Went out again: Easter MTB happiness!

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Gwen Morse, Apr 20, 2003.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Gwen Morse

    Gwen Morse Guest

    I wrote yesterday, that I went out on a local trail with my friend, Mike. Exciting newbie things
    happened, and Mike fell in a most spectacular way :).

    Today, we went over the same trail. He said he wanted to do the loop twice. That didn't happen (he
    has this little hard narrow racing style saddle on his brother's loaner bike that squashes his
    dangly bits in a way he just doesn't like), but, we did ride 1 1/2 times. Not bad for our second day
    in a row (I ride on my own but I tend to alternate it witrh other things).

    The first time around, he insisted on going over every obstacle we'd passed around, yesterday. I
    have to admit I was a bit irritated at first, because I don't *lilke* obstacles (translation: they
    scare me silly). But, he wanted to do it, and we didn't have any time constraints, so, I consented
    to watching as he went over the first. He didn't fall. In fact, he said he was quite sure I could
    manage it too. Feeling mildly shamed into it (and knowing I wasn't likely to kill myself), I gave it
    a try. I rolled right over that sucker (which is what I was *supposed* to do. Woo!!! It was a series
    of graduated logs, which made sort of a humped-back ramp up and then down. We eventually went over
    another one of those, and then a sort of "ramp-bridge" made out of two single boards placed
    end-to-end over some logs. I had a little trouble with the last one, but, I *mostly* got over it,
    and the point that I "fell off" was low enough that I didn't actually drop my bike. I just bounced
    hard <heh>.

    I'm certainly not scared of those obstacles, now. I'm not sure I'm a true convert to wanting to ride
    over lots more of them (I still like climbing better as a "challenge"), but, I don't think I'll go
    around them, anymore.

    Speaking of climbing, we both had trouble on the "first" hill again (where the path starts), at the
    same patch of roots as last time, but, I managed to go up and down *all* the other hills (as did
    Mike). Including my Nemesis, the first one in the double hill. The first time I rather painfully
    dragged myself up it and *just* barely made it. If I had been going any slower to make that climb,
    the lack of momentum would have resulted in me and the bike falling over. The second time we went
    over it (it was in the "1/2" part of the second ride), I built up some really good speed from
    coasting down in my fledgling "attack position", and it was half as much work as the first time.

    Gosh, that standing up in the pedals really *works*. It's not just good for going down hills, it's
    useful for SO MUCH MORE (cue cheesy infomercial soundtrack). We used it to get over the obstacles
    (we couldn't pedal while actually rolling over them or the pedals would catch on the logs). And,
    when we hit level stretches where there were exposed roots, I would use it to transfer the
    "jouncing" from my butt to my knees.

    In closing, for the folks who were commenting that I ought not go "around" things...I read that in
    the FAQ and I've been careful to only do it when there was a maintained path option to follow. I
    took a wrong turn one day and ended up on a side loop full of individual fallen logs to jump a bike
    over. Since I wasn't doing that, I dismounted at each one and lugged my bike over every single one
    :). I don't want to erode out paths any more than anyone else. I hike, and I've seen the damage
    bikes can do to hike trails, when they're ridden where they "shouldn't" be. But, I appreciate the
    suggestion to watch out.

    Gwen

    --
    Gwen Morse -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= "Love is a snowmobile racing
    across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels
    come." -- Matt Groening
     
    Tags:


