Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 31
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106

    Airborne adventure.

    I finally got the chance to take the Guardian(my first bike ever) on some beginner trails last weekend in Tahoe. I had planned on doing a practice run on the Powerline trail on Saturday and then riding the Flume Trail on Sunday. However, I bit off more than I could chew on the Powerline trail and wiped out pretty bad...This was supposed to be a beginner trail but I took the wrong turn and ended up on some sandy downhill portion.

    I thought I could tackle the downhill and paid for it with knee and face abrasions, leg bruise, forearm cuts, and various scratches. I was trying to avoid hitting a tree and veered to the right...the front tire slid on the sand and threw me off the bike. It probably didn't help that I had both tires at 40 psi - I'm currently using the bike for 5 mile one way work commute.

    I decided to forgo the Flume trail the next day and rode a real beginner trail, Fallen Leaf Lake, but also took wrong turns and ended up on some downhill single tracks. That was fun but I'm a bit hesitant on the portion after biting it the day before :0


















  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    85
    That pic in that lake is sweet looking

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    117
    I'm trying to convince a friend to get into mountain biking and he's been eyeing the guardian. Seems like a hellava deal and haven't heard a bad thing about them. Congrats, and get used to the face/leg/arm/shoulder/knee/shin/elbow/ribs/pinkytoe/whole body aches and scratches. Eventually, you'll think something is wrong if you aren't banged up a little after a ride hehe.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by velveteer View Post
    I'm trying to convince a friend to get into mountain biking and he's been eyeing the guardian. Seems like a hellava deal and haven't heard a bad thing about them. Congrats, and get used to the face/leg/arm/shoulder/knee/shin/elbow/ribs/pinkytoe/whole body aches and scratches. Eventually, you'll think something is wrong if you aren't banged up a little after a ride hehe.
    Well, I don't really want to make a habit of getting banged up lol. The body is approaching 40 and can't take that much abuse, gonna have to start using full face helmet and body armor

    The Guardian is indeed awesome deal! I thought about going the Walmart route for a second and ditched that once I saw a forum post on the Airborne. Great commuter too once you lockout the front fork.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,776
    You really shouldn't put your bike in water like that ,water can and does get past seals.If you out riding and go though a creek ,thats part of the ride . Water causes rust ,rust does bad things to bearing ,races and chains.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    52
    Originally I was looking at spending around $500 on a new bike, but that pretty much only got me something with a Suntour fork. The Guardian looks like an awesome deal. I might actually increase my budget....

  7. #7
    Airborne Product Dude
    Reputation: BigDaddyFlyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,716
    We are so glad to hear you like your bike!!!!!

    Hey, those are some awesome shots. Would you mind posting a few of them on our facebook page? We'd be honored!

    Thanks~

    Jeremy
    Airborne Dude.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Pedro S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    151
    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    You really shouldn't put your bike in water like that ,water can and does get past seals.If you out riding and go though a creek ,thats part of the ride . Water causes rust ,rust does bad things to bearing ,races and chains.
    Yeah I don't think I'd be posing my bike in the lake like that either.

    You also may want to zip tie that front brake hose to the fork. That looks like an unfortunate snag just waiting to happen. Looks like it may already be rubbing on the tire.

    Enjoy the ride!

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation: rogsim's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    55
    Nice shots. Sounds like you had fun!

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro S View Post
    Yeah I don't think I'd be posing my bike in the lake like that either.

    You also may want to zip tie that front brake hose to the fork. That looks like an unfortunate snag just waiting to happen. Looks like it may already be rubbing on the tire.

    Enjoy the ride!
    Duly noted sirs! Just goes to show you how much of a nOOb I am....but the photographer in me couldn't resist the photo ops

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We are so glad to hear you like your bike!!!!!

    Hey, those are some awesome shots. Would you mind posting a few of them on our facebook page? We'd be honored!

    Thanks~

    Jeremy
    Will DO!

