Anyone else finding riding dry dusty trails a bit, well…. difficult?
yupPosted 4 years ago
My riding’s far from techy, but not used to riding on gravelly feeling stuff so much.
All those little stones that’d normally provide traction by being half stuck in the soil, but have all now broken loose and are free to roll around makes things a little more exciting again.deviantMember
Different to the normal sticky trails we ride in the UK, my riding has come on leaps and bounds over the last fortnight, now loving the feeling of the bike sliding around under me….still not comfortable with a sliding front but i sorted that (mostly) by running a super tacky on the front with lower pressure than the rear….long may it continue.Posted 4 years agosobrietyMember
It’s quality, I was in the Isle of Man last week for the Southern 100, but managed to get a couple of rides in.
I was loving some of the descending, especially with a super tacky minion in the front, grips like shit to a blanket.
Also, anyone who thinks that the braking bumps at trail centres are bad, try riding through the ones created by mx bikes, one trail was like an increasing washboard into every corner, with the last ‘oscillation’ being larger than my bike!Posted 4 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
Yes, I’m finding that normally even in dryish conditions there is still a bit of gloop somewhere to bind things together, In these super dry conditions there is a sort of shiney, slipperyness that is causing the bike to be everywhere.
Not liking some of the very marble rocky, loose style descents and have actually walked down something the other day, due to being all over the show.
I’m finding some of the climbs easier though.Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
Yup. I was going to revisit the “are on-one smorgasbord tyres any good?” thread to report that they are rubbish in the dust, but to be fair, I’m from Yorkshire so it’s just that I’ve never really had to ride in dry, dusty conditions before and it’s taking a bit of getting used to.
Wheels slipping out all over the place.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
And before anyone says owt, this certainly isn’t a complaint! Just an observation. No doubt on my own crap technique.
We had a belting run round Rivi last night. I can’t remember the trails this dry, fast an dusty. And therein lies the problem*.
I was definitely slower down the San Marino last night than I am when there’s a stream running down it (the other 364 days a year). I have no problem hooning down it when its a trail of ankle deep filth. But I was all over the place, quite frankly, last night! There were a few very hairy, sideways moments.
I’m reckoning this is due to me being completely out off practice on dry, loose sketchy stuff. Its been literally years since the trails have been like this. They’ve been sodden bogs for 24 straight months at least, before the last few weeks.
Anyway…. hopefully I’ll have chance for plenty more practice. Looks like it 😀
Anyone else finding this though? Or is it just me?
* its not really a problemPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
It’s the mid-corner ambush gravel that’s causing me continuing bum-tightening… But yeah, the broken up dusty stuff is harder to ride than mud. So unpredictable too.
Adds a new terror to night riding too, when you’re suddenly in the middle of a cloud of glowing dust with about 6 inches of visibility 🙂Posted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
It was nice to ride through a dust cloud when following my mate the other night but went a bit quick into a bend and the bike slid both wheels.
I stayed on but it shook me up a bit.
I’m not going out on my own in the near future anyway as the Police are looking for a possibly armed suspect around my local trails and knowing my luck I would meet up with him 😯Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I am not having problems at all. I love dry trails, but then, I starte MTBing in the 90s so I remember lots of dry summers 🙂
The trails are getting heavily overgrown by me though. Scratched to buggery the other night, some are damn near impassable.
What lightweight machete for South Wales jungle?Posted 4 years agobusydogMember
Finally, someone understands the hell we have to go through with year-round dusty trails in central Spain!
Ditto here in New Mexico—does take some practice to get used to the loose, dry stuff, especially turns. Fortunately, even when it does rain here, most of the trails just get packed, but not muddy.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Yes i was thinking who exactly would struggle on a dry flat road
Still fairly new to proper MTB compared to you folk and I think this is the first time I have ridden all the trails as dry and dusty rather than just had the odd week of dryish conditions. It is less grippy and not always in a good way
Will try smoother braking as mentioned above because i am enjoying the practicePosted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreSubscriber
Still nursing a fat li/ mashed knee and brusied toe from front wheel wash out on Thursday. I am new to Ralph’s and not sure of grip but crashes and near misses aside I quite like the slidy feelings even with the pain! But the dust is now sand on my normal 2hr XC loop so tough to get close to PBs!
So just new technique and skills to learn, but still better than the crap weather that plagued us for so long. Bike cleaning is much quicker now!Posted 4 years ago
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