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    Why do DH bikers always

    look like they are having sooo much fun? At Mt. Falcon last night there was a large group of DH bikers shuttling. Everyone was friendly, but it really got me thinking how much fun DH looks, and how they really need something dedicated on the front range to ride. I'm sure most of these folks are just trying to get ready for the season, just as the rest of us are...only we have places to ride right now.

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    Sounds like a great business opportunity to me.

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    were there any hikers that looked like they got run over behind them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebry74
    look like they are having sooo much fun?
    Cuzz DH biking is f'n awesome! I'm happier too when i'm not spending half my ride and energy on climbing and pedalling.

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    It does look awesome. I enjoy the climbing and pedalling though, and all day excursions, but will have to make and effort to get up to the resorts this year.

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    because it is fun!! and unfortunately there are the dick dh'ers out there in the front range that make a bad image of us but im just another biker tryin to have fun, all while following the same rules as everybody else.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    I think this post falls into the category of my newly aquired signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhltfour
    because it is fun!! and unfortunately there are the dick dh'ers out there in the front range that make a bad image of us but im just another biker tryin to have fun, all while following the same rules as everybody else.

    cheers
    Don't worry, there's an equal or larger number of dick xc-racer types to balance out the universe.

    And to the op, YES. Downhill riding is fun. DH bikes are incredibly fun to ride down hills.

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    Always thought it would be cool to have a DH oriented, lift served area on the fr foothills. The season would be a lot longer than the stone and WP. I'm sure it'll never happen though.

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    Why do DHers al ways go down hill so much? what jerks!!

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    10 years ago I laughed at DHers (what jerks...)

    today I laugh at those who haven't tried it (what ignorance...)

    And yes, I ride XC, DH, road, commute, ...
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    10 years ago I laughed at DHers (what jerks...)

    today I laugh at those who haven't tried it (what ignorance...)

    And yes, I ride XC, DH, road, commute, ...
    10 years ago i started riding dH

    i ride dh and xc

    I still dont get roadies though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
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    today I laugh at those who haven't tried it (what ignorance...)
    Well that's just mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    I still dont get roadies though
    Maybe you'd have better luck if you wore tighter fitting clothes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Well that's just mean.
    Yeah, but it's true.

    It seems like a lot of xc racer types will do anything to get faster besides learn to ride dh. Ironically, it's probably the best thing most of them could possibly do to get faster.

    And it goes the other way too, a lot of dh riders would get faster riding dh if they would spend more time pedaling uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    I still dont get roadies though
    Join a group ride and experience the thrill of being in a peloton. Picture a curve at 20-30mph with you in the middle of a pack with riders inches from you in all directions.

    Or for you: Experience to draft at the end of a peloton. Go 30mph with almost no apparent effort.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Well that's just mean.
    That's me. Mean sob.

    But then... I recently joined an XC race, just to find out what it is all about. I mean, lot's of XC racers out there. Must be fun somehow. Guess what... it is.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    That's me. Mean sob.
    I'd like to ride DH. But most of my $$ and time is tied up in skiing.

    Although I try to ride DH when I get to the top of something as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    I still dont get roadies though
    Bombing down Lookout or some other mountain road at 50+ mph on skinny tires is a pretty stout adrenaline rush. I think anyone would get that.

    I saw those guys last night too on Falcon. A lot of them, but they were all super cool and respectful. I question how much fun they ultimately had on a busy Wednesday night having to stop every 15 feet for uphill riders, but hey.

    As an aside ... it was freaking FREEEEEZZING last night coming down at the top of Falcon and coming down LOB. Believe me, I was wishing I had on body armor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    I'd like to ride DH. But most of my $$ and time is tied up in skiing.
    I have been skiing and snowboarding in the past. So I understand why you spend $$ and time on it. That is the point. My ask is not for everybody to become a DH biker. My ask is for everybody to try it once.

