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Post by davide.taibi on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:53 am

Hi, I'm Davide from Italy. I will move to Kaiserslautern in January and I'd like to join a MTB group.

I ride a Cannondale Jakyll bike mostly in freeride/enduro and sometimes DH.

I would love to hear from you, any regular rides etc...

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Re: New in town

Post by Road_Rage on Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:42 pm

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Post by davide.taibi on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:58 pm

Road_Rage wrote:See you when you get here...

Here are some of the regular rides we do when the weather gets a little better...

Thank you!
Which kind of bike does it better fits Kaiserslautern trails?
I have a Cannondale Jekyll with Lyrik coil spring (170mm), Mavic SX, 45mm stem, 780mm handlebar and Schwalbe ice spiker tyres for winter. (14.8kg)
Is my bike is too heavy?

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Post by Zenkem on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:30 pm

davide.taibi wrote:
Road_Rage wrote:See you when you get here...

Here are some of the regular rides we do when the weather gets a little better...

Thank you!
Which kind of bike does it better fits Kaiserslautern trails?
I have a Cannondale Jekyll with Lyrik coil spring (170mm), Mavic SX, 45mm stem, 780mm handlebar and Schwalbe ice spiker tyres for winter. (14.8kg)
Is my bike is too heavy?


Welcome to KMC Cycling!!! Your Jekyll may be a little much for 75% of the riding here but on the other 25% you will be happy you have it. Although, this will be an awesome bike for the Tuesday Group Ride. There are a number of German's who ride Jekyll's in the area and really enjoy 'em...

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Re: New in town

Post by thedude76 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:59 pm

I am sure you will find plenty of trails for the Jekyll. There are a few flowtrails and a dh park or two with in a hours drive. There is more single track than you could ever ride right in your back yard here. You just have to get out and explore. A nice 140-150mm trail bike would also be a good idea. The ice spikers are awesome for the winter trails, not just for ice but for the wet roots.

Welcome to the KMC and see ya on the trails.

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Post by eurotrash on Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:38 pm

You'll be fine on 170mm. Lots of singletrack and climbing, but the reward is lots of descending and plenty of technical lines. Stick with us, and you'll be shredding plenty.
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Post by davide.taibi on Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:07 pm

I´ve just arrived to Kaiserslautern and I found out an unexpected temperature... It seems to be in spring Very Happy

I only have ice spikers tires here and a Kenda Nevegal UST 2.35 (I have a couple of nobby nic at home but I forgot them...)
I need to buy some "normal" tyres. I can mount Nevegal as front but I guess it is so heavy.
Which tire do you suggest to buy? Nobby Nic 2.35 EVO (front) and Racing ralph 2.1 EVO (rear) or some stronger one?

I noticed that you mostly ride at night. I´m used to ride during the daylight and I don´t have lights.
Can you recommend some lights not so expensive?

Are there any cheap shop to buy tires and lights close to Kaiserslautern?

See you soon,
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Post by Zenkem on Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:51 pm

I'm not the person to give advice on Schwalbe tires because I'm not a big fan. Check out Wheelsports, they'll give you a good deal but make sure to take a VAT form with you. I would recommend a tire with some nobb's to get through the mud...today's weather is just a fluke.

http://www.wheelsports-weselberg.de/


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Post by thedude76 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:00 pm

I'll be riding ice spikers all winter. Dont let the weather fool you. I think snow is in the forecast for this weekend. Nobby Nics are fine choice for the summer, or Hans Dampf. For the winter you want big nobs, lots of mud.

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Post by davide.taibi on Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanks everybody.
Weather forecast for this weekend are below zero. I´ll try the ice spiker...

Suggestion for lights?

Here is another picture of my bike (on the last ride in Italy 2 weeks ago)
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Post by eurotrash on Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:19 pm

You can ride your ice spikers through the winter, good for the roots and rocks. You would not be the only one!

Racing Ralphs are for easy summertime XC. Good marathon tire. My standard tire is the Nobby Nic, but I'm glad to have moved up to Fat Alberts for the winter. Hans Dampf is good to go, fo sho. If you join us this winter, we're all pushing heavy-ass tires- so we are all grannying up the muddy hills at a snail's pace together.

Get your Schwalbes in Germany, they are less than half the cost they run in the states. Evo Nics for 25 EUR each, that's hard to beat. Best spend a few bucks more for the snakeskin. Sidewall cuts suck No.

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Post by spookyload on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:17 am

For lights, Wheelsports has "my tiny sun" or something like that. It is pretty reasonable for the lumens you get. I was about to buy a set of super bright lights before my crash.
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Re: New in town

Post by airborne.s2000 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:33 am

Welcome to Kaiserslautern!

I just test rode the Jekyll; pretty sweet ride. Hope to see you out on the trails soon (2009 Trek Fuel EX7 for now.)

As for tires, ride what you have, better to ride on odd tires than wait.

Lights will quickly become less useful as the days lengthen. I am looking forward to the 2300 sunsets of summer.
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Post by davide.taibi on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:21 am

Thanks everybody ;-)

On Sunday I had a quick ride into the forest and I really found my jekyll too heavy...
I am considering to buy another bike to cover the other 80% of trails where jekyll is too much.

I got in love with the Flash 29er Carbon. I tried in my country on the last summer and it is amazing... Do you think it is OK here in Kaiserslautern?

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Post by Zenkem on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:37 am

The Flash is an awesome ride and a lot of folks have 'em in the Phälzerwald but while you're test riding one I would test ride a Scalpel as well...

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Post by davide.taibi on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:45 pm

I wonder to have a ride on Sunday morning.
Can you suggest me some trails to start with?

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Post by eurotrash on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:41 pm

Davide, you might be interested in some shuttle downhill on Sunday. The weather might not be good, if there's ice we'll do something else, but for now a small group of us is thinking about doing some shuttle runs nearby.

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Post by davide.taibi on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:50 pm

eurotrash wrote:Davide, you might be interested in some shuttle downhill on Sunday. The weather might not be good, if there's ice we'll do something else, but for now a small group of us is thinking about doing some shuttle runs nearby.
Sure, I'll be one of yours! Very Happy

Where is the meeting point and at what time do you plan to meet?

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Post by eurotrash on Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:19 pm

I'll forward the info as it comes in. That makes three confirmed, two still to respond.

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Post by eurotrash on Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:40 pm

Ok, 9:00 at the Lambrecht Bahnhof. I'll be on the S1 train coming through Landstuhl, and meeting the rest there. Kinda early, but want to beat the afternoon precip. Still interested?

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Post by Road_Rage on Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:49 pm

eurotrash wrote:Davide, you might be interested in some shuttle downhill on Sunday. The weather might not be good, if there's ice we'll do something else, but for now a small group of us is thinking about doing some shuttle runs nearby.

What's this all about?
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Post by airborne.s2000 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:50 pm

Can a little guy join in on your madness? I'll throw on a set of flat pedals.

I'll even pick John up so. He doesn't have to take the train.
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Re: New in town

Post by eurotrash on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:34 pm

Double post.


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Post by eurotrash on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:35 pm

Works for me. The more the merrier!

Daniel- we're gonna get some gravity time. Want some?

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Post by Road_Rage on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:40 pm

eurotrash wrote:Works for me. The more the merrier!

Daniel- we're gonna get some gravity time. Want some?

What we talking about? Give me some specifics...
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