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    Long time reader and user of the site.

    1.) Where you are from? Syracuse, NY
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm an all mountain/XC rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? I have 3 at the moment but always upgrading and swapping out frames.
    4.) How long have you been riding? First mountain bike 1988ish and BMX prior to that.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Always reviewing the MTB reviews here and product reviews, always looking for good ideas and good tips. Most most great MTB info I find right here.

    Thats all I have to say about that....

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    Ester, Alaska soon to be Ithaca, NY
    I'm a bike for fun kinda guy until this winter. Prepping for full on commuting
    I ride a Specialized Langster right now. Trying to figure out a LHT build
    Been riding since a babe. Nothing serious until now.
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    Checking in but not really a newbie. I've been on the site for a couple years, just haven't posted much.

    From Sammamish, WA very close to Soaring Eagle trails and a mile or so from Duthie Hill.

    I am cross country/all mountain and road biker. I just tried Whistler on a rented DH bike and had a blast but it's a 5 hour drive.

    I own a 2006 Ellsworth Epiphany but just bought a Ibis Mojo SL frame and components and in the process of building my dream bike. I also own a Cannondale road bike.

    I've been riding since I was a kid so 40+ years. I split my head open when I was 12 trying to ride down and then up a deep ravine and didn't quite make it. Fell and hit my head on a rock. It didn't hurt much and I thought I was cool with blood streaming down my face. Took a few stitches and I was fine.

    Since I have been buying components for my new bike, I've been reading the Ibis and gear forums.

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    1.) Where you are from? Saint John, IN
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner more or less.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Just one.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Grew up on bikes, got into long road rides and some racing in my teens. Then I got into things with engines (dirt bikes, mud racing, rock crawling) for 30 years. Now I'm getting back into riding for enjoyment and exercise.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Just getting started here.

    Just bought an old Schwinn Sierra MOS and am in the process of planning some maintenance and upgrades, so I hope to learn some of the basics of wrenching on MTB's. I'm no stranger to wrenching, just haven't done much of it on bicycles.

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    checkin in

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

    RENO

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

    A bike rider, if it's got wheels I'll ride it.

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    Me: "not enough" Wife: "too many"

    4.) How long have you been riding?

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

    Nor Cal, Nevada, Single Speed

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    Twin Cities, MN

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    Novice level XC rider. My MTB is a "side job", and something I ride for fun. I'm not a big technical rider at all. Okay, I'll be honest...I'm sort of an overly cautious individual.

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Five:
    Specialized Transition TT
    Giant TCR Comp 1
    Fuji Track
    Schwinn Moab
    Gary Fisher Paragon


    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Road=about 9 years (bought my first "real" bike in 2002); MTB=about five years off-road.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    runango; slowtwitch; runnersworld; bt

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    New rider from DFW, TX area saying hey. I'm definitely a beginner. The girlfriend and i just ordered an rz120 and a lexi120 for our first bikes. I've rented a few times and rode with friends so far, pretty darn addicting. I've been sponging information from here and the DORBA forums for the past three to four weeks. I can't tell you guys how much i appreciate all the information for beginners on this site!

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    Hello Fellow Enthusiasts!

    1.) KCMO
    2.) All-Mountain/Trail
    3.) My personal bikes-1 26er, 1 29er, 1 road, 1 commuter
    4.) Been riding 20 years+
    5.) 29er forum mostly

    I love mountain biking the most, but do love road riding also. I have been working on bikes increasingly in the last few years and really appreciate all the advice here in the forums!

    Cheers, ride well!
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    Hi. New guy checking in. I'm Jeff

    I'm from Omaha, Nebraska

    Started riding seriously about 4 years ago. Started with road, have branched out to trails, a little singletrack.

    besides riding, I seem to have a sickness for buying/selling/experimenting with bikes.

    My stable right now:

    2011 Trek Sawyer - just got it, totally stoked about it, need to find some time to actually ride it
    2010 Motobecane Fantom 29 Pro - Nice bike, especially for the money, but probably for sale
    2010 Cannondale Cyclocross 5 - the swiss army knife of bikes, especially with a second set of wheels and road tires, but I already have specific bikes for every purpose. Poor thing has only been ridden once this year - might also be for sale.
    1995 Trek 8700 - rigid fork, hardtail carbon mountain bike - this thing is a blast. Got it 2 years ago, with under 1,000 miles on it.
    2010 Cannondale CAAD 9 - The last great made-in-America aluminum road frame
    2011 Scott CR1 Team - my plastic road bike.
    seven Axiom SG - Custom titanium - my "forever" bike.

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    Hey everyone. Longtime reader, but new as a member.
    My name is Jason.
    I'm in Woodstock, Ontario.
    I rode everywhere when I was young, been off bikes for 16 years, started up a couple of years ago. Year-round commuter.
    I love singletrack.
    I hate derailleurs.
    I have dreams that far outpace my bank account.
    In the meanwhile, I pedal my commuterized hardtail mtb wherever I can, including places full fenders and K-rads should never go

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    1.) Where you are from? (Luton)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (beginner)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 12years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (mtbr)

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    1.) Where you are from? Abilene/San Antonio TX
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 (Sette Razzo 2.0, Nishiki Cascade)
    4.) How long have you been riding? <1years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mtbr, texas4x4.org

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    Hi guys,
    I'm cinna (mike).

