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    Rocks Creepin' in the Brush

    I've been having an awesome season of riding. Cleaning all the technical stuff, the lungs and legs have come around and I'm climbing well, loving all the trails in my new area. I just feel really good on the bike.

    However, I've had two major falls this season. I've broken two sets of pedals this season. Both incidents were whipping fast down some singletrack, entering a subtle turn, whacking the pedal off a rock draped in manzanita, and flying spectacularly through the air.

    I've been trying to be more aware of what's hiding in the brush and generally keep the inside pedal up on corners. Obviously, slowing down will help - but that's not happening. Any other tips for avoiding the "lurkers"?


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    Be heavy enough to crush the rocks.


    You could also try slowing down as it might save your from dying or becoming a quadriplegic.

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    Put your pedals at the 3-9 (horizontal), instead of 6-12. You won't hit any rocks in corners with them.
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    I know what you're talking about sort of. Here it's roots hiding just off the edge of the trail that stop your front wheel dead. Ooof. Try staying in the middle of the trail, it helped me.
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    I'm not really trying to gain any weight or slow down. Although A would probably take care of B in that scenario...

    I had been dropping the outside pedal in an attempt to better weight the bike. I guess I'll have to learn to do it with horizontal pedals. Center trail certainly couldn't hurt as well. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Put your pedals at the 3-9 (horizontal), instead of 6-12
    Unless it's winter time, then your pedals will be set at 2-8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail6 View Post
    Unless it's winter time, then your pedals will be set at 2-8.
    i.e. riding on snow? Why?

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    You lose an hour in the winter when daylight savings time ends

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    hahah touche

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    I think you'll find that the horizontal pedal position will help you navigate corners better as well so you get double benefit.

    Sometimes I hit hidden little stumps off to the side of the trail. It's a real surprise when I'm just riding down the trail and out of nowhere there's this big jolt.

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    You can still put most of your weight on the outside pedal with outgoing all the way to 6:00. Pointing your inside knee towards the exit helps underweight the inside foot.

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    The NorCal thread is awesome. Thanks for sharing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Put your pedals at the 3-9 (horizontal), instead of 6-12. You won't hit any rocks in corners with them.
    A 3-9 position horizontally is an impossibility with a "normal" crankset. I think you mean keep them at a 11-5 position horizontally. This of course is in correlation to the frame being the 12 position in front and the 6 position to the rear. Just saying! Oh and also this technique only works if you coast through all of your corners.
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