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Old 05-08-05, 08:21 PM
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stream crossings :(

I never know what to do when i encounter a stream crossing. ANd i hate them, im going along, sometimes im going pretty fast and then suddenly a stream crossing comes up and i sigh and i brake and i tip toe through dragging the bike along. There must be a better way, refferably not painful, to make it through these streams. Any advice? Oh and these are not 1 foot deep rivers or anything. at MOST 4", but its got a great deal of those baseball sized smooth round stones
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Old 05-08-05, 08:23 PM
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Bunny hop it, or build a lip so you can jump the whole thing.
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Old 05-08-05, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirtbike
Bunny hop it, or build a lip so you can jump the whole thing.
I would love to have a little lip there but im afraid that the bulk of these are state owned parks, that would not fly. I have serious difficulties with bunny hoping, I cant do it very far/high at all. I dont have a problem with some of the smaller narrower streams, some i can hop. THe ones im talking about are much wider, 5-8 feet
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Old 05-08-05, 08:27 PM
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Pick a line and ride through. It's no different than riding through technical stuff.
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no bridge nearby?
almost all the trails i ride have some sort of bridge across even the smallest, shallowest creeks. either an actual bridge or a fat log or big rocks or something...

dirtbike's right...you could build you own way across.
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Old 05-08-05, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by HammerTheHill
Pick a line and ride through. It's no different than riding through technical stuff.
Just plow through it? Its this one stream in particular. THe bottom of all loose rocks about the size of baseballs, perfectly smooth. And they have algae and all on them or something but they are very slippery.
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5-8 feet is still easily jumpable. We used to have a little "dirt bump" like the stuff madman makes and I was able to clear about 15' off of it.
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i would build a lip or something if i could, but like I said this is not private property. This is state owned, so im stuck
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I respect your honesty....
I can't believe your problem though.... Sorry
It usually takes more than 2' deep water or 1 big slick rock to stop me from flyin' thru that stuff.
Just hit it WFO, and stay waaay back on or better yet "off" the rear of the seat....
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I would say yeah, just plow through it. As long as you got speed, you should maintain traction. It might be a little gnarly but you should be alright.
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well i guess i will try plowing through it again. I tried it once and of course i fell, its like riding through golf balls it feels. Luckily though its directly after a lengthy descent so i will have plenty of speed. This of course means if i crash it will cause that much more damage to myself, but also that much more chance of making it through i suppose. THis is like a casino
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Be sure to lighten the front wheel, or pull-up on the bars just as you're hitting the water, man. You'll do fine.... Trust me.
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Old 05-08-05, 08:44 PM
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How about you go fast enough to hydroplane over it. Just go really fast and lift your front wheel for the whole thing.
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Old 05-08-05, 08:46 PM
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No one on here will believe this, but GOD as my witness, I've stepped into a creek before & pulled out my foot before it got wet.... And you thought you were fast....
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Old 05-08-05, 08:52 PM
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Im having a really hard time believing that.
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I know its state property, but that doesn't mean you cant do anything to it.
I dont think you could get away with building a jump big enough to cross that, but you could find some flat big rock (ones that look like giant skipping rocks) and make a tiny path across. Just be sure to keep take some stones out as you put new ones in, just because you alter something doesn't mean you damage it. If you maintain the waters ability to cross the rocks, it should be ok. Just make it as wide as you need it
Even though if a ranger catches you they probably wont be happy. But you can explain that you got the advice from someone who helps an eco-trail building group.
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Old 05-08-05, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirtbike
Im having a really hard time believing that.
See, I told you.... I've also went endo'ing into a wide, yet shallow creek crossing where my bike ended up on it's bars & seat (upside-down) in the water, with both wheels spinning like I'd sat it there like that on purpose....

I was flat on my back in the creek about 10 feet away in total disbelief.
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Originally Posted by nirvanaschains
I know its state property, but that doesn't mean you cant do anything to it.
I dont think you could get away with building a jump big enough to cross that, but you could find some flat big rock (ones that look like giant skipping rocks) and make a tiny path across. Just be sure to keep take some stones out as you put new ones in, just because you alter something doesn't mean you damage it. If you maintain the waters ability to cross the rocks, it should be ok. Just make it as wide as you need it
Even though if a ranger catches you they probably wont be happy. But you can explain that you got the advice from someone who helps an eco-trail building group.
well they dont have rangers who go patroling so i wont be caught. Its more of a community thing. I guess your right, i could build a small crossing that doesnt obstruct the waters ability to flow. It wouldnt be very wide anyways. Ide probably be doing hikers a favor. perhaps
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Well, if you ride slowly, then build your old lady crosswalk, but if you ride hard and fast, build a little jump to the side that doesnt get in the way, or make a tiny berm into it.
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find a flat rock and make your own little ramp. your using nature so its not biggie.
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Originally Posted by Killer B
No one on here will believe this, but GOD as my witness, I've stepped into a creek before & pulled out my foot before it got wet.... And you thought you were fast....
I've done that too. It takes a small amount of time for the water to fill in the hole around your leg that your foot made. If you're fast enough (really fast) you can pull your foot out with only the bottom and edges of your shoe getting wet. You have to be pretty damn fast though, and it's probably not possible if the water's more than 5" deep or so.
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go relly fast and then do just a bit of a manual so your front wheel doesnt touch the water(if your not good at this practice when your just goin down a steet and see how long you can do this,keep a finger on the rear brake in case you go too far) thats what i do when i come across any streams or puddles. it cool too cause if you do that its only your back that gets wet
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There's a ditch that runs across the road near here, it's pretty refreshing to ride through a few times in the summer, the spray cools you down. I guess you could go fast enough to hydroplane over, but the laws of physics might prove me wrong...
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Originally Posted by MadMan2k
... but the laws of physics might prove me wrong...
No, actually its quite possible. You can do it on a dirtbike, at least.
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Give it a shot then, phantomcow. That'd make a cool photo, a mountain biker blasting through a stream with some water under his/her tires and some spray off to the side.
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