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  • #79539

    So I’ve been thinking… with 16,412+ mountain bike photos here on singletracks, there are way way way too many photos for us all to sift through and look at. So, I was thinking, since we know have a super-slick "share" link on the photo pages, we should "share" photos on here.

    Post up a photo that you think is pretty sweet. Could be one you’ve taken, or one you found; somebody riding, a snap shot of a sweet trail, or some epic scenery that you saw while riding. Whatever it is, we’ll all get to check out some of the sweetest photos on singletracks, including a whole bunch that maybe don’t have a whole bunch of "five" ratings and are pretty hidden.

    Here’s one I took to start it off:

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    From Whitefish, Montana (in the northwest corner)

  • #79540

    Cool! 😃
    You guys that know me know Im kinda partial to the photo ideas-
    How about; you also have to tell us where the awesome photos were taken.
    Cheers!

  • #79541

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    Not mine but it’s a place I want to ride.
    North Umpqua Trail in Oregon posted by tumbleweed14

  • #79542

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    I will simply say this is CA. Legal to ride but almost always bike free, can’t advertise something like that and keep it that way.

  • #79543
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Cool! 😃
    You guys that know me know Im kinda partial to the photo ideas-
    How about; you also have to tell us where the awesome photos were taken.
    Cheers!

    cool, my first one was from the northwest corner of Montana, in Whitefish.

    and there have already been some sick pictures posted! dang I love bike photos!

    this next one is a bridge from the 441 trails in Athens, GA. I really want to learn how to ride stuff like this better over the course of the summer:
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  • #79544

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    Rocking the Copper River & Childs Glacier- Cordova, AK

  • #79545

    Slickrock Trail in Moab from this spring:

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  • #79546

    Wow AK, the small version of that shot in your avatar just doesn’t do it justice. Seeing the full version is AWESOME!

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    Mars anyone? Try Amasa Back trail in Moab, Utah.
    Another one on the "to do before I die" list.
    Pic by CalebWI

  • #79547

    Cool thread. We’re starting to rotate photos on the MTB Review page so if anyone finds cool bike shots post ’em up here and we’ll take a look at including select pics…

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  • #79548

    Goo,

    Where is that first pic you posted from??

  • #79549
    "Goo" wrote

    cool, my first one was from the northwest corner of Montana, in Whitefish.

  • #79550

    Thanks slacker, didn’t catch that in his other post…

  • #79551

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    The Ribbon in Grand Junction last year,2008.If anyone still remembers I got into trouble with a local named mancoffee here on singletracks for not riding UP The Ribbon,I’m still shootin for this summer,gonna be a haul pedalling this clydesdale up there at 300 plbs.hahahaha.

  • #79552
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Rocking the Copper River & Childs Glacier- Cordova, AK

    dude, that is EPIC scenery! alaska is now officially on my hit list.

    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    Wow AK, the small version of that shot in your avatar just doesn’t do it justice. Seeing the full version is AWESOME!

    Mars anyone? Try Amasa Back trail in Moab, Utah.
    Another one on the "to do before I die" list.
    Pic by CalebWI

    and this one as well.

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    this from the mountains and deep forests of North Georgia

  • #79553

    Wow…so green…I’ve pretty much forgotten what that looks like since moving out west…

  • #79554

    All right, I know there have been threads on this before but what cameras are you guys using to get these shots?? If nobody minds post that with your photos like in the magazines. I apparently need to go camera shopping soon…

  • #79555

    Most of mine are with a cheap Kodak Easyshare.

    A few are with my wife’s Canon Digital SLR.

    All of these and these are with my Kodak.

    My wife got me the Kodak at Walmart for the price linked above, but I have also seen it cheaper at online retailers.

    I should also mention that I fix the colors and white balance in Paint.net, which is a freeware photo editing tool.

  • #79556

    Yeah, I need to purchase a new camera to take on the trails. The digital I have is a little large (and expensive) to take out. Last week I used a Target disposable. I hope some of them turned out.

  • #79557
    "Devin_P" wrote

    All right, I know there have been threads on this before but what cameras are you guys using to get these shots?? If nobody minds post that with your photos like in the magazines. I apparently need to go camera shopping soon…

    I use a Canon PowerShot A540. The whole Canon PowerShot line is excellent, and is a doable price range.

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    This isn’t one I’ve taken, but is going to be my next great bike expedition: Tsali. I have to ride it, if only to say that i’ve ridden it. My girlfriend and I are planning a trip up there in the not-too-distant future.

  • #79558

    Im using a Canon Power Shot SX1000 IS
    The IS is image stabalizer that helps a lot, especially if your like me and your always trying to get a good shot while your heart is pounding hard and your sucking wind so hard from that last climb that your almost cross-eyed 😮

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    Thunder Mountain, UT

  • #79559

    Here’s a couple of pics from tonight’s post-work ride:

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    That’s Coors Brewing Co off in the distance:
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  • #79560

    some EPIC pictures in this thread! i love this

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    from La Crosse, WI

  • #79561
    "Devin_P" wrote

    what cameras are you guys using to get these shots??

    It isn’t the camera that makes the great picture, it is the person behind the camera. These pictures came from people who recognized something interesting and took a picture. If you want to create good pictures then watch what is going on around you and if you see something that might be visually interesting stop and take a shot using whatever camera you have. If you are like me a lot of it will be junk and will end up being deleted, but if you keep doing it eventually you will get lucky and capture something good. If you are really serious then you can take a photography course or read some books about photo composition — that can make a big difference. (Maybe someday I will take my own advice…)

    So just have fun on the trail and keep the camera where it is easy to grab. You will get some good shots if you think about it and take the opportunity to take a picture instead of riding on without stopping.

  • #79562

    I would disagree, but only a little.

    90% or more of the picture us seeing something worth taking a picture of, like you said, but there are definitely some bad cameras out there that will not let you capture what you see.

    I’ve learned a lot about framing and composition from watching my wife, who is a photographer, but you still need a camera with at least basic functionality.

    I have a cheapy Kodak easyshare that is thin and fits nicely in my jersey pocket, but also accurately photographs what I point it at.

    Another tip is to play with settings and presets on your camera, snap the same photo with several different settings and see what comes out the best.

    Also, use your saddle or handlebars as an impromptu "tripod" to stabilize the camera.

    Anyway, that’s all I got, and here’s another pic I took with the Kodak last night.
    I edited this picture in the free program paint.net and darkened it 5 steps, increased the contrast 5 steps, and increased the saturation 10%. I apply those same settings to pretty much all my pics.

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  • #79563
    "maddslacker" wrote

    Here’s a couple of pics from tonight’s post-work ride:

    Dude i can’t get over how delicious that trail looks!

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    trying to show all the stinking rocks and washouts there were in this fireroad! a photo couldn’t do it justice….

    (Northern Georgia)

  • #79564

    I didn’t get a pic from lower down the trail with all the rocks and water bars…getting to where I took that one nearly killed me.

  • #79565

    For those of you who haven’t already checked it out…AK Dan has a soome pretty cool pics on his website. Nice shooting man!

  • #79566

    Thanks you guys! I have to admit I am about a year behind in posting to it though.. D’oh! Check back in a few days and Ill have another folder for ‘09 trips.
    Beautiful bike Maddslacker!
    Reading through the posts here I could morph a lot of the ideas here and they pretty much spell out how I feel about my photography-

    Like Boinked said- always carry a camera. Probably why I have went back to the smaller P&S that are easier to pack along rather than the SLR’s. Plus todays camera technology is putting so many brains into smaller packages its really easy to get a nice camera that is also small enough to carry.

    I use Irfanview photo program and have for years, I don’t even know much about any of the expensive/elaborate programs. I try too take a good picture in the field rather than fix it later, that said I always end up bumping up the contrast and tuning down the gamma settings just like everyone else.

    And learn to stop and take the shot, even if your not sure its gonna work out, 1 out of 10 is my usual rate of return for good pics (hey remember when we all shot with film and had to pay for all them mistakes? I do… D’oh!). Composition is very important but somehting that you pick up over time with practice. Im quite often riding somewhere I may never be again so Im constantly reminding myself to capture some of it, plus I have a niece & nephew that need to understand it’s a big wild world and they should go see it! If I can influence them in a good way my time here is a success.

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  • #79567

    This from a hike last weekend. (Yes, I own a bike AND hiking boots…)

    Again, Kodak point & shoot. This one was edited with Gimp on my Linux computer.

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  • #79568
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Beautiful bike Maddslacker!

    Thanks! It looks especially good when I’m walking it up the steeps while trying not to pass out!

  • #79569

    I realize that composition has a lot to do with the pictures and I have read several articles about taking outdoor/sport related pictures. It just always seems that the photo never does the scene justice; either the steep hills look smaller than reality, or the subject looks further away than they really are, or they appear washed out. There is only so much editing/enhancing that can be done. Oh well I’ll just keep at it and study as much material as I can. You guys really have some inspirational pics though.

  • #79570
    It just always seems that the photo never does the scene justice; either the steep hills look smaller than reality, or the subject looks further away than they really are, or they appear washed out.

    Boy,is’nt that the truth?
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    Red Rocks Ampitheater,I rode down Red Rocks trail last year to the ampitheatre on a concert night,the atmoshere is somthin else with the Red Rocks and people all milling into the theater.There are trails that go all the way around the ampitheater,cant see the stage but you can hear the concert somewhat decently while it’s goin on.

  • #79571

    [img][img]http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff180/steve32300/BW10.jpg[/img][/img]

    Barttlet Wash,Moab Utah.My Stumpjumper was brand new and the direct traction on the rock coupled with the stock pawl body in my rear hub made it break 3 times while we were in moab riding various trails.Oh yeah,and broke one chain as well,kind of an expensive trip on bike parts but always fun..Upgraded the rear wheel to a DT Swiss ratchet style hub so I cant wait to get back to moab.

  • #79572

    This one was my computer background screen for a while.
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  • #79573

    Here’s one from the top of the Ribbon that I just posted . Lots of shots and different settings. I don’t know I’m still learning.
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    Grand Valley Spring 2009

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    [img][img]http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff180/steve32300/picsnewhardtail097.jpg[/img][/img]

    Here’s one of mine from the top of the Ribbon from last year.Just thought I would put one up of my own to compare with your’s,I took it with a cheap little digital.

  • #79575

    been really enjoying checking out your guys’ posts!

    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    This one was my computer background screen for a while.
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    that is an awesome pic! love it!

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    slick rock esque climb at hawkes creek near athens, ga

  • #79576

    Here’s another pic. This one is from Moab in April. Bonus points if you name the trail

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  • #79577
    Bonus points if you name the trail

    Porcupine Rim………..

  • #79578

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    from the deep forests of Northwest Montana

  • #79579
    "steve32300" wrote
    Bonus points if you name the trail

    Porcupine Rim………..

    Guess my avatar was a giveaway, that and the file name… 😃

  • #79580

    From that magical place known as Dragons Back. Don’t ride there as much as I should. Doesn’t fit the smooth flowy description; more of a "I ate my Wheaties this morning so throw it at me kind of ride". They’re all good though.

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  • #79581
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    From that magical place known as Dragons Back. Don’t ride there as much as I should. Doesn’t fit the smooth flowy description; more of a "I ate my Wheaties this morning so throw it at me kind of ride". They’re all good though.

    Wow, that’s what I call gnarly! Everything in that photo looks spikey – the rocks, the trees, even the icy sky. Get many puncture flats on this trail?

  • #79582
    "trek7k" wrote

    [quote="CraigCreekRider":cgseucum]From that magical place known as Dragons Back. Don’t ride there as much as I should. Doesn’t fit the smooth flowy description; more of a "I ate my Wheaties this morning so throw it at me kind of ride". They’re all good though.

    Wow, that’s what I call gnarly! Everything in that photo looks spikey – the rocks, the trees, even the icy sky. Get many puncture flats on this trail?[/quote:cgseucum]

    Gnarly is pretty much the right description for Dragons Back. Layers and layers of flat rocks that protrude out of the ground at all angles make it a an interesting but pretty hard ride. The ridge is about 10-12 miles long and has patches of this type of rock scattered throughout.

    Buddy of mine calls these Dragon Scales. I watch for those, but for some reason I don’t get any more flats there than other places I ride.

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    Some more photos here from the Dragon.
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  • #79583

    We have rocks like that here in Colorado too, but without the decorative leaves and twigs. 😃

  • #79584
    "Mongoose" wrote

    CCR, is that some form of shale or slate rock? As a gemologist, I get interested in rocks and minerals like those in your pic. Still looks like some sick looking terrain to have fun on. 😄

    Mongoose, I don’t think its shale or slate. The lower slopes of that ridge have what we call shale. Rock that kind of delaminates into thin sheets when you hit it hard. The stuff on top is hard, more like limestone. Sorry, don’t know my rocks too well. Will have to ask my rocktomologist buddy sometime (did I just invent that word?). Rocks always intrigue me, wish I knew more about them. Some of Natures artwork.

  • #79585
    Will have to ask my rocktomologist buddy sometime (did I just invent that word?). Rocks always intrigue me, wish I knew more about them. Some of Natures artwork.

