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    How often do you ride?

    The wife and I ride XC (or is that AM now) four times a week during DST. Adds up to be about 6-7,000 feet / 35-50 miles of Front Range single track per week. Now that the lifts have opened the week-ends will include more DH and/or some longer XC stuff.

    I hate non-ride days ...... But luckily today is a ride day

    So how many Mark Weir's (28,000 ft of vert. per week) do we have out there? What about weekend only warriors??
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    depends on the week for me. if i work that week, im lucky if i get to ride the road bike in. 2 weeks ago was a week off and clocked 125-150 in morning rides. next week is the hut trip which will be 250+.

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    Not often!!!

    I All-Foothills 2-3x/week and rides will range from something as short as ~5 miles to as long as ~15 miles. I also try to get in an All-Greenbelt (paved path) ride 1-2x/week and it's usually between 12-20+ miles each ride.
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    It really depends on the Honey-Do list and work.
    The last two weeks I was able to get out for about 200 miles. The two weeks before that I was working in Wisconsin and put in about 100 mi. The month before that I maybe put up about 50 miles.

    August is going to be good for me. 10 days in Whistler and 12 days in N.C.
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    I am the quintessential weekend warrior. Saturday and Sunday if I'm lucky. In the summer there have been weeks where I've gotten 4 days of riding in, but this is not normal.
    I envy those that ride more than once or twice a week. Guess it's not that important that I'll wake up at 4 a.m. or ride at night. Work, family, all that jazz.

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    I ride about 4-5 days a week, sometimes ST, sometimes urban, other times dirtjumping, I like it all. Fun to mix it up too, makes me a better overall rider and helps me forget the midwest is flat as hell
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    About the same as you, Steve...4 days a week. In the summer months where I live, some of that will be on a road bike...accck! In the milder months and in the winter I'll ride 4-5 times a week, usually all on an MTB...AM model of course.

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    the way my work schedule is, some weeks only once or twice, other weeks up to 5-6 days. i think i average something like 4.5 rides a week. at least when not injured or anything.
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    Weekend warriror, Saturday & Sunday is definitely a MTB day for me and my Fiance, around 30-35 miles...on weekday, at least one day for short ride, around 15 miles...

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    2-3 times a week..
    usually Tues. Thurs. "before work" morning rides, and a big weekend ride

    hoping to build up to 3-4 morning rides per week

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    Saturdays, & Sundays are reserved for good long AM rides (I have to drive to all the good trails) These rides are a minium of 24 miles, usually more (almost all of the trails here are loops, that I know the exact distance of.)

    During the week I'll do intervals on the road bike, or more likely, hit some urban stuff, or work on "skillz" like getting my bunnyhop higher/smoother..etc...

    But I also mix it up, like this weekend I have a road century that I do every year, so I won't be getting the mountain miles in, or I'll take the downhill bike out....it's all good

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    56 out of the last 94 days, 75-80% above 8000 feet is all I know. AM rawks!
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    1 SS ride, 1 DH ride (local lift access or shuttle) and saturday is the "AM" summit loop. so 3 times a week.
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    3-5 days a week. mileage varies.

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    Pretty much everyday weather permitting, but lately i've been doing more building than riding.

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    3-5 trail rides a week, plus commuting someplace or another pretty much every day, as well as daily goofing off on my mini freeride park in my backyard.

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    This year it was 5-6 days a week every week until I broke my rib a few weeks back. I still commute to work on my single, about 10 miles round trip every day. When I go out in the evening, which has been quite a lot so far, I take my bike too, another 4 or 5 miles round trip.

    Definateely no Mark Weir, but I get the shakes if I don't get my riding fix a few times a week.

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    not nearly enough. I havent been on a ride all week. I need to rebuild the master cylinder for the rear brake on my Marin and I;'ve been too busy. I've been avoiding riding my hardtail because the pedal bearings are shot and I'm not sure if they are going to fail in a bad way or not.
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    I commute on a bike, and ride on weekends.
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    Every day for me too....
    I commute to work, do grocery store runs, ride the fitness track for morning PT, and hit the trails on my Nomad.
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    im lucky, i have a great place i can ride about 50 yards from where i live, so i get to ride 7 days a week for about an hour and a half a day

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    Not enough.
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    Not enough :D

    Was doing 5 but they were a bit on the hard side including 50+ road rides (as I was training w/ some friends for a ride they wanted to do) so I cut it to 4 - Sat, Sun, Tues, Thurs. Occassionallly ride other days, but try not to ride more than 2 days in a row. Clock between 70 -110 miles a week on avg.
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    When I rode a 25lb hardtail I rode 5-6 times per week - I live yards from the trail in a "biking destination" town, so it's nothing to sneak out for an hour or two every day. In fact, it's the reason I still live here.

    But, now that my "one" bike is a 39lb 7x7 beast, and I never seem to do less than 10 miles per ride, I get out twice per week, maybe three times. I need the recovery between.

