Is there a proper technique for jumping logs? I ask because some of the trails I ride have lots of them. Some I can clear without wacking the crank, others I can't.
I just bent my big ring rather severely when I went over a BIG (10+ inch) log that was crooked on the trail. I had to use an adjustable wrench to tweak it back so its rideable. I don't think I can get away with this trick more than once before it snaps.
The LBS tells me to get a bashguard, however, I frequently use the big ring on the trail, so this isn't an option. A self-respecting road nazi such as myself would never go without a big ring anyways. The bike would look funny to me.
How do you guys cope with this? I don't want to be destroying the new XT cranks I will soon be fitting.