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Old 09-16-09, 06:02 AM   #1
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A hybrid ride

Had a very nice ride last night in a hybrid sort of way. Couldn't make up my mind where to go, so I grabbed my flat-bar Fargo and just went wherever. Took the road uphill out of town. Jumped onto an ATV trail for a mile. Then back to road again. Stopped to see some friends. More road. Then some snowmobile trail, which took me to an ATV trail trail, which -- after a long section with knee-high weeds -- dumped me onto railroad grade where I rode the ties between the rails for a bit (bumpy!), and then rode the ballast. Next I jumped onto a dirt road. And from there all the way home I mixed it up between road and ATV trail and snowmobile trail.

Not a ride for a road bike--riding the ties between the rails would probably have damaged one. And the mountain-bike wouldn't have been nearly as much fun on the pavement. The Fargo handled everything reasonably well, though there were a few times I could've wished for a bit more traction in sand than the Big Apple tires are able to give.

So a hybrid ride for a hybrid bike. Seems a good match to me.
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Old 09-16-09, 06:07 AM   #2
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No pictures!?
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All that and no compressed vertebral discs?
What are the Tires & Wheels you're using?
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gms, sorry, no pics. Didn't think to take any. Maybe next time. It'd be fun to have some photos.

Cfd, right now I'm running Schwalbe Big Apples in the 2.3" size. I have them set at 20 pounds pressure. That makes them soft enough to give some bump-absorption to the ride. I am also careful to lift my bum off the seat when I'm hitting bumps. I try to take the bumps with my legs. Sometimes I mess up on that. When I mess up badly, I feel it .

Those railroad ties probably aren't as bad as you're imagining. The distance wasn't uniform, but in general the ballast was probably up to within a 2-3 inches of the top edge of each tie. (Some ties were busted up, and some stuck out more than others). I didn't ride the ties very long. After a couple hundred feet, I'd had enough of the constant thudding. I can't say that riding the ties was fun. I had to try it though .

Edit: wheels, you asked about wheels. I am running Bontrager Rythm Comp wheels. No particular reason for that. They are what I had laying around when I built the bike. I like 'em though.
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That's awesome. Hybrid bikes are all about exploration. Where does this paved path go? This gravel road leads to where? How gnarly is this trail? Rides without a destination can be the most fun.
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That's awesome. Hybrid bikes are all about exploration. Where does this paved path go? This gravel road leads to where? How gnarly is this trail? Rides without a destination can be the most fun.
That's the theme of every ride I take.
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