    1.) Where you are from? Italy
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? intermediate
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 (Giant Reign X - Scott Gambler)
    4.) How long have you been riding? 4 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mtb-forum.it

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    Hi there, my wife and I just started riding in the spring (again for me, she's brand new).

    1.) Where you are from? Barrie, Ontario, Canada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Definitely a beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 MTB, 1 with a motor, will be buying a new road bike in the spring
    4.) How long have you been riding? This time, 5 months. I took a long hiatus, but rode when I was a teen (10+ years ago). Bikes have definitely changed since then.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? car/motorcycle clubs (local or brand specific) and a couple 'general interest' forums.

    Looking forward to learning lots.

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    1.) Where you are from? Ottawa, Canada

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (beginner, All Mountain / XC)

    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 2011 DB Response Sport

    4.) How long have you been riding? 5 years on and off

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? MTBR

    Cheers

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    Hi from NH

    Just got in to the sport. Bought 2 complete bikes based on the reviews I found here.

    Had to overhaul one of them, but it was a good learning expierience.

    I sold my rock crawler and now I'm in the process of switching into MTBing.

    Wish me luck.

    Kazu

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    New guy

    Whats up everyone!?

    Ryan (rdubbs)

    1.) I am from the Empire State (NY) I currently live in White Plains which is a city in Westchester County about 25 mi North of Manhattan. I am likely going to be re-locating to Stamford CT which is in Fairfield County by the end of September.

    2.) At the moment, I am not a rider. In my teens I was an everyday rider and enjoyed any trails that I could find. I was always partial to All Mountain riding.

    3.) See above. Got on the forum to research and talk to some like minded folks about what bike might be a good fit for someone getting back into the sport. The last bike I owned was a Cannondale Super V Raven...many years ago!

    4.) Rode hard from age 12-18 and have since been looking for the right time to get back into the sport. Looks like that time is now!

    5.) I have worked in the motorsports industry for the last 4 years so most of my posting is on racing/karting sites.

    *Specifically, I am looking for tips on what type of bike I should be looking into purchasing. I have accepted that I will likely have to go used to get something capable of the performance I am seeking. I am 6'1 and 220lbs strong as an ox and have very good endurance...please help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubbs22 View Post
    5.) I have worked in the motorsports industry for the last 4 years so most of my posting is on racing/karting sites.
    Any good karting sites you can recommend? Another past hobby I'll be taking up next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymurr View Post
    Any good karting sites you can recommend? Another past hobby I'll be taking up next year.
    It really depends on whether you are into outdoor or indoor karting but here are two good ones to check out.

    I cant post links yet but try these
    ekartingnews.com
    indoorkartingnews.com

    My facility is
    gpny.com

    If youre just getting into the sport, start with indoor..its turn-key and wont cost you a fortune

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubbs22 View Post
    It really depends on whether you are into outdoor or indoor karting but here are two good ones to check out.

    I cant post links yet but try these
    ekartingnews.com
    indoorkartingnews.com

    My facility is
    gpny.com

    If youre just getting into the sport, start with indoor..its turn-key and wont cost you a fortune
    Awesome thanks!

    A local (outdoor) karting club has 'arrive and drive' so I'll likely do that next year then maybe buy a kart and run the points series the year after. I haven't raced in about 8 years, but I really did enjoy it.

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    1. Utah
    2. Beginner
    3. 2 (hardrock disc sport, diamondback sorrento)
    4. 3 months
    5. beginner, general and passion

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    Closet Mountain Biker

    Hi, my name is Chris. I'm not addicted to cycling, climbing, or mountaineering, or hiking or any other outdoor activity. No really, I'm not.

    Here goes:

    1.) Where I am from? Originally Stanton, KY but these days I ramble back and forth between home in Arvada, CO and work in Golden
    2.) What kind of rider do I consider myself? Bicycle commuter and longsuffering adventurer on two wheels. I like long rides on roads or dirt.
    3.) How many bikes I own? A few and looking for more.
    4.) How long have I been riding? 30 years. Well, not the WHOLE time.
    5.) What forums do I frequent most? summitpost.com, mountainproject.com

    My family is car-lite. We have one car so I ride to and from work every day. I have a 1994 Cannondale M300 that I converted to a dropbar Xtracycle. It's a great touring bike. I dabbled in MTBing since I bought the Cannondale back in 1995 from a friend, but I've never really been serious about it. The bike has always been just a way for me to get where I want to go.

    Last fall my father-in-law gave me his '09 Specialized Hardrock as an early Xmas gift so he could get himself a new bike. Since then I've dabble a little more around the foothills of the Front Range. And then disaster struck...my wife and I volunteered for the Leadville 100 this summer and now I am possessed. I MUST ride in Leadville next year. I'm on the hunt for a suitable bike and the "training" has begun.

