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    What did we all ride on the weekend?

    I got a ride in Sunday morning, appreciating the fact that there was some degree of moisture in the ground from a little rain we had in Vic. No little "POOOOF!" of powder as you hit two inch deep patches of bulldust, not so much washout from loose corners and the bush had that clean, gum tree smell.

    I did a 36km rolling hills ride, which is a combination of hilly dirt roads and rocky double track, just a few minutes from home. Put it in the big ring and let 'er rip. It looked like it might rain for a while, but unfortunately it all blew away.


    What did everyone else ride?
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    In a 6man social team for the Kooralbyn 24hr.

    Pissed down rain on Friday but that made the track perfect. Not dusty not too muddy.

    Loved it!

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    Lysterfield had plenty of large mud puddles and thick mud/soil. I was alone though so didn't really want to push it, nor was I really in the mood for getting mud all over myself

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    WSMTB had a club XC race on at Yarramundi on Sunday morning so that's where I was. I was 6 minutes faster this round than last so even though I was up the back of the pack I was still pretty happy! Did bust a spoke though...

    Conditions were pretty dry and dusty with a few spots of rain during the race, although not enough to wet the ground.
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    I rode at Castlemaine for the first(!) time. Nothing beats the rush you get from riding some great singletrack for the first time, especially when rain the day before has made the ground nice and grippy with not a puddle to be seen.
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    I rode out at the Youies Sat morning before the rain set in. Extremely dusty. At the beginning of the Cressy Climb (going down), one of us came off purely due to lack of visibility. Trav's diamond Track was probably the best spot of the day - we were the only ones on it most of the time, despite the full carpark.

    Once the wooden berms started getting wet after the first few drops, we decided to pack it in.

    Good 4 hours of solid riding though - can't complain.

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    Check out the Juice in action


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    Lysterfield, Saturday morning

    Got a ride in before the rain on Saturday morning at Lysterfield. 32kms of dusty single track. Hadnt been out there for a few weeks, so it was good to get back into it. Very dry and dusty though, seems like each time I'm out there, theres another dead tree that has fallen over. Hopefully the rain on the weekend has freshened things up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I rode out at the Youies Sat morning before the rain set in. Extremely dusty. At the beginning of the Cressy Climb (going down), one of us came off purely due to lack of visibility. Trav's diamond Track was probably the best spot of the day - we were the only ones on it most of the time, despite the full carpark.

    Once the wooden berms started getting wet after the first few drops, we decided to pack it in.


    Good 4 hours of solid riding though - can't complain.
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    I tried these out:



    yup... 720 grams

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    Ouch! After my experience on the weekend I'm not going near flats again - 8 stitches.

    And for my least favourite bike, this one



    Which used to be bike_freak's

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemist
    Ouch! After my experience on the weekend I'm not going near flats again - 8 stitches.

    And for my least favourite bike, this one



    Which used to be bike_freak's

    Ouch.... 8 stitches is a good wound Sorry to hear that.

    perhaps it was the rider's overzealous nature on the "fun bike" ?~ ~!

    Flat's take some getting used to... funny how you are in control of a bike clipless then try the flats and feel out of control... yet after a while they can teach you to flow with the bike and move it intuitively...

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    I hit the Yarra trails on Saturday with one of my mates who is recovering from a knee reco. Got nice and muddy, it was soooooooooo good to ride in the rain, it just feels really fresh! Now if it would only just bucket down some more!

    Wal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    I tried these out:



    yup... 720 grams
    Jesus, a few beer cans gave their lives to make them, LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy
    I rode at Castlemaine for the first(!) time. Nothing beats the rush you get from riding some great singletrack for the first time, especially when rain the day before has made the ground nice and grippy with not a puddle to be seen.

    The 'Maine is within striking distance for me, but I've never ridden it. I hear there are some good tracks.
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    Yeah it's definately worth the trip, although finding all the singletrack can be tough
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    Spent the weekend in Canberra, rode Stromlo, Sparrow and Majura! Much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemist
    Check out the Juice in action

    that is just plain scary....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Jesus, a few beer cans gave their lives to make them, LOL!
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    Did a bit of Stromlo on Saturday afternoon, Sparrow Hill on Sunday morning, and managed to get a quick lap in at Majura yesterday morning (two days off work - YIPPEE!)

    While not actually riding I spent this morning on a DJ hunt - only visited two suburbs and a forest and managed to find 8 DJ sites between them. (Now if that doesn't scream Community Demand for them I don't know what will).

    R

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    Got a new bike yet ?, you mentioned a while ago it could be on the cards.

