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    Rode some yesterday.



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    Here’s my bike (on the same trail.)



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    Here’s a pic from Saturday.

    Log crossing on the trail. Not me as I’m taking the pic.


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  • OBX-RIDER
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    Originally posted by Missy B View Post
    You feeling better, Mike?
    I'm better .. but still too sick to ride. Gigi and Kathi are headed out this very minute though ..

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    You feeling better, Mike?

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  • OBX-RIDER
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    Originally posted by SoCal LabRat View Post
    Yeah, she's badass. I wanna be like her when I grow up.
    She says she wants to be like me ...

    But yeah ... she went up one mother of a hill a few days ago .. mebbe even tougher than I've tried. Kathi took a step forward when I dropped her tire pressure a few pounds. If you ride fast you need higher pressure to keep from getting pinch flats from all the big rocks .. but if you ride slower you can air down.

    It is truly amazing considering her little XT225 .. but Ken who may have be the best off road rider here loves that little bike. He thinks of it as almost a trials bike.

    With a little help she got truly off road worthy boots and knee/shin guards. I think she still needs hip pads and better body armor .. I pad Gigi up like the michelin man .. when she falls she kinda bounces ..

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  • SoCal LabRat
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    Originally posted by OBX-RIDER View Post

    Trials type tires have become very popular in Colorado but here in the Sonoran the rocks are sharp and there is a lot of gravel/sand washes. Climbing rock mountains/hills is first priority .. (actually proper body armor is first) .. but you have to be able to navigate sand. We got everything but mud .. and this Winter we even had that.

    Given a proper off road bike I am sure you would do well here .. near vertical rock faces frequently turns us around .. and I find myself wishing I'd spent more time on my trials bike ..
    Proper body armor, I need more of that.
    And I completely experienced how different (read: better) lower tire pressures are offroad.
    Your trials bike is small, maybe you can fold it up and bring it next year?

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  • SoCal LabRat
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    Originally posted by OBX-RIDER View Post



    My Canadian riding pal .. Kay Bee .. just a delight to go on rides with, eh.
    Yeah, she's badass. I wanna be like her when I grow up.

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  • Trials
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    Suitable equipment here right now is a snowmobile or a 12 grand motorcycle with a 6 grand track drive.

    but that's all about to change in a week or two
    I've already started setting up for maple syrup production and once that's done riding season is here.

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  • OBX-RIDER
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    Originally posted by Trials View Post
    Ontario license plate at least somebody is getting good value for their high priced Ontario insurance premiums.

    Lack of traction makes terrain challenging but total traction with lots of change in elevation is what really does it for me. My street distance is measured in miles or kilometres and my off-road fun is measured in vertical feet If bad traction is interesting then the ice conditions here right would be perfect :/ I fell down hard yesterday just walking.
    The secret is running the equipment suitable to the conditions. I gotta couple of Northern friends who rip on ice with studded tires. I doubt you run race slicks on your trials bikes and I don't run trials tires on my track bike.

    iceriding

    I'm running Nuetech Tubliss with a Sedona 907 rear and Shinko Fat Tyre front at 7 psi .. the Jim Slaven's rock recommendation on my KTM .. and I would bet me and my Canadian friend get tens of thousands of vertical feet each Winter riding the local mountains/hills. Even Norty got a coupla hundred despite the 'lack of traction'.

    Mebbe he should have checked the tire pressure in the DR350 he rode .. or recognised he was riding on 50/50 dual sport tires .. ? My Canadian pal Kathi made a quantum leap forward in traction when she went to 90/10 off road tires instead of the 50/50s .. and added HD tubes and dropped to 12-13 psi.

    Trials type tires have become very popular in Colorado but here in the Sonoran the rocks are sharp and there is a lot of gravel/sand washes. Climbing rock mountains/hills is first priority .. (actually proper body armor is first) .. but you have to be able to navigate sand. We got everything but mud .. and this Winter we even had that.

    Given a proper off road bike I am sure you would do well here .. near vertical rock faces frequently turns us around .. and I find myself wishing I'd spent more time on my trials bike ..
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  • Trials
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    Ontario license plate at least somebody is getting good value for their high priced Ontario insurance premiums.

    Lack of traction makes terrain challenging but total traction with lots of change in elevation is what really does it for me. My street distance is measured in miles or kilometres and my off-road fun is measured in vertical feet If bad traction is interesting then the ice conditions here right would be perfect :/ I fell down hard yesterday just walking.

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  • OBX-RIDER
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    I thought the less than perfect traction is what made off road interesting? Dirt, sand, mud, rocks, logs, water crossings .. definitely different than the relatively consistent asphalt/concrete of street biking. We hit a couple of gulches today full of watermelon to hay bale sized rocks .. (my very limited trials experience came in handy) .. and explored about 45 miles of trails .. fun and challenging. We never seem to take pics of the gnarl .. mebbe because I am trying to survive ..

    What I like best about off roading is exploring ..



    In search of nowhere ..



    Not nowhere .. but you can see it from here .. (rocks ain't the problem .. cactus is .. )



    My Canadian riding pal .. Kay Bee .. just a delight to go on rides with, eh.
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  • Trials
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    :I like Utah rock better, Great traction if you can stay out of the oil slick the 4x4's leave everywhere.

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  • NORTY
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    Rode some rocks in Arizona yesterday.

    It’s too rocky for decent traction though.


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