Hike-a-bike?

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  • 12-11-2004
    Maniac
    Hike-a-bike?
    Does anyone do a regular ride that has a significant hike-a-bike section? Or do you avoid those rides that you have to walk?

    We do a regular ride that has a serious hike, but the rest of the ride is too good to pass up! :p

    M
  • 12-11-2004
    mtnbiker1973
    I get to do one of those rides 3 or 4 times per year in pisgah national forest. The rest of the ride is too good to pass up! Yeeeee Haaaawww :D
  • 12-11-2004
    lawhoo
    We do a ride here in VA that has a 3 mile hike-a-bike. Tons of waist high rocks. The other 22 miles of the ride are awesome. There is something to be said for the hike-a-bike itself. Its fun to curse and grope your way through a rock field with a 25 pound rig over your shoulder.
  • 12-11-2004
    mtbbill
    Don't put this one on your regular list
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Maniac
    Does anyone do a regular ride that has a significant hike-a-bike section?

    <a href="http://www.mountainbikebill.com/J-MtFuji.htm">Mount Fuji, Japan</a>

    Hike-A-Bikes are a fact of MTB life in Japan. The mountains are steep so there is usually a bit of it on nearly every trail. Many of the trails involved steep but short (10 mins or so) hike-a-bikes up to a ridgleline where you got to enjoy rollercoastering along the top until it finished off with a white knuckler descent.
    - Good Stuff
  • 12-11-2004
    Monte
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Maniac
    Does anyone do a regular ride that has a significant hike-a-bike section? Or do you avoid those rides that you have to walk?

    We do a regular ride that has a serious hike, but the rest of the ride is too good to pass up! :p

    M


    If you ain't hikin', you ain't bikin'.

    Monte
  • 12-11-2004
    Brown_Teeth
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    Yup sometimes hikes pay off:
  • 12-11-2004
    Wherewolf
    Tahoe
    I have a 30 mile loop that includes the Tahoe Rim Trail-Red House Flume-Sunflower Hill-Rim Trail and finishes with The Flume. Sunflower Hill, about half way in, is a very steep rocky 1.6 mile fire road. But after that you get do do some amazing downhill stuff, including switchbacks, for several miles. I used to have to walk most of the hill but I rode about half of it the last trip.
  • 12-11-2004
    KRob
    Indeed.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Yup sometimes hikes pay off:

    Spectacular shot.

    Hiking's fun too..... and if it gets you to the goods, it's definitely worth it.
  • 12-11-2004
    Trevor!
    My regular rides contain no major hike a bike sections unless my legs lack the energy and endurance to go the distance. There are one or two rides I can think of where the climbs become too substantial and overly steep to ride (Good riders or bad riders will dismount) but I generally stay away from such rides unless the hike a bike is well worth it..
  • 12-12-2004
    AlanB
    The good ones are worth the effort
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Maniac
    Does anyone do a regular ride that has a significant hike-a-bike section?
    M

    Most of the trails around here have fire roads or better to get to the top, so most people just ride. There are a few exceptions. They're the trails that still have a soft, spongy natural surface like nature made it. Of course you have to work to get to them.

    Here's a shot from 2 weeks ago, courtesy of JimC.
  • 12-12-2004
    Evel Knievel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Maniac
    Does anyone do a regular ride that has a significant hike-a-bike section? Or do you avoid those rides that you have to walk?

    We do a regular ride that has a serious hike, but the rest of the ride is too good to pass up! :p

    M

    Just because I'm on a bike ride dosen't mean I won't hike up that mile of rocks and keep riding on the other side. The recessed cleats on my SPD compatable shoes show my willingness to hike when needed.

    One ridgetop epic comes with whiteknuckle DH to hike a bike to whiteknunckle DH to hike a bike and so on... for miles and miles.
  • 12-12-2004
    Braunstein Freres
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Maniac
    Does anyone do a regular ride that has a significant hike-a-bike section? Or do you avoid those rides that you have to walk?

    We do a regular ride that has a serious hike, but the rest of the ride is too good to pass up! :p

    M

    I have one that I frequent, but only when I'm feeling like a challenge. The climb up, while short, is plenty steep...course the ride down always makes it worth while and it's a helluva workout.
  • 12-12-2004
    Bikinfoolferlife
    I can think of a couple local
    rides that have climbs that are push only. Like on Sawpit at Soquel--has anyone ever been able to ride that all the way up? I saw a valiant effort years ago when it was in better shape, but not all the way. Another is up South Leaf from Methuselah at Skeggs/ECdM, again saw someone make it up an impressive amount, but not all the way. No others come to mind at the moment, but they're out there.

    Not that I definitely look for a feature like that when picking a ride...
  • 12-12-2004
    M-U-M
    Any ride is a good ride for me
    There was a time when I thought “the normal” real rides were all hike-a-bike trips. The only gauge I had to compare by was how many hours the trip took and if the water supply held out. That was the crowd I learned to ride with. I haven’t had a serious Hiker or Death March in two years. Even though I moved up to a better bike - injuries, cancer and age balanced me out. I don’t foresee myself doing those types of trips again. I dream about them now and then. I recall a few cursed rides vividly. Always with a smile.

    I sure do miss those cheap Mexican dinners with a bunch of dirty men.

    ;)
  • 12-12-2004
    Maniac
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    rides that have climbs that are push only. Like on Sawpit at Soquel--has anyone ever been able to ride that all the way up? I saw a valiant effort years ago when it was in better shape, but not all the way. Another is up South Leaf from Methuselah at Skeggs/ECdM, again saw someone make it up an impressive amount, but not all the way. No others come to mind at the moment, but they're out there.

    Not that I definitely look for a feature like that when picking a ride...

    You ain't lyin' about Sawpit....another that comes to mind is Oat Hill in Calistoga and McCurdy over near Olema (Point Reyes).
  • 12-13-2004
    fullsuspfuture
    special bike/hiking shoes
    A good deal of epic rides in Switzerland and other parts in the alps involve some hiking.

    We've got a shoe maker that adapts light weight hiking boots into bike shoes.

    The shoes make great winter riding shoes too!

    Of course they are a little heavier than most normal bike shoes, but since when do you get something for nothing?

    Check it out:

    http://www.rada.ch/ita/pages/scarpe_mb.html

    Sorry no english text there, but the pictures are self explanatory.
  • 12-14-2004
    OGDHr
    The best rides have Hike-a-Bike sections
    One of my favorites....that sentiment is not always shared by everyone on the way up but at the top everyone is smiling again.

    <img src ="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/32381922.jpg">

    <img src ="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/32381924.jpg">

    The view is well worth it!
    <img src ="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/32381928.jpg">

    and the ride down is a blast

    <img src ="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/32381930.jpg">

    <img src ="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/32381931.jpg">
  • 12-15-2004
    STrackMike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OGDHr
    One of my favorites....that sentiment is not always shared by everyone on the way up but at the top everyone is smiling again.

    Where is that? It reminds me of Downieville.
  • 12-15-2004
    Pete
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OGDHr
    One of my favorites....that sentiment is not always shared by everyone on the way up but at the top everyone is smiling again.

    Oh come on Frank, some people climb it.

  • 12-15-2004
    OGDHr
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    yes....some do climb it!
    and have fun doing it!

    [QUOTE=Pete]Oh come on Frank, some people climb it.