Yo Coby, welcome to SO CAL! There's some good local stuff going on at Flightline (look it up on this area). Otherwise there's lots of good shuttle runs in the OC/LA area.(San Juan, Mt. Lowe to name a few). We hit these spots often.Coby said:I just moved to SD from overseas with my VP-Free.
Looking for someone to ride with and that can show me SD favorite trails.
Excuse me, but I think the question was for DOWNHILL! I believe the condecsending forum is to be found else where.mechmann_mtb said:earn the way down. don't shuttle awesome trails like san juan. easily one of the better trails around to go up then down (riding up then back down tomorrow)
i rode trabuco yesterday (down then up) and that trail is one to shuttle! going back up that thing was a major chore. awesome trail (the trailhead is right up by the top of san juan near bluejay). very nice singletrack. the views were spectacular. the guy that i was riding with said that the better way to get back to the top is to climb holy jim, but he said that he was on a schedule and didn't have time to go back up that way.
to welcome oneself.........................bjammin said:Excuse me, but I think the question was for DOWNHILL! I believe the condecsending forum is to be found else where.
As far as "earning the way down" - mind yours.
HBFRDH1 Thank you...hbfrdh1 said:I've ridden with BJammin plenty a time; he's just as eager to bust a sweat going uphill as he is going downhill. He's a courteous rider; so go preach somewhere else preachy
OK, I give up, switching packs with you is not gonna make my ride easiermechmann_mtb said:what gearing do you run?
my 32lbs 6" travel bike doesn't have a FD either. 1X9 is all i ride, i only have one bike.
42lbs is a bit hefty but i tip the scales at 240+ with gear on so i might ask you to switch packs too if yours weighs less.
i really wasn't trying to be nasty in my post. i take a lot of pride in earning the way down. i have shuttled san juan before (it was like 10 yrs ago). i joke around about lazy people doing shuttles but i remember how wiped out i was after shuttling that ride on a rigid '92 Haro Extreme back in the day. there is a bunch of climbing to be done going "down" only.
btw... the other runs i mentioned for shuttling have almost no climbing. you might find the best one is Ramona Trail from Toolbox Springs down to the highway.
Ben thanks, you really don't have to worry about the impression …bjammin said:HBFRDH1 Thank you...
All others - for someone who is new to the So Cal riding scene, I don't think we gave the proper impression.
Coby - Everyone that I have ridden with since I moved here has been very cool. However, it's funny what can happen when we let our egos get the better of us.
Smile - after all, we are talking about bikes here right?
Checkout the thread titled Flightline builders have been busy. There are some great photos of the trails - very technical. I do them on my 5.5 and VPX - depending if I want to make a long loop (15+mi.) or just hit stunts and drops all day.Coby said:OK, I give up, switching packs with you is not gonna make my ride easier
Thanks for your recommendations. Anyhow, I don't think it's a good idea to hit these trails by myself so first I need to find buddies…
"earning it"??? such a lame overused term that only incites retaliation. I 've ridden SJT up and own many times in the past. I prefer to shuttle on my 5" and on my DH bike...just depends on what kind of fun you want to have. I agree.. shuttling certain trails at certain times can lead to problems....so I ride certain trails after all the XC people have gone up and back. Theres plenty of trails and time so all users can get what they want out of it.mechmann_mtb said:i wasn't being nasty, but it's all good.
i did read that it was a post asking for downhill runs and agree that san juan is an awesome downhill... BUT there is a lot of traffic on SJT and if you expect to take an 8" travel bike out there, ride up 74 in a truck then turn around and pin it the whole way down you might be in for a major problem.
i am totally down for being pollite on the trails and will yeild to other riders. i often yeild to people coming down (although i don't have to) because i too like to pin it and know that it can be tough to stop from 30 especially in loose conditions like there were on SJT today when we rode it. coming around a blind corner today a guy almost took a bad fall because he couldn't stop when we were riding up. a buttload of skill and some luck saved his bacon.
riding up first can give you a bit of perspective on what it's like to be on the other side of the coin, and it also gives you a chance to scope the spots where a blown turn can leave you with major hospital bills and a ride in the helicopter.
i also offered a good suggested run for the same area that gets WAY less traffic. i don't think there are very many people that ride up Trabuco so pinning it on that trail is a bit less of a gamble.
if you don't mind driving to OC there are some trails that are pretty much understood to be one way like Luge that are AWESOME to pin it on with great berms. you can also shuttle the Ramona trail (drive up Thomas Mt fire road in Idyllwild) which is very similar to SJT in technicality and terrain but much less traffic and very few people riding up.