Is SoCal pretty MTB friendly?

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  1. Crash Test Dummy

    Crash Test Dummy New Member

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    I live in the Bay Area (NorCal) and MTBers are not the most well liked bunch especially the more gravity oriented riders. Went to SoCal (Fontana, Laguna, Santiago Oaks) to ride and the vibe seemed more friendly and drama-free towards MTBers. People (hikers) seemed to just stay off of the more known downhill trails and climbers don't really climb up the more downhill oriented trails. I even had a ranger give me advice on the best trails to ride for more technical and steeper trails at Santiago Oaks.

    Just seems like SoCal is more MTBer friendly. Is that accurate?
     
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    un-kola Just another Homer!

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    SoCal is not as pretentious as NoCal and the Sierra Club Nazi's don't have quite the grip on trails as they do up north. -Lloyd
     
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    chubacabra Threapy Dog

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    No kidding. Here is video of 2 nutsacks doing nothing up in San Fran while this dude's grinding off a U Lock
     
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    da big hills happy night trails

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    Yes, we make up 75% of trail users so the hikers are comfortable with us
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    So far OC hikers, equestrians, runners and land managers seem to accept mt bikers. I say "so far" because we all know it's a tenuous relationship that could go south if enough discourteous jackwads on bikes (two-wheeled vehicles with pedals) run other trail users off the trails.

    Not only is there the anti-bike nazi-ism around San Francisco, but San Diego has experienced widespread trail closures as well. The OC remains largely welcoming to bikes. Use an awareness bell, slow down and say hi when encountering other users and share the stoke to keep the relationships positive. :cool:
     
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    da big hills happy night trails

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    I slow down for all hikers and horses. I do not like to dust them out, or scare them out of their shoes. There is plenty of empty trail beyond them. When I ride with groups I am always suprised that the group never uses this courtesy. I still do and will stop the laggards behind me. I do not like dust so on climbs you will always find me in the rear with my distance = to the speed of the cross wind blowing the groups dust away, thus only stopping myself.
    Happy clean air trails
     
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    Since this is a social media site, one of the objectives seems to be establishing group rides. I humbly request that anyone assembling, encouraging or participating in a group ride think very carefully about the time and location of said ride as well as the size of the group. It's one thing for two or three mt bikers to pass through other trail users. It's quite different when there's a conga line of 15-20 riders coming through. Please avoid assembling or riding in large groups on weekend mornings at busy county parks like Santiago Oaks, Aliso and Wood Canyon, Whiting or Laguna Coast Wilderness Park/El Moro. Other peak times include the 5:30pm after-work hours. Keep the groups small and friendly and we will keep our relationships positive and our busy multi-use trails open to bikes a lot longer. :)
     
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    Group rides are not assembled here anymore. Go back to the other site that does them and preach there. :p
     
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