Punch it

05/16/2017


If you’ve spent any time in the AF you’ll have come upon logs laying across the trail. In fact it wouldn’t be the AF if there weren’t a few logs strewn about. Lately the trend has been for certain people to cut out the log or build a massive “up and over” out of whatever wood scraps are nearby. At HAFTA we’re not down with that because those bits of wood placed near that log slowly get scattered allover the trail. Not only is it messy, but at the moment one of those bits breaks loose there is an added risk for a crash. When people keep making up and overs then regrettably the logs attracting them have to go. We really don’t like doing that. If you see cribbing and branches piled next to a log then pretty please stop and chuck them back into the bush.

Keeping logs on the trail provide benefits. Logs are like nature’s speed bump and help to keep rider speeds down (slower riders mean less conflict) while providing an opportunity for advancement of bike handling skills. They also discourage electric and gasoline powered users: There are no motorised uses permitted in the AF. We like to see good candidate logs (stable, not too high and somewhat perpendicular) lay around on trails for years until they are worn down into humus.

In order to save our logs from “up and overs” or people just sawing them out why not give the following techniques a try. Teach your friends how to do any of the following:


If you’re done with dismounting, check out Ryan’s tutorial below.

If that wasn’t enough information for you then check out Jeff Lenosky’s article on how to punch over logs.

This picture shows the critical point of the move where you apply weight the front wheel, and as it crests the obstacle you begin to spring your body upward and forward as you finish your pedal stroke stopping when they are level.

This technique should eventually be part of every intermediate mountain biker’s repertoire. Remember there are no logs and will be none in the future at nearby Kelso or Albion. We don’t need a carbon copy of their trails over at the Agreement forest.

Lets keep our trail system’s unique identity intact.

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