    Dude,turn around,I think were in the same boat,hahahahahahahahahaaha.
    We have a place called Dinasour Ridge up at Dakota Ridge and somtimes when I’m up there I wish I knew more abut all that cool ass looking rock,especially where there are dinasour prints in the rock.Recently,they closed down the road that goes up and over Dakota Ridge to make it more tourist freindly and to probably help preserve the place as well since it is a huge tourist attraction.But man,somtimes I just have to ignore it so I can keep on riding,cant always have your cake and eat too I guess.

  • #79586
    to travel to various locations around the world.

    Now that’s what I’m talkin abut………………………………..I got the slow ride song in my head now………hahahahahahahahaa.

  • #79587
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    From that magical place known as Dragons Back. Don’t ride there as much as I should. Doesn’t fit the smooth flowy description; more of a "I ate my Wheaties this morning so throw it at me kind of ride". They’re all good though.

    i want to ride it! definitely sweet man

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    Bull Mountain area in Georgia

  • #79588
    "Mongoose" wrote

    I remember that trail at Bull Mountain. Ahhh, good memories.

    that was actually the connector trail from the horse parking lot up by bull mountain that runs over to the bike parking lot/one of the trailheads. short section, actually, but that’s why its so dished out: from alllll the horse traffic.

    edit:
    i didn’t take this one, but saw it under the newly added pictures and thought it was sweet!

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    i really want to ride snowmass now…

  • #79589

    a sweet shot i’ve been meaning to post:

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    urban riding in Athens, GA

  • #79590

    So 30’….does that make it the highest elevation in FL?

    😆

  • #79591
    "Mongoose" wrote

    OK!! I finally had to throw in here:

    Our 30′ drop off a cliff into a transition at Santos. Right after hurricane season, so weeds were growing in. The 20′ and 15′ cliff drops are just right out of site to the right.

    My son getting his FR game on hucking a drop at our local FR trail.

    dude, your kid is throwing down! that’s intense!

    "maddslacker" wrote

    So 30’….does that make it the highest elevation in FL?

    😆

    and i’m pretty sure it does! 😃

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    another one from up Montana way. good freaking trails up there!

  • #79592

    I haven’t made it to Montana or Wyoming yet…Colorado and Utah have kept me too busy.

  • #79593
    "Mongoose" wrote

    My son getting his FR game on hucking a drop at our local FR trail.

    Mongoose, that’s an awesome shot. How old is your boy?

  • #79594
    "Mongoose" wrote

    Your missing a whole lot of beautiful scenery bro. Especially up around WhiteFish. That is definitely Gods country up that way.

    Awesome, so you have ridden the whitefish area trails? Sweetness man! I mean, that trail is right outside of whitefish. which ones have you hit?

    here’s a shot of the sunrise in flathead valley as i was on my way to go riding:

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  • #79595
    "Mongoose" wrote

    [quote="Goo":3htbekv6]Awesome, so you have ridden the whitefish area trails? Sweetness man! I mean, that trail is right outside of whitefish. which ones have you hit?

    I have rode Big Mountain, Bill Creek, and a couple other ones in the WhiteFish area. I have also rode Lone Pine, and a few more over in Kalispell area. Wolf Creek Trail near BigFork. Emerald Lake near Bozeman among a few other places I do not remember the names. When I do go to Montana, I am normally in the Helena, Butte, to Missoula area to follick for Montana sapphire. I also try to go and visit a friend whom has a ranch up in Whitefish, MT when I am that way. If you have lived in WhiteFish, you may know of them. Michael & Pam Rozell, which own and operate the Potters Field Ministries Ranch near WhiteFish. I noticed from your blog that you are a youth minister, so thats why I mentioned the Rozell’s. Anyways, that is most definitely GODS country in that area. Amazing beauty![/quote:3htbekv6]

    right on, i’ve ridden big mountain, bill creek (which rules!!), lone pine, wolf creek (sweet tech stuff!) and others in that area! excellent riding!

    here’s a shot from wolf creek:

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    i’ve got more photos of wolf creek up on the main album page:
    http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … +trail+544

  • #79596

    Thanks Goo and Mongoose for those Montana pictures. My favorite country is up in the Northwest quandrant. Thus far I only have ridden a little in Oregon, but use to work in Idaho and Oregon in pre-MTB days. It is truely Gods country (cept for the winters 😉 ). That country up around Libby looks like it would be good mountain biking, maybe not as steep as some of the other mountains in Montana or Idaho. Did a road trip around there a few years ago.

  • #79597
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    (cept for the winters 😉 ).

    dudes, the skiing is what its ALL ABOUT!

  • #79598

    Man,all these pics are truly coool.

  • #79599

    here’s a shot from the thompson loop at tsali (which i did not take), but is getting me excited about road tripping up there to ride:

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  • #79600

    😆
    If you like creeks, you should definitely check out Monarch Crest in Salida, CO…there’s a section where you ride down the middle of the creek for quite a ways.

    It’s actually quite a bit easier than you’d think!

  • #79601
    "maddslacker" wrote

    😆
    If you like creeks, you should definitely check out Monarch Crest in Salida, CO…there’s a section where you ride down the middle of the creek for quite a ways.

    It’s actually quite a bit easier than you’d think!

    i’ve ridden monarch crest… that trail is epic! i loved the views of the deep valleys a couple miles from the start, and when i rode it it was cloudy/foggy, so you could see the clouds rolling around the peaks and through the valleys… it was an experience!

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    the Monarch Crest trail (i didn’t take this one)

  • #79602

    Yeah, thus far Monarch Crest is probably my favorite mountain biking trail that I have ever ridden.

  • #79603

    Snowshoe, WV

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  • #79604

    Yup. I’m the guy on the right with a Specialized Big Hit. My buddy Mike is on the left with a Specialized Enduro. Man I love that place. Here’s another one for ya:

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  • #79605

    Me clearing a double on a dual slalom course at Snowshoe:

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  • #79606

    While we are visiting Snowshoe, just down the road from Snowshoe is Slatyfork. Pretty much the center of back country type cross country riding in that area. I think Goo and Mongoose were discussing riding down a creek bed. That’s what Slatyfork is all about. Little piece of Canada got lost in West Virginia. Wet, rocky, and muddy. This pic came from last years Slatyfork Shuffle. I can’t quite tell from the photo which one of our crew this is – maybe Outdoornut can help me on this.

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    An hour or so to the east is one of my favorite rides; along top of Middle Mountain at Douthat State Park in much drier Virginia.

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    This is a great post. Keep bringing the pics; its geat to see everyones’ playgrounds……..

  • #79607

    I love this thread.

    My wife on a feature in a trail on the freeride side of Snowshoe:

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  • #79608

    Yeah, that steep little drop was fun. That looks like Joe Crash standing in the top pic.

    Here’s a pic from Loyce Harpe Park (Carter Rd):

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  • #79609

    ok now i’m seriously loving this thread! some of those drop ins/ roll ins look INTENSE… and all of these pictures rule!

    downhillish section at heritage park in georgia:

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    nothing like a 30′ huck though.

  • #79610

    It’s called Future Shock E150 made by Specialized with 6" travel. It’s very lightweight. They made it a dual crown for stiffness with a 25mm thru axle. It has Fox internals supposedly. Here’s my chance to sneak in another pic:

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  • #79611

    A tribute to the CCC era. Sadly its all grown over now, hope we can fix that soon. Sandy Gap Trail north of Douthat State Park in the George Washington National Forest.
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    A little south on the Jefferson National Forest. Lucky enough to have this in my back yard. Patterson Mountain Trails; another CCC era trail system. Not nearly as well built as Sandy Gap Trail. That crew must have had an umemployed engineer on board. 😆
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    Any of you Singleltrackers driving up to Snowshoe, you may be going past my house in (I-81 to Rt 220 in VA). PM me if you want to do a day of XC riding in VA on your way up.

    Mongoose, Santos is on my list. Had hoped to get there this April, but life got in the way. Maybe next spring. Best to bring your own wheels? Is it worthy riding for an old guy doing strictly XC, no hucking for me (but I’d love to watch).

  • #79612
    "Goo" wrote

    ok now i’m seriously loving this thread! some of those drop ins/ roll ins look INTENSE… and all of these pictures rule!

    downhillish section at heritage park in georgia:

    nothing like a 30′ huck though.

    Man that pic just doesn’t do that section justice. It’s steep when you are rolling it. Hitting it at a high speed makes it even more tricky.

  • #79613

    More pics;

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    POP QUIZ,where is it????????just curious.hahahahaha

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    Not too hard to guess this one is it?Slick Rock,Moab Utah

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    That’s a canaidian couple we ran into at the Rim Trail in Grand Junction.

  • #79614
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    [quote="Goo":byiz6004]ok now i’m seriously loving this thread! some of those drop ins/ roll ins look INTENSE… and all of these pictures rule!

    downhillish section at heritage park in georgia:

    nothing like a 30′ huck though.

    Man that pic just doesn’t do that section justice. It’s steep when you are rolling it. Hitting it at a high speed makes it even more tricky.[/quote:byiz6004]

    i know, i love that section!

    here’s another shot of mine from heritage park:

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  • #79615

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    tally lake overlook near Whitefish, MT

  • #79616

    I really like that pic over the lake Goo,refreshing.

  • #79617
    "steve32300" wrote

    I really like that pic over the lake Goo,refreshing.

    Agreed. It’s comforting to know that places like that still exist. 😃

  • #79618

    so, i don’t know what the deal is, but i just was reading the replies and noticed that this was in my post:

    Dang, that brings back some real fond but fun memories! I love that Tally Lake. Makes me want to move to Montana even more.

    and i don’t think i put that in there, unless i am losing my mind. i’m guessing that the mods need to be more careful what buttons they’re clicking 😀 don’t want anyone putting words in my mouth 😀

    "steve32300" wrote

    I really like that pic over the lake Goo,refreshing.

    thanks man, it was a beautiful day!

    "fleetwood" wrote

    Agreed. It’s comforting to know that places like that still exist. 😃

    northwest montana is truly pristine! (when it isn’t completely socked in with clouds, haha!)

  • #79619
    "Mongoose" wrote

    [quote="Goo":6t846a7x]so, i don’t know what the deal is, but i just was reading the replies and noticed that this was in my post:

    Dang, that brings back some real fond but fun memories! I love that Tally Lake. Makes me want to move to Montana even more.

    and i don’t think i put that in there, unless i am losing my mind. i’m guessing that the mods need to be more careful what buttons they’re clicking 😀 don’t want anyone putting words in my mouth

    Ooops, that was me Goo! I was wondering where my post went to, I figured one of the new mods might of deleted it. I guess I should of looked more throughly and should slow down my speedy fingers so my mind can catch up. Sorry, and my apologies Goo![/quote:6t846a7x]

    haha, its ok dude! i was just like "holy crap, i’m going senile at the age of 20!"

    haha it was funny!

    riding across a dam at lake russell near cornelia, ga:

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  • #79620

    Some thing nice about internet is, you can see people far….. away.
    This is in the middle of China, In our county, Biking was just started. we have a very little community on the net, ride twice a week.

    Yes, the money limits us form buying fancy bikes and running really tough trail, but see, get out the polluted cities, we have beautiful landscape too. 😀

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  • #79622

    Welcome to Singletracks, and you have some amazing scenery there!

    Do you think the recent summer olympics being held there had any impact on people taking up mountain biking for the first time?

  • #79623
    "Mongoose" wrote

    First and foremost Kosh…..Welcome aboard Singletracks and to the great sport of MTB’ing! Glad to have you here with us fellow MTBR’s from all walks of life in search for one common cause….."Having Fun, Fun, Fun, and even more Fun while staying healthy!"

    Wow, that is so cool brother! Beautiful scenery definitely makes for a great ride. Glad to hear you guys are starting out some kind of MTB’ing program, thats absolutely great. I have been to China once to follick for fluorite crystal clusters at the Yaoquangxian mine in the remote Hunan province of China (near Chenzhou). I loved it their, and the people were very nice. Good luck brother and wishing you guys and gals great riding! 😃 😃

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    Yes, biking is really a nice thing, even for men who is tired of riding to work everyday in their lifes. This is the pics of a 75 mile one day trip two weeks before. some of the guys are over 40, and some were the first time ride out of town. that’s really tough for them, but no one said quit after got home, all were exciting and exhausted.

    Nearby our county, is a major city, biking has started quite a few years, some yong man/woman ride all kinds of bike, even downhill, but i like our little community more, it’s none commercial, and we are all newbies.

    And this is the yellow river.
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  • #79624

    Awesome! Welcome aboard Kosh.

  • #79625

    OK my turn –

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    Porcupine Rim Trail

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    Singeltrack section of Porcupine Rim – overlooking Colorado River

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    and Castle Valley overlook, also on Porcupine Rim

  • #79626

    Couple more –

    Image Amasa Back – Moab: Taken from GoPro Helmet cam

    Image Entrance to Zippety Doo Dah, Fruita CO

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    Image Had to throw this one in due to the recent discussion about road biking – this is from the Rim Road at Colorado National Monument

  • #79627
    "Beaker" wrote

    this is from the Rim Road at Colorado National Monument

    I’ve read about that ride and it seems like it would be a lot of fun.

  • #79628
    Beaker wrote:
    this is from the Rim Road at Colorado National Monument

    I’ve read about that ride and it seems like it would be a lot of fun.

