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  1. #501
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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    ----- North Carolina, east coast side

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    ------ Guess I'm a newb all over again, haven't really ridden a serious trail in about 15 years, bought my first bike, again, a year ago.

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    ------- Two bikes now. 2009 Fisher Mullet. 2004 Titus Switchblade.

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    ------- Rode for about three years pretty hard years ago, now I ride whenever. It's pretty flat and sandy here.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    -------- MTBR and SVTOffroad, that's pretty much it.

    This is a pretty good site with a lot of good info.

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    ----- San Antonio, Texas

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    ------ Beginner noob
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    ------- 1 (2005 3700 Trek)

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    ------- About 1 month

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    -------- Here, SA-F-Body, Modded Mustangs

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    just a newbie to this site

    hey everyone!
    I was poking around on this site, so figured I should join.
    My MTB is upgraded Schwinn Carbon S-10. I used to do adventure racing and this bike worked very well so I decided to keep it forever.

    I live outside St.Louis near Matson Hill, Lost Valley and Castlewood trails but I'm originally from MTB mecca Michigan. Potawanami, anyone?

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    Hey,

    1.) Where you are from? AZ
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? None (but working on it)
    4.) How long have you been riding? Just startin'
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? None

    I've gotten some good advice before, so i'm glad i could join the team

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    Hello from Oklahoma

    Trying to stick with the newbie formula, I'll try to answer the questions in order. I'm from Stillwater, Oklahoma.I mostly ride local trails due to job. But we have 4 great trails at nearby Lake McMurtry, so I can't complain much. I personally only carry one bike at a time. I just sold my beloved '98 model GT and bought a 2012 Specialized Rockhopper 26". Been riding since 1998. I'll probably be in the forums dedicated to repair, reviews and nutrition.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Hi names Rhonda
    from Perris,ca(riverside co)
    pleasure rider,ride with kids on nice days-nothing crazy or dangerous(beginner i guess)
    2-schwinn i got from a friend,and this one my son brought home
    just started last year on regular basis
    this is the first forum i've frequented:
    I was just wondering if any one knows what kind of GT this is?
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    hey all i am Kyle and i live in NE
    I just bought my first bike since i was a kid a 2011 trek 4300D
    I would have to say i am a noob to the MTB world really to the biking world
    I hope to hit the trails soon and am happy I found this place to ask any questions and all that crap

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    Russell from SF Bay
    Riding since 1990
    IF Deluxe, Cove Stiff, Iron Horse DH
    All Mountain to road and everything in between rider.
    Back riding now after quite a layoff and boy does it feel good. thanks

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    Newbie..

    I'm relatively new to the MTB scene, but loving it. I bought my hardtail with the mindset of primarily road, sidewalk, and paved trail riding with the ability to go off-road if need be. The Trek 3500 filled that role admirably. Now that I've left the paved roads, I'm looking to upgrade my off-road capabilities. I'm looking for a solid package in the $700 range that is solid enough to handle any moderate level single track and can also be easily upgraded. I've looked at Cannondale F4 & F5, Trek 4300 disc & 4500, and an IBEX Alpine 550. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    1.) Where you are from? Currently, Chattanooga, TN
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? weekend warrior, mtn trail - an aggressive beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? Just my Trek 3500
    4.) How long have you been riding? casual road riding, several years. 6 months on the trail.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Just MTBR for bikes and TacomaWorld

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    1.) Where you are from?
    From Louisiana relocated to Casper, WY about 6yrs ago

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    I am a beginner MTBer and a commuter

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    2- box store rigid 26er and waiting on my Specialized Carve to come in

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Been riding for rec for years and now getting more serious

    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Noob to MTB sites so just this one for now

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    Hi to everybody!

    I'm from Italy, near bologna, I'm 47, male, and really I find hard to declare what kind of rider I am!
    The best thing is to try to describe: No more than a ride per week, no more than few hours, this due to family management... you know! I like something between XC and AM, and I'm happy both in climbing and downhill tracks.
    Surely I like single tracks rather than less technical routes.

    I started riding mtb in early '90, but after some years I stopped (I started to play soccer in a local enthusiast team) then I started again in 2007, but from late 2008 until this spring, my second son asked me to stop again... you know how babies need time.

    Now I restarted with my 2007 cannondale rush 5, and i push this bike to a std 12 kg (no pedals) weight by means of some upgrades.

    Rush is an old fashioned marathon bike, but it's confortable for me and I am a lefty fan, so I'm happy with this bike.

    I found this forum very useful for my bike purchase and upgrade, and I'm happy to thank you for your suggestions.

    Luca

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    Hi Everyone

    My name is Mark. I live in St. Charles MO. I've been riding a long time, but just recently started looking around the internet for forums; this seems to be one of the better ones. Mostly I have frequented computer forums until now, such as Tom's Hardware and Overclockers. I've been riding road bikes since the late 60's and mountain bikes since the early 80's. I have two Ritchey Everests, an '81 and a '91; they are both original, but I plan on up-grading the '91 this winter. I'd also like to get a 29er in the next year or so. I have a couple of road bikes, too. I like doing long rides.

