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Old 03-16-2013, 04:54 PM   #27751
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for starters, without going all the way to the Demo Forest, you've got all the stuff that the Mid-Peninsula Open Space district (mis-)manages, with many people saying the crown jewel in the system being El Corte de Madera (often referred to be the name of the Scenic Overlook where people park near it: "Skeggs").
Thanks for the suggestions.

I actually rode El Corte de Madera a while back, and wasn't that amazed. Maybe I was on the wrong trails. Overall you're right -- I need to explore more before I do anything drastic.

Another factor to mention is that I have a lot of other activities. The move out here got me back on a motorcycle after 6 years away, I've gotten into trail running and more serious about hiking and backpacking, I'm lifting weights again regularly after a near-decade break, boulder at the gym at least once a week, and so on.

I doubt I'll sell the bikes. Chances are I'll get back to it at some point, and it'd be worth the trouble to hang on to my full suspension rig just for a once-yearly trip to Utah.
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:23 AM   #27752
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First race of the season today. St. Patrick's day Duathlon in Hampstead, MD. 3 mile run/18 mile bike/2.5 mile run. 34 degrees with overcast skies, wind from the N/Ne at 4 mph. Intermittent periods of precipitation.

Wasn't *too* bad, despite the fact that the course was variously peppered at times with cold rain, sleet, snow, you name it. My first run was pretty good for me, turned it in at 27 mins. I freakin' rocked the cycling section, especially since the race organizer cut it down to 11 miles because of snow on the road in some of the tight corners. ? The countryside in that area of MD reeeeally reminds me of where I grew up, the foothills of North Carolina. Lots of short, sharp descents, a quick hammer on level ground for a hundred or so yards, then a short, sharp ascent. I felt very at home cycling in that countryside. My CAAD9 wearing the Ultegra group once again handled like a champ, and I love my orange Vittorias. They stayed glued to the road (the conditions were never icy enough to make me nervous - just enough damp on the roads to increase surface tension).

UNfortunately, it's become *very* clear to me that while my run/bike is pretty good, my bike/run SUUUUUUCKS. I had plenty of cardio, breath wasn't the problem. It was my legs - they felt like crap and I couldn't get a nice stride going - all I could manage was this retarded little trot. I spotted a transition workout a while back that was basically an hour & a half of alternating biking & running for 10 minutes each, and I think I'm going to add that into the mix.

Now, I've promised myself to enter four races this year. What should I do next? Should I
A) Enter another duathlon of similar length to enter, and see if I can improve on my times
B) Double-down on the stupidity and sign up for the Olympic Duathlon in July with double the lengths (10k run/48? k bike/10 k run)
C) go to a different discipline altogether and find a nice time trial to enter somewhere? I did want to finally knock out a century ride this year, after all...
Meh. Skip all that and go straight to an Xterra event!

You wanna ride a century? c'mon down. I've got at least 2 100mi loops we can ride.

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:42 AM   #27753
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yeah, OK; i think ECdM isn't what so many people seem to make it out to be, especially since i know what it was like before MidPen took it over and closed down all the best single-track,...
still, it's very pretty in spots for a place that isn't really Old Growth, and you should make sure that you find someone who will show you around the best places there before you dismiss it.
then, make a day in Marin of it, go get your ticket and go check out Tamarancho. i think you'd have a hard time not liking it. i think it's as cool as the Demo forest, but in a different way.

and welcome to the 'hood. you're in a great spot for the kind of stuff you mentioned.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

I actually rode El Corte de Madera a while back, and wasn't that amazed. Maybe I was on the wrong trails. Overall you're right -- I need to explore more before I do anything drastic.

Another factor to mention is that I have a lot of other activities. The move out here got me back on a motorcycle after 6 years away, I've gotten into trail running and more serious about hiking and backpacking, I'm lifting weights again regularly after a near-decade break, boulder at the gym at least once a week, and so on.

I doubt I'll sell the bikes. Chances are I'll get back to it at some point, and it'd be worth the trouble to hang on to my full suspension rig just for a once-yearly trip to Utah.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:10 AM   #27754
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So, at a demo the other day the bike I rode had tires that were 2.3 inch diameter. Mine are 2.1 inch. Other than the fact this bike was a full suspension compared to my hard-tail, the tires were immediately noticeable on the trail.

Question is, I don't know if that is a good or bad thing. I liked them, but I don't know enough about riding in general to know if I should pursue getting a set for my bike (or if they would even fit )

Anyway, why would someone want slightly larger tires? Pros and cons of a 2.3 over my current 2.1.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #27755
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Hey all,
I am looking for some rather flexible de-railer cable housing.....
I am building up my wife's Ogre and the front cable routing has a wicked bend in it. I am only running a 2X up front so it is not a big deal to have a sharp bend, I would just like to find a decent housing that can make it. My usual Jagwire is too stiff.
What brand should I look at? Or do you have any ideas?
TIA

Edit: Two ideas I have are using the 1:1 side of a travel agent (doesn't really work, not enough room) or a v-brake noodle.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:01 PM   #27756
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Meh. Skip all that and go straight to an Xterra event!

You wanna ride a century? c'mon down. I've got at least 2 100mi loops we can ride.

