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Old 10-03-11, 09:51 PM   #1
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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
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Old 10-04-11, 04:51 AM   #2
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You know me, give me that suburban single track any day over a boring stretch of pavement

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

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.

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

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