Playing bikes, Tamarancho, Fairfax. Photo: Gary Perkin/Santa Cruz Bicycles.
Noble Canyon was the first “real” mountain bike ride I ever did. And by real I mean, I full-on climb with a long, crazy descent. The first few times my friend and I rode it, we weren’t strong enough to do the climb. So, we shuttled. It was the hugest thing when we finally did the whole ride, bottom to top to top to bottom. And when we learned to clear all the crazy rocky bits. My first time, I rode a steel hardtail with no suspension. I’m not sure I could even do that now. I suppose you never forget. Anyway, if you like playing dirt bikes and you’re ever in the neighborhood, ride this thing. It’s just so fun. Which, is how mountain biking should be.
So much rad. Also, I want to go ride that trail like right now.
This pretty much makes me want to beg, borrow, or steal a downhill bike and go shred. Famously crazy descent in the coastal mountains above Santa Barbara.