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Rocky Mountain trail riding

4051 Views 20 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Loppy
I recently got a T-dub about a month ago
Woo Hoo!

I've been tootling around on it and having a blast.

We went camping Labor day weekend up near Georgia pass which is between Fraiser and Breckenridge Co. Anyways climbing some of those hills was a bit of a struggle
climbing over boulders and sharp rocks was a bit nerve wracking but I did make it to the top and my poor T-dub earned a spot on the lift for her victory dance. My delema is that I don't know if it is my inexperience with this bike or the bike tires, I bounce like I'm on a big red bouncing ball (like the ones with handles some folks had when they were a kid) when I start to get thrown there is no getting her back, I must of fell 1/2 dozen times climbing up the mountain and a couple of times coming down. I feel like the bike is riding on top of the terrain and not digging in.

We went again this weekend and did a bit better, I hit the ultimate biker mogels and was having a blast, I hit one came up, then down, then I really don't know what happen next but everyone behind me said the tire just bounced like a balloon and you were down and slid over 10 ft
, I'm still limping and the poor poor T-dub took a terrible beating although I broke her fall when I let her land on my body...
that is the pain I am feeling all over at this moment.

Anyways is the T-dub not made for this terrain, I can see that she would be a blast in the sand and some great fire roads etc. but the rocky terrain here in Colorado..I don't know, did I mess up and get me the wrong bike? which now needs some TLC just on the front accessory stuff she landed on that first before landing on me.

Ok sorry to ramble, I'm just confused. I suppose I can get alot of info here on the site, so your input is well needed for this new T-dub owner.
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TW - Rocky stuff = no problem!
My tires were down to 15 and I weigh 240lbs.

Everyone up pretty much nailed it. Get a better front tire. Lower pressures down to 12-15. Slow down a bit, enjoy the ride.

The one bit I can expand on that was said above, when your tires start bouncing, or in whoops, your tendancy is going to be to drop your legs. What that does is transfers nearly all the weight to the rear tire and "loads" the shock differently. Learn to ride on your pegs, get over the bar and teach that TW who's boss. The bike is happier when the forks work with the shock = more control. Stay with it, and keep us posted!
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