    I've realized I was always a mountain biker at heart and so now I am embracing my true identity and preparing to drive my wife crazy with this new obsession.

    So far my favorite trail(s) are: Strawberry Jack, Buffalo Creek (singletrack) and the Medicine Bow Trail in southern Wyoming (rail trail).

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    My 1994 Cannondale M300 converted to an Xtracycle

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    Self portrait Buffalo Creek, CO

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    4th of July tour from the plains to the mountains
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    Hey! My name's Nielsen. I'm a US Marine and I reside in Pacific Grove,CA. I have made my decision to start riding, but there is a problem I dont have a bike yet. This is because I dont know that much about what type of bike should I get. I practice bodybuilding so I'm kind off big. I'm 6'0" and I weight 205 pounds. Im very interested in buying either a 29er or a regular mountain bike. Both with front suspension. Now, what types of bike would you guys recommend? My starting budget is $600.00. Whaddaya think?

    Here's my basic info:
    1) I'm from Puerto Rico
    2) Obviously I'm a beginner in this sport.
    3) Bikes? None (YET)
    4) how long? ....
    5)What forums do I frcuent the most? Bodybuilding, Crossfit, General Fitness

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    I'm from Miami, FL. Was born in D.C. but moved here at 3 months of age so I consider myself a native. A rare and dying breed.
    I raced BMX all thru my youth. Then spent the last 15 years traveling and surfing. A friend got into mtb about a year ago and I hit the local trails with him and it has all come back. Since the waves really suck here I find myself riding almost everyday. I really like to hit the 4 trails in the south florida area. I'm pretty impressed with how challenging the can be for such a flat area of the country.
    I don't really like to road ride but have been putting a good 20 miles to the beach and back home a few days a week to build up some stamina.
    As of right now I went the old mans route and bought a Specialized Rockhopper 29er.
    Great bike and trucks over the root and cruises uphill nicely. I'm old school and love having a hardtail but looking to save up and get a full suspension though as my back deserves it after years of abuse.
    I visit mostly fishing forums so as of right now this is my only mtb forum. I've visited here a few times as almost every question you google about mtb this site comes up so why not join.

    Had a big ramp in the backyard as a kid and got the jumping itch back so may be building a small 3 footer to have some fun and hopefully not break anything.
    Also dying to do a trip up north(hopefully Snowshoe) for some mountains in the next month. Not much downhill terrain in my zone.

    Hope too see some of you guys on the trails!

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    Hello Everyone Newbie Here! Awesome Site!

    1.) Richard From Manila Philippines.
    2.) Cross Country Trail for now...
    3.) Owns 1 bike Full Sus 120mm
    4.) Been riding a few months
    5.) Just around where i live South of Manila

    I use to motocross when i was 15 but went KARTING AND BECAME NATIONAL CHAMPION TWICE..WENT FORMULA TOYOTA, FINISHED IN THE TOP 3 OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF ALL THE 4 SEASONS, WENT FORMULA ASIA AND TESTED FOR ALL JAPAN FORMULA 3 TEAM. DID 4 SEASONS IN ASIAN FORMULA 3 AND BECAME VICE CHAMPION IN 2003. RETIRED FROM PROFESSIONAL RACING AND WENT GOLFING TILL NOW.. JUST RECENTLY GOT INTO BIKING AND SO FAR ENJOYING IT...JUST WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT biking...

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    Howdy everyone. My name is Brett, I'm currently in Southern Oregon, loving any trail I can get my bike on. I guess I am a weekend warrior, because during the workweek I mostly just plan the next outing. I am currently riding a Specialized P3 circa 2002 hardtail, but saving up to upgrade to something with a little more freedom.
    Favorite local trail by far has to be the Wagner Gap run. 10.5 miles of mostly singletrack, technical love!! Of course biking down the side of Mt. Ashland (the local ski resort) can be fun too. Been biking since early 1998. Had to take a minor break in 05 when I had a bad fall, but I'm back in the action now!

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    New to MTB

    I am new to MTB and I have two hardtail bikes. I have really ramped up my riding lately and wondered if anybody could provide me with advice on what bike to buy next? I'm looking at dual suspension bikes and I have taken an interest in the Santa Cruz Heckler. I'm 6'2" and weigh 185. I live in Virginia and ride single track easy trails right not but want something that gives me versatility down the road. Any suggestions?

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    1.) Where you are from? Chesapeake, VA.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 - 2011 Trek Cobia.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Just back in the sport since going to college in 1998.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Unofficial lurker of mtbr for about a year.

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    BB adaptor for old skool press in Gary Fisher?

    I need to put a new bottom bracket into an onld Gary Fisher Pro Cal. It has a press fit BB and I want to update to XX. Help?

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    O.G. newbie

    Hello all. My name is Joe and I'm in central california. I started riding in '94 and got back into this two months ago. I still ride my '95 Cannondale M400 and am working to get back into shape to ride trails in the S.F. east bay. My favorite trail is the Morgan Territory loop north of Livermore. Found the site while searching for biking gear and I know it will be a great resource for keeping my ”vintage” bike going.

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    Howdy all.