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    Hi,
    My lname is Diane. I'm a weekend warrior.
    I have been riding since the 90's in SoCal. Now live in Sheboygan, WI and am trail riding again.
    I have a Big Box Diamondback which is already falling apart. It's my only bike but I am looking.
    So have been lurking around this site a bit and it's a big hel[p.
    I like trails and singletrack. So I guess thats cross country.

    Glad to be here!

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    Hello from Michigan.

    Hey guys just wanted to say hello from michigan. Just getting back into riding after about 8 years off. I was a pretty hardcore weekend warrior (if that is a thing, lol). I would ride trails in michigan atleast 3 weekends a month until my Trek 8000 (anodized purple frame, real beauty!) was stolen off of my balconey where I lived (who'd of thunk that a lock was needed on a third floor balconey, LOL).

    Anyway never replaced the bike, got married, had kids and work a crap ton, but now I am in the mood to start riding again.

    I'm kinda on a budget so I have been keeping an eye on craigs list for a nice used bike.

    Going to look at a Giant XTC SE2 for $375 (not sure what model year) but atleast from the pics it looks to be in good shape and of course the seller "bought it and only rode it twice" lol.

    Hope to spend some more time here once I get riding again.

    Jay.

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    1.) Where you are from? Springfield, IL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? just a rider, trying to get into trails. Friends suck though
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1. 2007 GT Aggressor
    4.) How long have you been riding? Seriously, just a year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Ultimate Metal, Sevenstring.org

    Looking to upgrade the GT Aggressor.
    Will be making a thread about replacements once the post count reaches said requirement.

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    1.) Where you are from? NorCal, Silicon Valley, San Jose.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner/Novice XC/All Mtn.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 - Cannondale Rize 4
    4.) How long have you been riding? Not that long.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? BayAreaRidersForum, R6-Forum, GarageJournal, now MTBR

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    1.) Canton GA (North of ATL)
    2.) Beginner for sure, I'm still on the hunt for my first 'real' bike since I was a kid.
    3.) Currently, my dad gave me his since his balance isnt so hot anymore. It's a comfort ride that the wife rides haha!
    4.) See above
    5.) I'm a big car guy, BMW's are my thing currently. I spend most of my forum time on one of those sites or on photography forums as that's what pays some of my bills!

    Joining this site so I can absorb as much information as I can. I spent today at 3 shops just asking questions and trying to figure out which route I want to go. I plan to buy used to save a few bucks so hopefully I can locate a bike!!

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    1.) Where you are from? Dayton OH
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? forever
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on bigboxbikes)


    One of my bikes under construction.
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    Hello, my name is Nick and I am a bike-oholic.

    1.) Where you are from? Toronto, Canada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Old weekend warrior and all mtn/trail hack.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Ellsworth moment & Ellsworth specialist... so 2. I am in the midst of selling the specialist tho.. somber days my friends.
    4.) How long have you been riding? I have grandkids... so, long enough to be credible
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This is my first post on MBR, though I have watching and lurking in the shadows for years. I post occasionally on "that other bike forum" (PB) and fairly frequently on Dropmachine as it is a local forum.

    I have visited MBR numerous times over the years and have found it helpful and informative.
    So, now that I'm official. when does the hazing begin?
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    new

    I live in a the Southwest USA.

    I own no bikes.

    I have some knee problems and can't run any longer--used to run marathons.

    Looking to get into long distance moutain bike riding on Fire Roads--to replace running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graffin1 View Post
    I live in a the Southwest USA.

    I own no bikes.

    I have some knee problems and can't run any longer--used to run marathons.

    Looking to get into long distance moutain bike riding on Fire Roads--to replace running.
    look-up posts by MTBR member 'Wherewolf'.

    * here are his threads:
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    nice guy...hard rider....good photographer (can be ornery sometimes )

    he had similar issues and is currently riding with 2 knee replacements.
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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)


    Originally Northern California, Seattle for the past 17 years.

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)

    Beginner off-road mountain biker, very experienced road rider (almost all done on MTB's). Ex-courier, specialized in cargo, commute a 100 miles a week, all on an MTB, albeit tweaked a little for touring.

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    Four:
    - My "Multi-Tank" 20+ year old GT MTB (probably a '88 or '89), used for daily commuting in-city, and for bike-camping/touring.
    - A 20 year old Sekai MTB ('91) I picked up essentially NIB as a spare should something happen to the GT. It's still in all original condition, sat in someone's garage for the past 20 years, not ridden at all, the brake pads showed zero wear as did everything else! I'll be building it up to my specs this Winter.
    - Freak bike/rat rod based on an old (Schwinn?) double top tube cruiser. My Dead Baby Downhill bike now that I don't go to the desert anymore, where it used to see much more action.
    - An old Nishiki frame waiting patiently to be built up as my polo bike.

