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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2009
     
    Count me in!
    mike_ballard:If anyone is interested, we're meeting at the Bicycle Warehouse on Santa Fe Ave, just north of Balboa Ave in the Pacific Beach area, at 8:30a on the 12th (if it is raining heavily then not). The pace will be casual and fun. So, how about some exploring?

    Count me in!
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    As of Thursday evening, the ride is still on. Next weekend looks good too!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2009 edited
     
    Mike and I went riding today: Santa Fe, Gilman, UCSD, Sorrento Valley (via !-5), Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Black Mountain, Poway, Miramar, Linda Vista. A total of 49 miles - Mike probably did 6-8 m more to get back to North Park.

    In case you were wondering - yes, it rained, and yes, we got wet: Good times!

    Saturday ride 12/12/09 in a larger map.
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    It was a fun ride, despite the rain. When it dries out, I also am looking into going to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, for some near 90% dirt rides.
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    It looks like the next ride will be after the new year, probably even the first weekend in January, weather permitting. The plan is to go with the original plan of Penasquitos and Sycamore Canyons. Should be, at least starting in North Park, about 66 miles.
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    I'm up for a bike ride, not sure how long, but not much over 30 miles, for Sunday January 3rd. I'm thinking of going to Los Penasquitos Canyon. Anyone interested?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2010
     
    mike_ballard: Anyone interested?
    My bike is out of service - it is now at a VC for a full overhaul and won't be ready 'till next week.

    :face-sad:
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    Overall, it ended up being a fun ride. Aside from a couple of cell phone idiots in Hillcrest/Mission Hills, it went well. I rode from North Park through Mission Hills, Mission Bay, Rose Canyon, UTC area, I-5, Sorrento Valley (stopped at the bike shop, wasn't shifting right), then back up the dirt road from Roselle St to Eastgate Mall, then to Rose Canyon, San Clemente Canyon (via narrow connection under SR-52), side canyon to Claremont Mesa, side roads to Tecolote Canyon at Genessee Ave, then pretty much followed that canyon as best as I could back to Tecolote Dr (making the required detours at Balboa and Mt Acadia), then Morena / Mission Hills / Hillcrest / home.

    Ride was decent, parts of the various canyons weren't ridable for me, but I would go that way again. 47 miles, 11.9avg, almost four hours rolling time.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2010
     
    mike_ballard:Overall, it ended up being a fun ride..
    Sounds like a great ride! Know the first half well, the second half not so well...
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    It was my first time connecting all those canyons. Some of the places I have never been to, like Tecolote Canyon north of Mt Acadia Road. It was fun exploring the area, though I really think that golf course in Tecolote Canyon really makes it tough to get through. There should be better access. The best part of the ride was San Clemente Canyon, when I wasn't dealing with sand and mud, it had a lot of nice singletrack. I also spotted some fossils in Tecolote, lots of sea shells.
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2010
     
    are the Monday night rides still going on at UCSD?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2010
     
    no, not anymore. next Fall they'll likely start up again.
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2010 edited
     
    why does cross only have to be in the fall? :face-smile:

    BTW- just sent you an email...
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2010 edited
     
    Sky and I rode one of his local CX / "rough riding" loops this morning: The loop includes traveling the length of both the San Clemente and Rose canyons, as well as trails inside MCAS Miramar: Our entry / exit point today was towards the eastern end of San Clemente Canyon, and the loop offers about 12 miles of uninterrupted dirt riding, some of it pretty darn technical (IMO) - this is probably as rough of riding as my bike as ever done, I think.

    The route is also pretty complicated: Until now, there is no way you could do this particular loop without having Sky guide you on the ground, turn by turn. Even then, you may have forgotten the details when you try next time - that's how complex it is, especially in the areas of MCAS Miramar and the 805 / 52 interchange. Well, that has now changed, as I recorded the entire loop on my GPS, and is available here for your download and upload to your GPS if you want to ride it.

