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    Video Tyler Mill RAW - 9/22

    Fun RAW with gmcunni and Grassi21. One major mechanical though that took one of us out of commission.

    We started at the lazy people lot and headed up the ATV track to the northwest and took the singletrack that cuts back and forth across it. We all had our issues of bumbling around as we were getting started, but eventually it seemed we all started to get into the ride. We took some time to session the teeter totter a few times. I managed to get it to fall only to ride off the last two feet. I hadn't yet cleared the stunt as far as I was concerned. On the way back though I cleared it cleanly! Yay. Check one off the list.

    Once back at the parking area, we headed up the hill towards the area to the southwest. I was psyched to hear that Chris more or less cleaned the sketchy short downhill he walked last time. Everything was going fine until the guys yelled to me that Gary tweaked his rear derailleur. He wrecked it pretty good and the hanger cracked. He decided to walk back despite me offering to try to convert it to a single speed. Bummer for Gary who just got his bike back from the shop just in time for this ride.

    Chris and I pressed on. The next obstacle I wanted to hit was that sketchy short climb we sessioned last time. I made it on attempt #2 taking the far left line! Woohoo! Check another off the list. We then made our way up to the top of the hill where the double drops are.

    I spent some time sessioning them and Chris was nice enough to shoot some vid. The upper drop is 2'+ and the lower is 3'+. The first few times I would take the first drop and then take the left line on the second and wheelie drop the smaller 18" drop. The last few times, I manned up and hit both drops. Lots of fun and I was able to check off two more items from my Tyler Mill list. I actually wasn't anticipating doing the second bigger drop, but after scoping it out, I realized while the approach was at an angle, the landing area was pretty clean. Just gotta stay clear of that big oak tree. I've finally used up all but a quarter inch of my rear suspension! Time for more air. Here's the vid I threw together:



    Of course in the video they look a lot smaller than they looked and rode in person...

    We then took a similar route as last time checking out the area we dubbed the "forest moon of Endor". We noticed a few new trails in there we'd like to explore. For another time. All in all, a great ride for me. Sorry Gary about the dereallieur. Chris did great. We rode at an overall much faster pace with significantly shorter breaks. This parking area is a better spot to ride from depite the sketchiness of it (I'll save that for some one else to explain).



    Here's the Crankfire track and map. 6.21 miles in a bit over 2 1/4 hours.
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    damn that looks like fun.... nice vid greg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2knees View Post
    damn that looks like fun.... nice vid greg.
    Indeed it was my long lost mogul brotha. Join us sometime, willya?
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Glad you guys had fun finishing up after my early departure. Greg, nice job on those drops!! I made it back to the parking lot pretty quick. Found the fire road after a few hundred yards. i threw my bike in the back of the car and hightailed it out of there, didn't want to run into any of the regulars.

    i made a beeline for southbury and got to the LBS before they closed to drop off the bike for repairs. i really should start doing things for myself but i think i'll leave this one to the shop.

    i messed up my first attempt at using the GPS. i ended up tracking my drive home. I tried to cut it out with topofusion but don't think it worked very well.http://www.crankfire.com/trails/data.php?dataid=488

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    Glad you guys had fun finishing up after my early departure. Greg, nice job on those drops!! I made it back to the parking lot pretty quick. Found the fire road after a few hundred yards.
    Thanks. Glad you got out quickly. Tough place to get lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    i threw my bike in the back of the car and hightailed it out of there, didn't want to run into any of the regulars.
    too funny.

    Chris seemed to be taking his time getting out of there as I was leaving. He had me a bit worried.

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    i made a beeline for southbury and got to the LBS before they closed to drop off the bike for repairs. i really should start doing things for myself but i think i'll leave this one to the shop.
    Yeah. You need a new hanger and a derailleur. Bummer. That's part of the game, I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    i messed up my first attempt at using the GPS. i ended up tracking my drive home. I tried to cut it out with topofusion but don't think it worked very well.http://www.crankfire.com/trails/data.php?dataid=488
    I noticed that. I would delete it. It's sort of whammying the entire Tyler Mill map record. Play with it in TopoFusion before uploading. It should only show you the ride.
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    fun ride despite the creepy feelings i got in the parking lot. i don't know what it was i went to take a piss and some guy moved his car closer to where i parked. i then saw a couple of random dudes dressed in business casual attire hop out of a saab and a bmw. i thought it was odd that they sat in their cars for a few minutes and then got out and went for a short walk. noticed another dude walking in business casual attire just as i was riding up greg's back. on the way out i noticed the same blue car that was there when we kicked off the ride 2 hrs earlier. i sure did get a lot of smiles on the road as late 30s/early 40s dudes slowed down to let me pass. nice bunch of dudes out there.... wait a minute.... where those dudes.... playing for the other team..... ding ding ding not that there is anything wrong with that....
    '04-'05 - 2 days
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    '08 - '09 - 23 days
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    '10 - '11 - 12 days
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    Lifetime Total - 109

    Namaste you guys!

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    fun ride tonight. besides the pedal i took to the shin all went well. i hit some obstacles that i would normally skip in the past. my lungs felt a little better on tonight's ride.

    pat, when are you going to join us? i can give you directions to the special parking area.
    '04-'05 - 2 days
    '05-'06 - 11 days
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    Namaste you guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassi21 View Post
    fun ride despite the creepy feelings i got in the parking lot. i don't know what it was i went to take a piss and some guy moved his car closer to where i parked. i then saw a couple of random dudes dressed in business casual attire hop out of a saab and a bmw. i thought it was odd that they sat in their cars for a few minutes and then got out and went for a short walk. noticed another dude walking in business casual attire just as i was riding up greg's back. on the way out i noticed the same blue car that was there when we kicked off the ride 2 hrs earlier. i sure did get a lot of smiles on the road as late 30s/early 40s dudes slowed down to let me pass. nice bunch of dudes out there.... wait a minute.... where those dudes.... playing for the other team..... ding ding ding not that there is anything wrong with that....
    I just love the response I got to my inquiry here. Almost spit out my beer.
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    I just love the response I got to my inquiry here. Almost spit out my beer.
    great expression. i did opt for the full change with the old towel wrapped around my waist. let's just say that is the fastest i have ever changed.
    '04-'05 - 2 days
    '05-'06 - 11 days
    '06-'07 - 20 days
    '07-'08 - 19 days
    '08 - '09 - 23 days
    '09 - '10 - 16 days
    '10 - '11 - 12 days
    '11 - '12 - 6 days
    Lifetime Total - 109

    Namaste you guys!

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    CNR would know...he's right! Over the years, many riders have had sheep eyes given to them by unknown strangers at the soccer fields lot. I used to ride there a lot in the mornings during the summer months. Every time I went, there was always a car that had a dude giving forwarding looks...sketchy, creepy, etc. the trails there are worth the looks...just stay in your car creepy dude!!

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