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Don't try this at home: What's the guttsiest thing you ever did on a bike? (nm)(30 posts)

Don't try this at home: What's the guttsiest thing you ever did on a bike? (nm)Pollster
Dec 5, 2002 7:46 AM
re: Don't try this at home: What's the guttsiest thing you ever did on a bike? (nm)Steve_0
Dec 5, 2002 7:49 AM
pedaled through camden, alone, at 2am.
Commute over the BB and through NYC in a snowstorm; today. nmonespeed
Dec 5, 2002 7:49 AM
I should also say, I am originally from So Cal. (nm)onespeed
Dec 5, 2002 8:09 AM
not real monumental, but works for me.........jeff27
Dec 5, 2002 8:03 AM
stood up out of the saddle on the rollers last night,
sketchy, but i didn't wind up on my butt like i thought.
re: Don't try this at home: What's the guttsiest thing you ever did on a bike? (nm)syart
Dec 5, 2002 8:48 AM
It isn´t me , but it looks daring!
This is "Caption this picture" material!!! (nm)Captain Morgan
Dec 5, 2002 10:56 AM
His gut must be in pretty good shape, too!Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 3:29 PM
One day I gotta try that on the cruiser. Probably would work better than a full tuck with BOTH hands behind my back.

I can't imagine trying it in close quarters to other bikes.
Have you seen the guy who stands on the saddle?Kristin
Dec 6, 2002 7:09 AM
He's a messanger type from California. He'll find a long stretch of false flat or even downhill and go down it standing on the saddle. I caught an interview with him on one of those Extreme sport shows. The guy was a little out there, but he could do some cool sh$t on a bike.
re: Don't try this at home: What's the guttsiest thing you ever did on a bike? (nm)MJ
Dec 5, 2002 9:09 AM
there was a hill at this place in Arlington off 360 I used to ride with two huge drop offs at the top of a steep technical downhill - the drop offs were 2-3 feet each and about 4 feet apart - the trail below was covered in large loose rocks

my friend and I stopped at the lip of the drop off and were soon passed by what turned out to be a semi-pro women's mtb team from an area store who blew by us and made the downhill look easy

I/we had been ramping up for the downhill since the first visit and decided that if they coud do it we could - we did and survived - but we never did again - it took more willpower than anything else I have ever done on a bike and I attribute it to male macho posturing that will never be repeated...
re: Don't try this at home: What's the guttsiest thing you ever did on a bike? (nm)ParticleMan
Dec 5, 2002 9:15 AM
riding in a tropical thunderstorm, in Orchard road- the busiest road in Singapore...why? cos I wanted to go home....
64 mph in the darkDougSloan
Dec 5, 2002 9:21 AM
Even this seasoned mountain descender had some serious "oh sh!ts" going through my head as I plunged down Townes Pass into Death Valley in the pitch black while being followed by a car 20 feet behind (and this right after 220 miles and a 4,000 foot climb). In one place, at 60 mph the road falls away so it appears you are going right off a cliff; your lights shine horizontally into nothing. Staying "in it" takes total faith that you know what you are doing ("don't brake!... don't brake!... don't brake!") However, there's a fine line between gutsy and stupid, I suppose.
how can you read a speedo in the pitch black?Spoiler
Dec 5, 2002 9:44 AM
the car nmDougSloan
Dec 5, 2002 9:46 AM
Townes Pass is a fast oneStraightblock
Dec 5, 2002 12:09 PM
It's probably the fastest I ever went on a bike, but mine was in daylight, going towards Lone Pine during the old Death Valley-Mt. Whitney race. No computers in those days, but the wife of one of the other was following the lead group in her car. She said her speedo read 55mph+ & we were pulling away steadily. A couple of guys quit the race on the downhill because they were terrified of the speed (and the speed wobble).

Nowdays, probably the craziest thing I do is draft an occasional semi on Herndon.
Just did it!grzy
Dec 5, 2002 3:01 PM
Hit 48 mph in the dark having never been down Townes Pass in my life, but it was a full moon and I had an HID. A few hours before I rode over in the back of a car and made a mental note of a bunch of grapefruit sized rocks in the road. Would've gone faster had I known the road and that it was clear. We went from Death Valley to the Summit of Mt. Whitney in less than 24 hours (the bike leg was a relay). The hardest part was coming down Mt. Whiteny in the dark with most of the group under heavy bonk, dehydration, and headaches.

Probably one of the more nutty things was doing a seven hour solo XC in Tahoe on a hardtail. Tahoe Rim Trail to Mr. Toad's the hard way - start at Kingsburry Grade, go through Heavenly Ski Area climb to 10,000, get to the top of Toad's after 5.5 hours in the backcountry after not seeing another soul. If you wreck no one would hear you scream or even know where to start looking for you and there are only two bailouts. Not the smartest thing I've ever done, but everyone else pussed out and I really wanted to go. Totally epic ride which I've since done in 5:20 with a buddy. Arriving at the top of Mr. Toad's all cashed is not an option. A large Camelbak PLUS a water filter is highly advised.

Continually blown away by some of the stunts that I see the freeriders pull in Santa Cruz. These guys can ride stuff buzzed that I have a hard time walking over sober.
Dec 5, 2002 3:39 PM
The west side into Panamint Valley is much more treacherous, with more turns and those damn rocks in the road. You don't get quite the same wide open freedom to let it rip. 48 in the dark on that side is pretty scary. How did you like the climb up from Stovepipe? That's a 17 mile climb with 5,000 feet gain. We rode from Stovepipe to and up Whitney the last day of a 4 day camp for 508 prep, and by the time I got to Whitney I was totally trashed and destroying my knees in my 39x25. You can get some hellacious winds out there, too. Whitney is harder than hell, I thought. Much steeper than Townes.

