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    We rode up 39 to the 2 today, and then down via...

    We rode up 39 to the 2 today, and then down via the 2. The good news is that Caltrans has done a great job of clearing all the way through. There are a number of long sections where it looks like...
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    Awesome, thanks for the update. I'll probably do...

    Awesome, thanks for the update. I'll probably do it tomorrow.
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    I saw some pics on facebook of the closed section...

    I saw some pics on facebook of the closed section after the rain & mudslides and it was pretty well covered. I haven't seen any followup about it being cleaned, but will probably check it out in the...
  4. Most 6-day riders provide their own bikes. Some...

    Most 6-day riders provide their own bikes. Some top ones probably have their own bike sponsors, but I've also seen road pros riding a mix of track bikes, all with the brand name taped over because...
  5. I was just a walk in. They're a bit out of the...

    I was just a walk in. They're a bit out of the way for me and I only go there infrequently. I ended up buying a used BMC from a former teammate's relative who had too many bikes.

    And as mentioned...
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    I've done it in August. In some ways it's better...

    I've done it in August. In some ways it's better than in December- there's zero chance of pouring rain (done that several times) and you certainly won't freeze. You can do it early in the morning,...
  7. I know at least a few local businesses who...

    I know at least a few local businesses who sponsor teams who are almost certainly seeing a ROI. One is a local realtor who's also a team member (I think now a second team member joined his office as...
  8. If you've ridden a lot in the past you'll...

    If you've ridden a lot in the past you'll probably be able to tell how a bike is going to ride in the long run with just a couple miles of test ride. I was road bike shopping about a year and a half...
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    Here's a list of co-ops in LA: L.A. Area Bicycle...

    Here's a list of co-ops in LA:
    L.A. Area Bicycle Repair Collectives ? CICLE - Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange
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    I've raced with him-- he's a very skilled rider. ...

    I've raced with him-- he's a very skilled rider. He's also a very nice guy.
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    The Forest Service site has posted the road...

    The Forest Service site has posted the road closure on their page (10 am July 3 through 10 am July 7) but it doesn't say open to bikes. We called and they explicitly said that it is open to cyclists...
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    Big climbs

    Start at Encanto--go to Dawson--then down to the East fork, up Little GMR, to the Village or the ski lifts, and then down GMR back to Encanto.
    Without the ski lifts, it's 118 miles/19k climbing....
  13. There are a lot of bike subcultures in LA--...

    There are a lot of bike subcultures in LA-- including commuters, weekend distance riders, weekend beach/trail cruisers, mountain bikers, racers of all sorts, and fixie/hipster kids, and more (don't...
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    And bring a printed copy of the notice on the...

    And bring a printed copy of the notice on the front page of the ANF web site that says it's closed to motor traffic, but open to cyclists. Not everyone (even in the forest service) who patrols the...
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    Sticky: I've never used the tape- I generally use...

    I've never used the tape- I generally use Vittoria Mastik 1.
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    This is my experience with chaperoning, too. ...

    This is my experience with chaperoning, too. They told the chaperones the places just before or during the race.
  17. You should be able to carry enough to make it to...

    You should be able to carry enough to make it to Newcomb's if you're coming up the 2, with or without the Upper Big T loop. If you do Upper Big T, you will miss Red Box. Newcomb's is always open--I...
  18. It kind of surprised me. The way things have...

    It kind of surprised me. The way things have been going I would have been less surprised by "You have to do it on Eddy's bike, in the condition he left it."
  19. I don't think I've been to a velodrome in the US...

    I don't think I've been to a velodrome in the US that didn't have rental bikes. They're not always the greatest bikes, but they'll work on the track that rents them. For beginners, I generally...
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    One of those posts was from me. It's happened...

    One of those posts was from me. It's happened twice, several years apart, that we encountered police (once Forest Service LEO, once CHP) who told us the road was supposed to be closed to everyone,...
  21. I'm signed up for the Heartbreak Double on...

    I'm signed up for the Heartbreak Double on Saturday and was thinking to ride to Palmdale from Mountain High after watching the race finish. Anyone ridden down to Palmdale from Mtn High? How are the...
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    Yesterday, May 11, the closed part of the 39 was...

    Yesterday, May 11, the closed part of the 39 was 100% rideable. Some rocks but really not too bad. Saw more rocks on the way to Dawson than on 39.

    The chipseal on the 2 is much better than it was,...
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    Heading up Sunday May 11

    A couple of us are heading up on Sunday, May 11. 7 am at Encanto if you're interested. Up 39, down 2.
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    My GF and I both started racing during grad...

    My GF and I both started racing during grad school. It's a good way to get away from the pressure of grad school, and you get instant results, unlike science research. We both stopped racing for a...
  25. People might still be recovering from New Years,...

    People might still be recovering from New Years, too...
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