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by rogsim View Post
    Nice shots. Sounds like you had fun!
    Thanks, it was very fun! I'm going to hit the Flume trail yet :0

  13. #13
    Airborne Product Dude
    Reputation: BigDaddyFlyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,716
    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    Duly noted sirs! Just goes to show you how much of a nOOb I am....but the photographer in me couldn't resist the photo ops
    Hey, there's a zip tie (along with a RockShox decal) in the bag that contains your shock manual. Check it out~
    Airborne Dude.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Hey, there's a zip tie (along with a RockShox decal) in the bag that contains your shock manual. Check it out~
    Oh, haha! I wondered what that was for

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Sickmak90's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    788
    Looks like a nice bike for $600. I'm passing the word on to my brother.

  16. #16
    NeedGod.com
    Reputation: Barheet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    495
    Wow, great shots! I just ordered my Guardian this morning. Talked to Eric about sizing and a few other questions first. Can't wait to get my Guardian dirty. How did you get those shots? Did you bring someone with you or have a tripod?

    And for the record, I ride my bike in the water all the time. Up creeks, through rivers, mud, snow, etc. It's called a mountain bike, not a sissy sidewalk bike. ;-)

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    Wow, great shots! I just ordered my Guardian this morning. Talked to Eric about sizing and a few other questions first. Can't wait to get my Guardian dirty. How did you get those shots? Did you bring someone with you or have a tripod?

    And for the record, I ride my bike in the water all the time. Up creeks, through rivers, mud, snow, etc. It's called a mountain bike, not a sissy sidewalk bike. ;-)
    I have a tripod and an Intervalometer set to 50 shots at 2 seconds each Hey, good luck with that Guardian, awesome entry level bike and it should give you miles and miles of fun!

    P.S...don't tell anyone...but I hucked the bike 10 feet into a lake (Silver Lake) last Saturday

  18. #18
    Picture Unrelated
    Reputation: zebrahum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    5,024
    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    And for the record, I ride my bike in the water all the time. Up creeks, through rivers, mud, snow, etc. It's called a mountain bike, not a sissy sidewalk bike. ;-)
    It's called a mountain bike not a lake, river, stream, or ocean bike; just because you can do something doesn't mean it's a good idea. It's fine as long as you don't mind taking the bike apart and lubricating it constantly.
    Don't you hate it when a sentence doesn't end the way you think it octopus?

  19. #19
    Airborne Product Dude
    Reputation: BigDaddyFlyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,716
    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    P.S...don't tell anyone...but I hucked the bike 10 feet into a lake (Silver Lake) last Saturday
    LOL, we'll make a note of that in case we ever get a call from you about a seized-up BB.
    J/K
    Airborne Dude.

  20. #20
    nOOb
    Reputation: jlallak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    97
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    LOL, we'll make a note of that in case we ever get a call from you about a seized-up BB.
    J/K
    Seems to me it speaks volume to the quality and durability of the Airborne bicycles. Good job and keep up the excellent work!!!
    '09 Cannondale F7
    '00 Specialized Hardrock Comp

  21. #21
    NeedGod.com
    Reputation: Barheet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    495
    I don't think I would ever huck my Guardian into a lake, but I have ridden through some deep water on one of my older bikes. You know what? It's a challenge!

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation: TiGeo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3,487
    Don't let your rear hub sit submerged like that OP....it isn't going to last very long if you do that!
    Geologist by trade...bicycle mechanic (former) by the grace of God!

    2012 Specialized Stumpy EVO 29 HT

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation: adonis_abril's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    106
    Well, I can tell you...for the price I paid for the bike I'm happy I switched hobbies and pull less crazy stunts - I wrecked(t-boned by a buick) a 15k Motorcycle a couple years ago and 9 months of worth of physical therapy and a metal rod in a leg later I sold all my motorcycles I'm now on a different kind of "bike" and hucking it into the lake is a lot less crazy and cheaper than wrestling cars....mind you, I wouldn't ever huck 10k Carbon Fiber bike if I ever owned one.

    and for the record I'm not rich but I've got friends who throw away 1k at the casinos in a day...so I think my investment is better
    Last edited by adonis_abril; 07-17-2012 at 05:44 PM.

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation: willywilly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    119
    good lookin' bike. congrats.

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    25
    Awesome shots. I just started riding myself, and a friend recommended the Guardian too me. Wish I started doing this sooner, its a lot of fun and the bike has handled the terrain here well. All I really have done so far was change the tires.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •