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Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Gyp, May 7, 2003.

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  1. Gyp

    Gyp Guest

    Lo There,

    I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.

    Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    worth having?.

    Gyp
     
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  2. Gyp wrote:
    > Lo There,
    >
    > I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    > have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    >
    > Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    > worth having?.
    >
    > Gyp
    >

    Skills, confidence and a good pair of shorts.

    A

    --
    My hands are full of thorns but I can't quit groping for the rose.
     
  3. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Anthony Sloan <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    >
    > Gyp wrote:
    > > Lo There,
    > >
    > > I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I
    > > did have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    > >
    > > Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    > > worth having?.
    > >
    > > Gyp
    > >
    >
    > Skills, confidence and a good pair of shorts.

    Bullshit! He needs:

    http://www.studiocreations.com/stormtrooper/main.shtml

    or:

    (http://www.cambriabike.com/dh/dainese_gadiator_upper_body_armor_'02.htm

    and:

    http://www.cambriabike.com/SALE/helmet/qranc_qamaqaze_dh_full_face_helmet.ht
    m)

    Same difference really.

    Shaun aRe
     
  4. Zilla

    Zilla Guest

    How technical are the trails you ride on?

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    "Gyp" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Lo There,
    >
    > I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    > have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    >
    > Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    > worth having?.
    >
    > Gyp
     
  5. Gyp

    Gyp Guest

    Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    >>Skills, confidence and a good pair of shorts.
    >
    >
    > Bullshit! He needs:
    >
    > http://www.studiocreations.com/stormtrooper/main.shtml
    >
    > or:
    >
    > (http://www.cambriabike.com/dh/dainese_gadiator_upper_body_armor_'02.htm
    >
    > and:
    >
    > http://www.cambriabike.com/SALE/helmet/qranc_qamaqaze_dh_full_face_helmet.ht
    > m)
    >
    > Same difference really.
    >
    >
    >
    > Shaun aRe
    >

    Those are quite good but I don't think they are as good as..

    http://www.costumespecialists.com/val_gallery.cfm?showdet=Y&ID=40

    Gyp
     
  6. Gyp

    Gyp Guest

    Zilla wrote:
    > How technical are the trails you ride on?
    >

    I'm still a newbie so an hour or two at cross country (mostly woodland) at the mo. I've sussed a lot
    of the nerve based stuff (going fast down incredibly steep bouncy slopes) but I'm still pretty lame
    at logs and gullys..
     
  7. Technician

    Technician Guest

  8. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Gyp <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    > >>Skills, confidence and a good pair of shorts.
    > >
    > >
    > > Bullshit! He needs:
    > >
    > > http://www.studiocreations.com/stormtrooper/main.shtml
    > >
    > > or:
    > >
    > > (http://www.cambriabike.com/dh/dainese_gadiator_upper_body_armor_'02.htm
    > >
    > > and:
    > >
    > >
    http://www.cambriabike.com/SALE/helmet/qranc_qamaqaze_dh_full_face_helmet.ht
    > > m)
    > >
    > > Same difference really.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Shaun aRe
    > >
    >
    > Those are quite good but I don't think they are as good as..
    >
    > http://www.costumespecialists.com/val_gallery.cfm?showdet=Y&ID=40
    >
    > Gyp

    You got it all wrong - it ain't about how safe you are, it's about how kewl and hardcore you look.

    Shaun aRe
     
  9. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Gyp <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Zilla wrote:
    > > How technical are the trails you ride on?
    > >
    >
    > I'm still a newbie so an hour or two at cross country (mostly woodland) at the mo. I've sussed a
    > lot of the nerve based stuff (going fast down incredibly steep bouncy slopes) but I'm still pretty
    > lame at logs and gullys..

    Same here, and I've been at this at least a little more than a short while. I got myself some
    knee/shin guards because I kept on beating the shit outa my knees, even on minor biffs - I even
    wear them sometimes, heheheheh. I seem to have stopped beating my knees up for the most part
    (with or without the guards), but they're still shagged from past abuse (sports supports are what
    I need now).

    If you are worried you might do yourself some damage (from experience), then think about knees and
    elbows - they don't always heal too well IME, heheheheh.........

    Shaun aRe - but who TF needs a helmet?!?!?!? Didn't need one in any of my past lives.......
     
  10. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Gyp wrote:
    > Lo There,
    >
    > I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    > have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    >
    > Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    > worth having?.
    >

    shatterproof eyewear

    penny
     
  11. On Wed, 7 May 2003 09:10:22 +0000 (UTC), Gyp <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Lo There,
    >
    >I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    >have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    >
    >Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    >worth having?.

    Regular Trojans work fine off-road.
     
  12. Sorni

    Sorni Guest

    "P e t e F a g e r l i n" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Wed, 7 May 2003 09:10:22 +0000 (UTC), Gyp <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >Lo There,
    > >
    > >I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    > >have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    > >
    > >Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    > >worth having?.
    >
    > Regular Trojans work fine off-road.

    Don't mind Pete; he's just RIBBING you!

