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Old 01-29-2013, 05:31 AM   #27031
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So, I took about 5 minutes off my best time on the local 5 mile MTB trail last night. I wasn't trying to per se, I was trying my best to be smooth. (OK, my heart rate was about 10 bpm higher than normal, so maybe I was trying ) After 7 months of riding I am still not confident in my cornering ability; I know I slow too much for turns. I am getting better though, like I said, I am working on being smooth.

My bike has a 3x8 gear set. I try my best to keep the front on the middle sprocket. That seems to work best for me at the moment. There is one section of switchbacks on this trail that I have to drop down to about 2nd gear to get up... oh well, I get up it.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #27032
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So, I took about 5 minutes off my best time on the local 5 mile MTB trail last night. I wasn't trying to per se, I was trying my best to be smooth. (OK, my heart rate was about 10 bpm higher than normal, so maybe I was trying ) After 7 months of riding I am still not confident in my cornering ability; I know I slow too much for turns. I am getting better though, like I said, I am working on being smooth.

My bike has a 3x8 gear set. I try my best to keep the front on the middle sprocket. That seems to work best for me at the moment. There is one section of switchbacks on this trail that I have to drop down to about 2nd gear to get up... oh well, I get up it.
Some of it is tire pressure. Some of it is weight over the front end. Some of it is just trusting the bike.

Don't worry about what gear you're in. Spin smoothly, don't mash. When you know a climb's coming, shift down a ring and a few cogs harder to get the same relative gear ratio and get ready to start dumping cogs to maintain your spin as the trail goes up.

Ride more. It'll come

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #27033
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Some of it is tire pressure. Some of it is weight over the front end. Some of it is just trusting the TIRES.

Ride more. It'll come

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This^ and amended/fixed. Gotta have confidence in the tires when pushing hard. I recently bought a dial type tire gauge with a 30psi limit. I think it will help zero in on getting pressures setup much better than the 160psi gauge I was using. This is the unit:

http://www.ebikestop.com/meiser_pres...psi-PU3009.php
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #27034
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I know I slow too much for turns. I am getting better though, like I said, I am working on being smooth.
Also; when possible, try keeping your outside pedal at 6 o'clock and weighting it as much as possible through the turn. A DH rider told me this once, and it works very well.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:37 AM   #27035
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Also; when possible, try keeping your outside pedal at 6 o'clock and weighting it as much as possible through the turn. A DH rider told me this once, and it works very well.


And if you shift your head over your inside elbow and point your inside knee away from the bike and toward the corner, you'll feel the bike plant itself for the turn, just a like motorcycle.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:52 AM   #27036
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So far I've ridden Tallboy, Scalpel, Superfly 100 Elite, Spearfish, and looked at a few others. Scalpel stands out so far.
Dual suspension 29er shootout: http://www.bicycling.co.za/bikes-gea...9ers-reviewed/
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:00 PM   #27037
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That was awesome! 2:15 of working on my tan lines. ...in JAN! Woot!



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Old 01-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #27038
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After a google search, three bikes in that comparo seem irrelevant... since they're only available in South Africa where the test was performed: Momsen Dual Link 7, Pyga Industries ONETEN29, and Silverback Mercury Elite.

I'll go ahead and throw my 2 cents in for a demo ride on a Pivot Mach 429, since I like mine so much. Here's a dealer locator for thechickencow:
http://www.pivotcycles.com/dealers/region/usa
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #27039
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That comparison has 29ers of all different component levels, disciplines, and travel. Not much of a shootout.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:34 PM   #27040
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and it left out... SANTA CRUZ.



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Old 01-30-2013, 03:31 AM   #27041
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Oh my! This is better than that whole Larry Armstrong/Doping/Skinny tire ride around France scandal thing!

Everybody was talking about it at the trails last night, people are taking sides, friendships will be destroyed.

Seems the whole fat bike vs. skier thing has really come to a head.

At the race last weekend, they started the fat bikes just 2 hours after the last wave of skiers on the 50k course. The fastest fat biker beat the fastest skier by almost 10 minutes. Even I was catching up to the last few poor souls on skis praying for it to just be over.

Seems it didn't go without incident- the winning biker apparently crashed into a skier or two en route to victory.

The race result comments are interesting if you catch them before they get edited.

Guess I need to go ahead with my "FATBIKING IS NOT A CRIME" sticker order.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:06 AM   #27042
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Oh my! This is better than that whole Larry Armstrong/Doping/Skinny tire ride around France scandal thing!

Everybody was talking about it at the trails last night, people are taking sides, friendships will be destroyed.

Seems the whole fat bike vs. skier thing has really come to a head.

At the race last weekend, they started the fat bikes just 2 hours after the last wave of skiers on the 50k course. The fastest fat biker beat the fastest skier by almost 10 minutes. Even I was catching up to the last few poor souls on skis praying for it to just be over.

Seems it didn't go without incident- the winning biker apparently crashed into a skier or two en route to victory.

The race result comments are interesting if you catch them before they get edited.

Guess I need to go ahead with my "FATBIKING IS NOT A CRIME" sticker order.

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #27043
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Guess I need to go ahead with my "FATBIKING IS NOT A CRIME" sticker order.
I'll take one! Maybe two!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:57 AM   #27044
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Any other ADVCyclists going to this?

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:11 AM   #27045
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Very nice. Here, I drive to work and back to the hotel in he dark.
I think more people have cell phones stuck to their heads and in their laps here than in Southern California!
Only here they don't even bother to fake paying attention to what's outside the car/truck/beaterwagon.
I have to carry two cell phones now, thanks to work. And I ignore them in the car, even with bluetooth connections.
I'm acquiring this sort of dank phosphor pallor. You know that sexy gray, clammy look of the dead guy in the haunted house?

When I run it seems to always be cold so I'm wrapped up like the kid from "Christmas Story".
At least I have avoided licking any flag poles.








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