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Old 11-25-11, 12:35 AM
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Which of these tires for indoor MTB park?

I've got a some options laying around, but I know none of them are ideal for this type riding. I only plan to go to the park once or twice, though, so I'm not buying new tires just for that. I've got a single Bonrager LT3 in 2.0", a pair of pretty worn Panaracer Fire XC Pros in 1.8", a couple pair of generic Kenda tires in 1.75" or 2.1", and some WTB MotoRaptors in 2.24". I was thinking my best bet would be the Bontrager HT3 in the front and a Fire XC Pro in the rear. What do you guys think? To my understanding, the park is basically all wooden obstacles and some jump sections.
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Old 11-25-11, 01:21 AM
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Here's a couple sample vids of the park.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oO9Z...layer_embedded
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RDTx6awxWg
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Sorry, haven't ridden on wood extensively but that place makes me a little claustrophobic so I recommend 20" bars
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Looks like fun. Knowing the tracks never going to get wet I would use a Michelin Wild Run'r 1.4 slick tyre. "er" with a 26inch wheel that is.
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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
Looks like fun. Knowing the tracks never going to get wet I would use a Michelin Wild Run'r 1.4 slick tyre. "er" with a 26inch wheel that is.
Holy crap! Read the first post.
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Old 11-25-11, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
that is really cool. have you ever seen a cyclocross bike here? you may have to skip some of the options but green looks very doable on a cross bike.
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Ray's?? Jealous!

If I were you, I'd forget about the tires and rent a bike: https://www.raysmtb.com/mke/index.php...d=64&Itemid=84
Not that expensive and those bikes are made for that kind of riding!
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Old 11-25-11, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
Ray's?? Jealous!
Yeah, I'm pretty excited to go. I'd probably go all the time in the winter, but it's ~1 1/2hrs away and my work schedule changes days a lot and I work really early in the morning so it's kind of a hassle to go that far to ride all day very often.

But yeah, if that 13.99 is for all day rental I might just do that. I wouldn't have guessed their rentals were nearly so cheap. If it's 13.99/hour or something then I'd still take my own. Their bikes available are two jump bikes and one "XC friendly" bike. My bike is actually basically just a mix of that. An all-arounder MTB frame built up with a 100mm DJ fork and some other decent components. One thing that looking at them did bring to mind is that their bikes are all SS. I didn't even think of that. Maybe I should think about running mine SS while I'm there. Probably just ghetto style with a shorter chain and modded RD as a tensioner, but it might still be a better option for the park. Hmm...
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
that is really cool. have you ever seen a cyclocross bike here? you may have to skip some of the options but green looks very doable on a cross bike.
cross bikes are not allowed


i wonder what they would say if i put flat bars on her and called her a 29er
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^ Why not? That doesn't really make sense to me. What if you just wanted to take an older MTB with a classic diamond shaped steel frame? Basically the same thing. Or perhaps an early 90s 700c MTB(The first "29er")? Why would they be fine with MTB and BMX but not cross?
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
^ Why not? That doesn't really make sense to me. What if you just wanted to take an older MTB with a classic diamond shaped steel frame? Basically the same thing. Or perhaps an early 90s 700c MTB(The first "29er")? Why would they be fine with MTB and BMX but not cross?
i had the same thoughts.
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If you actually go to the park you will see that the idea of taking a cross bike there is silly, although not as silly as changing your geared bike to singlespeed to go there.
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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
If you actually go to the park you will see that the idea of taking a cross bike there is silly, although not as silly as changing your geared bike to singlespeed to go there.
i watched the entire "green trail" on video. i dont see any reason why i wouldnt make it all the way around. sure you would have to avoid some of the extras, but it would be no different than someone less skilled on a mtb.

i rode my cross bike on much more difficult single tracks this morning.

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Old 11-25-11, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
i watched the entire "green trail" on video. i dont see any reason why i wouldnt make it all the way around. sure you would have to avoid some of the extras, but it would be no different than someone less skilled on a mtb.

i rode my cross bike on much more difficult single tracks this morning.
You could probably do it in a wheelchair too. Just because it's possible doesn't mean it's a good idea.

The green trail is not representative of the majority of riding available at Rays (thankfully, otherwise they'd go out of business).
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Old 11-25-11, 06:18 PM
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They probably don't allow cross bikes because you'll keep rear-ending all the slow-ass noobs on 35 lb MTBs.

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Old 11-25-11, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
although not as silly as changing your geared bike to singlespeed to go there.
Why is that silly? I didn't see any long/steep climbs or anything. It seems like the perfect place to get back to the fun and simplicity of a SS again. I've got all the parts laying around anyway, so why not? And I'd think there's a reason they only have SS bikes for rent.
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
Why is that silly? I didn't see any long/steep climbs or anything. It seems like the perfect place to get back to the fun and simplicity of a SS again. I've got all the parts laying around anyway, so why not? And I'd think there's a reason they only have SS bikes for rent.
The thought of putting in the effort to do a SS conversion in the name of "simplicity" is what's silly. And if it's that much more "fun," ride pragmatic SS, aka don't shift.
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
And I'd think there's a reason they only have SS bikes for rent.
1) A lot of DJs are singlespeed. No need for a bunch of gears if all you're doing is jumping. Plus a lot of your speed comes from pumping the terrain anyway.
2) They're rental bikes. Singlespeeds are easier to maintain...especially when you have kids wrecking the RDs and hangers all the time.

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Their bikes available are two jump bikes and one "XC friendly" bike.
Don't know what you're riding, but the Mullet is actually an AMHT.

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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
If you actually go to the park you will see that the idea of taking a cross bike there is silly.
Now now, be nice. Shouldering your bike across the foam pit is great practice for cross races!

Seriously though, going to Ray's to ride the green trail on your cross bike would be like going to a steakhouse to order a salad. I haven't been there, but if I ever have the chance to go, you better believe I'm bringing the right tool for the job.

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I had a chance to go to Ray's in Ohio. Had a blast!!!! When I first got there I noticed everybody was using platform pedals, so I took off my clip pedals put on the platform pedals and off I went. After feeling uncomfortable with the platform pedals I took them off and went back to the clip in pedals. I decded it was better for me to go with what I was most comfortable with than to try to be like everybody else. I had panaracer xc tires on at the time, I made out fine. Stick with what you feel most comfortable on.
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
Now now, be nice.
He was being nice. Had I been in on the conversation at that point, I'd have probably banned him for saying something that stupid.
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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
You could probably do it in a wheelchair too. Just because it's possible doesn't mean it's a good idea.
Cx bike might even make less sense than a wheelchair actually.
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Wow!


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