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    We the people ... Cuba MTB we are new on the forum hope to make friends and share our passion for MTB.

    We are a club of MTB in the center of the island of Cuba. We would like to share with bikers all around the world, inviting them to come down and ride with us. Is very hard in Cuba to get information because internet is super hard to get and too slow when you have the chance to ge it. We ride all weekends when we are all off work and go for our passion number one which is riding and looking for new places and explore all around all areas. It is very hard in Cuba to get replacements for bike as there are no bike stores in the island. Something we can not understand at all, but nothing will stop us for what is our dreams. Hope we can get in contact with riders, we are giving our email: cubanmountainbikeclub@gmail.com if you want to stay in contact with us can write us anytime, also we have facebook, twitter and youtube where can see some of our videos we made: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfO...NuLXrewkv0o4gg
    This is our twitter: @CubaMTB we are really happy to have the chance to share with the MTB community worldwide.

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    It must be terribly difficult to pratice mountain biking in a communist country. I live in a country (Brasil) where the government taxes heavily imports, so bikes and parts cost double the world market price, and we are much poorer than european and north american consumers. I can only imagine how hard life is for you guys, for in Cuba importation of mtb equipment (and everythin else!) is simply forbidden! I consider you true heros and wish you luck. Maybe itīs not that far the day Cuba will be free and anyone will be able to ride trails on your beautiful sierras.

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    Thanks a lot Pedro. It is real crazy indeed, I can understand than been from Brasil you could see better. It is really difficult and mostly we do because we feel a huge passion for MTB. Hope that one day like you said Cuba will be free so we will be able to have things open in here. Like have the opportunity to see things and touch then. Today is almost imposible even to think about MTB in Cuba. Everyone call us crazy for using our bikes going on tracks, everyone tell us that we are destroying then and will not find replacements which is real but passion is before anything. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubanMTB View Post
    Thanks a lot Pedro. It is real crazy indeed, I can understand than been from Brasil you could see better. It is really difficult and mostly we do because we feel a huge passion for MTB. Hope that one day like you said Cuba will be free so we will be able to have things open in here. Like have the opportunity to see things and touch then. Today is almost imposible even to think about MTB in Cuba. Everyone call us crazy for using our bikes going on tracks, everyone tell us that we are destroying then and will not find replacements which is real but passion is before anything. Thanks.
    Here at least we still have some restricted market economy going (donīt know for how long, for we have a communist party also running the government and trying to impose socialism in Brazil), so we have acess to up to date equipment. But the prices are so high that the market is pretty small. Anyway we manage to hit the trails with modern bikes (mine is a Rocky Mountain Slayer). I would advise you people to develop a trail network with berms, jumps, pump sections and all, if possible. Even if you donīt have acess to good bikes for now, you can at least have the best possible trails because for that you need only shovels and hard work. When you finnaly get rid of communism the trails will be ready for the good bikes. All the best!

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    WOW CubanMTB, may i call you Cuban, lol
    My guess is that with all the new influx of people, money, ideas, and lawyers things are going to change big and fast for you guys over in Cuba. Hope it's for the better. Money has a way of corrupting, and industrialization and growth has downsides, like pollution. Hopefully with you guys being years behind the curve, you can learn from other country's mistakes.
    Anyway, love hearing of your inside scoop on MTBing on your big island. Please keep us informed, and welcome to the site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedromayall View Post
    Here at least we still have some restricted market economy going (donīt know for how long, for we have a communist party also running the government and trying to impose socialism in Brazil), so we have acess to up to date equipment. But the prices are so high that the market is pretty small. Anyway we manage to hit the trails with modern bikes (mine is a Rocky Mountain Slayer). I would advise you people to develop a trail network with berms, jumps, pump sections and all, if possible. Even if you donīt have acess to good bikes for now, you can at least have the best possible trails because for that you need only shovels and hard work. When you finnaly get rid of communism the trails will be ready for the good bikes. All the best!
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    WOW CubanMTB, may i call you Cuban, lol
    My guess is that with all the new influx of people, money, ideas, and lawyers things are going to change big and fast for you guys over in Cuba. Hope it's for the better. Money has a way of corrupting, and industrialization and growth has downsides, like pollution. Hopefully with you guys being years behind the curve, you can learn from other country's mistakes.
    Anyway, love hearing of your inside scoop on MTBing on your big island. Please keep us informed, and welcome to the site.
    Yes the good thing is that we are riding all together and trying to build a MTB community in Cuba no matter what. We are not waiting for anything on the side of the gouverment. I can imagine how high prices can be for bikes and replacements as i can see a bit on the internet, here is insane because when people get any bike or anything they bring from any country the prices will be high, huge difference from what we are paid every month 355 cuban pesos for the hole moth then you will tur 25 into a dollar kind of thing and bikes can cost around 800 or more not a lot but not talking about great bike, nothing special not for any specific MTB so in the end will be 20,000 cuban pesos, lots of years of work. Anyway we are doing what we love and we are lucky to be able to do it, we will keep the fight and in the end we will win, if not us, the kids that will come after us they will. Cheers from the island.