    To compare riding a trail bike on a descending trail to DH biking is about as meaningful as comparing nordic skiing to alpine skiing.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    To compare riding a trail bike on a descending trail to DH biking is about as meaningful as comparing nordic skiing to alpine skiing.
    This is comment is the truth

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    I still dont get roadies though
    Try it without the spandex, you'll find its kinda fun.
    You have just been mentally Rick Roll'd. Yup you're thinking about it right now aren't you? Don't fight it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Try it without the spandex, you'll find its kinda fun.
    It's a little like mountain biking, just replace the DH'ers with cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reporterkyle
    Bombing down Lookout or some other mountain road at 50+ mph on skinny tires is a pretty stout adrenaline rush. I think anyone would get that.

    I saw those guys last night too on Falcon. A lot of them, but they were all super cool and respectful. I question how much fun they ultimately had on a busy Wednesday night having to stop every 15 feet for uphill riders, but hey.

    As an aside ... it was freaking FREEEEEZZING last night coming down at the top of Falcon and coming down LOB. Believe me, I was wishing I had on body armor.
    Bombing down Lookout is fun, and it was freezing coming down last night. I wish it would start to warm up...but sounds like this weekend will be more of the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebry74
    It does look awesome. I enjoy the climbing and pedalling though, and all day excursions, but will have to make and effort to get up to the resorts this year.

    Really... when you think about it, we all ride for the downhill don't we? I mean if there wasn't a DH at the end of a long climb would we be doing it for 20 yrs? I love all day adventures and pedaling and all that stuff, but right now, nothing beats an 8 hour day of DHing... and those that don't think its a workout, follow me up a hill
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    Quote Originally Posted by billybobzia
    ...we all ride for the downhill don't we?
    Not xcguy. But he has discriminating taste in IPA, so we don't hold it against him.
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    I wouldn't ride mountain bikes if it was all downhill. If that were the case I'd go back to motos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Trucker
    Not xcguy. But he has discriminating taste in IPA, so we don't hold it against him.
    Uhhh... hold WHAT against him?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Uhhh... hold WHAT against him?!?
    You know... "it".
    The older I get, the faster I was.





    Punch it, Chewie.

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    I like to ride my bikes. *****es.
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    I've got a hardtail Gary Fisher which I use to ride XC. I don't like to ride XC. It is not fun. I have to do it so that the Army doesn't tell me that I am fat, because hell, I like beer.

    I looooooooove riding DH. Its what got me into the sport in the first place. Well, maybe it was my Murray X24 that I bought when I was 8, but I digress. I love bombing downhill, and hitting whatever I can find; of course I snowboard the same way, so DH makes sense for me.

    And I know its been said already, but it bears repeating; there is no fun in pedaling uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CombatMutt
    <snip> I don't like to ride XC. It is not fun.

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    Man, all the drama! I started riding when I was four years old, been hooked ever since. I ride and race XC, DH, Motorcycle enduros (OHHH NO MOTOS) super Ds, whatever. If you like riding bikes then you will like anything on 2 wheels right????? Dont hate the playa, or the game! I need to try out a road bike next........Hmmmmm.

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    Funny how long it took me to start riding true DH. I kept from riding DH for a long time because I can't do trails moves on a big bike... I was so used to riding urban back in Madison & playing around with trials, that starting to ride a big bike... It was so irritating to me! I just sold my only bike under 7" (ok, still got an old DS bike, but it's not built up) so I guess I learned to deal with it!

    Sledding was the same way for me, I thought they were jackasses who blew past people with no manners, and just drove around all day sitting on the sleds... then I rode one for access.... crap. I spend more of my time on sled just cause I can go bigger, faster, and go places I never could otherwise. I love DH, but being out in the BC is just hard to compare to. Gotta get coldsteele out so that I can get another crackhead into it!!!
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    How about we take the "let it burn approach" with the rotting cesspool of the Denver metro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    Join a group ride and experience the thrill of being in a peloton. Picture a curve at 20-30mph with you in the middle of a pack with riders inches from you in all directions.
    I don't know what a peloton is, but based on your description, it sounds like a sausage party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    I am not Air Force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdumas
    I don't know what a peloton is, but based it your description, it sounds like a sausage party.
    LMAO it is a sausage party. I still don't get the thrill of being in a peloton either. One bad move and you cause a domino effect with about 100 riders...there's not enough latex in the world to cushion that disaster...thankfully

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_WD
    it is a sausage party.
    Because everybody knows all the chicks ride DH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reporterkyle
    Because everybody knows all the chicks ride DH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_WD
    Sarcasm. It's kinda like he's saying the opposite of what he really means.

