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Old 02-14-08, 02:13 AM
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First ride completed

Bought a new Ironhorse a few months back but only got round to my first ride on wednesday. Did around 8 miles of trails in the Cottonwood valley system with a couple of friends who were patient enough wait for Captain Slow here

All the riding tips I gleaned here eventually came in use after I remembered them 2 miles out! Up until that point I went over about 6 times in my clipless pedals Going to be sore tomorrow. That said, it was great fun and an even better work out. Really looking forward to going out again and collecting some more thorns in my legs!
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Old 02-14-08, 02:27 AM
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Moar pics!

Sounds like you had a blast, nice.
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Unforetunately, didnt take any pictures. When I get a bit more sure of myself I'll take my camera out there. Might be a couple of rides till I stop falling over

edit: found this short clip on google, looks like the trail I rode but then alot of it looks very similar out there.

http://www.venturacountytrails.org/M...Cottonwood.mpg

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Good go, Captain Slow! Clipless takes a bit of practice -- be sure you have the tension set low enough on your pedals so you can kick out easily when the trail gets tough.

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Originally Posted by FizzyPop View Post
Found this short clip on google, looks like the trail I rode but then alot of it looks very similar out there.

http://www.venturacountytrails.org/M...Cottonwood.mpg
You got to really trust your fellow riders to stay as close as those three guys on a single track going downhill. If one goes down, they all go down. I prefer a bit more "personal space"!
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Looks Like fun! I'd ant to fly down as fast as a I could, and then end up killing myself most likly.
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Lets just say you wouldn't want me in that 3 unless I was at the back and falling away And I hear you on the clipless. I am riding Crank Bros Smarty's and think I may have installed the cleat with more float. This makes it 5* more of a movement to clip out right? Once I stopped falling over, I would clip out on my left shoe when going up steep little rocky parts and pedal with the grip on my shoes so that I could stick one leg out if I lost it. This almost reduced the falls to nil.

One problem I found was that I would concentrate so much on taking a good line that I would forget to make the necessary gear changes! All part of the learning curve for me I guess.
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Well done FizzyPop on your first outing - stick with the clipless, they really do make a difference on rocky and rutty terrain !!

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You got to really trust your fellow riders to stay as close as those three guys on a single track going downhill. If one goes down, they all go down. I prefer a bit more "personal space"!
With all due respect to those riders - they were not exactly travelling at any speed.

Now I am not saying that I am quick, but looking at the footage, I would definately be trying to be first in that line, or yelling 'rider' to overtake.....
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Wow that video stinks, were YOU going that slow?

You should hit the mountains to get some real action going.

BTW, You should really be careful with those clipless pedals, I would recommend more practice before hitting the trails, more advanced trails i should say. When you are going thru a steep downhill and you are still not good on trails, keep your feet out of the pedals, well in the pedals just not clipped in. And make sure that dont clip in without knowing, it happened to me yesterday after slipping and almost falling going at 35 MPH downhill.

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I'll save 35mph for going downhill on my road bike for now Glad to hear you didnt fall, would have been ugly at that speed!
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