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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:38 am 
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Ridden it many times with my son when he lived in Loveland. 8-)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:56 am 
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Ridden it many times with my son when he lived in Loveland. 8-)


Did you notice at 4:21 where the trail splits now? About a year or so ago they built a new trail that runs down in the bottom of the valley [flat part] and parallel to the backbone instead of up close to the backbone like the old trail. The old trail flows naturally with the contours of the backbone. The new trail they designated for bikes and gave the much more technical and faster flowing “old” trail to the hikers. I’ve been fuming about this ever since. It’s nice that they built a trail to split the two ducaplines up closer to the trailhead where it gets congested but they totally got it wrong with which trail should be for bikers or hikers.

The new trail starts at 4:21 here > https://www.pinkbike.com/video/497178/


Here’s an older video of the trail showing the older trail. At 4:35 is where the split is now. The old trail flows so much faster and much more technical than the new one. As I’m sure you remember this one.

Old trail starts at 4:35 here > https://www.pinkbike.com/video/362230/


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I did noticed some changes in the vid. Yes, I remember there were some pretty sketchy sections, but tons o' fun.

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The wife got a flat yesterday and it took some shopping around to find a tire shop that could get what I needed in short order, but I did find a great shop a ways away. But wait.. that shop is sort of on the way out to Cheseboro which burned up in the Woolsey fire and I have been wanting to go out there to survey the damage. So, I took my bike, had the tire replaced and then continued on to Cheseboro. What I found there brought a tear to my eye. Severe wildfire damage. So much so that the place was mostly unrecognizable. In fact, I actually got confused as to where I was at one point because I didn't recognize where I was. I started following the dirt from that point on, only occasionally looking up to see the torched trees and blackened landscape. Many downed, dead giant oaks. It was horrible. The trail was a little roughed up which was fun. I dropped down the techy DH section and then looped around toward where i parked. Secret/forgotten trails are now exposed and I jumped onto a few which were fun. Nature is trying to rebound. There are grasses growing and some new leaves on the oaks that survived getting cooked.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:27 am 
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It will come back. Love oak trees. Like redwoods, very fire resilient.

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I’m with hawg though it is depressing


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2 hour wander this morning. Very spring like with temps right around 30 and random flooding. Just lacking bird chatter. I think I’m finally over the plague so planning for a couple rides this week. One a week was best I could do for the past month

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Looks cold..........but fun. 8-)

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MiniTrail wrote:
I’m with hawg though it is depressing



Yep, I’ve been in Hawgs shoes before. Besides them not fitting correctly I was seriously depressed riding through wildfire zones I previously rode as a pristine place. Did that in the Lagunas of SoCAL on a couple of occasions. There’s one ride here in Colorado that I've hit that burned in the year 2000 and still looks like a moonscape.

This was a forested area in 2000.


https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/250286 ... line-trail


BTW, glad you’re feeling better and getting out more Mini.


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I sure hope to and thanks


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Nice picts, Hawg and MT.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:35 pm 
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I'm drooling.......... :drool:

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And sunlight too


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Sti wrote:
Nice picts, Hawg and MT.

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Oh, Sti....you got your bike all dirty again!!! :twisted:

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And it's even dirtier today.
Happy new year, dudes! :lol:

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Like redwoods, Calif. live oaks grow at a glacial pace, but they will get there given enough water, which is definitely NOT a given.
Nice pics, guys, I got new pedals, lights all charged up, and I'm about to go for an afternoon/ twilight ride on my usual route, which is an urban to trails big loop.
16 miles is what I'm shooting for on the last day of 2018, and maybe four more four tomorrow, the first day of 2019.

Then I'll do it all over again for the lunar new year in a couple more months.

Happy New Years, guys and gals, and try not to do anything stupid out there. I should know.

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Happy New Year everyone............ :text-happynewyear:

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Happy New Years all!


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Happy new year.

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Only a symbolic ride today. Trails are way too wet as it rained all night and the temperatures reached upper 50s this afternoon.

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Hppy 2019 all, hope everyone has a great year.


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Happy New Year fellas!

I stole a bike today... :banana-linedance:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:11 am 
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What number? ;)

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A great way to start the new year Hawg. Congratulations!


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Details, please, Mr. Hawg....

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Details, please, Mr. Hawg....


