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Old 05-14-23, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by diphthong
did the brian bayliss shelter island to coronado ride today with 20 or so other zany, c & v bracket heads. nice collection of (mostly) pampered steeds.
sun didn't come out but the company was warm. added extra junk miles...a 20-spot riding to/from the shelter island start. roads haven't gotten any better
(except in coronado that didn't need repaving anyway) with all this winter's magic. the vintage steel handled it well across the board.
enjoyed enough to commit to hitting next saturday @9am from magee park in dtown carlsbad and heading south along the coast highway to del mar
and return (approx 35 miles).

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Thanks and I look forward to joining these kind of rides with some of my diff classics when I check back into HCA.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
Scenery was good but SCR eastbound has been mostly about exercise (i.e., prolonged suffering) for me to date. Starting to understand why you recommend doing SCR westbound.

The aftermarket lockring (which comes with Prestacycle UniBlock Cassette | 11-Speed Shimano / SRAM /Campagnolo for HG 11 Freehub - Prestacycle) does not have a crush spacer behind it. So over time the lockring (a) worked itself loose, (b) extended further outboard than the surface of the hub that goes against the inside of the dropout, and (c) got caught against a barely protruding RD hanger bolt. Thankfully, no permanent damage to any component other than the lockring itself. Ordered a Shimano CS-6700 lockring designed for a 12T smallest cog.
either way is good but scenery is better east to west in the greenery/spring. also, longish (mostly) descent. short and not so sweet ascent heading west vs a longer meh, always climbing, eastbound ascent. pick your poison. both are worthy but sometimes, you're feeling a certain vibe.
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Originally Posted by joesch
Thanks and I look forward to joining these kind of rides with some of my diff classics when I check back into HCA.
get your assets back here, posthaste. such a lovely place. plenty of room. any time of year. you can find it here.
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Originally Posted by diphthong
get your assets back here, posthaste. such a lovely place. plenty of room. any time of year. you can find it here.
Very true, Im sorta Wastin' away again in TX'aville
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Originally Posted by diphthong
either way is good but scenery is better east to west in the greenery/spring. also, longish (mostly) descent. short and not so sweet ascent heading west vs a longer meh, always climbing, eastbound ascent. pick your poison. both are worthy but sometimes, you're feeling a certain vibe.
Yeah, SCR eastbound involves interminable climbs with two long (for me) descents: (1) after the CA-241 toll road, from around Loma Ridge Road to somewhere past the entrance/exit to Irvine Lake, and (2) starting from somewhere near Modjeska Canyon Road to the end. But if I do it in reverse those two long descents become super long climbs, and I am not sure I would make it, especially since I would have to first ride all the way to the east end of SCR.
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Sunday Coffee Ride (regular version) - 36mi. 20-ish riders. As is the usual pattern, the first half of the ride is a steady easy tempo heading east, at 18~mph, and things get spicier when we make the turn in Duarte to head west. Over the top of the short climb on Winston, one of the younger guys flew away solo. Myself and two other 50+ guys started chasing, but surprisingly no one else came with us, so we got to work as best we could, riding pretty hard and taking turns (although I was barely hanging on a few times). We slowly reeled the kid back in through the foothills of Monrovia, but he rode away again when the road started tilting up in Arcadia. We just couldn't compete with his power/weight ratio. We continued pressing our pace together to the coffee stop in Sierra Madre, but it was just for the sake of getting a good workout. It was a pretty hard sustained effort, and a lot of fun to ride like that with a couple of similarly-fit guys.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
Yeah, SCR eastbound involves interminable climbs with two long (for me) descents: (1) after the CA-241 toll road, from around Loma Ridge Road to somewhere past the entrance/exit to Irvine Lake, and (2) starting from somewhere near Modjeska Canyon Road to the end. But if I do it in reverse those two long descents become super long climbs, and I am not sure I would make it, especially since I would have to first ride all the way to the east end of SCR.
hit scr in either direction. if it gets too heavy for you, can always just turn around and (mostly) descend and loop back to your start point.
don't sell yourself and your capabilities short.
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Originally Posted by joesch
Thanks and I look forward to joining these kind of rides with some of my diff classics when I check back into HCA.
went hard for approx 10-12 mins into the headwind and ended up, post-ride, having leg cramps in places (after 10 years of year-round soccer and 25 years of year-round cycling)
that i've never had cramps before. ouchiwawa. as i age, whatever cramps rolling in seem to hit more obscure muscles i didn't even know i had vs the big ones. unsure if it's more of an insult or a compliment. fwiw, the "obscure" cramps didn't last too long and had they occurred during the ride, likely would have stretched them out.

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May Grey and Torrey Pines inside route repeats, 5x and downhill in almost dark to get back to the cars...oops

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32-miler in the lake cuyamaca and julian area. one of my fave areas in all of socal to ride. everything still green with plenty of flowers and water.
did a fave sd backcountry climb-wynola rd. the first/worst mile of pavé just got repaved.
lowish traffic on a tuesday afternoon. the trees are drawing me near, i've got to find out why...

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Tuesday Happy Hour (9mi/1400'/54min) - I really enjoy this dirty quickie after work.Came close to a PR on the 2.5mi climb to Brown Saddle. High-70s temps felt "hot" - LOL.



