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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Newbies Check in Here - official thread

    With the change in the posting requirements, we've created this thread here for newbies to introduce yourself.

    Hopefully this will unite all the "hello there" or "checking in" threads currently popping up here in the general forum.

    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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    I'll start...

    1.) gregg from SF-SJ bay area
    2.) all mtn/trail rider
    3.) currently own 3 bikes (hardtail, cross bike and road bike)
    4.) been riding actively about 17 years or so
    5.) mostly visit the Norcal, General and Passion forums

    Been working at Mtbr for almost 11 years now. It's been a great ride.

    I'm also Passionate about motorcycles (street bikes and dirt bikes, but mostly street bikes.)

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    my name is CHUM.....

    1.) i reside near Santa Cruz
    2.) i am a singlespeeder....mainly 'cause i am lazy....
    3.) hunter ss, surly single-crosser ss, frankenpumptrack-bike ss, '66 legnano ss, s-works enduro and s-works tricross.....
    4.) been riding for a while now...
    5.) i hang out in norcal..ss...others...



    trails are a 4 minute spin from my front door.....

    photo taken last week...
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    I don't have a name.
    I'm from the SF Bay Area (peninsula). **** yea, NorCal. Represent.
    I am a singlespeeder. I can't count all the geary doodads.
    I got: a KHS singlespeed conversion, a 2010 Raleigh "road" bike, and am building a singlespeed/ fixed badass cyclocross-type thing for the summer. I've got a '73 Schwinn Le Tour frameset. If you got parts for sale that would work with it, please PM me. I'd appreciate that.
    I guess I've been actively riding for two or three years. Been riding bike in general my whole life though.
    I mainly do General, Passion, Norcal, and Singlespeed forums. On occasion I'll visit XC training/racing and get scared and run back to Singlespeed.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Hi, my name is AZ. and I'm an alcoho....err.........ooop's wrong forum, sorry.

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    Hey guys, I'm from Charlotte, NC.
    I'm an intermediate/advanced all mountain rider. I tend to ride whatever comes my way. Don't care one way or another, but I do find technical terrain more entertaining.
    Riding a Stumpjumper Elite as of now.
    As of now I mainly frequent the Tarheel Trailblazers Forum. Local club in Charlotte.

    Joined to research riding out west. It's nice to meet you all! Looking forward to gathering your perspectives.

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    Noob in UT

    1.) Where you are from? Provo, UT
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm a weekend warrior riding mostly at Sundance on my 29er hardtail. I hope to get a bike that lets me be more aggressive and faster than I am now
    3.) How many bikes you own? One....soon to be 2, someday 3-4.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Riding seriously for only a few months.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This one, and Pinkbike.com

    I ride Fridays mostly, would love to find a friend to hit some trails with.

    No pic of me on my bike yet, I'll have to remedy that. Its a 2011 Gary Fisher Marlin 29er XL.

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    From Arkansas.
    Beginner rider. Mainly XC, fireroads, four wheeler trails.
    Just one bike: 2011 Trek "Gary Fisher Collection" Marlin
    Been riding about six months now.
    Mainly read the General, Trek and Passion forums.

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    Good job! Late getting started, but making up for it

    oh, gee. Another noob at the door. But a noob with WHEELS two at a time!

    I ride the hills and valleys in and around Novato, CA, a tad north of San Francisco. Been riding bikes (seriously) since 1988 when I retired from the Army, but have had a bike handy all my life. Retired from serious CC and hills these days, even converted my 94 S-Works to a cruiser (yikes) and mostly do easy trails and long road trips now since I'm getting more concerned with the effects of body parts crashing to the ground, something I did with GUSTO in my younger days. Yeeee HAW! Joining my S I have a 94 Hard Rock Ultra, and an 88 BMX Mongoose (27" with goosers). That one is a decent ride, 'cept when the wind is blowing off the ocean at 40 mph. And I'm going west 20 miles. And then it shifts to the WEST at 45 mph just about the time I'm heading back. I first found your site while looking for rebuild help for a Fox Alps4. (The forums here ROCK!!!!). Will come back and edit some photos after I digi them.

    Very happy to have found y'all!!
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    checking in

    Name - Casey
    1.) From Pensacola FL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner / weekend warrior
    3.) How many bikes you own? one cheap-o and in the process of searching for a new one
    4.) How long have you been riding? 6 months or so
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? beg / passion / general

    Been lurking on the site for a while...I'm working on my post count so I can post in the Specialized forum!

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    Noob to fourms, Checkin in !

    I live in San Diego, Ca.
    I ride all mtn. and LIGHT trials since i'm gettin old !
    4 rides atm all vintage 1988 on... All are steel hardtails w/ no front shocks
    Ritchey Team Comp.
    Ibis Mountain Trials
    Salsa Ala Carte custom
    Specialized S works custom
    Mtn. Goat thats 4" too small but had to have a goat from back in the day Such a deal it was.

    Been Mtn riding for 20+ yrs and not yet a retro grouch. I'm even thinkin bout gettin a new ride with full... well you know.

    As far as the fourms go, I'm all over the place. A great place this is for info !

    Happy Trails to All

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    1.) Currently living (and riding) in East Texas. But originally from the southern Great Lakes area (IN, OH, W.PA, S.MI)
    2.) I'd call myself a trail rider. I'll ride what trails there are. Have ridden all sorts from flat midwestern trails to chairlift-assisted bike park trails.
    3.) two - a Stumpy FSR and a Diamondback hardtail commuter conversion.
    4.) I got my first mtb in 1998. Didn't start riding seriously for about a year.
    5.) I hang out mostly in General, Passion, and the GPS board.