For every time you see those nutty 22 year old mtb'rs pull off some crazy stunt, remember than they probably crashed bad trying about 15 times. They must heal fast.
Let it rip down a mountain ...Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 9:35 AM
A couple of high-speed mountain descents come to mind. The first was pavement on a twisty, steep, 2-lane road. My mechanical odometer was making strange noises and was probably malfunctioning, but said I did 1 mile in 58 seconds from a rolling start. I couldn't have stopped if my life depended on it.

The second was a drop down a fairly steep driveway about a mile long. The water-bars were a blast, going airborne for about 30 ft. One of them sent me on a trajectory from which I couldn't regain control on the next turn, and I drifted into some bushes. Fortunately they were very soft, and contained no poison ivy. I did the whole descent with a big grin on my face, but could easily have been killed.
Guttsiest for the sake of guttsiest. . .js5280
Dec 5, 2002 9:36 AM
Probably have ridden drops on mtb trails that might be this high (3 feet or so), but this was 100% for the thrill of the drop. Urban riding is fun! (but not recommended for road bikes)

Here's the moving picture version. . .
Porcupine Rim trail on a rigid bikemohair_chair
Dec 5, 2002 9:45 AM
That would be unthinkable today. In 1995 it was all I had, and I didn't know any better. I had a blast, rode all but the nastiest stuff, and only crashed once, right before the very end.
Noble Canyon Trail on a rigid bike ...Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 3:34 PM
... the bike held up fine. But if somebody had been selling full suspension downhill bikes on the side of the trail, I'd have been sorely tempted to buy one on the spot.
re:Smacked the hood of an offending car with my forearm.dzrider
Dec 5, 2002 9:59 AM
The guy cut me off and I caught him at the light. Didn't realize how stupid I was til I figured out he was behind me and soon to pass me again. I got on the sidewalk til he went by.
Probably more stupid than gutsy...brider
Dec 5, 2002 10:11 AM
There was this dirt road that we used to take speed runs on. Long, straight, not too rough well into the woods. Had about 200 yds run out before it ended at a river. My buddy hit 54 mph going down this one. Well, one day (after a couple days of HEAVY winds) I was out riding alone. Decided I'd go for a new speed record PR for the hill. Instead of going to take a look first, and take the straight shot at the wind-up, I took the normal road which turned onto this hill at the top, winding it up as I went. Did I mention that I didn't look first? Well, I'm barrelling along, feeling the exhilaration of speed, when I finally look far enough ahead to see the tree. Remember the days of heavy winds? A tree had fallen across the road, covering the whole road. No where to go to avoid it, I hit the binders... Damn, not enough room to stop in time... So I let loose, prayed, and pulled... Semmed like I was flying for ever... floating... floating... Then softly landing on the other side. Fortunately for me, the tree wasn't chest-high or anything, and didn't cover too much real estate length-wise on the road. Probably the biggest bunny hop I've ever done. And NO WITNESSES!! Damn damn damn!
Cat 3/4 Madison (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 5, 2002 11:44 AM
Rode down the highway during morning rush hourshawniemc
Dec 5, 2002 11:58 AM
For about a 1/2 mile. It was during a snow storm and the trails had over a foot of snow. It just got too tough. I was almost to work and didn't know of any side roads going where I needed to go.
Rode ON TOP of a water diversion flume next to Truckee Rivershawndoggy
Dec 5, 2002 1:42 PM
This is fun. About ten years ago, while in college, a friend of mine and I rode out from Verdi (about ten miles west of Reno, Nevada on the California-Nevada state line) on a service road paralleling the Truckee river. There was a steep decent and the road ended at a water diversion flume. These are old-school looking things that look remarkably like what you'd ride a fake wooden log in with your family at an amumsment park, albeit much more dangerous (long underground portions, hazards in the water, etc.).

This particular flume had an open frame above it with boards running down the frame above the water (probably so the power company could come out and walk along the flume to service it). Anyhow my friend and I were feeling lazy and he suggested that we ride back along those two boards on top of the flume instead of doing the long climb back. Being 20 and bulletproof, it seemed like a great idea. The boards were probably about 18"-20" wide total, and were about 5' above the water running through the flume. About a half a mile into it, the flume ended up skirting a cliff which was about 50' above the (dry and not deep) riverbed below.

We did it and survived. It's sort of one of those high watermark "man we were idiots" memories for my friend and me.
You're a SICKO!grzy
Dec 5, 2002 3:05 PM
I know exactly where this is and have heard stories of people riding this and think about it everytime I see this along the road. Serious consequences if you were to fall. Very nervey stuff.
Alas, a former SICKO.shawndoggy
Dec 5, 2002 3:43 PM
Now I'm a grown up with kids and a mortgage and a job to get to. Then I was a carefree youth...

Technically it wasn't hard... put the MTB in granny gear and start pedaling.... and it wasn't like we were doing Hans Rey style wheelies or anything.

But yes, the consequences could have been great. I'm envisioning a long period of paybacks once my kids become teenagers.
Riding to work every day.JD88
Dec 5, 2002 2:28 PM
4th of July party, lots of beer, new bike......cydswipe
Dec 5, 2002 3:27 PM
A guy on my mountain bike team throws this huge party every 4th of July. He bought this old Huffy "Dream Girl" bike. It had the banana seat, handlebar tassles, everything intact at garage sale. After the keg ran dry, we built a makeshift ramp with the empty and I took a short flight. The back rim colapsed under my 185lb frame plus the beer I had drank. I got about 5 feet. We laughed so hard I cried. I re-built the bike for next year. Evil Knevil's got nuthin' on me! :)