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What can I say, I love the duathlons. I just need to work harder at them. It'll probably help that the days are getting longer & warmer now. One of these days we'll ride a century together, but I have a feeling mine is going to be in the fall
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #27757
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Hey all,
I am looking for some rather flexible de-railer cable housing.....
I am building up my wife's Ogre and the front cable routing has a wicked bend in it. I am only running a 2X up front so it is not a big deal to have a sharp bend, I would just like to find a decent housing that can make it. My usual Jagwire is too stiff.
What brand should I look at? Or do you have any ideas?
TIA

Edit: Two ideas I have are using the 1:1 side of a travel agent (doesn't really work, not enough room) or a v-brake noodle.
Nokon or something similar is your best bet. There's a few other brands that work well. None are what you'd call cheap.

No SkyMass for you! As Brian Larson and I were rolling up to the gate on our bicycles, the ranger was coming back towards us from the closed gate. The ranger in the booth said 'Park's closed. The Natl Park Service closed the park *preemptively* for ice and snow. Preemptively huh? Gee thanks! B and I did about an hour's loop and called it for the day. High 30s and snow/sleet and an 80mi ride? We'll pass and live to ride another day.

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:17 AM   #27758
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Could be a good deal, to the right person. Though, I'd negotiate a lower shipping price, as I've shipped a complete bike for less than that.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #27759
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Could be a good deal, to the right person. Though, I'd negotiate a lower shipping price, as I've shipped a complete bike for less than that.
My size, but I already have a Crosshairs. Like it lots.

I'd be tempted to say if I had to give up all the rest of my bikes and keep one, it'd probably be the Crosshairs. ...but its a tight race with my Full Tilt Boogie!

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:59 AM   #27760
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There's been talk about proposed changes to a local trail that many riders criticize for being too physically punishing. This particular trail is characterized by thick palmetto roots which snake all over the place, giving a sensation of riding over hundreds of speed bumps. The result is muscle fatigue and soreness in the joints that lasts well into the next day. It makes me wonder, can this sort of thing result in lasting damage to the body?
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #27761
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There's been talk about proposed changes to a local trail that many riders criticize for being too physically punishing. This particular trail is characterized by thick palmetto roots which snake all over the place, giving a sensation of riding over hundreds of speed bumps. The result is muscle fatigue and soreness in the joints that lasts well into the next day. It makes me wonder, can this sort of thing result in lasting damage to the body?
Yes. Yes it can. You should upgrade all of your suspension components to the highest possible spec IMMEDIATELY!!!!11!!



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Old 03-18-2013, 10:26 AM   #27762
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The result is muscle fatigue and soreness in the joints that lasts well into the next day. It makes me wonder, can this sort of thing result in lasting damage to the body?
...yes.

I used to work in an orthotic/prosthetics shop, as a fabricator*. One thing we dealt with was people who had done injury to their joints by repeated shock to the limb. Think of carpenters hammering nails. Tennis elbow. That sort of thing. I encountered one or two mtb guys during my 5ish years there who had done damage to their joints from repeated jarring shocks.

It's why I'm really, really picky about my running surfaces. I don't want to aggravate any knee injuries by running on concrete.








* - I do some really weird & nifty things to the wrapping on my handlebars, but I've never ever gotten ulnar numbness.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #27763
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...yes.

I used to work in an orthotic/prosthetics shop, as a fabricator*. One thing we dealt with was people who had done injury to their joints by repeated shock to the limb. Think of carpenters hammering nails. Tennis elbow. That sort of thing. I encountered one or two mtb guys during my 5ish years there who had done damage to their joints from repeated jarring shocks.
I started wondering about this because there's an old dude in my Sunday riding group who is suffering from very serious back issues. A recent X-ray reveals that much of his spine is fused together from thick calcium deposits. His neck is virtually immobile because of it. He thinks this is the result of decades of riding his bicycle off-road. He rode rigid frame bicycles in the days before anyone thought of putting suspension components on them.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:34 PM   #27764
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Think it's one of those 'life is short' type things... there's a million reasons not to do anything. Of course mountain biking beats you up, but so does sitting on the couch, and don't get me started on them damn motersickles! I wouldn't look too far into this one and just enjoy yourself, as clearly you are.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #27765
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There's been talk about proposed changes to a local trail that many riders criticize for being too physically punishing. This particular trail is characterized by thick palmetto roots which snake all over the place, giving a sensation of riding over hundreds of speed bumps. The result is muscle fatigue and soreness in the joints that lasts well into the next day. It makes me wonder, can this sort of thing result in lasting damage to the body?
Definitely. However, I totally disagree with "softening" a trail to suit less-capable riders.

I've found that if I turn up the speed, my Stumpy will float across the tops of roots, like a MX-er ripping whoops.

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I used to work in an orthotic/prosthetics shop, as a fabricator*. One thing we dealt with was people who had done injury to their joints by repeated shock to the limb. Think of carpenters hammering nails. Tennis elbow. That sort of thing.
This describes me and why I haven't worked in 1-1/2yrs. My quality of life has definitely been affected. If I do something strenuous/shocking to my upper limbs, I pay for it for the next few days. I'm currently suffering withdrawal from a pain management 'script that has my balance all wonky. Hopefully, all will get better.
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