    I dont road ride but my buddy does,and he always tells me about the steep ass cllimb up the road by the monument that goes up to the top of the ribbon trail.It’s even steep when driving in the car when you go up it.hahahahaa.If I road road bikes,I wouldnt miss riding on the monument road and the other roads like I just mentioned.

  • #79629
    "Mongoose" wrote

    Here is a beautiful sunset at Alafia River State Park:
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    One of the vast netwrok of trails at Alafia:
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    Not a very smart move or kid at Santos:
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    I have to admit, this kid has some balls of steel!

    dude, some sweet pics there! i like ’em!

    and some of those pics from china are pretty killer!

    lakeside singletrack at lake russell, ga

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  • #79630
    "Mongoose" wrote

    I love that lake side pic Goo, but man, that lake water looks a little on the nasty side. What happened to those beautiful lakes up there in GA?

    Too many Floridians came up and peed in them… 😏

  • #79631

    I don’t know man, but there were people swimming in it on the other shore, haha!

    here’s another shot of the lake:

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  • #79632

    What are all those green, leafy things along the shore? 😆

    We don’t have those here.

  • #79633

    I think it’s just the angle of the camera and the lack of light to make the water sparkle that makes the water look dingy.But your right mongoose,the water does look dingy.Still an awsome pic dude.

  • #79634

    http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails … -loop.html

    it was a stinking sweet trail!

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    i didn’t get pictures of some of the best parts because i was too busy riding 😆 😆

  • #79635

    Couple of my buddy NMan
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    and myself

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    from our Monday nights ride on Mill Mountain.

  • #79636
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Couple of my buddy NMan
    and myself
    from our Monday nights ride on Mill Mountain.

    dude that deep forest just looks awesome! nice

  • #79637
    "Goo" wrote

    [quote="CraigCreekRider":3ejx15oy]Couple of my buddy NMan
    and myself
    from our Monday nights ride on Mill Mountain.

    dude that deep forest just looks awesome! nice[/quote:3ejx15oy]

    Yea Goo – great piece of singletrack / forest, right in the city. Inspires me everytime I ride there. Just dark enough the autoflash probably should have come on, but didn’t. Oh well. Your Georgia resevoirs are looking a lot fuller than last year. Same here in VA, won’t quit raining.

    Other pics comments.

    Welcome aboard Kosh. Looks like you folks are having fun even without expensive bikes. Glad to see folks in your part of the world getting into MTBing. Its a smaller world now, got 1 friend working in China and another getting ready to move there. Would not have said that 10 years ago.

    Beaker – Zippety Doo Dah looks like awesome fun. Is it as fun as it looks?

    Mongoose those Alafia trails look great.!

    Great posts here – keep em coming.

  • #79638
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Beaker – Zippety Doo Dah looks like awesome fun. Is it as fun as it looks?

    Yes it is! There are a couple steep sections but the ground is so soft that most falls wouldn’t hurt. There is another trail called "Joe’s Ridge" in the same area that is very similar but not as steep.

    Funny thing is I have all these pictures when I go out of town but none here on my regular rides. We never stop for pictures.

    Steve – The ride up Rim Road in Co Nat’l Monument isn’t really that bad but the descent is so much fun with all the twisting curves! Well worth it my friend!

  • #79639

    some urban mtb shots from my ride today:

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  • #79640
  • #79641

    stuff that technical goes on for miles, including criss-crossing the creek a few times for good measure.

  • #79642

    That was a downhill section of it. There was doubletrack, singletrack and some fire road on the 11 mile loop.

    My first post has a link to the Singletracks info for the trail.

  • #79643
    "Mongoose" wrote

    [quote="maddslacker":oc19xvbf]Golden Gate Canyon State Park (Colorado)

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    Awwwwwwww! Now that is truly sweet terrain and would make an sick ride! 😄[/quote:oc19xvbf]

    yes that is beautiful trail!!! dang, wish i had known about that when i was in golden!

  • #79644
    yes that is beautiful trail!!!

    How many showed up to ride slacker?

  • #79645

    a shot from big mountain in whitefish, mt:

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  • #79646

    a pretty killer bomb in montana:

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  • #79647
    "steve32300" wrote
    yes that is beautiful trail!!!

    How many showed up to ride slacker?

    I think there were 8 of us. And it’s amazing how motivating overhead lightning is on a stiff climb at around 7,500 feet!

  • #79648
    I think there were 8 of us. And it’s amazing how motivating overhead lightning is on a stiff climb at around 7,500 feet!

    Oh that’s cool 8 showed up,and I know what you mean about the lightning,I was at Mathew’s/Winters that day the runner was killed and would almost swear to it that the dude that got hit ran right by me goin the other way from the parking lot there at the main TH,I was high tailin it outa there and there he went running right into the lightning storm.That was an erie day I realized someone was killed in the same lightning storm I was in.

  • #79649

    Great Pic’s and Wow …….. what an active thread….keep it going
    …now if I can figure the code to add the Img* file to this thread …I accomplish something…lol 😕 [/img]

  • #79650

    Goo,those are some really awsome pics from montana dude.And that down hill section,wow,looks alot like some stuff up here in winter park.

  • #79651

    Mongoose,

    ok….lets see if this works…….you should recognize this trail…..
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    ok…….ok……looks like it did!!!!
    thanks for the tip,

  • #79652

    That is on the "Hoh Chi Minh" trail on the Turkey Creek MTB trail? One of the hotest days I have ever ridden……I rode the trail about 6 times and it was about noon……I drank 100 oz of water and 2 16oz of Propel and 2 Clif bars……I didn’t think I was going to make it back to the condo….thought I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion……remember I was on vacation in Cocoa Beach a couple of weeks ago & was hoping to see the Shuttle launch, but as usual the cape delayed…..

  • #79653

    Here is one on my son and another club member on a ride at Croom wilderness area in the Withalachoochee wildlife area.

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  • #79654

    Another one of just my son Spencer –

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    it was a Hot Day in Brooksville, Florida!

  • #79655

    At Balm-Boyette Scrub Preserve in Riverview, Florida

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  • #79656

    one of my nephew I got while riding in letchworth state park in upstate NY last year…

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  • #79657
    "darrinw2001" wrote

    one of my nephew I got while riding in letchworth state park in upstate NY last year…

    nice. thats pretty sweet, i like it.

    here’s the middle oconee river in athens along a trail:

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  • #79658

    i didn’t take this, but here’s a sweet pic from vernal, ut:

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  • #79659

    This is the shoe-in-mouth method of climbing, I hear it’s recommended by Carmichael Training Systems

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  • #79660

    Shoe in the mouth trick. That is funny 😆 I’ll try that the next time I need some help on a climb. Just have to figure out how to click in my toenails.

    Mongoose – Paris Mountain in South Carolina? Some rooty looking stuff there.

  • #79661

    Wow, that root after the landing looks like a good way to take a taste of the trail. Nice shots, Mongoose.

  • #79662
    "Mongoose" wrote

    [quote="CraigCreekRider":1lgp84d9]Mongoose – Paris Mountain in South Carolina? Some rooty looking stuff there.

    Yes sir CCR, that is the one and only Paris Mountain in SC. Pictures were taken during the 2009 DH race that I was entered in to race, but low and behold I came up with a real nasty tooth ache (infected wisdom tooth) that week that kept me from racing. BUMMER! 😢

    "Xerien" wrote

    Wow, that root after the landing looks like a good way to take a taste of the trail. Nice shots, Mongoose.

    Thanks bro, but it was a friend of a friend that took those pics. The guy in the first pic is an guy I used to race with when I was DH racing, and I was supposed to race with him in this DH race, but for obvious reasons mentioned above, I never got the chance. Oh well, there is always this year I hope. Thanks again Xerien! 😃[/quote:1lgp84d9]

    dude mongoose, those pics are killer! love ’em

    georgia SLICKROCK at tribble mill park.

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  • #79663

    Wow…slickrock and trees in the same place…what a cool idea!

  • #79664

    Everyone stop posting pics of the most epic proportions,every time I check out the new pics,there sooooo good I dont feel like riding because I wish I was in 15 places all at once………………hahahahahaahahahzha,Man these pics are truly epic pics,,who needs professional photographers when we have our very own mtn. bike photogs and they get right in the middle of the magic and majestesy of the outdoors to get em for us?????
    Really good pics everyone,I dont see an end to this thread anytime soon,is’nt this the stuff that makes mtn biking it’s own kind of pleasure??

  • #79665

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    One a friend of mine took of me at Raccoon Mountain in TN. For those who haven’t ridden here, it’s probably one of the best rides in the south east. That’s a man made rock dam on the right side of the pic. The trail builders built the trail right into the dam by laying out paver stones and filling it in with sand and pea gravel; it’s pretty ingenious. It’s kind of hard to tell from the pic, but the dam is about 6-7 stories high at it’s apex. To give you some perspective, those are full grown pines on the left of the picture and I am 6 feet tall. The rest of the 17miles of trail has some pretty sweet views too.

  • #79666
    "Mongoose" wrote

    Hey Goo, where exactly is that Slickrock (Tribble Mill Park) at? I really like that place from the pic, but it looks so familiar to a place I rode in GA one time.

    http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails … -park.html

  • #79667
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

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    One a friend of mine took of me at Raccoon Mountain in TN. For those who haven’t ridden here, it’s probably one of the best rides in the south east. That’s a man made rock dam on the right side of the pic. The trail builders built the trail right into the dam by laying out paver stones and filling it in with sand and pea gravel; it’s pretty ingenious. It’s kind of hard to tell from the pic, but the dam is about 6-7 stories high at it’s apex. To give you some perspective, those are full grown pines on the left of the picture and I am 6 feet tall. The rest of the 17miles of trail has some pretty sweet views too.

    actually, i was thinking about hitting up something in that region of in early august… i guess now i know what i’ll be riding!

    and mongoose, you can just click on all of the pictures and they’ll take you to the trail page. i’ve been using the "share" function on the right side of the page.

    "steve32300" wrote

    Everyone stop posting pics of the most epic proportions,every time I check out the new pics,there sooooo good I dont feel like riding because I wish I was in 15 places all at once………………hahahahahaahahahzha,Man these pics are truly epic pics,,who needs professional photographers when we have our very own mtn. bike photogs and they get right in the middle of the magic and majestesy of the outdoors to get em for us?????
    Really good pics everyone,I dont see an end to this thread anytime soon,is’nt this the stuff that makes mtn biking it’s own kind of pleasure??

    and heck yes, with almost 17,000 pics on singletracks, we need to keep posting ’em!!

    here’s one i took:

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  • #79668
    "Goo" wrote

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    and heck yes, with almost 17,000 pics on singletracks, we need to keep posting ’em!!

    never mind, we broke 17,000 pics today. right on!

  • #79669
    "Goo" wrote

    here’s one i took:

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    WTB Velocirapor rear tire?

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    i don’t even know. its older i think, and it was bright green… pretty sweet, got them for free. wore the crap out of those tires.

    it was this tire (i think):

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    and here’s one from crested butte:

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  • #79671

    A few shots from Cowles Mountain.
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  • #79672

    And some from Spring Canyon
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  • #79673

    Pics from the 24 Hours of Matanuska
    Palmer, AK last weekend.

    Trail crew at midnight the night before the race-
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    Race Day-
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    Give me a couple days and Ill have the rest posted on my website- 😃

  • #79674

    I guess the term "midnight" gets used loosely in Alaska. No night= no midnight. 😀 Wish I could ride until 3AM.

  • #79675
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="Xerien":1ozgvglu]A few shots from Cowles Mountain.
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    Oooh weee, that looks luscious! Makes me want to get on my stallion and get some MTB bliss! That is an awesome trail there Xerien! 😃[/quote:1ozgvglu]

    totally sweet! and those shots from alaska were awesome… the scenery is incredible!

  • #79676

    Cowles is pretty sweet. (at least coming down; up is a bit of a PITA. A bit over 1400′ in about 2 miles, see below, with a bazillion of those waterboards to hop. Been working to improve my game going up. probably close to 70% up, and now 99% down. There’s one spot I still chicken out and walk on the way down.)

    And those AK shots by AKDan are very nice. Made me a bit homesick. We’ve been hanging out around San Diego since January. Really digging the weather, but after spendin almost my whole life in AK, I’m feeling slightly cheated out of daylight this time of year. 😛 Summertime days are supposed to be bright ALL day, darn it!.

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  • #79678
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Pics from the 24 Hours of Matanuska
    Palmer, AK last weekend.

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    Give me a couple days and Ill have the rest posted on my website- 😃

    Checked out the rest of the "24 hours…" pics you shot on your site. You have some SERIOUSLY awesome scenery out there! I’m REALLLLLLY jealous right now. 😢 Hope you don’t mind me linking a few extras you took.

    I sat and stared at these pics for almost a half an hour in an emotional mix of what could be described as both awe and agony. [i:12yx2v9g]Awe[/i:12yx2v9g] because sometimes I forget about the immense beauty that’s at a our very fingertips as Americans. [i:12yx2v9g]Agony[/i:12yx2v9g], because there’s no way I can get out and enjoy these places right now. Work, class, family, and a nagging herniated disc in my back have all but ruined my summer. 😢

    Thank God for places of beauty like those and websites like this one to share them with the rest of us.

