Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I had my one and only fall on the Sinkhole trail at Santos a few weeks ago. Of course it happened right in the middle of a rock garden. :bluduh Fortunately I was wearing my shin/knee guards, but my forearms weren't so lucky. :cry Every red trail at Santos has large rocks that are easily capable of breaking a rider's shin if he's unfortunate enough to hit them at speed, or leave him with gashes requiring stitches if he doesn't. Those are the trails I absolutely will not ride without my shin/knee guards.

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  2. ducnut

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    At the end of that video (where he says "Cleared it!"), to the left, is that the drop that goes downslope with another drop at the bottom? I'm thinking that's the entrance to the pit. Is that right?
  3. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Your trails look fucking awesome. Next time I'm roadtripping to Florida, the MTB is coming with me.
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    To the left is a very wide section of trail that cars use to drive in and out of the pit area on race days. It's a pretty smooth slope, though. No drops anywhere on it.
  5. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    They're not all like that. That's the roughest section of the Vortex trail, which is considered the most difficult trail at Santos.
  6. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Yeah - I'm also going by the other youtube links you've posted here. They seem like a blast!
  7. ducnut

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    They are. Santos wouldn't be IMBA-ranked, if it weren't. :thumb


    OK. That's a different place, from what I was thinking.
  8. Ridge

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    With any luck and some strategic money-stashing, I'll be back in Tampa sometime in May. Hopefully our riding can take us back to Santos this time. Alafia is okay and Boyette is marginally better, but neither compare to Santos' system of trails.
  9. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    Same here...although most of the time my head and helmet closely follow said shoulder into the tree...LOL
  10. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Good to know. It will save me a long drive out there. :1drink
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I lost my blinky light somewhere on the road tonite. :cry I *think* I know which road. May have to ride back out Fri and take a looksee.

    3-ish hrs of gravel and pavement tonite. Mostly gravel. Fresh gravel that is! Thank doG for 32c semi-slick tubulars!

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  12. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    eh, blinky lights are cheap.

    this one looks cute, tho... has laser 'lane markers' :-O
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/more...e-tail-light-with-laser-light-lane/1188/2803/

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  13. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Here's a video of the recent 12 Hours of Santos race, showing that wide trail. It's the one all the riders are lined up on, waiting for the race to start. The camera pans around to give you an idea of where it is relative to the Vortex pit.

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  14. ducnut

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    I guess, I don't remember exactly where that's at, as it was 2yrs ago and there are too many miles of trail.
  15. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    Damn guess I need to get my arse up to Santos sometime soon. I absolutely love Balm Boyette .
  16. Ridge

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    Boyette is really nice and I love riding there when I get down to Tampa. Ridgeline always rocks and is nicer now that it's re-opened. Upper and lower spider berm are my two favorites as well as golf cart. It's a good mix of riding for the area and much less technically demanding as Alafia.

    I would say Santos offers a blend of Alafia and Boyette with much longer runs and a bit more climbing.
  17. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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  18. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    that vendor, superbrightleds.com, is totally legit. fast service, good products, good customer support, great prices. I've replaced the dim dome lights in my 20 year old volvo with their drop-in compatible LEDs, they rock.
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    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    Interesting that lights come up now...i am looking at several cree xm-l t6 bike lights on ebay right now....LOL
  20. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Good to know. Thanks, pierce.

    I'll keep them in mind when it comes time to replace bulbs in my car/truck/bike.