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Old 04-08-06, 11:10 AM   #1
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What is your favorite trail obstacle?

At the park where I ride, there is a stream, thats about 15 ft wide, and 1 ft deep, The trail dips down to it, then on the other side dips back up. I fly throught it at about 20 mph, get soaked and keep on going. cleans my bike off too. Only problem is their is a lot of mudd after it.

I love mudd to, and jumps, and logs. But I love that stream the most.

Whats your favorite trail obstacle??
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Old 04-08-06, 11:39 AM   #2
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Switchbacks. I have so much trouble with them, but i can do any of them if i stay there for long enough. Uphill and downhill.
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Old 04-08-06, 11:50 AM   #3
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I like rock gardens and downhill rock features. My favorite part of my local trail is a section aptly labeled as "Expert only", and consists of mostly rock strewn singletrack that travels along the wall of a valley. I also like ladder bridges and things like that.

The trail you're describing sounds like a local one, where is it?
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Old 04-08-06, 12:15 PM   #4
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Small ledges. Up or down doesn't matter. Pedal kick onto them or hop off. They usually don't mess up my flow but I still feel challenged.
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Old 04-08-06, 06:39 PM   #5
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jumps and north shore
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The part of trails that I find hard and fun is when its almost as narrow as singletrack and its all rock and dips and small drops. My front tire constantly gets caught in dips and I go over the handlebars, fun!
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Crazy guy doing the trail on a clanging, rusty, ladies 3-speed, lots of riders who had crashed from laughing at him all standing ON the trail, causing yet more crashes. He had loaned the rest of his bikes out, then blew his bottom bracket right before the race started, with only one bike still left in the garage. It was years ago when mountain bikes were all hardtails. A small blue ribbon still hangs from those rusty handlebars, won more by spectacle than speed. Favorite obstacle on a trail? He is me.

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Old 04-09-06, 08:30 AM   #8
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Small ledges. Up or down doesn't matter. Pedal kick onto them or hop off. They usually don't mess up my flow but I still feel challenged.
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Attractive members of the opposite sex. Can slow me way down even after I clear them if I have my rear-view mirror on.
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Long, smooth, narrow ribbons of twisty, flowy singletrack.
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i like to ride down super steep hills
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animal corpses. seriously.

last ride had to go around or over two squirrels, a possom, an armadillo, some unidentified bird, and a deer.

other than that, sand and gravel at speed.
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Old 04-09-06, 10:31 AM   #13
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Varries, I doubt there is an obstacle I hate...what I dislike are long dull trails. A trail without obstacles is a fireroad or normal road...they don't belong in my path
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Long, smooth, narrow ribbons of twisty, flowy singletrack.
the descending 55 mph kind
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Steep and rooty downhills. Long flowing fast tricky corners. Berms into drop offs. Everything really
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Long, smooth, narrow ribbons of twisty, flowy singletrack.
Theres a nine mile bike trial ive been on, very simple but theres a nice long smooth gravel track which is all twisty, down hill too, its hard on a bmx, i cant wait until i get my mountain bike to do it!
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I like drops and I really like gapping rooty sections. I was on one of my favorith trails that I ride a lot today. I stopped at a section that has 2 small drops with mnasty roots in between. I found a new line and now I gap the roots so its super smooth. Rocks and roots are always changing so you can find new challenges on trails you ride alot.
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I like rock gardens and downhill rock features. My favorite part of my local trail is a section aptly labeled as "Expert only", and consists of mostly rock strewn singletrack that travels along the wall of a valley.
You'd like the trails around my home ( www.bootlegcanyon.org ) . Lately I've been my own worst enemy , crashing on everything I ride .
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I would have to say the ground is may favorite trail obstacle.
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I would have to say the ground is my favorite trail obstacle.
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animal corpses. seriously.

last ride had to go around or over two squirrels, a possom, an armadillo, some unidentified bird, and a deer.

other than that, sand and gravel at speed.

Sandy gravel at speed isn't an obstacle, necessarily. It just takes some of those mid size tires with a super flexible casing. Unfortunately, mid size tires are slower on pavement than either larger or smaller for some frustrating reason I can't seem to get a grip on. Yeah, that's it. Too much grip. Anyway, gravel is an obstacle if the tire's casing is too hard (in an attempt to make it bombproof).

I don't know of a specialty designed for traction upon carcases. Can't help there.

A deer!! That is an obstacle! lol!

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fast, flowing singletracks, not an obstacle but still fun. obstacle? drops around 3 ft with a long run up are nice.
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Here is one of my least favorite obstacles, a tree that is too high above the trail to hop or climb over.

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I believe my favorite is long technical climbs. I always get a lot of satisfaction when I clear one that I had trouble with before.
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