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    Short 6.8 miles around Bonelli Park- a bit hot even at 5pm but it was fun as always. Nothing to technical but I'm still intimated by rock gardens, can't seem to shake it off. Uggh!
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    Yesterday at 5:30 am before work, 7.5 mi ride with new giant anthem x on local Tucson trails. Still getting used to DS and clip less pedals. Had the elbow and knee pads on for added protection.

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    A short, relatively flat, and technical 3.5 mile ride at Boston Lot in Lebanon NH yesterday. I will ride more at Pine Hill Park in Rutland, VT tomorrow.

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    absolutely nothing...

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    Oh I'm excited! my first official single track ride. 13miles (some fire roads of course) but it was awesome just under 2 hrs, even though it was early am the sun was brutal but awesome! Some cell pics -

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    Climbed 1700 feet in elevation over the course of 2 miles on some goat path single track to get these shots....now I'm relaxing with a stiff drink!!

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    Summer means getting on the trail before sunrise to beat the heat, but it also means being able to see the sun come up. Some in-town trails at a city park:

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    Hi all, I posted last spring (2014) about the fork and brakes on a Novara bike, after helpful advice from the forums here, I decided against it, planned to keep my old lower end 26in hard tail I had since I was 13 and upgrade parts. I hardly rode the bike in 4 years of college and wasn't riding it after school, spending all my riding time on the road so I sold it. Turns out I really missed being out in the dirt and having a bike that could take some abuse. I wanted a hardtail mountain bike that would last me a long time. So I took advantage of Salsa's $250 off the El Mariachi and bought one.

    Rode it 35 miles today and it was a lot of fun . Glad to be back out on the dirt.

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    90 min ride this morning w/ a buddy... found some new trails we hadn't ridden before ^^ some good huckin fun

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    Completely stripped one pedal, cleaned & regreased. Will do the second one later when I have more time.




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    I ordered pedals and stuff for a bike I havnt even picked up yet.

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    Our weekly run with my buddy we shaved 25minutes of the same ride last week, only stopping a total of 7minutes. We will increase the mileage on the next ride.

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    On it? Not much.

    I came home...looked at it and said "it's 94 degrees now, sorry buddy", then I fist-bumped the headset badge. Wife and daughter are in Japan so I really wanted to go riding of a Thursday night, but like I said...afternoon temps at 94, it ain't happening.

    Tomorrow though, early AM.

    So I redid my fork and shock pressure and redid my tire pressure, petted the seat and said "you ready to go dude, tomorrow we ride." Bike knew...it did.

    Drank another beer, ate another slice of pizza.

    I know my wife is having fun with her relatives in Japan, but I also for sure know...in the back of her mind she's like "I know my husband is eating pizza every other night."
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    Got to get dirty! My step son and I went mudding. Reminded me of the good old days. will be doing more of this as the weeks go. Rode a total of about 22 miles, probably about half of which was dirt, and the other was pavement getting to dirt

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    I have been riding these trails for 35+ years. The river was really high due to all of the rain. More than half of the trails were under water which cut down on some of the ride
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    First off, this is my first post here.
    I'm just getting back into mountain biking after a 15 year hiatus.
    Finding out I'm out of shape and definitely not as brave as I used to be.

    Where I rode today;
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    Went for a quick ride only 4 miles. Then replaced the rear brake pads. Bled the brakes. Washed my bike. Then pulled the cranks And greased the hell or if the bottom bracket. Ready for Sundays ride now. Oh and lubed the chain. 🙌

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    I made a fender for my front wheel. Then I rode it.

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    Spent a few hours riding 45 miles of single track! That's an accomplishment. It's rained so much here that there hasn't been much trail riding.

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    Did 5 miles pioneering in new single track trails. That was the hardest 5 miles ever in virgin dirt that's a bit soft with rocks on top going uphill. Lots of rolling resistance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hey_poolboy View Post
    Spent a few hours riding 45 miles of single track! That's an accomplishment. It's rained so much here that there hasn't been much trail riding.
    having the same issue here
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    No one wanted to ride today so I did it! Short 7 mile ride, and talk about a "solo" ride there was no one at all on the trail, only saw 1 rabbit lol - Good thing I didn't fall or anything, I would still be there -

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    2hr+ ride this arvo... Had a bit of everything - rocks, mud, water, tech climbs, grinder climbs, gnarly descents + a dab of free ride ^^ thoroughly enjoyable and exhausting!

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    Had a chance to try out my new Manitou Marvel fork that replaces the Suntour XCT. The bike rides so, so much better. Better cornering, planted feel, boosted confidence and much, much smoother ride.

