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The comprehensive, omnibus Mountain Bike Thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by carbuncle, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. mu2bdriver

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    The thing rode like a beast. I’m really happy with my decision.
     
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    I believe you did earlier. I really enjoy riding that green and yellow.
     
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    The Dawg is back!

    [party]

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    It had been parked in the garage pending a trip to the bike vet for its annual and some brake work. And yes, h8rs, it's the same vintage as the Stinky. [grin]

    Speaking of, having spent the past several months riding that big orange beast all-mountain, the Dawg is so light it almost feels like a toy. [laugh]
     
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    These past two weekends I prioritized shooting over biking before it gets too cold.

    But, I want to buy some studded tires, maybe 2.6 wide, so I can go ride some fun for roads during winter.

    What do you guys recommend?

    Trails are also fine, but over here they have too many rocks, I dont want to find a nasty surprise under the snow when I fall. Lol.

    Maybe I wont even go with studded tires. I need to read a little more about that.
     
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    Do any of you guys know a good online source for 26” tires that AREN’T fat bike tires?

    I’m looking for some gravel-type tires for the GF’s mountain bike, but my usual source (backcountry/competitive cyclist) has nothing of the sort I’m looking for.
     
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    Jensonusa.com

    Continental Double Fighter III Tire | Jenson USA
     
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    Studs work great when the conditions are right such as really hardpack snow or the porous half-icy stuff after a few freeze/thaw cycles or maybe some rain and a re-freeze. They screech and scratch through icy corners and it's pretty fun. They grip the hell out of exposed dirt sections and the rolling resistance is pretty awful so they're not great when the trails are half dirt and half snow. Best way to go is a second bike or second wheelset. Some guys run flat pedals and boots to stay warm and dry. Check out Bar Mitts too. They really help keep your hands warm but could also be hazardous in a crash. Avoid places where people have walked in the snow and "postholed" it. For snow deeper than a few inches you'll need a fatbike with 5" tires.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Another option would be to ride where the trails have been groomed, either by happenstance or as a matter of practice. One caveat: in places where motorized is allowed, if the "happenstance" = snowmobiles there's a potential for user conflict. That's not so much a problem here in Connecticut (then again, I haven't seen machines in Naugy in years even though they're allowed), but in other places there's a perception that we're not only a trail hazard (smaller and slower than the sleds), but "freeloaders" since we typically don't pay anything and they do.

    If there's a place regularly hit by snowshoers, that's great. I've been known to snowshoe trails I'd want to ride later, though it usually wants a couple people / couple passes.

    I know people who swear by the bar mitts. My problem: even in the winter, I'll often have to stop to do trail maintenance. To date, I've been using Cabela's duck hunting gloves. On really cold mornings, my hands might be cold for the first five minutes or so.

    I don't clip in as a rule, but on really cold mornings footwear of choice is: https://www.mukluks.com/CamuksXtreme/productinfo/CAMXM/#.XaLyTFVKhaQ
    ("Really cold" <= 10F)

    I also wear my armor. I've hit icy patches and gone down on a knee, and have been thankful it was there.
     
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    Good info, thank you.

    I was thinking of starting on the Bear Brook fire roads. Have you been there during winter?
     
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    Personally, I've only been to Bear Brook once, and that was for a springtime trail school we had there a few years back.

    Obligatory AM ride photos:

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    I would add that if you are riding in the snow on groomed trails, if you are making ruts in the snow. Then don't ride. Only thing worse than a groomed trail ruined by skinny tires is the post holes they leave next to the ruts pushing out their bike.
     
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