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    Smile Rules of Mountain Biking

    I'm back at the PC having had to cut short my New Years day ride owing to a snapped rear derailleur. Oh Well, I've just time to write this before meeting the rest of the club down at "Black Swan" where the land lord's putting on warming Whiskey Macs and bacon and egg rolls for us - lucky me!

    Anyway in our club we've noticed that when we get lost out on the moors and come to fork on the trail, the correct way home always seems to be the fork which goes up the hill. So our first rule of mountain biking has become "When lost and tired the way home is always up the hill". Does anybody have any other similar rules we can add to this?

    Happy New Year...I'm off to the pub

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    After making the mistake of eating a 1/2 pound roast beef sandwich during a lunch stop, which resulted in all my blood going from my legs to my gut, I now have the rule:

    "No climbing after lunch."


    Tell me more about these Whiskey Macs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    After making the mistake of eating a 1/2 pound roast beef sandwich during a lunch stop, which resulted in all my blood going from my legs to my gut, I now have the rule:

    "No climbing after lunch."


    Tell me more about these Whiskey Macs.
    Never leave your buddy.....ever! If they break down or bonk or otherwise....I'm there with them.

    On my first trip to Moab many moons ago we had gotten an early start on the Slickrock trail because it was supposed to get really hot....and it did. Came across a pretty overweight, pretty out of shape guy on a FS bike with one empty waterbottle. His buddies had left him because he couldn't keep up. He was hurting bad. We filled up his waterbottle, made him drink then filled it up again and stayed with him until we got back to the parking lot where we gave him a ice-cold coke to get some more fluids in him.

    NEVER....EVER LEAVE YOUR BUDDY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewop
    I'm back at the PC having had to cut short my New Years day ride owing to a snapped rear derailleur. Oh Well, I've just time to write this before meeting the rest of the club down at "Black Swan" where the land lord's putting on warming Whiskey Macs and bacon and egg rolls for us - lucky me!

    Anyway in our club we've noticed that when we get lost out on the moors and come to fork on the trail, the correct way home always seems to be the fork which goes up the hill. So our first rule of mountain biking has become "When lost and tired the way home is always up the hill". Does anybody have any other similar rules we can add to this?

    Happy New Year...I'm off to the pub
    Whatever you leave behind you will need, whatever you take is just ballast.
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    Rechargeable batteries need recharging.

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    If you get lost NEVER go back the way you came.
    Always try to get back to the trail-head a different way than you came.

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    Could be mid ride rule (scrubby) or post ride.

    There's only two kinds of beer you drink:

    Free or Cold.


    As I've gotten older, I've excluded some beer from the free list, for example Schaefer's.
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    Sure...always carry a compass and map if you don't know the area. That way you won't always have to go up hill to go home. ;-) Happy New Years!

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    Never believe anyone who say's

    the rest of the way is downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    After making the mistake of eating a 1/2 pound roast beef sandwich during a lunch stop, which resulted in all my blood going from my legs to my gut, I now have the rule:

    "No climbing after lunch."


    Tell me more about these Whiskey Macs.
    Hi Nat, A Whisky Mac is a shot of whiskey and a measure of Ginger Wine, sometimes called Green Ginger not to be confused with ginger beer or ginger ale. The ginger wine softens the whisky taste and gives you a warm all over glow as you swallow. Its a great drink after a cold wet ride or walk if you're feeling a bit chilled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S-Works
    There's only two kinds of beer you drink:

    Free or Cold.


    As I've gotten older, I've excluded some beer from the free list, for example Schaefer's.
    I wonder what you'd think of English beers served cool but not cold. Our favourite local pub serves at least 6 different brews made a small local and regional breweries, as well as European lagers and wheat beers. The beers range from heavy, dark winter ales to light (in colour) summer brews with a huge range of flavours. Really cold beers seem best suited to very hot weather which we only have for a few months of the year.

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    rules

    1. whatever you go down, you must also go up. prefer going up first.
    2. When on an unknown trail carry map, and wait at all interescetions for the whole group, or designate a meeting spot.
    3.Share the load of tools needed on a long ride.
    4. Take more water than you think you might need. You can always drink more to lighten your load on your back.
    5. When taking out a newbie be courteous about their capabilities.

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    Three rules is all you need.


    1 ) Use common sense. ( be prepared , don't leave your buddy ect)

    2) Have fun !

    3 ) No crying , biiiching or whinring.
    Yeah I gotta question. You got any excuses tonight Roy ? -Antonio Tarver

    There is room for it all, just ride what you like to on what you like to...that's freeriding. -rbn14



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    I'd go for that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rewop
    I wonder what you'd think of English beers served cool but not cold. Our favourite local pub serves at least 6 different brews made a small local and regional breweries, as well as European lagers and wheat beers. The beers range from heavy, dark winter ales to light (in colour) summer brews with a huge range of flavours. Really cold beers seem best suited to very hot weather which we only have for a few months of the year.
    You need to understand, Schaefer's is a very cheap midwestern beer. Actually closer to water. My point was, quality is an issue.
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    Always carry a MAP...

    especially if you dont have someone with you that knows the place..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewop
    Hi Nat, A Whisky Mac is a shot of whiskey and a measure of Ginger Wine, sometimes called Green Ginger not to be confused with ginger beer or ginger ale. The ginger wine softens the whisky taste and gives you a warm all over glow as you swallow. Its a great drink after a cold wet ride or walk if you're feeling a bit chilled.
    Sounds soothing.

    Another rule: when in doubt, always take the high road.

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    On windy days, don't head out downwind while you are fresh and wait until you are tired to go upwind.

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    "Don't be to proud to push"
    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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    the further away from your house

    the more you remember- of what you forgot to bring.
    Let it flow, let yourself go, slow and low, that is the tempo.

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    What goes down must go up.
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    Never sober up, awake.
    Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Never sober up, awake.
    Tell me about this..."sober".


    Number one rule in Mountain Biking: Keep Pedalling

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    My rules!

    Trail Rule: If unsure, go up! I'd rather be wrong and have to coast down than be wrong and have to pedal up!
    Beer Rule: The higher the alcohol or the darker the beer, cool is better than cold. Most good Double India Pale Ales taste much better as they warm My favorite is Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

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    Rules..

    Come to terms with the Endo.

    When in doubt pedal it out. (riding tip)

    If you take my cousin, the ride will get messed up, fragmented, lost and turned to crap....

    Have a Trail Boss for every ride. (preferrably a different one each time)

    Always Always HAVE FUN... (as previously stated)
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    [QUOTE=Rewop]I'm back at the PC having had to cut short my New Years day ride owing to a snapped rear derailleur. Oh Well, I've just time to write this before meeting the rest of the club down at "Black Swan" where the land lord's putting on warming Whiskey Macs and bacon and egg rolls for us - lucky me!

    Have to ask. Would this be the Black Swan in Lavenham, E Anglia ?.

    If so, great place, had Christmas Eve. dinner there decades ago, while visiting folks in Cambridge. Memorable dinner.

    SB

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