    Here are a couple pictures of the ride (excuse the poor quality, I use my old flip phone while riding)
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    Quote Originally Posted by richghost15 View Post
    Had a chance to try out my new Manitou Marvel fork that replaces the Suntour XCT. The bike rides so, so much better. Better cornering, planted feel, boosted confidence and much, much smoother ride.

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    Where is that? Awesome terrain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    Where is that? Awesome terrain...
    Gatineau Park in Quebec, Canada

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    13 (or so) miles at the Aqueduct trails in Woodstock. I should have brought my 29er, some of these trails are too rough for my 26er.

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    Weekday short 6.8 miler gained a couple of minutes from my ride on the 4th. Feeling good! -
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    20km ride... trails pretty muddy. Found a new track.
    All is good in the world ^^

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    8.8 Mile run in SoCal getting easier and every time I want more - Still! have issues with rock gardens, but at some point I'll get passed the mental part.
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    Another 20km ride ^^ This time at night in sub zero temperatures. :bbbrrrrrr:

    Had to ride quick to keep warm 0_o

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    8 miles on a group ride today at pine hill, it was fast but I think I need a longer travel full suspension bike. The new Trek Fuel Ex 29er interests me a lot and may be my next bike.
    And I figured out how to bunny hop on platform pedals.

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    11 km, trails near my home, single track, few hills, some slow speed tight twisty through the trees stuff...

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    I brought it home for the first time in the pouring rain. Does that count?

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    Sure does, but need a picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Sure does, but need a picture.
    Its a New 2014 Cannondale Trail SL2 29'er


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Sure does, but need a picture.
    Haven't been able to get out for a ride more than just putting around the neighborhood in the rain the day I brought it home. My NOS 2014 Cannondale Trail SL2 29'er


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    12 Miles @ Carbon Cyn - (yesterday afternoon) as always lots of dry dirt and fun! Can't wait for my new Tires to arrive.
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    8.7 miles in Joseph D Grant County Park (Central Hills, East of San Jose, CA) today. First 2.4 miles gain 1150ish foot. Then the rest is almost entirely downhill. The first part blows though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notmyj View Post
    Haven't been able to get out for a ride more than just putting around the neighborhood in the rain the day I brought it home. My NOS 2014 Cannondale Trail SL2 29'er

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    I messed around with the panorama feature on my phone this morning.
    I need a little more practice.
    Good sunrise ride though.


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    Rode my first single track trail today, 15.2 mile loop (Dirty Bismarck). Clearly under estimated the difficulty of riding single tracks and over estimated my conditioning. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1320quick View Post
    Rode my first single track trail today, 15.2 mile loop (Dirty Bismarck). Clearly under estimated the difficulty of riding single tracks and over estimated my conditioning. LOL
    Awesome, I did my first one recently it takes practice I struggled a bit because of the same reasons. lol

    Today, no riding but set up my cyclo-computer and finally got it to work and the bike got a nice cleaning, after 3 dusty rides it was time to do it.
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    Today after we got home from a wedding, I installed the Cateye cyclo computer, adjusted the front fork pressure (too much pressure for my weight) and hung the tire pump on the down tube. Then it started raining again. So once again, I was toying around the neighborhood, doing bunny hops, endos, and wheelies. Luckily I learned all that a long time ago when I was doing dirt jumping/BMX but it's a bit different on a mountain bike.

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    30 miles today, but mostly paved as the gal doesn't like to leave the pavement. Last time we did any sort of trails, it resulted in some scarred elbows.





    But fear not, the MTB tires go back on tomorrow.

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    Finally got my new bike out this morning. Did 6.2mi on a local rail trail. Not bad considering it was my first bike ride in 11 years. Now, should I go again tomorrow or take a day off?

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    Go again tomorrow. Ride for me since I will be in meetings all day....
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    Go Tomorrow. When you can't walk stairs in a few days, then take a day or two off. I just got off of two day break after a week of rides between 10-16km, now i was much faster, and managed some hills i wasn't getting up, or at least got off later up the hill. it could have been because I destroyed my legs from too many rides in a row

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    Rode a technical trail with my 26er. That was a bad choice.
    I decided to jump an obstacle, but it has a flat landing and my bike is very rigid. On the landing my foot slipped off my pedal and my shin landed right on it, puncturing the skin and bruising my shin.
    Then I rode another 8.5 miles afterwards.

