muni the silent advantage.

Another weekend and another ride, this week it was the MUnis turn and I rode a
route on Bridle ways and a few minor roads from Binfeild Heath through lots of
beech, birch and oak woodland ending up with a final few miles on concreate and
tarmac back home to Reading (UK) . I saw very few people en-route to day, just a
few MTB types and one rambler. What I did see close up was a young fox, as I
peddled silently through the beech wood on a path of packed leaf mould. The fox
was standing on the path about 6 meters from me as I rounded a bend. I
dismounted amd still the animal stood there with it’s back to me. Carefully a
moved a few paces closer, not wanting to spoil the moment, thefox stoppe staring
into the distance and turned off the path, walking through the light under
growth it passed me with out seeming to notice my pressence. At our closest
there was less than 3m between us, I’ve never been so close to a wild fox
before, normally they hear you coming and scarper. Maybe this fox was just a
foolhardy youngter, but I thank the slience of the MUni for letting me get so
close, the ratle and clank of an MTB would have startled it long before I turned
to corner into veiw. On previous rides we have seen rabbits by the dozen and
game birds a plenty, even deer on more than one occasion. But a fox was a first
and so close a real treat.

sarah

Re: muni the silent advantage.

I am definately not a silent muni rider. I’m often grunting, breathing very hard
or making other noises. Occasionally I’ll utter a mild exclamation when I suffer
a dismount. If there is any wild life around me on the trails it all gets scared
away long before I approach them.

The only time I experience the silent advantage is when I surprise pedestrians
on the bike path as I pass them on my Coker. :slight_smile:

john_childs@hotmail.com

>From: sarah@vimes.u-net.com (Sarah Miller)
<snip…>
>Maybe this fox was just a foolhardy youngter, but I thank the slience of the
>MUni for letting me get so close, the ratle and clank of an MTB would have
>startled it long before I turned to corner into veiw. On previous rides we have
>seen rabbits by the dozen and game birds a plenty, even deer on more than one
>occasion. But a fox was a first and so close a real treat.
>
>sarah


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Re: muni the silent advantage.

Hi,

Also, my Magura brake setup means that I can squeak with the worst of the
mountain bikes during a descent. So much for “No brakes, no gears, no
handlebars, no problem” as per the last California MUni weekend t-shirt.

-Kris.

— Roger Davies <Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk> wrote:
> John Childs wrote:
>
> > I am definately not a silent muni rider. I’m
> often grunting, breathing very
> > hard or making other noises. Occasionally I’ll
> utter a mild exclamation
> > when I suffer a dismount. If there is any wild
> life around me on the trails
> > it all gets scared away long before I approach
> them.
>
> I’m not quiet either, although it is generally not me, it’s my tyre a Tioga DH
> 2.1 - megga! It makes an absolute racket on any hard ground. It was commented
> on at the weekend as we travelled between pubs that it was impossible for me
> to creep up on anyone while making such a whirring sound.
>
> Roger
>
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Re: muni the silent advantage.

John Childs wrote:

> I am definately not a silent muni rider. I’m often grunting, breathing very
> hard or making other noises. Occasionally I’ll utter a mild exclamation when I
> suffer a dismount. If there is any wild life around me on the trails it all
> gets scared away long before I approach them.

I’m not quiet either, although it is generally not me, it’s my tyre a Tioga DH
2.1 - megga! It makes an absolute racket on any hard ground. It was commented on
at the weekend as we travelled between pubs that it was impossible for me to
creep up on anyone while making such a whirring sound.

Roger

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                   Minnesota Ride for the MS Charity
                      450 miles, 14-22 August 1999
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                         Unicycling for a Cause

Re: muni the silent advantage.

Roger Davies <Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk> wrote
>
> I’m not quiet either, although it is generally not me, it’s my tyre a
Tioga DH
> 2.1 - megga! It makes an absolute racket on any hard ground. It was
commented
> on at the weekend as we travelled between pubs that it was impossible for
me to
> creep up on anyone while making such a whirring sound.

While there is usually some grunting etc, especially on the uphills or very
rocky sections, in general, I’ve been amazed at just how silent a group of 3-4
muni riders it. We crank along the trail under the redwood trees…it’s just
great. Then some mountain bikers come by, creaking and clanking and squeaking -
it’s a huge difference.

—Nathan