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    Your favorite move

    What's your favorite mtb move? What gets you hyped?

    I love it when I find a natural kicker, say to the right, with a landing to the left, so that I can take off rotating counter-clockwise but then twist clockwise mid-air to match the landing. It's like a cork-screw or something.

    Even when it's small scale it's so rad!

    You can move this to the "Skills Forum" if it's off topic or offensive. You have my permission.
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    We have a skills forum?

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    "That's my move."

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    The swirl.
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    Ahead is a limestone shelf, the easy line is around the left side. I go straight for the middle and "punch" up the limestone, don't even slow down.

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    1. Hucks.
    2. Manualling down rock faces.
    3. More hucks.

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    Pulling over to enjoy the view while taking a hit from my water bottle.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Nothing beats a nice semi-controlled 2 wheel drift.
    I brake for stinkbugs

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    Crashing in front of a group of ladies. So rad!
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Nothing beats a nice semi-controlled 2 wheel drift.
    A totally out of control, yet somehow survived one does!

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    Reaching in to the ice filled camelbak reservoir after 2 hours of pedaling and cracking open a nice cold pilsner to share.

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    Getting back to the trail head, checking for injuries and finding none.
    ¯\(°_o)/¯

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    "Do you come here often?"

    Wait, wrong forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy3220 View Post
    We have a skills forum?
    I brought up the idea of creating one, but sadly MTBR isn't about improving mountain biking through effort. The site is focused on gear and pushing the latest and greatest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    "Do you come here often?"

    Wait, wrong forum.

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    DJ prefers the 'popcorn box at the movies' approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemonaid View Post
    I brought up the idea of creating one, but sadly MTBR isn't about improving mountain biking through effort. The site is focused on gear and pushing the latest and greatest.
    Yup.

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    I like technical climbs. Specifically, I like step up lunge moves that are 12-24" high. There are some really fun ones on Amasa Back in Moab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    DJ prefers the 'popcorn box at the movies' approach.
    Is that the "popcorn surprise" you're referring to?
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    My favorite move? Reaching for my water bottle while four finger braking on my enduro with an air fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Crashing in front of a group of ladies. So rad!
    for me, it is sometimes into a group of ladies...not so rad

    my other one is the one where I don't end up OTB or into the woods. I love that one.

    ..and I wish I still had the ability I did in my youth to jump over anything in the trail...just a nice, clean, two wheeled landing, soft tire thud bunny hop type jump.

    that's all I want
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    I have been perfecting saving the OTB. Not so much avoiding it.
    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    for me, it is sometimes into a group of ladies...not so rad

    my other one is the one where I don't end up OTB or into the woods. I love that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I have been perfecting saving the OTB. Not so much avoiding it.

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    me too! I have many variations that I am trying to copyright right now!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    "That's my move."

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    The swirl.
    Clockwise, or counter-clockwise?
    One gear is all you need.

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    The best move ever

    Hello, my name is human and I came down from the stars.

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    Popping the top off the post ride cold one is my favorite. Years of sacrifice and training have resulted in legendary skills regarding this move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sturge View Post
    Popping the top off the post ride cold one is my favorite. Years of sacrifice and training have resulted in legendary skills regarding this move.
    That's a hard move to top, no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Reaching in to the ice filled camelbak reservoir after 2 hours of pedaling and cracking open a nice cold pilsner to share.
    You sir, are inspiring. Why have I not been putting mine there?

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    The Bowling Ball Grip.

    But it's not for everyone, so make damn sure you have consent before attempting this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitsBoy View Post
    The Bowling Ball Grip.

    But it's not for everyone, so make damn sure you have consent before attempting this...
    Good advice, thank you.
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    bowleg bar turns for life!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Clockwise, or counter-clockwise?
    Is there a knuckle involved?


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker. View Post
    bowleg bar turns for life!!!!
    Haha yes! My only 'trick' and I do it every time!

