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    Do you carry your bike or push?

    Hey I was wondering when do XC riders carry their bike or push their bike? And what is the correct way of carrying your bike (with a hydration pack behind ya) Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    Hey I was wondering when do XC riders carry their bike or push their bike?
    kind of an odd question... but the only time i'll ever push/carry my bike is when the hill im climbing is way too steep for me to climb, or if im on a severe side slope where i could possibly fall to my death, or the possibility of paralysis

    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    And what is the correct way of carrying your bike (with a hydration pack behind ya) Thanks
    bottom of the top tube resting on the muscle above my collar bone

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    i only carry my bike when i go up the stairs.
    i just lift it up with one arm and walk

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    Im a big fan of riding mine.

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    yeah, hmm but last time i tried carrying my bike through bottom of the top tube resting on the muscle above my collar bone it felt really uncomfortable, or maybe i just carry it wrong. Care to post some pics for me ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak
    Im a big fan of riding mine.
    I'm a big fan or rides that require some hike-a-bike. You're guaranteed to be in some techy terrain.

    If I don't have a pack full of electronics, I'll shoulder it. If I'm loaded down, a push is in on tap.


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    A silly thread deserves a silly answer.

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    IMHO steep hills with beach sand always require the push up. I just started mountain biking sense yesterday
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    Around here there is a lot of pushing getting done, especially by me in the second half of a race. A lot of the climbs I do on the first or second lap of some of the courses I struggle to push towards the end of the race. This past weekend I did a lot of pushing, mostly because I died about 1 1/2 hours into the race. The race before that I did a crap load of pushing because the course was a muddy mess that I could barely walk.

    I very rarely ever carry my bike. If I'm to tired to ride up a hill I'm probably to tired to carry a bike up it.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    hmm, well the reason why i ask this silly question is because I went into this competition and some of the riders carry their bike so I was wondering, wouldnt you be wasting more energy carrying your bike rather then pushing it? Of coarse I see the advantage when climbing up the stairs but somehow I prefer pushing the bike although its harder, I just lift up the front wheel and let the rear wheel do all the bumping. I think this is bad for the bike

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    I am pretty sure the bike will be fine if it is on the back wheel, considering they are ment to be able to handle stuff worse than bumps...

    I rarely carry mine, unless a river is in the way.. like my group did in Moab. I almost made it across the gap, and fell in. It was just a tick to deep...
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    For me it depends on how much mud there is. If the mud is too deep to push then i will carry and just run it. If it is on a steep hill then i will push.

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    My hardtail is a heavy mofo and I avoid carrying it unless I'm doing some kind of water crossing hopping from rock to rock. Going up hill, I push it up.

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    I don't XC, but I just walk mine up the mountain.

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    lol, anyway any tips on cycling across the river? I see some riders do it but It seems they are wasting more energy rather then pushing their bike, but its faster though.

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    When it's too steep to ride? Or I'm just plain too hammered? Both. Whichever gets the job done.



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    rivers are fun to ride through....refreshing too

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    is that the correct way of carrying your bike? Looks erm comfortable? Yeah its fun crossing river any tips on crossing it? Low gearing maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    John Galt - you take gorgeous pics. I envy photographers for having the eye, skill and patience to take such nice pics.
    Thanks, but that picture was taken of me by a friend. I just worked it a bit in Photoshop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    is that the correct way of carrying your bike? Looks erm comfortable? Yeah its fun crossing river any tips on crossing it? Low gearing maybe?

    correct? there isn't really a correct. this was a little over 800 feet of gain in a half mile. the top tube there was resting on the top of my pack. more comfy for a prolonged carry, for me. with my big bike, the frame is such that i can't easily that way, but it works great for my hardtail. it depends on your frame design. if it's a short carry, i hook the nose of my saddle over my shoulder.

    carry vs. push just depends on the terrain.

    water crossings? sometimes lower gearing and slower speed, to finesse my way through if it is a long one. sometimes higher and faster, to punch across with momentum. sometimes neither works, and you get wet. other times, it's just easier to hoof it across and get wet from the start. again, there is no universal answer. depends on the terrain involved.
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    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeks
    rivers are fun to ride through....refreshing too
    I do, too. At least if they're shallow and easy to cross.

    I will also walk across skinnies particularly over rocky/watery areas as I lack the experience and guts to do them well. Here's an example of one I SHOULD have walked across. Apparently there's an "after" picture. Following this picture there was a lot of blood and water. I've asked my buddy to send it to me so that I can post it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak
    A silly thread deserves a silly answer.
    Obviously you haven't ridden in conditions when bike portage is necessary.

    Sometimes I find it easier to carry my bike with the underneath of the saddle's nose over my right shoulder, with my hand steadying the handlebar. Works great when the triangle area is cluttered with tall bottles.

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    yeah I do that way eastbiker but It seems I suffer from front wheel kept hitting the stairs, lol

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    If you carry a bike across your back during an XC race, you'll end up smacking somebody if the face with it... When racing, if you're not ON your bike, you stay out of the way of riders - whether you're pushing or carrying.
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