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    Are you guys elitist hipsters too?

    I plan on getting back into riding after recovering from being injured.
    Been many years since I was active.

    I found another forum a bike forum...not to name names...lol

    I was kinda shocked to see the elitism and hipsterness in full blown fashion. Is every biker a total douchebag nowdays? Am I better off being a lonewolf like in the book Bike snob?

    I have my 96 Gt karakorum still. Last bike I bought before I built a new house and got married and hung it up in the garage. Its still almost a virgin.

    All this serperation of car drivers/ bike riders and elitism....over bicycles...really? WTF.

    Tell me its not so with the mountain biking crowd. Tell me it's just the road guys....that you guys are cool and it will be ok. That you think my toyota 4x4 is cool .

    Im prepared just to lurk and keep my mouth shut if thats the community here. I want to be involved like I am with my toyota hobby. But Ill be damned if Ill contribute on a forum full of douchebags that think they are better than everyone else....just because they ride a bike.

    Give it to me straight guys. Tell me Im home now or to GTFO.

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    Yes, totally.
    What a stupid question/thread.

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    Elitist? Yes
    Hipster? F* no

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    I'm 40 years too old to be a hipster, I'm an elitist baby boomer. Buh bye, Dave.

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    Toyota 4x4, ugh. You need to get a beemer.

    Mountain bikers are well known to be elitist hipsters. It is us who the roadie pretender hipsters are trying to emulate. What a bunch of posers!


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    Back to lonewolf I suppose. What a shame too. Was gonna see if my elite tig skills could have been of use to locals and such. You know try and be more social and help guys with thier bikes and all...but it seems the douchebaggery has even made it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Back to lonewolf I suppose. What a shame too. Was gonna see if my elite tig skills could have been of use to locals and such. You know try and be more social and help guys with thier bikes and all...but it seems the douchebaggery has even made it here.


    It seems to have made it everywhere, less so here imo.

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    as long as you dont have an opinion here you'll be ok.
    try and stay clear of anything too left or right wing cause you'll get called a nazi or a hippy for having a different opinion that someone else who is obviously better than you doesn't agree with.

    sorry just kidding



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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Back to lonewolf I suppose. What a shame too. Was gonna see if my elite tig skills could have been of use to locals and such. You know try and be more social and help guys with thier bikes and all...but it seems the douchebaggery has even made it here.
    I think the "douchebaggery" just arrived. Welcome!
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    post #1 - are you guys douchebags?
    post #2 - I guess so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    post #1 - are you guys douchebags?
    post #2 - I guess so.
    I got the popcorn out between post #1 and post #2. Might be a new record. OP, please have your username changed to "lonewolf".

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    Dude, you self admittedly built your own house. You're the biggest elitist hipster in the world. I bet you have a mustache too. And wear lumberjack flannel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awshucks View Post
    Dude, you self admittedly built your own house. You're the biggest elitist hipster in the world. I bet you have a mustache too. And wear lumberjack flannel.
    He's a lonewolf with elite tig welding skills.

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    Smells like PBR in here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingerdawg View Post
    Smells like PBR in here
    Ooh! I LOVE the Pro Bull Riders!


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    I'm just an old-fashioned A$$hole.

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    Re: Are you guys elitist hipsters too?

    Keep ur mouth shut might be ur best bet And welcome!

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    Highlux is not cool enough to even lurk here.
    I don't rattle.

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    Re: Are you guys elitist hipsters too?

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Was gonna see if my elite tig skills could have been of use to locals and such.
    Eliteist!!

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    Hipster THIS (think Johnny Cash ffffff...)



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    What is an elitist hipster? I don't wear my sisters skinny jeans. 50 is in my rear view mirror. My garage is so full of bikes that I can't fit my 99 corolla in there. I do have to deal with Ma$$hole drivers on my bike commute though. I do not however drink PBR's or smoke.

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    If you can manage to be insulted by a bike forum, you don't belong on the internet. We all have opinions and attitudes. I don't care if you don't have an opinion or attitude, but if you can't handle the attitudes of others, piss off and grow some skin.
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    Let's see... if I were to walk up to you and ask "are you a turd-gurgling scumbag bootlicker too?" would you say "no, thanks for asking" or "go f*** yourself"?

    So maybe now you can see why you are getting a hostile response.

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    Lone Wolf... He is one:
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    I am definitely capable of being a major douchebag and proud of it, too.

    It's not just cyclists, the entire global population is like this now. Duh, open your eyes.

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    I have a 2011 GT Karakoram, let's be friends!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orthoguy View Post
    I think the "douchebaggery" just arrived. Welcome!
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    ...lol





    Tell me That you think my toyota 4x4 is cool .




    Dave
    you lol'd yourself and asked us to tell you that your truck was cool?

    wow...
    NTFTC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    tell me to GTFO.

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    Bye.

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    I'm not a hipster. I'm a hippie.

    Learn the difference.