    1.) Where you are from? Red Bluff - Northern California, close the the Oregon border ;-)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Old and old school, out of shape weekend mountain bike warrior. Currently ride about 85% of my weekend treks, walk the other 15%. Looking to improve that ratio!
    Just LOVE getting on remote/rugged trails away from the rat race so I can focus on the "Big Picture" Also am into geocaching. Currently riding a 29er geary and am looking to go single speed hardtail.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 29ers, one full suspension one hardtail.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Been riding forever, started off with BMX when younger then shifted to mountain bikes. About the last 5 years I just started getting into mountain biking, anything but dedicated or extreme, not that I dont want to be.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Been a lurking visitor on this site for about 5 years.

    Cheers
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    1.Michael from texas
    2. Weekend xc warrior
    3. Own 2 bikes (GT custom and mongoose)
    4. Been riding actively 2 yrs.
    5. Rc car forums

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    1.) Where you are from? Northern California, Bay Area
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Weekend Warrior: XC, All Mountain
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 Bikes: 2011 Specialized RockHopper, Kent Shogun Shockwave (my loaner bike)
    4.) How long have you been riding? Start in 96, stopped in 98, Just started back up this year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Planning on visiting all forums

    Hello all,

    Getting back into riding; been away for over 10 years. Glad to be back on the trails!!

    Andrew

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    "Hello julot,
    Our records indicate that you have never posted to our site before! Why not make your first post today by saying hello to our community in our General Discussion forum.
    Why not start with your first post today and become an active part of the mtbr.com forums now!"
    Ok i am Julot frome France hello !!
    I am old men , my fist truth mtb was 1993 Specialized rockhopper fs ,later I had some other Specializeds . Now I ride on an old Ritchey Ultra .
    I do not speak English, I use an on-line translator.

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    hey guys/girls, my name is Luis and i just started mountain biking. I really enjoy mountain biking, i have always been athletic but decided to try mtn biking now.

    1. I'm from San Diego CA
    2. I consider myself a beginner with a need of an adrenaline rush. If there is a jump ill jump it!
    3. I picked up a used 2004 Gary fisher marlin
    4. Just started about 2 months ago
    5. The forums i am on are mostly car forums

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    Greetings!

    1.) Washington
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    5.) XDA and MTBR

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    Hello All-

    1. I am from NJ, in the NYC sub-urbs.
    2. I am an intermediate rider. I have a family with an 8 year old expert BMX racer who is stretching his legs and keeping me on the trails longer going faster than I am comfortable going right now.
    3. I have an IF. He is riding a Specialized, a custom BMX cruiser and a Redline Flight JR.
    4. I started riding around 1990, took the past 6 years off.
    5. I belong to mtbnj, vintagebmx and njbmxracing

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    Hello Everyone

    1.) Where you are from? Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, several areas
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner, 29er rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, a Giant Talon 29ER 2012 Black/White, picture attached
    4.) How long have you been riding? Started on the Mountain Bike Aug, 20th 2011.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This is the first one I joined.
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    Hi all, this is my first post here! My name is Brandon, I'm from the high desert of southern CA, hopefully moving to the Santa Clarita area soon. Im a total beginner at mountain biking. I'm 27 years old and the last time I owned a bike I was probably 10 or 12 years old and it was a generic single speed (huffy maybe?). Just a few days ago I acquired my first real mt bike, a K2 zed 3.0, I'm pretty excited to get it on the trails but it needs a few things first before it's rideable. I'm gonna try and get some pictures of it soon. Hope to spend some quality time here learning the sport!

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    hey guys! i'm joshua, 33 years old from cebu philippines. i've been riding mountain bikes for more than 10 years. i've never owned more than 1 bike at a time but i've had several bikes in the past. i'm currently building a light xc hardtail because xc riding is what i enjoy most.. i've been an avid user of mtbr.com over the years and it has helped me gather information on products i like.. it's nice to finally be a member. more power!

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    hey new to the forums from Nyc been biking for about a year never owned a bike (always used rentals :P) but about to buy my first bike pretty excited i've only done trails but want to expand to other areas maybe start doing some downhill. Glad to meet everybody and hope to get to know you all.

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    1.) Where you are from?
    --> Hey, Im Kyle from New Jersey (Work in North Jersey, Live in South Jersey)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    --> All mtn/trail rider, 29er
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    --> 2 Jamis's 29ers (Exile I and Exile II)
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    --> BMX for 5 years, then got away from bikes for another 5 and now getting back into mtn biking

    Im just getting back into riding, been mostly sticking to ATVs and Dirt bikes but NJ law enforcement doesnt let much fun happen on off-road motor vehicles anymore. With my BMX background and the new technology of mtn bikes I was pretty quickly sold on getting back into the sport. With working only 20 mins away from Ringwood State Park, I can really put my new bikes to the test and have some great fun in the process! Always looking for people to ride with, as myself and cousin just purchased bikes this week and have put 40 miles of trail riding on them in 4 days

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    East Coast rider

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    1.) Where you are from? Attleboro Falls, Ma 1/2 hour south Boston
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? All mountain/cross country
    3.) How many bikes you own? My wife and I each own 2 bikes. 2 Specialized Epics, Stumpjumper and Rockhopper.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Me about 20 years. My wife about 8.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? NEMBA for New England Mountain Bike Association.

