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Old 10-23-11, 06:17 PM
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Just rode with a few friends at the Fullerton Loop.

It was a blast! Only at the last mile or so i got a flat and had to walk the rest of the way. Oh..and my wife broke her chain. Overall, it was a great experience and awesome workout!

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Old 10-23-11, 08:40 PM
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Haven't ridden FL in years. It's an urban treasure. Last time, me & my riding buddy were able to get beer off'n the cart at the golf course. Wonderfully civilized.

Looks like a good time was had by all. Good mix of bikes.
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Old 10-24-11, 11:47 AM
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It was definitely a great time! Im Hooked!!! Im thinking of going again during the week..i just hope i dont get another flat!
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Old 10-24-11, 01:24 PM
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I've been considering doing this, but have wondered how many street crossings there are? From the map it looked like it was lots of stop and go.

Is it safe to assume it's a very non-technical route? Did you need a route sheet to navigate all the turns, or was it pretty self evident once you're out there?
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The street crossing were maybe 5 or 7? It really wasn't that much. As for the trail itself, i had 3 friends who were experienced on the trail so all we did was follow. I think i need to go there a few more times to memorize it..actually thinking about going there myself tomorrow morning for some more exercise. I recommend either going with someone experienced on that trail or follow someone there. I I fixed my flat and im ready to go! I am also waiting to finish paying off my Trek DS 8.4/5 on layaway at Budget Pro bikes so i can ride it there as well.
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Get lights, ride it at night. STR night rides on Thursday.
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Old 10-25-11, 09:53 PM
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Thats looks like fun

I like the way you got the poo sticks in the frame and missed out the all important bikes lol
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Old 10-26-11, 12:03 AM
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Get lights, ride it at night. STR night rides on Thursday.
Is this the group that starts at 6:30?
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Old 10-26-11, 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by DIFFO View Post
Thats looks like fun

I like the way you got the poo sticks in the frame and missed out the all important bikes lol
Man...i tell ya..they seem to jump at you when u least expect them!
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Originally Posted by zerogravity View Post
Is this the group that starts at 6:30?
Yes, its a fun, no drop ride. Holloween night tomorrow night.

https://www.socaltrailriders.org/foru...getinfo&e=2916
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Originally Posted by zerogravity View Post
I recommend either going with someone experienced on that trail or follow someone there.
It took me about 5x on the Fully Loop without getting lost. The route is so confusing and there is no consistent signage. There are a few places where the trail ends on the street and you have to find your way to the continuation of the trail. There is one steep downhill section where the trail abruptly ends on the sidewalk. I think people get deceived on the Loop, thinking it's an easy ride, but unaware of several dangerous pinch points.

Don't get me wrong, despite it's drawbacks, I think it's a treasure for mountain bikers. It's a signature ride for SoCal. Everyone should ride it at least once.
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Originally Posted by eyemage View Post
It took me about 5x on the Fully Loop without getting lost. The route is so confusing and there is no consistent signage. There are a few places where the trail ends on the street and you have to find your way to the continuation of the trail. There is one steep downhill section where the trail abruptly ends on the sidewalk. I think people get deceived on the Loop, thinking it's an easy ride, but unaware of several dangerous pinch points.

Don't get me wrong, despite it's drawbacks, I think it's a treasure for mountain bikers. It's a signature ride for SoCal. Everyone should ride it at least once.


Well forget about it now. I was thinking about giving it a whirl sometime soon but forget it, I don't want to get hurt.
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Old 10-27-11, 11:16 AM
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Looks like ill be going tonight for the 6:30 ride. Anyone else going? If you do, please introduce yourself..i don't know anyone yet. =)
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Old 10-27-11, 05:56 PM
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she will be!!!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
Well forget about it now. I was thinking about giving it a whirl sometime soon but forget it, I don't want to get hurt.
Mr. Beanz, it isn't that bad..im a noob rider and i made it out ok...in fact..ALL of the people in my group made it and 90% of them has NEVER ridden on a mountain before.
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Originally Posted by zerogravity View Post
Mr. Beanz, it isn't that bad..im a noob rider and i made it out ok...in fact..ALL of the people in my group made it and 90% of them has NEVER ridden on a mountain before.
Cool! I need to go pick up some stuff for my new ride tonight but I want to do the ride real soon.

Is the 6:30 the 2nd lap riders? Do you need real good lights for the ride? I got one of those $45 Cateye types.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
Cool! I need to go pick up some stuff for my new ride tonight but I want to do the ride real soon.

Is the 6:30 the 2nd lap riders? Do you need real good lights for the ride? I got one of those $45 Cateye types.
How well does your video come out when it's dark outside?
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Just came from the loop today. Im getting faster since Sunday..made it in 1:40 this time instead of 2hours. Looking forward to this Sunday! Anyone else coming from the forum?
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Rode it last night with the do-gooders from STR. Goodtimes!
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Originally Posted by zerogravity View Post
Just came from the loop today. Im getting faster since Sunday..made it in 1:40 this time instead of 2hours. Looking forward to this Sunday! Anyone else coming from the forum?
Whoa, just how technical is this thing? It's an 11mi loop with essentially no elevation gain (<500ft according to a strava log). Is it all boulders and sand? I was really interested in trying it out, but I want cardio rather than technical bits. I think I'd assumed it was a 45min loop.

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It's more like 1100ft gain. Not technical at all. A lap under an hour is typical if not in a group ride setting. You will need a guide, as it is urban mtb'ing with lots of direction changes.
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I always ride it counter-clockwise so the bigger drop becomes a nice climb (the one off Euclid). I agree w evoracer, 60% is a wide dirt lane/15% street rdng connecting path, a good cardio if wanted to be.
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Whoa, just how technical is this thing? It's an 11mi loop with essentially no elevation gain (<500ft according to a strava log). Is it all boulders and sand? I was really interested in trying it out, but I want cardio rather than technical bits. I think I'd assumed it was a 45min loop.
Well, the really fast guys do it in 45 minutes. Slow guys like me do it in about 1.5 to 2 hours. Not sure on how much elevation change there is but there are quite a few climbs on there and they do work you. Since riding there(3 times) i have already lost 9 lbs! The layout really isn't technical by any means. It starts with a horse trail to a singletrack to quite a few hill climbs. The hills are rewarded by nice short down hills but the climbs are well worth the burn. I suspect i burn about 700+ calories on this ride. Regardless of the layout, i recommend one needs to try it out at least once. Then they can decided if they want to come back or not. Hope to see you Sunday!

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Whoa, just how technical is this thing? It's an 11mi loop with essentially no elevation gain (<500ft according to a strava log). Is it all boulders and sand? I was really interested in trying it out, but I want cardio rather than technical bits. I think I'd assumed it was a 45min loop.
Pm me. I'll take you around the loop in about 55 minutes. Need to bleed my front brakes though, if you have a bleed kit I'll be your Sherpa.
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