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Old 05-07-07, 06:18 PM
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Ever seen a 28-year-old clyde take stairs?

I broke out my MTB for commuter duty today since it was really, really rainy. My hybrid's bottom bracket HATES rain, and I don't want to tear up my road bike just yet.

I found myself at the college my wife works at with about an hour of free time. Campus patrol knows me, as my wife works in the safety department. They don't mind bikes on campus as long as you're not bullying pedestrians, tearing up the grass, or being a moron. Not sure I wasn't being a moron, but I decided it would be really fun to play around on the stairs and do something halfway stressful to my front suspension which usually gets very little action these days, aside from sagging under the weight of my 205-pound lard butt.

Anyhow, I'm sure I looked pretty silly being a decade and 60-80 pounds senior most of the students.

It sure was fun, and yes, I do carry extra spokes, although I've only broken one and it was on my hybrid.
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Old 05-07-07, 07:05 PM
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205 isnt that much, and 28 is far from old....so stairs shouldnt be an issue.
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I know, it's just funny because I haven't seen anyone my age, aside from maybe bicycle cops, take stairs.
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Originally Posted by ax0n
I know, it's just funny because I haven't seen anyone my age, aside from maybe bicycle cops, take stairs.

That's 'cause you're in Kansas, Dorothy

I kid...
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Old 05-07-07, 07:55 PM
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I've never tried stairs. Is it hard or dangerous?
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Holy CRAP, if you think 205 is heavy, I ain't even gonna want to know about what you think of MY 268lb derriere!
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Old 05-07-07, 10:13 PM
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Well, the roadies like to call anyone over 200 "clydes" and I heard Dr. Drew on Love Line once call a guy that was 5'8" (my height) and self-described at "a little heavy" at 170, a fat ass for all intents and purposes.

For what it's worth, I am on my way down in weight and I feel better at 205 than I felt at 180 pounds on my way "up".

As for taking flights of stairs, if you lose control or balance, you hit the front brake, or your front tire blows out, then you will face plant. If the stairs or surrounding area are concrete, said face plant could suck pretty bad.

It's not really any harder than descending a 45 degree angle that's bumpy, assuming your bike can handle the stairs. I go down one or two stairs at a time when I'm commuting downtown. That's no different than riding off the edge of a curb. having your whole bike pointed downward at 45 degrees, give or take, and maintaining control, staying on the pedals, and firmly gripping the handlebars is the challenging part, and that's mostly psychological.

That said, I'm not encouraging anyone to do it, and I don't want you blaming me when you break your face. I was just having fun on my mountain bike and thought I'd share.

I'm usually a commuter, and my mountain bike got me through some of the worst snow, slush, and ice that Kansas could throw at me. I use it to get around when my destination is easier to get to where there are no roads (a friends house is less than a mile through the woods or 2 miles via road, the pharmacy is down a rocky, grassy hill from my apartment but more than 1/2 mile via road, etc)

I occasionally go off-roading just for fun, but at my age, crazy stunts and getting really dirty aren't high on my list of things to do on a regular basis. Most of my riding comes from commuting and recreational group rides.
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Originally Posted by ax0n
I occasionally go off-roading just for fun, but at my age, crazy stunts and getting really dirty aren't high on my list of things to do on a regular basis.
Does your skirt ever get caught in your chain?
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Originally Posted by ax0n
It's not really any harder than descending a 45 degree angle that's bumpy
most stairs are no more than 35 degrees
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Originally Posted by roundnround
Holy CRAP, if you think 205 is heavy, I ain't even gonna want to know about what you think of MY 268lb derriere!

LOL 274 here and I do drops, stairs, etc..... My poor bike..LOL
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Originally Posted by gastro
Does your skirt ever get caught in your chain?
No but my jeans do, and occasionally my calves.

And it's not like I never get dirty. I just choose to avoid it most of the time.
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Mate, if you're like this at 28 - what are you going to be like when you're actually old?
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I'll probably be racing people in a walker and playing shuffle board.

