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Old 11-18-23, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I got invited to join a “gravel” ride with some friends.

I took my CX bike. Reminder I am a roadie with very few off-road skills.

The gravel part of the route was fine. The paved part, obv, was no problem.

The somewhat technical single track with wet leaves and wet roots and huge rocks scared the crap out of me. I had to dismount and walk several times. About 3/4 into the ride, it became very hilly with loose gravel bordering on MTB type terrain, so I turned back and wished my friends good luck.

I think I need to either stick to the road, or attend some off-road skills clinics.

One of the guys fell several times, and I believe everyone fell at least once.
A third option is to explore on your CX bike by yoursel, and tackle tricky off road sections at your own pace.

Sounds like your buddies took you on a legit MTB trail! I don't think it's normal to crash on gravel rides haha
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I thought about taking my MTB out today for my easy hour for the first time since Lilly was born. But, we got some patches of heavy rain last night and the ground was a bit moist; didn't want to screw up the trails since the tires might have sunk in a little.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
A third option is to explore on your CX bike by yoursel, and tackle tricky off road sections at your own pace.

Sounds like your buddies took you on a legit MTB trail! I don't think it's normal to crash on gravel rides haha
Might check with BAM on that.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I got invited to join a “gravel” ride with some friends.

I took my CX bike. Reminder I am a roadie with very few off-road skills.

The gravel part of the route was fine. The paved part, obv, was no problem.

The somewhat technical single track with wet leaves and wet roots and huge rocks scared the crap out of me. I had to dismount and walk several times. About 3/4 into the ride, it became very hilly with loose gravel bordering on MTB type terrain, so I turned back and wished my friends good luck.

I think I need to either stick to the road, or attend some off-road skills clinics.

One of the guys fell several times, and I believe everyone fell at least once.
This seems like a good reason to stick with riding on the road. Falling is a whole lot of no fun.
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Well, Mrs. GJ and I walked all over Lancaster today. It sure does seem to be a Walkable City! Checked out an open house that was right near the old Hamilton Watch factory, now turned into condominiums. She's now taking a well-earned nap.

One problem is that although it seems like a nice place, we're still in love with California. Maybe it's time to buy lottery tickets.
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Happy winter to anyone in Barrow, AK. The sun set in Utquiagvik today at 1:48pm and won't rise again 'til January 23rd, 2024
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Originally Posted by datlas

I think I need to either stick to the road, or attend some off-road skills clinics.

One of the guys fell several times, and I believe everyone fell at least once.
It takes practice and knowing what you are supposed to do. Also, staying within your abilities and level of experience. I go on rides with groups on all types of terrain and nobody falls.

I've also been with friends who fall multiple times on the same ride and this is usually from trying to follow someone with greater skills.
I did a ride where a friend fell 5 times trying to chase a guy with much more experience. I urged him to stay with me and not go after the other guy but he wouldn't listen.

Happens on the road, too. Especially with riders who are fit and strong but new enough that they don't know what they are doing.
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My problem is that when I fall, I tend to break. Therefore, I sold my mtb, CX, and gravel bikes.
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I didn't fall yesterday but I did have to dab and walk a bit. Did the outer blue loop and it all seemed green to me, then hit the Bridge expecting about the same but hoping it was more towards actual blue. It turned out to be pretty technical. Some trails on MTBproject they'll sneak a little black diamond in the blue square, gotta watch out for those


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Originally Posted by genejockey
This seems like a good reason to stick with riding on the road. Falling is a whole lot of no fun.
But sometimes it's funny.

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Originally Posted by rjones28
But sometimes it's funny.
If you're gonna crash, aim for sand or snow I always say.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Happy winter to anyone in Barrow, AK. The sun set in Utquiagvik today at 1:48pm and won't rise again 'til January 23rd, 2024
Should have included a trigger warning for Velo Vol
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Well, Mrs. GJ and I walked all over Lancaster today. It sure does seem to be a Walkable City! Checked out an open house that was right near the old Hamilton Watch factory, now turned into condominiums. She's now taking a well-earned nap.

One problem is that although it seems like a nice place, we're still in love with California. Maybe it's time to buy lottery tickets.
Can’t you move to somewhere like Bakersfield?? I hear it’s (relatively) affordable.
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Can’t you move to somewhere like Bakersfield?? I hear it’s (relatively) affordable.
When I lived in the mountains we would sometimes drive to Bakersfield for shopping and restaurants. Even took a job there but backed out at the last minute when I found out the manager had lied to me.
Not a bad town, people were friendly and much more laid back than L.A. But the summer heat and smog rules it out for me.
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Tonight we had pizza bagels. Don't laugh lol. it's a comfort food I love and easy as hell to whip up. I use tomato paste below the cheese and put some oregano and pepper flakes on there. Usually served with our default salad of arugula, chopped tomatoes and shaved Parmesan under balsamic vinaigrette.

Tomorrow I will make a veggie stew we love, carrot/celery/onion mince with more sliced onions, mushrooms, let the liquid cook off and then deglaze with wine before filling the pot up with broth, diced tomatoes and more veggies (incl. potato). Served with some sort of hearty bread and maybe a side salad if we so wish. And a glass of medium to full bodied red, of course.
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Mrs John heard about a dog rescue that started in the hills above where we used to live. Dogs can be adopted or fostered from there. Today she bought a big bag of dog food to donate and visit with the dogs. Very low budget operation and they need everything so she is going to take some stuff to them. At least people were coming in and playing with the dogs.
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