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Old 04-08-2011, 09:26 AM   #136
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:51 AM   #137
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I've been practicing rolling over obstacles lately. Last weekend at Gordy's house I was having trouble getting over a block that was about 10" square on the Monty. Kept high centering and hitting it with the cranks.

Then I switched the the Echo and was able to go right over it.



Got that down a few times, switched back to the Monty and made it over but not very gracefully.

When we got home I attempted to roll over the toy log we have and kept hanging up again. Ben told me to practice using only a 1/4 kick to get the front wheel up and then use body english to get the rear wheel to follow.

After a few tries I finally made it, got "the move" figured out in my head and then it became pretty easy and natural.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:53 AM   #138
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I've been practicing rolling over obstacles lately. Last weekend at Gordy's house I was having trouble getting over a block that was about 10" square on the Monty. Kept high centering and hitting it with the cranks.

Then I switched the the Echo and was able to go right over it.



Got that down a few times, switched back to the Monty and made it over but not very gracefully.

When we got home I attempted to roll over the toy log we have and kept hanging up again. Ben told me to practice using only a 1/4 kick to get the front wheel up and then use body english to get the rear wheel to follow.

After a few tries I finally made it, got "the move" figured out in my head and then it became pretty easy and natural.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #139
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Dang girl, are you having fun yet? Your husband is right, timing and placement of your pedal stoke is critical. Whatever foot you have forward is your chocolate foot. That is where you derive power to get the bike over the obstacle. Huba huba!
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:19 AM   #140
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I was wondering how a Specialized P or Cannondale Chase would be for an entry level bike? I like the idea of a seat.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:32 AM   #141
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Anything like that is fine to develop the basics of balance and allows you to roll over things and ride sections of your choice. If you find greater interest, then buy a dedicated trials bike. There are many streety bikes out there with seats, a lot to choose from in the 24 inch size. Also a lot of the local comps have a MTB class, a lot of fun for the average guy to enter and ride. If you go to a bicycle comp, ask folks to let you ride their bikes, most of us say heck yea.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:42 AM   #142
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:12 PM   #143
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:10 PM   #144
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Let the build begin

I found a frame and fork on another forum. Should have it in a few days. I need to educate myself on components.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:53 PM   #145
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I found a frame and fork on another forum. Should have it in a few days. I need to educate myself on components.
Congrats!

I just came in from riding for a little over an hour. It's nice to be able to throw on some tunes and completely focus on one thing for a while. It's very similar to riding a moto aggressively, there is just no room in your head for anything else.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:41 PM   #146
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I found a frame and fork on another forum. Should have it in a few days. I need to educate myself on components.

I can help you out, what did you buy and from what forum? - OTN? Building a bike is fun.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:51 AM   #147
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Brakes

My kids are just getting to the age where we're riding bicycles together. I have an old Haro BMX that works fine for me, other than the brakes. It could be as simple as new pads (old & hard rubber), but I wonder if there is any way to inexpensively upgrade the brakes? Better brakes would allow me to increase my repertoire of potential injury.

While the idea of a trials bicycle is interesting, I really don't have the time or budget to go down that road.

Thanks for any insight!
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:10 AM   #148
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What type of brake mounts does the old Haro have? If it has disc mounts (unlikely) you can get some cable op or even low end shimano hydro disc brake sets on the cheap and they work really well. If rim brakes then your best bet are probably some decent "V" brakes. I've also used Magura hydro rim brakes, but am not really sure they are any better than V brakes, but they are trick looking
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:15 AM   #149
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What type of brake mounts does the old Haro have? If it has disc mounts (unlikely) you can get some cable op or even low end shimano hydro disc brake sets on the cheap and they work really well. If rim brakes then your best bet are probably some decent "V" brakes. I've also used Magura hydro rim brakes, but am not really sure they are any better than V brakes, but they are trick looking
Rim brakes... same as on my BMX bikes in the 80s. I'll get to googling "V brakes."

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Old 04-11-2011, 02:00 PM   #150
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-Megamo frame w/Echo Urban fork and headset. Disc front set up, rim brake rear. I need to get the frame and forks and determine hub width so I can get some wheels.
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