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    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!

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    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

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    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.

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    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?
    Mount Fuji, Japan

    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.
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    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!

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

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    Yup sometimes hikes pay off:
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    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.

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    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.

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    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..
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    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?
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    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.
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    Good job!

    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!

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    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.
    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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    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!

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    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.

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    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...
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    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.


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    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).

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    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.

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    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.





    The view is well worth it!


    and the ride down is a blast



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    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.

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    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.


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    yes....some do climb it!

    and have fun doing it!

    [QUOTE=Pete]Oh come on Frank, some people climb it.
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    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away

    ...."I don't want to be the fastest.....just faster than my friends."

    Originally Posted by zenorb
    I so wish I could un-read that.

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