year - one, a few weeks ago)


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    Shakedown ride on my new JabberWocky!

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    When did you get your frame? Shows to be sold out on website and I can't get a response.

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    That frame was a one-off display bike used for shows. Unfortunately, it developed a crack in the frame. Per Tom at Vassago, new Jabbers are about 50-60 days out. Try emailing [email protected] or direct message on their Facebook. Vassago is basically a one-man operation, so communication can be slow at times. I've found Tom to be great to work with otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    That frame was a one-off display bike used for shows. Unfortunately, it developed a crack in the frame. Per Tom at Vassago, new Jabbers are about 50-60 days out. Try emailing [email protected] or direct message on their Facebook. Vassago is basically a one-man operation, so communication can be slow at times. I've found Tom to be great to work with otherwise.
    I just got an email from him and he confirmed that timeline. I was getting worried that I might not have another Jabber. Thanks for the reply.

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    Cool shots. You are always pushing the limits on some kind of cool ride. It's been a while since I have seen you around. Cool to see you still riding hard. Rex is crushing it still as well. Hit us up if you are ever up in Tahoe.

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    First night ride this Autumn...

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    testing out the Innova Transformers. So far they are great. super grippy and roll really fast. Almost like them more than my Rangers. Also changed to 32/20 gearing and that made a huge difference in the fun factor. much faster out of the corners and over features.
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    My low back had some issues but it's finally good enough to ride. I explored the trail system 10 minutes from my new house. Some decent short old school trails on the way up with a little bit of tech. Got a decent 1k+ vertical in and some flow trails up at the top.
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    Raced in the Marathon National Championship this week in Arkansas. Was a lot of fun, but I got a DNF due to a broken brake. Someone made a mistake in front of me on a climb and caused me to lay my bike over.

    This picture shows one reason I prefer 29+ on my rigid bike (look closely at the front tire).

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    Got about 5000 ft of vert in the last couple of days in perfect weather and good wildflower spotting.
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    29+ riding on the finally open trails in the Minneapolis area. loving the single speed more every ride.
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    Cloudy Annadel

    After a week of warm, sunny afternoons we got a stinker today. Overcast, a little humid, tons of bugs when the wind wasn't blowing cold. Dying to ride the recently re-opened Lawndale trail. I had never climbed Lawndale, having always preferred to ascend Schultz and buzz down Lawndale on the return. And always on the geared, full-sus rig. Being that there is currently no open connector trail, I had no choice. Lawndale is so different after the fires. By far most of the evergreens remain, but the fire took a lot of the upper branches, so what used to be a stunning scene is now downright drab, especially on a cloudy day. Yesterday I walked it with mrs. bb on a sunny morning. Last year we'd have seen columns of pollen-filtered light reaching from the treetops to the carpet of pine needles. Now it's pretty much all exposed to strong light.

    Even though the magic is temporarily gone, the trail is in good shape.
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    Didn't have much juice for the first half hour so suffered a bit. But things started to come together after that first long climb. Ran across Marsh and had a nice rip down to Canyon. Parts of that trail flow real nice, but the rock gardens sure are jarring on a rigid. Rode around the lake, then it was time to tackle another climb I'd yet to try on the ss, South Burma. I had to stop a few times to practice gasping but made it over the top, where I took a break and snapped a blurry pic of the flattest, smoothest part of the trail.
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    Then a nice blast down to Marsh again, then over Marsh to Lawndale, down which I rode behind a couple guys. A little over 14 miles, 1785 ele gain. Loving the N9, but Wine is not really a good day-before fuel. Gotta find something else.

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    Iíve always been intimidated by the Mt. Wilson Toll Road. Made it up with with easier gearing before I had the nerve to switch over to my other bike with 2 less teeth in the rear.

    I actually enjoyed it better because when standing, I wasnít losing traction as much. Sure, itís harder but suddenly breaking loose while cranking down hard is not fun.

    Next time, Iím going to keep going up.




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    First XC race of the year with my wife. We took most of last year off and I didn't realize how much I missed it. Always so much fun

    She recently made the switch from a geared full suspension bike to a rigid 29+ SS. Not much of a surprise after my experience with 29+, but she's faster on this bike than she was with gears and shocks.

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    Here was my SS ride, last weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshhan View Post
    Curious, what gearing did you run, if you don't mind.
    Same gearing I run all the time (oval) 34:16. It was mostly gravel roads, with several miles of double-track and snowmobile trails.

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    Break-in ride for my RSD Big Chief! Took a trip to Ft. Clinch in Fernadina. This is a fast trail that can get sandy.
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    Love the 29x2.6 tires. Even though the bike is about 1.5 lbs heavier than my last SS, it feels lighter.

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    Had a fun ride on the Chameleon! I don't know details, maybe 10 miles and 1800-2000ish feet. First season back on SS in 4 years and squishy is collecting dust. The new geometry of these hardtails is so DAMN FUN!!! Don't miss the steep HA climbing or decending!!

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    Beautiful day. 3000 vert over about 20 miles.
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    Just a jaunt around the local loop in Philly. First ride with the Jones riser H-Bars. Seemed mostly OK except when climbing the steep stuff. Didn't really know where to put my hands so lots of experimenting on this ride.
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    Here was my SS ride, last weekend.

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    Thatís a lot of miles! Nice job!

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    Nice SS setup guys! Great pictures!

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    From my last ride.
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    Fought off a cold earlier in the week. Fully rested and powered up with a big ass breakfast. 3k vertical most of the way up to Mt Washington. The descent is a little rocky up top, but the last 2k ft or so is pure, awesome, tech free flow trail. Bombed it!
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    Share your LATEST SS ride...Pics and words

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    Looking at this picture again, I really like your bike.
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