Trails are getting pretty narrow in some areas...
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32-miler in the lake cuyamaca and julian area. one of my fave areas in all of socal to ride. everything still green with plenty of flowers and water.
did a fave sd backcountry climb-wynola rd. the first/worst mile of pavé just got repaved.
lowish traffic on a tuesday afternoon. the trees are drawing me near, i've got to find out why...

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Nice after work ride, felt good today. Rancho Santa Fe to 101 and back inland. Met up w/ friends half way. to help keep the pace up.

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joined the classic & vintage ride for the second saturday in a row. this one went from dtown carlsbad, south along the coast, to the southern edge of del mar and back-
a little over 30 miles. turnout of just over twenty riders. tons of sunday riders of all ages and abilities throughout the route. down to del mar was relatively subdued, but some spirited efforts amongst the participants into a decent 3/4 headwind on the return. good conversation, great vibes and even better vintage steeds.

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Originally Posted by diphthong
joined the classic & vintage ride for the second saturday in a row. this one went from dtown carlsbad, south along the coast, to the southern edge of del mar and back-
a little over 30 miles. turnout of just over twenty riders. tons of sunday riders of all ages and abilities throughout the route. down to del mar was relatively subdued, but some spirited efforts amongst the participants into a decent 3/4 headwind on the return. good conversation, great vibes and even better vintage steeds.

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Nice! Wish I could have made it down there this morning.
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North Country perimeter loop not include Palomar Mt. Start at lower Torrey Pines to almost Temecula Via Lake Wolford, Lilac, Couser Canyon, Rice Canyon. Live Oaks and down Sleeping Indian back into gloomy Oceanside.

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Some extra credit driveway at the summit of Couser Canyon.


Windmill at Rainbow Oaks Market


Parlor Donuts at mile 87 were nice
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36 mile solo ride from home, east through Sierra Madre and Monrovia, around the top of Santa Fe Dam, and a slightly different route for some of the ride back west. I pushed harder than I had intended, and felt really good…until the last 10 miles. I had only water in my bottles, and waited too long to squeeze a gel. My energy level crashed pretty hard and the end of the ride was
not a good time. Lesson: Rides more than 1 hour, put some go-juice in my bottles.
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Recently explored some popular cycling routes in the region.
  1. Pacific Coast Highway (PCH): Riding along the iconic PCH provided breathtaking coastal views and a mix of flat and rolling terrain. Starting in Santa Monica and heading south towards Orange County, I enjoyed the fresh ocean breeze and soak in the stunning scenery.
  2. Santa Monica Mountains: Exploring the Santa Monica Mountains offers challenging climbs and rewarding descents. I explored Malibu and ride through the picturesque canyons, enjoying the lush scenery and panoramic views of the coastline.

    It was a great great solo bike tour for me Thanks for the question!
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Originally Posted by jsigone
North Country perimeter loop not include Palomar Mt. Start at lower Torrey Pines to almost Temecula Via Lake Wolford, Lilac, Couser Canyon, Rice Canyon. Live Oaks and down Sleeping Indian back into gloomy Oceanside.

https://www.strava.com/activities/9109428937



Some extra credit driveway at the summit of Couser Canyon.


Windmill at Rainbow Oaks Market


Parlor Donuts at mile 87 were nice
great ride! did you have to dodge any avocados on the road before/during/after bombing down sleeping indian?
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Not really a "ride"... the wife and I went hiking in Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach yesterday. These trails are bike friendly. What stood out was how many electric mountain bike there were. They had to have outnumbered "human powered" bikes 2 to 1.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
Nice! Wish I could have made it down there this morning.
+1 wish I was there. Love doing coastal spins on classics!
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Originally Posted by jsigone
North Country perimeter loop not include Palomar Mt. Start at lower Torrey Pines to almost Temecula Via Lake Wolford, Lilac, Couser Canyon, Rice Canyon. Live Oaks and down Sleeping Indian back into gloomy Oceanside.

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Some extra credit driveway at the summit of Couser Canyon.


Windmill at Rainbow Oaks Market


Parlor Donuts at mile 87 were nice
Your rides and pix are awesome. Great to see your rewards as well!

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Gravel ride (29mi/4000’) with the Gravel Bike California group starting in San Fernando, climbing May Canyon to Camp 9, and returning via Little Tujunga, dirt Kagel, and Lopez. Tough climbs were made even more challenging without my lowest gear (not sure why). It was a hard ride, but I enjoyed riding places that are new to me with a good group of folks.


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Gravel ride (29mi/4000’) with the Gravel Bike California group starting in San Fernando, climbing May Canyon to Camp 9, and returning via Little Tujunga, dirt Kagel, and Lopez. Tough climbs were made even more challenging without my lowest gear (not sure why). It was a hard ride, but I enjoyed riding places that are new to me with a good group of folks.
Impressive climb and view! Only tent that would work there is one mounted on top of a Jeep or 4Runner.
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great ride! did you have to dodge any avocados on the road before/during/after bombing down sleeping indian?
no, it's picking season I think so they aren't letting them rot off the tree. My dad has small avocado farm in Fallbrook.

LOL but I had to dodge a wild peacock running accross the road near Sleeping Indian. small female

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