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  • #79679

    i didn’t take this, but dang i wish i could ride these:

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  • #79680
    "Goo" wrote

    i didn’t take this, but dang i wish i could ride these:

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    Not really sure where that is but you should try the Big Creek trail in Roswell if you want stunts. They’ve put a few nice ones in on the advanced trail and the freeride park in the back is money as well.

  • #79681

    That little skinny resides just a few km from me. In the DVP..There are alot of those…Some are a bit higher….Actually not too hard to ride…Just remember …..Bail to the left. They did remove that paticular one..There was two segments that started to rot. so they now changed it and cleared around it a bit more.

  • #79682

    The trick to them bro is not to look at them but rather where they end. If you look to the left or right your eyes (and your body) will follow. Like you I have had issues with them but learned to keep my eyes focused on the exit of the skinny. Above all use your waist as the balance and not steering to keep yourself on track.

  • #79683
    "element22" wrote

    That little skinny resides just a few km from me. In the DVP..There are alot of those…Some are a bit higher….Actually not too hard to ride…Just remember …..Bail to the left. They did remove that paticular one..There was two segments that started to rot. so they now changed it and cleared around it a bit more.

    why bail to the left? couldn’t you hit your derailleur/drive train that way? or is there some better reason?

  • #79684

    Bailing left is up hill about 3 feet while if you bail right its 6.

  • #79685

    ok bail up hill. got it.

  • #79686

    Somehow I thought you would see it my way.

  • #79687

    Ever have one of those days? You know, when you find yourself repeating over and over "Oh wow, I’m so glad I came here…" "This is why I started biking…" Etc.

    Pics from yesterdays roll through Top of the World.

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    To borrow a phrase from Chili, talk about MTB Bliss…

  • #79688

    Know the feeling Xerian,those pics are beutiful dude.Somtimes it’s hard to pull yourself off the trail when there that nice huh?

  • #79689

    Wow those look great. Where abouts?

  • #79690
    "element22" wrote

    Wow those look great. Where abouts?

    Click the link at the top of the post. They’re from Top of the World/Arnold Interface in Avery/Arnold CA. Or, here’s a relink…
    The trail description really doesn’t do it justice, I may do a rewrite after this trip is over. For now, I’d rather be riding & mapping! 😃

    "steve32300" wrote

    Somtimes it’s hard to pull yourself off the trail when there that nice huh?

    Yup. In fact I kept going further than I should have. Just had to see a spot the ranger described to me. Bonked bigtime on the way back out from the waterfall overlook. Got to the point where I couldn’t ride uphill anymore and was counting steps. Just take 50. pant pant. cramp. ok. 30. Woof.
    😳

  • #79691
    Yup. In fact I kept going further than I should have. Just had to see a spot the ranger described to me. Bonked bigtime on the way back out from the waterfall overlook. Got to the point where I couldn’t ride uphill anymore and was counting steps. Just take 50. pant pant. cramp. ok. 30. Woof

    Hahahahahaha,know THAT feeling as well,I scare myself somtimes cause even when I know I’m beat tired I just keep going,Oh well,the climb back out always puts a persons head back on straight.hahahahahaha.

  • #79692
    "Xerien" wrote

    The trail description really doesn’t do it justice, I may do a rewrite after this trip is over. For now, I’d rather be riding & mapping! 😃

    no, it doesn’t. somehow i’ve looked at that trail on here before, but never thought it would hold all of the awesome places seen in your photos! those were some nice shots man!

  • #79693

    Trail Lake at the south end of Johnson Pass Tr
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    Gaurding his Turf- groundsquirrel on Gold Mint Glacier Tr

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  • #79694

    dude, those photos are beautiful! how long is the riding season in alaska?

  • #79695

    Couple shots from a couple years ago at Lower Eagle River Trail, in Eagle River, AK.
    Really overcast day, lighting doesn’t bring out the beauty of the area 😢 .

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  • #79696
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Trail Lake at the south end of Johnson Pass Tr

    Man I love that area. There’s something magical about that region just between Seward and Moose Pass that often makes it sunny and nice, even if the rest of southcentral is covered in rain…

    There you go making me homesick again!

  • #79697
    "Goo" wrote

    dude, those photos are beautiful! how long is the riding season in alaska?

    In South Central AK Aug and Sept traditionally get more rain as it gets closer to winter, also that late in the year a lot of trails will have been taken over by mother nature until winter kills off the brush and we start all over the next spring. This photo was also taken on the Johnson Pass tr that same day last week- can you say bear country?

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    Really there are many trails that are ridable all the way up to and after it snows, depends on elevation, ect.

  • #79698
    "Xerien" wrote

    There you go making me homesick again!

    They’ve just opened up 15 miles of forested singletrack that goes around the back side of Bear Lake, crosses back over the Seward highway, runs along the ridges between Long & Meridian Lakes and joins in with the Primrose trail making a 35 mile loop possible if you include the Lost Lake Tr-
    Ill get a trail report up soon. This new trail is part of the original Iditarod Tr route that will eventually join up with Johnson Pass and go around to Girdwood… I know, pretty cool huh? 😃

  • #79699

    Yeah,that is pretty cool AKdan,as a matter of fact.

  • #79700
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    [quote="Goo":1tlf10jn]dude, those photos are beautiful! how long is the riding season in alaska?

    In South Central AK Aug and Sept traditionally get more rain as it gets closer to winter, also that late in the year a lot of trails will have been taken over by mother nature until winter kills off the brush and we start all over the next spring. This photo was also taken on the Johnson Pass tr that same day last week- can you say bear country?

    Really there are many trails that are ridable all the way up to and after it snows, depends on elevation, ect.[/quote:1tlf10jn]

    right on. very sweet! if it wasn’t so stinking far away, i’d road trip over there.

  • #79701
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    [quote="Xerien":d6k7rd36]
    There you go making me homesick again!

    They’ve just opened up 15 miles of forested singletrack that goes around the back side of Bear Lake, crosses back over the Seward highway, runs along the ridges between Long & Meridian Lakes and joins in with the Primrose trail making a 35 mile loop possible if you include the Lost Lake Tr-
    Ill get a trail report up soon. This new trail is part of the original Iditarod Tr route that will eventually join up with Johnson Pass and go around to Girdwood… I know, pretty cool huh? 😃[/quote:d6k7rd36]

    That is going to be one awesome run.

    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Xerien, have you ever had the opportunity to knock down a bear with that, well what looks like a .44 or .357? Well, you sure do not have to worry about anyone bothering you at least.

    Nope. Thankfully I’ve never even had to unholster it it in defense. (I have popped the snap a few times.) Had 4 bears on one ride once, up Eklutna Lake trail, but everyone behaved themselves. Your first guess was correct, it’s a .44.

  • #79702
    "Xerien" wrote

    [quote="ChiliPepper":gy3m10rg]Xerien, have you ever had the opportunity to knock down a bear with that, well what looks like a .44 or .357? Well, you sure do not have to worry about anyone bothering you at least.

    Nope. Thankfully I’ve never even had to unholster it it in defense. (I have popped the snap a few times.) Had 4 bears on one ride once, up Eklutna Lake trail, but everyone behaved themselves. Your first guess was correct, it’s a .44.[/quote:gy3m10rg]

    You need one of these.

  • #79703

    Think I’ll pass on the 50cal. That .44 with 4" barrel is bad enough with a bear load in it. 😉 I don’t even want to think about a 2 3/4" barrel popping a 50 cal slug…

  • #79704

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    A new place to see before I die…

    Dolomites in Italy.

    (Pic "reallocated" from Bikemag.com. Thanks for the awesome photos as usual fellas!)

  • #79705
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

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    A new place to see before I die…

    Dolomites in Italy.

    (Pic "reallocated" from Bikemag.com. Thanks for the awesome photos as usual fellas!)

    if you’re going to the dolomites, i think you need to be going climbing dude.

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  • #79706
    Dolomites in Italy.

    Gotta agree,the Dolomites would be one heck of place to ride.

  • #79707

    IF you guys are going let me know I gotta get there as well…Perhaps con the wife into a trip to Italy

  • #79708

    dude, the climbing is where its at!

    (singletrack is ok, too)

  • #79709

    No thanks..Its the falling I am worried about….Least on a bike it will break my fall to a degree…If I fall there I will just break.

  • #79710
    "element22" wrote

    No thanks..Its the falling I am worried about….Least on a bike it will break my fall to a degree…If I fall there I will just break.

    Freeriding=OK
    Freefalling=Suck

  • #79711
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    [quote="element22":1wof57zv]No thanks..Its the falling I am worried about….Least on a bike it will break my fall to a degree…If I fall there I will just break.

    Freeriding=OK
    Freefalling=Suck[/quote:1wof57zv]

    dudes, that’s why there’s ropes. i would way rather fall climbing than biking. biking you hit the ground, climbing you just swing in the air. its like a ride at the fair or something.

  • #79712
    "Goo" wrote

    [quote="GoldenGoose":2ssnk5h2][quote="element22":2ssnk5h2]No thanks..Its the falling I am worried about….Least on a bike it will break my fall to a degree…If I fall there I will just break.

    Freeriding=OK
    Freefalling=Suck[/quote:2ssnk5h2]

    dudes, that’s why there’s ropes. i would way rather fall climbing than biking. biking you hit the ground, climbing you just swing in the air. its like a ride at the fair or something.[/quote:2ssnk5h2]

    Tell that to my friend who broke his back when he hit the ground.
    The guy is ok now but had to have screws put into his spine.

    I’ve been indoor rock climbing before and it was fun but the outdoor stuff scares the crap out of me. I’m too much of a newb and the fact is, I don’t generally trust other people with my life.

  • #79713

    Besides do you have any clue as to how much trail is there to ride…Hell if things go my way and I get a bike that I had my eyes on I am so there.

  • #79714

    It’s not the fall that gets ya…it’s the sudden stop.

  • #79715

    Yeah well it’s really sudden… Feeeeeeewwwwwwwwew SPLAT!

  • #79716
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="Goo":24nbmkin][quote="GoldenGoose":24nbmkin][quote="element22":24nbmkin]No thanks..Its the falling I am worried about….Least on a bike it will break my fall to a degree…If I fall there I will just break.

    Freeriding=OK
    Freefalling=Suck[/quote:24nbmkin]

    dudes, that’s why there’s ropes. i would way rather fall climbing than biking. biking you hit the ground, climbing you just swing in the air. its like a ride at the fair or something.[/quote:24nbmkin]
    Sorry Goo, but you fall off a bike, you just go ouch, but you free-fall off the side of a mountain….."You go splat!"…..or other words known as 6 feet under. I have rappelled many times in the military and in the fire department and I know how rope works bro. It can break, fray, and give! Sorry bro, I’ll stick to falling off a bike instead! 😉[/quote:24nbmkin]

    you have to know your equipment, and know how to take care of it. relatively safe sport if you know what you’re doing. (i’m not talking trad here)

    worst mtb injury: serious concussion
    worst climbing injury: scraped arm

    but then again, i’ve done a lot more biking than i have climbing.

  • #79717

    Free falling? In climbing its "free climbing" which means you climb without pro (protection) In my opinion=stupid. The picture of the climber is leading a climb. You can tell this by no rope above but rope below. While he climbs he places pro in. If he falls he falls twice the distance of him to the last pro placed.

    Having done both, climbing done correctly is safer than mt biking.

  • #79718
    "brianW" wrote

    Free falling? In climbing its "free climbing" which means you climb without pro (protection) In my opinion=stupid. The picture of the climber is leading a climb. You can tell this by no rope above but rope below. While he climbs he places pro in. If he falls he falls twice the distance of him to the last pro placed.

    Having done both, climbing done correctly is safer than mt biking.

    sir, you are correct on most points except one. "Free climbing" does not mean climbing without protection. Free climbing means that the only way you ascend the cliff is with the use of body parts. The use of gear in free climbing is ONLY for protection. This differs from Aid climbing, where gear is used in the ascent of the cliff. So basically, rock climbing=free climbing.

    Now if you were to Free Solo, that would be climbing without pro.

  • #79719

    I always heard it how I mentioned it. However I did check and you are right, what I always heard as "free climbing" is free solo. i actually never heard it that way when i climbed on a regular basis.

  • #79720
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Hey, lets get back to the pictures!! ->;

    Okay…

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  • #79721

    Just south of my house on the Cherry Creek Trail.

  • #79722

    A few from my ride weekend before last – between rains. Ferrier Trail:
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    Site of my perfect Endo.
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    Not sure how I came out of it without a scratch.

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    Was a bit more careful after that.
    Looped back on Lick Branch trail.
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    Lots of hike a bike with many creek crossings – but quite beautiful.

  • #79723

    Man CCR,you always post up such nice pics dude,I gotta get me a decent camera.

  • #79724

    those WV trails are not for the faint of heart! (or skill, for that matter)

    looks like my kind of place.

  • #79725

    a bridge from levis mounds, wi: (old shot)

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    doesn’t nearly show the epicness of this section of trail, but i thought it was kind of cool.