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    well, i went for a ride today. but i did not go on any trails. i rode several miles around town. first i went to two different stores to pick up iced cream (diabetic and regular) and whipped cream for tomorrow's ice cream social at my job. i work in adult day care. then i rode over to my job and put the stuff in the freezer. then i went over to my girlfriend's because she said she wanted to talk. she broke up with me. i knew it was coming. thats life. anyway, then i rode home and along the way saw some trash that looked interesting and found a nice wooden table for my apt that i took home and cleaned. yeah, thats my day on my bicycle. perhaps more amusing is yesterday's ride when i went to lowe's on my bike, bought an air conditioner then walked home with the ac unit balanced upon the bike.

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    Didn't ride but added new "shoes" on my bike with my buddy's help - Front tire took five minutes to change. Rear tire about 4 heinekens and 2 hours, once we got the tire in somehow the tube got messed up - it took us all the 4 Heinekens plus 1 hour to get the tire out so we could replace the tube. Finally done! my heavy Wireworlfs are on - tomorrow to try them on the trail.
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    I am a beginner trying to get use to my GT Backwoods and get in better shape. I am a shift worker and did not ride today but this week I rode 28 miles in 3 rides. I am riding light trails and paved trails learning my gears and the bike itself. Thanks for reading, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    12 mile run today but was very interesting. Who would it thought it would actually rain! that was awesome - only for like 3 minutes while I was coming back down which was even better. It drizzled on the way to the TH - stopped then as I reached my climb and started descending, lighting and rain. Cool experience, a bit humid though. I was happy to have a some mud on my bike. A few cell pics:
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    Great day for a ride.

    Lewis River Falls in Washington is a great ride. I tried the single track for the first time a few days ago.
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    Quiet Waters Park, which loves the rain. Ripped it up and then shut it down.

    edit to say: Oh yeah, after I got home I rotated the only shifter on my bike up about a quarter inch or so in the direction of the rear of my bike and it's making me jones to get back out there tomorrow to see how it feels.
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    Practiced track stands and bunny hopping to change direction. most i could do was about 45-70 degrees before having to pedal forward or put my foot down. Had a few decent length, 30 sec track stands.

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    Getting my new steed dialled in...

    shock and tires, seat height + fore/aft... that was last night after spending 25 mins unwrapping it (mega glad wrap!!)
    This morning I'll swap droppers between new and old steeds, may trim HB's by 10mm, try and get rid of small chainring - large cog - front der chain rub...

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    I rode 9.5 miles the other day at the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield, VT. It was my first time on the trails and it started to pour about halfway through the ride. It was probably the muddiest ride I have ever been on, but it was great fun. I'll certainly go back sometime in the future.

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    Finally got in a ride today warm up for the long ride in the morning - 7 miles @ Bonelli Pak - SoCal - nice little work out.
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    Got a new fork out in! Bye bye suntour xcm junk.
    Manitou minute expert. Nearly 2 lbs lighter. It's like a new bike

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    Today I went on a 2 hour ride - my first real ride since 1995. Some of you may have been reading my various "first bike since 1995" posts where I ask for advise on buying a new bike. I still haven't bought a bike - but I did borrow an old KHS mountain bike. Some of my first observations - the bike must be too small for me in every aspect - the seat was not high enough so I was slumped over at such an angle the my neck ached from having to "look up" and more of my energy was spent trying to "suck in my gut" just so my legs would have enough room to come up - which made it harder to breath . The saddest part of this statement is I really don't have much of a gut.

    I say the seat was not high enough because it always felt that my legs were not extending enough to put my full force into pedaling. I say the bike felt too small mostly because I was hunched over too much.

    Towards the end of the ride, it felt as though something on the inside of my left buttock/groin was cramping up or being rubbed/constricted too much by the seat - I am going to assume this is just normal pain that comes along with getting used to riding in general and getting used to a particular seat in general.

    Some other specific problems, the front bars seem too narrow - felt as though the slightest thing would have tossed the entire front end into the wrong direction and I would have been flying down to the road. I know some prefer wider bars for more control - I must be part of that some. The pedals felt too narrow - no matter how I placed my feet, part of my foot was always rubbing against the crank arms or bowing my feet out over the sides of the pedals which made it feel like my pedaling power was being wasted..

    Obviously it will take some time to build up strength and get used to riding again. Years ago when I rode almost daily - I dedicated 90 days to going nowhere if I couldn't get there on bike. I saw such amazing results in my endurance and strength!

    I know everyone says "go ride bikes, buy the one you fall in love with" - and today made that statement pretty obvious. Why by the best spec'd bike in my price range if the first thing I'll have to do is change 1/2 a dozen parts on it because those parts just don't "fit me"

    Ah well, it was a nice intro ride. I plan on biking to work on that same old KHS and seeing how that goes - only problem is if I raise the seat for better leg motion - the low bars / being hunched over will probably be even more noticeable/uncomfortable. oh the dilemma.

