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Old 01-31-12, 08:32 PM   #1
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MTB Climb (fun ...I guess)

Short good climb today. First climb was 3.4 miles with 1,536 feet of elevation gain. After descending i decided to head up the trail for a mile or so, extra credit. Gives me 1,942 feet in 8.9 miles. no lollygaggin', only lots 8 minutes the entire time.

I almost lost it while climbing a steep section. Looks so simple in the video but trying to hold a line on a 22 percent dirt grade is tough.

Did run into a dude heading up while I was heading down. He waved to the recorder then joked a bit about royalties. I like the echoing voices ha ha! One other dude on the way up passing me. He's lucky I was on a recovery ride ha ha!

Near the start, I ran into a couple of ladies asking about the strange thing on my head. I explained then asked them to wave!






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you are one tough bastard mate, i would have been walking up those hills after the first 50 feet.

Great ride
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you are one tough bastard mate, i would have been walking up those hills after the first 50 feet.

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Ha ha thanks! It's all practice.
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I hate how flat a mtn bike trail can look, and you are working like you are gonna die. Then you turn around, and it looks like you have climbed a mountain! I don't know if that happens you the rest of you guys...
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I hate how flat a mtn bike trail can look, and you are working like you are gonna die. Then you turn around, and it looks like you have climbed a mountain! I don't know if that happens you the rest of you guys...


It does! One scene I omitted looked flat but read 13% on my Garmin. I didn't use the footage cause it looked flat.
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Your vids make me want to retire in Cali.
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Hahaha! ....supposed to get even warmer in the coming days.
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I'm so freaking jealous. Out here, we got about 5 minutes of sun yesterday, and a lot of the mountain roads I'd like to ride are buried under feet of snow.

I can't imagine doing 22 % on dirt. It's hard enough on good pavement!! But I'd like to get a cheap mountain bike...
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I'm so freaking jealous. Out here, we got about 5 minutes of sun yesterday, and a lot of the mountain roads I'd like to ride are buried under feet of snow.

I can't imagine doing 22 % on dirt. It's hard enough on good pavement!! But I'd like to get a cheap mountain bike...
One section of my video I'm tyring to stay upright (you know watching the video). Funny that the clip doesn't look technical at all but if you hit one itty bitty rock, it throws you off. Even on the straight smooth section, my front tire was lifting off the ground. It's tough climbing but in a different way than a roadie. Lot of it is about balance and countering. You burn lots of energy trying to stay upright.

I ride a 26'er I bought back in 05 for a grand. Before that I had a hardtail Trek 800 ($250),slapped on some better inexpensive wheels (Deorehubs/Mavic $99). I had loads of fun on that thing.
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Ah the joys of living in sunshine. I hear ya about grades while MTB. As you know there are no mountains where I live but the one race I do there is a hill called the never ending hill. Now it's only 4km long but it averages 14% grade with pitches to 29% all on sand, gravel, rocks and dirt in the forest. One spot at 21% you get some good washout to deal with. I bonked on that sucker last year. I made it up but man it killed me. Do you have single track to ride to? It's a real hoot when it points up.
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Do you have single track to ride to? It's a real hoot when it points up.
I know there is some in other areas but honestly, my MTB rides are very local and used to practice the climbs. There is some 45 minutes away but being mainly roadie, I don't travel much to MTB.

I ride this trail cause it's 5 minutes from home. But now that I remember, I have seen other videos about st in this area. I went off my usual route to find it. I found it.

There must have been some serious editing going on cause it looked like miles of fun in the video. But each one of the st clmbs were about 30 seconds long.
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I used to take my cross bike up into the mountains and do a rail-to-trail up there. The scenery was great, and it was only about 100 feet per mile of elevation gain, so almost a false flat. But it was a long, long ride, and I'd wind up pretty sore. Good scenery here and there. I found a number of dirt roads up by the pass, but I'd also find cars and trucks on them, enough to make it less pleasant than it should be. Ultimately I sold the CX bike and got a metal road bike to replace it, as a commuter and utility bike. I didn't know of any other trails nearby, and didn't find much use for it.

Well, that's changed. I've been doing more snow shoeing lately, and I'd like to do the Kendall Peak Lakes trail. But it seems like a high risk spot this time of year - lots of avalanche danger up here. Anyway, it's about 3.5 miles (?) each way, which is a nice hike, but you're allowed to take bikes on this trail. Great views to be had. I found a few others, but this one isn't far from my house (about 50 miles by freeway) and in an area I like, and have spent a lot of time in.

So, Beanz, how well do you think road skills and strength/fitness carry over to the MTB world?
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So, Beanz, how well do you think road skills and strength/fitness carry over to the MTB world?
Very well IMO!

Not bragging but actual experiences. I usually ride roadie year round. I was trainging for a big climbiing event with 10,000ft. I did little MTB but not much. A group of guys at work had a little MTB club going on. They found out I rode bikes so one guy invited me. In good shape I was 220 and 6'1, the dude was 5'10 and 160'ish. I had done lots and lots of climbing on he roadie up GMR. We went to go ride and the guy was no match on the climbs. He invited me again because he could not believe that a bigger guy spanked him on the ride. We did it again and yes, the roadie training helped considerably on the MTB.

Another guy invited me on an MTB ride knowing I did a little off road. I had been training for another event and yes, it payed off. I ended up waiting for the guy who swore he was a hard core MTB'er with constant claims that MTB is so much tougher than road.

Another guy, my boss then, used to MTB with guys at work. He found out I rode so he invited me. He was a little older, I was 40 and he was 52. He said that because I was a roadie that I lacked certain MTB skills on the climbs and a guy my size (220) could not possibly keep up with a guy his size on the climbs (150 lbs). He said no matter how much training I did, I could not possibly keep up because of gravity, not physicaly possible.

I waited 15 minutes at the top of the first one mile climb. I started to head back down figuring maybe he crashed. Nope, no crash but he found out that some road training/climbing goes along way in the MTB world. I actually got a kick out of this cause I was riding a $250 mtb at the time and he a $2000 full suspension ground tracking stabilizing control system type bike.

I was using a standard double on all my road training and rides so the MTB triple was a breath of fresh air.

Now the downhill is different. MTB skills help roadie descents but in order for me to do well on the MTB descents, I really need to practice. I fly on roadie downhills but MTB, I have to nurse it for 5 or 6 rides and be consistent riding off roading before I start to improve.
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