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John Stone's Picture Gallery and Video Archive

Discussion in 'Media Threads' started by John Stone, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    Nah, that was shot with my camera.

    I don't normally walk around or do my workouts with a bicycle helmet on! :p

    I did accidentally catch an R-rated shot at a trailhead urinal while on today's bike ride. :o
     
  2. Chadster

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    John,

    aside from the R-rated stuff :-)lol:) did you enjoy your ride? It got to about 60 degrees here today and my wife and I enjoyed a walk. We took pictures of a couple beautiful mallard ducks swimming in the pond.

    My bike won't arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday. The weather has been good but will probably turn cold and snowy very soon. Us northerners will have to live vicariously through you until next spring.
     
  3. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    The ride was incredible. We had so much fun. I wrote more about the ride along with some pictures in today's update (video still to come).

    This is the time of year that all the extra hot weather and hurricanes are worth it. I don't envy people who have to deal with snow and ice. I don't know how you guys do it!
     
  4. Chadster

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    "Noodling" is what the guys around here call that type of turtle hunting. The turtles (at least the ones up here :p) crawl face-first into the hole and you reach in and grab the tail. If you google it you will find some amusing pictures of people catching catfish by hand.
     
  5. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    I've got two ~10 minute videos of the 38 mile bike ride from this past weekend. These are both in HD.

    Part I is the journey from the Prado trailhead on the Seminole-Wekiva trail to Big Tree State Park. There are a couple of scenery shots, but most of it is Lisa and I talking and joking around. People make fun of my helmet cam, Lisa almost runs into me... the usual stuff:





    Part II is what happened after we got to Big Tree. There are some shots of the massive Big Tree and also the unfortunate incident on the dirt trail I found: :o




    I hope you enjoy the videos and have a few laughs at my expense. :)
     
  6. stefanjagger

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    LOL - Yes... when are you next going off road trail finding? :D

    I still think that the guy who fell off could have stayed on the bike. Also if you wouldn't have slowed him down maybe he wouldn't have made that corner. Good work. :tu:
     
  7. k3vb0

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    Excellent videos, and thanks for editing out your penis. :) Even though you might have caused that guy to fall over on the trail, you were awesome in going back and checking on him. You would not believe how many people would just keep riding. BTW, not sure what the rules of the road are out there, but in Colorado when you pass people on the trail, whether they are on foot or on a bike, you yell "on your left." That gives them a chance to get over and usually keeps you from startling walkers as you pass. It's much better than ringing a bell as people naturally move to the right to get out of your way. It's also amazing how many walkers don't know you're coming up behind them on a dirt trail since bikes tend to be pretty quiet. Awesome scenery out there, and it's great to see you've caught the biking bug. :tu:
     
  8. Reno_1ted

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    The lack of wind noise is amazing on those videos!

    Also, kinda showed me a side to Florida that I wouldnt have imagined. Not a Disney character in sight. ;) Seriously, looks really beautiful round there.
     
  9. Chadster

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    You guys have some NICE trails down there. And seriously don't worry about people laughing at that camera because it takes great footage and its really enjoyable to watch. When you were stopped at the tree and walking around it felt like I was playing a video game :lol:

    Seriously though - keep the videos coming - I/we really enjoy them!
     
  10. George

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    :nod: They were a lot more entertaining than I had imagined.
     
  11. AndrewB

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    Thats exactly what I was thinking when I was watching it. Its like playing a high resolution first-person shooter...without the shooting. BTW the captions in the videos had me laughing my ass off!
     
  12. CA$ON

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    John,


    The video looks awesome! Your like a kid in the candy store with your bike. :tucool: Very polite I must say to everyone including the guy you ran off the trail. :lol: Things happen.

    One of my professors does the 200+ mile ride from around Tampa area to Ormond Beach. He just did it about a month ago. He is HUGE into bikes. If you want more info on trails or anything else let me know. :tu:
     
  13. John Stone

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    Thanks for the comments everyone! We had a blast out there, and I think that came across in the videos.

