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How Can I Ride In Sand…Without A Fatbike? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

How Can I Ride In Sand…Without A Fatbike? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

– Welcome to this weeks Ask, the Show, where we try and answer
all your questions about mountain biking because
we are two experts. Well definitely one of them. Right now I’m going to start off with this question for you actually. And it’s from Shile and they say, can you do an interview with Neil? One good video to talk about what happened with your accident in the crash? Everything what lead up to it? And how you’re doing and some tips for recovery that’s a good idea. – Well I’m doing all right thanks. Five weeks ago I crashed my road bike into a car. Went around the corner too fast and I broke my ankle, broke my jaw, had bleeding on the brain, knocked all my teeth in. I got a gum thing on. My ankle’s doing good. I can peddle a bike a little bit. – You’re waddling around very well. – Getting on alright on my feet. – But I think an in depth video about that and talking about how
it recovers is actually a really good idea. It’s a good suggestion. Something we could maybe do. – I’ve had a few injuries. (mumbles) Rehabbed my shoulder through
lots of things in the gym and I just started doing that with (mumbles) It’s an important thing to
do when you get injured. – Absolutely good question. Fin High says, can I put a BMX fork on my downhill bike? Wow that was a gear change. – I would say it’s probably not possible and you probably shouldn’t do it anyway. – But you’d have to run a
20 inch wheel on the front. – The downhill bikes 1 1/8 anyway. I don’t use BMX bikes are 1 1/8 to? Maybe they are actually but don’t do it. – We’ve got to put a big
why on the front of that. Why would you? – Maybe we should! – Now you’ve got his interest. What else we got? – Paul Fritzell any tips
on riding through sand on a non plus or fat bike? Also any tips for maintenance after riding through sand? – Well I’ll tell you what. I haven’t got any tips on the maintenance. I’m gonna let you do that. But as far as riding through sand momentum is key. ‘Cause once you’ve lost it you’re done. You’re getting nowhere. – You have to lean back a little bit. To try and keep the front
wheel floating almost. – That feeling it kinda just, kinda glides across, keep your weight back, but that does make it quite
hard to keep peddling. It is hard to ride on sand. – Any sand on your chain or in a bearing is gonna absolutely wreck it. So make sure you clean the
bike afterwards I’d say. – There’s a race every year isn’t there? Where it starts on sand. – There’s one in the UK. Bailon Beach is it called? I think it is. – Keep your weight back keep moving. What about maintenance Neil? What to do about maintaining bike of sand? Just buy everything new? (laughter) – Born2befree so I’m a light fella and rarely get pinch flats, but does get fair amount
of cactus punctures. Not from the UK obviously. Should I go full tubeless or
should I go to slime tubes? – A bit of support there
in the tube is good, but I don’t know. Something like that is it really… – That’s what it’s designed
for to be honest I think. So definitely go tubeless. And we’ve got a video on top
five mistakes you’ll make when going tubeless so watch that and don’t make any of them. – So another tubeless setup
mistake that people often make is not having a correct pump to get your tubeless system inflated
in the first place. In an ideal world you want to use a compressor. Little bike shops have these and you might have a friend that does. The good thing about compressor is you get constant flow of air at a good rate. So your tire’s just going to pop out into place first time. The next best thing is to have one of these
sort of style pumps that have got compressed canister built into them. Using the pump handle itself, you’re inflating this and when you’re ready you
can actually release the air all in one hit. (hiss) – Next question coming
in from Supprozz says, can I change a larger wheel size e.g. 26 to 27.5 without changing the frame? – I’d say no. It’s technically possible, I’ve done it myself
when 27.5 just came out. I sought my Santa Cruz Bronson I think? I made it 27.5 for a race but the front tyre was
very close to the fork. So he could change the fork. But most frames you’ll be very
close and tight to the rim. So I wouldn’t recommend it. – Also you’re gonna get into
the bottom bracket issue. – Geometry’s can change. – The ball and bracket drop or rise. We haven’t quite worked
that one out have we? That’s a good one to bring up. Owen Cooper says, what’s your favourite bikes? – That’s a great question. – How would you answer that? Favourite bike or favourite bike as in downhill cross country? – Mine changes all the time. At the moment my favourite type of bike is the cross country bike. I really like going for long rides. Some of the modern bikes with 120, 100 mil travel, are really amazing bikes. I can’t believe how
light and fast they are. That’s my favourite bike at the moment. – I’m in love with downhill bikes. There’s a few out there
I’m really lusting over. – Is this the Whistler effect? – Yeah it might be the Whistler effect. It could be. One of my favourite bikes of
all time is a downhill bike and it was the Honda that
Greg Minnaar used to ride. – I rode one of those! I stole it off (mumbles) I was a bit disappointed. – Don’t say that now. Blake favourite bike? Sender good answer. Good answer nice. – Mumma Of 2, I rode my first race, women’s only on the weekend, what tips do you have for recovery? It was a three hour race and I’d only ever ridden
for two hours at most. Felt dead but had a great day with around 100 other women. – I’m gonna say rest. I always say rest. Whether it’s about injuries or recoveries, make sure you do have
the right amount of rest. Neil anything else? – The proper food after you finish. So protein all that stuff
is really important. And then maybe a gentle recovery ride. That after can really help your legs especially if you got sore legs. – Recovery rides are really
interesting one actually because when your legs
are sore you’re thinking they’re asking you what
to do is go for a ride. Now I remember being at
the end of a world cup cross country race once. Watching Alison Sydor, I think she was three
times world champion, come over the finishing line. She had just won the world cup and you’re thinking, man she must be tired, she went for an hour long recovery ride. Immediately after the race. That puts it into perspective. That recovery ride’s really important and those top pros they
