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Old 11-11-09, 11:39 PM   #1
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cross bike on mtb trails?

I've always liked the idea of mountain biking but I seem to have a hard time actually getting out to any trails. I am used to riding a road bike so it's really hard for me to work up the motivation to get on a mtb and ride for a while on pavement before getting to the trail.

So, I went out and got a cross bike. Took it out on what I guess you'd call all mountain or heavy xc (Burnaby mtn to any of those from Vancouver). The trails there are mostly singletrack with a few medium sized rocks, some small roots and stuff, occasionally a log or something blocking the path. I'll admit I am by no means a stellar mountainbiker. On the intermediate difficulty trails, I found myself bailing pretty frequently and often putting a foot down or taking descents with lots of braking.

So my question is this: are my bike handling skills simply too crappy or is my equipment a key factor here? Am I simply trying to take this bike on a trail it is not capable of handling?

Another issue I had was that on a descent, I hit a rock which was covered with leaves and ended up pinch flatting. My pressure was pretty low (about 30-35 psi). Does this mean I should get bigger tires or should I just open my eyes?
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Old 11-12-09, 12:04 AM   #2
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If you're going to be riding on rocks and logs, you will need to run more pressure in a cross tire, and yes, grip will suffer.

I've taken mine on various mtb trails. There is one in queens w/ a short bmx style loop, and I was doing the double on my cross bike (and getting some weird looks to say the least).

Then I came up short once, and it almost threw me over the bars. No suspension.

I'd say for single track and tight and twisty you'll be fine. You won't have the gears for steep climbs... but anything too steep to climb w/ your cross gears is faster if you shoulder it and run up anyhow. Again, lots of weird looks, especially if you're passing people left and right.

It won't take the abuse of jumps, smashing through rock gardens or over logs. You will have to learn a soft touch. "Protecting your tires at all times" goes a long way towards the soft touch you are looking for.
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I think you oughta take it up to Seymour and hit the CBC.
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