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    New Bike

    I just bought a Motobecane 700 HT XC MTB. Im excited!

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    UPDATE:

    (1) Where: Gainesville, FL
    (2) Type: Recreation, for fitness rider (more fun than running!)
    (3) Trails I ride: City of Gainesville nature trails by my apartment, The Rock trails, San Felasco, Lake Wauburg UF
    (4) Current rides: Trek 3700 stock, GT All Terra rigid, Denali road bike (I don't have $1000's to spend on fancy bikes) These do me just fine.

    Anyone want to recreationally ride in the Gville are without pressure of keeping up or going beyond your capabilities, email me

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    1.) Where you are from? Ellensburg Wa
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Newbie
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 Camber Comp
    4.) How long have you been riding? Just getting started
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Moto

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    1) Pittsburgh, PA
    2) Beginner
    3) 1, Trek 4900
    4) About a year and a half, just moved from Orlando, FL so I'm facing "real" trails for the first time (or at least, hilly trails)
    5) MTBR, bikeforums, roadbikereview

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    1. Portland, Or and Flint, MI
    2. Intermediate
    3. 3 bikes. Trek 8500 hardtail, Novara Safari Touring, Cannondale R400 Road
    4. I guess on and off for 10 years or so although never super consistent.
    5. Bikeforums, Pnwriders, and honda599

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    1. Sparta, Wisconsin

    2. Beginner

    3. One bike

    4. See number 2.

    5. Any Mopar or Motocross forum.

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    1.) Where you are from? grew up in Asheville, NC but I've been living in St. Cyr l'Ecole, France for almost 10 years
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? used to get pretty crazy riding bmx as a kid, but not so much now
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 at the moment
    4.) How long have you been riding? all my life
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? UMGF & Mandolin Cafe

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    Tri and MTB forums mainly

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    Yepper

    My 1996 Rocky Mountain Hammer is the best purchace I have ever made!
    It has been my one and only.
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    1) SF Peninsula
    2) Beginner
    3) A couple of road bikes, one old Bridgestone
    4) Road for longer than I care to remember, a little taste of Mtn in the 90's starting up again
    5) Going to find out!

    Please respond with:

    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)

    Add anything else you care to share.

    And feel free to post a photo of your bike or even better, you riding your bike on your local/favorite trail!

    Thanks,

    -gregg

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    Rocky Mountain High

    Moved from Florida to Colorado as soon as I could. Too flat and hot.
    I love to bike the Colorado Divide Trail- where ever. Rode to "The Citadel" peak next to Hager Mountain last Saturday.
    Wanted: Shuttle drive- start Jones Pass, over to and down Herman Gulch. Epic...
    Teocalli Trail and Kenosha Pass kick ass. Super yep.
    To boldly take my old hardtail where not even many hikers go.

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    Smile 14 years old

    I'm from petaluma
    I ride mtb which is my fave. I also ride a little bmx and I love dirtjumping
    I'm only 14
    I want a riding buddy that's my age

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    1.) Broken Arrow, Ok
    2.) Beginner
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    4.) 10 years
    5.) bikeforums.net, gixxer.com, beginnertriathlete.com, and roadbikereview.com

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    Hi all...

    My name's Brian. I live in western New York state, Ontario County more specifically. 43 year old divorced father of two.

    I'm a newbie mountain biker. Used to do the BMX thing as a kid, but haven't done any serious riding in a very long time. Getting back into biking for fitness reasons and as an activity that I can do with my daughters.

    Just picked up a '96 GT Avalanche LE off Craigslist yesterday. I also have a hybrid Nishiki that I got for free a few years back but is way too small for me.

    Other interests include old Harleys, hunting and guns.

    Looking forward to learning lots here.

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    hi everyone

    I'm in Southwest Michigan
    Been riding seriously 2 years - long commuting and 2 to 3 day tours
    Mostly I ride a Bianchi Hybrid
    Soon plan to be a Fatbike Snow/Sand rider

    I really appreciate the valuable content in this forum!!! Thanks!!!!

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    From Boston, MA
    I'm a weekend warrior who just found a love of speed.
    I own an older Bianchi full suspension and a 09 Gary Fisher Tassjara

    Appreciate all the content and looking foward to joining the community.

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    1) From San Antonio, TX. Been riding in CO last few years, now in OK
    2) Cross Country, Single Track, Weekender 'til it starts to drop below 100 degs.
    3) One bike: Rockhopper Pro 29er
    4) Been riding for about 10 years now
    5) New here, so I don't know yet. Have been using the MapMyRide App to record my routes and such.

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    My name is Drew,

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) New Jersey
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...) all mtn/trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 "real" bikes and many more toys from my youth
    4.) How long have you been riding? 14 years; I made the conversion to mountain bikes about 4 years back after 10 yrs of riding and racing BMX. I haven't looked back since but I still hang onto the old lineup for sentiment.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) The 29er threads I'm looking to make my first move into the big wheeled future.

