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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:52 am 
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Did a ride in east Napa County, yes the famous wine country. Very hot and dry, with a red flag fire warning. Had a great time.
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Good stuff n55, I've been wondering what your local terrain looks like. Are those oaks?

We have made to the time of the year when I start thinking more about ocean fishing than mountain biking. Hence, my lack of reports and pics lately where cycling is concerned. But never fear, I am going on a short ride today with a new riding bud. Gonna show him around Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks a bit this afternoon. It's gonna be quite warm so I expect the pace to be slow.


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Yup, those are oaks. While were we heading back to the trail head, we had some pretty good wind gust's. Very spooky. On our way back, a fire broke out in Calistoga as we were driving through.

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This time of year I shift to dusk -into-dark mode. I've got more than enough lights for both trail and road.
Those are some nice pics, Norton. For some reason I thought that it would still be green up your way.

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It still a little green here on the coast, but it's drying out fast.

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Did about a half pass through Wildwood Park yesterday with a friend in the afternoon. We were concerned that it would be very warm since our region is experiencing it's first heat wave of the warm season. As I was driving through two valleys to get there, the temp was bouncing around between 94-97F. Crap, not good! Then, as I continued West, the sea breeze had an influence and the temps dropped to a nice 78F. Warm, but not brutal. We had fun navigating through the techy volcanic chunk zones and on the DH section, I choose the high line through a steep rock garden and that line had me rub hard on a row of Prickly Pear cactus. OUCH! I was laughing going in because I knew I was gonna get prickled up. I pulled off the trail and waited for my bud to catch up. He snapped a shot of my arm and then in the process of putting his phone away, he swung his arm into Cholla cactus and he got a nice Chiolla ball in his hand. We were a mess and I was busting up. He popped the ball off and then I proceeded to start picking the spines out of my arm. I was left with welts and even some bruising! 7.51 miles, 1299' of ascent.


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Ouch!!! I was riding in Curt Gowdy state park in Wyoming, with my son and got tangled up in some little cactus's. Took a long time to get the little needles out of my gloves.

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Glad I don’t have that to deal with. Does not look fun


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Yikes!!!!!!!!

Magura :shock:

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Just looking at that pic, makes me shudder!

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You kinda get used to it when you live out here, but still, it's no fun.

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My doctor suggested that I go with wider bars, so I did. :whistle:

Now, I just gotta find the time to ride. :angry-screaming:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:18 am 
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Sweet....... 8-)

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Those bars are huge!

Magura :)

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I got out to ride this afternoon. Stopped three times along the way to adjust the angle of the bars and I think they are good to go now.

I had nothing in the tank today. Just turning the cranks was a chore. I haven't been sleeping well for the past few weeks and add in the approaching full moon. My whole body aches. But I got in about 12 miles and probably about 1800' with that. Early to bed for me...


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I had "new bike day" twice the last couple of days, so in spite of traveling all over Europe, as I got work struck, I got some 40km in today.
One of the bikes is equipped with CrampAndNoGo Retard, something I have generally avoided due to incompatibility, and lack of readily avilability of spares.
Holy crap that is a lesson in bad design, wrapped up as a polished turd, and smuthered in Italian "charm".
Shifting makes so much noise, that you might as well send a text message to the Garmin of your opponents, telling that you intend to attack.
Had my Dura Ace made such noises, I'd have been looking for what was broken.
The reach of the gear levers when on the hoods is horribly wide, but fortunately the down shifter is also hard to reach from any position. :D

The other bike sports a Shimano Dura Ace 25th. anniversary group.
Damn that group set makes for perfect ergonomics and smooth shifting.

That has to be the picture you find, if you look up "opposites" in a dictionary.
I'd probably throw the word "extreme" in front of "opposites".
Fairly surprising, considering they're both top of the line for their time, and both brutally expensive.
It explains why very few riding a CrampAndNoGo equipped bike, has won the tour for like 15 years, till the electrical shift groups came along.
Electrical shifters is clearly gods gift to CrampAndNoGo.

Magura :D

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Some catching up here. Nice photos Norton. I’m also surprised it’s going brown so quick up there.

Today I hiked. Still green here.

Even seen some Bear scat. :o

I always have to resize my images here which diminishes the quality. I’d like to ask for a pardon for that.


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norton55 wrote:
Ouch!!! I was riding in Curt Gowdy state park in Wyoming, with my son and got tangled up in some little cactus's. Took a long time to get the little needles out of my gloves.


Ouch is right, been there, with the cactus that is.

I still haven’t hit up Curt Gowdy which is only 1.5 hours from me.


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We all have to resize. You can opt for 1500 x 1200 to get a little more

Bottom two pics are great. First one is poo


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Another local ride yesterday after work. This time up on Verdugo Mtn. Wild flowers galore! It's been going strong for at least 3 months now. On the way back down, I found a big 'ol grumpy Gopher snake crossing the trail.

11.31 miles
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Nice, nice and nice............ 8-)

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Go fer snake.

Go fer some snake for dinner honey.


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Nice pics, everybody. A question for Mr. H; how many times have you seen any ticks on the snakes/ lizards you find?

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Nice pics, everybody. A question for Mr. H; how many times have you seen any ticks on the snakes/ lizards you find?

Rarely have I ever seen ticks on the reptiles but most of them do have mites. Catch any Cali lizard or snake and I will show you where the mites are hiding on them.


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What’s really sad is when you catch a turtle and it’s body under the shell is covered in leaches.


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Hawgzilla wrote:
Ray Dolor wrote:
Nice pics, everybody. A question for Mr. H; how many times have you seen any ticks on the snakes/ lizards you find?

Rarely have I ever seen ticks on the reptiles but most of them do have mites. Catch any Cali lizard or snake and I will show you where the mites are hiding on them.


That's comforting to hear, because recently I saw a pic on one of the forums, of some kinda snake whose head was literally covered in ticks. Disgusting.

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Wonderful group ride with 20 club members yesterday up at Golden Eagle. Great weather, great trails, lots of smiles, not too many gnats/flies, awesome BBQ afterward. A perfect day. 16.8 miles and 2500'.


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Awesome Hawg. We had our annual solstice club party yesterday. 2 kegs and Pedro the taco king serving fresh street taco's with all the fixings. I unfortunately have been battling strep throat and a sinus infection for over a week. Been on heavy duty antibiotics for the last 4 days. Feeling better every day. No riding or beer for me. :cry:

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Sounds awesome Mr. H. And I’m bummed for you Mr. N. hope you get to feeling better soon. It’s a rainy sloppy mess here for the last two days. Going through riding withdrawals.


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I saw the weather report for snow above 10k'. Amazing.

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