  • #79726

    The pics don’t do this trail justice:

    Fisher Creek/Williams Creek loop, Stanley, Idaho

    Wolf tracks
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    Rippin’ the front end
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    Vista midride
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    another from the beginning
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    one of many burms to rail…
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    ..and it dumps you out at the Williams Creek trailhead – what a view!
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  • #79727

    Idaho seems like one of those places that’s flying under the radar for mountain biking. It has some sweet terrain but you rarely ever hear of any major trails out there and it never gets the love like Utah, and Colorado even though it’s right next door.

  • #79728

    I’ve had this as my new desktop at work. Enjoy.

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    Yet another MUST ride trail before I die.

    Horsethief Bench drop
    Fruita, Colorado

  • #79729
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    Idaho seems like one of those places that’s flying under the radar for mountain biking. It has some sweet terrain but you rarely ever hear of any major trails out there and it never gets the love like Utah, and Colorado even though it’s right next door.

    i think idaho flies under the radar for almost everything mountain related. i’ve heard a bit about it bc i lived less than a hundred miles from there, but still rarely heard little about biking, skiing, climbing, or much of anything in idaho.

    ps that trail looks incredible!!!

  • #79730
    "Goo" wrote

    those WV trails are not for the faint of heart! (or skill, for that matter)

    looks like my kind of place.

    These were actually in Virginia. Trails in the 2 states are similar, but WV trails are wetter and rootier and VA trails are shaley – especially on the sidehill trails.

    Dauw – awesome Idaho pics and trails. Rode through Stanley a couple of years ago coming from Boise to see a friend in Salmon. Thats wonderful country out there.. I think Idaho has some of the steepest and wildest country in the lower 48. I worked in White Bird for a fire season once. You couldn’t even pick up a radio station there.

    Those trails look pretty buff and bermy. 😀

  • #79731
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    [quote="Goo":2v951hmh]those WV trails are not for the faint of heart! (or skill, for that matter)

    looks like my kind of place.

    These were actually in Virginia. Trails in the 2 states are similar, but WV trails are wetter and rootier and VA trails are shaley – especially on the sidehill trails.

    [/quote:2v951hmh]

    ok, right on man.

  • #79732

    Great pics everyone! Makes me want to get out to some of those places. Good pics like these never fail to inspire.

  • #79733

    Spotted the tracks of the elusive werewolf…
    (ok, WeirWolf 😎 )

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  • #79734
    (ok, WeirWolf

    hahahahaha,I just mounted up a WeirWolf on my DTSwiss rear wheel last night.Cant wait to give it a try.Looks like it has cool lookin tracks as well.hahahaha.

  • #79735
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    I’ve had this as my new desktop at work. Enjoy.

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    Yet another MUST ride trail before I die.

    Horsethief Bench drop
    Fruita, Colorado

    Good Luck!! Not many riders can clear this section or are even brave enough to try….I can make it about 1/2 way and thats if I get REAL lucky! It is a very short spur from Mary’s Loop onto Horsethief Bench. Like most pictures, you can’t see the difficulty there! But way cool pic!

  • #79736
    "steve32300" wrote
    (ok, WeirWolf

    hahahahaha,I just mounted up a WeirWolf on my DTSwiss rear wheel last night.Cant wait to give it a try.Looks like it has cool lookin tracks as well.hahahaha.

    Bet you’ll like it. They’re grippy little buggers, esp if you run the rear "backwards." I really like the front end performance as well. Since I mounted these, I’ve yet to wash out the front on steep loose downs under heavy braking. Can’t say the same about the priors. (course, now that I said that, I’ll probably eat it tomorrow. 😛

  • #79737
    "Beaker" wrote

    Like most pictures, you can’t see the difficulty there! But way cool pic!

    You can’t? Looks pretty gnarly to me! Must be a real bugger then…

  • #79738
    "Goo" wrote

    [quote="Xerien":2ztp6xev]
    The trail description really doesn’t do it justice, I may do a rewrite after this trip is over. For now, I’d rather be riding & mapping! 😃

    no, it doesn’t. somehow i’ve looked at that trail on here before, but never thought it would hold all of the awesome places seen in your photos! those were some nice shots man![/quote:2ztp6xev]

    The Top of the World rewrite is done if ya want to check it out. Maps are loaded too. Now that I see the elevation profile, it’s no wonder I bonked. 😛

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    That’s one gorgeous spot.
    Just checked the trail desc, which sounds pretty sweet too.

    Thanks for the pics, slacker.

  • #79741

    It is a very tame, non-technical trail, so of course I crashed and cracked a rib, shredded my elbow and sustained various other patches of road rash. 😕

  • #79742

    those views are incredible!

    and a broken rib? dang, not good man!

  • #79743

    harbins park

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  • #79744
    "Goo" wrote

    those views are incredible!

    and a broken rib? dang, not good man!

    Just cracked, I went for a casual paved ride with the family tonight. So it’s slowing me down a little, but not a showstopper.

    That trail has great scenery all the way around it.

  • #79745
    It is a very tame, non-technical trail, so of course I crashed and cracked a rib, shredded my elbow and sustained various other patches of road rash.

    Hope everything is alright slacker,where did you crash at on the trail?

  • #79746

    Almost at the end, on the doubletrack/fire road.

    I was bombing downhill at about 20 MPH and got sucked into a narrow, deep rain gully in the middle of the road and it yanked the bike right out from under me. 😏

  • #79747

    From Sycamore Canyon in Poway. (Near San Diego)

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  • #79748

    Obstacle from Santee Lakes

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    And speaking of obstacles, bunnyhop practice anyone? These are from my third trip to Top of the World

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    Did I mention the trees aren’t small?
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  • #79749

    that tree is massive!

    i would post some more pictures, but i haven’t been doing NEARLY enough riding lately!! its a shame.

  • #79750

    one day i will visit that country. one day when i have money.

  • #79751

    Yeah, saw them about two years ago. That was the same trip where the Alcan hwy ate our bikes, so unfortunately didn’t get a chance to ride around the redwoods. Those trees further north do make that tree in the pic look like a sapling. 😮

  • #79752
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="Goo":2buzn44d]that tree is massive.

    You should check out the big red wood trees up in northern Cal. Those will dwarf that one![/quote:2buzn44d]

    Redwoods, Sequois, Doug Firs – all so big that pictures just don’t do them justice. Spent some time in Oakridge, Oregon when logging was king. I was always in awe of those trees – mostly Doug Fir in that area. Remember seeing a logging truck going down the road with 1 log on it. Incredible.

  • #79753
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Remember seeing a logging truck going down the road with 1 log on it. Incredible.

    i bet that was quite the sight!

  • #79754

    Some shots from Martha’s Grove loop from the Sycamore Canyon trail. (Like the others I’ve posted, there’s more in the trail’s album)

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  • #79755

    And a scenic one from the same trailsystem to finish things off…

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  • #79756

    I noticed Dirt Jumping photos are not the norm in this thread, but enjoy

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    Thanks for looking

    Joey Washburn
    http://www.joeywashburn.com
    http://www.norcal26.com

  • #79757
    "jwashburn" wrote

    Do Dirt Jumping Photos Count?

    Heck yeah they do, bring ’em on!.

  • #79758

    [quote="Goo"]So I’ve been thinking… with 16,412+ mountain bike photos here on singletracks, there are way way way too many photos for us all to sift through and look at. So, I was thinking, since we know have a super-slick "share" link on the photo pages, we should "share" photos on here.

    Post up a photo that you think is pretty sweet. Could be one you’ve taken, or one you found; somebody riding, a snap shot of a sweet trail, or some epic scenery that you saw while riding. Whatever it is, we’ll all get to check out some of the sweetest photos on singletracks, including a whole bunch that maybe don’t have a whole bunch of "five" ratings and are pretty hidden.

    Here is mine……
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  • #79759

    here’s a shot of me doing the new teeter totter at levis mounds. that was seriously fun!

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  • #79760
    "Goo" wrote

    here’s a shot of me doing the new teeter totter at levis mounds. that was seriously fun!

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    That’s pretty sweet, around where I ride, you won’t find too many teeter totters on the trails, you mostly find them in the bike parks. Which of course isn’t quite the same! But the photo was nicely taken I have to say!

  • #79761

    Hidden Mesa trail, 10 mins from my house!
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  • #79762
    "JSurratt" wrote

    Here is mine……
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    Mountain biking and kayaking (at least the put-in spot) – two of my favorite things all in 1 pic. Cooooool.

  • #79763
    Hidden Mesa trail, 10 mins from my house

    Slacker,I want to get down to this trail dude,where is it?How long of a trail is it?Thanks dude.

  • #79764

    Steve:
    http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails … -mesa.html

    About 4 miles total. Only a short section of it is technical, but it is a fun trail.

  • #79765
    "Asfyxiate" wrote

    [quote="Goo":298u8uqr]here’s a shot of me doing the new teeter totter at levis mounds. that was seriously fun!

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    That’s pretty sweet, around where I ride, you won’t find too many teeter totters on the trails, you mostly find them in the bike parks. Which of course isn’t quite the same! But the photo was nicely taken I have to say![/quote:298u8uqr]

    thanks man.

    and hey maddslacker, that looks like a lovely tech spot! nice shots.

  • #79766
    About 4 miles total. Only a short section of it is technical, but it is a fun trail.

    Hey thanks slacker

  • #79767

    beginning of a trail at levis mounds:

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  • #79768

    from dawson forest in georgia:

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  • #79769

    JDHTrailblazer

    Blueberry Pancake Trail, Alyeska Alaska. The trail is only about 2 miles long but it is fun as hell and 90% down hill!
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  • #79770

    dude those board walk features/turns look AWESOME!

  • #79771

    JDHTrailblazer

    Yeah they are pretty fun and you can get going pretty fast. It’s kind of like riding down a luge track on a bike. The really nice part is they have laid down a wire mesh in places where you’ll need to brake so you can even get traction in wet weather.

  • #79772
    "JDH" wrote

    Yeah they are pretty fun and you can get going pretty fast. It’s kind of like riding down a luge track on a bike. The really nice part is they have laid down a wire mesh in places where you’ll need to brake so you can even get traction in wet weather.

    Cool pics. We were just talking about how slick wood bridges are on another post. Do these have some kind of texture to keep them from getting slick? The wood bridge I’ve been on in the Monoghelia (sp?) National Forest are like covered in soap suds hahaha. One tap on a brake or just lean the wrong way and you are face down pulling splinters out of your teeth.

    Is the whole trail wooden, or just parts over swampland? Anyway – cool stuff, thanks for sharing the pics.

  • #79773

    JDHTrailblazer

    This trail is the only one in Alaska that I have seen the wooden threads at other than a few small bridges. Most the trails here are good old dirt paths. So I doubt the perm-a-frost has anything to do with the decision to build most of this trail out of above ground wooden bridges. Most of it is build out of wood above the ground but there are sections that are plain old dirt, the only terrain it might have been built to avoid is roots. It’s more likely it was done this way to be unique; because this trail was built by and maintained by Alyeska Ski Resort (It’s free to ride any of their trails in the summer).

    Other then the wire mesh in places where you will need to brake there is no real texture to the wood but the first time I rode it, it rained the night before and I had no trouble with slippage. The trail is brand new so that might have something to do with it.

    😼 If you ever find yourself up here it is one of many trails to ride! 😼

  • #79774

    I love that bridge,the nice rolling curves look really fun.From the rest of the thread,Alaska looks really nice to ride.The photo with the mountains and the glacier was very awesome and the 24 hour race photos with daylight at 3AM were very cool too.

    Very inspiring photos everyone,keep ’em comin’!

    I have only 2 so far,these are from the Powerlines trails here in Gainesville but this section known as The Quarry, and possibly the whole trail network are now closed.This was definitely the best riding in Gainesville for short DH runs and dangerous fun!

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  • #79775

    All these new pics made me want to dig out a few and post.

    Self photo using my guirella pod on Mill Mountain.

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    Monday Night Group Ride on Mill Mountain

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    Few from a trail on Broad Run Mountain
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    The land of flat rocks
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    More rocks

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    Cool Natural Stairway
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    Was doing some trail recon on this ridge just to see what was there. Trail was almost non-existant and was a 5 mile hike a bike. Could be a cool ridge ride if the trail was cleared off. Maybe later…….

    Keep em coming. This is my favorite post.

  • #79776
    "JDH" wrote

    This trail is the only one in Alaska that I have seen the wooden threads at other than a few small bridges. Most the trails here are good old dirt paths. So I doubt the perm-a-frost has anything to do with the decision to build most of this trail out of above ground wooden bridges. Most of it is build out of wood above the ground but there are sections that are plain old dirt, the only terrain it might have been built to avoid is roots. It’s more likely it was done this way to be unique; because this trail was built by and maintained by Alyeska Ski Resort (It’s free to ride any of their trails in the summer).

    Other then the wire mesh in places where you will need to brake there is no real texture to the wood but the first time I rode it, it rained the night before and I had no trouble with slippage. The trail is brand new so that might have something to do with it.
    😼 If you ever find yourself up here it is one of many trails to ride! 😼

    Thanks for the posts JDH. I would love to just go to Alaska sometime. To mountain bike there would be like icing on the cake. Most wooden features kind of intimidate me, but the trail you have pics of looks inviting and fun. Those West Virginia bridges I mentioned earlier are probably so slick because it rains there almost every day and moss and other organisms move in giving the banana peel effect. Do you have any more trail pics from Alaska?