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    1)Hello!I am from Chelyabinsk (Russia)
    2)I am a XC racer. but sometimes i like to ride AM
    3)I really have one bike for training and XC racing, and i want to build AM hardttail.
    4)I have been riding for 4 years, but i started riding regulary two years ago.
    5)I always use velomania and velochel forums.
    P.S.Sorry, if i do some mistakes, English is my second language.
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    Howdy, I'm Brian

    1.) Where you are from? Originally from Las Cruces, NM... now live in Waco, TX
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? all mtn/trail rider all the way
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? Been doing serious mountain biking for 10+ years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? I'm the forum admin and web admin for centexoffroad.com.

    My newest toy, an Ellsworth Joker. Been a sweet ride so far, always wanted a full suspension disc-braked bike... finally had the money to make that dream come true.




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    1.) Where you are from? Near Seattle, WA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm currently a casual rider. I'm trying to get more heavily involved in free riding.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Currently just an old Cannondale. Am now shopping for a free ride bike.
    4.) How long have you been riding? About 20 years on mountain bikes. Another 10 years on a BMX.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Really nothing yet. Found this site while searching for some purchase advise and haven't explored it fully yet.

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    1.) Pacific Northwest
    2.) I ride around town a bit
    3.) 2 bikes
    4.) Took off my training wheels at, what, 5?
    5.) Reddit!

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    I'm BACK!

    Ahhh....I missed mountian biking. I'm back and loving it. I just finished 6 months of Ironman training witht the race at Lake Placid last month. Awesome experience....but it's certainly good to be back in the dirt.

    With all the training I took a gamble and signed up for a 24-hour mountain bike race at Great Glen, NH (last week). I placed 3rd in my Solo 0-39 class! Crazy. Even though my legs were ready for it, my BUM was not. Sitting surface is a totally different area than tri riding. I paid dearly for it. But 3rd place was awesome.

    1.) Where you are from? Central Connecticut
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? occasional XC racer and ride 2-3x per week
    3.) How many bikes you own? too many! Tri bikes, road bikes, mountain bike...even a unicycle
    4.) How long have you been riding? Mountian biking since 1993
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites). Mostly triathlon sites.

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    I'm Max. Ride 3 times a week a good system (F.A.T.S.) here in North Augusta SC.
    All I need is one bike. Built it myself GT Pantera AL.

    Favorite trail: Transvesubienne in France.

    Need to buy a new set of gloves: Which one? Fox Racing Dirtpaw Empire or Fox Tahoe Short Glove...thanks

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    Hey everyone, name is Josh, was a member of this forum many years ago but I had stopped riding back in '02. My interest has been rejuvenated now that my son likes to ride his bike more often.

    1) I live in CT
    2) I consider myself an intermediate rider at best
    3) I own one, a 2002 Cannodale Jekyll 800 I bought back in '02 (yes, before I pretty much gave up trail riding)
    4) Started trail riding in '99, pretty much gave it up '02-'11, slowly getting back to it
    5) I frequent guitar forums and truck forums

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    hello everyone my name is mikey





    1.) La mirada, CA
    2.) i am an all mountain bike rider that usually rides a 29er!
    3.) i have two at the moment, two giants, a 26er and a 29er
    4.) about 4 years started once a week, the grew to about 4 times a week
    5.) first time on an actually forum for bikes!

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    1.) Where you are from? San Diego, CA

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Hmm, an inventive guinea pig. I like to try new stuff so long as it won't break the bike, I'll heal.

    3.) How many bikes you own? One, a Mongoose Boot'R. I swear it's a big for tall skinny people.

    4.) How long have you been riding? Only been doing the freeride/downhill thing for a while. Use to bmx at Sheep Hills in Huntington Beach in highschool, then did motocross until I was 21 and went off to the military. Got out in '07, missed the action on two wheels and exercise, got a Mongoose 14 days ago, haha.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? None, just this here ( []D [] []V[] []D btw )

    Really enjoy the freeriding thing, there's just something about just going out into the urban wilderness, or real one, and just see what needs to be messed with, haha. Only been doing it for two weeks, but have the motocross gene in me. Just really missed going out for a cruise, jumps, trails, whatever on two wheels. Aside from not owning a truck (Celica), just got tired of the break downs, fuel, people whining about noise, etc., plus the work out doesn't hurt .

    But hey, if it's within 20 miles of the ocean, and is in between LA and SD, I'm down for a shred day

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    1.) Where you are from?
    Antwerp,Belgium

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    All mountain, Singlespeeder

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Endorfin VP-4 sl (2008)
    Be One Team Titanium (1997) > converted to singlespeed

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    since 2005

    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    mostly mountainbike.be > Belgian mtb forum

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    Hey folks...

    1. Harrisonburg, VA - Rockingham County
    2. Intermediate rider - likes to ride trail and mountain
    3. 1 bike
    4. Started on BMX as a kid and always loved all forms of bicycling but got back into riding trails/mountain the last couple of years.
    5. Just this one for mountain biking.