Well, I had been bike shopping for a while. I LOVE the fit and feel of my Trek Remedy but the combo of 27.5" wheels and a super low BB meant that I was constantly making contact with my cranks going up or down tech and that drove me nuts. I am still nervous about having a carbon fiber frame or wheels so that narrowed it down. I prefer the feel and rolling sensation of 29er wheels. I was seriously consider a Transition Smuggler but their alloy frame weighs 9 pounds! :shock:

I've always liked the Trek Fuel EX series and now it was a bit more like my Remedy so I hid in the shadows, waiting for a good deal to come. I watched ebay and Pinkbike daily. I found a good deal on ebay. The seller was in Vegas and he wanted to do a local pick-up only. I PMed him and said that I wanted to make him a cash offer off of ebay. That saves him fees. I asked him why he wanted to sell it and he said that he was switching to road/gravel biking. We chatted about the bike back and forth and then I made him a cash offer that was well below what he was asking on ebay. He wanted to wait a bit to see if anyone would bite on what he was asking for the bike (2018 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er, only 4 months old). He kept dropping the price but I knew he would have a hard time selling it since he wasn't willing to ship it. So, I waited in stealth mode. A week passed and then he contacted me again and asked if I would pay $50 more than my original offer. I accepted but I told him that I really dint want to drive all the way to Vegas. Clearly, he wanted to unload the bike so he agreed to meet me in Baker, CA. I checked out the bike, rode it around in the parking lot where we met and then I had him sign a sales statement. He gave me the receipt from the original purchase, too. I got it for not much more than half of the MSRP. SCORE!!! :dance:

I made some tweaks and adjustments yesterday and then took it on a roll through Cherry Canyon. It's heavier than my Remedy by a full two pounds and I felt it but wow, is it smooth and it wants GO! It has 29X2.4 tires that provided insane grip when I pushed it through the ST turns. The Eagle GX 12 speed drivetrain is awesome. Shifts up or down super fast and smooth. The cranks have a 32 tooth ring which I will change out for a 30 tooth ring which fits the persistent climbing we have here. The Sram Guide R brakes (4 piston calipers) are fine so far but I am hesitant about Sram brakes and I am prepared to switch them out if they cause any problems.

I need to add a tokens to the fork and I need to fine tune the fork and shock.

The bike fits me similar to the Remedy which I am thankful for. And, it has considerable clearance over the tech as I am rolling over it so the two things I wanted in a new bike are delivered with this one.

I was considering buying a brand new 2019 Fuel EX 8 29er from my local Trek dealer. It's stealthy black all over. But I was disappointed when I saw it in person because the frame is more of a charcoal color, so the silver 2018 model looks better to me.


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Nice score!

Regarding the Sram brakes, to my knowledge, they're by now not as bad as their reputation.
I'd be the first to consider them death traps, but I am fairly confident, that this has been sorted out.
I have seen a few Sram brakes over the last couple of years, and in spite of a strong dislike, I haven't found anything substantial to back it up.

Of the top 5 brake brands, I guess it's only Magura that seems to have issues at the moment. I hear Sti has a set of Magura's up for sale......real cheap.

Magura :)

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Magura wrote:
Nice score!

Regarding the Sram brakes, to my knowledge, they're by now not as bad as their reputation.
I'd be the first to consider them death traps, but I am fairly confident, that this has been sorted out.
I have seen a few Sram brakes over the last couple of years, and in spite of a strong dislike, I haven't found anything substantial to back it up.

Of the top 5 brake brands, I guess it's only Magura that seems to have issues at the moment. I hear Sti has a set of Magura's up for sale......real cheap.

Magura :)


Thanks for the input.

I've got my old, trusted and faithful Shimano XTs ready for action if these Sram brakes piss me off.

The Srams are super smooth with good modulation but they are not as powerful as I thought a 4 piston caliper should be. Gotta squeeze them pretty hard (like a 2 piston caliper) to stop RIGHT NOW.


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Are white bikes a thing now? :thinking: Congrats, Hawg!

As for brakes, this is my N-th season of riding on Saintguras - Saint levers + Magura MTS calipers. They still work great, and if the hoses go bad, I have a spare set of MT6 brakes that I bought for $30, including new pads. :dance:

Btw. what is this "too low BB" that you are talking about? I put 27.5 wheels on a 29 frame and long shocked it so I have a 150/160mm shred machine with 12.7" low BB and I could not be happier! :lol:


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Well, I'm very happy for you, Mr. H. FWIW, I've been riding the same SRAM hydros that came on my 29er for six years now, with only an occasional bleeding needed, and they are still pretty good.

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