The Mountain Bikers — Will You Ride with Us?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Foncky, Mar 20, 2017.

    1. Foncky
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      Hi,

      Many people on TT love mountain biking.

      This sport is a great way to exercise and have fun.

      It might be challenging for our ears though:
      - wind is noisy
      - tyres can be noisy too, depending on the nature of the ground
      - the bike itself can be loud at times and transmit vibrations
      - you can cross roads and meet motorbikes or forest trucks
      - you might be caught in the middle of a storm especially if you ride high mountains

      So this thread could be used to share tips: How do you ride and where? What kind of bike? Do you use earplugs and which ones, etc?

      Some great websites to enjoy news and videos from the MTB world:
      https://www.pinkbike.com/
      http://www.mtbr.com/
      http://singletrackworld.com/
      https://www.singletracks.com/

      I will add news and links regularly for people to know MTB better.

      @astronomer @Rubenslash @SilverSpiral @Alue @Samir @Sam Bridge
       
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    2. Alue

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      Full suspension is the way to go. It cuts way down on the vibrations.

      I just noticed there is a bike in your avatar.
       
    3. Foncky
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      Yep, my avatar is about joy and hope, it's not about death ;)

      I agree, full suspension + low pressure tyres is the best for us.

      By the way, be very careful when you inflate a tyre, those things can explode and that's no fun at all, it's just like a gunshot, even more powerful and next to you.
       
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    4. astronomer
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      mine is a full suspension GIANT DS/1, yellow/ black frame/yellow rims , hayes disc brakes, Manitou forks, I single track through local forests with obstacles and courses made by mountain bikers, hardwood hills is our mountain bike center which I use in oro medonte, Ontario Canada, have had a broken arm, broken wrist, cracked ribs,cuts and bruises and a ringing ear, but bike is fine !!
       
    5. Alue

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      O' I know all too well about the dangers of air pressure... I wear earmuffs when pumping up tires lol. Not because it's too loud, but just in case.
       
    6. Foncky
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      @astronomer wow take it easy, MTB is for fun, not for hospital :D
      I had several Giant some years ago, including a VT and an AC.

      @Alue now I ask my father to take care of the tires when he's around... Or my girlfriend ! :)
      I ask them to wear earmuffs though.

      I'm going to get this baby in a few days :
      Five_Gold_3Q-083.jpg
       
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    7. astronomer
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      hey foncky

      yes, I agree, its for fun not for hospitals,those were the days I did competition and obstacle courses, now that those crazy days are behind me I ride single track more responsibly, no more teeter toters !
       
    8. dipp
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      Hi there.

      It has been a lot of time since I rode my MTB. It´s a Megamo Natural 40, 29" and only front suspension.
      I want to ride it again because I love it, and want to do it again despite T and floaters. But I´m somewhat afraid of the wind in my ear. I remember it can get quite loud.
      Do you protect your ears? How? With earplugs?
       
    9. Alue

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      This is my bike.

      2000%20GT%20XCR-4000%20copy.jpg

      I've had it forever, but it still gets the job done.
       
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    10. Foncky
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      Nice one Alue !

      I'm going to try different plugs (foams or musician ones). The biggest problem with plugs is that you may hear vibrations a lot.
       
    11. Foncky
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    12. dipp
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      That would be fantastic, I'm gonna try it !

      Looks interesting. Have you seen this?: https://www.cat-ears.com/

      I don´t know which one would be the best protection for air.


      Do you think that could be a problem in a MTB? I Don´t think my tyres are that loud.
       
    13. Foncky
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      Yes different brands make them but it would seem that the Wind-Blox Pro give the highest protection (25dB).

      It's available on Amazon.

      I have severe H so yes, tyre noise is a problem for me. Probably not dangerous but I like to ride my bike for 8+ hours so... It depends on the ground of course : in sand/dust, it's really ok, over unsteady rocks it can be very noisy.
       
    14. dipp
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      8 hours?? Wow. You're in much better shape than me!!
      Have you purchased it yet? Please come back here and review when you try it. Have a happy ride!
       
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    15. Foncky
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      The last time I did that it was a 85km ride :confused:

      I ordered the Wind-Blox device, I'm really glad that some companies thought about it. I understand how it works and it should be very effective at low speed.

      My only concern is to use it along with sunglasses. Will have to find a way to make it work.
       
    16. dipp
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      Yes, sunglasses are a must with floaters... I haven´t ride my bike since my onset of floaters.
       
    17. Rubenslash

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      I also found this: http://www.windrushgear.com/index.php/site/activity/cycling/

      Let us know how your device is working. We have some options to try now :)
       
    18. dipp
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      Hi @Foncky , have you tried them yet?
       
    19. Foncky
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