Re: Pismo Beach, July 7-9
Alright, that's cool.
1. The very most important thing to do is air down your tires. You absolutely must do it if you want to have fun. Air down to 12-14 psi. Yup, 12-14. I even go down to 10 psi sometimes. 20 psi won't cut it. You need to go low. It's absolutely amazing the amount to traction you get when you air down and those few PSI makes a huge difference. The only thing you need to worry about is blowing your bead. Mostly that happens if you try to take a turn too sharp and you roll the tire right off the rim. Make sure you have your spare.
2. They will look impossible, but you can scale the steep side of the dunes if you're aired down enough. Get some momentum, keep your tire speed up and you'll be amazed. If you do get bogged down on the side of a dune, put it in reverse and very slowly back straight down. DO NOT GET SIDEWAYS. You'll roll.
3. On that note, be careful of those steep drop offs, they'll sneak up on you. Because of the winds, the part of the dunes that face away from the ocean tend to drop off very steeply. Always creep up on those slowly. You can go down those drop offs but until you get more experience make sure there's an easy way for you to exit once you're at the bottom. You don't want to get stuck in a bowl.
4. If you get stuck don't use throttle much, you'll just bury yourself deeper. Stop. Air down more. You'll crawl right out. You can go down to even 5 PSI if you have to.
5. There's a big gas station on grand avenue, I think it's chevron, that has free air up stations. I'm not sure if I'd drive there at 5psi, but 10-12 psi is fine, it's not very far. I have onboard air, but I usually go there to air up, it's faster.
6. As Leo mentioned in the other thread, obey the speed limit on the beach.