    I recently built a nice hardtail to get me back on the trail with more frquency, but after getting used to the plush travel, I just can't stand the pounding of the hardtail - it's very rocky here. So it looks like I need to build a light full suspension bike to fill the role the HT was intended for. Much more spendy, so this has to wait.
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    Everyday. About 15 miles a day, but all urban.
    Not many trails here though...
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    I average about twice a week, but like everyone else I wish it was more. I have an abnormal work schedule so I try to ride in the morning before my first grave shift and then on one of my four days off depending on what family activities etc. are going on. This week was once since the weather here on the front range has pretty much sucked since Wed. when i got home from my ride.

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    i envy people that can go 5times a week.

    I`ll get out 3-4times and thats pushing it, some weeks work keeps me busy, and 2times is all i can muster. Definitly every weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    .... until I broke my rib a few weeks back.
    Sorry to hear that. At least you didn't miss much this weekend. Rain, rain and more rain.... but we sure did need the moisture.
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    Six days per week.

    Commute
    at least two noon hour burns.
    at least one noon hour X/C

    at least 1 AM on the weekend.

    sometimes 1 AM weeknight.

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    I commute 5 days a week year round. Thats ~85 miles of road riding a week.
    However I am only able to get to the off-road trail (a 45+min drive) a couple times a month.

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    3 to 4 days per week

    That is a combination of road and MTB. Last year I had 108 days on the bike which is not bad considering I live in the northeast and do not ride during the winter.

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    8 days a week.

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    Wow, looks like there are quite a few AMers getting their miles in on bike paths, commuting or riding urban insult.
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    So what's your problem?

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    Wow, looks like there are quite a few AMers getting their miles in on bike paths, commuting or riding urban insult.
    Haven't you noticed some of those 3 inch water bars laid across those bike paths? They're absolutely heinous. Why do you think I've been so adamant about promoting the use of body armor on the board here? Geez!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish
    Wow, looks like there are quite a few AMers getting their miles in on bike paths, commuting or riding urban insult.
    It's unfortunate, but not everyone lives at 8,000 feet.. Get you head out of the clouds
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    Still skeptical. I guess I enjoy watching trends unfold. Out of 100 topics posted there seem to be (being generous) 9 topics posted about actaul riding as opposed to what parts to buy, just interesting. It also appears that as time goes on there are quite a few new riders coming here to ask what type of AM rig they ought to be getting when in reality they are asking about entry level bikes. I wonder if they are getting confused with the AM tag, as in ALL encompassing every question to be asked. The answers given are all straight up common sense though, nice. Sorry, what the hell was the original question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve71
    It's unfortunate, but not everyone lives at 8,000 feet.. Get you head out of the clouds

    I know, I unfortunately think I'm beginning to see the end of that with the talk of starting a family with the wife. Honestly not harshing on anyone but will admit to still being skeptical and as I said enjoying watching the birth of this new fangled riding style develop.
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    How the hell do some of you guys find the time to ride 5+ times per week? Do you actually have jobs or just bum around on the trails all day? Unfortunately, I only get to ride 1-2 times per week, unless I'm on holiday, so I'm obviously doing something wrong!!

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    I am not sure what a water bar is .

    But if you mean logs put across the path in puddles.

    Stop doing that it is mega dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktrailmonster
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    Yeah, just observing ! I'm lucky enough to have a a good number of trails ridable from my backdoor so I only really drive to ride on the weekends, my wife (awesome woman who understands what it means to me and how sh!tty I get when I don't ride) works late so I can get in a couple hours after work and still get home to make dinner (late dinner that is), I don't (and haven't in many years) have a TV (and believe me it helps not getting sucked into watching), have a good level of fitness (for me) built up and don't want to loose it (xc ski season right around the corner) and besides, WTF else do I have to do?!
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    Jugdish what are you skeptical of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
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    I am not sure what a water bar is .

    But if you mean logs put across the path in puddles.

    Stop doing that it is mega dangerous.
    No, a water bar is a berm to divert water off the trail. And do you mean a series of logs laid across a puddle perpendicular to the trail? That isn't dangerous at all.

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    The danger I refer to occurs when the puddle refills. The logs seem to move all around some point straight at you.

    We have had some evening and night rides. This can impair visibility.

    So when you blast throught the puddle the out of place logs can really cause you to loose it. I dont want to hit that log and have it go up my gut. Not to mention the wheel grabber gaps that devvelop between the logs as the puddles fill and refill.

    So all round I would rather not have them.