  2. Gwen Morse wrote:

    > I wrote yesterday, that I went out on a local trail with my friend, Mike. Exciting newbie things
    > happened, and Mike fell in a most spectacular way :).
    >
    > Today, we went over the same trail. He said he wanted to do the loop twice. That didn't happen (he
    > has this little hard narrow racing style saddle on his brother's loaner bike that squashes his
    > dangly bits in a way he just doesn't like), but, we did ride 1 1/2 times. Not bad for our second
    > day in a row (I ride on my own but I tend to alternate it witrh other things).
    >
    > The first time around, he insisted on going over every obstacle we'd passed around, yesterday. I
    > have to admit I was a bit irritated at first, because I don't *lilke* obstacles (translation: they
    > scare me silly). But, he wanted to do it, and we didn't have any time constraints, so, I consented
    > to watching as he went over the first. He didn't fall. In fact, he said he was quite sure I could
    > manage it too. Feeling mildly shamed into it (and knowing I wasn't likely to kill myself), I gave
    > it a try. I rolled right over that sucker (which is what I was *supposed* to do. Woo!!! It was a
    > series of graduated logs, which made sort of a humped-back ramp up and then down. We eventually
    > went over another one of those, and then a sort of "ramp-bridge" made out of two single boards
    > placed end-to-end over some logs. I had a little trouble with the last one, but, I *mostly* got
    > over it, and the point that I "fell off" was low enough that I didn't actually drop my bike. I
    > just bounced hard <heh>.
    >
    > I'm certainly not scared of those obstacles, now. I'm not sure I'm a true convert to wanting to
    > ride over lots more of them (I still like climbing better as a "challenge"), but, I don't think
    > I'll go around them, anymore.
    >
    > Speaking of climbing, we both had trouble on the "first" hill again (where the path starts), at
    > the same patch of roots as last time, but, I managed to go up and down *all* the other hills (as
    > did Mike). Including my Nemesis, the first one in the double hill. The first time I rather
    > painfully dragged myself up it and *just* barely made it. If I had been going any slower to make
    > that climb, the lack of momentum would have resulted in me and the bike falling over. The second
    > time we went over it (it was in the "1/2" part of the second ride), I built up some really good
    > speed from coasting down in my fledgling "attack position", and it was half as much work as the
    > first time.
    >
    > Gosh, that standing up in the pedals really *works*. It's not just good for going down hills, it's
    > useful for SO MUCH MORE (cue cheesy infomercial soundtrack). We used it to get over the obstacles
    > (we couldn't pedal while actually rolling over them or the pedals would catch on the logs). And,
    > when we hit level stretches where there were exposed roots, I would use it to transfer the
    > "jouncing" from my butt to my knees.
    >
    > In closing, for the folks who were commenting that I ought not go "around" things...I read that in
    > the FAQ and I've been careful to only do it when there was a maintained path option to follow. I
    > took a wrong turn one day and ended up on a side loop full of individual fallen logs to jump a
    > bike over. Since I wasn't doing that, I dismounted at each one and lugged my bike over every
    > single one :). I don't want to erode out paths any more than anyone else. I hike, and I've seen
    > the damage bikes can do to hike trails, when they're ridden where they "shouldn't" be. But, I
    > appreciate the suggestion to watch out.
    >
    > Gwen
    >
    > --
    > Gwen Morse -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= "Love is a snowmobile racing
    > across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice
    > weasels come." -- Matt Groening

    Nice report. Glad you're liking the sport!
     
  3. "Gwen Morse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > I wrote yesterday, that I went out on a local trail with my friend, Mike. Exciting newbie things
    > happened, and Mike fell in a most spectacular way :).
    >

    <snip>

    > In closing, for the folks who were commenting that I ought not go "around" things...I read that in
    > the FAQ and I've been careful to only do it when there was a maintained path option to follow. I
    > took a wrong turn one day and ended up on a side loop full of individual fallen logs to jump a
    > bike over. Since I wasn't doing that, I dismounted at each one and lugged my bike over every
    > single one :). I don't want to erode out paths any more than anyone else. I hike, and I've seen
    > the damage bikes can do to hike trails, when they're ridden where they "shouldn't" be. But, I
    > appreciate the suggestion to watch out.
    >
    > Gwen
    >
    >
    > --
    > Gwen Morse

    Gwen you are the woodpecker cider of newbies... I hope you stick with the sport, you have a great
    attitude that sometimes gets a bit underrated in groups like this..
     
  4. Gwen Morse

    Gwen Morse Guest

    On Tue, 22 Apr 2003 11:07:36 +0100, "spademan o---[\) *" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Gwen Morse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> I wrote yesterday, that I went out on a local trail with my friend, Mike. Exciting newbie things
    >> happened, and Mike fell in a most spectacular way :).

    >
    >Gwen you are the woodpecker cider of newbies... I hope you stick with the sport, you have a great
    >attitude that sometimes gets a bit underrated in groups like this..

    I'm going to assume that woodpecker cider is a GOOD thing :). Is this something similar in drinking
    quality to Sam Adams Pale Ale (which a friend of mine adores and uses as a frequent scale of
    comparison)?

    Gwen
     
  5. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Gwen Morse <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > On Tue, 22 Apr 2003 11:07:36 +0100, "spademan o---[\) *"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"Gwen Morse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]...
    > >> I wrote yesterday, that I went out on a local trail with my friend, Mike. Exciting newbie
    > >> things happened, and Mike fell in a most spectacular way :).
    >
    > >
    > >Gwen you are the woodpecker cider of newbies... I hope you stick with the sport, you have a great
    > >attitude that sometimes gets a bit underrated in groups like this..
    >
    > I'm going to assume that woodpecker cider is a GOOD thing :). Is this something similar in
    > drinking quality to Sam Adams Pale Ale (which a friend of mine adores and uses as a frequent scale
    > of comparison)?

    Heheheh - in the absence of dear old Spademan (see above post) I'll answer - The advert campaign for
    Woodpecker Cider used the line 'What a refreshing change!' along with some humorous 'sketches' - I
    think you get the idea ',;~}~

    Shaun aRe
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Loading...