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Old 04-24-08, 11:14 AM
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Float like a butterfly...

I was riding down yet another lastre road here - which is basically a dirt road with river rock thrown on it. (Think baby heads) I was forced to learn yet again a basic MTBing lesson

GET OFF THE SEAT! Honestly, it is pleasant when you support most of your weight with your legs and don't really use the seat. I have had more than a few people amazed that the seat on my F900 Cannondale is the original seat. (imagine the small end of a bat with a handkerchief for padding) I always reply: You mean you actually sit on yours? I always thought their purpose was to punish you for having weak legs.

The other thing is - keep you speed up. Go slow, and you feel every bump - crank it up, and it really is much more pleasant (and over quicker as well!) Gloves are pretty much a requirement as well (plus the fact that if you fall, you will be very thankful!)

Being as I don't have any choice but to ride on these roads most of the time, I have had to figure out ways to cope - I thought some of the newbies might find it worth reading. And I suspect those who have been riding a lot know about this already.

just my dos colones - perhaps helpful
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indeed, but careful with that speed! always keep brakes in good working order, so you can scrub small amounts off for control. it's more like mental testing where you have to take in more info at faster speed. look well ahead, go at a fair speed, relax!!! being tense will make you jar. i like to make well planned flicks of the bars for minor line adjustments so i don't get caught out in ruts, depending on their depth.. some you can stay in, but i like to avoid the deep ones well in advance as you may need to turn but may find you can't!! also, watch out for drainage channels appearing from left or right (often near farm gates)
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indeed, but careful with that speed! always keep brakes in good working order, so you can scrub small amounts off for control. it's more like mental testing where you have to take in more info at faster speed. look well ahead, go at a fair speed, relax!!! being tense will make you jar. i like to make well planned flicks of the bars for minor line adjustments so i don't get caught out in ruts, depending on their depth.. some you can stay in, but i like to avoid the deep ones well in advance as you may need to turn but may find you can't!! also, watch out for drainage channels appearing from left or right (often near farm gates)
That is all true - I have disc brakes, which are wonderful for feathering. Bunny hopping at speed is a good thing as well - get your eyes out front so you can anticipate. Otherwise you have just enough time to realize you are doomed - and nothing else.
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