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Old 04-06-2013, 06:47 AM   #28021
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We're having a work-day out there today to start repairing some of the damage. Apparently two bridges were rebuilt yesterday, since the trail was closed. Since the trail is now officially recognized by the county and is built on county owned land, it's now become a criminal matter, and the police are involved.


I hope they catch the asshole(s) who did it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:10 AM   #28022
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I hope they catch the asshole(s) who did it.
It appears that the asshole in question was nice enough to leave various clues as to his identity. Those printed pages you see lying on the ground wherever the bridges were destroyed are a message from him explaining his reasons for doing it. And he's taken the time to write messages by hand on a sign at the trail entrance. It's almost a certainty at this point that the perpetrator is someone who lives in one of the houses nearby, and who doesn't like bicyclists riding so close to his property. This is probably the same person who a week earlier planted several trees directly in the middle of the trail. Those trees were subsequently uprooted, which probably drove him to even more desperate measures to keep people off the trail. Carrying those trees would have required quite a bit of effort. That there's only ONE house within walking distance of where they were planted, suggests that it was the person living in that house who planted them.

I don't think that homeowner realizes what he's in for if it turns out to be him. There are some 60+ riders who use that trail regularly, and some of us are gunning to take vengeance on the fucker to ruined our trail. Let's just say I'd be sleeping with one eye open if I lived in that house.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:40 AM   #28023
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You guys, after the repairs, may want to invest in some motion-activated cameras. The ones that hunters use aren't too expensive and are easy to hide.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #28024
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You guys, after the repairs, may want to invest in some motion-activated cameras. The ones that hunters use aren't too expensive and are easy to hide.
Already on it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:33 PM   #28025
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Already on it.
Good luck bud. I hope you nail the SOB. But please, let the police take care of him.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #28026
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Those printed pages you see lying on the ground wherever the bridges were destroyed are a message from him explaining his reasons for doing it.
Curious as to what they said.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:15 PM   #28027
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Curious as to what they said.
It quoted an irrelevant statute which states that no bridges or other structures shall be built on county owned property. What makes it irrelevant is the fact that our bike trail is officially sanctioned by the county. The county erected a kiosk at the trail entrance showing a map of the trail, and the hours people are allowed to use it. County workers periodically inspect it, and even provide the clay used to build the berms and various other trail features.

Ironically, he scribbled a note on the kiosk the county built. (I don't know what the note said).
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:30 PM   #28028
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49 miles today. Temps were 20 degrees warmer than last week, but still pretty cool: in the mid-40s. The loop portion of this ride was pretty much the route the Afton loop will follow on the MN Ironman ride in a few weeks. It's going to be a fairly hilly ride this year. Hopefully my riding buddy and I will be able to do the whole 100 mile ride. http://ironmanbikeride.org/routes



For whatever reason, ever since last fall, after a couple hours into a ride, if I really push on a climb, especially if I stand, my left quad feels like it's about to cramp. I can feel it coming on and work around it, but I'd like to figure out what's going on and fix the problem. Any ideas?
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:16 PM   #28029
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Better a busted bridge than a wire clothesline.

If this had been near Berkeley, I would figure Vandeman was back on the loose.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #28030
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Three of us went up to Medford on Saturday for the Rouge Flahute. There were 15 sections of crushed gravel/DG roads. Our group and a few others were on 'cross bikes, everyone else was on road bikes with tough 25 or 28 mm tires. We were totally beat by the time we decided to call it quits. I think maybe ten riders out of the nearly 50 that started completed the whole course. It's been raining quite a bit and all those gravel and DG roads were totally saturated. Sometimes it was like pedaling through, well, wet sand. All in all, it was a good time with plenty of suffering and Flemish tan lines to go 'round.




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For whatever reason, ever since last fall, after a couple hours into a ride, if I really push on a climb, especially if I stand, my left quad feels like it's about to cramp. I can feel it coming on and work around it, but I'd like to figure out what's going on and fix the problem. Any ideas?
Are you hydrating enough before and during your rides?
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:28 AM   #28031
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Are you hydrating enough before and during your rides?


I usually eat and drink enough before the ride, but during the ride it's definitely one of my weak points. My habits haven't changed though, and that's why I'm confused by this. It just started last fall, and it's happened on pretty much every ride that's been over about 25 miles or so. The only other times I had any issues with cramps were maybe five or six years ago, when I was messing around with creatine, and also I've cramped after drinking Red Bull before riding. This time it just seems to have started out of the blue, and it's been happening pretty consistently.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:36 AM   #28032
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Better a busted bridge than a wire clothesline.

If this had been near Berkeley, I would figure Vandeman was back on the loose.
Three news organizations were out at the trail yesterday.



From the discussion on Facebook, it seems the 'angry neighbor' responsible for the damage has already been identified. Might be time for him to double his homeowners insurance.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:46 AM   #28033
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That sounds awesome. If I ever make it out there, you'll have to take me on that ride.

I only did 55mi of 'mixed surface but mostly gravel' yesterday. 6260' of climbing. Only 1 steep climb that wasn't very long, but LOTS of up and down up and down up and down. ...into a headwind till the last little bit of the ride.

So we were riding back into Warrenton and I see a car flipping us the bird coming at us. WTF lady! What did cyclists do to you?! Someone have intercourse with your dog or something?! This is the same lady that slowed down and yelled at us Friday. Yeah, yelling at us is obviously working. Keep it up!

Then I tore into the front end of the Bank Vault and changed out the wheel bearing on the passenger side. I'm chasing down a vibration and noise. I think I've narrowed it down.

@Aurelius: here's hoping that people don't take justice into their own hands. Only bad things are gonna happen if that happens.


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Old 04-08-2013, 10:50 AM   #28034
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Are you hydrating enough before and during your rides?


I usually eat and drink enough before the ride, but during the ride it's definitely one of my weak points. My habits haven't changed though, and that's why I'm confused by this. It just started last fall, and it's happened on pretty much every ride that's been over about 25 miles or so. The only other times I had any issues with cramps were maybe five or six years ago, when I was messing around with creatine, and also I've cramped after drinking Red Bull before riding. This time it just seems to have started out of the blue, and it's been happening pretty consistently.
I spend my entire week hydrating before a ride. No alcohol during the week and a complete attention to making sure I'm consuming enough water has really helped me.

On ride day, I consume about 32oz in the hour and a half prior to ride time, pee right before we roll, then work through about 20oz/hour. I carry two bottles, which will get me from SAG to SAG on supported rides. I carry one bottle with CytoMax (some folks have trouble with it, so test at home first) and one bottle with Nuun. That seems to work for me. CytoMax has potassium in it, which helps me. Riding without it sometimes leaves me a little crampy by the time the ride is over.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:52 AM   #28035
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OH: Nice work, Nedster!

Is anyone going to ride the Grizzly Peak Century here in the bay area on 5/5?
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