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    This is the coolest post I've seen in this forum in a long long time.

    Welcome guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedromayall View Post
    Here at least we still have some restricted market economy going (donīt know for how long, for we have a communist party also running the government and trying to impose socialism in Brazil), so we have acess to up to date equipment. But the prices are so high that the market is pretty small. Anyway we manage to hit the trails with modern bikes (mine is a Rocky Mountain Slayer). I would advise you people to develop a trail network with berms, jumps, pump sections and all, if possible. Even if you donīt have acess to good bikes for now, you can at least have the best possible trails because for that you need only shovels and hard work. When you finnaly get rid of communism the trails will be ready for the good bikes. All the best!
    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    WOW CubanMTB, may i call you Cuban, lol
    My guess is that with all the new influx of people, money, ideas, and lawyers things are going to change big and fast for you guys over in Cuba. Hope it's for the better. Money has a way of corrupting, and industrialization and growth has downsides, like pollution. Hopefully with you guys being years behind the curve, you can learn from other country's mistakes.
    Anyway, love hearing of your inside scoop on MTBing on your big island. Please keep us informed, and welcome to the site.
    Thanks for the welcome to the site and to the community that is part of it. I know what you are talking about, it will be a huge step and we all hope it will be for good. Anyways I don't think things will change in a big scale, not all at once but things will be turning bit by bit. Although in the last times lots of small things have been changing, think they will be doing things one step after the other, knowing that there are so many mistakes that will bring so many other mistakes. Hope that things will be better for all of us, the ones in the island and the ones out side. We will see because I think that is all already planned in advanced during the years. We will be keeping posts, although is really hard, is crazy to get in here so difficult internet is a pain really. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedromayall View Post
    Here at least we still have some restricted market economy going (donīt know for how long, for we have a communist party also running the government and trying to impose socialism in Brazil), so we have acess to up to date equipment. But the prices are so high that the market is pretty small. Anyway we manage to hit the trails with modern bikes (mine is a Rocky Mountain Slayer). I would advise you people to develop a trail network with berms, jumps, pump sections and all, if possible. Even if you donīt have acess to good bikes for now, you can at least have the best possible trails because for that you need only shovels and hard work. When you finnaly get rid of communism the trails will be ready for the good bikes. All the best!
    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    This is the coolest post I've seen in this forum in a long long time.

    Welcome guys!
    Thanks a lot for the words about our post and for the welcome. Is really great to have the opportunity to stay in touch with the community world wide. Thanks for letting us be part from Cuba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    This is the coolest post I've seen in this forum in a long long time.

    Welcome guys!
    Thanks a lot for the words about our post and for the welcome. Is really great to have the opportunity to stay in touch with the community world wide. Thanks for letting us be part from Cuba.

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    My hat's off to you guys for staying positive and making the most out of the situation you find yourselves in.
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    Good luck to you guys! Hopefully, mountain biking and many other things will become easier as your country moves forward.

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    Can tell you that I'v heard google and some other big companies have already offered to foot the bill for telecom expansion on your island. As well Americans won't do well without having some decent modern infrastructure while vacationing and investing there, so think it's coming sooner than you think.
    I hear that Obama is more popular than Raul or even Fidel over there. Funny because he's not all that popular over here, LOL.
    Many of my friends, including me, are planing a trip there as soon as possible (asap). To see the before, and then the after, of the globalization and build up there that seems sure to follow. At least sure to my friends here in the states. Including my brother in-law, who's an international lawyer, has done some work to help the process along for you guys, as well as has roots in your country donning the Martinez (cigars) Family name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    My hat's off to you guys for staying positive and making the most out of the situation you find yourselves in.
    True Net. In a way it made people think outside the box to figure out all kinds of ways of doing things. It's not like they can just go down to the store and buy a washing machine or whatnot. Oppression has forced them to have to improvise. And The USA now being able to see that first hand will only help them, and us, to be better.
    Another thing is how the lack of industrialization, or modernization, or whateva you want to call it, has left much of the island untouched. A sort of Eden.
    In a way i'm sorta jealous. Remembering how much fun the mtb community was in it's infancy, before you could just go buy a mtb.
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    Yeah, if I found myself in the OP's situation, I would probably just sit in the corner and cry.

    But they seem to be making the most of what they have.

    I feel better about humanity now, after reading this post. Very inspiring.