use them all the time. First thing they do is get on a bike after they just won a race crazy! Now if that’s not information, enough information about recovery rides, then why don’t you check out our video about how to recover after a ride and all the ways you can do it. – Doing very little is what you need to do sometimes to recover and that’s really
important when it comes to getting fitter and stronger. While proper rest is important, it’s also good to get moving. You’re really looking for low
effort when you’re riding. Just to get the legs spinning and move away some of that lactic acid. You’re really looking for the
lowest intensity possible. So don’t go hard on those climbs, try and keep your heart rate down, and don’t go for more than about an hour. – Kai Ho asks, what do you do when you’re not cycling? – You know what? When I’m not in the shed or when I’m not out mountain biking I do something really interesting, I go hand biking. – It’s the same thing. (mumbles) Hang out with family. Got a little man at home so
I like doing stuff with him. I like tinkering with bikes. I’ve got an old Murr bike in my garage so I go in there and spend hours messing around with bikes. – It’s a lot of bikes. – A lot of bikes. – Bikes really is generally what we do. Animatrix says I’m 15, thinking of entering first race. Good on you. Do you think I should
enter hardtail category or my age group? I’ve noticed a lot people
in his age group have got nice full-sus bikes and he doesn’t know if that’s an unfair advantage. – I did same thing. I started racing when I was 15 on a hardtail. Depends if it’s downhill. We don’t know what type
of racing it is actually. If it’s downhill, yeah full-suspension bikes are all gonna be a bit quick probably. But I would say just jump
in your age category. It’s great to learn on
hardtail so just do that. – Find your level. Against other riders it’s important. – Djaddict13 can you make
a video on how to clean tubeless tyre sealant? – I can’t but you might be able to. – I would say best thing to do is, if it gets on your bike or on your tyres, if it dries out it really sticks to it. So just wash it off. Hose it off as soon as you can. I actually use a brush as well because like I said it makes it horrible. (mumbles) Dirt sticks to that and it’s horrible so get off that as soon as you can. – Marius Hilkert says, how does a steeper or slacker
seat angle effect the riding? And what is better for for downhills for riding with the saddle slammed? – Doesn’t really make any
difference when you go downhill. It’s when you’re seated climbing. So a steeper seat angle means you sit on top of the (mumbles) And it’s much nice as climb. Soon you’ll stood up it doesn’t matter. So if you’re downhill it doesn’t really make much difference to be honest. – And you slam that seat
out of the way just to give yourself more riding room. – Sorry I’ve ruined the name. Can you teach me how to nollie? Do you know what nollie is? – A nollie is a skateboard trick and on a mountain bike a nollie is the very same thing. – It’s a backwards bunny hop. – It’s a backwards bunny hop. Back wheel up first, front wheel follows. – It’s actually kinda easy but we haven’t done a video on that yet. Blake’s done a video on how to nose bonk which is quite similar. – It is actually. ‘Cause you kind of do that same motion, maybe start there. Maybe have a look at that one. – Welcome to my class today. I’m gonna teach you on how to nose press or nose bonk out there on the trails. (exciting music) – Time for the quick-fire round. Neil are you ready? Right here we go then. Darxide Pryor says, do brakes need servicing aside from replacing pads and bleeding? Okay good answer. Keanu Innis when is
the next Dirtshed Show? Louie Patrick Aquila says, can you fit a 26 inch tyre and tube to a 27.5 rim? – A tube yes tyre no. (laughter) – Kashive Sahadeo says, where are you all? In England or the USA? – England but we travel a lot. – We get around. Vaios M says, my spd cleats squeaks. What can he do? – That would be the pedals. Put a bit of chain lube on them. – That’s the way to go! There is no rotation
marks on my Dirty Dan, is that right? – I’ll bet they’re alright. Just have to look a bit closer. – I don’t understand that question. – I’ve never seen a tyre without rotation. – And that is the end. Oh it’s a tyre! I get it now. I was wondering what the hell is this… It’s the end of the quick-fire round let’s get out of this while we can. Correct me if I’m wrong. Now Neil we’ve got to
help out Ian Whitehead because he’s been
practising his bunny hops over in Brisbane in Australia. He’s doing pretty good but on this pile of logs
he’s trying to jump over his front wheel is hitting, his timing is a bit out, the back wheel is clearing the logs, but the front wheel is kind
of kicking off the first log. – It’s a good slow-mo here. Big pump that definitely works, but if you look, Ian stays quite central above the bike so big through the bunny hop. He’s trying to move down like he did, great big pump, but then moving back you want your hips to roll back. That’s gonna lift the front wheel. And then you hit (mumbles) It’s that back to forward
motion that you really need. That’s probably the most common mistake I see with bunny hops. I think you should put in
another video on this soon. Definitely try and get back and then forward. – And I’d also add, actually doing quite a skillful bit of riding there ’cause you’re knocking the front wheel
off of those first logs, as if you were gonna use
them as a little ramp but then bunny hop it. Now if you wanted to do that as a skill in its own right, it’s quite difficult. Don’t feel too bad. It’s not quite a bunny hop
and it’s not quite a jump. Neil’s advice would
probably sort that out. – Keep sending your
videos to [email protected] We’ll take a look. – Thanks for watching this weeks show. If you’ve got any
questions then leave them in the comments section down below and we’ll get on to them next week. – I love this video it’s great. Try and answer people’s questions. – Yeah it’s good fun. If you want to see another
video click over here for bike park vs. natural, a great video from Whistler. – And another one from Whistler click just here for top five things not to do in a bike park. – Give us a thumbs up and
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100 comments on “How Can I Ride In Sand…Without A Fatbike? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

