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MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby RobRox » Sun May 13, 2018 7:31 am

Since biking is like skiing, with its cliques and epithets, a conscious effort to remind that's it's all "wheeling".

No change to my road machine and I've managed get a number of rides in.

After last fall's last ride, the HiFi went in for an overhaul and conversion to tubeless. Since then it remained hanging from the rafters. Finally, the MTB trails around here are drying; I was looking forward to my first tubless ride the other day. Reality checks showed up all too soon, in the form of six downed trees blocking favorite trails in the first couple of miles.
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby Bern » Sun May 13, 2018 12:19 pm

Bikeing and skiing has similarities so to does sailing. I've been following the Volvo round the world ocean race which for all it's commercialism, is still a spectacular event. The speeds achieved are truly spectacular in almost all weather. It is more than a bit dangerous as one crew member was lost overboard and never found. This past week I drove down to Fort Adams in Newport, a stopping point for the fleet to catch it's breadth and check the boats over before the final leg across the Atlantic.

Among other things to see, Volvo, who is spending big Euros on the event, has a mockup of one half a boat but full length. To my boat builder's eye, the boats are a fine piece of engineering. They have to be as light as possible but hold together over about 30,000 miles of flat out ocean racing. The boats are ultra spare with everything dedicated to moving forward at speed. https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/video ... eek-3.html
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby Bern » Sun May 13, 2018 12:37 pm

I was just watching another video with more and better scenes about the race. https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/video ... 5-May.html
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby MikeK » Sun May 13, 2018 3:28 pm

Have been on the bike for the better part of a month, two and half weeks on trails. We're lucky here to have a large trail crew so all our blowdowns were clear within a week of the start of the season. A small backpacking saw usually takes care of the rest. There still are a few monsters down at one of the parks, but that tends to be the most technical area, so I think they are saving them to make some kind of features out of them. There's a rats nest of trails there, so it's not hard to go around them anyway.

Today was the first day I hit a couple gap jumps, and I'm on my 7th or so trail ride. Takes a while for me to really build up the cajones to start hitting that stuff again, and even these are baby sized compared to what is possible. Still not feeling as fluid as I could - lower body feels tight through corners and rough stuff. I'll loosen up though. Earlier this week was the first ride I felt kind of like I was not completely sucking wind, but it was still far off... I avoided a lot of the real steep, technical climbs... the ones that usually put my HR in the 200s :shock:

Don't know if I posted this here, but a cool vid of one of our trails systems and what is possible. I'm a tick less aggressive than these guys... but I still hit all those jumps :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Y70yznxuc
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby RobRox » Mon May 14, 2018 4:40 pm

Took a goodish while, but monster #1 is clear
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The saw gets a cleaning and I get a brew. The saw blade is 22".
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby MikeK » Mon May 14, 2018 5:24 pm

Is that a road in the background? I take it this isn't a wilderness area, because of the bikes and all... so why not use a more modern implement eg an IC engine attached to a bar with a chain?

Easier solution would have been to build two ladders on either side.
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby RobRox » Mon May 14, 2018 7:22 pm

MikeK wrote:...
Easier solution would have been to build two ladders on either side.

I do not thrive on easy, ask anybody. I did start with the 40v saw, but it expired making 80% of the first cut. The other cut was all hand tools.
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby MikeK » Mon May 14, 2018 7:37 pm

I should have mentioned in the previous post, but I thought it was obvious. Ladders would have been more fun all around than any of the alternatives.
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Re: MTB and Roadies - 2018

Postby RobRox » Wed May 16, 2018 4:35 pm

Grabbed my pack of tools and rode the bike to a chest to face high trail bolcker and went to work. Cleared and rolled aside, thanks and great praise to Archimedes.
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