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Old 10-24-10, 03:32 PM
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Great day in SoCal

I rode from Long Beach, down PCH to SART, up SART to Angel Stadium and back home. What a great day for a ride. Sunny skies, perfect temperature, just a slight breeze, and everyone I encountered seemed to be having a good day as well.

I'm glad I decided to ride today (Sunday) instead of yesterday. I felt like a wuss not going out yesterday because the streets were wet, but it was definitely worth waiting for a day like today.
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That is a nice route, have done that lots of times from Long Beach/Seal Beach (end of SGRT) head south on PCH but passing the end of SART/PCH and continue down to Newport Beach/Irvine, then back. On a lucky day you get a tailwind heading south in the morning then wind changes direction in the early afternoon going north with a tailwind again.
My rest stop would be Huntington Beach pier area.
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I love that route, and I take it from my house in N.OC down the SGRPath, S. on PCH to SARPath up north and back home. It's a workout alright
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Nice, I'll have to try SART someday....if I ever get the chance!
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I actually had a ride scheduled for Saturday morning but it got rained out. I did however do an "urban mountain bike" ride (on street and trail with the MTBikes) that afternoon when the rain cleared. Had a ball.

Yesterday had stuff in the am to do but took off around noon to do one of my favorite 30 milers - rode up to and through Shady Ridge down to Bay Bay and around and back up the Creek trail. It was a perfect day; it even got alittle warm! Sky was filled with soft, fluffy clouds - loved it!
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I rode on Saturday, family asked why i was not going on Sunday as it was sunny. The 52 miles on Saturday, after a 14 day layoff, really took a toll on this old body. Just was not rested enough to ride.
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Saturday was not a bad day to ride after 10AM. I went from East Anaheim on La Palma/Del Amo to Vermont/Gaffey to get to my brother's place in San Pedro and then backtracked that route to get back.
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Definitely a nice day yesterday, I did a 47 miler, my most yet. Went from my house through little T/sand canyon, placerita and back onto foothill through sylmar. Actually got picked up and placed onto the wheel of a couple riders on little T and they were cool with me staying and showed me their loop. Fun times.

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I went up to Dana Point. It was fun riding on the little stretch of closed Coast Highway.
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I'll be riding SART tomorrow (Tuesday) morning around 10-ish I think. Look for the fat white guy on a black/white Roubaix with Stella 400's mounted on the bars
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Stella 400's mounted on the bars
What are those, machine guns?
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So that is 400 lumens total, not super bright but ok..
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Lumens-shmumens--they look slicker than owl-dung!

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So that is 400 lumens total, not super bright but ok..
Yeah, the set is called 400, but it's one 200 spot and one 200 flood. The pair works very well together. I've been places with nearly zero ambient light and never wished that I had more lumens. I can see a mountain biker wanting more, but I had a NiteRider MiNewt 350 and this setup is superior IMO.

I also run the Light and Motion VIS180 rear light and really like it. My only complaint is that it only ships with a USB cable for charging. Great for commuters who want to charge at their computer, but I prefer to charge in the garage and don't keep a computer out there.

I'll generally only keep the 400's on the bike when I know I'll be riding at night, but on surface streets I run the rear light even during the day. It can't hurt!
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Here's a pic before I installed the computer and had to spread out the lights a bit more to make room. It's pretty obvious which is a spot and which is a flood.

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On a long ride, you can pretend they're laser guns and blast riders in front of you. The looks you'll get when you overtake making "pew! pew! pew!" sounds can be interesting
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My only complaint is that it only ships with a USB cable for charging. Great for commuters who want to charge at their computer, but I prefer to charge in the garage and don't keep a computer out there.
This will solve your problem.

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Do they offer different rubber-band mounts for those fazer banks, Mr. Scott? And how long is antimatter coupling (the connector cord) between them?
I ask because those babies would probably blind my attack dog, but mounted on my porteur-rack, we'd be a formidable bird o' prey.
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Now, after that en-lightening Thread Hi-Jack, we return to the original (OP) subject . . .

Yes, Sat. started out with a heavy mist in Cerritos where I met with Teresa and Ken at 7:30 AM to ride a near-century, but which both Teresa and Ken decided not to do 'cause of the wet weather.

So . . . drove down to Irvine to do the 9:00 Rebel Ride; seemed most of the Rebels didn't want to ride either, yet finally had a good ride with Chris (who I'd never met before) and Lorraine (who is young, thin, fast and quite the climber). Once to the coffee shop met Tito, Kim and Eric, then back to the park (trying to keep up with Lorraine on the hills!) for a meager 37 mile total.

On Sun. however, I drove up to Glendora and rode GMR/GRR in varying conditions ranging from v.warm sunshine (to start) to dark and cloudy misting rain (above approx. 3,500 feet) then more warm sun along the Ridge, cloud cover and wet roadway (approaching the peak at 5,150 ft.), then sun again once at Baldy Village.

Got to The Lodge in time for one of Missy's famous cinnamon rolls, a couple cups of coffee and conversation with a cyclist from Brooklyn, NY who was discovering the joys of GMR/GRR and noting that it was very different from cycling on Long Island!

Not a super fast ride at 2:28 out and 1:38 back, but a variable and overall fun day on the mountain! A few other cyclists out (many Velo Allegro riders), bow hunters at the turn-outs and relatively few motorcycles.

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On Sun. however, I drove up to Glendora and rode GMR/GRR in varying conditions ranging from v.warm sunshine (to start) to dark and cloudy misting rain (above approx. 3,500 feet) then more warm sun along the Ridge, cloud cover and wet roadway (approaching the peak at 5,150 ft.), then sun again once at Baldy Village.

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Seeing how Cow Canyon Saddle is the high point on GRR at 4,527 feet, I am curious where this "peak at 5,150 feet" is that you refer to. I must have missed it all those times I have ridden out there.
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The highest point is about mile 17.5 when coming from Boulder Springs in Glendora. You actually descend somewhat before getting to Cow Saddle.

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