My Mountain Biking Hobby is my Back Door and Entrance for Unexpressed Emotions and Uncontrolled Feelings for Seeking Thrill and Because Mountain Biking Takes me to a Place Something Unusual of the Real World!
I went to the quarry the other day where our dirt jump ramps are still and waiting for me. I checked the surroundings first to see if everything where in the same condition as we left it.
I rolled back and fourth the ramp jumping over it without the bike just to overcome the nervous and get use with it. And finally after a few minutes I decided to take a jump, I took my bike and positioned at the starting line and pedaled through the ramp and to bad I did it again. I went down crashed landed my speed was too slow that I did not reach the receiver and tumble over and got a new wounds on my nose and shin! Still not contented, I tried it again adding more speed and poof I did it, I cleared the ramp although it was a rough landing but at least I didn't crash!
Are you a mountain biker or a cyclist in general? I've just learned from a mountain bike magazine that the first point where to start trimming your rig's weight is at the wheel set!
The weight does not concentrate very much on the hubs but on the parts the are moving far from the rotating center. Yes! the tires, the tubes, the rims! It has something to do with what they call centripetal force and centrifuge. And much more regardless of this scientific basis is the way the products are manufactured. Whether the same brand and same models tires and tubes specially differentiate very much with their mass. Weighing before buying these parts can save a few more pounds to cut some weight from your rig. Try weighing 20 pieces of tubes with the same brand and model! you'll be surprise if you will know the difference!
Launcher Ready? Roger That! Receiver Cleared? Roger That! Projectile Ready? Roger!..... Projectile You are Cleared for take off!..........Projectile in Motion! Leaving Launcher at 50 degrees! Receiver on sight! Estimated Range is 10 feet! Prepared for landing!....SOS! SOS! SOS!
March 15, 2008 A friend of mine was preparing a ramp to practice a no footer and a no hander on air, I was their also preparing a ramp to practice a 180 degrees rotation (again) after a 1 year vacation from freestyle biking. The place was dusty and hot it's a quarry site near our village. After a week, March 21 my friend went back to build the receiver. The following day we went their together with shovel on hand to retouch and finalize the receiver! It was already 1 pm when we finish our agenda at the site!
The sun was high and the air was hot! Benjamin hit the ramp at a minimum speed! damn it was a success! And continuously roll and hit the berm like wall! Very nice jump Benjamin Very nice! He position his bike again and pedaled faster for additional speed and pulled out table top after living the ramp! I decided to try it, Although I got phobia with broken ramps! Adrenalin was pumping and my knees were shaking! I positioned my bike at low gear and keep on pedaling to over run the shaking and shifted to high gear for added speed and boom! As I left the ramp and landed safely and smoothly, it gave a grin to my face! "Now I've conquered my Ramphobia ^^"
We decide to go home for lunch about 2pm and went back about 3pm to try it again and feel comfortable with the ramp! yeah it was comfy for Benjamin cause he was pulling out those damn no footer and no handed attempts! Sorry me after third try, just when it already feel good! My Bike Tilted about 10 degrees to the left off its axis I landed diagonal on the ground and the wheels slipped! All I see was dirt on my face and jersey and pants and helmet and pain on my shoulder and shin and knees and my ipod turned deaf and my bike 4 feet away from me!
My heart was pumping like an artillery rumbling from a distance! Ouch Ouch! a moment of silence and checking! I got wounds and scratch all over my left arm, shoulders and legs, knees ! Thanks to the idea of helmet! I'm alright at all! ^^ Although it's was a disaster I'm gonna give it a try again after I bought my shin and knee guards! Yeah that's what I've learned after 10 years of biking never fly without shin and knee guards! with helmet off course and all those safety blingy thingy! ^^