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    Hi my name I's Stephen I just started riding last week commuting about 16 miles a day in Orlando fl. I'm a big guy and really enjoying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazin05 View Post
    Hi my name I's Stephen I just started riding last week commuting about 16 miles a day in Orlando fl. I'm a big guy and really enjoying it.
    Welcome fellow Floridian. Hope you enjoy sandy rides. Some of the top places near you are Santos, Alafia and Carter. I go to Carter most frequently. PM if you want to ride sometime.

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    Hi Guys

    Hi I'm Max

    1.) Where you are from? South Africa
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Total Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? None at the moment
    4.) How long have you been riding? Started this year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Not that into forums till now

    I have just started out and looking for a great start up bike for some mountain biking being from South Africa we are crazy about outdoors over here and have some amazing trails, so now just need to find a good bike to ride them with
    Cheers for now

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    1.) DFW, TX
    2.) XC, Trail, All Mtn, its all good,
    3.) Own 3 currently
    4.) Bought first mountain bike in '95 and have been riding since
    5.) Mtbr lurker

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    Hi forum!

    1.) Where you are from? Calgary
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I consider myself an old, slow xc rider, also polite and a little deaf.. so use your *@%$*!! bell when (or before) you pass me.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Currently own 3 bikes and maintain a fourth for my SO.
    4.) How long have you been riding? I learned to ride 45 years ago.. that's right.. before Mountain Bikes.. got my first "mountain" bike in 88, still miss that Rocky Mountain Hammer (it was stolen! damn the thieves!! )
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Mostly I'm on the newx.org

    Add anything else you care to share. I like bikes... especially cheap ones.

    And feel free to post a photo of your bike or even better, you riding your bike on your local/favorite trail! You're going to have to wait 8 more posts for these.. but don't worry.. I'll come back n edit.

    Here I am..
    Cascade trail Mountain Biking by Saint Urho, on Flickr
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    1.) Where you are from? South Carolina
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Mostly paved trails but I want to get into more mountain
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 at the moment, '11 GT Aggressor 3.0, old bike was a Mongoose Revolution
    4.) How long have you been riding? On and off since I was a kid. Just started getting back into it after a few years away.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Explorerforum.com but I have a feeling I'll be visiting this one a lot more now.

    Just looking to get some tips/tricks and learn a few things while I'm here. Will probably look to do a few add-ons/upgrades in the near future.

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    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner/ weekend warrior
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 20 yrs. mountain bikes just recently
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

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    I'm Ed. I'm 25 and live in Las Vegas
    I'd consider myself an all mountain/trail rider. I prefer shuttle runs but my friends like the uphill so I don't mind tagging along for some of that.
    Currently just have 1 bike. A specialized Enduro. Looking into getting burlier bike and lightening up the one I have.
    Started riding in 08. Took the last 2 years off recovering from knee injuries but I'm up and at it again.

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    1.) Where you are from? Melbourne, Australia
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? XC
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 20+ years (but not much recently)
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? nil

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    Hi all, my name's Simon, I'm a Brit living in the Hautes Alpes in France.
    I ride a lot on the road and love to mix it up with as much time off road as possible.

    I have a Rock lobster HT and and an old style Anthem 3.5"/80mm up front. Love to use a lightweight-ish XC bike as the uphill here is so long that its far outweighs any lack of performance on the downs,
    not too much flat terrain to be had in these parts

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    Long time rider/MTBR user first time poster.

    Hi fellow addicts, this is an addiction, or is it a sickness, 'cause we do some sick stuff.

    I've been an addict my entire life.

    I did a stint for a few years back in the industry with a product called The Chin Lock.

    1.) Where you are from? Burlington, Canada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Good all rounder
    3.) How many bikes you own? Too many; DH, XC, All MTN, BMX, Road, DJ, etc. NO 29er, not yet anyway
    4.) How long have you been riding? 40+yrs, original BMXer from the '80s
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? PB buysell, and here.

    I'm 44, I started riding at age 2.

    I'm not one to join in much when it comes to threads, I' rather ride my bike and hang with friends. I use MTBR for research.

    Peace, and good riding.

    Curtis

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've been perusing the forums for a while now, gathering tons information on purchasing a new MTB. I ended up with a 2012 Trek / Gary Fisher Marlin. It's only been a week, but I've been loving riding on this bike.

    Thanks to all the insight and discussions on this board.

    foujin

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    1.) Where you are from? Atlanta, GA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? off and on for 10 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

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    In our second year Outerbike 2011 is sure to please! 2012 Demo bikes will be available from most major bike brands and some of the small companies you have come to love. Check us out at Outerbike .com

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    1. Just purchased a home in Mission Viejo, CA
    2. Beginner-Intermediate
    3. 10+
    4. Off and on for 21 years
    5. The Cabe
    6. Can anyone tell me if there is a buy/sell/trade forum or section on MTBR? I'm looking to build a Turner 5 spot.

    Thanks!

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    Hello from western WI

    Hello all, hopping on from La Crosse, WI

    I guess I'd consider myself an average level rider, I don't really race, but I'm not new to riding (been about 10 years now). Still always something new to learn though.
    I own 6 bikes, I think, two are mountain, my old Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo and my 2010 Marin Indian Fire Trail.

