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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
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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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    Never believe anyone who says

    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    the rest of the way is downhill.
    Damm rite!, most of these type of people don`t ride bikes themselves i would say. Or are super freakishly alien fit, either way don`t listen

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    If you come across a rider who has had a mechanical break down,stop, and ask if they need help.

    If you have extra beer, SHARE.

    When taking a newbie on a ride do not drop them like a hot rock. Go back and encourage them, or put them in the lead and stop when they do.

    ALWAYS, be NICE to all other trail users. One dumbass move by a mountain biker can close a trail to all. I know that it aint right but sometimes that is how it goes.

    Have fun and ride every day that you can.
    Ride the bike.

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    Smile

    1. Not really a rule, my tip . Don`t be a "brake hugger" you`ll be amazed at how better you ride.

    2. Try to get the biggest climbs in at the start of the ride.

    3. Persistance prevails, no matter what the terrain/ situation.

    4. Keep smiling.

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    Using the rear brake to slide around the corner, ruts up the trail.

    That person in front of you on the trail with long hair, is probably a guy, if your a guy.

    Limbs will grab front tires when least expected.

    Bee's flying into your helmet is not a good thing.

    The first rider on the trail meets the spiders.
    "Oh Dear, I've been redorkulated."
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    I'm sure I'll think of some of my own, but here's one I learned from a friend I raced with in the fall:

    You really should wait a little more than 5 minutes after finishing the race before consuming your post-race beer. What goes down doesn't always stay down.
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    If you want to get back to the parking lot, keep moving. One pedal stroke after another or one foot in front of the other. Standing/sitting still does not get you back.

    The more tired you are, the more false summits there are.

    Try hiking the trails you ride once or twice. As mtbers, we see the hikers and fly by. No biggie. As a hiker, you'll find yourself bombarded by bikes, particularly on the downhill. Many times you'll wonder if they see you, if they are in control, if they can stop. I can't tell you how much more gracious and cautious I am as a biker after having hiked and been frightened for my wife and kids as mtbers came flying down the hill. I'm sure they felt in control and knew they could stop, but it is NOT obvious to hikers. Bikers scare the crap out of hikers when they go fast. If you feel the need for speed, enter a race.

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    Three rules I have

    1. That your worst unrepairable breakdown will always happen at the exact middle of your ride, leaving you with a long walk home either way. 2. Also make sure you read the instructions and test out your new CO2 quick fill before you get a flat out on the trail (yes that happened to me, I wasted my only CO2 by not clamping it on the valve right). 3. I can go over rocks logs ect without crashing but one stupid small hidden branch always gets me when I least expect it.
    Last edited by mikeyp187; 01-03-2006 at 05:24 PM.

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    If you have anything new on your ride you will crash on the first trip and get it scrached.
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    out of water on Slickrock

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in Minnesota
    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!

    Steve
    A guy could have considered that out-of-shape guy a fool for attempting Slickrock while out-of-shape and not enough water, but just because he misjudged what he was up against isn't reason to abandon him. You and your crew did a righteous thing to stay with him and get him back safely. I'm sure this story is played out again and again on the trails we ride, but Slickrock is pretty unforgiving in the desert heat. That guy probably has no idea how lucky he was that you came upon him and his predicament. Great story.

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    [QUOTE=Lighting Guy]
    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!

    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
    Sorry about the delay to my reply - I haven't been in the Black Swan all this time! My Black Swan is in a village called "Burn Bridge". Its just on the outskirts of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Did you know that pubs called "The Black Swan" are often referred to locally as "the mucky duck"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    the rest of the way is downhill.
    HaHa! I say that about 5 times a ride when I'm leading a ride. I think they're starting to catch on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in Minnesota
    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!

    Steve



    Nice friends! Thats unbelievable. You did the right thing, like the other poster said.

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