c0nsumer wrote:Just a couple wheels being spun trying to get over it will do a lot. :\
My first thought would be armoring the front of it.
Does "armor" imply a specific type of product? Or is it just a general term for "cover it with something"?
When I read "armor", I always think of the black plastic diamond-shaped stuff that holds the dirt in place, but we can't use that at Holdridge. I guess some rocks would work.
I think Steve is refering to some type of natural protection like rocks or some logs to make the approach less of a "wall" and more of a "ramp" shaped obstacle. That would give the rider a better chance to roll up over the obstacle rather than slam the wheel(s) into the side, causing the rear wheel to spin out. And if the wheel does spin it will have some harder surface to spin on and not dig into the trail tread itself.
I usually give a short burst of power just before my front wheel touches the root and "wheelie" the front tire over the root. Then just before the rear wheel hits I stop pedaling, throw myself (weight) forward and lift the rear up over the root. Then pedal away frm the root. This all happens in probably 1 second and causes no spin out if cleared. I have missed judged timing a few times and either spun out against the root or just got instantly stopped. But I think I've only NOT cleared the root maybe 3 times in the past four years. But like you said it does appear that it is getting "taller" and I nearly didn't make it a few days ago.