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    Left Loop at Tsali Rec Area, NC...circa 2003

    Enjoying a flowy piece of singletrack
    Kaloko Trails just outside of Kailua-Kona, HI in 2010

    Two of my favorite rides.

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    1) Josh from Tally, Florida
    2)Beginner
    3) Just one my 2011 Kona Cindercone.
    4) For about 2 or 3 months.
    5) Mainly the General and Passion.

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    Hola

    Hi, Im Jeff in Kodiak, AK and Im a beginner with a Pugsley Fatbike on the way. Hope to get a big dummy sometime too. Obviously I like the Fatbike forums. But Ive looked at the passion and brew (I homebrew) forums too.

    The community here seems pretty cool and Im sure Ill be bugging some folks quite a lot with tons of newbie questions.

    Nice to meetcha.

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    Hi there, I'm Allie from Santa Cruz. I guess technically I'm a newbie to mountain biking, though I've been mashing around on bikes of one kind or another all of my life. I think for the time being I probably fit most comfortably into cross country, although I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons into more all mountain terrain. Most of the trail riding I've done has been on rather rickety borrowed bikes, but I've decided that I like this sport enough that it's time I invest in my own entry level bike, which is what brought me to this forum. This is the first forum that I've really explored. I'm excited to glean from the knowledge and experience here

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    Hello,
    I'm James from Raleigh, NC
    I am primarily a trail rider.
    I only own one bike, 2010 Fuel ex8
    I've been riding since 1996 starting with a Kona AA and owning various rigs over the years.
    I've spent the most time here in the gen and passion forums.
    Great site you have here.
    Thanks

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    Hi there
    I'm Kody from SE Brisbane, Australia.
    I haven't been riding for long so I'd say I'd fit under a Beginner All Mountain?
    I own one bike at the moment, a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport
    I've been riding since 2005, on and off and have decided to get serious with it.
    At the moment I'm frequenting the brake corner (have a post about upgrading my discs to BB7's), the Specialized area, Passion, and Australian areas.
    Good to be here and I've already learnt more than I have in 5 years.
    Thanks

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    Hello everyone I am a new rider to mountain bikes I have never owned one but my friend is a huge biker and he gave me one of his older ones it is a Giant Sedona ATX it is like 15 years old but he had it tuned up before it went into storage like 3 years ago.

    He also gave me a trunk rack for my car.

    I am trying to get into biking and my wife is going to get her moms that she never uses but hey it is a cheap start.

    I am from Missouri in Blue Springs. I want to start off slow and maybe just go on some paved trails then some not paved trails but if anyone has any ideas for a beginner newbie please let me know.

    Thanks

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    1.) Where you are from? Mike from Daytona Beach
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner, trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 ,2007 K2 Krush
    4.) How long have you been riding? A long time but just started riding trails a week ago
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This one and singletracks

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    Hey all, I'm Tony from Valparaiso, IN. Avid bike fan, not so much a newbie but new to the forum. Been a roadie most of my life, but did own a Mongoose NX 8.3 at one time (sold it). Still have my Schwinn Paramount in all chrome 4130 chromoly, super sweet when it's polished. Recently, I talked about wanting to get another mountain bike for riding trails, gravel roads out where I live and hitting some trails/single track through the woods. So my daughters, with their limited funds from being college students, bought me a Mongoose XR Comp for Father's Day. It's a long way from my old NX 8.3, but nonetheless, I appreciated their effort and gift. I went from front to back, top to bottom, ensuring every bolt, nut, clamps, etc. was tight (since I don't trust a kid assembling a bike) and properly adjusted. I had some parts lying around the garage so I exchanged the rear 850 lb. spring for a 1250 lb. spring and tightened up the front fork, though not sure if it really made any difference. But for a guy in his 50's, the bike suits me and my riding style perfectly. Yeah...I know other brands are out there, but it was a surprise gift from my daughters and they were so proud to give it to me...so coming from them, it's the best bike I've owned! It's a keeper, but I know I will exchange parts from time to time to improve it, but I can't ever get rid of it.

    Do they still put bar ends on the handlebars? I rarely see them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by regionnus rattis View Post
    Do they still put bar ends on the handlebars? I rarely see them.
    Run what works for you!
    We have a pro named Elbry Sandland, that rides for Mountain Cycle, that still uses bar ends for some races. He seems to like them for Enduro events, as it gives you multiple hand positions.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity.

    Peace and Long Rides...

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    Im Kyle, 23 from Medford, Oregon.
    I am a noob to the MTB world, I used to ride/race BMX but an injury stopped that.
    I only have one bike a 2 hardtail.
    I would call my self a casual rider looking into becoming more serious.

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    Name's Phil "tube" living in Spokane Valley, WA
    Getting faster taking chances/ Urban, XC, All Mountain, Trail rider
    First 29er, Niner emd9
    been riding for miles & miles
    here for the knowledge and feedback, I've got a lot to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tube View Post
    Name's Phil "tube" living in Spokane Valley, WA
    Getting faster taking chances/ Urban, XC, All Mountain, Trail rider
    First 29er, Niner emd9
    been riding for miles & miles
    here for the knowledge and feedback, I've got a lot to learn!
    Be my padawan?
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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