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Old 03-25-07, 06:47 PM
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what is XC?

what is XC?
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Old 03-25-07, 06:48 PM
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Cross Country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_biking
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Everyone says "mountain biking" normally but in fact most of us are really XC biking depending on the terain available.
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It stands for Cross-Country. It can either be just a regular ride or you can race cross country.
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Old 03-26-07, 07:26 AM
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Anything you'd feel comfortable doing without body armor and a full faced helmet I would consider 'XC'
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Old 03-26-07, 08:16 AM
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it's like cx, but with less running.
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Originally Posted by Curt Kurt
Anything you'd feel comfortable doing without body armor and a full faced helmet I would consider 'XC'
To this I would add that it does not require shuttling or a chair lift.
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Old 03-26-07, 09:23 AM
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I like chair lifts.... the western territory lift at the shoe is a great place for a nap!!!!!!!
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Old 03-27-07, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Curt Kurt
Anything you'd feel comfortable doing without body armor and a full faced helmet I would consider 'XC'
Hmm, riding through Rock Gardens is XC and I don't think I'd be comfortable doing that without shin guards. I've lost enough skin on dirt. I have a good feeling of what rocks would do ;-)
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin
Not everyone suffers from that limitation.
So you have scales on your shins instead of skin? Or have you just taken your licks already?

We're talking to noobies here. For noobies extra protective gear is probably a good idea since when you're learning, you will fall.
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
Hmm, riding through Rock Gardens is XC and I don't think I'd be comfortable doing that without shin guards. I've lost enough skin on dirt. I have a good feeling of what rocks would do ;-)
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We're talking to noobies here. For noobies extra protective gear is probably a good idea since when you're learning, you will fall.
It sounds like you were referring to yourself and specifically what you would be comfortable with. And in the future, please don't sugar coat it for us noobies.
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
So you have scales on your shins instead of skin? Or have you just taken your licks already?

We're talking to noobies here. For noobies extra protective gear is probably a good idea since when you're learning, you will fall.

I guess not all newbs are made the same. I still have skin on the shins - and have seen my fair share of rockgardens. All while going gaurd-free.
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The ladies doth protest too much ...

Originally Posted by Curt Kurt
It sounds like you were referring to yourself and specifically what you would be comfortable with. And in the future, please don't sugar coat it for us noobies.
Ummm no, it's spoken from the experience of periodically tearing up my shins. It's also from the experience of reading countless people talk about tearing up their shins when falling.

That is not sugar coating, it's the opposite. Sugar coating would be saying that you can ride wherever you want and never benefit from protective gear. For the record, I don't own any MTB shinguards, but had I used them when I was starting, I would have saved a lot of skin.

Please do whatever you please, they're your shins.

I guess not all newbs are made the same. I still have skin on the shins - and have seen my fair share of rockgardens. All while going gaurd-free.
Yeah, skin grows back. Or are you implying that you never fall. We don't need people around here like that. People who say they never fall are liars.

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No "extra protective gear" is a great incentive to not fall.
Yes and no seat belts is a great reason not to get into a car accident. Seriously, I don't get why all you people think that I am projecting onto YOU. I am sharing a cautionary experience. I never told anyone that they HAVE to wear shin guards.


Now I will offer a converse argument. When we feel that there are serious consequences for falling it is a powerful dis-incentive to push our boundaries. Allowing ourselves to make mistakes by mitigating their consequences is a great way to hone our skills and improve. Or do you think all those guys who do their tricks into foam pits are just a bunch of wimps?

I still get the occasional leg ding. But they're infrequent enough that I don't wear leg guards. If I started into new types of riding terrain, I would invest in a pair. Everyone else do what you, I could care less. I provided this tale for he original poster, not the subsequent reactionary posters who seem to find discussion of protective equipment an attack on their riding proficiency.
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armor is to hot for xc. Switch to clipless and be done with it.
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XC is much self induced pain caused by riders who I must very much respect for being able to go farther up hill and faster than I ever want to on a bicycle.

Now that would be a polar opposite to DH and most free ride, both of which I enjoy very much,
but extremely similar to how I have to train, only I do it on a 51 pound bike that HURTS going slowly uphill.

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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi

Yeah, skin grows back. Or are you implying that you never fall. We don't need people around here like that. People who say they never fall are liars.
Whoa there buddy. Did I say that I never fall? No.
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin
I see a big difference between practicing in a foam pit and riding "XC" (as you put it) with shin guards.

p.s. Many folks can, and do, "push their boundaries" without wearing shin guards.
OK, then how about the guys riding ramps with knee and elbow pads? Is that excessive or are you under the "helmet only" program?

Yes we can push our boundaries without wearing shin guards. I havej. And for the LAST TIME I'm not projecting on you. I think thou dost protest too much!!!!
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