  • #79777

    JDHTrailblazer

    Though I bring my camera or cell phone on just about every ride I get too caught up in the ride to take many pictures. Here is a local Alaskan biking site that has some photos of Alaska biking through out the forums, http://akspokes.com/ . I think you have to join the forum to view the pics.

    Here are a few I took while riding Johnson Pass Trail over the July 4th weekend.

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    I’m going to ride the STA trails today, I’ll try to take a few pics while I’m out there.

  • #79778
    "JDH" wrote

    Though I bring my camera or cell phone on just about every ride I get too caught up in the ride to take many pictures. Here is a local Alaskan biking site that has some photos of Alaska biking through out the forums, http://akspokes.com/ . I think you have to join the forum to view the pics.

    Here are a few I took while riding Johnson Pass Trail over the July 4th weekend.

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    I’m going to ride the STA trails today, I’ll try to take a few pics while I’m out there.

    Thanks JDH. I really liked this one. I would think your season is short but sweet (if you could only MTB 20 hours a day in the summer hahahaha). Such a big place and probably just a few of you folks out there on 2 wheels. Look foward to your next pics. 😃

    By the way, Cool new avatar.

  • #79779

    Yeah,those are some grandiose pics JDH.Deffinately post up some more if you got em,I cant get enough of that Alaskan wilderness.I got an itch to ride there for sure.Me and CCR will be up before it snows,hahahahaaha.

  • #79780

    JDHTrailblazer

    I went out ridding the STA trails here in Anchorage and took the time my 2nd time through the network to stop and take a few pictures. These trails are new (opened this spring) and they are becoming very popular because they are right here within the Anchorage city limits.

    The trail head… Had to show off the ride lol

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    The climb to get into the network

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    One of the many steep root covered climbs

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    One of 4 rock climbs in the network

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    A nice little root obstical.

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    The view from the highest point in the network

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    A 6 inch wide log bridge

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    Your choice, jump off the rock or root or go around

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    Fast and steep downhill with a rock jump

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    One of the many banked curves through out the network

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    Me getting a little air time

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    The reason I need to learn how to ride clipless pedals! lol

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    I posted this trail to the Alaska trail reviews this morning , check it out… http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/sta-trails.html

  • #79781

    nice photos man. its good to see people posting new trails too… we need always need more beta!

    some classic georgia singletrack:

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  • #79782
    "steve32300" wrote

    Yeah,those are some grandiose pics JDH.Deffinately post up some more if you got em,I cant get enough of that Alaskan wilderness.I got an itch to ride there for sure.Me and CCR will be up before it snows,hahahahaaha.

    Not sure if the state could handle both of us at one time Steve, but maybe we should give it a try. JDH whats for dinner hehehe?

    JDH thats a nice looking new trail system. Its really great when you have a trail system close by – just makes you ride more . Many riders in the area?

    Goo – thats some rooty looking stuff. Caked in Georgia clay too.

  • #79783
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Goo – thats some rooty looking stuff. Caked in Georgia clay too.

    yes sir: pretty classic!

    and those alaska pictures are awesome… loved checking those out.

  • #79784

    JDHTrailblazer

    LOL CCR, I think Alaska is plenty big enough for both you and Steve. As for dinner, well any respectable Alaskan or anyone that’s been here for a year or more, would be able to pull either Salmon or Halibut out of the freezer for dinner.

    The STA trail system is very nice and super close. I find myself there 3-5 days a week but it is starting to get crowed after work. Good thing they have a second phase already in the planning/approval process.

    Goo, sorry I broke the thread rule “1. One photo per postâ€

  • #79785
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Wheres that rule at JDH? I put this ‘MTB Pictures & Videos’ forum together and I never added that rule. Please point that out where that is stated and I will change it then. Or are you just pulling our legs? Thanks bro!

    http://www.singletracks.com/forum2/view … 51fd#12565

  • #79786

    In lieu of the new rules 😆 … some links to some of my latest blog posts:

    http://randomer.blogspot.com/2009/08/gn … creek.html

    http://randomer.blogspot.com/2009/08/so … river.html

    http://randomer.blogspot.com/2009/08/bi … ridge.html

    http://randomer.blogspot.com/2009/09/so … enway.html

  • #79787

    thanks man. yeh, its fun. didn’t post any links before because i wouldn’t want to be "spamming" ya know.

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    What you got there Goo? Georgia clay and sand?

  • #79790
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Goo – thats some rooty looking stuff. Caked in Georgia clay too.

    Yes, lots of roots around here.

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  • #79791
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    What you got there Goo? Georgia clay and sand?

    you know how it goes man, depends on the trail you’re riding sometimes.

  • #79792
    "chris1911" wrote

    [quote="CraigCreekRider":1zdqeeab]
    Goo – thats some rooty looking stuff. Caked in Georgia clay too.

    Yes, lots of roots around here.

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    Is that heritage park as well? I think I may have some pictures of those same roots lying around somewhere…

  • #79793
    "Goo" wrote

    [quote="chris1911":1dsa3xvr][quote="CraigCreekRider":1dsa3xvr]
    Goo – thats some rooty looking stuff. Caked in Georgia clay too.

    Yes, lots of roots around here.

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    Is that heritage park as well? I think I may have some pictures of those same roots lying around somewhere…[/quote:1dsa3xvr]

    Yes.

    Made use of my helmet there. The ground was slightly damp and when my back tire hit that root at the bottom left of the pic (at an angle), the bike slid out from under me. Being clipped in, i had no chance to do anything and my head hit the root in the middle of the pic. Had i not been wearing a helmet, i might have been laying there for a bit.

  • #79794
    "chris1911" wrote

    [quote="Goo":1g68o758][quote="chris1911":1g68o758][quote="CraigCreekRider":1g68o758]
    Goo – thats some rooty looking stuff. Caked in Georgia clay too.

    Yes, lots of roots around here.

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    Is that heritage park as well? I think I may have some pictures of those same roots lying around somewhere…[/quote:1g68o758]

    Yes.

    Made use of my helmet there. The ground was slightly damp and when my back tire hit that root at the bottom left of the pic (at an angle), the bike slid out from under me. Being clipped in, i had no chance to do anything and my head hit the root in the middle of the pic. Had i not been wearing a helmet, i might have been laying there for a bit.[/quote:1g68o758]

    ouch, crazy! glad you made it out of that ok man.
    so hey we still need to ride sometime!
    i’m free thurs by 5, but thats about the only evening this week i’ll be riding in the athens area.

  • #79795
    "Goo" wrote

    Yes.

    Made use of my helmet there. The ground was slightly damp and when my back tire hit that root at the bottom left of the pic (at an angle), the bike slid out from under me. Being clipped in, i had no chance to do anything and my head hit the root in the middle of the pic. Had i not been wearing a helmet, i might have been laying there for a bit.

    Thank goodness for helmets. Glad you are OK. Guess that was a point of view photo. Ouch.

  • #79796

    Thanks guys. I try to hit big roots like that square on when i can.

    Goo, i PM’d you.

  • #79797

    JDHTrailblazer

    Looks like he is a chip off the old pepper lol.

  • #79798

    dude chili, that drop is sweet looking! your kid is totally throwing it down!

  • #79799
    "chris1911" wrote

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    I’m riding Kenosha Pass -> Georgia Pass this weekend. I’ll be cursing roots before the day is over!

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  • #79801

    This one is from a trail in Wisconsin that will go unnamed because I was poaching it at the time. I know, I know, shame on me. It’s still a pretty cool pic, though. I love how the sun was cutting through the trees and lighting the path.
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  • #79802

    Some early fall colors in Colorado from Tuesday’s ride:
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    Thanks everyone for the great photos.

  • #79803
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    This one is from a trail in Wisconsin that will go unnamed because I was poaching it at the time. I know, I know, shame on me. It’s still a pretty cool pic, though. I love how the sun was cutting through the trees and lighting the path.
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    really, wisconsin? i’m from wisconsin… i’d be interested to know where that’s at. and that is a s-weet shot!

    "lostcause" wrote

    Some early fall colors in Colorado from Tuesday’s ride:
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    and this one is AWESOME as well! nice guys.
    Thanks everyone for the great photos.

  • #79804

    The Son of Soggy endurance race near Seward, AK 9-12

    By linking together the Primrose Tr, down the Lost Lake tr, 6 miles north on the highway and then the Iditarod tr back to the Primrose Campground we were able to put together a 30 mile route with just under ‘4000 of climbing all in the pouring rain. Good Times!

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  • #79805

    dude, ak dan, you’re photos are always epic!

    here’s one from stanley gap in north georgia:

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  • #79806

    I’m pretty sure I have a picture of this exact same spot 😀

  • #79807

    Really? That’s awesome! There were a lot of rocks on that trail… it was great.

  • #79808

    Some pictures taken with a cell phone at Loyce Harpe Park in Mulberry, Fl:

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  • #79809

    Maybe a little off topic, but, is there a way to tell if a pic has been edited or not without the poster having specifically mentioned it? Is it somewhere in the code of the pic or is there some sort of software that would have a "resort to original" option. I’m always wondering how some people come up with their shots and just how much editing they do before the final version.

  • #79810

    I just looked at some of my photos in Digikam, and it shows exif and metadata from my camera, and geotagging that I added, but it doesn’t show any of the levels that I changed like white balance, brightness, contrast and saturation.

  • #79811

    taken on the drive to the trail:

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  • #79812

    JDHTrailblazer

    Here is a picture of the of the Maunawili trail in Oahu Hawaii. The trail head is only a few miles from Honolulu.

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  • #79813

    Cool. We have been from Alaska to Florida to Hawaii all in 1 week. One rainey day I am going to sit down and go through all of them again. Keep em coming!

  • #79814

    JDHTrailblazer

    Yeah I was in Hawaii last week for business, only got to ride a couple times in between meetings. Next time I go will be on vacation with a lot more riding and pictures.

    If you’re ever in Honolulu and need a bike, check these guys out… http://www.bikeshophawaii.com/home.html

  • #79815

    singletrack up near bull mountain:

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  • #79816

    JDHTrailblazer
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    By linking together the Primrose Tr, down the Lost Lake tr, 6 miles north on the highway and then the Iditarod tr back to the Primrose Campground we were able to put together a 30 mile route with just under ‘4000 of climbing all in the pouring rain. Good Times!

    Dan, that’s the worse thing about riding up here in the fall… rain, rain and more rain! Hopefully next year work won’t keep me from the Son of Soggy II !

  • #79817

    Just adding some pics to the Carvins Cove Trail Description and thought I would add a few here. Took these earlier this year on Buck Trail at Carvins Cove,VA.
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    Photo gallery from the big creek mountain bike festival:
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  • #79819

    A few trailside fall pics – before the brown, gray, and white season sets in
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  • #79820

    Thanks CCR,we are getting dumped on here in Colorado on the front range.Now it’s starting to come down AGAIN,and it’s wet snow to boot.I guess the snow even in the foot hills might be dryer hopefully to ride on.I’m sure there is somone out there trying to ride………………..

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    Heck I’ll add a few…
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    Okay… I have more I want to add
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    Ok..last set….for a little
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  • #79824

    Dont let us stop ya from postin more pics funrover,love those mtn bike photos.

  • #79825
    "steve32300" wrote

    Thanks CCR,we are getting dumped on here in Colorado on the front range.Now it’s starting to come down AGAIN,and it’s wet snow to boot.I guess the snow even in the foot hills might be dryer hopefully to ride on.I’m sure there is somone out there trying to ride………………..

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! That would be me!

  • #79826

    Hey Fun, are those last three shots you posted in your first grouping from Dakota Ridge near Red Rocks Ampitheater in Denver? (check out the avatar) They look really familiar. Nice shots either way. I especially like the shot of the grove of yellow aspens you posted.

  • #79827
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    Hey Fun, are those last three shots you posted in your first grouping from Dakota Ridge near Red Rocks Ampitheater in Denver? (check out the avatar) They look really familiar. Nice shots either way. I especially like the shot of the grove of yellow aspens you posted.

    yeh i was thinking that trail looked familiar…. i’ve ridden it, it’s a sweet ride.

    haha i also thought the aspens were cool

  • #79828

    [/quote]are those last three shots you posted in your first grouping from Dakota Ridge near Red Rocks Ampitheater in Denver? (check out the avatar) They look really familiar.[quote]

    You cant tell unless you know but my avatar was taken at Red Rocks Amphitheater as well Goose.Small world huh??hahahahaha.Those stairs at Dakota Ridge are not easy to forget once you’ve seen em,and if you’ve cleaned em there even more unforgetable 😼 😼 😼

  • #79829

    My fav is the one with the aspen trees

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    I really like this one,the side trail on the left is Zoro trail that comes from rooney rd. parkin lot that connects green mtn trails to Dakota Ridge(in pic) and also to Mathew’s Winter’s park which in right next to Red Rocks Amphitheater park.Really cool area…

  • #79831

    A scene from the Thomas/Whites Cr Loop in Reno & a stark contrast just a couple days later out at the Blue Diamond Trails near Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon NCA in the background-

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  • #79832

    awsome pic’s dan

  • #79833

    AKDan you sure get around. Thanks for the pics. Looks like some sweet trails.

