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Thread: Knobby Knuts!

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    Knobby Knuts!

    Had an experience over the weekend, interesting to say the least.

    Was coming down a decline, and at the bottom of it, in a muddy area, someone had laid a courdoroy patch. No big deal, right? Wrong. The idiot did it parallel to the singletrack. I'm still a novice, and was worried about wiping out due to this. I hit the brakes hard, and slammed down hard, and in a, ummmmm painful position on the saddle. As I was sliding off the back of the bike in pain, I felt every single knob on my tire as it scraped against my nads.

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    So I guess the lesson here is not to ride so fast that you can't stop safely if needed. Quite naturally you place the blame on whoever put down the wood. Is it possible that the person who did so might be a walker/hiker and not a mtn biker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred3
    So I guess the lesson here is not to ride so fast that you can't stop safely if needed. Quite naturally you place the blame on whoever put down the wood. Is it possible that the person who did so might be a walker/hiker and not a mtn biker?
    I'm not placing blame, just recouting a story. And for the record, it is a dedicated MTB trail, so someone should have known better.

    Stop being such a cynic.

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    As often as we leave the seat to add weight to the rear tire I can't believe someone has not made something like a rear fender just for situations like this.

    I have made contact many times with my rear tire and it sucks.
    All is going well as you are desending with a little speed and then you hit that root or rock with the rear tire bumping the bike right into your nutz. The knobbies grab your shorts and you just activated your 3rd brake. Ouch!

    We need a butt guard.

    STL

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    One of those mud guard fenders for the rear woud eliminte that problem...

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