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Old 05-18-05, 11:25 PM   #1
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This thread was inspired by the one of the same name on the BMXTRIX forum, but since mountain biking isn't based on tricks, it doesn't really serve the same purpose.

Pretty much... whatever news that people might have, that doesn't quite deserve its own thread, should have a thread dedicated to it.

Like, if you tackled a trail or something and you feel good about it, or if you crashed and didn't get good enough pics to post without being scorned if you made a thread... or whatever. Maybe some stuff about equipment, but I think it should be mainly for personal news related to mountain biking
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Old 05-18-05, 11:28 PM   #2
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For some news of mine...

I decided to rebuild the crappy little dirt jumps in my neighborhood that were destroyed when the land owner needed to use that land for a bit, and hopefully make the jumps better while I'm at it.

I worked on that a couple hours today, somewhat lazily so I didn't get too much done. The first jump is jumpable so far, it's going to be a small tabletop that hopefully lets you carry out enough speed for the next part. Some little prick on a crappy bmx bike tried to bunny hop over it and tore up the side... Guess I need to pack all the sides in before I step away from it
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Make a rough jump and wait till it rains, then a day later, when it is all soft and moist, pack it down and shape it. Wait till it dries before hitting it.
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Even better, we have a drainage ditch we can 'borrow' water from using buckets to moisten the dirt. Thing is, the dirt here turns to crappy clay when it gets wet, and it sticks to whatever you use to pack it in. Makes it tricky...
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No one have any crap to talk about? There's no good threads atm, better to talk about nothing than not talk about something.

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I finally got out for a bit of decent freeriding yesterday on my hardrock nd hit up a few dirt jumps, i went bigger than before on the jumps, and im now one of the fasted out of our group on the local downhill trails here, I also seem to be flowing alot more, and im really enjoying riding at the moment, roll on the new bike
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No one have any crap to talk about? There's no good threads atm, better to talk about nothing than not talk about something.

Or whatever.
My risers are bugging me, I've 2 sets, one pitches up, others are down.
The down ones are good for xc as the side on my hands don't get sore.
The upwards pitch ones are nice for lifting the tire climbing, my fingers are less strained.

I need bars that are between the two....

..anyway, in the interest of overkill, I've mounted Amoeba 5mm wall alu bars on the bike, they do flex a little, but I believe bend, not snap.
I mounted an aluminum butted crossbrace on the risers and bolted right through the collars and put steel locknuts on =no more flexy, will not rip out the alu threads.

I had to stick little corks in the bar holes, as the thick wall bars only have a 5mm hole and the ODI plugs don't work.
Why I want such a beefy steering setup ???
I dunno...too cheap to buy $$HQ bars today.
So I'm gonna go for a ride and see if I can stand this setup or start over.
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Old 05-19-05, 07:06 PM   #8
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Noticed I've been getting better with my balance, much better than the first day on the trail when i thought fireroads were bumpy. Know I've got to push the limits further, but have this unnerving feeling that my bike's just a tad too big for me to handle easily. Ergo a strong desire to get a new FS before the paint chips are even rusted on my current bike (which will be 1yo as of the end of this month). I've got another 5 months to decide anyways, since my plan is to buy in october as a b'day present. A good time to buy too, since i just found out they're building a 4x park only 1/2 hour ride away from my house, due to be finished in october too to coincide with the sydney bike show opening.

/rambling dont want to do work on a friday
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My rear derailer is acting up. It is not bad, and alot of people would not notice it, but I ride so much I just know it is going to get worse.
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went djing today and showed up some punks with their djbikes on my DH bike. i also think my friends bike is cursed. last week his shock seals blew(cockshox, what can you expect eh) this week his front tire started to come off the rim we tried to get it to the shop since it was close and he had thoes stupid presta valves or whatever so i couldnt fix it. he was just riding along and the tirecame off the rim(we let a bit of air out before to see if we could get it back on before we headed to the shop.) and he tocoed his rim. we buy a new rim put ot on his bike ride for a bit and then the QR handle comes off, not loose off. i really think we should takes his bike into a dark field late at night at shoot and twice in the headtube
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I was cleaning my bike today - took almost everything off, hosed it down, brushed the dirt off... took off the chain and used Raiyn's method to clean that... took off the derrailuer wheels and cleaned/lubed them since they were spinning like crap, etc.

I'll clean the rims and pads off really well, and get the glazed gunk off. I wanted to buy a new bike, but my wallet likes this method a lot more.
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I was tuning my fork the other day and added too much oil and it felt like crap; too progressive. Today I got around to taking some oil out and it feels great.

Its been raining the whole week but today its good ol sunny california weather.
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I'm pretty much going to a scaled down, spanish version of Whistler on the 18th and 19th of June. My LBS is organising a trip there. For 100 euros, use of trails, jumps, etc, lifts, trip there and back by coach, accomodation, dinner and breakfast. Killer deal.
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Well, I finished cleaning my bike, and then I couldn't manage to get the chain back together after it was on the bike.

So I rode my other bike for the evening. I'll mess with the chain tomorrow (well, today now)
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Ok my progression caught me by surprise. I knew I was getting better but hadn't really been testing myself or even really trackign it. I was Riding a set of trails called the Chris Markle trails. Pretty tech xc trails with lots of involved pumping and really sharp switchbacks. I would never have been able to clean these even last year pre-dh season but I cleared them. I got a little turned around and went down this unknown trail. This ended up being a very short trail but it was a 'go-between' for two other trails. I remembered I had ridden this before and scared myself to pucker point.It was steep had decent turns in the middle of steepness and very rutted. Little dropoff to add to the flavour and even on one turn on fallen tree just sticking out. I didn't even blink this time. I just flew down the trail off the brakes railing the turns and thinking "wow this is kinda steep" and then I was done. The only think giving it away was the fallen tree. Very good day of riding. I wasn't up for the skinny riding I wanted to do, but on a rainy muddy day I enjoyed some xc trails and some dh fun Progression sometimes sneaks up on ya.
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EDIT: I'm dumb, should have written something in here in the first place.

I brought my camera up and got used to jumping on that DK, also took some videos. I'll upload a clip in a minute...
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Get that seat down and lift that bike up. Get some pop on that jump.
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The seat can't go much lower... even now it's low enough that my heel can be about 2 inches from hitting my butt when I sit down and pedal.
The jump seems harder to get high off the ground with than the last one was, maybe I should make it a little steeper.

Here's the video, I'll also post it in the hucking thread:
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The seat can't go much lower... even now it's low enough that my heel can be about 2 inches from hitting my butt when I sit down and pedal.
The jump seems harder to get high off the ground with than the last one was, maybe I should make it a little steeper.
Cut your seatpost then. A dirtjump bike's seat is slammed so it doesnt go up yur but when you land.
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It's not all that high... seriously, the top tube is lower than it appears to be in that picture.
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Seriously, on djs you have another 6in you can manually lift that bike up to give you more 'pop' off the lip.
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I guess when I tuck the bike under me, I push it forward also... not really any other way to do it. Anyway, the seat doesn't ever come close to my ass on this bike, not during landing anyway. I have like 9 inches to go for my legs to absorb the impact from the position I try to land in.
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Its no a big jump so you shouldnt come close to your seat anyway...
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true... sadly, I can almost bunny hop that high, that jump is just a different way to get there atm. I want to go to the BMX track tomorrow and ride there, just have to convince my mom to bring me over there. Maybe I can even get my niece to take a photo of me jumping, she likes cameras and all, even if the pics tend to have a fingertip on the edge.
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I went to the BMX track around here today. Had a pretty good time. Im going to film some friends paintball and ride a really good trail tomorrow.
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