  1. Firstly, welcome back Neil, glad to see your on the mend, and secondly Hans Dampf have no rotation marks, maybe it's a Schwalbe thing 🙂

  2. Neil I'm glad your doing better when I was 21 I got my right arm stuck in a carding machine and had to have it amputated, so I know about setbacks but I went on to become a chef and you guys have motivated me at 52 to take up trail riding so keep yourself motivated and upbeat bro.

  3. Neil the best way to prevent crashing on your road bike is to not ride it. What were you doing on a road bike? Trader
    Glad to see you back

  4. Any modern BMX fork outside of a big box store will be 1-1/8", and a lot of brands make them in a 26" wheel size, so you could get one to fit an older DH bike, but the geometry would be horrible.

  5. To avoid arm pump is it better to go to I bigger diameter bar (35mm) or swap to a carbon set of bars? I have large hands and they and my forearms often get sore. I've put thicker plush grips on and have noticed little change. Or is it something else like tyre pressure? #askgmbn

  6. #askgmbn im 6'2", 16 years old and upgrading to a full sus. But I'm still growing should I go with an xl or a L size bike and should I go with a 29er (I ride a large agressive 29er hard tail right now)

  7. #askgmbn my friend has been trying to convince us that he can attempt a 12 foot drop into a sloped landing at a jump park near where we ride. The biggest drop he's done has been a "2" footer and he honestly believes that theres no difference between 12 and 2 feet. Further more he's riding a 120mm hardtail. What can you guys say on the matter

  8. #askgmbn I can’t get any grip what so ever from my show to my pedal, I just have runners and those cheap flat pedals with no screws but metal bends on the sides. Any tips?

  9. I'm 90% sure I saw that guy in correct me if I'm wrong on the trails today. If you see this Ian do you ride in Scribbly gums in Cleveland?

  10. [email protected] I have an older 29er trail bike with 21mm ID rims. Can I put a 2.5” tyre on the rims? If not, can I save some $ to get a new wide rim and have it laced up with my current spokes/hub or would I be better off getting a new wheel. Also, what rim ID would you recommend?

  11. Regarding maintenance and sand – consider paraffine wax for your chain! There are good guides on youtube. I run it on my both my bikes, one is a fatbike. Works better than anything ive tried, attracts a minimum of dirt in all conditions including sand (ive got plenty of it where i live).

  12. #askgmbn I'm 14 and quite small it's my birthday in October an I was thinking of getting a bike but I already have a bike it's a jump bike frame and I don't really like it and it's quite heavy should I get a hard tail or full suspension I like doing jumps because there's a lot near me and feel like a small full suspension would fit me because a lot of the trail we ride have a lot of roots and rock

  13. #askgmbn Martyn you look 10 years younger without the beard – how young will you look if you remove all the hair from your head?

