State Beach rocks ride, Ventura, CA - 3/7/04

Discussion in 'Your Bike Trials Media' started by Zyzzyx, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Zyzzyx

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    Ok, not exactly a group ride with just the two of us, but I hope to get some other folks in the area to the rocks here.

    My roommate came along to shoot the photos for me. He's been doing freelance photography, mostly nature and sports (kayaking, mt biking, climbing, etc) for 10+ years. Definitely came up with some compositions I would not have seen. Hope to have him tag along when possible. He hadn't really done much with a digital before, and really liked that he didn't have to worry about using up film. (translation: I can't take credit for the photography)


    Me, on the rocks, not quite sure where I'm going from here. Which is fairly normal for me.
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    My usual riding partner, Jon Bott, at the same spot I was stuck at.
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    Me, setting up a wedge. Didn't make that one, though I made tougher ones later.
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    Me, on the rocks, just moving along. (yes, at the same spot)
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    Jon on the rocks. Silly normal folk walking on the beach.
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    Taking a break. I think I was originally heading right to left across those rocks. The dab got uglier as it progressed. This is after untangling from the bike.
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    Jon again
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    Jon, gapping to rear, and then across to the next rock.
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    The best artsy shot of the evening. Damn those photographers love that sunset.
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  2. OTAdmin

    OTAdmin Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice pictures, looks like a fun place to ride. Just out of curiosity, Why do you wear a full face helmet?
     

  3. Zyzzyx

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    Originally it was because it was there. Needed a new helmet and picked that one up (from Jon, actually). Found that after I got used to the chinguard it was a confidence booster having it there. This was at the time I was just learning to do ~3' drops (HUGE when you're just learning, and 30).

    Since then I've just become accustomed to it, don't really notice it anymore. I do think about it occasionally, and figure its like my shinguards: soon as I take it off, I'll need it.

    And actually, it came in handy on the rocks last week. Had one bail where I had to go to the low side, ended up dropping into a hole between some rocks. Bounced the right front side of the chinguard off the rock as I came down. (feet ended up about 6' below where my bike wheels started out) Saved me some hurtin there.


    And yeah, this is gonna be a great place to ride. Been there 3 days of the last 5. Probably back it off and end up going there about once/week. I can already see some improvement in my riding from first riding there last Wednesday.
     
  4. Cole

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    Looks like an awesome place to ride!
     
  5. Andreas

    Andreas All About Trials

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    looks llike a sick place to ride, i'd like tocheck it out sometime :bigthumb: nice photo's to. you should make a video :werd:
     
  6. AndyT

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    :rofl:


    sorry, just the helmet..... :rofl: !!!
     
  7. Zyzzyx

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    Meh...

    I laugh the same way at folks that ride withOUT a helmet.
     
  8. Elan

    Elan steve french

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    full face is ace.. seriously, i couldnt stand that. but if you like it, w/e.

    BTW: that place looks sick. :drool:
     
  9. Pancho

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    Those switchblades are insanely dangerous. The face piece will brake with about 10 pounds of force. Absolutly no real protection.

    Oh, and you don't look any worse than DHers... hahahaha....
     
  10. planetary1

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    I've come across a few freeriders wearing full face DH helmets on some of my urban rides. I can see how it would be a confidence booster but aren't you concerned that it will reduce your field of vision which could really cause you to get hurt, especially on those break wall rocks. I'm a break wall specialist and so many times precise tire placement and a clear view make the difference between lots of fun and lots of pain...
     
  11. vince

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    The switchblade would be the best for trials, unlike everything else dhers use. It ventilates as well as any xc helmet, and you don't notice the jawpeice anyway. My problem was that it didn't feel as good as a regular helmet without the jawpeice(the straps are too long without it). But i sold it and picked up a Xen! :bigthumb:
     
  12. ascentrek

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    The riding looks as sick as you had pictured it earlier. I wouldn't get 3 feet into it.
     
  13. Zyzzyx

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    And that is the small and 'easy' stuff that I CAN ride. Somewhat. Lots of the rocks are bigger, or don't give much maneuvering room.

    I'm sure that I'll have more pics coming in the future.
     
  14. AndyT

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    Nice and UCI eh? ;)
     
  15. Zyzzyx

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    Hey, I didn't hit the bashring or pedal. ;)


    The frame and fork took the hit. After my legs and back did. :(
     
  16. AndyT

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    I was talking about the rocks behind you guys, covered in scrapes!!! Poor rocks :(
     
  17. Zyzzyx

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    Those marks aren't scrapes. Gotta remember where this is. Plenty of seagulls around at the beach.
     
  18. AndyT

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    :rofl: I gotcha now.... so you fell in bird poo :eek:
     
  19. Zyzzyx

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    Hey... ya gotta take the good (rocks) with the bad (birdshit, old and dry at least).
     
  20. valiumlaw

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    Good pictures, some had more scenery than action, and some had more action than scenery, a nice selection there though, lovely silhouettes and shit..