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This topic is: What type of bike would you choose to ride at Snowshoe? Hardtail, Full Suspension, Single Speed, Fixed Gear or Other?

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Name: ryan
Email: Not Available
Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2008, 14:05:55
to make it look like the name ryan in a skull

Name: clayd
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007, 01:57:48
Just checking. Can i use my ss specialized epic in the ss category?

Name: N/A
Email: Not Available
Date: Wed, Jan 24, 2007, 12:35:31
Well Randy,
Sorry it has taken me so long to answer your question.
If you can ride a cross bike in one of these races, the organizer should be taken out and BEATEN to a bloody pulp. Bunch of pansies screwing up my sport! That's right. MY sport.

Name: Randy Rogers
Date: Tue, Dec 27, 2005, 19:03:09
I am new to 24 hour racing. Can you ride a cyclocross bike or is it better with a MB?

Name: The Masked Avenger
Email: Not Available
Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2005, 19:55:46
I think i would have to say my wheel chair, its preety suped up its got some sweet surly large marge rims, it climbs like a beast but it dishes out some nasty ass jolts on the desents(its a hard tail) i m thinking of getting one of the new full suspension ones
that would be sick
but because im homeless i think we need to up the welfare provisions
yeah, wheelchair

Name: stiff legger
Date: Tue, Mar 01, 2005, 16:13:10
i live at the foothills of the blue ridges, which the riding around here is similar to Big Bear, wv - i also ride a singlspeed mtb, and my 1:1 ratio can get me up just about anything.. of course, i tend to start running up as i can feel the bonk comin' on.. your 2:1 will absolutely annihilate you. gear down, take pepper's advice.. maybe even try the 1:2 (ridiculous)???

Name: d.
Date: Mon, Jul 05, 2004, 16:08:58
over here in the uk i ride a surly 1x1 for my 24hr races. I do use a use shox poat for my poor back though.

Name: Nomoss with the green floss-
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2003, 16:23:23
For Tahoe this Aug- how much am I going to be carrying my rig? I have a Santa Cruz Superlite- great ride, orange!, but lousy to carry with the shock coming up to meet the middle of the top-tube.

Name: Zaphod
Date: Mon, Mar 03, 2003, 18:16:47
All joking aside (& they're pretty funny) the winning combo was a really skinny tire with more of a texture vs. an actual tread. Mud will pack it up anyway so skip the +30 pounds of muck and learn how to surf on slicks.

Be sure to use mudproof cable systems or go SS.


Name: Frank
Date: Tue, Dec 03, 2002, 13:20:56
Cyclocross? Doable for this course?

Name: Cary Quarles
Date: Mon, Jul 01, 2002, 07:25:41
Get the lightest bike you can find and take off everything and rig up some kind of straps like a backpack because your not going to ride your going to hike.

Name: Generalissimo Pepperoncini
Date: Mon, Jun 24, 2002, 14:28:08
Dearest Guspatcho,

I'm tellin' ya man, what you need is the Pepper single speed gearing: 20 on the front, 32 in the back.

Spin baby spin...

xxxo, c

Name: GusWoodruff
Date: Mon, Jun 03, 2002, 17:26:36
Well this will be my 6th Canaan/Snowshoe, and I have been thinking of shaking up a rather competetive team dynamic (nobody wants to be slower than Frank, ergo you must go as fast as possible), by bringing my beloved custom singlespeed this year and not telling anyone until it's too late. My problem- we live in the flatlands of Florida, and while my current 36/18 gearing does me well in almost all situations here, I KNOW that will crush me and cause me to walk more than I like to in the real stuff in WV. Any singlespeeders from 2000/2001 Snowshoe have any gearing advice? Just don't tell anyone from FL Bulvas (5-person open).

Name: Joel Gwadz
Date: Wed, May 22, 2002, 22:10:23
Ride what makes you feel good.
There are definitely different schools of thought on how to approach the sport and more specifically how to approach this course, but that is one of the stories of the race.
Sure a cross bike may be faster on the climbs, but then you have reserved yourself to not even attempted to ride most of the technical sections.
While yes, a single speed gets fashion points, the climbs are one of the best times to make time in a race like this. And you may not have the gearing to grind out these climbs (and if you do, :"NICE LEGS!"
Sure the BMX bike in a backpack may have made laps faster at a few of these Laird Knight sponsored cyclist equalent to a RAVE. But even with the HIKE–A–BIKE I still try to approach it like a mountainbike race.

so like I said
ride what makes you feel good

ps. I miss the trampoline and the disco ball :)

Name: marc
Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2002, 07:02:34
Hey Hub: I'll match you on my Pea Picker!

