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    Quality clown around time???

    Does any one else out there make it a point to spend some time just goofing off on their bike and if so what do you do? Just to make it clear, this doesn't include tail whips in the middle of 10 mile ride, I am talking about screwing off around the house with kids or trying something really out of the ordinary just to be different. Any one else?

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    I'm always jibbing, it's almost a second style for me
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    I ride my bike in the kitchen. This often gets me in trouble with my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probable556 View Post
    I ride my bike in the kitchen. This often gets me in trouble with my wife.
    Now thats funny, I rode my dirtbike through a bar / resturant once. The stairs where the interesting part.

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    I pass time on the weekly group shop rides popping wheeles and seeing how far I can carry them, doing no-brake flat track slides on gravel roads and other just general screwing around that I'm sure annoys the others.

    Oh yeah, and I do laps in the basement sometimes - - and trying not to clip the corners of the pool table. My son and I used to do drops off the back porch until it annoyed my wife too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Oh yeah, and I do laps in the basement sometimes - - and trying not to clip the corners of the pool table. My son and I used to do drops off the back porch until it annoyed my wife too much.
    I've got to try that this winter (basement)... I hope I can clean it up enough. I'll have to try the drops, and I could try step-ups too!
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    Yeah, i get in about half an hour "clowning around" time every day.

    I havent been riding long, i find its handy.

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    I'm constantly in my backyard trying to learn how to ride wheelies. One of those things I didn't have the attention span for as a kid. Plus, it does seem to offer a workout.

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    I "clown around" by doing laps around obstacles in my garage. It really helps your low speed handling and break actuation skills!!

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    When I can't get out on the trails I usualy just try to ride wheelies around the neighborhood. I try to do manuals, j-hops and nose wheelies but try is about as far as it goes.

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    When my phone rings on a ride I have the habit of pulling into a parking lot/empty space, and riding in circles no-handed while having the conversation. I also try to slam on the front brake and see how far forward I can lean my bike over with lifting the rear wheel off the ground before I flip over the handlebars.

    Sometimes, when I'm waiting for someone to catch up or whatever, I cruise at a very low speed and pedal backwards very fast.

    And don't forget riding very fast at a wall and braking, trying to leave the smallest possible distance between the front wheel and the wall without actuallly hitting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm63 View Post
    When my phone rings on a ride I have the habit of pulling into a parking lot/empty space, and riding in circles no-handed while having the conversation. I also try to slam on the front brake and see how far forward I can lean my bike over with lifting the rear wheel off the ground before I flip over the handlebars.

    Sometimes, when I'm waiting for someone to catch up or whatever, I cruise at a very low speed and pedal backwards very fast.

    And don't forget riding very fast at a wall and braking, trying to leave the smallest possible distance between the front wheel and the wall without actuallly hitting it.
    If you stick your butt out once your into the stoppie, you can usually get pretty high, and when you let it down, come back to the saddle when you start falling and then absorb the impact.

    I can be doing 35km/h and stop in a bike length
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    Quote Originally Posted by norco_rider77 View Post
    I can be doing 35km/h and stop in a bike length
    I doubt it would be that fast, but i know what you mean.

    If you learn to progresively brake and......hot dang i dont know the word.......its on the tip of my tongue. Oh well. Using your brakes accordingly, and not just slamming both on. I dont know.

    But its fun to go as fast as you can, and then stop as quick as you can with out going over the bars. "Go to Whoa"

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    Is it "feathering the brakes" it used in trials kind of similar to ABS (Anti-Locking Brake System) for a car.
    Where instead of locking the front brake u vary the level of force on the lever depending on your momentum and height of the rear wheel. (How close u are to going arse over tits)

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    With the days getting shorter, my chances of a mid week ride are slim by the time I get home from work, I end up trying tricks in the garden, try doing back hops, I got 17 the other day, cnat do front hops anymore since I got front suspension, am I the only person who prefered rigid bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFG
    I doubt it would be that fast, but i know what you mean.
    On my old crappy bike I had a computer and I remember coming down the road to my house and doing 40km/h. I wasn't going that fast, but I was over 30km/h. There's a mark from radiator fluid or something there, and as soon as my front tire was over it i grabbed the brake and hung over the rear wheel as much as possible. when I was stopped, my back tire was on the spot. anyway, let's just say 35km/h to 0km/h in 6 feet is possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by robbiemcgilla
    cant do front hops anymore since I got front suspension
    Why not? I havent had trouble, just cant hop to much on my front yet because I'm not used to being on my balance point in the front. I guess in the future, a fork with lock-out would be worth looking into for you.
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    When I'm on group rides with the local road club, it kind of pisses them off when I aim for potholes so I can practice bunnyhops. I tell them ahead of time not to follow me too close, but they think I'm just joking until they smack into a pothole at 20mph.

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    oh yes, almost a daily thing for me too. front porch drop offs and riding back up the 3 stairs. trying to ride wheelies everywhere. i still have gotten that down yet, but getting betterer.

    i built a long low step ladder of sorts with some scrap 2x6s and 4x4s at varying heights to work on bunnyhops and all kinds of other stuff while i'm putzing around in the yard with the mtn bikey.

    i'm gonna practice the intsant braking thing tonight. thanks for the tips and ideas everyone!

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    Not sure if this counts, but on the road bikes the other day, my buddy and I played a game. We were on steady decline and a Honda Element pulled in front of us. We both tucked (no pedaling) to see who could hit the back of it first. I won, though chickened out before slamming into the bumper.

    On the mountain bikes, another buddy of mine and I used to practice wheelies on a patch of lawn in front of one of the buildings at Yale after dark. Those were good times.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    you're claiming that you can stop within four feet.
    I'm not going by wheelbase, but if you measure from the font of the front tire to the back of the back, that adds another 2 feet. And to make you feel better, I'll go down to 30km/h, but that's the minimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    Still BS.
    And your still the same a****** you've always been.
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    only for those who do 6 hours every weekend.


    ... you must be very fit....

    Just for those of us who are fatasses, clowning around is kinda fun when we have nothing better to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    If pointing out that the simple fact that you cannot stop from 30/35kph in 4-5 1/2 feet makes me an "a******" then so be it.

    It's called reality, no matter how bent out of shape you get about it.
    Let me remind you that I have less inertia than you, since I'm only 14, and weigh about 120lbs. with my bike, that's 150lbs, which is probable less than you without your bike, considering the average weight of a grown male.

    and I said 6ft
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    It has nothing to do with relative weight. It has everything to do with you being fullof sh|t.

    Formula 1 cars are able to brake at up to 5 gees.

    You are claiming that you are able to brake between 4.5-5 gees, on your bike.

    Total BS.
    I think he simply has no concept how fast 30 mph really is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    I know that you are unable to read this thread and extract accurate information from it.
    Ahh, 35km/h

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    If pointing out that the simple fact that you cannot stop from 30/35kph in 4-5 1/2 feet makes me an "a******" then so be it.

    It's called reality, no matter how bent out of shape you get about it.
    Seriously, why do u care? ur always starting absolutely pointless arguements, 5 hey?
    I can tell...
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