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Old 05-20-18, 06:04 PM
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Bike Forum ride in OC - gauging interest

OK guys, let's see how many of you can still balance on a bike and/or have the cojones to ride it on the streets of Orange County. We are thinking of organizing a BikeForums ride, like the one we did in 2013. Here is the original thread. The ride will be held on Saturday, 6/23/2018, the route will be the same as in 2013, but the riders will be 5 years older. There will be just one coffee stop - at the Crystal Cove on PCH. Please post here if you'd be interested and include your preference for a start time (8:00 or 9:00 AM or anywhere in between).
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Old 05-20-18, 08:15 PM
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I'm interested. I live 3 miles from the IRvine train station and am the ride coordinator for BCI, we ride these roads all the time. Is there a most recent RidewithGPS version on the route? Looking at the old thread there were a few bobbles in the routing esp Peters Canyon, Harvard and SD creek trail. I can clean those up, I think the overall route is good, definitely some good climbs, and some pain on Vista del Lago, it hits 12% near the top. More pain is available by looping over Modjeska grade off Santiago Canyon Rd if there is anyone interested, maxes out at 17%, but it is short. Doesn't add much distance.

FYI there is road construction and repaving going on in Santiago Canyon. They have warned about bike lane closures, but I think this is weekdays only. It's only been a couple of weeks since they started and I haven't been thru there since.
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Old 05-21-18, 02:29 AM
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8am. do your worst.
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For those interested/curious, the World Cup games on June 23rd are:

05am: Belgium - Tunisia
08am: Korea Republic - Mexico
11am: Germany - Sweden

Doing long weekend rides will be impossible for me for a month!

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Old 05-21-18, 12:04 PM
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^none of those matchups move the needle for me.
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Love to. I did the last one. But, sadly (not really, actually) I will be in Hawaii at that time, off the bike but blowing lots of bubbles at the fishies.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
^none of those matchups move the needle for me.
I didn't even list the 5am at first, but then I thought I might offend someone. Fox Soccer is now fully behind Team Mexico for some strange reason and any Mexican game will be popular locally. Sorry for the soccer talk, but the other thread did have baseball chat.
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i'd generally rather ride than watch most sporting events. i do have an interest in the world cup but
these games are not overwhelming enuff to keep me off the bike.
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Old 05-22-18, 05:10 PM
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I have almost no interest in watching any sporting event on TV. Even cycling, (I still have Paris-Roubaix and most of TOC unwatched on the DVR) let alone any other sport. I'd much rather do something than watch something.

I do root for the local teams to make playoffs, superbowls, world series, etc. as there is a noticeable decrease in traffic when those games are on TV. Presents a good opportunity to go out and do something else.
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Old 05-22-18, 11:39 PM
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I canceled my TV provider, so I can't watch sports anymore. Let's see if I can survive college football season unplugged. Most of the time, my kids have their OWN sporting events that keep me away from the TV anyway.

I can't remember why I had to miss the 2013 edition of the Left Turn Tour but I need to make up for that.
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Old 05-23-18, 02:54 AM
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If you're going to be there,, JimmyNH, I'll definitely be there!
Will see if I can talk Terah into coming.
In fact, I don't feel like waiting that long. When are we going riding again comrade!
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Old 05-23-18, 09:45 AM
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I miss riding with you guys - got to explore quite a bit of OC and had a blast despite suffering most of the time. Lost quite a bit of cycling fitness since I moved. And yesterday I just dropped $1700 on an ebike to commute to work...
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I miss riding with you guys - got to explore quite a bit of OC and had a blast despite suffering most of the time. Lost quite a bit of cycling fitness since I moved. And yesterday I just dropped $1700 on an ebike to commute to work...
"the horror..."
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sounds like a good club ride bike haha make sure you stay up front!!
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bleep. that was (already) five years ago?!?! elvo was a steady rider that day. don't care how "out of shape" he supposedly is. experience (treachery will not be involved) ain't gonna overcome youth so i expect him to do more pulls up laguna canyon/hwy133 this time...

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OK, so far the response has been overwhelming.
- Jimincalif (yes, please, if you can map it on RideWithGPS, that will be great. And the Pieters Canyon bikepath is fine).
- CalamariChris (of course I'll show up, so you're in, boet )
- Ooga-booga (for 50-75% of the ride. Unless you want to park at the Crystal cove, ride to the start and then ride with us back to the Crystal cove)
- TrojanHorse (no firm commitment, but I'll pensile you in provisionally)
That makes a huge crowd of 5. Do you still want to go ahead?
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pending location and how early after sunrise, I'm a maybe
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You gotta love the commitment and firm scheduling from the SoCal crowd... we still have a month to dredge the bottom of BF and find other people. And we need to find one person slower than me at least.
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You gotta love the commitment and firm scheduling from the SoCal crowd... we still have a month to dredge the bottom of BF and find other people. And we need to find one person slower than me at least.
i'll volunteer as the broom wagon...for half of the ride.
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between the potential oc forum ride and the 4th of july gmr social, that's likely waay too many commitments for most within in the space of two weeks. maybe just focus on the gmr wednesday 4th of july forum ride?
thinking there might be a virginal handful (okay, one or two) of willing riders more interested (along with another handful of old-timers) in riding arguably socal's best mountain road/climb vs the ocean/foothills/flats/rollers of orange county.
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but.... pizza! And beer! The grand tour double is the same date - if you guys cancel I'll have one less excuse to not do that damn thing with @tunavic.
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but.... pizza! And beer! The grand tour double is the same date - if you guys cancel I'll have one less excuse to not do that damn thing with @tunavic.
I really want to do the Grand Tour BUT h​ave you checked the prices for a 2 night stay in the area Friday - Sunday? It's an eye opener. Even Motel 6 wants over 1K for a two night stay
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between the potential oc forum ride and the 4th of july gmr social, that's likely waay too many commitments for most within in the space of two weeks. maybe just focus on the gmr wednesday 4th of july forum ride?
thinking there might be a virginal handful (okay, one or two) of willing riders more interested (along with another handful of old-timers) in riding arguably socal's best mountain road/climb vs the ocean/foothills/flats/rollers of orange county.
I agree with you. Let's settle for the GMR ride on the 4-th. As an added bonus - no World Cup games on the 4-th.
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I agree with you. Let's settle for the GMR ride on the 4-th. As an added bonus - no World Cup games on the 4-th.
i'm down with that. bringing up the broom wagon wherever we ride...
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but.... pizza! And beer! The grand tour double is the same date - if you guys cancel I'll have one less excuse to not do that damn thing with @tunavic.
between pizza, beer and the world cup, howsa person expected to prioritize cycling over the important things in life like pizza, beer and the world cup?
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