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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 03:48 am

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FINALLY, after 5 months of winter (which has given us 15 feet of snow, the most we've had here in 17 years by about 3 feet!), I got to take my Epiphany out for a ride!
 
I wore my cccx jersey to give me some off-road confidence as I've never ridden a dual suspension mountain bike before......
 
I started out in the parking lot just riding to the porta potty.  It was downhill so I went to shift up into my middle ring and promptly came to a near stop as I grabbed the front brake instead.  X9 is a tad different than Campy!  I was taking the long way back to the car because of a big island in the middle of the parking lot until it dawned on me that I probably could ride over the curb.  I mean, I knew I could because I could on my cross bike.  But on my cross bike I'd have to time lifting the front wheel just right or I'd be smacking right into it.  And so I'd be a bit nervous about it and probably slow down too much.  Oh heck, so I just rode straight into the curb without slowing down or lifting the front wheel.....and over I went! 
 
"I guess you're ready to go!!"  Jeff says as he watches me.
 
So Ellsworth has 3 pages of instructions on adjusting your suspension.  They tell you to set the compression damping to maximum, ride it around. Set it to minimum, ride it around.  While riding it, you are supposed to "feel the bike, sense the bike, be the bike" and then you can decide exactly where your setting should be.  There's a couple other settings you do the same thing with.
 
So off I go with some rear suspension aspect or another set to minimum. 
 
"How does it feel?"
 
"It feels like a dual suspension mtb.  I mean, since I've never ridden one before, it feels like a dual suspension mtb". 
 
Change the setting to max. Do another lap.  I think it felt a little stiffer.  Not sure.  We'll put that setting in the middle.
 
At this point, some fellow on a hardtail comes by, covered in mud, and asks if we need any help.  We said no, we were fine.  We were just making some adjustments.  "Phphtt!"  and I hear a quiet mumbling of "shmudjustments!" as he rides off.  I can hear him shaking his head in the tone of his voice.
 
Next we work on the fork.  Whatever dealie-bobber thingie gets set to minimum and I'm shown how the fork rebound is real slow now.  I can see that.  I ride it, and it feels fine.  Then it's set to maximum and I'm told it's going to be a real snappy fork.
 
"Can you tell the difference"
 
"No--let's set that to medium, too."
 
I was pretty lame at first--not used to shifting my weight so much on the bike.  On a road or cross bike, your weight shifts more automatically as you change positions on the bars.  OK, you all reading this already know that.  Once I figured out I wasn't getting up a hill unless I sat on the nose of my saddle, I was much happier.  It didn't take too much to get comfortable on the downhills.  That bike loves to go downhill.  And since the brakes actually work, unlike any cross bike I have ever ridden, I was pretty damn happy.  I didn't have to use the brakes as much as I usually do--just knowing they worked, gave me the confidence to not use them!  Oh, the mind games!
 
I waited at the bottom of one hill for a couple dudes to finish their descent and as one went by, he said " Nice bike.......is that an Epiphany?!"
That was before I hit the muddy sections and you could still see the frame......
 
I jumped off once, kinda fell off once but didn't really hit the dirt,  laughed a lot, and sweat tremendously because it was 80 degrees out.  I guess we're having an early summer, after an early winter.  But that's ok with me cuz I've got lots of trails to explore!

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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 03:20 am

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You are looking quite happy on that bike. I can't believe the snow at your house. Have lots of fun on those trails. M

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 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2011 01:56 am

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those 2 pictures are 6 days and 20 miles apart!

 

got another 2 hours of singletrack in at tuttletown today--65 and gorgeous--not very technical so made me feel like a champ!  kind of like 'happy trails' but in a oak and pine forest.

 

took a break yesterday from the dirt and went to the coppertown circuit race--not to race but because it is in our general training area and to watch some of jeff's teammates race--we got in a 2 hour ride on the road on the "flat" parts of the copperopolis road race course

race course recon says the roads are typical for copper--i was afraid the deluge of rain would have chopped the roads all to heck.  i mean, they will suck for the race, it is copperopolis after all, but no worse than usual.  i don't know about the descent/climbs as we didn't do those parts  :D but jeff might go out there tomorrow and, if so, i'll pass along a report

another bonus report, just for reading down this far, is a recon on the turlock lake rr course next weekend--LOTS OF HONEYBEES!!!  jeff rode out there and turned around when he hit the swarm!  it was near the end of his planned ride, anyway, but it was easy to pick the turnaround point!  he got one sting but says "if the sun is out, zip up your jerseys!"

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copperopolis course recon:  same as any year--lots and lots of bumpy pavement and many small potholes, but no big, deep, or unusually sharp holes seen anywhere on the course.

 

i decided to be brave and did a mtb ride with several sharp steep switchback--up and then back down.  holy cow that was hard and somewhat scary.  I made 2 on the way up and 4 on the way down.  any advice from the seasoned mtb-ers?  i suspect i just need lots of practice!

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 Posted: Wed Jun 15th, 2011 12:49 am

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You know how happy I am to see you on a Mountain Bike? It is just music to my ears.  You look fabulous on it.  I hope you enjoy the riding and terrain you get to experience on the bike.  I will keep you in the loop on our girl rides now.   


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