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    Mine is when an OTB occurs, and I unclip, and step over the handlebars while awaiting the inevitable "thump" when the saddle hits me in the middle of the back. I've practiced this one dozens of times over the years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    Mine is when an OTB occurs, and I unclip, and step over the handlebars while awaiting the inevitable "thump" when the saddle hits me in the middle of the back. I've practiced this one dozens of times over the years!
    Variation: tumbling down an embankment and having the frame whack me in the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    I like technical climbs. Specifically, I like step up lunge moves that are 12-24" high. There are some really fun ones on Amasa Back in Moab.
    Yep! Up Amasa Back not Hymasa....

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    The time I was in a 2v2 as an instructor, my wingman and I in A-4's engaged in a tight furball with 2 F-14's....both of us defensive, when I could see the geometry developing, called the switch....my wingman glomed onto my F-14, I took his, and we both got "guns" kills. Ah, good times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Pulling over to enjoy the view while taking a hit from my water pipe.
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    I just made my new favorite move last night. though I don't know how to repro it


    1) JRA, thru some blowdown sticks, as it were

    2) felt and heard the jammin in the back, OH NOES, gonna lose my der

    3) fiddle-f**ked with stopping, and clearing stick from the back end. looks OK

    4) back to riding, but my chain sounds 'dry'...oh well finished the ride, I'll lube it when back home

    5) !!! lube chain, boy does it pedal stiff. examine the der hanger and cage and holy WTF !! my chain somehow squeezed past the der cage blocking tab, and now the chain snakes across that and drags on it !!!

    How in hell did a stick force my chain through that gap and in the incorrect location between my idle and jockey pulley ? nothing is bent or wobbly back there, but for sure
    the chain teleported around, through, or squeezed by that tab. it's a shimano xt and the gap in the tab is far too small to slide chain past normally

    so, anyhow, that is my move. MAGIC
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    I like technical climbs. Specifically, I like step up lunge moves that are 12-24" high. There are some really fun ones on Amasa Back in Moab.
    Ugh. I enjoy one every hour or so, but any repeated use of that move seems to burn my energy faster than I care for. If I'm late into a long ride sometimes I'll walk those step-type deals simply because it's just way too much energy expended for a single move.

    Hucks? I've always got energy for hucks.

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    Weird that otb's, near wrecks and mechanicals are some of the favorite moves listed, those are some of my least favorite.
    I brake for stinkbugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Weird that otb's, near wrecks and mechanicals are some of the favorite moves listed, those are some of my least favorite.
    I think it is because for most of us...it is the more commonly occurring move...or more memorable.

    For me, "moves" are just things that get me through the trail. I don't have a favorite, but I feel like right now manuals and small bunny hops are my "best"

    on my BMX, I am learning 180's and fakies. I do like those a lot, but am not ready to get them going on my MTB...b/c I don't really ever need them there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Variation: tumbling down an embankment and having the frame whack me in the head.
    i like to scorpion and have the seat hit me in the head..


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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Weird that otb's, near wrecks and mechanicals are some of the favorite moves listed, those are some of my least favorite.
    truth be told the two-wheel 'uncontrolled yet controlled' slide is my actual favorite
    when I am 'feeling it' I can pull these all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    truth be told the two-wheel 'uncontrolled yet controlled' slide is my actual favorite
    when I am 'feeling it' I can pull these all day.
    Yes, that's the best feeling in the sport IMO.

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    1.Ratchet pedaling a deep water crossing and miraculously keeping my feet dry.