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    Depends on how you measure things. Rode to school growing up and for fun a bit, but never had a bike I liked. Never got a BMX like I wanted and when my parents got me a 10 speed later I hated it and stopped riding until my mid twenties when I discovered mountain bikes, but only rode those on the road for many years. For six years my bicycle was my only form of transportation and some of those years I'd only experience being in a car once or twice in the whole year. During that time I also spent two years as a legal messenger. Inexplicably I took about a seven year hiatus from cycling and just finally finished rebuilding my GT five months ago and have been riding 300-450 miles a month since then. When it comes to actual mountain biking I have only done a little tame trail riding a few times over the years, but I'd like to do more and finally have the opportunity to do so sometimes now.

    I tried to add a picture of my GT loaded down for touring and one of my brand new 20 year old Sekai, but the rules of the forum won't let me post pictures yet. Lame.

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    Hi, names Russ I'm from Tacoma WA. I'm a beginner I just recently bought a trek marlin. but haven't had a chance to take the 29er on a trail yet. I'm eager to try it out.

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    I am from central Ohio area, boring riding around here, mostly paved trails

    I'm getting back into riding mtb, haven't rode much since I was in my teens/early twenties

    I have two bikes, my older 19.5 inch 14 year old trek 830 with hardly any wear, given to wife
    and just bought a 21 inch trek 4300 (love it!!)

    I guess I already answered this, used to ride for fun over ten years ago. I miss it and need to get back into shape
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    New here, bmx in the younger days, now enjoy trail riding and single speed cruising. Current project is a single speed 89 Schwinn Alure, which is a bigger headache than anticipated.... wish me luck!

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    hey just found mtbr forums while websurfing. thought i'd introduce myself.

    1.) Where you are from? SE pennsylvania-->chadds ford
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? all mtn/trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? specialized pitch
    4.) How long have you been riding? 2 yrs downhill, 10 yrs rec/trail
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? just found out about mtbr.... so only mtbr!

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    Newbie just checking in!

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)

    The eastern united states.

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)

    I don't have a bike yet but I want to get one.

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    Zero.

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    I had a bike when I was a child. Does that count?

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    A few here and there, off and on.

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    Hello my name is Steve
    I'm from Reading Pennsylvania
    Been riding off and on for the last 20 years.
    Picked up a Diamondback Overdrive 29er a few months ago.
    Before that i owned a schwin and a trek.
    Ride on mostly local trails.
    Looking at converting the 29er to single speed.
    This is the first Bike forum I have been involved with.
    Hope to make some new friends and learn some things..

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    Hi from Switzerland

    Hi,
    here my post :-)

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    ----- Switzerland, around Zürich

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    ------ Everything :-) Love HT and racer mostly

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    ------- One bike now (without suspension, 8 year old), one on order. I hope it arrives next week...

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    ------- Few months now. I have been running a lot in the last years.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    -------- MTBR

    Nice forums, nice people :-)

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    Hello All

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    ----- Tennessee

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    ------- 2

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    ------- Rode a lot of BMX when I was younger, have just gotten back into it

    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    -------- MTBR, As Real As it Gets

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    Hi All,

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    Southeastern Pa

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    Beginner

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    1; 08 Gary Fisher Wahoo

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Not as much as I would like. On and Off for 2 yrs.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    This is the only site I frequent.

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    Hey there im Zac

    Im form central illinois, im pretty new to the mountain bike game, used to ride some freestyle

    I currently own two bikes a haro mirra 540 air, im selling to my brother, and a specialied hardrock, that im currently working on

    ive been riding since i was like 5, im currently 22

    and im hoping to have 5 posts here soon, so i can post up my build lol

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    Hi I'm Ken 33yrs . I'm from ne pa .I have 1 bike trek 820 I ride every day for 8 miles a day on trails . I only come to this forum . Recently diagnosed with type2 diabetes . That was my reason for buying a bike to get in better shape. Lost 35 so far

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    ciao my I am a newbie to MTBR

    Hi, my name is Massimo (Massi for short) and I am new to the MTBR community. I wanted to introduce myself a bit. I have been riding for long time and I guess as far as I can remember I started riding a lot with a BMX first and the all sort of bikes. I love riding and I don't think I could live without riding for too many days. I am originally from Italy and I am now living in the US. I just moved to CT and trying to find trails where to ride, I am sure I will find some good trails.

    Ciao, Massi.

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    former trail rider returning to the sport

    Hello all,

    newbie RS here,

    1.) Hudson Valley NY
    2.) returning trail rider, looking to get into 29er
    3.) soon to be 1 bike in my stable
    4.) been riding on and off for 30yrs, started in bmx, freestyle vert, trail riding, road cycling, now back to the trails

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    Hello to all!

    Name is deric, 22 years old, I like to drink beer, mountain bike, ride snowmobiles and play hockey... long walks on the beach are also in my playing field.

    1. Upper Michigan
    2. Beginning singlespeeder
    3. I own 2 bikes.. 1 walmart special and 1 Atomlab Trailpimp
    4. Been riding since I was young but only my second year on a mountain bike.
    5. New to this site, also visit hardcoresledder and snowest.