  • #79834

    To answer the question Yes the last 3 from my initial post are a mix of Dakota Ridge and Matthew Winters.

    The Aspens shots were from Indian Creek area

  • #79835

    Slickrock, Sand & Pinion Pine-
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    Huckaby tr along Oak Creek
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  • #79836

    How is the ENTIRE area of Sedona not already a national park? That has to be one of the most gorgeous places on Earth.

  • #79837

    Dude SWEET photos!!!

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    Ooops didn’t work…Damm

    Well I was out with the guys..Unfortunately I am out so I was just photographer…If anything I did post a few shots in the singletracks photos under freeride …

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    "element22" wrote

    [url:3km87835]http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bike/photo.php?photoID=22120&tag=user%3Aelement22[/url:3km87835]

    hope this link works…Just took it today..

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    fixed that for ya ;)

  • #79841

    Wondering what model camera everyone is using i see some really nice pics. Im going to be on market for one soon also to take places with me. So maybe i can post some great photo’s like you guys seem to do..

  • #79842

    I use a Canon SX10is but I will be upgrading it to the SX1is or the SX20is some time soon. Just so I can post better photos for all you folks.

  • #79843

    Yea Im also shooting with the Canon, and SX 100 IS.
    Mine is almost 3 years old so the model #’s may have changed in recent years. I have found that IS (image stabilization) is the key, that and set the camera to save the largest file possible, even if you are going to shrink it later it still makes a big difference.

  • #79844

    I’m not sure how serious you are about photography but for about $200 bucks more you can get into Canon’s DSLR models and really step into the beginings of a pro model camera. The DSLRs allow you to change out lenses and come standard with a lot more options that will help your picture taking out immensely. Trek7k and I both frequently carry around our DSLRs on rides and we have yet to have any issues. However, a nice camera and nice glass in your pack does tend to make you think twice about bombing down certain rocks and jumps. 😉

  • #79845

    Im not sure i dont want a big bulk along my side tho just something small that can take some nice pictures.. I was looking into the easyshares by kodak.

  • #79846

    I have both a Nikon D50 and Canon 880IS. I plan on taking the canon, as it’s a point and shoot camera. I couldn’t imagine carrying around my SLR on the trails.

  • #79847
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="Dave_B":ssceinmi]I have both a Nikon D50 and Canon 880IS. I plan on taking the canon, as it’s a point and shoot camera. I couldn’t imagine carrying around my SLR on the trails.

    Nah, I would not want to carry any of my SLR’s while riding, but if I was just out to make some great pics, and not riding….SLR all the way. 😃[/quote:ssceinmi]

    Totally agree.

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    man thats a nice fall season shot. was it early in the morning (with all the fog)? can you tell me if you are using a wide angle lense or not. kinda looks like you were.

  • #79850

    I like that shot good composition..The fog really makes it.

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    thanks guys! actually, it was right about noon but the clouds were really low and i was right up in them.

    and no wide angle lens, i actually don’t have an slr, i just use a canon powershot. it’s pretty small, fits in my pack well, and works pretty decent. i like it!

  • #79852

    i was just saying it kinda looked like you were using a wide angle lense with how it ws looking on the edges of the photo. The fact that you used a Canon powershot makes it even cooler pic then. looking at all these photos on this post is making me want to go out and take some pictures now. 😀

  • #79853
    "spazjensen" wrote

    looking at all these photos on this post is making me want to go out and take some pictures now. 😀

    DO IT! and then post them here 😀

    here’s a snapshot of me from the same day… i was so stoked to be riding again!

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  • #79854

    haha you hear that Goo…Chili thinks you are irresistible…hmm sounds like its a bit to involved for me. haha jk

    hey goo, are you a UGA student?

  • #79855

    man i was just kidding.

    and if i ever do make it down there, i’ll be sure to get with you but you might have to get your eyes checked. but you’ll have to catch me first to check my eyes, i’ll be so long gone, the only thing you’ll be checking is the dust coming off my tires and into your eyes.

    😃 😃 😼 😼 😆 😆

  • #79856

    if u say so pepper boy. if i make it down there then i will for sure be letting you know when you can eat it…. 😼

    sorry goo, i can’t let it go answered. maybe i can someone to (or me since i’ll be so far out ahead of pepper) get a pic of pepper eating my dust when we meet up. 😆 😆

  • #79857

    no i go to GSC. UGA costs way too much $$ without the hope scholarship.

  • #79858

    i was just checking. i saw you are in athens and i remember you say you ride your bike to class. thought i might ask. if you did go to UGA we’d be mortal enemies this week. 😆

  • #79859

    haha lol that’s right!! got a lot of friends that are big bull dawg fans… georgia football is big stuff around here. unfortunately for them they’ve pretty much sucked this year.

  • #79860
    "Goo" wrote

    haha lol that’s right!! got a lot of friends that are big bull dawg fans… georgia football is big stuff around here. unfortunately for them they’ve pretty much sucked this year.

    well you are in athens, other than MTB’ing what else is there to do other than football.

    I got a pic of me hucking off a 7′ stair drop in front of jordan hare stadium (auburn’s football stadium) its got the AU behind me in the pic, if i find it its gonna be my new profile picture.

    [size=200:3d1kdtr1] WDE[/size:3d1kdtr1]

  • #79861
    "spazjensen" wrote

    well you are in athens, other than MTB’ing what else is there to do other than football.

    2 words…

    Beer,
    Girls

  • #79862
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    [quote="spazjensen":11m2tlsw]
    well you are in athens, other than MTB’ing what else is there to do other than football.

    2 words…

    Beer,
    Girls[/quote:11m2tlsw]

    well i can get more of that in auburn than anywhere else and go riding. and all within a 10 mile radius 😃

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  • #79864

    Just when I thought it was going to be just another ‘ho-hum’ day in the saddle (if there really is such a thing) I came around the corner to see these guys standing up on the ridge at the far north edge of Bootleg Canyon outside of Vegas. It was pretty overcast and dark but the little camera did pick them out. A beautiful site to see.

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  • #79865

    now thats something you dont see every ride…

    cool

  • #79866
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Love that B&W dude! Now that has a story to be told. 😃

    thanks man! thought it was a good candidate for the black and white.

    @ ak-dan, that’s totally awesome! love seeing big game on the trail.

  • #79867

    Thos pics are really cool AK Dan,Reminds me of the big horn on the side of I-70 heading up to the western slope that can be seen grazing.There really somthin to behold.

  • #79868

    i didn’t take this, but i saw it on the site and thought it was sweet:

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  • #79869

    JDHTrailblazer

    Awesome photo AK_Dan, I had a friend who ran into some Dall sheep while ridding Johnson Pass this past summer but he didn’t get any photo’s. I never seem to have enough luck to see anything other then moose while ridding.

  • #79870
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="Goo":t0lbdxd1]i didn’t take this, but i saw it on the site and thought it was sweet:

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    Thats Gatorback over at Alafia State Park in FL. The toughest trail at Alafia in my book, especially when it is not eroded. Its like the gate to hell for some! 😄 LOL….. 😆 😆 😆[/quote:t0lbdxd1]

    dude, i would really like to get down there and ride that stuff sometime. don’t know when i’ll have the time or gas $$ though

  • #79871

    Ok, yesterdays wildlife wasn’t as magnificent as the Big Horns but hey, Im from Alaska and its not everyday we get to see wild Burro’s. LOL.
    Above Blue Diamond, NV.
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  • #79872
    "Goo" wrote

    i didn’t take this, but i saw it on the site and thought it was sweet:

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    haha it says very-difficult trail on the bottom of the sign. the double diamonds dont do it enough.

  • #79873

    you gotta figure most people in florida aren’t avid skiers…

  • #79874

    Its 2 miles of lung bustin, rocky, techy, elevation gainin goodness, then you turn around and come back down 😃
    Being part of the Blue Diamond trail network there are other loop alternatives but I prefer to yo-yo it myself. Stop by McGhie’s Outpost in Blue Diamond and ask Laura where to find ‘The Hurl’.

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  • #79876
    "Goo" wrote

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    I love that bridge/skinny,that thing is long as hell!

    I wish I had spare money for wood to build shit like that for no real reason,I’d be building as much as riding!

    Since this is a photo thread,here is my bridge in the fog…

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  • #79877
    "GALAXY" wrote

    I love that bridge/skinny,that thing is long as hell!

    I wish I had spare money for wood to build shit like that for no real reason,I’d be building as much as riding!

    Since this is a photo thread,here is my bridge in the fog…

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    dude, with your one bridge, you’ve already built more features than i have!

    couple of photos:

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  • #79878

    Hey Galaxy where is that bridge?

  • #79879

    Turtle Wall tr, St. George, UT
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    North U turn of the Church Rocks Loop (trail report coming soon)
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    lake russell, georgia

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  • #79881

    Evan’s Preserve in Mason City Iowa, about a half to three-quarters of a mile from my apartment

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    crazy hill that is almost vertical leading to a bridge and another nearly vertical hill

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  • #79882

    Carvins Cove, Roanoke, VA

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  • #79883

    Some from Yesterday!
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  • #79884

    hey funrover…do you ever get to come across the stuff they call "frozen mud"? I was reading an article on that stuff and it said that it is some of the best stuff that any rider could ever ride on. i dont know if it means permafrost or not. i’m just going off what it said in the article…i think it was in teh recent issue bike magazine.

  • #79885

    Nice Cove pics Fleetwood. Hope you had a good ride there. 😃

  • #79886
    "spazjensen" wrote

    hey funrover…do you ever get to come across the stuff they call "frozen mud"?

    Yup hit it yesterday! It’s fun. I don’t know about the best… but fun for sure

  • #79887

    thats cool. yeah the article used the term "heavenly traction". but you have better experience with it than some writer probably.

  • #79888
    frozen mud"?

    It’s cool because your actually riding on ice and think your gonna slip at any moment but never do,hahahaha,so yeah it’s cool.You can really feel the bike’s geometry kick in when your on the frozen mud as well,it’s like the bike is standing up and is full of energy and it just bee lines it’s way down the trail all the while riding through this really cool off road terrain that seems like pavement but is forgiving at the same time,and is just a fun and challenging to ride because although the bike never slips or anything,you still need to pay attention while riding it.
    If you’ve never ridin frozen mud you should,ahahahaha.This is kinda funny because I’m a colorado native and have ridden frozen stuff my whole life and never thought of it as a cool magezine buzz feature that get’s written up for all to read and try..hahahaha.

  • #79889
    "steve32300" wrote

    .This is kinda funny because I’m a colorado native and have ridden frozen stuff my whole life and never thought of it as a cool magezine buzz feature that get’s written up for all to read and try..hahahaha.

    LOL.. I hear that, growing up here just meant it was winter time LOL

  • #79890
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Nice Cove pics Fleetwood. Hope you had a good ride there. 😃

    Thanks. We had a blast. Hope to make it back some day.

  • #79891
    "Funrover" wrote

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    riding in the snow. hardcore.

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  • #79897
    "uni_geezer" wrote

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    dude uni geezer, those are some sweet photos man, but this one looks like it’s going to hurt like crazy!!!!!

  • #79898
    "Goo" wrote

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    dude uni geezer, those are some sweet photos man, but this one looks like it’s going to hurt like crazy!!!!![/quote:2kcv52dm]Thanks. Actually the one you referred to was a soft landing into thick sand. It was still a fun drop at almost 7 feet!

  • #79899
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

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    dude uni geezer, those are some sweet photos man, but this one looks like it’s going to hurt like crazy!!!!![/quote:20rg4j5y]Thanks. Actually the one you referred to was a soft landing into thick sand. It was still a fun drop at almost 7 feet![/quote:20rg4j5y]
    I seriously love that drop bro, and you make it look even more fun than it looks. I would have some real serious fun on that one, though I am not too game on the sugar sand down below, but its still do-able even so. Great pics pics once more bro! 😄

    You da gravity man![/quote:20rg4j5y]Thanks, yeah it was a fun ass drop I did it several times but the big wheel kept getting buried 10" in the sand so i couldn’t roll out. I even brought in some thick cardboard sheets to lay over the drop area, but still no go. oh well, made a good still though.

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    Some recent images:

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  • #79903

    Nice pics guys, I need to get me a camera..

  • #79904
    "AK_Dan" wrote

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    YES love the sign!

  • #79905
    "Goo" wrote

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    YES love the sign![/quote:1jwql8v7]

    Like Goo said, that is one cool sign. It sure would look good on my living room wall. Heh AK Dan, what size nuts are those? 😆 😆

  • #79906

    Yea its a bit decieving and will scare the beejeezuz outta ya the first time- the actual air space is about 6 to 8 ft then the slope catches you and slowly smooths out – lotta fun though! 😃

  • #79907

    Funny Chili. I showed my girlfriend that first one a while back. She could relate, but didn’t think it was that funny 😆 😆

  • #79908

    Maybe mtb’s are the reason why I’m still single!?!? You don’t meet many girls when you’re always building and riding in the woods. And the ones you do meet usually aren’t "perfect 10’s", if you catch my drift 😀.