    Cheers

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    awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_N
    that is just plain scary....
    Nice one Steve!!
    Looks like you are having some fun there.
    I am really impressed on how compliant the Soma's ride is.
    Billy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicwombat
    Got a new bike yet ?, you mentioned a while ago it could be on the cards.

    Cheers
    Not sure if this was directed at me, if so, no new bike i'm dealing with a severe bout of upgradeitis. New wheelset and brakes should be here next week, more to come after that.

    On the subject of this thread last minute decision to head to the You Yangs today, bit of rain over night has hopefully got rid of some dust and some more rain today could make for some fun on those wooden berms down there!

    Good times!!

    Wal.

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    "Yeah the Reign is going very well indeed, still might be a new steed on the horizon though.....more on that another time."

    Hey waldog, you posted this a while ago. Looks as though you have gone for the upgrades instead. What brakes and wheels did you decide on ?

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    Just got back from the Yangs!

    I'm back, what a ride! Went on so many tracks that i've never ridden before, day was great until this happened......





    So yeah in reference to sicwombat's previous post, i'm getting a new wheelset Whats funny is that i'd already ordered it and it will be here monday, and that is why i'm smiling in the picture. Brakes wise looks like some HFX-9 Carbons, i like the bite and power.

    Fun and games at the Yangs. the best part was we'd been riding for a couple of hours and this happened a couple of hundred metes from the carpark!

    Good times.

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    Bah, she’ll pull straight with a good true…

    How on earth did you manage that, did you try and huck off that rock instead of rolling it?

    Dave.

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    Well I worked all weekend so all I did was ride the Karate Monkey commuter to work and back.

    80k's in total is not a bad workout though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Bah, she’ll pull straight with a good true…

    How on earth did you manage that, did you try and huck off that rock instead of rolling it?

    Dave.
    You'd think something along those lines, but i didn't try to huck the whole thing, not enough speed, not enough transition and mostly not enough testicles! I pretty much just popped off the last little lip, and the whole wheel caved, it busted at the join.



    so yeah.

    Wal.

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    No ride for me this weekend, busy with with a new bang stick I just got...
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    Urgghhh... Roadie ride, there was good quality pie involved though. Haven't quite finished off the temporary GT, need to swap the brakes and bar when I get them.

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    Not much riding for me either, but I did finish assembling n+1 , fixed my 1x1 and am still battling with a stuck BB on the Baum

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    Four Gorges
    Stacked hard and landed on my wrist. Then stupidly continued to ride for two hours.
    Should be no problem to ride the Dirt Works one handed. It's not like it's bumpy out there or anything...
    I hadn't had a roadie crash in years. It's worth trying to avoid them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemist
    am still battling with a stuck BB on the Baum
    That's gunna hurt! Steel frame right, not ti?

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    Steel, soaking in WD-40 now. If it doesnt come out I can always ride the 1x1 fixie or the SS Crosser in the DW50

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    I wish it would actually rain instead of this useless drizzle!

    No real riding for me this weekend, although I did get out for a bit of a roll around town to scout a few things to play on a little later.

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    A maiden voyage plus pouring rain, how good!

    Got this built up late last night (well early this morning while watching the cricket) and took it for a burn before work. Lots of rain, lots of mud, lots of fun - it reminds me why I like light bikes - 8.6kg and so easy to throw around.

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    The best part, a magic gear, no tensioner is so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog
    I'm back, what a ride! Went on so many tracks that i've never ridden before, day was great until this happened...
    How the heck!?

    Surely there's gotta be a good story behind this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    I wish it would actually rain instead of this useless drizzle!

    No real riding for me this weekend, although I did get out for a bit of a roll around town to scout a few things to play on a little later.

    We got lots down in Vic.
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    That’s great to hear!

    We've had just enough to make things miserable here, although if assignments hadn’t of got in the way I would probably have been out in it having a ball!

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    Well, my riding this weekend went really well.

    Went out to Westgate Park on Saturday to show a mate the track - he's going to start racing as of this coming week. After doing a few laps at a reasonable pace, I went out and did one more flat chat, and absolutely smashed my personal best - took a whole 45 seconds off it - and that was using my heavy wheelset (race wheelset is about 1.8kg lighter). Ie, I reckon I could do a 9:20 given the right circumstances. In fairness though I normally race at night - I'm not sure if a lap in daylight is worth 45 seconds or not.

    Thisafternoon, went out to Lysterfield as I usually do on Sundays. Ran the same track on the first lap as last week - last week it took me 58m, did it this time in 52m. Both tracks were run in muddy conditions as well.
    Second lap, on the other hand, was a little slower (62m), though on that I ran some longer sections, and did have an off.

    I pretty much think these improvements are due to some advice I got from royale on Thursday night. Stu also provided some valuable advice, but what he was saying is a bit trickier, and I'm not yet confident to try that stuff on soft mud where your wheels would go outwards underneath you.

