Re: General Muni Questions
A little more add-on to the already good answers. In some cases I don’t agree with the answers of others:
> Do you always have one hand on the seat as your ride?
I almost always do, but you don’t need to. The hand on the seat not only helps you steer, but also takes some of your crotch weight off.
> Does it help to be able to jump with the seat out in front, or
> is that just for trials?
The reason for pulling the seat out is to get more leg compression. If you don’t need it, you can leave the seat in. But for those really big jumps and drops, you’ll know when you need it.
> Is it okay to just wear a helmet, or is it necessary to buy
> all that extra protection stuff?
It’s your skin. You will fall occasionally, and your pedals will probably slam into the fronts and backs of your legs from time to time as well.
> Does anyone ever get flat tires? Is it something to worry about?
Same as bikes. Less chance of flats if your tire’s really fat, but more chance if you run low pressure and your rim hits the ground. But flats happen to everybody from time to time. Carry tools and patches.
> Are the 170mm cranks that come with the kh24 too long?
No. The speed is lower, but the leverage is higher. If your trails don’t have much steep stuff, you can use shorter cranks and go faster.
> Is the kh24 seat good enough or should I get an air seat?
You can start with the KH and see how you like it. They’re great seats. I’ve been riding one on my MUni for a year now.
> Are brakes a luxury or a necessity for intermediate muni?
> Im guessing you have to be pretty advanced to need brakes.
It’s not about you, it’s the terrain. Around where I ride, there are few places you really need them. But if I lived in Santa Cruz, I would definitely have them. Lots of steep trails there.
> How bad are gazzaloddi tires on pavement? Am I at a real
> disadvantage with the Duro Wildlife Leopard 24x3?
It’s not that the Gazz is real bad on pavement (depends on tire pressure), it’s more that you’re wasting rubber. It is only truly happpy on dirt. Don’t know about the Duro.
> Should I be concerned about the kh cranks coming loose?
> Anything I can do to prevent it, since it seems to be a fairly
> common problem?
I don’t think it’s common. Loctite.
Have fun riding!