By the way, all childish insults belong in the BMX forum. It's a little higher up on the page.
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin
That has to be a joke.
Its no joke, he's an "IT guru"
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No, I just have more IQ points than spokes. *reminds self to not post in here anymore*
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Originally Posted by ax0n

As for taking flights of stairs, if you lose control or balance, you hit the front brake, or your front tire blows out, then you will face plant. If the stairs or surrounding area are concrete, said face plant could suck pretty bad.

That said, I'm not encouraging anyone to do it, and I don't want you blaming me when you break your face. I was just having fun on my mountain bike and thought I'd share.


I occasionally go off-roading just for fun, but at my age, crazy stunts and getting really dirty aren't high on my list of things to do on a regular basis. Most of my riding comes from commuting and recreational group rides.
Lol you fackin' gump. Don't you know at your age you should be riding UP the stairs?!?!
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Originally Posted by ax0n
No, I just have more IQ points than spokes. *reminds self to not post in here anymore*
You oughta be out learning how to ride instead of playying on the internets
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That's not dirty! My road bike is dirtier than that... Oh, and if you think these are childish insults, don't go to the road forum...
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I'll admit, I didn't know where to post it because goofing off on a college campus doesn't fit into any of the forums here. I probably should have kept it where people are familiar with my ramblings (like Commuting? Foo?). We don't really have a place to discuss toying about in a (sub)/urban setting, so I figured I'd post it here since I had some fun doing some stuff that actually put my old MTB through its paces more than I usually do.

Yes, the "get dirty" thing was kind of a joke, as it's pretty much the dirtiest I've gotten on purpose while riding. All my miles come from commuting, which means I'm usually on my way to work and need to look presentable when I arrive. I've seen your piles of mud with wheels, and I've never gotten that dirty in my adult years. Almost all of what I rode through was silt under standing water, so I got wet, not particularly dirty.

Like I said, I'll just stay out of your guys' hair from now on, as having a mountain bike does not make one a mountain biker, and I realize I'm not one.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
don't go to the road forum...
You know, I've been warned, and I've never, ever posted in there. Matter of fact, the only reason I even looked in there was because I was curious about something that was said in foo!

Owning a road bike doesn't make one a roadie, either.
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Originally Posted by ax0n
...but at my age, crazy stunts and getting really dirty aren't high on my list of things to do on a regular basis...
Let's see now - - by that definition, at my age, "crazy stunts" like this must be insanity:


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...No, I just have more IQ points than spokes...
...so because I like to do "crazy stunts" and get dirty I have a low IQ, eh? Interesting....

Originally Posted by ax0n
...all childish insults belong in the BMX forum...
...but he's not above insulting the rest of us.
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Originally Posted by ax0n
.... We don't really have a place to discuss toying about in a (sub)/urban setting, so I figured I'd post it here since I had some fun doing some stuff that actually put my old MTB through its paces more than I usually do....
I always thought it was ok to discuss urban riding in addition to riding off the pavement in this forum...




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dminor: That is madness, not Spartaaaaaa. Props or whatever. That's crazier than my dad doing a Triathlon at 53.

I didn't start the insults. I just kept trolling because it's fun.

And people with high IQs can do stunts. Arguably, the reflexes and agility required for many stunts requires a bit of intellect. My "IQ" statement had more to do with people starting stupid arguments, and I stooped to their level with mine, as well. But again, it was kinda fun.

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Originally Posted by highrevs
I always thought it was ok to discuss urban riding in addition to riding off the pavement in this forum...
It made sense to me as well, but apparently, that's totally not what mountain biking is about. Unless you need to "totally get like three feet of air that time" and a few dozen runs down some flights of stairs is far too neophytic to be discussion fodder here.
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Stairs are cool. WSU, my alma mater, is built on a hilltop; so there are stairs everywhere. Each time we go down for a game or whatever and wander through campus, I look at all the staircases and wish I had my bike with me. When I point out a particularly nice set that would be fun to gap, my dear wife just rolls her eyes.

Your next assigment, ax0n, is to find a set that goes down a few steps to a short landing and descends some more; then get a run and clear the first set and the landing so that you're using the second set as a transition.
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