    Pretty danm happy with those times/improvements though.

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    I've been riding my ice pack!

    I've got a bit of the 'ol Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome (could just call it tendonitis) - so its killing me to read about Akashra training for the next installment of the Chase the Sun series at Lysterfield...when I want to be out there ripping it up

    At least I can look forward to getting my new FS 29er

    Sorry for the slight thread jack and not posting photo's of my icepack

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    Rode 32ks at Daisy Hill this morning in about 28 degree sunshine, some overnight rain calmed the dust down. Gotta get serious and crank out some ks for the upcoming noosa enduro http://usmevents.com.au/series/Enduro/home.cfm. Anybody in???

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    50 odd Ks on the roadie on saturday and a cruise around bunya (brisbane) sunday morning (about 20k or a bit under)

    I am planning on the Enduro in July

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    20 odd k's of swooping doubletrack around the local hills this morning - it was one of those clear, sunny mornings that tricks you into thinking it's not cold - it was!

    My legs had as much snap as a clagged out 2.4 diesel Hilux after a leg press and deadlift session at the gym last week, and the cold never helps them to loosen up, either. Lots of spots washed out from recent rain, some news holes formed in the trails and a bit of loose rock floating around the place.

    Passed a M+F pair of riders coming down the granny gear mongrel hill I was about to start climbing, exchanged the usual friendly "Morning" as we passed eachother.

    Looking down at my semi clogged High Rollers as I rode, I began to wonder if these things were ever going to wear out - they are like the Magic Pudding and seem to keep growing new tread in between rides. I have a new set of IRC Mibro's I'm keen to try, and I refuse to half half dead tyres around the place - I want them High Rollers to wear out!

    Basked in the post ride endorphins later this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    20 odd k's of swooping doubletrack around the local hills this morning - it was one of those clear, sunny mornings that tricks you into thinking it's not cold - it was!
    With the local tracks being a bit wet, I stayed inside and finally got around to building my first set of wheels.

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    Saturday I spent two hours pootling around Sparrow Hill - the carpark was CHOCKER when we got there, one big group leaving and one big group starting off. But out in the woods we saw no-one for 80% of the 30km we did. Right near the end we got tangled up with a group. quite funny as one of them called 'rider' on me like we were in the middle of a race or wome-such. I don't know if it was a latent word association thing, or perhaps a need to play the teacher, but that little word did rather spur me on - and I promptly dropped him like an anvil on a coyote!

    Yesterday was a bit different. With the family up for the riverside bruncheon thing I decided to whip out the roadie for a one-way ride 25km into the valley to the picnic area. It was all nice and casual for the first half, till I passed a very dissorganised bunch of young ladies out for a spin. About 3km later I glanced back to see that said bunch had found themselves a bit of orgnaisation and were gaining! Now, I was only intending to take it easy, but it's been a long time since I've been chased by girls - so I thought I better make it last as long as possible. I knew I'd have the wood over them on the descent, given the mass and momentum rules, so it was the two or three gradual climbs - on which a well driven group would have a clear advantage - that would tell the tale. I dug deep and made it stick (though given I stopped at the bottom of the valley for a couple of sausage sandwiches, berfore seeing the bunch pass by in a direction that included one pretty nasty climb and another 80km before they would get back to the start - there may be a case for handing them the moral victory).

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiot
    It was all nice and casual for the first half, till I passed a very dissorganised bunch of young ladies out for a spin. About 3km later I glanced back to see that said bunch had found themselves a bit of orgnaisation and were gaining! Now, I was only intending to take it easy, but it's been a long time since I've been chased by girls - so I thought I better make it last as long as possible.

    You lucky bugger - mind you, I'd have draughted 'em for awhile....
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Went for a ride at lysterfield on saturday. First time in a few months, and clocked up 21km. Went around the lake to start off, followed by the games track. I've noticed a lot more riders there now which is good! Hope to ride there again this week

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    Did a bit of a mixed up doubletrack / dirt road and swooping singletrack ride today. Prolly about 30k's.

    I rode my Tomac and my mate took out his Zion hardtail as his I Drive had a case of clickety clack gears syndrome.... Beautiful winter sun, nice green countryside, 'roos hopping away indignantly and lots of washed out sections to keep us on our toes. My mate ended up doing a beautiful superman over the bars, down into a dry creek but tucked himself up and rolled beautifully. Once I found out he was OK it was officially allright to laugh....

    Cleaned a little drop in that saw me doing the Superman a few weeks back, finished off with the obligatory coffee and packet of rice crackers back at old mate's house.
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    Short singletrack jaunt with the neighbour, who is just discovering the local trails.
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