    This thread needs to be one of the threads that EmptyBeer features on Facebook from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Yeah, if I found myself in the OP's situation, I would probably just sit in the corner and cry.
    I don't think so. Know people that travel there. One of my friends goes every year. They surely have their issues, but think most Americans have big misconceptions on what goes on in Cuba. Misconceptions about Cuba
    Will be interesting to get CubanMTBR's perspective on this.
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    Welcome to mtbr -- I think you will find this to be a great place for information and opinions. Or, occasionally real help with obtaining parts etc.

    I have been hoping to be able to visit Cuba for sailing and SCUBA diving for quite some time. Now I have yet another reason to visit. I hope that will be possible soon.

    I for one am looking forward to your ride reports. What type of terrain you are dealing with and what your trail network (which I am sure is expanding) looks like. Please post copiously and also don't be afraid to ask for help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borabora View Post
    Welcome to mtbr -- I think you will find this to be a great place for information and opinions. Or, occasionally real help with obtaining parts etc.

    I have been hoping to be able to visit Cuba for sailing and SCUBA diving for quite some time. Now I have yet another reason to visit. I hope that will be possible soon.

    I for one am looking forward to your ride reports. What type of terrain you are dealing with and what your trail network (which I am sure is expanding) looks like. Please post copiously and also don't be afraid to ask for help.
    it's now legal for Americans to go. Don't know of any commercial flights going direct just yet, but people are chartering flights
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    I'm reading ĻMisconceptions about CubaĻ very interesting really, I just gat here work today in the morning and gat here to read the forum. I work as a cultural promoter and have a rock band name Arrabio which you can look for too. Thanks to my work I have the opportunity to have internet, as slow as it gets but at least gives me the opportunity to stay in touch somedays better some others worst. Is very insparing and supportives all your messages and really honest and true. Lots of things have been changing withing the years all over the world and what we used to expirienced when we were kids or just misfits riding bikes , listening to music and doing things with ur friends. Now everything seems fancy, MP3 players carrying tones of music, smart phones with almost all tools in a touch, stores full of all clothes turning movements into fashions, but even though anyone can get almost anything still that does not make people riders, music fan, or part of tribes, still is the heart and passion the most important thing in life. We in Cuba have not lots of things we wish could get in easier ways not for fashion but for protecting our selfs, like helmets and all other types of protectors that we can not get over here, like some better cuality bike pieces for better riding and avoiding destroying forks and others on the rides, forks and other stuff which are not authentic made for this stuff, our forks for example have the warning not to be use except for cross country rides and we use then mostly for heavy stuff than that, but even though passion goes before that, then there will be a time when we will have maybe thos ethings. Then there will be little kids, rich kids with even better stuff than us because they will be able to pay for then, but that is another totally different thing. There are some cubans out there doing great things, in US I mean, not everyone just most of then are trying to kill Cuba for lots of political and money interests, Roger Miret singer in Agnostic Front was born in Cuba and left when he was just a little kid, he have been doing music and inspiring kids and never using his voice for nothing except for possitives and when we meet him, with the band in Canada he did nothing else but help us and get together with us sharing our cuban sides. We could be just a few everywhere, but one plus one makes two and that is good. Let's ride all together and have some fun.

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    Hope that too, we will see what the future brings. Thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borabora View Post
    Welcome to mtbr -- I think you will find this to be a great place for information and opinions. Or, occasionally real help with obtaining parts etc.

    I have been hoping to be able to visit Cuba for sailing and SCUBA diving for quite some time. Now I have yet another reason to visit. I hope that will be possible soon.

    I for one am looking forward to your ride reports. What type of terrain you are dealing with and what your trail network (which I am sure is expanding) looks like. Please post copiously and also don't be afraid to ask for help.
    Thanks for the welcome and for the contact. Still trying to figure out how to work on the site, this is the first time and have not find yet way to upload pictures just trying to learn and stay tune up here. Anyways, I do hope that things get easier for you to visit, still americans used to visit the island through Mexico mostly, I hope it ends soon and can fly without any problems. When you plan to be down, can contact us and we will really love to ride sometime and help you out in all we can. As havent found ways to ride more that this over this site, Im giving you places whete to find more on us: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfO...NuLXrewkv0o4gg
    twitter @CubanMTB and our email: cubanmountainbikeclub@gmail.com
    We will be using this more and giving more details of our rides as we will get use to work here. Really hope to find information, opions always, help friendship and obtain parts, used parts or find ways maybe to trade for cuban products, haha rum, cigars the cuban stuff.

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    Welcome guys![/QUOTE]

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    Good luck to you guys! Hopefully, mountain biking and many other things will become easier as your country moves forward.
    Hope that too, we will see what the future brings. Thanks a lot.

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    Welcome to the forum here. Now that tensions have eased between the USA and Cuba, it may get better for you. Maybe you'll be able to get stuff the mail order over the internet. I'll bet you have some great terrain there to ride on.

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