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    ehy wassup folks, my name is german and.
    I'm from norcal mainly Sac town/ Elk grove
    I guess I would be consider a newbie (beginer)
    and I ride a rockhopper
    Ive been riding since high school bmx that is and I'm new in mtb's...
    I was wondering., are there riders from my area..would love to ride with you guys..since I'm new on mtb's i prefer riding cross country or trailing.. so hit me up

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    1.) Where you are from? (Jerry from Norwalk California)


    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner

    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 KHS hardtail and Specialized Stumpy


    4.) How long have you been riding? Mountain and DH just about 6 months


    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Specialized MTBR,
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    Names Eric
    Currently Residing in Atlanta, GA
    Been riding for 15 years on and off over the years.
    Living in Atlanta i spend most of my time on the road riding my cyclocross bike. Raced one season of cyclocross so far and loved it. I prefer mountain biking but lack the time to drive the 45 minutes each way to the good trailheads around here on a regular basis.

    Current stable of bikes:
    New addition built up a On-One 456 Summer Season 26" HT
    2008 Redline Conquest Cyclocross
    197? Fuji turned fixed gear
    2000 Specialized Rockhopper with a few upgrades that have gotten it through the years

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    Hi everyone, Art V. from El Paso, Texas, originally from Los Angeles, CA.
    Definitely a beginner at mountain biking but XC, all mountain, freeride appeal to me.
    I own an old Trek 830 to ride around the neighborhood and just bought a 2010 Scott Aspect 55 (stock components).
    I have been riding bikes since I can remember, but mountain biking since I bought my "Scott", which was this past weekend. I think I got a good deal: $340 for it on craigslist.
    MTBR is the first and only forum I have been on. Hoping to get alot from all the experience this community has.

    Hope to get some pics soon.

    Riding is Awesome.

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    Hi, I'm Chris.

    1.) Where you are from? Mid-MO

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner on the MTB scene.

    3.) How many bikes you own? Just one, a 2009 Cannondale F7

    4.) How long have you been riding? I'm just getting back into riding after about 20 yrs. I've ridden the Katy Trail quite a bit but am beginning to venture out and explore more of the MTB trails I'm learning of recently. I raced BMX from '83-'88 on Redlines, GT's, Mongoose's and Skyway's. A buddy and I operated a local track with our dad's for a while as well. Seems as though building and cruisin muscle cars took priority once I got out of high school.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Lurk and learn here alot and other outdoor related sites.

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    Hi, I'm Steve. I'm 42 and a recent ex-smoker who's rediscovering the awesomeness that is mountain biking.

    1.) Where you are from? Southcentral Pennsylvania (Harrisburg area)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? A renoob, I guess? Just remembering the old skills and getting my lungs back in shape. 29er convert for sure. XC/light AM I guess is where I'm looking to be.
    3.) How many bikes do you own? 2. 2011 Giant XTC 29er 2 and a 1993 Gary Fisher Aquila (I've never been able to let my first mountain bike go, hehe).
    4.) How long have you been riding? ~20 years, off and on. Took a very long break over the past decade or so.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? MTBR, of course!

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    What's happening! I'm from Jefferson City in central Missouri. I'm an aspiring all mountain/trail rider looking for less xc-ish places to ride in my area. I also ride/race mx, so while xc is good training, I prefer more challenging, high speed terrain. I recently sold my first real bike, a 2007 Specialized Hardrock in hopes of buying something that is more my style. I'm going to try to build a all mountain hardtail on a budget. We'll see how it goes. I've been lurking in the all mountain forum for a while and finally decided to register. It's good to be here.

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    Hi everybody,
    I'm Giacomo (Jack) from Italy, the middle of the Adriatic cost. I'm 37 and I started to ride about 9 year ago, I'm an "XC racer" and I prefer long-distance race.
    My bikes are a Paduano Gladio MTB and a Cannondale SuperSix road bike.
    Excuse my English and any mistakes.

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    1.) Where you are from? ATX
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? All
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3
    4.) How long have you been riding? Since childhood
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mtbr

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    Hello everybody - I´m new here
    1.) Where you are from?
    Sweden, Europe
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Mostly XC, prefer the technical trails
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    3. One HT, one asphalt bike and one single speed commuter
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Well, learned to bike like 20 years ago, but started riding for real in 2007.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Mostly Swedish forums about biking and other outdoor activites, but I think I´ll enjoy it here as well.

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    Hey, What's Up?
    I'm George, an old guy from no. cal. checking this site cause I'm in need of a right RS Mag 21 lower.

    To answer the rest:
    Tamarancho in Marin County has great trails but trails are plentiful in the Bay Area.
    There are some nice trails in the other posted pics though.
    Took up AM biking a couple of years ago and have moved up to a almost stock Tracer- (great bike- like a Trance 1)- added a KS drop seat recently..... way cool.

    If anyone has the Mag 21 lowers call me @ 415-8194515 Thanks.

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    Hi,

    I'm from The SF Bay Area Peninsula, 3 miles from Water Dog, and about a 20 minute drive from Skeggs.

    I've been riding my mtn bike on the street for a couple of months, and just started mtn biking 2 weeks ago. I ride a fairly stock '07 Trek 6500 hardtail. I'd say I'm between beginner and intermediate.

    I only own the one bike.

