Gravity Is Yer Friend
Join Date: May 2002
Location: "Over the Hill" and going down fast in the 805.
Bikes: Scott Gambler, Scott Ransom, Kona Bear, Bianchi 928 Carbon/Chorus, C'Dale Rize4
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Your options and as mentioned ;
1) Learn to bunny hop/J-Hop, good for higher speed. If possible, use a smaller root, rock or dirt mound to help gain lift before the log.
2) Learn to manual up to the log and then lift your rear tire up and over as soon as it hits the log, same technique as #1 but with a few timing differences, requires less air time and you can pedal through. Better for lower speeds.
3) Replace big ring with bash guard, swap your middle ring out for a 38t ring and be sure to run a road cassette out back, ohhh 11-21 would be good unless you want to keep the lower gears then just keep an 11-32
4) BlackSpire still makes a bash ring to fit OUTSIDE the big ring and so do a few other companies. Google BlackSpire and look through their site.
5) Most important, practice, practice, practice AND try and ride with riders who have more skill then you and can show you a few things.