    2. I really the bikerfox hop too.

    3. Stopping quickly enough when a stick get in your spokes before it does damage.
    (Lost this one last night. Der hanger the victim.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    truth be told the two-wheel 'uncontrolled yet controlled' slide is my actual favorite
    when I am 'feeling it' I can pull these all day.
    That's what I call a semi-controled 2 wheel drift which I posted as my favorite too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    truth be told the two-wheel 'uncontrolled yet controlled' slide is my actual favorite
    when I am 'feeling it' I can pull these all day.
    I can pull those off all night, along with perfect manuals, bunny hops, gap jumps, you name it -- until I wake up.
    ¯\(°_o)/¯

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    I like technical climbs. Specifically, I like step up lunge moves that are 12-24" high. There are some really fun ones on Amasa Back in Moab.
    This is maybe my favorite thing too. I *live* for those big-trials-y tech moves. ratcheting the pedals, balancing, and lofting the front end to muscle over those suitcase sized rocks. Heart-rate going full red line on a chunky climb...
    Jeff Lenosky has a great skills video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvfce4bEZpg
    skip to bout 1:45 for the 'little one", 3:15 for a bigger rock hop, and 3:50 to watch him get up on a picnic table.

    I equally enjoy "sending it" off small ledges. The biggest one I've ever hit was a chest-high drop to flat. It rattled me, even on a 140mm FS bike. I like thigh-high or less on my rigid bike.
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    Apparently, my favorite is the stair manual. I actually rode onto some bleachers the other day via the wheelchair ramp just looking for the exit stair. It was at least 7 stairs with grass at the bottom. I was not disappointed..

    The washed out front wheel save is a very close second.

    The double log crossing is nearly tied for 2nd.

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    I have a lot of favorite moves. One that comes to mind that hasent been touched on is switchbacks. Nothing like ripping a downhill and coming upon several switchbacks to conquer. Even more challenging is climbing and conquering them.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I have a lot of favorite moves. One that comes to mind that hasent been touched on is switchbacks. Nothing like ripping a downhill and coming upon several switchbacks to conquer. Even more challenging is climbing and conquering them.
    My nemesis! Going down, going up its not too bad.

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    My all-time favorite move was
    into the Santa Cruz mountains to live.

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    Pressing that little lever and bumping the seat down with my butt. Increased fun factor imminent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Is that the "popcorn surprise" you're referring to?
    Correct.
    Stick around if you're housebroken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Correct.
    BTW that move is so over rated. A gritty kernel salty mess is what it is.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    My nemesis! Going down, going up its not too bad.

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    I can do them both ways pretty smoothly unless the climb is technical and steep. I can rail switchbacks going down though.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    BTW that move is so over rated. A gritty kernel salty mess is what it is.
    Oh, come on now, can it really taste that bad what with all the butter?

    (Running and ducking for cover now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I can do them both ways pretty smoothly unless the climb is technical and steep. I can rail switchbacks going down though.
    Yeah, I'm still learning all kinds of stuff.. my cornering is terrible! and tight "outside" turns still mess me up. The inside move seems to be improving though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I can do them both ways pretty smoothly unless the climb is technical and steep. I can rail switchbacks going down though.
    On downhill switchbacks I am much more confident at speed going right to left. But it's that way when I'm in a vehicle driving tight curvy roads.

    For tight downhill switches I would love to learn the rolling endo; that could be my favorite "move." I can sort of blunder through with track standing & hopping the back wheel but it's far from elegant.
    ¯\(°_o)/¯

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    On downhill switchbacks I am much more confident at speed going right to left. But it's that way when I'm in a vehicle driving tight curvy roads.
    Definitely, if you are right hand dominant, turning left is more natural.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Reaching in to the ice filled camelbak reservoir after 2 hours of pedaling and cracking open a nice cold pilsner to share.
    Yeah, that's a good call. Stealing your move and making it my move.
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    Nose manual (or stoppie) into and through the apex of a switchback. Not that I can actually do that as of yet with any sort of consistency, but working on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbadger1977 View Post
    Nose manual (or stoppie) into and through the apex of a switchback. Not that I can actually do that as of yet with any sort of consistency, but working on it.
    I like these around banked turns/wall ride, but not tight switchbacks..kind of a "nose whip"..and getting a flat perfectly timed right by her parents house
    All barks have been rendered into english...

