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Aurelius 03-05-2012 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 18140013)
I haz trophy.

http://adamjoon.smugmug.com/Events/2...3DSC5064-L.jpg

http://www.rjcyclotron.com/

(Only my third one after almost 6 years of bike racing!)

Congrats!!

What kind of tires are those? I've never seen ones that large. :huh

Aurelius 03-05-2012 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 18140573)
I do... Winning is just a sign I picked something too easy. :dunno

But when only seven people show up for a race, and there's seven trophies to be given away.... :lol3

Anybody who rides in those conditions deserves a trophy, just for showing up! :vardy

rob feature 03-05-2012 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18140505)
...seems to go around corners in a much more composed manner than my previous bike, but there might be other factors in play aside from the difference in wheel size.


Greater stability b/c of the larger wheel diameter? Greater gyroscopic effect or sommat? My tires are fatter too - that can't hurt offroad. I've also noticed that I'm several inches higher :evil. One might think that sitting higher would compromise handing, but....

Aurelius 03-05-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by rob feature (Post 18140888)
Greater stability b/c of the larger wheel diameter? Greater gyroscopic effect or sommat? My tires are fatter too - that can't hurt offroad. I've also noticed that I'm several inches higher :evil. One might think that sitting higher would compromise handing, but....

The X-Caliber is actually lower to the ground than my Motobecane 600DS. I noticed it when I parked it next to my road bike: the seats are at the same height, whereas the 600DS's seat was several inches higher. The distance from the seat to the pedals is the same, though. The X-Caliber has very wide handlebars, which probably also makes it feel lighter in the turns.

Aurelius 03-05-2012 08:29 AM

I stumbled across this video on YouTube. This trail is only 10 minutes drive from my house, and I never knew it existed! Have to give it a try next weekend, now that I've got a decent bike.

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k7 03-05-2012 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 18140013)
I haz trophy.



(Only my third one after almost 6 years of bike racing!)


Outstanding! Congratulations on your race!

Chisenhallw 03-05-2012 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 18140013)
I haz trophy.


(Only my third one after almost 6 years of bike racing!)

:clap:clap:clap

ducnut 03-05-2012 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18140441)
I'd never heard of the X-Caliber before, but they were nice enough to let me ride it on the trail behind their shop, and after about half an hour out there I was sold.

That trail has probably sold tons of bikes, for them. That's great that you had the opportunity to do that.

I was looking at a X-Caliber, today.

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18140441)
I've never been up there. I'm sure I'll get lost trying to find it. They tell me the Blue trails are the ones I want to be on, and to avoid the Red trails which are apparently for expert level riders.

Don't be too concerned. Everything is marked really well. Greenway Bike Shop and OMBA have maps(Santos and overall map). I only saw one red trail (Rattlesnake Ridge or Ant Hill-can't remember) that'd probably be too much and it begins with a couple 3' drops, off Cow Bone. The others are rated red, because of roots, rocks, ruts, etc. If you go to the Santos TH, just head west, through Vortex. Keep in mind that there's only one water point (Land Bridge TH), going west. The next opportunity is the gas station at SR200 and CR484.

If you don't have a CamelBak, I'd suggest buying one with a 100oz bladder and just forget water bottles. You'll quickly burn through two water bottles, before getting to most of Greenway's trailheads. Don't run yourself short!

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18140505)
All the expert reviews I read, with ONE exception, said that 29ers made hill climbing easier. Don't really understand why, but my own experience seems to bear this out. It even seems to go around corners in a much more composed manner than my previous bike, but there might be other factors in play aside from the difference in wheel size.

There are a few reasons:
1.) A 29er tire has a larger diameter, therefore, it puts down a longer length of tread. Longer is better than wider, as it allows the tread to extend over irregularities (think: track vehicles, bulldozers, etc). A 29er is less apt to spin.
2.) They have a longer wheelbase, which helps to keep from wheely-ing.
3.) Lower center of gravity, in relation to the axles. Even though the wheels are taller and the axles are higher, a 29er's crankset is still the same height, from the ground, as a 26". Therefore, you're actually sitting down in the bike, as opposed to on top of it. That helps climbing and avoiding wheelies.
4.) The above is, also, partly why they handle so well. The lower CoG, combined with the longer tire footprint, and more gyro of the larger wheels gives a 29er more stability and better traction, through the turns.