    Sure there are places for it. Around here (Tom Snow trail) there is a nice base so you dont really need them

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    If they are done well they seem to stay in place just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    Jugdish what are you skeptical of.
    Well most things in general but AM specifically. This dead horse has been beaten so if you've already heard my ramblings, ignore it. If you consider yourself a AM rider please don't take it personally.
    I ride up, I ride down, I get some air, I hit some drops, I have done this since I began riding. One reason I post here. I just think it's another catagory designed to get your hard earned $ ( see All Mountain = pony up for new gear? ), "you can't ride AM without a ________". Do I think that bikes can and should evolve, yes. Do I think that upgrades to improve your ride should end, no. Do I care what you ride, no. Do I think we need a new catagory to define it, not really. Of the ride pics posted here on the AM board I've seen one set that appear to fit the AM definition, others have appeared to be DH, Freeride or XC. Personally I think that AM riding is XC riding (ie across country which if you don't have mountains you're doing {which is great}), not XC racing (ie. trying to get the best time, lightest bikes etc.) which is where the confusion begins, IMO.
    Upon thinking about all this further I also wonder what it will do to trail access in the future. You've got Joe Blow out there riding the local loop on a AM rig where in all reality you could ride it sucessfully on a rigid, but now said rider becomes bored with this loop and wants to try out his travel on something more fitting. Only problem is the local loop is all there is to ride around, speeds increase and user conflict, lines to and from drops that hadn't been there, people riding off rocks that had never seen bike tires before, stunts built on private property etc. Riders say they want a challenge but what kind of challenge is it if your bike is making up for your lack of skill, not everyones obviously. So there's my skeptisism in a nut shell. Just one persons OPINION, don't let it ruin your day or anything, enjoy your rides regardless. Peace out!

    Hell- I've used more smiley faces on this board trying to communicate that I'm not trolling than all my other posts on the internet combined. Hope I don't get banned because I have a different opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish
    It also appears that as time goes on there are quite a few new riders coming here to ask what type of AM rig they ought to be getting when in reality they are asking about entry level bikes. I wonder if they are getting confused with the AM tag, as in ALL encompassing every question to be asked. The answers given are all straight up common sense though, nice.
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    3-4 times a week for me if the weather is good. After work during the week a couple times then the weekend.

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    generally i can ride hard for 7 days strait. Since i own my own business i can get out when i want, also i can adjust the days schedule around the ride. So during the day i can get out sometimes at noon, other days at 5 or other days early in the morning. BUT, and thats a huge BUT... this isn't everyones reality-i was simply speaking to some questions in the posts of "how can you guys ride more that 1-2 times per week". Well-for one i run my own biz. So that enables me to ride more.

    however-through just pure love of riding i've learned that more doesn't necessarily = better. the more you ride, the more your body requires rest. So in actuality i usually set things up by how my body feels and i keep a mental note on how many days i'm out in a row. For me personally i feel 3 days of riding in a row followed by 2 days of rest are good. I get a stretch of days where i can ride, then followed by rest. Now don't quote me, i'm no pro, nor do i keep a log. But i think rest is just as important as the riding even more important because you can basically get bitten by the "overuse" bug. But then again i ride a singlespeed all the time. Up and down, off jumps, hops and drops. does that make me a singlespeeder? maybe. All-Mountain? maybe just the same. Its funny that there are categories and people align themselves with who they identify themselves with. We all ride bikes, period. if your set-up makes you happy and you find peace on the trail with that set-up, so be it. Back in the day boys like Johnny T would compete in all classes and freakin win them all. how many riders can do that today? granted the sport is different today, and is broken into groups. but i think we've all got the same thing in mind: riding our bikes.

    however-now that i have a broken leg... i ride 0 days. i'm looking at october for my riding to be reclaimed. maybe later-so anyone that only gets 1-2 days in consider yourself lucky. You have your entire life to work, but only a set number of chances to hop on your bike. So whenever you are able to ride, just make the most of them when you have the opportunity. it can't get any better than that now can it?

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    I see

    Where I live we have mountains (lucky and good).

    I thought AM was to discuss what where and how to ride the mountains.

    This is of course very locality specfic. The ride and techniques can and should vary.

    Since I ride alot of urban I see your issues with overkill on certain trails (mostly on bike paths etc).

    There is a lot of discussion about trail wear. I have spent a lot of time in the mountains over the years.

    Around here (very Rocky) the reduction in motor vehicle access and horse riding has more than made up for the extra wear the biking as put on the system. (Not that certain places dont see more wear).

    I would have used the word concerned rather than skeptical (excepting the sales pitches)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    I see

    Where I live we have mountains (lucky and good).

    I thought AM was to discuss what where and how to ride the mountains.

    This is of course very locality specfic. The ride and techniques can and should vary.

    Since I ride alot of urban I see your issues with overkill on certain trails (mostly on bike paths etc).

    There is a lot of discussion about trail wear. I have spent a lot of time in the mountains over the years.

    Around here (very Rocky) the reduction in motor vehicle access and horse riding has more than made up for the extra wear the biking as put on the system. (Not that certain places dont see more wear).

    I would have used the word concerned rather than skeptical (excepting the sales pitches)
    Thanks for letting me express my skeptisism/concern w/o taking it personally. Just one persons perspective, ride on!
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