  14. #askgmbn when doing enduro with up hill climbs and down hill decents and some technical sections where would be the best hight for your saddle?

  15. #askgmbn can I ride a hardtail down a black downhill run and not die, the bike is a Whyte 805 2017 with 120mm travel? Thanks guys love the channel

  16. #askgmbn what do you guys think of oval chainrings for mtb? I have one on my bike and I love it, I think more people should use them.

  17. I ride through several sections of sand when doing my daily commute. When I used oil based lube, my drive drain turned useless after a couple of months. Then last year I switched to paraffin for chain lubrication, and it's been staying good much longer. Sometimes I feel sand falling from my back wheel on my ankle, but it does not stick to a dry chain any more.

  18. What is the best mtb for around $1000 and please don't give me some answer like it depends on what type, any type I don't care

  19. #askgmbn Hello i have a merida hardtail bike which has a frame size 55cm or 22inch almost and according to their site this bike is for people who are at around 1,95cm height almost 6,4 feet but i am only 1,83cm or 6, it ok to ride it for mountain bike and small jumps or its to big according to you.I think its fine but the local bicycle shop guy thinks its to big for me and it must be ridden by guys like him .(btw he is 1,94 -6,36 and used to do downhill races at a quite high level)

  20. I need help, all my gopro footage after a week of riding in a bike park is shaky and the sound is awful , any advice? Thx #askgmbn

  21. #askgmbn could you do a bike with a 29 wheel in the front and a 27.5 wheel in the back? The 29er in the front could roll over stuff easier and the back wheel wouldn't really have to be as big because it gets pulled along by the rest of the bike, and you could shorten the chainstays with the smaller wheel

  22. I always feel like my chain is getting really dry. I lube it but then after 50k ish, it looks like it's getting dry and making more noise. Is this normal after 50k ish? Canyon Spectral 7.0

  23. How bad are scratches on stanchions and can they be repaired if they can be can you maybe do a video on how repair them

  24. Hi, I'm 16 years old and starded racing xc this year. I'm in highschool so as you can tell my schedule is not that flexible. Do you have any tips for how to make a weekly training plan to improve my overall strength and power?#askgmbn

  25. #askgmbn. I do a lot of trail/xc riding and theres some flowy single track and then rocky tech stuff… looking into a full squish 29er…. whats best in between bike? (Have cannondale scalpel se and trek fuel ex in mind)

  26. #askgmbn when lubing chains you guys always to pick dry or wet lube depending on the conditions. My LBS gave me Squirt chainwax. What is your view on that.. Can I use that effectively in any condition to substitute wet/dry lube?

  27. #askgmbn I have a long travel trail bike 150mm travel and 140mm on the shock, I am quite confident i can but just in case can I use this bike in a black diamond jump trail in a bike park?

  28. Hi guys
    I've got a set up question
    More specifically with the shapeshifter on strive al 6.0
    I got the correct pressure in it and still can't get it in to DH mode
    Is this something to do with the cable or air pressure or my technique
    Please give me advice #askgmbn

  29. #askgmbn does it matter what length or stroke size rear shock you use and can you use a slightly longer or shorter rear shock like on a front fork

  30. #askgmbn do know any good trails/bike parks in the east of England if not where's the closet place. Keep up the good work and good to see you back Neil

  31. I want to share my experience on seat tube angle question (refer to the question at —8:07) I have an old mtb with 80 mm fork from the factory, after several years I changed it to 120 mm fork, it makes the head angle and seat tube angle slacker. And that means cooler look but bad pedalling efficiency.

  32. The question at 7:47 in the video asked how to clean tubeless sealant. You answered it from the point of making a mess installing tubeless. What about if it's time to change your tires, or you need to change your rim tape or something like that? I had a very hard time cleaning the sealant from the rim before I could apply the new rim tape, and it seems like there has to be some "trick" to it or the perfect solvent. I used alcohol and soapy water, neither did particularly well, but after a few days of struggle, it finally got it all off. #askgmbn

  33. Hi guys I'm in a predicament
    I like to ride xc but really really like to ride trail but my dad only rides xc FYI I'm 15
    I have a 09 Santa Cruz xc blur and I ride it hard I'm looking at bikes for around 1800& was wondering if I should get a trail bike and if so what do you recommend
    I do a 20-30 % of my time riding hills , 5-10% on fire road and the rest on single track
    Should I buy brand new or second hand and is it worth it getting a bigger front fork for my bike
    Any comments will be appreciated 👍🏼🚵🏼

  34. Duuuude the other day I was riding my MB on the streets when I encounter a little among of sandlike dirt, the shit stopped the bike immediately so I felt to the ground :c

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