    We made a lot of jokes about the GoPro's aesthetics, but it really is a fantastic camera. I'm very happy with my choice.The video quality is awesome, and none of the dialog you heard would have been possible with the Contour. The GoPro does an amazing job with wind noise reduction, and that's an area in which the Contour really falls short.

    We can laugh about the trail incident because everything turned out okay, but in all seriousness someone really could have been hurt. I also came pretty close to taking a nasty fall into Soldier's Creek. Lessons learned.

    As I get more into off-road riding I'm sure I'll have some considerably more exciting footage to share. It's only a matter of time until I eat dirt, I guess... :spaz:
     
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    :nod: In my experience, walkers and joggers are very appreciative about being warned before they get buzzed.

    If a one-way trail is going to intersect with a busy multi-use path, there should be a sign. That was a pretty predictable and totally preventable accident. Boo on the trail designers. :blank:
     
  15. John Stone

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    This was our first time ever on off-road trails. We rode a couple different trails at Big Tree Park: the first trail was a little too advanced for us, the other had some nice challenges for our level of skill. I still managed to flip my bike and knock the wind out of myself at the end of one run. :o

    It's all in the video...

     
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    Toe clips?

    Hey John,

    Sorry if this has been asked elsewhere, but: are you riding without toe clips? If so, you might find them helpful both in terms of pedaling efficiency and bike control when riding singletrack. I know they can be a little daunting to new mountain bikers, because you don't want to fall over to the side without being able to step out of your pedals. But you can minimize that by keeping the straps loose. Even with loose straps, toe clips help keep your feet from sliding around (and off) the pedals, plus they let you generate power on the upstroke instead of just on the downstroke.

    Clipless pedals (where your shoe cleat locks into the pedal, sort of like a ski boot binding) are a different story. I use them for road biking, but have never tried them on a mountain bike. (Lots of mountain bikers use them, I just personally haven't felt the need.) Clipless pedals are easy enough to step out of when you need to, but it seems to me like they'd be hard to step back into when you're in the middle of a technical section of trail.
     
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    Falling off is half the fun, sometimes :)

    Did the front wheel seem to get "stuck" in the roots? Some of the best advice I got when starting out was to keep my wrists "under-rotated" and my heels pointing down when standing for technical parts of the trail. By that I mean the knuckles are pointing more upwards. The change in body position helps the front wheel scoop up over obstacles like that, rather than being forced down by bodyweight and getting stuck.
     
  18. John Stone

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    Clipless pedals (along with toe clips) are easily the #1 recommendation I've been given since I started riding. I've done a lot of research, and I've pretty much decided to go with a clipless setup. I will be making the purchase as soon as can (funds are a bit tight right now).

    Thanks! :)


    I didn't mind the dirt fall I took on Sunday too much, but I definitely do NOT want to fall into that nasty creek. :barf:

    Yeah, I hit a large root (hard to see in the video). The stupid part is that I was through the most technical section of that area. Just before I wiped out there is like a 1.5 foot drop off a log (again, hard to see in the video, but you can tell from the camera shake where it is), then a quick turn. I made all that and then crashed on an easy part because I drifted too far left. :doh:

    That makes a lot of sense. I'll definitely try that - thanks a lot! :)
     
  19. Bluestreak

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    I'm kind of glad I haven't gone up there yet. That trail looks awfully narrow for as well-worn as it is. I don't know if it's the lens on the video camera, but it looks like it's barely handlebar-width in most spots.

    Go to YouTube and search for "Snow Hill trail" and you'll see some vids out where I've been riding. The trail seems wider and more forgiving than Big Tree.
     
  20. John Stone

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    The video is an accurate representation; it's an ultra-narrow trail. They are definitely intermediate level trails, and parts of them border on advanced (particularly the 1st trail we were on). There are some very technical sections that don't forgive error. I probably shouldn't be riding these yet, but I guess I like a challenge... and I'm stupid. :D

    We need to head up there with you sometime for sure. We're anxious to check it out. One of the nice things about Big Tree is that it's pretty close to us.
     

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