Name: caleb
Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2002, 14:29:10
hardtail,the harder the better

Name: dave
Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2002, 20:40:52
Does a water bottle count as a bike?

Name: Mike Bowles
Date: Tue, Jan 15, 2002, 08:59:58
Which ever bike is easiest to push, I mean drag.

Name: Don Parks
Date: Thu, Jan 10, 2002, 11:04:06
How's about a unicycle (it'd be lighter to carry!)

Name: Haydog
Date: Wed, Dec 26, 2001, 11:15:02
This thing says to enter your thought, but I try and not think too much. I would recommend riding what ever you have short of motorized vehicles. (That is unless you paint it like a Super V like the other dude mentioned!) The best thing to do is quit worrying and ride! Oh yeah, go really fast, and if something gets in your way-TURN!

Name: Hub
Date: Sat, Jun 16, 2001, 00:24:40
I would like to ride my old red Schwinn Apple Krate 5 speed, stick shift, sting ray bike, complete with front coil shock and rear telescopic shocks. I would use a knobby set of tires in lieu of the rather slick stock tires. The banana seat would be quite comfy.

Name: Erik Petersen
Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2001, 09:07:15
Cycle-cross have to carry your bike anyway. Why not do it with class.

Name: hj
Date: Tue, Jun 05, 2001, 18:42:26

No chain suck, no braking (problems), hitensil steel absorbs shock well.
Freewheels will only spin, and brakes will only slow you down.

Name: Lucas
Email: Not Available
Date: Fri, May 18, 2001, 16:32:22
I would recommend not going with a superlight bike. If your bike is heavier it will have less tendency to slip on the roots. Last year at snowshoe I saw tons of people on downhill bikes that were barely sliding out at all.

P.S. Ryan take both and if it is slick up there ride the 26 pounder. If it is dry and fast ride the hardtail 21 pounder.

Name: Ryan
Date: Mon, May 07, 2001, 17:57:35
Any REAL advice on what type of bike to bring? I've got a 21lb hardtail that screams up the climbs, but I've also got a 26lb full sus that tears up the downhill, and stays steady on the climbs. What do you think?

Name: nate
Date: Wed, Apr 18, 2001, 00:26:35
some things i found that work bad last year are:

1. coaster brakes

2. single speed cruiser bikes (the wide handlebars are kinda hard to fit through tight singletrack)

3. training wheels are fine on hardpack, but when you get to the deep mud, have your mommy handy.

4. chopper style bikes look cool on the downhills, but can be a bear on the climbs. (sissy seats will keep you from falling off the back too : )...)

5. don't try a unicycle, only clowns ride those thingies.

6. if you plan on riding a recumbent, swap out the stock tires for wheel barrow tires. trust me.

7. if you have good endurance but bad technical skills, get one of those mini-bicycles from a circus, strap it to your back and fire up your nike's. you will most likely be 37.4% faster.

8. tandem bikes are very stable in the rooty and rocky sections, but are tricky in the switchbacks.

9. utilize a bell on the handlebars. the bears find it un-nerving when rude cyclists yell at them. they prefer a nice polite bell ding any day.

10. i'm pretty sure mopeds are illegal. i have mine painted to look like a cannondale super v, so i will find out and let you know for next year...

Name: Steve Johanson
Date: Mon, Apr 09, 2001, 11:34:28
I recently switched from a hardtail (Giant xtc se-1) to a dual suspension Giant XTC NRS air. Wow what a difference. Not just on rough downhills but on climbing rought rocky rooty sections. Simply by switching bikes I was able to clean a particular rough hill.

I do agree that at least 50 percent of the riders last year walked 50 percent of the course.

Hopefully this years trail maintenance will make the trails at snowshoe at least ridable.

Name: David Kerr
Date: Sat, Mar 24, 2001, 08:47:53
Unless you are an exceptional rider, ride the lightest bike you own. I assure you, you will be carrying it after the first laps traffic. There is about one third of the course that gets wet, rooty, muddy, mean.
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