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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:30 am 
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TY Norton. After a few days in single digits it felt balmy :lol:

Yes DJ. Never liked the looks of them but they are a huge help for old wrists in the cold. Most definitely give comfort where I need it. Feels like I’m riding an old Indian moto

Hawg we’ll have very little of the blue sky you speak of for a couple months yet


I've always liked the looks of the Jones bars, Mini. I'm glad to hear that they really help you, too. I'll prolly be moving to them on at least one of my bikes pretty soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:39 am 
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Anything that keeps us out there longer Ray. The last trail ride is coming. Gotta delay the ‘bent purchase as long as we can


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:22 am 
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Anything that keeps us out there longer Ray. The last trail ride is coming. Gotta delay the ‘bent purchase as long as we can


I hear ya, MT. The last week or so, two riders pass my Tai Chi group as we practice push-hands in the park here.

One is Bill Walton, of SD Rockets fame? He's an avid rider these last several years, I always know it's him coming by the 18" head tube on his custom ti bike. The other is a guy on his bitchin' recumbent, a two small wheels up front, 700c drive wheel in the back. It is a very cool looking 'bent!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:49 am 
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The thought of riding something that doesn’t crush my junk is appealing


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:38 pm 
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The thought of riding something that doesn’t crush my junk is appealing


My only problems with them are visibility in traffic and hill climbing.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:18 pm 
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Not a worry in my area. No roads for me. I stick to paths. The canal path is perfect for bents. I usually see some pricey stuff out there

Long, flat and lame. Perfect for a geaser on a bent. Plenty of places to stay a night too
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I wonder if they're working on an e-bent............ :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:23 pm 
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10 year old ride photo. Back when we had winters riding the ice mounds along the lake

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Nice pic. 8-)

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10 year old ride photo. Back when we had winters riding the ice mounds along the lake

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Cool photo: Having spent my childhood in your area in the 1960’s through early 1970’s I’d vouch for some serious snow back then. I’ll have to dig out some photos. I remember one photo where my dad is holding a car antenna. No vehicle in sight, just the antenna sticking up through the snow, car buried beneath him.


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Probably from 66. That was a bastid


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“Ice mounds” ^
I remember volcano like ice formations that formed on Lake Ontario. About 4-6’ tall with a hole at the top that water would spout through with each passing wave under the ice, like a volcano.


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Ice mounds?! :shock:

I had a wonderful afternoon ride today. I climbed Verdugo Mountain which I have been ignoring for far too long. It's so other worldly up there, but so close to civilization.

13.82 miles
2131' gain

No ice mounds here!!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:22 am 
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Lucky.......... :D

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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
“Ice mounds” ^
I remember volcano like ice formations that formed on Lake Ontario. About 4-6’ tall with a hole at the top that water would spout through with each passing wave under the ice, like a volcano.

That is exactly what that is. Cool to play on but slick even with studs


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MiniTrail wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
“Ice mounds” ^
I remember volcano like ice formations that formed on Lake Ontario. About 4-6’ tall with a hole at the top that water would spout through with each passing wave under the ice, like a volcano.

That is exactly what that is. Cool to play on but slick even with studs


Cool, it’s been so many years I remembered them as more volcano looking. I bet they are a challenge even with studs.

Nice ride report Hawg.

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Yes always good to see some blue sky hawg

Here’s a volcano from a few years back

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:06 pm 
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MiniTrail wrote:
Yes always good to see some blue sky hawg

Here’s a volcano from a few years back

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Now that’s what I’m talking about. Such a strange phenomenon how they form. For those unaware the ice on the some of the Great Lakes get up to 6’ thick, 4’ being pretty common on Lake Ontario.

Great shots, still digging for some old snow photos.


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Another awesome PCE bombing session today! We had 7 in our group today and the trail was mostly void of other riders this time. There was a storm blowing through and we got rained on a few times but not enough to soak us. It actually made for better traction. One crash, but not serious, and a little bit of blood left by most of the guys, but not by me. The guy who crashed was on a hardtail (that's all he riders).

22.59 miles
1650' gain
5623' descent
av speed 9.2 mph
57.9-77.0 temp range
1294 calories

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Awesome.......... :clap:

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Awesome.......... :clap:


Looks like a fun day. Hard to ride with a large group like that with different fitness and skill levels.


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
norton55 wrote:
Awesome.......... :clap:


Looks like a fun day. Hard to ride with a large group like that with different fitness and skill levels.


That's a risk you take when you introduce somebody new to a given route. In this case, there was two new guys in a our group. Both are accomplished riders but both suffered tremendously on the climbing stuff. The other guys I have ridden with many times. I know their level, they know mine. As long as we are all fairly close in fitness/skill level, we ride together again and again.


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Looks like it was pretty "brisk" in the temp. department. Sounds like you had a great ride there.

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Looks like it was pretty "brisk" in the temp. department. Sounds like you had a great ride there.

Yes Ray, the PCE ride is a delicate matter due to weather considerations. It starts at about 4500' which means that there can be snow on the ground and it ends at not much above sea level which means it's going to be warm at the bottom. At 13 miles, you reach the sand wash climb which is a slog up a minor but consistent sandy road. Some times the sand is packed down and sometimes it isn't. It's 3+ miles of pedaling through that and add to it that it's in a protected valley of it's own and it can be quite warm in there, even in the Winter. Once you reach the tractor, you have 4 ways out. We've been taking the shortest but gnarliest way down with the bottom third of it being double black diamond. Some spots we walk, simply to preserve life.

Anyway, back to the weather. It was 48 degrees and breezy when we dropped in at the top. As we descended, the breeze turned into a wind and rain and sleet started to fall on us. The sleet actually hurt because the wind was blowing it hard into us. The farther we dropped, the more the weather backed off and the more the temp increased. It was "lovely" in the sand wash valley, if not warm. I'd guess that it was mid 70s. At the end of the sand wash climb, you are back up in elevation to a degree and it's cooled off some. Then the big drop to the bottom where it's warm again.

PCE is a Winter ride because we all know how warm it gets in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs) during the Spring/Summer/Fall. The season is coming to an end now. I have a head cold today due to the weather changes from the ride yesterday.


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Here's a video sampling of the DH starting of the PCE ride:

https://vimeo.com/393467382


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Hawgzilla wrote:
Here's a video sampling of the DH starting of the PCE ride:

https://vimeo.com/393467382


Wow, that camera is amazing.

That trail is sweet. Fast flowing and with some nice jumps mixed in. Good stuff!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:59 pm 
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Hawg, nice vid....... 8-) One of these days you're going to open your front door and I'm going to be standing there with my bike...... :lol:

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