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    Today's GMR/GRR Pictures

    A bit snowier than just a day previous..

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    GRR:






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    Crazy!...but COOL!

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    Oh, I should note that I did not actually ride today. Skied at Baldy and drove back down via GRR/GMR. Was surprised to see the entirety of GRR covered with snow. Snow was collecting as low as about 3000 feet. Very wet snow at those elevations though of course. Baldy itself was getting a fair dumping:

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    At first I thought you meant riding then I thought nah, he had to be in his car!

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    Lots of skiing recently...but I'll be back on the bike this weekend to conquer this again:



    Should be a bit greener than last time.
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    Ok, I will bite. Where is that shot from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbasher View Post
    Ok, I will bite. Where is that shot from?
    Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara. Connects with East Camino Cielo:



    then Painted Cave:



    then Old San Marcos:

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    That last one looks like death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YOJiMBO20 View Post
    That last one looks like death.
    Going up it is no fun at all. I go as hard as I can to try to make it up the curve, but usually abort mid-way to avoid toppling over from slowing down too much. There is little visibility, so you can't really do switchbacks up that corner. (unless you have a spotter up the road)

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    Thanks for those GMR/GRR shots! I'm surprised it's so icy as low as the maintenance station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuf View Post
    Going up it is no fun at all. I go as hard as I can to try to make it up the curve, but usually abort mid-way to avoid toppling over from slowing down too much. There is little visibility, so you can't really do switchbacks up that corner. (unless you have a spotter up the road)
    A triple helps.

    I tried sitting the whole way through it to take a handheld video going up the switchbacks:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink

    I found out that I couldn't do it without standing for the steepest part. This is easy to see in the video - it is the part where the video is simply a shot of my front wheel. Handheld video is apparently tough to do when standing on the pedals going up a 20% switchback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
    Thanks for those GMR/GRR shots! I'm surprised it's so icy as low as the maintenance station.
    Sure thing. It actually wasn't icy at all, just slushy. Although tomorrow morning I am sure it will be icy like crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rallison View Post
    A triple helps.

    I tried sitting the whole way through it to take a handheld video going up the switchbacks:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink

    I found out that I couldn't do it without standing for the steepest part. This is easy to see in the video - it is the part where the video is simply a shot of my front wheel. Handheld video is apparently tough to do when standing on the pedals going up a 20% switchback.
    *sigh* whenever I stand up my HR goes through the roof.
    I get to about 0:48 when I need to stop. Well, it's still early in the season.

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    If you can get to about 48 seconds in, you've made it through the steepest section. Not bad, considering that the switchbacks on Old San Marcos are some of the steepest around.
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    You'd make one heck of a heavy breathing crank caller on the phone!

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    Looks like fun to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rallison View Post
    Oh, I should note that I did not actually ride today. Skied at Baldy and drove back down via GRR/GMR. Was surprised to see the entirety of GRR covered with snow. Snow was collecting as low as about 3000 feet. Very wet snow at those elevations though of course. Baldy itself was getting a fair dumping:

    what kinda tires?? stock RE92s?

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    I want to do that ride. Calling Mr, Beanz. What do you say Fred? Look steep enough for ya? Need some stats, length, gain, stupidity factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbasher View Post
    I want to do that ride. Calling Mr, Beanz. What do you say Fred? Look steep enough for ya? Need some stats, length, gain, stupidity factor?
    Need? Gas!.............That's a 2+ hour drive. Something steep, we can go OakGlen, Damnation Alley then Up to the top of Forest Falls (22%). I barely made the 22 when I was in good shape, but I'd take my triple this time! ...It's only a 40 minute drive.

    Heck, we could even throw in the climb to Onyx if you want some distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    You'd make one heck of a heavy breathing crank caller on the phone!

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    Can you recommend a decent hotel and restaurants near the base of GMR? I'll definitely be riding up to Baldy a few times this Spring & Summer. (That was my happy-place when I was a scabby-legged USCF-junior and living in Diamond Bar.)
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    Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.

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    I don't know the immediate area that well but a few miles down the road is a nice big hotel called The Shilo Inn. Sits above CalPoly Pomona on the 57 between the 10 and 60 fwys. They have a Wendy's next door..............Maybe Pinnacle Peak steak place down the road from GMR.

    As an addd bonus, if you are a Neil Diamond fan, you can sing "Shilo" as you approach the hotel

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    Wendy's?! Mannnn....
    Does anyone have any real suggestions on the restaurant? I was hoping for something akin to or better than Pomona Valley Mining Co. No steak places either, please; I'm a PITAtarian.
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    Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.

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    Better than Pomona Mining Company? Yeah.....Wendy's!

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    Lot's of good restaurants in downtown Claremont area... any particular type of food??

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