    I've been riding bicycles on and off since I was 8, hasn't everyone?

    I mostly frequent SBR, and the D36 AMA site
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    I'm Jeff.
    I live in Corona, Ca. MTB riding has been on hiatus for the last 4 years raising kids. Getting back into it. Once owned 9 bikes but now my stable only has two.
    GT Zaskar with Xt/Xtr mix. Back when GT was made in CA
    Salsa Campeon road bike, Ultegra/DA mix.
    Been riding bikes for 25years and still love every minute of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtVar View Post
    Hi everyone, Art V. from El Paso, Texas, originally from Los Angeles, CA.
    Definitely a beginner at mountain biking but XC, all mountain, freeride appeal to me.
    I own an old Trek 830 to ride around the neighborhood and just bought a 2010 Scott Aspect 55 (stock components).
    I have been riding bikes since I can remember, but mountain biking since I bought my "Scott", which was this past weekend. I think I got a good deal: $340 for it on craigslist.
    MTBR is the first and only forum I have been on. Hoping to get alot from all the experience this community has.

    Hope to get some pics soon.

    Riding is Awesome.
    Finally got that pic of my first ever mountain bike. Got it for $340. What do you guys think. Any advise on upgrades for this bike or should I wait? Maybe I shoud start by removing the wheel reflectors.
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    Hey all, been ridin' for a while, just now finding this forum...

    N00b Q&A:
    1. Where are you from? Montana originally, now residing in Eugene, OR
    2. Type of rider? All mtn/trailrider and downhiller
    3. How many bikes? 1 bike, hardtail
    4. How long riding? Been riding since '76, singletracking since '01
    5. Add'l forums? None currently

    Lookin' forward to sharing info on rides and trails w/ other Oregon riders!

    S.T.M.

    Here's a couple of pics from today's ride on Goodman Creek Trail...
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    Picked up an '08 Trek 4500 earlier this year and have been hitting a few trails here in Indy, all singletrack so far. It's been about 20 yrs since I've done any real riding so it can be a challenge, but loving it so far.

    See you on the trails!

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    Hi all

    My name is Miguel, and

    1.) I'm from Setúbal - Portugal
    2.) I did road competition on my youth but know I'm more a mtbiker weekend warrior. I do marathons but what I really like is having a 60km technical singletrack ride for breakfast
    3.) I own 2 bikes right know, a Colombus road bike with 17 years old (the last one I used for competition) and my new Trek Ex 5 with small upgrades.
    4.) I started back in the 80's with a BMX bike, but soon got involved in road competition and started with mtb bikes in 1994. Know I do both but only for leisure
    5.) I mainly use forumbtt which is a national mtb forum, but I'm lookinf forward to get some ideas and help from you guys

    All the best
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    Hello all. Donnie here from Graham Texas. I am a Department of Air Force civilian, specifically a Deputy Director for F-22 technical training. Used to ride many many years ago. Entering sort of a new phase in my life where I need to refocus on diet and exercise. Wanting to add some mountain biking in the mix. Used to ride/race motocross and dirt trail many years ago.

    At this point, in this context, I would consider myself a beginner.

    Shopping around right now for a entry-levelish HT that I can use for pavement and light trail but don't currently own one.

    Also looking for something for my youngest daughter ( 8 years old, youngest of 5). The kid LOVES to ride bikes.

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    Hey all,

    RMB from Nova Scotia, just moved back here from Alberta, man do I miss the biking there.

    Currently riding a Rocky Mountain Flare, been biking since I was 17, only really started getting serious about it last year.

    Looking to compete in a race by next year.

    I would consider my self a beginner/weekend warrior, unfortunately missed most of the riding this summer due to planning my wedding, which is in two weeks. Hope to get back into the saddle this week for some great rides, not as much on the east coast as there was out west, but there truly are some hidden gems.

    That's all for me.
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    intermediate +
    1 bike, Cannondale Rize
    2 years riding
    Forums, mostly here and Runnersworld
    thanks

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    Hello to all crazy(yes you are) mtb people

    Found this site while doing some research on old Diamond Backs.

    I'm 41 from Scotland and been riding bikes all my life, mtbs since about 88 with a Raleigh Dune Dancer, a few bikes later I got a 95 Diamond Back Ascent EX and i've been riding it ever since.

    I had a bad crash in 2000 and i've never rode as hard again as I lost alot of nerve but I still ride hard in short bursts when i'm out and about.

    My bike has been going downhill(pardon the pun) for quite a few years and recently I had no choice but to replace the tyres and inner tubes ,after cleaning up the wheels and fitting the tyres I decided to overhaul the whole bike.

    Thanks to all those riders of old Diamond Backs on this site that have posted pictures and information going back years as they proved valuable to me while making my bike nice again

    Edited to add a pic of my bike
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    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Tanya and I'm a newbie.
    I live in SoCal originally from Virginia
    I use to ride trails while in high school/college on a Specialized Hard Rock. About 13 yrs later I want to get back into the saddle again.
    The only bike I own right now is a beach cruiser.

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    Hello Everyone!

    I've been lurking for a while but finally decided to create an account today.