    It was a fantastic ride, and although 12 miles (plus 20 on tarmac for me to get in and out) may not sound like much, it was a great workout! Thanks for leading the way, Sky - and for waiting for me whenever I was falling behind! Sorry, no photos this time - we were much too focused on the riding.

    LOOP
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2010 edited
     
    Im stoked you were able to do this. As far as inner city riding goes with a somewhat substantial all dirt loop this is a good one. It took me years to figure out this loop. It's best on a mountain bike but totally doable and fun on a cross bike.
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    Looks fantastic. I just need a bike to do it with and I'm down with you. The Heavy Raider would not fare so well.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2010 edited
     
    No trouble with the MPs? I used to do this loop all the time until I heard that someone had his MTB confiscated. Jolie and I were out in that area on the MTB tandem for the Air Show, but we stopped in Rose Canyon at the 805 and turned left up the hill. There are several acres of trails through the sage scrub up on top that the developers haven't destroyed yet. It's a great place to sit on undisturbed lichen covered ground and enjoy some ice cold beers while watching the Blue Angels. It was a 31 mile round trip and we were pretty bonked after pedaling that beast on wide knobby tires.
    • CommentAuthorAn.dy
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2010
     
    Am looking forward to the cross season...are the Velodrome/Florida Canyon and Storm the Beach the only local events?

    -Andy
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2010
     
    They are the only two on the SCNCA calendar for San Diego County at the moment. Promoters are adding new races all the time. I'll let everyone know when I learn about a new one. Some really fun event I want to attend will be announced, then I can be sure to be assigned to referee a race that day!
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    too much fun!
    • CommentAuthorAn.dy
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2010
     
    Nice single speed!
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2010
     
    Date change! The Storm the Beach CX at Las Pulgas is now on Oct. 31, the same day as the Velodrome Swap Meet.
    • CommentAuthorAn.dy
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010 edited
     
    oh NO!
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010
     
    Hey Brian, is that the fishing pier on Lake Hodges, North side?
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    batmick:Hey Brian, is that the fishing pier on Lake Hodges, North side?

    yup, halfway to hernandez from the trailhead.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2010
     
    brian itzaina:
    batmick:Hey Brian, is that the fishing pier on Lake Hodges, North side?

    yup, halfway to hernandez from the trailhead.


    Thought it looked familiar. I sometimes go there on the weekend with my girls. They love fishing (or rather soaking bait). We haven't caught anything yet. But of course that is not the point for me. They have fun and I get to read my book.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2010
     
    The bike exchange at 1:20 is pretty awesome

    • CommentAuthorAn.dy
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
     
    Anyone doing the race in San Marcos on the 4th of December?
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010
     
    Is this a UCI event? If so they must be bringing in a crew from out of the district, since the SCNCA officials assignment meeting for the 2011 season is at 10 am that day in Ontario. I sure hope someone didn't screw up the calendar. Likely scenario: I will have to work the race and the meeting will be rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, which means I'll miss the Tweed Ride for the second year as well. Purely speculative, but I know how my luck runs.
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2011
     
    I'm always looking to improve my off road riding skills. Cyclocross is more or less something I've just picked up, not really taught. I'm not really looking for a class, but want others with cx bikes to ride with, maybe learn a few things. There doesn't seem to be a group locally that does these sorts of rides, at least not one that posts a schedule. Any advice or interest for a ride?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2011
     
    I'm always down to ride mine. I've got good handling skills. My handling skills are better than most at the races. Typically if the race is technical I can do really well where if the trail is wide open and fast I suck horribly. I'm not the fastest these days and I don't do long miles but I'm down to do short, technical, and fast trails with ya. I'm sure I can throw some advice your way. Eucalyptus Grove?
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2011
     
    Sounds good, just a matter of timing. Weekdays don't work, weekends are best. I don't race, nor plan to, but you'd never know it when I'm on my way home lately!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2011
     
    Late to work.

