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Old 07-07-13, 02:17 PM
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Survivable at speed?

whoa.

when i first saw these 2 stairsteps i thought 'far out!'
i'm 60 and bones aren't gonna bend like they used to, plus i have experience with
a neck injury.

how WOULD you ride 'em? seat all the way down, hanging butt way back?

haven't seen anyone try or skateboarders, either.

would my bike survive? would i?
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Old 07-07-13, 02:38 PM
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The right answer is to not ride them at all. Walk down them. Any other answer would be irresponsible and at least should be in violation of forum policy.
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Old 07-07-13, 03:22 PM
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You are 60...you should be able to glean some wisdom from all those years of wrong decisions and experiences. Take advantage of that. Unless of course, you were in a coma since you were 13...
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Old 07-07-13, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
You are 60...you should be able to glean some wisdom from all those years of wrong decisions and experiences. Take advantage of that. Unless of course, you were in a coma since you were 13...
I missed the 60 yo old part. Th OPs question was much more worthy of a dumb, naively indestructible "16" yo, rather than someone old enough to know better.
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Old 07-07-13, 03:59 PM
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"Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."

What does the run-out at the bottom look like?
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Old 07-07-13, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I missed the 60 yo old part. Th OPs question was much more worthy of a dumb, naively indestructible "16" yo, rather than someone old enough to know better.
A 16 yr old wouldn't be posting a question.. Their friends would be posting video of the crash on youtube.
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I know people who could run it without drama. I am not one of them. Assuming a clear LZ it is definitely within the realm of possible though.
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Old 07-07-13, 04:52 PM
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Old 07-07-13, 04:56 PM
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A 16 yr old wouldn't be posting a question.. Their friends would be posting video of the crash on youtube.
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Originally Posted by ka0use View Post
whoa.

when i first saw these 2 stairsteps i thought 'far out!'
i'm 60 and bones aren't gonna bend like they used to, plus i have experience with
a neck injury.

how WOULD you ride 'em? seat all the way down, hanging butt way back?

haven't seen anyone try or skateboarders, either.

would my bike survive? would i?
I don't know what kind of front shocks you have but I believe that Raleigh is a cross country and they didn't come stock with the best dampening shocks. That would be a piece of cake on a full suspension however. But if you are determined it tends to work best if you only use the back brake to slow down and keep your weight back. I would practice on a few shorter ones first however. But then many of my friends are down hill riders and that is like being dropped off the face of a cliff.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
"Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."

What does the run-out at the bottom look like?
about 3 feet of sidewalk then a 3 inch drop to the parking lot. depending on speed, the back of the movie house is about 20 feet straight ahead, so it could be an issue.

and i haven't looked at the bmx thread, so there might be discussions and pics. will check.
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Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
I don't know what kind of front shocks you have but I believe that Raleigh is a cross country and they didn't come stock with the best dampening shocks. That would be a piece of cake on a full suspension however. But if you are determined it tends to work best if you only use the back brake to slow down and keep your weight back. I would practice on a few shorter ones first however. But then many of my friends are down hill riders and that is like being dropped off the face of a cliff.
i don't guess my bike is rated for cliffs. the fork has one elastomer shock. the other side is a dummy (oh, i heard you- 'and there is a dummy on the seat').

maybe i could borrow a really good bike (sacrifice a sketchy friendship) or rent one. can you get insurance on rental bikes?

i did check the steps for evidence of previous efforts. no bloodstains, bone chunks or brain matter, or bike parts, but we have had some heavy rains lately.

i made a cam mount for the fork. not sure if there'd be much to see-
a sudden drop, then lotsa vibration, the sound of duh-duh-duh-duh-duh (voice) rapidly repeated, maybe some screams, cursing if there's time,
crunching, then a sideways view of....something.

i just posted a note in bmx.

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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post

i like the push rail. those bikes must weigh nothing to carry them that far up.
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I know people who could run it without drama. I am not one of them. Assuming a clear LZ it is definitely within the realm of possible though.
I think this is stupid for anyone without training to attempt. especially a 60 yo.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I think this is stupid for anyone without training to attempt. especially a 60 yo.
And I think you hate 'Murka and have no faith in Jeebus.

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Originally Posted by ka0use View Post
i like the push rail. those bikes must weigh nothing to carry them that far up.
Not a big deal really. We have a number of places with rials like that around here. In western PA we have several trails that are a hundred feet or so above the road surface or a cross trail. Sometimes it is easier just to carry the bikes up rather than try to push it up that rail.

Those pics I posted above are from Harpers Ferry. It is a fairly steep and winding staircase. Some chose to not remove gear and get others to help. I arrived with just one other person, so we unloaded gear and made a couple of trips. A pain but very doable.
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Just for some balance, this old post came to mind:

...just like the guy on the MTB who skidded to a halt as though he wanted to tell me something as I rode down a flight of stairs yesterday.

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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
I know people who could run it without drama. I am not one of them. Assuming a clear LZ it is definitely within the realm of possible though.
Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I think this is stupid for anyone without training to attempt. especially a 60 yo.
Course ya know you're BOTH right - right?
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
"Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."

What does the run-out at the bottom look like?
Soft, I hope...
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If I start posting ideas like this when I turn 60, I want you guys to stage an intervention. M'kay?
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My Kona has the ruggedness and suspension travel to handle that; unfortunately, at 54, I DO NOT!

I have a buddy who'd ride that on a RIGID!
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Ass out behind the seat, light touch on the brake levers. You don't have to go down it at full tilt.
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