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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #800 on: August 02, 2018, 01:29:45 pm »
New bike day! 2019 Spark RC  :3some:

 

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« Reply #801 on: August 02, 2018, 02:13:06 pm »
New bike day! 2019 Spark RC  :3some:

Great bike! Enjoy it! :ricky: :thumleft:
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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #802 on: August 02, 2018, 08:54:11 pm »
New bike day! 2019 Spark RC  :3some:

Lekker!

Let us know how it compares to the EPIC....  :biggrin:

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« Reply #804 on: August 03, 2018, 09:53:32 am »
Im taking this baby for a spin this weekend, demo Gravel bike from Giant dealership. Will give some feedback after the weekend. Im currently on a carbon XT marida full suspension. Will be interesting......
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« Reply #805 on: August 03, 2018, 12:07:25 pm »
Im taking this baby for a spin this weekend, demo Gravel bike from Giant dealership. Will give some feedback after the weekend. Im currently on a carbon XT marida full suspension. Will be interesting......
One day I'll own a TCX, mark my words.
For now my hacked together Merida monstercross will have to do.
 

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #806 on: August 03, 2018, 01:52:10 pm »
Since moving to Cape Town and being in a nice area with shops nearby and relatively flat sections go roads, we decided to invest in some wheels...

Cost a fortune, but loving it so far!

Today we rode to Signal Hill, my second time ever going up Signal Hill (and I call myself a Capetonian...)

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #807 on: August 14, 2018, 11:33:03 am »
Jeez Louise... I am going to take my hard-tail MTB, set it alight, burn it and then recycle the alloy frame!

And next time I am doing the Baviaanskloof, it is on my scoot or a 4x4. I still feel like a jack-hammer today!

Now needing a Dual Susser, for sure.
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« Reply #808 on: August 14, 2018, 11:34:49 am »
Jeez Louise... I am going to take my hard-tail MTB, set it alight, burn it and then recycle the alloy frame!

And next time I am doing the Baviaanskloof, it is on my scoot or a 4x4. I still feel like a jack-hammer today!

Now needing a Dual Susser, for sure.

You need a decent saddle !! DS just gonna make you bounce around even more .
 

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« Reply #809 on: August 14, 2018, 11:58:43 am »
Jeepers, I don't know bud, those other guys looked a lot more comfy to me! My bum and legs are actually fine but the kidneys and body took a ponding. But then again, I am just bickering now and by next week will probably start planning next years again... And there are some awfully steep and long hills for a down-hill ride  :biggrin:
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« Reply #810 on: August 14, 2018, 12:00:53 pm »
Theres a massive difference in comfort, I have both and the hardtail is NOT nice on corrugated rough gravel etc!
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« Reply #811 on: August 14, 2018, 12:03:02 pm »
Theres a massive difference in comfort, I have both and the hardtail is NOT nice on corrugated rough gravel etc!

Got to agree with this. My dual suspension on a gravel road is streets ahead of a hard tail.
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« Reply #812 on: August 14, 2018, 12:34:05 pm »
Jeez Louise... I am going to take my hard-tail MTB, set it alight, burn it and then recycle the alloy frame!

And next time I am doing the Baviaanskloof, it is on my scoot or a 4x4. I still feel like a jack-hammer today!

Now needing a Dual Susser, for sure.

A Brooks saddle?
 
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« Reply #813 on: August 14, 2018, 12:36:15 pm »
Like so:

 

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« Reply #814 on: August 14, 2018, 12:43:07 pm »
Jeez Louise... I am going to take my hard-tail MTB, set it alight, burn it and then recycle the alloy frame!

And next time I am doing the Baviaanskloof, it is on my scoot or a 4x4. I still feel like a jack-hammer today!

Now needing a Dual Susser, for sure.

A Brooks saddle?


Rather go for the Bronze model . Done TB a few times with that saddle on with my dikwiel . No suspension .
 

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #815 on: August 15, 2018, 10:01:10 am »
You certainly are a tougher man than I! I found that my HT really bucked a lot and that a lot of effort was being lost in the process, rather than the energy being transferred to the earth. On the really bumpy stuff, I was left behind by my mates (and others) on the softies...but that may just be me too. Bumpy ascents were also quite hard, but then again, I was very under-prepared.
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« Reply #816 on: August 25, 2018, 08:27:52 am »
Whoohoo. Done. Seriously looking forward to my first.






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« Reply #817 on: August 25, 2018, 02:42:58 pm »
Whoohoo. Done. Seriously looking forward to my first.






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« Reply #818 on: August 27, 2018, 12:18:49 pm »
Whoohoo. Done. Seriously looking forward to my first.






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Did it this year, don't get too caught up in all the hype and overtrain, so many riders arrive there tired, and with weak immune systems from overtrainign, it's really not as bad as people make it out to be. We trained around 6-8 hours a week, no training programs or BS, just rode our MTB's in the afternoon, had a beer then rode home.

Just make sure to tick your essential boxes:

(I've worked with the top teams at epic for 5 years so I was fortunate to know what to expect and had a wealth of good advice on hand, so take this to heart)
- Have a mechanic at the venue
- Try to not stay in the tents/eat in the village (you're 99% guaranteed to get sick)
- Recover, recover, recover. The moment you finish be sure to have a recovery shake close by, something wholesome I used this
https://www.yuppiechef.com/wazoogles.htm?id=26735&name=Wazoogles-Unicorn-Berry-Superfood-Protein-Shake&PHPSESSID=l1tgegsi8jn29cv92p7snglt30

- Try to not eat at the feed zones, as tempting as it is remember there would've been a hundred dirty riders in front of you who stuck their sweaty dirty hands in the food. Know how many calories your body needs per hour when doing endurance exercise  (I was 650cal per hour) and take food with you on the bike according to that, also for hydration have something that can fill your calorie count.

I rode with 4 rush bars on me, 1 GU chew, and enough skratch labs mix to make 4 bottles (start with two already mixed in the bike)
Below is an image of my food for on the bike and recovery for the week.

Your biggest obstacle will be food and recovery, it's tempting to eat jellybabies and drink coke when you're fucked but you have to think 3 days ahead, if you're loading your body with sugar then you will pay for it 2 days later.

The last two days it gets hard to eat as you're pretty over everything, for the last two days I'd start with a double espresso and a red bull (caffeine is great for getting your muscles going) but you can't play those strategies early on in the week.

 
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« Reply #819 on: August 27, 2018, 12:31:03 pm »
Some images from this year, I was 281-2