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    2hr ride on my local favorite trail with riding bud ^^ lots of people out on the trail to chat with, everyone happy being out on a lovely pre-spring ride.

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    Same here 2hr. ride 13mi. Feeling Good!
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    Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw county, Michigan. Lots of wildlife there and all kinds of birds. I heard a bird screeching in the woods, sounded pretty spooky. It also has a drive thru where you can take your car through 6.5 miles. First time I had ever been there in my life and I am only about 13 miles away. I will definitely be going back! I also gave my talon 2 a good cleaning today. Picked up a bottle of simple green (that stuff works on anything!) and the bike looks brand new.

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    Thought I'd throw my ring in this hat. Planted pretty well on a bridge at 2:10:



    Twitchy 26 will see some dust now. New Mason arrives today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDinME View Post
    Thought I'd throw my ring in this hat. Planted pretty well on a bridge at 2:10:



    Twitchy 26 will see some dust now. New Mason arrives today!
    Nice video, but I wouldn't want to be on any offroad locations with such narrow bars

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    Quote Originally Posted by tualmbr View Post
    Nice video, but I wouldn't want to be on any offroad locations with such narrow bars
    Ha. Yeah, I don't want to be either!

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    New parts!!! Now the drivetrain is all new. Added a Deore double front crank with 24-36 gears along with front XT mech and XT shifter to my 2011 trance X4. Now it matches the rear with the XT rear shadow clothed Mech with XT shifter and SLX cogs at 11-36 and KMC X10 chain. I love the quick link vs the shimano chains!!

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    Got my wheel back from LBS... Put it back on 650b horse this arvo (new rim/spokes) ^^

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    Yesterday Nice easy 10mile ride - rode with my buddy that hasn't been on the trails in a while but for being a cancer survivor (lung no less) he did really well, but screwed up my strava numbers damn it - LOL j/k
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    I went to VMBA fest at the STAB trails in Brownsville, VT today and I demoed two bikes, the Rocky Mountain Instinct 970msl and the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC edition.
    Now I have experience on a 27.5" wheeled bike so I don't look like an idiot ranting about it on the forums.
    I liked it but not nearly as much as the 29er. It was certainly more playful on tight and flowy downhills but that's the only place where I kinda preferred it.

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    Today: went to a LBS and bought a new chain and a new front plate for a Thomson stem. That makes a 20 km cruise on my bikepath bike. Installed the parts on the rigid singlespeed.

    Yesterday: 3 hours / 33 km of moderately challenging trails on the rigid singlespeed - so today's easy 20 km felt about right for recovery.

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    Dialling in my new clipless shoes ^^

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    On Tuesday I demoed a Trek Fuel EX8 29er and rode 20 miles at Kingdom Trails. It certainly felt more like a XC bike than a Trail bike. I preferred the Instinct I rode on Sunday.

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    Hated my life as I hit my second local single track that proceeded to kick my back side. A lot of pain and missory in my first couple rides but still looking to keep going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david.mailhot.96 View Post
    Hated my life as I hit my second local single track that proceeded to kick my back side. A lot of pain and missory in my first couple rides but still looking to keep going.

    In what way did it kick your back side? Falling a lot? Getting tired? What kind of terrain?

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    Fell once. Tired a lot. Typical new England Rocky and root filled. It was all slow left , right, left right. You would go down a little hill then it would be a sharp turn and then need to climb. I couldn't carry enough momentum and too out of shape. Guessing 70% due to out of shape and 30 to beginner learning techniques. But I kept with it and did about 5 miles of single track.

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    First Ride

    Took my first ride on single track. Wow. Totally scared and elated at the same time. Love that feeling. A big root (forearm size), a sandy patch and a down hill curve conspired to take me out! It was fun as heck. No hurts, so am ready to go out again!

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    took a ride to see n old friend and say hi.
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    took spin around and this building is at a cemetary and was built in late 1800s, the first 2 people buried have the grave stones next to building in 1896
    Just love bikes except for 10 speeds( dont like those skinny tires)

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    saw this cool old rmy jeep, all original and cool as heck
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    Just love bikes except for 10 speeds( dont like those skinny tires)

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    Went for a one hour ride, with the idea to push the speed a little. Going fast is fun but it can also be hard. At about 45 minutes, I went over the bar on relatively tame roots: mistakes because I was getting tired after some more interesting trail sections. Only some scratches on a knee. In the last 15 minutes I had a moment to recover and then rode some more interesting trail sections, with no incident.

