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    Buffalo Creek - Buck Gulch descent stoke!

    As we are about to get buried under 10 more inches of snow tomorrow I thought I would share some stoke from my ride at Buffalo Creek yesterday. Get some downhill speed descending Buck Gulch!



    Enjoy

    EDIT: Not sure why but the embedded video player keeps on cutting off the video. You may need to go to YouTube to see the full version if you have issues.
    Last edited by TheNormsk; 04-30-2013 at 06:36 PM. Reason: Video feed issue.

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    Man! That looks fun. I'm gonna try to get up there after it dries out.

    How'd those tires feel? It sounded like mostly decomposed granite. It's hard to have enough confidence to push hard on that stuff.

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    I have 2.35 Hans Damp SS/TL Trailstar compound both front and rear. The trailstar is a bit soft for a rear and is slow on firm surfaces but at BC they were just stellar. They gripped like a starved leach.

    Only twice in my 33 mile ride did I almost lose it and that was coming too hot into a corner and then hitting a deep pile of sand. Both times I caught it. At first I was a bit wary of the decomposed granite but towards the end of the ride it didn't bother me.

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    Yeah, I have the HD pacestar on the back and a trailstar waiting to go on the front. I ran the Ikons on some of that granite up at Kurt Gowdy last year and it was a little sketchy at first. I'still searching for a front setup that I can really push.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx4mtb View Post
    I'still searching for a front setup that I can really push.
    You know you could start a "Best tire for.." thread





    Just kidding!

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    Not only is the image quality good but the audio was spot on. I could hear each dirt granule making love to your tires. Along with the soundtrack of your shifters, you had some sweet 70's porn right there!

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    Agree with previous poster on the quality video and audio. I'm assuming it was a chest harness mount.

    Two quick questions:

    1. What camera do you use?
    2. What video editing software do you use? (sub question: Do you run the video through any kind of image stabilization process when editing?)

    I haven't made it up to buck gulch at BC yet, but this video sure makes me want to get there ASAP!

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    I have a GoPro Hero 3, the cheaper Silver edition, not the Black. Yes it's mounted on the Chesty strap but I found to improve sound quality that I applied a couple of layers of scotch tape between the mount and the camera clip. That stops "clicking" sounds that can occur when the clip moves in the mount on rough sections. The housing for the camera is the non-waterproof one for improved sound at 0-100mph. The full waterproof housing is recommended for speeds over 100mph! I don't think I have any worries hitting that speed on my bike...

    I edited the video using iMovie on an iPad3 as that is the only "computer" in our house fast enough to handle 1080p videos. I just ordered a high end iMac though so next week I will be using iMovie on that along with perhaps Final Cut Express 4 which I also have for more complex stuff.

    The video was exported using the iMovie for iOS export to YouTube setting at 1080p.

    I must say, though you can't do much with iMovie for iOS (as it's very limited), for these types of videos it works amazingly well and is so easy to do.

    K.

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    Oh yes, I forgot.. I don't use any image stabilization. The wide angle of the GoPro minimizes shake and having a tight fitting Chesty mount helps a lot with stability.

    What really helps though is that the trails a Buff Creek are somewhat.. buff! And, 140mm of suspension travel doesn't hurt

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    Awesome! Thanks for the info. I just received a Hero 3 Black for my birthday, and had it up at BC a couple of weeks ago. I used a handlebar mount, and I think there was just too much vibration going through the bike. I ended up with 50 minutes of footage capable of inducing a seizure. Looks like a chest or helmet mount might be the way to go for future rides.

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