Cool. Where have you taken it so far? Where do you WANT to take it? I might have some suggestions :-)
Just got it so Iâ€™ve only been to Elings Park and off the road along Modoc. Yesterday I rode from my house downtown to Elings. I tried to climb the single track up Elings from off of Las Positas. Made it about 3/4 of the way up, gassed out and fell over. Went back down and when I got to the bottom I almost puked.
Want to do Jesusita and Romero. With the wife and kid along we need to find the easiest stuff possible until our collective skill and fitness levels get better. Iâ€™d like to I ride up and down (rather than drive up and ride down, which is fun too). Any suggestions for easy
rides would be great.
This summer we will probably do the Mammoth thing.
Playing around Elings will build your skill level quickly.
Jesusita is tough...Romero is better for starting out, but you still have the "anaerobic warmup" first 1/2 mile...but, after that it's a bit more "tame" from a climbing standpoint (I used to do it on a MTB tandem with my wife :-). Of course, once you start getting more confident, you can try coming down the single-track trail as well :-)
If you want to take in some flat and ocean cliff-top stuff, come out to Ellwood and ride the bluffs and through the Monarch refuge...all the way to UCSB. You can park in the lot across Hollister from Ellwood School.
If you don't mind driving a bit further up the pass, go into Paradise road. There are loops you can do out of Upper Oso, or you can park at the end of Paradise and then ride the dirt road to Gibraltar Dam. Can even go further past the dam to the old quicksilver mine ruins...or, ride up Angostura Rd. ("dirt Gibraltar"). LOTS of options in the back country :-)