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I decided to "MUni-tize" my kh 36er uicycyle again, for mountain trails riding at the very steep and rocky Hummingbird trail in Simi Valley today, 4/30/11. The wind was insane, gusting close to 60 mph at times. I actually got blown off my uni more than once, the wind was so strong!
But I had almost forgotton what a total BLAST it is riding a 36er off road, and so much more wild on rocky, steep terrain! This is definitely one of those trails that you'd put in the advanced category! Mtbers here almost always have full face helmets and leg/arm guards, as this trail will test your skills to the max, and it is quite UNforgiving if you make mistakes!
One big issue with riding a 36er on terrain like this, is that *forward* dismounts and UPD's can be really scary, since the "arc" of travel is so much greater--and a lot higher--than on a much smaller 24" or even 29er. This arc is greatly increased when you upd off the front while riding down really *steep* sections! It can feel like your falling off a 6' giraffe!