Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by HopedaleHills
The Gary Fisher Wahoo however, did just fine. It handled very well and generally went were I pointed it. The brakes were great, I had very good control on the steep descents. My riding partner rides a Schwinn Mesa and often had to bail out on the descents because his brakes were terrible.
OK here are some pics. I am probably just as tired from this 15 miles as I am from a 50 mile road ride but more bone weary.
Boy, does a crank in the shin ever hurt
Yet another nutter out on the trails- fantastic and Yet another reason for clipless. You are right though,These offroads trails do take it out of you. Believe it or not- they do get easier. Only thing on the post ride for the bike. All that mud will have got everywhere. Wash the bike with a hose and buy a chain cleaner. That chain will need cleaning after every ride like this. Then the water dispellant oil. (WD 40 or the like.) I buy it in 5 litre cans and use a hand spray to cover every part of the bike except for the wheels- brake blocks and and anything not metal (Grips, saddle,etc don't get sprayed.) then you can leave the bike for a couple of days if necessary before wiping clean.
Let mesa know- the way to go downhills is to forget the brakes. Especially if they squeal, but the WD40 helps both on squeal and the speed.
Glad to see you enjoyed it, and now you have found out why offroading is the lighter side of cycling- Its fantastic fun.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.