So what is someone supposed to do if they can’t buy a new bike? Not ride at all?
Great article which explores the same ideas as a post I put up on the forum a few days ago. I think what would be really cool/interesting is to do an A/B test with a bunch of people on older and updated rigs vs brand new sleds simply to compare the ride enjoyment and see if people really notice whether that extra $2000-$4000 USD on the new bike really made that much of a difference to the fun they had. The bike companies might hate you for it tho if they don't already.
I don’t know the angles off hand but that bike is a 2015 Instinct which does duty as the xc bike. I don’t have the flip chip set to slack and for sure the geo is not like a 2-3 yr old trail bike, but it’s not exactly a relic either. It suits me well for what I use it for. Might a shorter seat provide some benefits? Maybe, but I hardly ever stand when I climb and that ability to slide forward an inch or two for maybe 5m of trail the odd time it happens serves me well. I can think of 2 or 3 spots where it happens and with the nose down it’s not unbearable. The rest of the time the nose down position works well on the climbs.
I’m not a gear whore by any stretch of the imagination and suffer a bit from cheapoitis so getting a new seat would only happen if I needed one or it was some major revelation. I’m still not on Cush core and only got onto a dropper with the new bikes this past year. Shit, I was still riding that old SX Trail I bought off of you in 2005 until the fall of 2018. I definitely got my money’s worth out of that bike.
Depending on the climb, I'll slide forward on the seat every once in a while. I also have my saddle set up with the nose pointed down a bit which makes it way more comfortable for climbing. Best of both worlds imo. I've had a few people question my choice of seat angle with the idea that when you're riding down hill with a seat that's tilted down you'll slide off, but how often are you actually sitting on the saddle when riding down hill?
The other thing to consider is that you can use the nose of your saddle to help control the bike on the way down. I recall this being mentioned a few times over the years,
so an 8 spd 12-36 with a 36-24 hammerschmidt would be optimum for shore riding?
Yeah the industry needs to ditch that friggin acoustic moniker and just run with bikes and ebikes - that's all one needs to differentiate between the two. If you say bike then people know you're taking a meat powered forest thrillcraft and if you say ebike bike then people know you're taking an electric powered bike. Not sure why there needs to be any confusion between the two. The other factor is who f'in cares what you bring, just go out and have fun.
A proper fit is the #1 factor in whether a helmet will do it's job. This has been know for years in the motorcycle world where helmets are far more important. A helmet that's too large will flop around and not do it's job in a crash and the size adjuster at the rear should not be used to compensate for a poor fitting helmet. Proper fit comes down to size and shape and it's important to get not only the right size, but one that's shaped right for your own head.
neoprene booties for cheap on ebay - $25 or less
2 or even 3 pairs of polypro socks under merino socks are great - polypro are thin and help keep you warm even if wet
nitrile rubber gloves under regular gloves, they're cheap, super thin, keep you dry and trap lots of heat
merino, merino, merino - higher cost but way better than synthetics and zero stink even after 2-3 rides with no washing
Came to this via a post from somewhere else and a second important question answer that should be asked here is what makes a good mtb coach, especially for kids/youth. Darren brought up some good points about the importance of some sort of education and certification. If I was going to boil it down there'd be three things I'd look for in a coach either for myself or a kid:
1. Coach training via the NCCP program or something similar such as the PMBI
2. The requisite physiological knowledge preferably via a post secondary education program in something like human kinetics or kinesiology. This should also include an understanding of the psychology of sport.
3. Enough practical experience to understand the nuances of the sport and what it takes to be good.
That person may be better off in some of those areas that others, but someone who say is an great ex racer who doesn’t have the proper physiological knowledge will be limited in their effectiveness and vice versa as well. For the parent looking for a coach for their kid ask about credentials and check up on them. I should also add that the parent should be sure this is something their kid wants to do, not something the parent wants their kid to do.
As to the original question which really didn't get answered, Matt should definitely bring his concerns to the trail association. I'd let them know why you think what they're doing needs improvement and also offer some suggestions as to how they can improve things such as making sure the person running those free clinics are qualified to do so.
For keeping your feet warm I've found the best thing is to layer with polypro socks. They're pretty thin so you can wear multiple pairs. I've been out on nasty days with three pairs on and while my feet are soaked right through, my toes are still warm. Best thing is they're cheap as chips.
I do a sportbike trip down to Northern California usually every couple of year or so. We trailer the bikes down instead of riding as it's faster, more comfortable and saves tread wear on the bikes. It's usually the same group of people, but not always. What interesting is that some guys who share the ride are on top of splitting gas and there are always a few extra bucks for whoever drives. It's not so much wear and tear percentage, but an acknowledgement that someone made the effort to drive or that they could and the others couldn't. It usually works out for the driver that they spend about 1/2 or less on what should have been their fair share of the gas. The other guys pony up for gas as well, but there's usually some sort of calculation involved and nothing extra for the driver. Now it's a bit of a different situation as we're driving from Van to Redding in one shot which is about 14hrs and 1200kms each way, but the idea is the same as an mtb road trip.
When it comes time to plan a trip, if I'm going there's no hesitation who I'm willing to take if I'm driving or who I'm willing to go with if I'm a passenger. What's really noticeable is that the guys that put in extra seem to have the same positive attitude in other parts of their life too in terms of sharing and taking responsibility for things like splitting bills at a restaurant, etc. Funny how it works out like that.
I recall that idea (managing ebikes as opposed to outright bans) being suggested in the past and most on the nay side of the argument laughed and shit all over the idea. A lot still do.
When Oilcan got taken on as a project it was a trail that was pretty much given up for dead and was a mess. Plenty of blow down in a couple spots rendered the trail impassable. At the time the community had expressed a need for more intermediate type trails yet there was a ban on new trails, so Oilcan seemed like the perfect candidate for a rehab project to give riders with fewer skills an option. When the idea was put forward there was no objection AFAIR as nobody was riding it.
I agree with you a bit on some of the other points, but realize that the choice between preserving gnar yet fixing significant erosion can be a difficult one, and it is often predicated on how long that will take - read volunteer hours. The other factor to consider is that the building climate is different with greater involvement from the land managers and that means building to a different standard than 20 yrs ago.
The disconnect between what we could do physically as kids vs what we can do as adults is something that's far too prevalent. The good thing is that people can do some relatively easy things that will have noticeable payback in terms of overall physical abilities and quality of life. I'm constantly telling people that time or being busy is never an excuse to not do some sort of resistance and mobility exercise.