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Thursday, September 01, 2011

So I just got back from riding my bike and I took some pics along the way. I rode for an hour and sweated profusely. The temperature rose almost 10*F in the hour I was out.

Since it is the 1st... it is a counter clockwise day.

It is interesting to see all of the little things you miss when you are head down and pedaling hard.
This lap was dedicated to finding things worth photographing.

apples are kind of hard to roll over.

Hang a left and head up hill to another bell.

This is uphill side erosion contol. The community or Ripon Wi won a Pepsi Refresh grant to build this trail. Thanks to the volunteers that helped with the trail building. You know these were wheel up the trail in a wheel barrow and placed by hand.

I came upon this section, and it reminded me of the song "Wonder Boy" by Tenacious D. You take the low road, I'll take the high.

I rode the section again to find 2 large stones 2.5" apart at the end of the low section. Just enough for tires.

Though a few switchbacks and then you come across this. Literally.

It rained a few nights ago, but only a little, and it was weeks ago to the last rain we had. This is about an inch of loose sand, and pure hell. I cleaned it the first time. That was the only time. Yes, it is going uphill.

There are many rock features along the route, but this by far is the most intimidating.

This picture sums up all the hard work that went into building this trail.

So back to the title. I rode here a few weeks back. I lost it going downhill just under 20mph and went over the handlebars. I killed my front wheel, but was able to ride back to the car, and washed up a few minor scrapes. I had about 60psi in some Pananracer Cinder 26x1.95 tires. I replaced the wheelset at LBS that day, and this was my first trip out with new wheels. I also replaced the tires with some old ones I had in the garage. I thought they were too fat and slowed me down. They did, but I was riding crushed limestone, on old railbeds. So today I was out on some WTB Velociraptor 26x2.1 at about 45psi. WOW! What a difference. I felt more in control. The ride wasn't as harsh, because I could feel the rear tire absorb some of the trail chatter. If you want to ride you bike more efficiently off-road, you need to have traction. You cant accelerate, stop, or turn effectively of you don't have traction.

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  • KA_JUN
    That's a beautiful trail, good job on cleaning that nasty looking switchback!

    You were running 60psi over a rock garden? I did that when I was first starting out and it was like trying to ride a rabid wild horse, lots of bucking and washouts in corners.

    As the weight has gradually come off, I've been able to run around 30psi and the handling is night and day. I think that's something that folks who sell mountain bikes should be required to suggest and/or tell you about when you pick up a new bike.

    How do you like those Velociraptors?
    3002 days ago
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