    I speak fluent sarcasm, so shoot me a PM if you ever need a translation!
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    How about we take the "let it burn approach" with the rotting cesspool of the Denver metro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryislife
    Sarcasm. It's kinda like he's saying the opposite of what he really means.

    I speak fluent sarcasm, so shoot me a PM if you ever need a translation!
    lol thanks smarty-pants. I'm typically quite sarcastic myself but it took me a sec to get Reporterkyle's statement...meh whaddeverr!

    I still don't get roadies though

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_WD
    I still don't get roadies though

    eh, what's to get... people who recreate on roads filled with vehicles ... I'll pass.

    Peleton... isn't that a sex toy of some kind?
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    How about we take the "let it burn approach" with the rotting cesspool of the Denver metro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryislife
    Funny how long it took me to start riding true DH. I kept from riding DH for a long time because I can't do trails moves on a big bike... I was so used to riding urban back in Madison & playing around with trials, that starting to ride a big bike... It was so irritating to me! I just sold my only bike under 7" (ok, still got an old DS bike, but it's not built up) so I guess I learned to deal with it!

    Sledding was the same way for me, I thought they were jackasses who blew past people with no manners, and just drove around all day sitting on the sleds... then I rode one for access.... crap. I spend more of my time on sled just cause I can go bigger, faster, and go places I never could otherwise. I love DH, but being out in the BC is just hard to compare to. Gotta get coldsteele out so that I can get another crackhead into it!!!
    I don't think it will take too much to get me hooked on sleds. Well except for the butt load of money to get started. But your hand-me-dowms probably still kick a$$
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    Ok, so quick question to the people responding they ride DH 100% of the time - why not just get a moto? More speed, more air, you can ride year round - why not just pick up a used 250 for the same price as a mid-level DH sled and ride year round.

    This is coming from someone who rides both XC and DH, I can see the enjoyment in DH but if I was not also using those skills for rides that I have to pedal to access and I was just in sport for the speed and air I would have a 250.

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    You can't just throw a 250 in your trunk/bike rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdlb21
    Ok, so quick question to the people responding they ride DH 100% of the time - why not just get a moto? More speed, more air, you can ride year round - why not just pick up a used 250 for the same price as a mid-level DH sled and ride year round.

    This is coming from someone who rides both XC and DH, I can see the enjoyment in DH but if I was not also using those skills for rides that I have to pedal to access and I was just in sport for the speed and air I would have a 250.
    I ride what most people would consider DH 90% of the time (push up, seat down, etc), mainly lefthand canyon stuff. Have also ridden motos, along time ago. WAY more fun on a DH bike (in my opinion). DH bikes can go down techy, steep singletrack faster than motos, although the up is much, much less fun. Yeah, on open ground/trails motos are faster, but on the more interesting stuff a bike wins. Probably the same base motivation (adrenaline, skill set growth) between dh and motos, but they are different skills. Same goes with air. The quiet, lower-impact, commune-with-nature business is nice too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_Dukes
    You can't just throw a 250 in your trunk/bike rack.
    pfffft..

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    I've got to try that with my TDI... (actually I'd get one if I could put it in a rack on the back... it'd be a great shuttle vehicle for kayaking too)

    I spend october to mid june on a sled, so I ride DH instead of motos because I can't afford to spend more on gas, and I feel that I'd push too hard on a moto in comparison... when my DH bike lands on me... oh well, I get a bruise... if I screw up jumping a 250... broken legs, way more damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryislife
    Peleton... isn't that a sex toy of some kind?
    Depends how you pronounce it lol. French accent, definitely sex toy.

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