that valley is indeed beautiful. I went by car there once, and continued as a hike by some waterfall (I believe Nanayono - the pic below?) to Mitake and Hinode peaks. maybe 2-3 years ago. I remember thinking a lot of the hiking paths and fire roads could be doable on a mountain bike, now kinda intrigued with the gravel bike to revisit the areaNanayono is easily the most inaccessible of the three falls. You can get there from Mitake if you hike down about 45 minutes one way. Or you can do as I did and ride about 4 km out of Akiruno towards Hinohara, then turn right on the traffic light to Rt201 and ride uphill (some of it steeply and/or on gravel) for another 11 km. There are many fishing spots and camp sites in this pretty valley.
Yes, that is indeed Nanayono (see my second picture: same horizontal crack in the rock, same tree, etc).that valley is indeed beautiful. I went by car there once, and continued as a hike by some waterfall (I believe Nanayono - the pic below?) to Mitake and Hinode peaks. maybe 2-3 years ago. I remember thinking a lot of the hiking paths and fire roads could be doable on a mountain bike, now kinda intrigued with the gravel bike to revisit the area
I went up there several years ago, with a view to attempting just that. IIRC heading west from the 'village' there's a flight of stairs, and as we were on road bikes, we noped that one that time.climb up under the mitake ropeway. from there, I'm pretty sure you could ride to hinode at least, maybe not 100% of the route is ridable, but 90+% for sure must be.
First learn stand, then learn fly.you guys with off-road experience ... what's the best line to choose here?!
Top racers are aliens. While I can appreciate what they do, it rarely applies to us mortals!Depending on the run in and exit from the section, a world class downhiller would probably jump the whole lot of those roots.
I remember stopping on one section of the “A” course at Fujimi panorama many years ago to discuss line choices for a rolling section that had a big drop then a hump then another drop. Greg Minnaar had visited the previous week and had apparently jumped the whole thing. The top Japanese DH riders were just as staggered as I was.
As noted above, the entrance and exit determine everything.Through the middle with speed and the front wheel as unweighted as possible. Left and right have you eating bark. No way to steer through that, it's like a rock garden. Easier said than done.
Helmet, eyewear, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray.Just starting to do a bit of gravel. Do you all normally use 'protection' when you ride routes like this?
Come play in Zushi one day. Your definition of ride-able will change!For 'protection' rubber side.... errrr down? On a serious note, if you're not aiming at bombing it, you should be fine with regular bike gear no?
And the above roots pic, I didn't expect it to be ridable at all, esp on a non suspension bike etc. Definitely did not expect serious answers there!
It’s great so far. I went out in the wet today and it had much better traction when climbing than my stock rear tyre. I did get a puncture, but it was a lot easier to change than expected. It also runs much nicer at the lower pressure I always get from the hand pump when I fix a flat out on the road.How do you like the GP5000?