  • #79909

    Well this isn’t scrap-booking, a smelly candle party or rock climbing- this is Mountain Biking! Statistically it is 85% male dominate, go figure. However I have to add here I spent last weekend photographing a race outside of Phoenix that had more women participating than I had ever seen before.
    Looking through the photos afterward its easy to see the smiles and the genuine fun all the ladies were having. Its not just that women instinctively know to smile when you point a camera at them (men still have to be reminded), but they were really enjoying being out there on the trail, was great to see.
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  • #79910

    Always love seeing women into this sport!

  • #79911
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Well this isn’t scrap-booking, a smelly candle party or rock climbing- this is Mountain Biking! Statistically it is 85% male dominate, go figure. However I have to add here I spent last weekend photographing a race outside of Phoenix that had more women participating than I had ever seen before.
    Looking through the photos afterward its easy to see the smiles and the genuine fun all the ladies were having. Its not just that women instinctively know to smile when you point a camera at them (men still have to be reminded), but they were really enjoying being out there on the trail, was great to see.
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    Here is a link to the pics. Fair warning; there are over 300 pics here in order for al the riders to see thier pics http://www.pbase.com/takeyouphotography … ltdown2010

    ak dan, what do you do for a living? do you photograph professionally?

  • #79912
    ak dan, what do you do for a living? do you photograph professionally?

    No, I sure don’t, if I were to make it a job I probably wouldn’t enjoy it so much. Photography has just been an ongoing hobby for the last 30 years, its one of them that if your not careful you can dump a whole lot of money into. Kinda like… hmmm.
    LOL!

    My employment the last few years has granted me a lot of free time to roadtrip, hike & ride the mountain bike and I always carry a camera of one sort or another. I now find myself unemployed so that means a lot of free time, I just got lucky being in Phoenix at the same place they were holding the race at. Most of these riders are members of the MBAA who puts together trail crews and maintains a lot of the trails I have enjoyed riding while in this area, this is a way I can give back.

  • #79913
    "AK_Dan" wrote
    ak dan, what do you do for a living? do you photograph professionally?

    No, I sure don’t, if I were to make it a job I probably wouldn’t enjoy it so much. Photography has just been an ongoing hobby for the last 30 years, its one of them that if your not careful you can dump a whole lot of money into. Kinda like… hmmm.
    LOL!

    My employment the last few years has granted me a lot of free time to roadtrip, hike & ride the mountain bike and I always carry a camera of one sort or another. I now find myself unemployed so that means a lot of free time, I just got lucky being in Phoenix at the same place they were holding the race at. Most of these riders are members of the MBAA who puts together trail crews and maintains a lot of the trails I have enjoyed riding while in this area, this is a way I can give back.

    ok, very nice! you’ve definitely gotten VERY good at your hobby over the years. always love your shots!

    i’m also sort of in the unemployment boat as well due to a recent move, although i’m a full time student so i guess that counts for something. it’s an awkward feeling.

  • #79914

    some new photos from recently:

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  • #79915

    AKDan,

    Were you at the Jan 31 race at White Tank Mountains? That’s a nice track out there. I’m in Phoenix too, usually out at North Mountain, Hawes, or McDowell Mtn. track. Nothing fancy, but if you wanna tour anything lemme know. I usually get away on Sundays and Mondays for longer rides.

    I have a tough time making it out to the races, as I work on Saturdays. I remember you saying you want to do Black Canyon Trail, I am going to try to get out there in about 3 weeks on a Sunday. Let me know if you’re interested.

    Mike

  • #79916

    Right on Mike!
    Yea the White Tanks was killer, I got some great shots in the technical section and then again on them switchbacks. Ive just finished uploading the photos to my site-
    http://www.pbase.com/takeyouphotography … _whirlwind

    I am not sure how long I will be in the area, work stuff.., but will PM you here closer to sunday’s. Drop me a note too if you have riding plans, I just cant make plans too far in advance as Im not sure when I have to head outta here- 😃

  • #79917

    Sounds Great, Dan. I will keep you posted.

  • #79918

    So Im wandering around the Red Mountain trails network in Mesa last week and run across a little used trail that is unsigned and not on the map. Turned out to be a newly built loop off of the main trail that was only a mile long but a very fun ride! There was a lot of advance planning and labor involved in making this trail as fun as it is and also built to be sustainable over time. I love these kinds of trails but while traveling very seldom get to meet the people who actually did the work to build them. So if you are part of a local trails organization or even just get out there and volunteer a weekend or two a year in your area, thank you. I do try to volunteer when Im in one place long enough to do so, and if you haven’t yet remember, we are all in this together-

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  • #79919

    score, that does look like an awesome piece of trail!

    very nice

  • #79920

    Thanks AK_Dan. That second picture with a twist of the trail and the cactus in the background sure does look sweet. 😃 Then I look outside and see snow, ice and gray skies. 😢 Wish I could take a road trip.

  • #79921
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    Thanks AK_Dan. That second picture with a twist of the trail and the cactus in the background sure does look sweet. 😃 Then I look outside and see snow, ice and gray skies. 😢 Wish I could take a road trip.

    amen to that. i think all of us east-coasters could use some desert singletrack right now

  • #79922

    Yea no doubt. I watch the news when I can and see the country getting hammered weather-wise. A whole lot of this country has been in a drought state for several years, all this snow has got to help that. Hang on, it cant last forever. Staying in a tent during an El Nino year even in the SW has been an adventure to say the least. This roadtrip Im on is the result of being laid off months ago and has lasted longer than I thought it would for sure. But in doing my best to travel cheap and stay positive about things I have ventured into some country and ridden some areas I never thought I would see. Im not sure when or where this is all going to end, but it’s a new day here.
    Life is a trip, take it.
    😎

  • #79923

    Riding out into the sunset for the evening lap of the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo MTB Race 2/13/10

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  • #79924
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Life is a trip, take it.
    😎

    Well said. Many times, you just have to hang on for the ride and learn to enjoy what life dishes out.

  • #79925
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Yea no doubt. I watch the news when I can and see the country getting hammered weather-wise. A whole lot of this country has been in a drought state for several years, all this snow has got to help that. Hang on, it cant last forever. Staying in a tent during an El Nino year even in the SW has been an adventure to say the least. This roadtrip Im on is the result of being laid off months ago and has lasted longer than I thought it would for sure. But in doing my best to travel cheap and stay positive about things I have ventured into some country and ridden some areas I never thought I would see. Im not sure when or where this is all going to end, but it’s a new day here.
    Life is a trip, take it.
    😎

    Good luck on job prospects AK_Dan. Thanks for sharing pictures of your great Southwestern "Adventure" and kudos for keeping a good attitude in trying times. Hopefully the weather and the economy will improve soon. As I write this the clouds parted and the sky is blue for a change. If we could just pipe in about 30 more degrees, life would be good. After the melt 😆 😆 😆 Thanks again for the pics.

  • #79926
    "Funrover" wrote

    Always love seeing women into this sport!

    +1 😃 espicially beautiful one:DDD
    by the way fotos are really nice done.

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    Im not sure when or where this is all going to end, but it’s a new day here.
    Life is a trip, take it

    Dude,I know it’s got to be tough not working but you got the trails to yourself and the night on your side,your a cowboy on a steel horse-I-ride man,deffinately take that trip off into the sunset and ride till your tires fall off……. 😉

  • #79928

    haha nice, that’s awesome 😆 😆 😆

  • #79929
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Here is what my wife and I among a few other friends of ours thought after seeing this picture of my son hucking a smaller drop to flat. Everyone of his facial looks that day resembled a monkey like look. This was not planned or him being goofy, this is the real look on his face or near to it when he jumps and hucks drops (to flat, gaps, or transitions). We just could not stop laughing all day long. He was a bit annoyed with us until he saw the pictures at home. He then was lost for words……

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    this kid will be champ one day 😃

  • #79930
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Here is what my wife and I among a few other friends of ours thought after seeing this picture of my son hucking a smaller drop to flat. Everyone of his facial looks that day resembled a monkey like look. This was not planned or him being goofy, this is the real look on his face or near to it when he jumps and hucks drops (to flat, gaps, or transitions). We just could not stop laughing all day long. He was a bit annoyed with us until he saw the pictures at home. He then was lost for words……

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    Like a monkey maybe, one that is trying to hang onto a vine. Funny, I think its the look of concentration. Probably like the look Shawn White had on his face when he was 20+ feet above the top of the half-pipe yesterday. 😆 Anyway, very cool. Glad your son enjoys ripping the same stuff you do. I always enjoy seeing his photos and videos.

  • #79931

    I believe his face says "Don’t wipe out like dad!" 😃

    All joking aside, that is a cool pic.

  • #79932

    This thread must never die!!!

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    Ever go riding and get that feeling that someone is watching you? 😼 😼

  • #79933

    Hey, I think I know that trail 😀

  • #79934

    High above Phoenix on the National Tr in the South Mtn area-
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  • #79935

    Sweetwater Preserve Trails, Tucson, AZ
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    #@!([i:1vjt6ama]Radio Edit[/i:1vjt6ama])!!!

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  • #79936

    That will wake you up Dan!!

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    Ga trails!!! Good post Greg! Chicopee is a great system. Blankets Creek may be getting all the love lately but Chicopee is right there with it in my book.

  • #79939
    "GoldenGoose" wrote

    Ga trails!!! Good post Greg! Chicopee is a great system. Blankets Creek may be getting all the love lately but Chicopee is right there with it in my book.

    Thanks man. Chicopee is definitely a blast! I’ve really been enjoying the riding down here in Georgia. Good stuff.

  • #79940

    Kuddo’s to GIRO.
    In hindsight it was clearly a case of not enough momentum to carry the appropriate angle of lift far enough forward resulting in premature decrease in the attack angle landing my front wheel in the deep gap well before the anticipated safe zone.- Yes it hurt.
    I hit my head harder than I can ever remember hitting it before. The gushing of blood from my elbow and alarming amount of pain from inside my shoulder made me forget all about my head within seconds. After all said and done the Giro helmet took one hell of a hit, and left me with not so much as even a slight headache. (20 hours later the shoulder is still questionable)
    Im sure other helmets could absorb this too but having actually test drove this particular one myself Im off too town in hopes of finding the exact same model.

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  • #79941

    "Kuddo’s to GIRO".

    Ouch AK_Dan. I hope you recover soon. I wince every time I see someone riding without a helmet. Glad to see yours did what it was supposed to.

  • #79942
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    "Kuddo’s to GIRO".

    Ouch AK_Dan. I hope you recover soon. I wince every time I see someone riding without a helmet. Glad to see yours did what it was supposed to.

    +1

    I think Giro has a crash replacement program. Get in touch with them. I think they’ll sell you a replacement at a big discount…not sure what the time line is on something like that.

  • #79943

    JDHTrailblazer

    OUCH, I did something similar on Johnson Pass last summer… The trail was over grown and I was tired, ended up missing one of those small 2 foot wide wash outs close to the Moose Pass exit, endo’d into a nice sized rock. It wasn’t fun.

    Hope the shoulder is ok.

  • #79944
    "AK_Dan" wrote

    Kuddo’s to GIRO.
    In hindsight it was clearly a case of not enough momentum to carry the appropriate angle of lift far enough forward resulting in premature decrease in the attack angle landing my front wheel in the deep gap well before the anticipated safe zone.- Yes it hurt.
    I hit my head harder than I can ever remember hitting it before. The gushing of blood from my elbow and alarming amount of pain from inside my shoulder made me forget all about my head within seconds. After all said and done the Giro helmet took one hell of a hit, and left me with not so much as even a slight headache. (20 hours later the shoulder is still questionable)
    Im sure other helmets could absorb this too but having actually test drove this particular one myself Im off too town in hopes of finding the exact same model.

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    Holy crap dude, I’m glad you’re ok!

  • #79945

    Hey thanks gang. The shoulder is getting better, not ride ready yet but getting better by the day.

    In my search for a new helmet I wasn’t able to locate the same exact model but I did run across a RIFT which is the same one I have and really like in Alaska. Flat black which is good but it had this annoying yellow stripe- closer inspection revealed it was part of the LIVESTRONG line up. You know, Lance’s cancer org. Talking with the young guy at the shop he said it didn’t really match his bike and was overkill- even I wondered if maybe the helmet was a little ‘much’, and bought a different model that was nothing special.
    Last night laying in my tent trying to find a position that wasn’t killing my shoulder I wondered what answer I would get if I asked that question of someone who has cancer – ?
    See you on the trail. You will surely be able to see me…

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  • #79947

    i like to see signs when im at chiccopee it usually means i have a chance of not getting lost.

  • #79948

    Haha yeh, but there’s that one corner literally called "confusion corner" that has 4 arrows pointing 4 different directions (i think. there’s a lot of signs anyhow).

    thats fun! 😆 😆

  • #79949

    was back in New England visiting and had to hike Monadnock (Jaffery, NH) used to live 15 minutes away from here and hiked/trail run it all the time. no bikes but a great place.

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    one of many great views

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    pizza and beer for lunch

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    me with the summit behind

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    Camp Robinson, North Little Rock, AR
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  • #79952

    Looks like some awesome trails fleetwood!

  • #79953

    JDHTrailblazer

    Monte Sano, AL. The Tollgate Trail