    I look forward to reading a lot, and sharing knowledge in the Advocacy forum, as trail-building is a passion of mine.

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    Hello!
    John here, from Atwater, CA
    Bought my first MB in 88, rode mainly at Cal Poly & down in the Santa Monica Mtns (CA)
    Didn't ride for years but drug my old Trek 7000 out about 5 years ago to get back into shape.
    Am getting a serious MTB bug bite right now, so I am on a new Specialized Epic 29er!
    I've checked out the 29er forum & the GPS forum so far.

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    1.) Where you are from? Melbourne, Australia
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?Intermediate
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 35+ years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?MTBR and Rotorburn
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    Hello, first post

    Hello all,

    My name is Joe and I'm in Lynnwood, WA north of Seattle. I stumbled across this site doing research before buying my first MTB.

    I just bought a used Kona Mountain Fire, it's around an '02-'03'-04' and I gave $120 for it. I think I got a good deal.

    This is my first MTB and I'm a beginner all the way around, I haven't been on a bike since it was my primary mode of transportation in my early teens. I bought it to get some exercise and because I have been borrowing my Dad's hybrid to ride in and out on the logging road I've been hunting bear on. It's 4.5 miles to where I'm hunting, mostly uphill and I had been riding/walking in with Dad's bike and then riding it out. Being a hybrid his bike is not the best for coming out quickly on a rough gravel road and I've already had two flat tires.

    I enjoyed riding Dad's bike, so I bought my own that's better suited to using it for hunting, and I've decided I'd like to get into some trail riding. I'm doing as much research as I can to learn the terminology and the different types of riding. Hopefully I'll find someone local that rides and can learn from them too.

    Tonight was my first time taking my bike in to hunt bear. The gearing is very different from the Hybrid and I can ride much more than walk with my bike. I am carrying a backpack with the stuff I need to hunt, water, and my rifle, so it weighs about 30-45 pounds depending on the stuff I need to take with me.

    Everything was great except the saddle hurt my butt like crazy and my right foot went numb at times. When it got too bad I just got off and pushed.

    How long before I get used to the saddle? I would like to buy a new one with gel padding, any suggestions for a saddle that won't break the bank, say $60 or less?

    I'm going to post this question in a separate thread too, might get a better response.

    Thanks,
    Elkaholic

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    1.) Hi all, I'm from Cantabria, Spain
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    3.) 2, a XC and a road bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkaholic View Post
    Hello all,

    Everything was great except the saddle hurt my butt like crazy and my right foot went numb at times.
    How long before I get used to the saddle? I would like to buy a new one with gel padding, any suggestions for a saddle that won't break the bank, say $60 or less?

    Hi Elk

    Some saddles you'll never get used to. Did you have any problems with the saddle on the hybrid? If not.. I'd get one the same as that for your bike. Maybe just swap saddles between bikes. The right foot going numb is a bit more of a concern to me. It happened to me on occasion and seemed to be due to seat position and / or clothing/ shoe related. Do you wear bike shorts when you ride?

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    Hey everyone just wanted to stop by and say hello, I'm a long time lurker here and just recently joined. Just got my first mtn bike a few months ago. I bought a 2012 trek wahoo in blue. I've upgraded to wellgo platform pedals, odi grips, 2.5 inch dissent tires( they're beasts!). My next upgrade will be a new fork. What's a good fork for around 400 for all mtn riding? I will eventually get into dh but for now just singletrack.


    1.) Where you are from? Northeast p.a

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Rode bmx my whole life and just got into some singletrack and I Love it!

    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 bmx 1 mtnbike

    4.) How long have you been riding? 8 yrs

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

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    Newbie Checking In

    1.) Where you are from? Lakewood, Colorado (real close to Golden, Colorado)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner (I rode motocross and Enduro motorcyles for years as a younger person :-)
    3.) How many bikes you own? Just the one I just bought
    4.) How long have you been riding? About 3 weeks now.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? CO-Front Range mostly to get tips and ideas for trails and other MTB activities going on in the area.

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    Hello!!

    I'm Ashley and live near Boulder, Co. I've been riding since the mid-80's and am a XC rider. Until recently I'm been riding a Klein Rascal (1992) that I've pimped with Mavic rims, Marzocchi Bomber fork, and XT components. Now I'm riding a new hard tail 29'er, and life is good.

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    Hi everyone, I'm Mike from Albany Oregon, I ride mostly in Corvallis. I currently ride a Specialized old school Y-frame and a Mongoose Slayton Comp. I am definately a Weekend Warrior at best but I like to think I'm better lol...
    I'm 38, been riding MTB pretty much since the early 90's.

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    1.) Temecula, CA
    2.) Beginner 29er.
    3.) 1 at a time. Old mid-90s FS Schwinn broke on Santa Rosa Plateau. Have a Gravity 29.4 on order.
    4.) Off & On (mostly off) from mid 90s and most of it on the trails in Anchorage, AK.
    5.) MTBR. Are their any others?

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