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Old February 27th 18, 03:15 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Default The lone 26er in a forest full of 29ers and 27.5ers

On 2/26/2018 12:34 PM, 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
Cruz http://oi66.tinypic.com/24y2x78.jpg.

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."
http://www.mtbr.com/product/bikes/xc-hardtail/marin/bear-valley.html.


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 did install disc brakes on my 26"er Marin Bear Valley. It was all
prepped for discs.

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.


Do they also increase traction on steep sections. There were areas where
my gearing was low enough, but I could not get traction to go up.

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.


What I see is that when the park has a sign saying "trails closed when
wet" the mountain bikers comply because it's hard to ride in mud, but
equestrians go right ahead and leave big holes from hooves when the mud
dries. I saw no ruts from bike tires but lots of holes from hooves.
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