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    7 miles today, weekday short ride but I have not been able to ride in a week so it felt really good to get out. The best part is getting that feeling that I'm getting more confident, took on a rock garden (most of it) that I'm always intimidated by and even though I didn't eat it, it was close but got through it.

    Did I mention I'm now addicted to this sport?
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    My $6.00 mudguard has arrived :woot: will be tying it on tonight

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Just a quick 3 miles after work. Short but fun. Saw a huge owl.

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    Maintenance. Importantly, I oiled all three brooks saddles while I was at it.
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    7.4 miles after work - beautiful and cooler afternoon - finally!
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    what did you do today on your mountain bike

    its currently set up for road riding, so feeling brave I rode up and over a hill from work to the beach (coogee beach sydney) then took the hard route back with two mega steep sections, ended up nearly puking as i was pushing to hard, but heh helps me get fit.
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    Got in 9.8 miles today - about 4-5 miles of climbing - 1458 elevation. I did have to Hike the bike twice but other than that I feel great.
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    1hr 45min ride after work ^^ world seems right again

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    Went for my first Torc (Raleigh) group ride yesterday at Crab. Had a blast, did about 1.5hrs - and this was after going to the gym for about an hour.

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    Finally reached 500 miles on my Trek Cobia

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    8 miles of rocks and roots! Working out the new DVO Diamond. Great fork which i very much prefer over the Pike it replaced.

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    Just got my wife into riding. She had a Checker Pig rigid many years ago which is still almost like new...But after getting her out a few weeks ago she has bought her first modern MTB with a Boardman Team 650B hardtail. So far in the 5 weeks she has had the bike we have only missed one week off. So she has now done more miles in 5 weeks than she had on the Checker Pig in the past 20 years... (No not kidding..)

    The first ride was all on the road on some country lanes to get used to the bike then her second ride was at Cannock Chase on the Follow the Dog trail. She got up Cardiac Hill with only one short stop about half way up.. I am really impressed with how well she has done. She has lost a lot of weight over the past couple of years and has taken to getting fitter so going cycling is great for me to get out more and spend some time with my wife on the trails.

    The bike is actually very good for the price and for her first good bike it will let her improve her riding skills and last her a few years and hopefully keep her interested in cycling..




    She may not look happy but we went back about 2 weeks later and she is getting better off road.


    The only down side to her lack of skill is she uses the brakes harder than she would if she had some more seat time. So to help stop some of the squeal and add a little more brake power I swapped the discs for some better 2 piece Shimano discs and upped the size of the rear from 160mm to 180mm so it is now 180mm front and rear. For now that is the only change from standard.. It really is a great little bike for a beginner...


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    ^^Awesome!

    I did a solo 7 mile ride today, almost got thrown off my bike my some dude who couldn't let me know he was coming. I was focused on tricky a down-hill section (after I waited to go down bcz 2 guys were together ridding up hill) with zero warning what I actually heard were his breaks on my right ear - scared the crap out of me so I jumped off my bike - he did check on me but kept flying down - I'm glad I avoided a fall.
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    Cool.... My wife worries she is slowing faster riders down. She does move over to let them past but sometimes still stops where there is not much room on single track. I have told her to keep going and the rider behind will call out to let her know they want to pass. But sometimes faster riders will just come past without warning. Not good for a new rider when that happens but it is not so common and most will follow until there is room or call out to let you know before they pass..

    Hoping to take my wife on at least one 7 mile ride this weekend. There are two routes one is a more technical route and one is more flowing I think. If she is feeling OK then we may do both routes and make it a big loop. Luckily she has quite good fitness but limited riding experience. She has lost over 80lbs (almost 6 stones) in weight through diet and exercise so she is half way there to doing some really nice rides out in the Peak district or Wales. So in September we are having our vacation and will be doing at least one ride in Wales at Betws y Coed. It will be a mid week ride to avoid the weekend rush and let us take our time and let her build up some confidence on the more technical stuff..

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    Yesterday I got the wifes bike out of the shed. First time in some time. (we have been riding roadie's.) Oiled the chain, aired up the tires. Cleaned it up and then i took it for a quick ride just to be sure everything works like it should. (a good excuse to ride her bike.) It is still almost brand new. (still has the little new tire nubbys on it.) Then I got mine and did the same to it. Except for the ride. by then it was getting late and the wife decided she wanted to ride her roadie. So much for all the work. Oh well, it is ready for her when she is ready for some dirt.

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