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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2012, 01:13:54 PM »
Very Nice FTU.  Keep 'em coming. :thumbsup:

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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2012, 02:04:16 PM »
Thanks! :D I sure will! I'm itching for a road ride again this weekend though. I have a need for speed on descents that can't be safely matched on unfamiliar mtb trails, especially with blind corners. I hauled ass around town yesterday after coming home from this ride, since 12 miles isn't nearly the amount I normally ride.

I'm curious what the intense mtb climbs have done for my road climbing strength, so that's another reason for a road ride this weekend. I have some more mtb goodness planned for future rides though.

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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2012, 02:59:40 PM »
Nice to see you still at it, and posting pics that make me jealous.


I know a few roadies who ride SS in the winter, it helps with their leg strength, one of the reasons I got a SS.  Fortunately for me, this winter has been mild, I did ride the MTB  multiple times, but was on the road way more then the past 3 winters!!!


Depending on how you were climbing on the MTB, it should make you stronger on the road, it will also improve your bike handling skills, and you are correct about a 29er not being as nimble as a 26in MTB, whipping round the corners.
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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2012, 03:50:09 PM »
Nice to see you still at it, and posting pics that make me jealous.


I know a few roadies who ride SS in the winter, it helps with their leg strength, one of the reasons I got a SS.  Fortunately for me, this winter has been mild, I did ride the MTB  multiple times, but was on the road way more then the past 3 winters!!!


Depending on how you were climbing on the MTB, it should make you stronger on the road, it will also improve your bike handling skills, and you are correct about a 29er not being as nimble as a 26in MTB, whipping round the corners.
I'm definitely noticing increased flat ground speed on the road, probaby due to the mtb climbs. When I climb I always push hard because I love to suffer, and the mtb climbs are more difficult than the road ones.

I just found out about a local mtb race that I want to film as a spectator. The roads around the area have some great steep climbs, both paved and unpaved, so I'll probably be doing a road/off road ride on my mtb after watching the race. I would really like to use my rigid Rockhopper instead of the heavier 29er, but I'm not sure the 26 x 1.95 Specialized Hemispheres will be able to handle the steep, rutted dirt roads.

I caught a bit of ribbing on mtbr.com after I posted the video of my slow cornering on the descent with the singletrack switchbacks, but it really did feel precarious rounding those tight corners. It's probably just me, but I wasn't sure if the 29er had anything to do with why it was more tricky.

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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2012, 03:13:20 PM »
After several weeks in a row of rain every weekend, we finally got a break in that pattern long enough for the trails to dry out, so I actually got to ride off the pavement for the first time in a month! :D

This time I rode the Salmon Falls trail to the top of Flagstaff Hill and back. Some riders refer to it as Flagstaff Mountain. It's almost a 2 mile climb with plenty of steep, somewhat technical sections.

The last time I climbed this hill was 20 years ago. My, how things have changed for the worse since then! :( What was once a 360 degree view at the top is now gone. You can see part of Folsom Lake to the west, and part of the Sierras to the east. That's it. To top it off, there is a bunch of illegal dumping up there now.

There is an abandoned car at the top that you used to be able to ride past. Now the vegetation has crowded it in and you need to go to the right to get to the clearing.

On the bright side, some of the junk made good noise when dropped and kicked around, as you can see and hear in my ride video. :D I can just picture a group of riders doing some percussion on this stuff, kind of like these guys. :D



I saw some riders in the parking area before and after the ride, but only one rider on the trail.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/166202334

Here's the video. As with all my ride videos, this one is 100% natural sound. That means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on the climbs, as well as some NSFW language when I reach the top and notice that my beloved 360 degree view is gone and there is junk dumped everywhere.



Bottom of Flagstaff Hill, which starts out as singletrack.

Flagstaff Hill singletrack (bottom of climb) by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

A little further up..

Flagstaff Hill singletrack 2 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The singletrack soon changes to rough doubletrack.

Flagstaff Hill doubletrack by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

This gate has seen better days. ;P

old gate on Flagstaff Hill by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Steep section on the last part of the climb

Flagstaff Hill steep section by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

What a transformation! :(

illegal dumping and view of Folsom Lake at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The other side looks a bit better. :)

view from top of Flagstaff Hill by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Abandoned car

abandoned car at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

abandoned car at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 2 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Engine in the above car

engine in abandoned car at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The best noisemaker out of all the junk at the top of the hill! :D

old medicine cabinet at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Another litter landmark, this time on the descent

old signpost dumped on Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

More pics here.
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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2012, 08:36:14 AM »
Glad to see you are still at it, not a lot of mtbr's on SC, do you ride on the road at all?
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Re: First mtb ride in 15 years with new bike
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2012, 12:33:19 PM »
Sure do! Check the Ride Video thread in the road forum. I post all my road ride videos in there. In fact, I ride on the road much more than the dirt. A couple of the ride videos I posted were group rides.

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« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2012, 11:57:19 AM »
Had an iffy equestrian encounter on yesterday's ride up in the mountains.

The temps at the lower elevations yesterday were in the upper 80s to 90, so I decided to go a bit higher for my weekly climbing. I picked a trail I've never been on before, Fleming Meadows. This is at the bottom of Mormon Emigrant Trail, which is actually a road, not a trail.

I rode this trail in a counterclockwise direction, which gives you a nice climb for about two miles. It gets steeper at the start of the singletrack.

I caught up to three equestrians at the beginning of a singletrack descent, so I hung back a little and followed at what I thought was a proper safe distance. When they stopped in the middle of the trail, I stopped. That's when the last rider noticed me and said "Oh my God you're right behind us". Then she said "You're lucky our horses are okay with bikes".

Now maybe I'm wrong, but to me her tone of voice made it sound like she was peeved that I was there, and that she thought I was too close to the horses.

They pulled over a short time later and I thanked them as I passed. This is the first time I have had any kind of questionable encounter with equestrians. I don't know anything about horses other than to yield to them and try to stay out of their way, so if I did something wrong on yesterday's ride I really didn't mean to.

When I finished the loop I rode the initial 1.5 mile climb up Mormon Emigrant Trail, which levels off and turns into a descent. As I climbed I kept hearing gunshots, so when I reached the top I got out my point-and-shoot and took a little video. I wish I had my new Zoom Q3 with me yesterday, as it records in stereo and the echo of the gunshots richocheted off the mountainsides for several seconds after the shots were fired. It would have sounded even better in stereo.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/170994625

Here's the ride video. You can see and hear my encounter with the equestrians and judge for yourself starting at 5:57. As with all my videos, this one is 100% natural sound. That means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on the climbs, so be forewarned!



Here's the video of the gunshots, with plenty of bird sounds mixed in.



Here's a screenshot from the video as I came to a stop behind the equestrians.


View of the snow-capped Sierras from the bottom of Mormon Emigrant Trail at Jenkinson Lake.


"YOUR GPS IS WRONG!!!" warning sign near the bottom of Mormon Emigrant Trail (screenshot from helmet-mounted ContourHD). This road is not plowed in the winter.


Trailhead at the gravel area I parked in. The picture doesn't show just how steep this trail is. I'll have to check it out someday. ;)