    I'm from Richmond, Virginia but will be moving to Charlottesville soon.

    Currently riding on a Gary Fisher HKEK.

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    Hey all! I just got back into riding and am 100% hooked. I guess I'm a Clydesdale at 6'9" 252 (actually down 10lbs already from riding!)


    1.) Where you are from? Northwest Arkansas
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? noob but pushing to learn and improve as best I can. Riding single track and loving it. Spending most of my time at Slaughter Pen
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 - 2011 Trek XCal but already have plans to pick up a road bike next season.
    4.) How long have you been riding? only been back on a bike for about 2 months, but rode hard through high school with BMX and flatland for a little bit
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? too many to mention, a mix of car/rally/custom knife/adventure... blah blah blah

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    Flash 29 SS Rider from Chattanooga TN

    1.) Jason From Chattanooga TN
    2.) all mtn/trail rider
    3.) Currently own Cannondale Flash 29 Single Speed
    4.) been riding actively for last 10 years
    5.) mostly visit the 29er, Passion Forum

    Glad to have found this forum to become a part of
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    Hello

    I am from SW VA and have been riding bikes for 25 of the 30 years I have been on earth. Rode BMX as a kid, the commuted through college and some work, but just recently got into real mountain biking. I've been riding a 29er hardtail for a few weeks now and am enjoying it.

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    ... and if we just ... Another "old" newbie

    Just joining to pursue interest and thank people who've already helped me in setting up my Schwinn High Plains. I learned a lot by reading posts, and thought I'd join the fun. I've sort of inherited the High Plains we bought for my son in '92, and use it to keep up with our granddaughter, who's five now and high-energy!

    Now tuning the Schwinn up for four days of camping.

    Thanks everybody!

    Harry

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    Hey guys - new to the boards. Looking for advice. 5'10 and 208 lbs. I have a 2001 Hardrock Comp now that I have been riding for 10 years. Great bike, but now looking to get another one. The two finalists are:
    - 2012 Specialized Rockhopper 29er
    - 2012 Trek-Fisher Mamba 29er
    Both in 15.5 frame. Biggest differences that I can tell are Suntour XCM fork and Tektro brakes in Rockhopper. RockShox XC32 Fork and Shimano M446 brakes in Trek. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Both are new at my LBS. I would post pics but apparently I can't until I have a post count of 10...

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    1.Hodge from Victoria,Australia
    2.All mountain rider ( prefers downhill to hill climbing)
    3.2008 Giant Trance X0,and awaiting the delivery of my new 2012 S WORKS Enduro..and Giant TCR Alliance 0 ( for fitness training )
    4.Got back on the bike in 1997
    5.First time on any forum
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    Hey everyone! I have been reading the forums for couple years, so I decided to finally join.

    1. South Florida
    2. All mtn/trail rider and downhill as well (I love jumps)
    3. Right now I got only 1 XC bike, but looking to get DH bike
    4. 15 years, since I was like 12
    5. None

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    In Honolulu - looking to ride

    Scott Coates here.
    Originally from Calgary, Canada, been living in Thailand for almost 12 years where I run a travel company.
    Just moved to Honolulu where I'll be staying at the East-West Center in the Manoa Valley until the end of December and brought my bike with me.
    Currently riding a Norco Fluid, which was purchased in 2007.
    Been riding since 1999.

    Looking for some riding buddies in the area. Let me know if you're willing to have me tag along for a ride.

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    Hey!

    -Patrick from Las Vegas
    -Haven't gotten enough experience to pick a favorite trail type
    -Just bought a new Scott Aspect from REI
    -Finally getting serious about mountain biking!

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    I've been here for like a month or two but just found this thread.

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    SF Bay Area in the 925 to be not as specific
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    Casual rider I guess. I like singlespeed, Monocog for trails and my beater Trek 850 SS conversion for around town. Mostly ride my Trek FX 7.2 hybrid for fitness most days of the week on the road.
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    3
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Off and on forever but most recently maybe barely over a year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    On MTBR: Beginners Corner, Singlespeed, NorCal, Philippines. I also check out roadbikereview.com. I check out other sites for other hobbies like my cars, videogames (fighting games only), and IT stuff (how I pay bills)

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    YO!

    Billly from Philly
    Just looking to save some gas money and loose some weight!
    Recentley picked up a 29" mongoose (dont beat me with a culb yet!) looking to build it into a stong 1X10 commuter that i can ride to work everyday and take to some local trails on the weekends
    Come from a Bmx background used to ride a redline proline 24" cruiser

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    Hey guys - looking to buy soonest to upgrade from 2001 Specialized Hard Rock Comp. I have now whittled the choices down to a few - all brand new - available from my LBS: They are:
    - 2012 Trek GF Mamba 29er (870 plus tax)
    - 2009 Gary Fisher Tassajara 26 (699 plus tax)
    - 2009 Trek 6500 (850 plus tax)

    I really like the Tassajara, but I have a hard time spending $700 for it when I can get a brand new 2012 Mamba for 150 bucks more. That said, the Tassajara has some fantastic components. Some better than the Mamba. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Got lucky with a bike!

