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Old 05-24-2012, 07:28 AM   #23941
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The obvious solution is to downshift and just winch yourself up, but what happens then is that the front wheel won't stay down due to the extreme slope. Having that front wheel barely touching the ground also means you can't effectively steer while climbing. This happens even with my weight shifted forward over the handlebars, which sometimes results in a loss of traction at the rear. Shown below is the dreaded Ant Hill trail at Santos, which is full of those kinds of climbs:
It is a balancing act between keeping enough weight on the back to maintain traction, enough on the front to maintain steering and moving back to unweight the front to clear obstacles and forward to get the rear over it. Stand up in a crouch to get your weight off the seat, basically stick the nose of the seat between your butt cheeks and keep your chest down over the bar. Now it is easy to move your weight front and back.

Another tip is to look past the obstacle you are about to hit. If you stay focused on it you are more likely to smack it with your front wheel or not be prepared for what is next if you do happen to clear it. Also try to pedal in circles in order to keep your torque constant so you don't have any sudden bursts of power that spin the rear or pop the front up. I avoid the granny gear too since it doesn't get you enough momentum. Finally practice riding super slow. Do track stands and just get comfortable staying clipped in when your forward progress stops or comes to a crawl. I used to bail when I would hit something that slowed me way down just based on survival instinct but once I got good at slow riding I was able to stay clipped in and clear stuff that I always used to have to walk.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:20 AM   #23942
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It is a balancing act between keeping enough weight on the back to maintain traction, enough on the front to maintain steering and moving back to unweight the front to clear obstacles and forward to get the rear over it. Stand up in a crouch to get your weight off the seat, basically stick the nose of the seat between your butt cheeks and keep your chest down over the bar. Now it is easy to move your weight front and back.

Another tip is to look past the obstacle you are about to hit. If you stay focused on it you are more likely to smack it with your front wheel or not be prepared for what is next if you do happen to clear it. Also try to pedal in circles in order to keep your torque constant so you don't have any sudden bursts of power that spin the rear or pop the front up. I avoid the granny gear too since it doesn't get you enough momentum. Finally practice riding super slow. Do track stands and just get comfortable staying clipped in when your forward progress stops or comes to a crawl. I used to bail when I would hit something that slowed me way down just based on survival instinct but once I got good at slow riding I was able to stay clipped in and clear stuff that I always used to have to walk.
I'm actually pretty comfortable keeping the bike upright at very slow speeds, or even at a full stop for a few seconds. Doing that with clipless pedals still freaks me out though, due to the fact that the last time I couldn't unclip my foot in time, I ended up breaking my hip as a result. Eggbeater pedals are very easy to get out of though, so it's just a matter of getting more practice with them until clipping in and out becomes instinctive. For some reason I have a very difficult time getting my left shoe clipped in, so if I had to put my feet down on a hill, I would definitely have to walk the bike up. In any other circumstance though, those pedals work much better for me than flats.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:28 AM   #23943
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I. Doing that with clipless pedals still freaks me out though, due to the fact that the last time I couldn't unclip my foot in time, I ended up breaking my hip as a result. .
Son of a bitch. What did you land on?
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:33 AM   #23944
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Son of a bitch. What did you land on?
Asphalt. Although, I imagine landing on a rock would have had the same result.

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Old 05-26-2012, 05:13 PM   #23945
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Asphalt. Although, I imagine landing on a rock would have had the same result.

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It was crazy windy here all week. I didn't go out and ride. Just getting back to it now with my 1yr old in his sweet chariot trailer. Damn thing cost more than a new entry level mountain bike Kids are expensive!
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:52 PM   #23946
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Tubeless on the road.

Has anyone here gone tubeless on their road bike? I just purchased some Mavic Ksyrium SL's to replace the 14 year old Heliums on my Rhygin. I also bought a kit from Stan's notubes, that comes with a couple of 700x23 Hutchinson tires, and the sealant, etc. I am going to mount them up, and see if I like the setup. People are reporting going thousands of miles between flats, with a much more forgiving ride at lower pressures. I will report back after a few rides.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:32 AM   #23947
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Best ride of my life (so far!)

This is regarded by locals as the most challenging part of Cow Bone trail at Santos. They weren't kidding. Last week, I wouldn't even have tried hurling myself over the steep rock garden, but after sharing a few beers with other riders, it seemed like just the thing to try.

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Old 05-27-2012, 06:55 AM   #23948
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You're the man! I'd have been creamed crap on toast 30 seconds into that.

...although now I'm pricing MTBs. I blame you!
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:10 AM   #23949
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The first 17mi of my 44mi ride yesterday in time lapse.

Then the already half-full 16GB card filled up and it quit recording.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:22 AM   #23950
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Well, it's not the worst idea I've ever had, but it could use some refinements.

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Old 05-27-2012, 09:55 AM   #23951
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Looks like a good start, you need a compartment that can hold you cycling shoees, helmet, gloves, change of clothes, etc.. Pelican box works great:



Removing the rear wheel of the bicycle also help weight distribution.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #23952
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You're the man! I'd have been creamed crap on toast 30 seconds into that.
After four beers on an empty stomach, there wasn't a trail out there I would have been afraid to try.

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You'll thank me for it. I haven't ridden my street bike once since I started mountain biking. Mountain biking through forest trails is soooo much more fun and challenging than riding for hours on a strip of asphalt in the broiling sun.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #23953
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Got out for a short pedal before I get back to weekend chores. Not real pretty, but I managed to not fall over or make much of a mess.
Caught a big motor on the way back that towed me and another guy for a good bit. Missed that when they turned off.



It will be a while before I'm taking any turns at the front.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:45 AM   #23954
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Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe



We're spending the long weekend in Lake Tahoe. Rode the Flume trail today -- muddy slushy fireroad climb, followed by several miles of level but exposed singletrack with amazing views, followed by 3 miles of blazing doubletrack descent. Overall a nice ride; Fun factor wasn't huge, but the scenery made up for it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:58 AM   #23955
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Thumb Hill climbing

I wanted to spend some time learning to climb steep hills yesterday. What better place to learn than the trails at Chuck Lennon park?

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