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freighttraininguphill 10-03-11 09:51 PM

Road climbs with a tiny side of MTB
 
Yesterday I took my 32 lb Rockhopper on a road climbing ride because I wanted to test its dirt-worthiness on some nearby trails. It's a rigid bike with 26x1.95 Specialized Hemisphere tires pumped up to 65 psi, so it's not really set up for mountain biking.

I had the proper angle on the Contour this time, so all footage is from the helmet mount, and the road climb video has the GPS overlay.

I didn't have time to ride on the trail I originally planned on, but on the way back from the road climbing ride I noticed a short section of singletrack parallelling the road. The bike had no traction problems whatsoever on the hard-packed dirt.

Here's video of the singletrack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAI4NIRDE3A

Here's the road climbs. This is the final climb into the town of Auburn, CA on Auburn-Folsom Road, plus the climbs on Powerhouse Road between Auburn-Folsom Road and Newcastle Road.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/118822014#

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al1vswPR_60

jboyd 10-04-11 04:51 AM

You know me, give me that suburban single track any day over a boring stretch of pavement:thumb:

Your raw uncut clips are great. glad you are enjoying the contour. I am getting the new Flex Strap for mine today from amazon. Planning on my vids in the future having some new low bike mounted angels.

freighttraininguphill 10-04-11 08:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jboyd (Post 13315968)
You know me, give me that suburban single track any day over a boring stretch of pavement:thumb:

Your raw uncut clips are great. glad you are enjoying the contour. I am getting the new Flex Strap for mine today from amazon. Planning on my vids in the future having some new low bike mounted angels.

Thanks! :) I always loved singletrack in my mtb days. Since it will be awhile before I get a properly set up mtb, I will make do with this one. It seems fine on hard-packed dirt. Rutted, rocky, loose trails are another thing though. In July I rode one of those. It took me 3 tries to make it up without stopping because I kept losing traction. The descent really sucked! I had to crawl down due to the slip-n-slide action. :lol:

I didn't know about that flex strap. I might have to get that. ;)

Here's the video from July of the rocky climb on this bike.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk527z78-0I

freighttraininguphill 10-05-11 09:33 PM

Here's the tank I rode, which explains why my speeds were lower than normal on the climbs.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s...rtablepace.jpg


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