    Hey guys I got a great deal on a 2001 GT bike that I paid 25bucks for. I know its nothing special but it beats sitting on the couch. I'm a big guy so I've checked out the Clydesdale forums and got a lot of help. Just dropping in to say hi and make myself known!

    Q&A:
    1. Where are you from? Littleton, CO
    2. Type of rider? Mountain, Road
    3. How many bikes? 1 bike, hardtail
    4. How long riding? 4 months not counting when I was a kid. I played college hockey and about 2.5 years ago I had a career ending injury so no more contact sports for me so I am getting into biking
    5. Add'l forums? fishexplorer.com

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    Newbie

    Just bought my 1st MT bike. Jamis Exile 1 . Nice bike, but have been riding dirt bikes my whole life, so i'm not overly impressed. Bought it to get in shape for racing. I will say this, riding is a great work out, and high up on the hootage scale. I live in a area where I can ride from my front yard, Portola / Graeagle CA area, so I have ample trails to explore, plus alot of trail junkies to ride with.
    This site looks like it has alot to offer, so looking forward to joining in.

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    An old newb

    1.) Where you are from?
    Los Angeles
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Would probably classify myself as a weekend warrior. Looking to get into XC, single track, all mtn.
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Two: A brand new 2012 Trek 3500 Disc (not sure if I'm keeping it) and an enormous black cruiser I call the 'Caddie'.
    4.) How long have you been riding?As long as I can remember. My son is now of age for some real riding and I decided it was time I started getting back into it.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Here, SingleTrack and an other sites I come upon that help educate me on the sport.

    Looking forward to getting to know all of you. I have a feeling I will be coming here a lot.

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    Hello everyone.. newbie here from North California

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    Checking in from North California

    New to forum not to MTBing. Bought new Trek 8000 in 1990!
    Rode single speed for six years- now sold and I
    have two Gary Fishers in the fold.
    96-97ish Hoo Koo E Koo that is my daily rider,
    and a 91-92ish Ti Prometheus that has never seen dirt and will someday
    be sold to make a house payment!
    Already have read lots of great info here.

    Tried to post pics and was denied!

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    1.) Phoenix, AZ. Riding distance to the South side of South Mountain.
    2.) Its hard to pick one since I just got back into mountain biking this year but I really enjoy all aspects of it.
    3.) I currently have three bikes, two that are ridable and the other collecting dust. I picked up a '96 Trek Y11 about 6 months ago to see if I wanted to get back into it. It has been a great bike but it felt a little small riding it. I just picked up a '06 Stumpjumper FSR last weekend and love it so far.
    4.) I have been riding bikes for quite some time. I did the BMX thing in middle school and high school. Picked up my first mountain bike Freshman year. Got away from riding in Junior year and just ths year picked it back up.
    5.) I just signed up today, but frequently browse the beginers section and Arizona section.

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    Newbie from Stumptown

    -Portland,OR
    -All-mountain, Super D
    -Ellsworth Moment SST 1 (currently building up), Cannondale Gemini, Specialized Allez Comp
    -Raced MX & BMX as a kid. Purchased my first MTB in 1986. Been riding on a regular basis for 15yrs.
    -First time on any forum, & don't have a Facebook profile either... LOL.
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    Hi,
    My name is April. My bike is simple it's a wal-mart bike. I have 2 of them one mainly for the road and the trails.. but I usually just ride the one for trails cause my pedals on it is clip-less.
    I am from NC but live in Louisiana.
    I am an intermediate rider. I ride off and on road. I love the trails its more of a challenge to me.
    I have been riding for about 8 years off and on.

    I usually post in Bike forums or health and fitness ones.

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    From 1 newbie to another, welcome April.

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    Hi, name's Mike, I'm from the bay area. Been riding on and off for 5 five years now, If i had to choose I'd say I'm a more of a weekend warrior / commuter. I lurked the forums a lot but today I decided to sign up and hopefully contribute whatever i can to the community. Cheers!

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    checking in

    Stan here from Mount Shasta CA. I ride my DRZ 400 more than my bike probably because it has full suspension and my Stump Jumper doesn't. I am looking for help with my sons Rocky Mountain Carve which has a broken swing arm at the front derailer bracket screw but found I can't start a thread in the Rocky Mountain forum until I post elsewhere 5 times. One down and four to go.

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    From India

    Hi Guys!

    This is Bappu from India and I live in Pondicherry which is 100 miles south of Chennai in South India.

    I have a Cannondale F5 CO2 2009 model and am a mixed kind of rider - like trails, roads and hills as well.

    Cycled / walked most of my school and college life and the first 4-5 years of my working life it was cycling till I got my motor bike.

    Have been cycling quite regularly since 2005 onwards.

    Cheers!

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    Hi Everyone!

    Im Emilio from Puerto Rico, just started mountain biking 1 month ago, currently riding a trek 3900 with some upgrades, learning quite fast, and really having lots of fun!

