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Old February 27th 18, 02:40 AM posted to
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Default The lone 26er in a forest full of 29ers and 27.5ers

On Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12:34:50 PM UTC-8, Joerg wrote:
On 2018-02-26 08:58, sms wrote:
I hate it when someone says "wow, I haven't seen skis/bikes/etc. like
that in a long time."

Yesterday went mountain biking in Wilder Ranch State Park north of Santa

I rode, my wife mostly walked her bike, a lovely 27.5er that she got
more than a year ago but had not yet ridden. For someone who barrels
down ski slopes, the same lack of fear did not translate to single track.

Waiting at one trail junction, someone commented, "wow you get extra
credit for doing this ride on an historic mountain bike."

I see plenty of 26" MTB on trails. AFAIK most downhill bikes are 26".
However, rim brakes are really a thing of the past on MTB, and good
riddance to those.

I can definitely see the upside of larger wheels after riding those trails.

After switching from 26" to 29" my confidence level on gnarlier trails
went way up. Initially a bit too much and one OTB event brought me back
in line.

Time to ban horses in parks. They leave a mess and they destroy the trails.

My experience is the opposite. Horses leave their poop all over but that
ain't so bad. Cyclists are too often the inconsiderate folks. They
rattle down a steep trail section with the rear tire locked, spewing
rocks and dirt everywhere. They chuck water bottles and then after a
flat fix they leave the nasty CO2 cartridges just where they dropped
them. Those are everywhere, even in the middle of bike lanes. I had a
few front wheel sideways jolts because of them.

I would rather cope with an errant C02 cartridge (which I would pick up) than a heap of steaming horse **** (which I would not pick up). Horses are often harder on trails than MTBs, except in Folsom. You are a bad person!

I haven't seen a CO2 cartridge in the wild, although I don't doubt slobs drop them. Slobs drop basically everything.

As a hiker, I don't like being passed by fast moving MTBs, but then again, I don't like giant horses either -- or dogs for that matter. I like pedestrian only trails. I'm told that multi-use trails can work -- but I'll let my MTB friends fight that fight.

-- Jay Beattie.


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