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Help me suck less at riding on dirt/gravel

Old 02-04-17, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Planemaker
If you're not already convert your wheels to tubeless and get the psi below 50.

For me I feel the washboards worse when I slow down. I actually try and accelerate over them if I can. Don't get me wrong there are some washboards out there that will take you down.

You also need to be constantly looking down the road for the optimum line in the gravel. Rarely is the entire road a washboard but, you need to recognize where the line is plenty far in advance.

Finally, if your ready for ride some gravel at night, its scary at times but it does help you get used to gravel.

Washboards don't bother me near as much as the chunky monkey stuff or the occasional hidden soft spot.
I asked at Continental Cyclery for advice on converting to tubeless--he said can't be done with my tires. I'm wondering if he's wrong. So I lowered the pressures quite a bit anyway and rode the same route today. I'm also picking better lines. I'm hunkering down down into more of an aerodynamic position into the wind. Average speed over 1 MPH faster. Little by little, I'm getting better.

Thanks for the help!
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