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Old 09-08-10, 08:04 PM   #1
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Riding in the dirt vid and pics

9/8.......Planning on a GMR ride but the moisture killed that. I waited a couple of hours but it didn't dry up much so I headed to a place where I don't have to worry about cars sliding into my little self, the dirt. Worst that could happen would be a jogger tripping into me at 6 mph. Cool and a bit damp, light drizzle at times and some fog but still a nice ride. I felt pretty good on the climbs, all the GMR rides paying off! But man, the dirty DH skills are something that need to be kept up or you lose them fast. I was bit timid on the first DH. Gina's Blistuhs on her finguhs gave me an idea for the song hehehe!











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Great stuff!!! Thank you. It blows me away how your dirt trails look like highways to me. I spent last weekend in the Mtns. of North Carolina and trees within a few inches of my elbows were the norm.

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Great stuff!!! Thank you. It blows me away how your dirt trails look like highways to me. I spent last weekend in the Mtns. of North Carolina and trees within a few inches of my elbows were the norm.

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Yup, I do like it though. I just ride the dirt to climb for exercise though. I guess if I looked really really hard I could find a small forest and trees to ride but I don't notice the scenery while riding and I wouldn't enjoy it any more than this plain ol fireroad. Ride partners trip out when they ask me,"did you see that bird?" What bird?

This trail is about 5 miles from home, nice and close.
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Great stuff!!! Thank you. It blows me away how your dirt trails look like highways to me. I spent last weekend in the Mtns. of North Carolina and trees within a few inches of my elbows were the norm.

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Jay, you mean something more like this...... (This was a ride that I was on, but I was not the one with the camera)

Sorry for the hijack Beanz.
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Sorry for the hijack Beanz.
No problem, I don't worry about hijacks, it's good for the threads, keeps em alive.

How fast are you guys going in the fast clips?

Man, that makes my legs itch just watching the clip!
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Nice ride.

This is crazy weather we are having. I busted out the long sleeve jersey for last night's ride!
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Nice ride.

This is crazy weather we are having. I busted out the long sleeve jersey for last night's ride!
Yeah, it was totally wet in the morning and DARK in the late afternoon. Felt like a Christmas evening!
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Jay, you mean something more like this...... (This was a ride that I was on, but I was not the one with the camera)

Sorry for the hijack Beanz.
More trees, make the grass on either side of the trail in the open areas 5' high and throw in nearly constant climbing and you have dirt riding around here....

One thing I could never figure out, you go for a dirt ride, spend 97% of your distance climbing, over half like a freaking goat, 2% of your time on flats and 1% going on a slight downhill and end up at the same altitude you started at....
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No problem, I don't worry about hijacks, it's good for the threads, keeps em alive.

How fast are you guys going in the fast clips?

Man, that makes my legs itch just watching the clip!
I honestly don't know how fast we were going there, I really try and pay attention to the trail instead of ending up in the itchy grass.

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One thing I could never figure out, you go for a dirt ride, spend 97% of your distance climbing, over half like a freaking goat, 2% of your time on flats and 1% going on a slight downhill and end up at the same altitude you started at....
We have that here too. The area that we ride in has many different types of trails in it. The one thing that is constant is the climbing. It is not uncommon to do 1500 to 2000 feet of climbing in an hour long ride. Here is another video from the same night as the other one. This was part of a groomed downhill that we did. The speeds were around 25 mph. (Note that this a long video from a different angle. Also, the last few minutes is just people standing around and some swearing can be heard.

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Last Thursday, I took off on the Mouse Loop of TSALI. About 3.5 miles in, I popped 3 spokes, which caused my back wheel to look like a a Pringles potato chip I could not walk the bike out, so I had to carry it About a mile from the the end of the walk, I carried out of my 2 wheeled walking stick that would not roll. I sat down and started to cry a little (big admission!!!). I think my problem was that I was so far out there, without any possibility of rescue. There were no roads, and I had not seen another soul in hours.

After the "come to jesus" meeting with myself, I sucked it up and finished the hike, carry-out. I called my LBS (450 miles away) and explained how lucky they were not to be where I was right then, as they would have had to hire attorneys.

I was so pissed off that i did not finish the loop, that I drove back into the nearest town, dropped off my broken bike and rented a Jamis Exile 29er and went back and finished the ride just as the sun went down (that is when the bears and mountain lions come out).

Under the worst of circumstances, I will pick a tight single track over a road any day

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Dirt is where it is at!
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I'll be heading to the Mojave desert in the middle of next month, going to give the new Hero camera a try out. The weather is getting just about right.
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+1 on the weather in the Mojave Desert. Death Valley as well.
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