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Feb 5, 2002 10:11 AM
I've been blasting around on hard pack fire roads and wooded trails. Any way yesterday it was actualy above freezing and it turns out there is some fairly deep sand on some of the trails. I almost washed out a few times. I think I figured out when you go through this stuff it's best to keep your weight as far back as possible. Is this correct?
interesting question...Muncher.
Feb 5, 2002 10:46 AM
and one I have asked a few times as I pick the sand out of my teeth. I am in two minds on this one.

If I am running a fairly narrow tyre (CX v MTB), then I find for fairly short stretches of sand, esp. on downhill, pushing down on the bars and forcing the wheel to "track", and blasting through works best.

If I am on a wider tyre with a bit of "float", then the weight back technique seems best.

Either way, there is a certain depth of sand at which everything goes pair-shaped if I hit it at any speed. Over a long stretch of pedaling, I find it best to keep a higher than normal cadence, which seems to assist balance.

Would welcome any other thoughts though, as I am far from confident of my approach to sand (is anyone?).
interesting question...climbo
Feb 6, 2002 10:51 AM
definitely weight back. It is far too easy to go over the bars if you don't keep your weight back. Hit it fast, spin an easy gear through it and try to keep the front wheel light so it doesn't dig in and start to turn you. If it starts to go one way you need to fight it to hold it straight.

I think that's all you can do, hold on in there and fight the steering, weight back should assist the back wheel not spinning out.
keep your weight back in deep sand nmWriConsult
Feb 13, 2002 12:33 PM