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Bar Upsweep
Last Post 06/21/2014 10:11 AM by Justin jmdirt. 21 Replies.
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Oldfart

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06/20/2014 01:36 PM
You need to get a good pair of overshorts that are made to not hand too low at the crotch and you need a proper off road saddle. The Fiz:ik Antares snagged my lycra big shorts for example and would terrible off road. I wear overshorts to protect my skin and nice bib shorts underneath for the inevitable butt slide. The overshorts slide over the lycra pretty well. And on wet days protect my butt from stuff kicked up by the rear tire. No fenders are no good on a mountain bike. Added weight, minimal coverage , stays will be damaged by sticks. A small front deflctor (mucky nutz) is all I will use.
jmdirt

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06/20/2014 02:44 PM
Ben, if you've got a ShopKo close by, got grab a pair of these things. They are better than any of the bike specific baggies I've tried, and they are a fraction of the price. Like oldfart, I'm wearing them over bibs.

oldfart, I've been riding Selle Italia Flite since '93 so you will have to pry them from my cold dead ars. Actually snagging wasn't my main complaint with baggy shorts, it was just the overall fit and feel.
Oldfart

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06/20/2014 03:09 PM
The Flite is a good off road saddle. Not too pointy. The current ones are sold as being suitable off road and they are for me too. I but overshorts on sale a lot. Means I have some rather loud colours. The light colours look bad when I sweat a ton, which I always do. Dropped about three pounds on my last ride. Looked like I had wet myself.

Back to bars. I think the wider the bar is the more back and upsweep you want to keep the grip properly aligned with your palm.
longslowdistance

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06/20/2014 08:13 PM
jm, I don't think I've ever seen anyone riding a sella flight off road. You may be unique. Whatever works: can't argue with success.
I'm still missing the original WTB SST from about 20 years ago - closest to perfect (for me) ever achieved. The remakes from the SST'98 on weren't quite the same.They often "re-release  the original SST!" but it's typically just an expensive anvil, not the sublime Italian made piece of functional art like the original.
jmdirt

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06/20/2014 09:07 PM
In the early 90s I was living in a town with limited dirt options so I rode the road a lot with the local fast turds. They all used SI Flite so I tried one and have been hooked ever since (I've tried a few others over the years just to be sure that I wasn't missing something but in less than 30 days I'm back). SI dropped the original Flite for a while so I bought a few to keep me going and then they brought it back as the Flite 1990.
Sure old fart it "looked" like you wet yourself...wink wink!
Oldfart

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06/21/2014 12:32 AM
Yeah well. Most of the local trails will make visitors crap themselves so I'm doing OK just pissin myself.
jmdirt

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