MTB Egypt rider of the month: April 2013

Name: Dave Haik

Age: 39 Where are you from?: New Orleans, Louisiana USA originally.

What do you do for a living? Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

When and why did you start cycling? I started at age 7. It’s about the closest thing to flying that you can do under your own power. What kid doesn’t like the feeling of speed & distance?

Tell us a bit about your bike(s)!: Over the years, I’ve had “big box store” BMX’s, roadies, & MTB’s. Now I have a 2013 GT Aggressor 1.0 hardtail, stock accessories except for the Weirwolf 2.3 tires.

Favorite ride(s)/trails? Extended Corporate Loop, Wadi Hof, Tour de Wadi.

Do you practice other sports?: Fishing, weightlifting, swimming.

Tell us about your cycling-related injuries/accidents: As a teenager on my road bike, one of the brake levers fell off & went into the front wheel spokes, immediately stopping the bike. I went otb in the blink of an eye onto the concrete, scraping up my hands & breaking my new Swatch. Another time, I was riding full speed on my road bike & went mouth first into the back of a car, rearranging my front teeth. The worst was when I was 12 years old on my BMX. I hit a dip hidden by high grass. The bike stopped & my knee hit the bars, splitting it open to the fascia.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself? I’ve lived in Cairo for 6 years…good times, good times…it’s been a blast! I am married with three children. It’s been great riding with the MTB Egypt gang. I stumbled onto MTB Egypt on the internet & was hooked after my first group ride. I really enjoy the people, the laughs, & the wide variety of terrain in the Wadi Degla. I’m in the best shape of my life since MTB Egypt introduced me to serious mountain biking. Rule number 5, Baby!

MTB Egypt’s suspension guide: Part I

Mountain bike suspension technology has taken some fairly big strides forward in recent years. When you buy a new mid-range or high-end suspension fork or rear shock, the technology inside these components is comparable to technologies inside modern motorbikes and sports cars, only in a much more svelte and lighteweight package, which makes it all the more impressive. As mountain bikers, we now have an increasingly broad spectrum of options in terms of type, adjustability and tunability  of our mountain bike suspension components. That said, getting the most out of your suspension is as straightforward  as it sounds, with a multitude of knobs, buttons, levers and adjustments that can be very confusing for beginner and even intermediate and advanced riders. This multi-part guide is intended as an introduction to mountain bike suspension technology and should help you get started with exploring how to tune your suspension to suit your riding style and terrain.

There are many articles on the internet that offer information on how to setup your bike’s suspension, and there is a wealth of information in mountain biking forums on setting up, tuning and servicing specific suspension components. All that in addition to the manufacturers own official guides, of course. This multi-part guide is intended to present information on mountain bike suspension fundamentals in a useful, organized format that will be published here in bite-sized posts.

This guide will be structured as follows (forthcoming parts will be posted on a weekly basis):

1. Introduction: The purpose of mountain bike suspension and a short glossary of terms.

2. Basic set-up: Finding the optimum setting for your weight, terrain and riding style.

3. Trouble-shooting: solving problems with your front or rear suspension.

4. General suspension maintenance and advanced tips and tricks.

The first art will be published by this weekend. Stay tuned!

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