Finally

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Scottyx, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    Teknik front and rear. Next step is good rubber and proper dirt tyre pressures.

    Face it, you're going to get faster then fall off. And repeat. Trick is to learn to fall without hurting yourself, best tip there is do not rise your bike to the ground - push it away from you.

    Some great riding around. Go do a lap round the Barrington tops when it's not winter.

    Oh, Scotty, do not ride down a hill you are not confident you can ride back up unless you are certain there's a way out ahead.

    Dirt is fun, learn to let your bike wiggle, use your seat, move around on the bike lots.
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  2. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Time poor

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    Noooo do it in winter! I am thinking of a lap this Saturday on the F8. Old demons need exorcising.
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  3. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    I probably should've qualified my statement with the fact that I'm rather cold blooded - 40 degrees is a nice day, 30 is about time to take a jumper off and at 25 degrees it's two jumper weather and I'm using my electric blanket...
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  4. Dee Cee

    Dee Cee Been here awhile

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    Look at your gear to Scotty, only take what you really need. The lighter you can get your bike and kit the easier it is to handle when things get tricky. Some of the best and quietest places are down tricky roads/tracks. Enjoy our big back yard, it is one of the best in the world.
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  5. Scottyx

    Scottyx Been here awhile

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    I made it a bit harder for myself than it needed to be on the way into Muttawintji by taking a full box of beer and 3 - 4kg of ice. But by dropping the front tyre pressure to 16PSI from 22 seemed to make it easier to ride.

    I was 24 cans lighter on the way out. Must of built up a thirst with all that hiking.

    I also weighed my gear when I got home to see what I could cut from the kit. Thing is I could only loose a couple of kg's at most. The stuff I took I used except for things to get the bike going after a flat or a break down.

    I could probably take a smaller tent, chair and no table, but I think my complaining might bother the other dudes.
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  6. Scottyx

    Scottyx Been here awhile

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    Barrington Tops is a good idea and we actually talked on the phone yesterday about a quick 3 day trip somewhere in the school holidays seeing as this last trip was cut short.

    I think on a short trip I could easily cut the weight down a bit.
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  7. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Time poor

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    We need a "thumbs down". 32° and above = hibernate in the aircon; 25° to 32°= sit by the pool and 25° to minus something = on ya bike!
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  8. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Scottyx, you sound like me about 8 years ago.

    A long time road rider returning to dirt after a 30 year absence.

    It takes time.

    Lots of differences in riding on the dirt vs on the road. And this still catches me out every now and again.

    Persist.

    Ride to your skill level.

    Falling off hurts. It's possible to improve without hurting yourself.
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