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Crossing into the new year... (x-post from SS forum)(8 posts)

Crossing into the new year... (x-post from SS forum)terminaut
Jan 1, 2004 11:06 PM
A group of us rode one of the most beautiful trails in the Socal area to kick in the new year. Of course I'm talking about Gabrieleno. We climbed up Lower Merrill trail and proceeded towards the top of Mt. Wilson before dropping to Red Box for the long descent. The weather was a bit chilly but otherwise the ride was fantastic. We rode mostly nonstop so there aren't a lot of pictures, but I did mess around a bit on some of the trailside "obstacles". ;-)

I rode my Serotta DKS cyclocross bike and had one heck of a fun time. If you've got bandwidth download this video clip to see a small bit of the bike in action. 4MB MPG clip.

Trail view from about a quarter of the way up our climb.

Messing around on a somewhat tricky section of steps.

Looking at Mt. Baldy, from about a third of the way into our 35 mile ride.

We saw these guys cruising overhead (Stealth Fighter, B2, Raptor)

I did some low-altitude cruising myself.

Happy New Year, gang!
Beautiful pics!arctic hawk
Jan 2, 2004 11:51 AM
Beautiful pics! I wish that the weather here in Montreal, Canada was like that! We have snow over ice, makes for a slippery ride! Worse when there are cars nearby.
Curiously, what wheels do you have on? Gipiemme Grecal? How are they holding up for cross?
Jan 2, 2004 2:09 PM
The weather was actually a bit chilly for Socal but I guess we shouldn't complain. :-)

Wheels are indeed the Grecal Parades. I wouldn't recommend them for anything other than abusive messing around, which is what I mostly do on my bikes. They're a little heavy and also deflect to the side by a significant amount due to the low spoke count. However, for my riding that's a good thing as it keeps the rims from bending (you'd be shocked if you saw me ride through some of the rocky trails that I do). The wheels are still nearly perfectly true after many miles.
Brings Back Memories....peter in NVA
Jan 2, 2004 4:02 PM
when I lived there. I used to ride up Echo mountain.Is that what is called Lower Merrill now? I would ride up to where you took the picture and go back down. I understand they "improved" the trail since I rode there 10 years ago. It was very dangerous then and very few rode down the whole thing. You could fall 1000 feet before stopping. I can't imagine going up on a cross bike...what gearing did you use?
Saw the planes on TV watching the Rose Bowl. Thanks!!!
Brings Back Memories....terminaut
Jan 2, 2004 9:59 PM
Yeah - that's now Lower Merrill. There's also a Middle and Upper Merrill trail as well, and they're all fun singletrack. There are still some precarious spots along the trail but overall they're well maintained.

I run 32x21 on this bike for most of the trails around here. Our rides typically involve a large amount of climbing. :-)
Most Impressive-I Needed a 24x28...nmpeter in NVA
Jan 3, 2004 6:08 AM
Happy New Year - awesome pics! (nm)jtferraro
Jan 5, 2004 7:37 AM
niiiiiiice. nm.snwbdrhoon
Jan 5, 2004 8:42 AM