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    When I put my left foot on the left pedal, then throw my leg over the saddle and land my right foot on the right pedal, then I start turning the cranks and take off!
    XXIX"

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    Go to 8:14 for a dramatic reenactment of my favorite move. "If there are no smooth lines then you have to create smooth lines" my man.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    When I put my left foot on the left pedal, then throw my leg over the saddle and land my right foot on the right pedal, then I start turning the cranks and take off!
    That’s 5 moves.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That’s 5 moves.
    I do it all simultaneously, just trying to break it down for you guys. I've been doing this move ever since I started riding bikes, pretty much the best move ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Reaching in to the ice filled camelbak reservoir after 2 hours of pedaling and cracking open a nice cold pilsner to share.
    Started to do this yesterday, but then I realized I don't know where that can's been! I think this move is best done when you can prep at home, rinsing the can off a bit. I was trying to do it direct from the convenience store cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDwayyo View Post
    Started to do this yesterday, but then I realized I don't know where that can's been! I think this move is best done when you can prep at home, rinsing the can off a bit. I was trying to do it direct from the convenience store cooler.
    Pretty sure he meant the can is stored on the outside of the bladder between the bladder and the pack. Not inside the bladder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDwayyo View Post
    Started to do this yesterday, but then I realized I don't know where that can's been! I think this move is best done when you can prep at home, rinsing the can off a bit. I was trying to do it direct from the convenience store cooler.
    It'll stay just about as cold sitting next to it as it will inside it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Pretty sure he meant the can is stored on the outside of the bladder between the bladder and the pack. Not inside the bladder.
    That's not the way it read, but does make sense.

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    It'll stay just about as cold sitting next to it as it will inside it.
    True, but it looks way cooler to have it hidden in the actual bladder. For some reason the fact that the can's bulkiness is lost in the volume of a 3 liter bladder is very appealing to me.

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    Stored inside the bladder would probably taint your drinking water with a metallic taste, no?
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    When I come flying off the end of a trail, jam on my brakes in a circular skid in front of a crowd, come to an abrupt stop upright, and tumble over because I didn't get unclipped.

    Unfortunately, I have changed to flats so this is no longer in my repertoire. So now I'm going with the bloody shins from pedal slips move.
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    I don't know if I want aluminum can IN my water...does sound cool though. I put a small Gatorade outside the bladder and it remains cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    When I come flying off the end of a trail, jam on my brakes in a circular skid in front of a crowd, come to an abrupt stop upright, and tumble over because I didn't get unclipped.
    Is that the move in your avatar photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I don't know if I want aluminum can IN my water...does sound cool though. I put a small Gatorade outside the bladder and it remains cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Stored inside the bladder would probably taint your drinking water with a metallic taste, no?
    Let's work this out. What about can in ziploc, and then in bladder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Stored inside the bladder would probably taint your drinking water with a metallic taste, no?
    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I don't know if I want aluminum can IN my water...does sound cool though. I put a small Gatorade outside the bladder and it remains cold.
    Well damn guys, here I was trying to learn a cool new move to show off at the trailhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpoker View Post
    Let's work this out. What about can in ziploc, and then in bladder?
    Lol
    Actually, this is the solution to this first world problem.

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    Well damn guys, here I was trying to learn a cool new move to show off at the trailhead.
    Don’t give up on us yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpoker View Post
    Let's work this out. What about can in ziploc, and then in bladder?
    Ahh now we are talking!

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    Two skinny bladders, one with water and one with beer?
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    Hefty hefy filled w/ ice and beer inside XLest camelback you can find...loop it w/ phat white belt round yer waist as Enduropean caryall
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Two skinny bladders, one with water and one with beer?
    Beer in a bladder doesn't work - just blows out the end of the hose once it starts getting shaken around. Something along the lines of a margarita works much better.
    Don't ask how I know.

    Also, I prefer bottles to cans in my pack - cans are much more likely to end up getting a puncture and filling your pack with escaped beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    I can pull those off all night, along with perfect manuals, bunny hops, gap jumps, you name it -- until I wake up.
    I'm with you there. I have had a number of dreams where I am a Wheelie King (sometimes it's nose wheelies) and I wake up so disappointed.

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