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Old 03-01-08, 08:44 PM   #1
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What I've learned about sand:

I ride in Southeast Arizona. The areas that I ride the most in are extrememly sandy. It is a large grain granite sand and it takes practice to be able to ride in it. Here is what I've learned:

1. The dryer the day the worse the sand is for sucking you under.

2. Small adjustments to your front wheel while steering in sand can make a big difference.

3. Aggressive tire treads are not good for sand.

4. Put on as wide of tire your bike can handle to aid with 'floatation'.

5. Speed actually keeps you from sinking in and works well as long as you can hold a line and don't have any quick or sharp turns to make.

6. Use care in ruts where your tread can grab and change your line and you begin to plow.

7. Wrecking is usually not too painful. Just keep your arms in curl up and bounce.
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Old 03-02-08, 11:35 AM   #2
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I grew up in the Phoenix area and rode in lots of sand. I would agree with all of the above except for 7. Once you're in the sand and fall over it's not so bad. You can, however, get really hurt entering the sand if you bury the front wheel causing horrible endos.

Some things I've learned when riding in sand:

1. Steer with your hips more than your arms.

2. Keep your weight back so as not to bury the front wheel.

3. Pick a gear or two lower and keep a fast cadence (90-100, at least).

4. Stay loose, it's usually better to let the bike wander a little than to force it to a narrow path.
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Old 03-02-08, 02:15 PM   #3
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You cant ride a bike in beach sand,just dont work.
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You cant ride a bike in beach sand,just dont work.
Surly Pugsley. Getting one soon.
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Theres a stretch of trail here by a creek that is all sandy, Not nearly as bad as you guys probably, But I've learned that steering with your hips is definitely a better turning technique.
I've also learned that fighting the bike in sand isn't going to help much, best to let it wonder a little bit.

Basically, I just repeated something someone already said...
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I left off a couple of items and have noticed that while on my single speed I can do as well or better than on my multispeed. That is to keep a steady cadence, work on balance practice just standing without moving, and to look up often to pick a good line that you can get to with a slow adjustment rather than a fast one.
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Surly Pugsley. Getting one soon.
Exactly what I was going to suggest.

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I REALLY want one of those very badly.
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