I don't know if you go off drops, but, just beware that it'll be much harder to pull up the frontend on a 29er. Otherwise, you may have a rude awakening when the frontend doesn't pop like you thought it would. :lol3

Gaston Gagne 03-05-2012 04:04 PM

I made the jump to 29 inch a year ago. I can't say that they make hill climbing easier. Your final gear ratio goes up quite a bit. My 29 has 22-34 for granny gear, and my 26 has 22-32. The 29 is still geared significantly higher, so the steep stuff requires a harder push on the pedals. That being said, you get to the top faster. Usually. I also tear up freehubs (albeit lower quality stuff) with the 29 because of the higher torque. Now I have 29 specific hubs, so I hope that I don't have to replace them.

Bimble 03-05-2012 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 18140013)
I haz trophy.

http://adamjoon.smugmug.com/Events/2...3DSC5064-L.jpg

http://www.rjcyclotron.com/

(Only my third one after almost 6 years of bike racing!)

Hahaaaaa! Excellent!

Livia said that looks like a swell day for racing and that I should run right out and to it too! ... well, she is happy for you at any rate.

Looks like a blast, man!

Gaston Gagne 03-05-2012 04:15 PM

Another day at Kerr Scott. When we arrived, I was just a tad chilly in the parking lot, so I thought that I would warm up once we started. Not so much. The temperature dropped about 15 degrees.

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Motor...P3040026-L.jpg


Who allows people to build berms like this?!?! Some of them have too small of a turning radius to acheive "Wall of Death" speed, but some of them are just right. mmmmmmmmm

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Motor...P3040028-L.jpg

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Motor...P3040029-L.jpg


This fellow is a rickshaw rider in Raleigh. He had the oomph on the uphills, but this was his first foray off the pavement.

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Motor...P3040030-L.jpg

No, he is not going to turn left and make it.

I was beginning to think that this beautiful orange bike had been pawned or stolen.

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Motor...P3040031-L.jpg


http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Motor...P3040033-L.jpg

rob feature 03-05-2012 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 18144339)


I don't know if you go off drops, but, just beware that it'll be much harder to pull up the frontend on a 29er. Otherwise, you may have a rude awakening when the frontend doesn't pop like you thought it would. :lol3


The man don't lie. I found this out the hard way. It's still manageable, but quite a bit tougher to get the front end up.

Askel 03-05-2012 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Bimble (Post 18144735)

Livia said that looks like a swell day for racing and that I should run right out and to it too! ...

http://www.bearchase.org/snowbike.htm

There's still a few fatbikes available in shops up here.

Arrive and ride. :evil

:lol3

Aurelius 03-06-2012 05:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 18144339)
Don't be too concerned. Everything is marked really well. Greenway Bike Shop and OMBA have maps(Santos and overall map).

Cool. If I have a physical address for the Greenway Bike Shop, I'll just punch it into my GPS and head straight there.

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If you don't have a CamelBak, I'd suggest buying one with a 100oz bladder and just forget water bottles. You'll quickly burn through two water bottles, before getting to most of Greenway's trailheads. Don't run yourself short!
I picked up a CamelBak Mule a couple of months ago for just this reason. Almost all the off-roaders you see around here use them instead of water bottles.

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I don't know if you go off drops, but, just beware that it'll be much harder to pull up the frontend on a 29er. Otherwise, you may have a rude awakening when the frontend doesn't pop like you thought it would. :lol3
:lol3 The only drop I'll be doing is when I ride over a curb. I plan to keep both wheels on the ground until I get acclimated to riding off pavement.

Gummee! 03-06-2012 05:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18148670)
:lol3 The only drop I'll be doing is when I ride over a curb. I plan to keep both wheels on the ground until I get acclimated to riding off pavement.

:nono IF you can get your front wheel over it, there's a 90% chance you're going to get the rest of the bike over the obstacle.

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