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Old 03-05-12, 03:54 AM   #1
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First ride on a popular local trail (pics & video)

As some of you already know, I'm just getting back into mountain biking after 15 years of road cycling. I've done four mtb rides so far on my new 29er. The ride reports with videos and pictures from all three rides have been posted here in C/A.

This is the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail (FDLT) near Auburn, CA. I thought it was supposed to be a 23 mile ride, but it ended up being less than 12 miles. It's only 23 miles if you include some of the other trails in the area. Near the end of the ride I ended up riding some parts of the trail twice when I entered it from the trailhead I parked at. That brought the amount of climbing from 1,500' to almost 2,000'. Still not as much as I'd like, but it'll do. I'll make up for it on the next climbing ride.

When I arrived at the trailhead, the parking area was full and there were three other vehicles waiting to park, so I drove down the road a bit and parked at another trailhead. So far, I have had to ride on the road to get to every mtb ride I've ever done due to parking shortages, which is kind of cool as it adds to the climbing.

Foresthill Divide Loop Trail by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details

Here's the ride video. Still no bobcat sightings (damn!). As with all my videos, this one is 100% natural sound. This means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on climbs, so be forewarned!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flQyI-rXnYc

The first good view from the trail.

view from Foresthill Divide Loop Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

After crossing Foresthill Road. This is the trailhead across from Drivers Flat Road.

FDLT Drivers Flat trailhead by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Trail signs with mountain lion warning sign.

FDLT trail signs with mountain lion warning sign by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Trail signs put up by the Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC)

FDLT trail signs by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Return trip view

view from Foresthill Divide Loop Trail 2 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Trailhead I parked at

Brushy Mnt-Fuel Break trailhead by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr
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How much of the ride was out in the open, and how much was wooded? And how do you like the 29er?
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Nice! You're making me wish I'd gone mountain instead of road.
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I admire your trail system...enjoy
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How much of the ride was out in the open, and how much was wooded? And how do you like the 29er?
Probably about half wooded, half open. I had my eyes open for bobcats, since it's mating season (just like with domestic cats) and other mountain bikers on mtbr.com have reported increased sightings and even got some pictures of them. I really want to see a bobcat in the wild. Alas, no such luck.

I think the 29er is more stable over the rough stuff than the 26er. It's quite heavy since it's a lower-end model, but it works flawlessly so far.
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Nice! You're making me wish I'd gone mountain instead of road.
You can do both. No reason to stick with one or the other unless it's a personal preference or finances don't allow buying more bikes and bike gear. Mountain biking will make you stronger on the road because the climbs are so intense due to the technical stuff, steepness, and heavier bike.
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Oh I will! You had some similar looking trails in your videos, with the smooth leafy singletrack. Of course we have some nice climbs here, which is right up my alley as usual! They really make me live up to my username!
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I had my eyes open for bobcats, since it's mating season (just like with domestic cats) and other mountain bikers on mtbr.com have reported increased sightings and even got some pictures of them. I really want to see a bobcat in the wild. Alas, no such luck.
My cat gives me a map showing where the mountain lions will be, so I can go somewhere else.
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How fast were you going around 4 minutes? Does it feel stable? Man, that looks scary.
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Probably about half wooded, half open. I had my eyes open for bobcats, since it's mating season (just like with domestic cats) and other mountain bikers on mtbr.com have reported increased sightings and even got some pictures of them. I really want to see a bobcat in the wild. Alas, no such luck.
I've been lucky this winter and have seen quite a few bobcats on my rides. We also see coyotes. The javelinas have been pretty scare though.
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How fast were you going around 4 minutes? Does it feel stable? Man, that looks scary.
Not that fast at all, actually. The combination of bumpy terrain and bumpy female parts with a chest mounted camera cause the boing-boing effect.

That part from 4:04 to 4:35 is my favorite part in the video, due to the many frogs that got progressively louder as I approached the creek they were in.

My mother likes to watch my videos. When she saw my first mtb video a month ago, she freaked out at what looked to her like scary, dangerous speeds. I told her that the chest mounted camera makes it look like you're going faster than a helmet mounted one. The lower the camera is to the ground, the faster it looks like you're going.
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Here's a couple short random clips that show how friendly people are on trails. Since I started mountain biking again I've noticed that the hikers, equestrians, and other cyclists are often very friendly.

This is near the end of the ride when I was riding part of the trail twice for more climbing. I stopped to change camera batteries and eat some energy chews, and a hiking couple stopped to chat.

The second clip is a friendly rider I yielded to at the top of a climb.

http://vimeo.com/38066186

Here's why I'm not a super fast descender, especially on singletrack. Even though I wasn't riding that fast on this downhill, I still surprised the lead rider in the group of climbing cyclists I yielded to.

http://vimeo.com/38064593
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