    Bill "well, he DID say 'touch wood', didn't he?" S.
     
  13. Jd

    Jd Guest

    Anthony Sloan <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > Gyp wrote:
    > > Lo There,
    > >
    > > I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I
    > > did have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    > >
    > > Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    > > worth having?.
    > >
    > > Gyp
    > >
    >
    > Skills, confidence and a good pair of shorts.

    There's something we'll always agree upon, Anthony. There is no substitute.

    JD
     
  14. JD wrote:

    >Anthony Sloan <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:<[email protected]>...
    >
    >
    >>Gyp wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>Lo There,
    >>>
    >>>I've (Touch wood) not come to much damage (Few cuts and bruises) so far offroading although I did
    >>>have a high speed incident with my saddle which brought tears to my eyes.
    >>>
    >>>Pretty much most of the time I wear a helmet/gloves on outings but is there any other gear thats
    >>>worth having?.
    >>>
    >>>Gyp
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>Skills, confidence and a good pair of shorts.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >There's something we'll always agree upon, Anthony. There is no substitute.
    >
    >JD
    >
    >
    Yep.

    Yew gwine be down t' the Ironhose?

    I might spring for some suds.

    The family that drinks together, stays together...

    A
     
  15. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    Gyp <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Zilla wrote:
    > > How technical are the trails you ride on?
    > >
    >
    > I'm still a newbie so an hour or two at cross country (mostly woodland) at the mo. I've sussed a
    > lot of the nerve based stuff (going fast down incredibly steep bouncy slopes) but I'm still pretty
    > lame at logs and gullys..

    This is a great topic that could take up a lot of space. But here are some thoughts;

    1. Watch weight allocation, especially on descents you want your center of gravity to be behind
    your seat, avoid excessive use of the front brake, and have a bail-out in mind, like off the
    back, etc. Be fluid and use your legs (and arms) as shock absorbers. Most descents I'll lower my
    seat to make it easier to get my weight back, lowers my center of gravity for greater
    maneuverability, etc.

    2. Sometimes, when things get squirrelly, you might be tempted to panic brake, (which can really
    screw you over) when all you may really need for the situation is to suck it up, power through,
    and amaze yourself at what you just did. Keeping a clear head and your confidence up can save
    the day most of the time.

    3. Know how to fall, which means conciously training yourself *not* to extend your arms to break
    your fall. Tuck and roll, and/or hang onto the bars and let them take the shock of a sideways
    biff, rather than busting your collarbone or worse. If you have any Judo, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu,
    wrestling, etc., experience, this will be a plus. Head to chin and roll like a ball.

    4. If you're just real clumsy, and practice doesn't seem to help, get some elbow and
    knee/shin guards.

    5. Plan to ride with folks better than you, and study how they clean sections that are difficult
    for you. We learn not only by trial and error, but by imitation, too.

    Well, I could go on and on, but there's a start, fwiw, and I have the scars to validate a lot of
    that stuff. ;-P

    Paladin
     
  16. "Anthony Sloan" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > Yew gwine be down t' the Ironhose?
    >
    > I might spring for some suds.
    >
    > The family that drinks together, stays together...
    >
    > A
    >
    Mr. Sloan, I responded to you directly regarding your beer drinking question and the Iron Horse, but
    it bounced. I just wasn't paying attention. Yeah, I'm up for a beer or two. My wife and I are
    riding the Tour class on Saturday. Rode to Molas in 3:20 the other day without any supporting
    riders and crappy, windy weather, so I'm hoping for around 3:15 to Silverton on Race Day. We are
    probably taking the train back into town. Let me know how to get a hold of you in town. You have
    my email address and my phone number is not hard to find.
    --
    Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado (remove .nospam. if replying)
     
  17. Craig Brossman wrote:

    >"Anthony Sloan" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    >
    >>Yew gwine be down t' the Ironhose?
    >>
    >>I might spring for some suds.
    >>
    >>The family that drinks together, stays together...
    >>
    >>A
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >Mr. Sloan, I responded to you directly regarding your beer drinking question and the Iron Horse,
    > but it bounced. I just wasn't paying attention. Yeah, I'm up for a beer or two. My wife and I
    > are riding the Tour class on Saturday. Rode to Molas in 3:20 the other day without any
    > supporting riders and crappy, windy weather, so I'm hoping for around 3:15 to Silverton on Race
    > Day. We are probably taking the train back into town. Let me know how to get a hold of you in
    > town. You have my email address and my phone number is not hard to find.
    >--
    >Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado (remove .nospam. if replying)
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Schweet.

    Up for any singletrack on Thursday or Friday beforehand? Or on Memorial day?

    I'll shoot you an email so's we can hook up, virtually.

    Best, A
     
  18. Technician

    Technician Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    > Sorni says:
    >
    > >Don't mind Pete; he's just RIBBING you!
    >
    > Yeah - he gets a tickle out of it.....
    >
    > Steve
    >

    You know, there is a point when too much is too much, before...
    --
    ~Travis

    travis57 at megalink dot net
     
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