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    hey guys and gals

    Im casey and been living in arkansas on and off all my life
    havent ridden in about ten years now, but my oldest child finally learned to ride and im on the hunt for a new ride for my self. the last one was a walmart schwinn w/ front shock. not going that route now. im mainly going to be riding roads and paths. but we do have some mountain trails avalible. plan on getting one bike for my self so i have to make it as versital as posible. hey i got a wife and 4 kids! my other forum interests are pontoon boats and guitars. thanks looking forward to info overload!

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    Hello...Post #1

    1.) Mike from Chicago
    2.) weekend trail rider
    3.) currently own 3 bikes (hard tail cul de sac cruisers)
    4.) riding actively about 1 month after a 15 year marriage / children break
    5.) Love the forums here, browsing newbie links & 29er threads...in the market for a 2012 Cobia.

    Got back on the bike a few weekends ago w/ my wife and have thoroughly enjoyed the riding here in Chicagoland. Rode for 22 miles last weekend and halfway through realized I want more gears...that's what brought me to this board...searching, doing my homework.

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    Names Chris

    1.) Where you are from? Texas (sadly not the hill country either)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? all mtn/trail rider, XC racer
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3.5 and building a 4th (the 1/2 is just a frame and crank set) Hardtail mtb, road bike, fixie, track (frame and crankset only), building a Full...mtb atm
    4.) How long have you been riding? 13 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? loads

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    Name: Scott
    1.) Where you are from? SF Bay area
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? absolute noob
    3.) How many bikes you own? Currently none, hopefully will own a new full suspension bike in 1-2 weeks (still deciding what to buy).
    4.) How long have you been riding? Raced BMX for 6 years as a kid/teenager, then haven't rode a bike since.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Just started lurking here.

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    1.) Where you are from? New Zealand
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2011 SC Heckler, 2008 GT Peace SS 26er
    4.) How long have you been riding? Mountain biking since the late '80s
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? SC, AM, SS etc....

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    George

    1.) UK
    2.) AM/Trail rider
    3.) I have only 1 bike more would be nice though
    4.) been riding 9 years but only anything you'd call "mountain biking" in the last 2-3 years
    5.) I visit loads of forums and i donlt remember which ones, this is one of my faves though

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    1. Where are you from? Germany
    2. Type of rider? Mountain, Road
    3. How many bikes? 1 bike, aluminium
    4. How long riding? For about 10 years... Not very often, I just spend my holidays on my bike ;-)
    5. Add'l forums? Nope.
    6. More about me: I have a wife and two kids who have to come with me when I go cycling (of course, I slow down when I'm with them). We go camping quite often and have a lot of fun on our bikes. Except my passion for cycling, I collect old chronometers and work for an insurance company.

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    1. My Name is Steven.
    2. I am located in Connecticut.
    3. I am just getting back into mountain bike riding after almost a ten year break due to a non bike related injury.
    4. I am in the process of purchasing a Trek Fuel 98 Carbon.
    5. I am here hoping to find other local riders to meet up and ride with.
    6. This is the only MTB forum I frequent.

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    Hello,

    I'm Juk, from Spain

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    Any average riders in Portland?

    First post, just saying hey. Like to ride full-mountain, been on some epic PNW trips with buddies out here. Only, I left the country for two years, peace corps, came back n now they're out of my league. Would love to meet some average skilled MTB'rs in Portland area. I'm only familiar with Sandy Ridge, Scapoose. Looking to explore Mt. Hood before summer is over. Could take turns driving?

    peace

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    newbie singlespeeder

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    Hi - I Matt, Im from South-Eastern Michigan - I used to ride alot of single track - Particularly Pontiac lake State park and Potowatomi in Ann Arbor. Im too old now to ride those and too out of shape - I just bought a 2008 Surly 1X1 and absolutely love it - it has made me want to ride again. I rode almost daily from 1989 until about 1999 and then life kicked in. A friend pointed me to this forum when i was searching for a singlespeed to buy. I am currently in the market to upgrade to disc brakes as i cannot stand the rims brakes i currently have.
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    intro

    hi all,
    name is ryan. brand new to all this. been reading up last few days to learn as much as I can, so now I'm even more confused than ever. in the near future hope to get a good beginners bike for commuting (I know, I know, I should get a hyrbird, but mountain bikes looks so much cooler).

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    1.) Where you are from? milwaukee, wi and st. louis mo
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (weekend warrior
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? 7 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? first bike forum!

    id submit a photo but i need 10 more posts

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    from nyc.
    don't own a bike...yet
    haven't rode a bike in 20 years.
    1st bike forum.
    bike will be used for commuting 10 miles/day. some riding on light trails.

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    Hello, my name is Randy. I'm pretty new to the scene and wanted to get started. I was given a Mongoose Hilltopper and wanted to see if I can restore it. Hope to get some knowledgeable tips and suggestions from here. Looking forward in getting started thanks!

    1.) Where you are from? San Jose CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 Mongoose Hilltopper (Given to my from a friend)
    4.) How long have you been riding? Just started
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Mostly car and truck sites.

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    Hi Thad
    Central FL
    3 bikes
    1 road
    1 XC
    1 DH
    I am only replying to this thread because I wanted to post about the Bike Mag cruise but they wouldnt let me until I reply to 5 posts.

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