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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2011
     
    ^^^ that was awesome! I just had the cross bike out at Lake Hodges yesterday...
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2011
     
    It's been a while for me but the vid has inspired me to pump up the tires and tear it up.
    • CommentAuthorevster
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
     
    Well it's that time of year again! I've personally never rode CX before, but this year I really want to give it a shot. Is anyone up for doing to UCSD rides like I saw mentioned on here in years past? I plan on entering a few races this season in the beginner category and I'd like to get as much practice in before then as possible.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
     
    I'm interested in CX. I don't know a thing about the local races and/or the UCSD rides but I'm willing to give it a shot.
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
     
    i know what CX is... kinda. but what is the real difference between a CX bike & a road bike? ... besides the tires. is it a geometry thing?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
     
    The geometry is a tad different. Thing racing geometry but with lot's of tire and mud clearance. Usually road bikes with lots of clearance have touring geometry which doesn't work great for cross. They are good strong construction and cantilever brakes as well. The components are similar to a road bikes component mix with some small variations. The rings are usually 39-48, they usually have a mountain bike saddle, and low pressure knobby tires. A true cross bike will have no waterbottle mounts (or maybe one at the most), no rack braze-on's, and no fender braze-on's. A lot of racers only run one chainring since there's usually not that much climbing in a cross race and when it does go uphill it's typically being run up and not ridden.

    Starting up the UCSD would be great. It's been happening every winter since I started it maybe 3 years ago. Usually at night so really high powered lights are a must. I think we were starting it at 7pm and we met at the Glider Port on Thursdays. I'll be out of town for 3 weeks so go ahead and get this started. Heck, with my injury I may not be able to show up at all this season. We'll see.
    • CommentAuthorevster
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
     
    I'm sure some of the members here can respond with a lot more experience and accuracy than I can, but I'll give it a shot.

    This YouTube video I found can probably show and explain what cyclocross is better than I can do with words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRZOa_E9Qs8.

    From what I understand it started out in Europe as a way for road racers to train during the off-season, and kind of evolved into it's own wacky sport. Read about it on wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclo-cross.

    In addition to the slightly different geometry and the wider tires, the CX bikes are going to have higher bottom brackets and cantilever brakes for extra mud clearance. The gearing ratio is generally a little different as well, and some people even race with single-speeds. There's probably more to it than that, but I'll leave it to the experts.

    As for the UCSD rides... I'm referring the Eucalyptus Grove on the UCSD campus, which is where most people seem to like to practice 'cross riding. I've only been there on a mountain bike and that was years ago now.

    http://socalcross.org/ has a list of the races that are going to happen this season. I hope to enter the local ones if I'm able to do so.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
     
    Yeah, it started in Europe as off season racing. The goal in the off season is to keep the cardio pumping but to give the legs a break from the big gear pushing and long miles. On a cross bike there's lots of running and spinning and only for one hour. The obstacles are there to keep your speed down so you don't get too much wind chill since it started in climates where it's freezing cold. Wherever there isn't a natural barrier to slow you speed the race official will put an obstacle in force you off the bike and therefore slow you down. Cross racing is very hard on the cardio, 2 minutes in and you feel like your heart and lungs want to divorce you.
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2011
     
    thanks guys! very informative :)
    • CommentAuthorevster
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2011
     
    I'm definitely going to do some practice rides of my own, so if there's enough interest hopefully we can get the group rides going again.

    Maybe we can start with a daytime ride in the early evening on a weekday or on a weekend morning so us noobs can get acquainted with the trails. I don't have a high-powered light so I'll need to get one if people are going to ride after dark. My bike won't even be ready for cyclocross for another week or two. Right now I have it set up for a triathlon I'm doing this weekend.
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2011
     
    one thing you can do is just get your cross bike out on trails like PQ Canyon, Florida Canyon, Lake Hodges, etc... get used to the bike on dirt/sand/gravel... as a beginner/cat 4 the last two years, I can say it's all about just getting out there and having fun! most of the races have a skills clinic before the races start if you get there early enough... the Cat 4's are usually one of the first races anyway...

    Chris