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    (peaks out of scenic woodlands with moon in the background, you are not sure if it is real...or a velvet painting at the flea market)

    At least you guys are funny. Ill stick around. I just let the bike Nazis rub my nerves on the other forum today. I went half retard and got banned.
    (never go full retard)

    I got smoked by a car on a Roadking about 10 years ago and it took out a couple disc and a vertabrea. Ive since ruptured 4-5 more disc in back and neck at work (I own a cutsom tile shower business) So I have been pretty gimped up and home since May. I was thinking dusting off the bike would help with some core strength when/if I get a this dealt with. I might have to get surgery again.

    Thats why Im here. I want to get the GT roadworthy...was like new when I put it up, It replaced a trek I snapped the frame on.

    Im a mountain bike guy. But not some elitist hipster. Cant stand em.
    Was just prodding to see if anyone had a sense of humor anymore.

    Here she is....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    I plan on getting back into riding after recovering from being injured.
    Been many years since I was active.

    I found another forum a bike forum...not to name names...lol

    I was kinda shocked to see the elitism and hipsterness in full blown fashion. Is every biker a total douchebag nowdays? Am I better off being a lonewolf like in the book Bike snob?

    I have my 96 Gt karakorum still. Last bike I bought before I built a new house and got married and hung it up in the garage. Its still almost a virgin.

    All this serperation of car drivers/ bike riders and elitism....over bicycles...really? WTF.

    Tell me its not so with the mountain biking crowd. Tell me it's just the road guys....that you guys are cool and it will be ok. That you think my toyota 4x4 is cool .

    Im prepared just to lurk and keep my mouth shut if thats the community here. I want to be involved like I am with my toyota hobby. But Ill be damned if Ill contribute on a forum full of douchebags that think they are better than everyone else....just because they ride a bike.

    Give it to me straight guys. Tell me Im home now or to GTFO.

    Dave
    I wasn't aware that hipsters rode mountain bikes. Too few opportunities for display. Eventually you have to hit the trail. I rode 18 miles of single track here in central Louisiana today and didn't see a soul. Not so much as a hiker.

    Seriously, I've see hipsters before but never on the trail.

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    Are you guys elitist hipsters too?

    Your bike sucks. You'll need a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    Your bike sucks. You'll need a new one.
    Are you the obvious patrol or did you not read the thread?

    To be honest (which I am as well as handsome) I never outskilled the bike back then, so I doubt 30 lbs, grey hair, and not riding for many years have sharpened my skills alot. Im lucky to get in my 4runner right now.

    Lets see your bike there hotdog....I bet mine is like twice as cool just because its a virgin still. Yours is probably a clapped out whore.
    You should post a pic...of it all leaned up in a scenic background with lighting and stuff.

    If I can reasonably recover...and get my riding legs back...a new bike is def in the future. Hell...I need 6 months to catch upthe tech on these space bikes you guys ride now. Suprised they dont have abs and airbags.

    It will always be a hardtail though. I aint no sissy. Going from 40mm to 100mm travel sounds kinda cool though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post
    Toyota 4x4, ugh. You need to get a beemer.

    Mountain bikers are well known to be elitist hipsters. It is us who the roadie pretender hipsters are trying to emulate. What a bunch of posers!

    Toyota 4X4s are cool, and Audis crush Bimmers.

    I am no hipster, but I am an Elitist, MTB should rule the world, roadies should get hit by cars and learn that it is better to hit a stationary object (tree) than being hit by a moving object (lorry).
    And 29ers rule MTB.
    Peace Out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post

    roadies should get hit by cars



    Wow! (shakes head in disbelief)

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    Now we are getting somewhere. I may be in the right village now.

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    dude, this forum is full of smartassery, if anything else. Come in with any kind of expectations or stereotypes, and folks will gladly conform for you to create a comedic spectacle for the rest of us.

    I know a few hipsters who ride mountain bikes...but they're not the worst of the hipster crowd with the pretentiousness. They just look funny, mostly.

    Read up a bit, and you'll get a feel for the place. There are a few parts of the forum where the atmosphere is definitely different than other parts.

    Most of the technical forums are pretty matter-of-fact. In Off Camber, don't take ANYTHING seriously. There's almost always a double meaning or sarcasm somewhere. The 29er forum is where all the people with inferiority complexes hang out, and they try to cover it up with their bigger wheels, which are "obviously" better than yours. The 29er Components forum is where you go to ask about 29er specific components like pedals and grips and saddles.

    There are some other gems in here, but I'll let you discover them yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    ...If I can reasonably recover...and get my riding legs back...a new bike is def in the future. Hell...I need 6 months to catch upthe tech on these space bikes you guys ride now. Suprised they dont have abs and airbags. ....
    I wish my bike had abs. Oh wait thats what I wish I had...
    Slightly faster than a speeding snail.

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    Well...when I do get to a new bike. It will be a 29'r. Then I wont run over my pee pee anymore.

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    650b. That's what all the cool kids are buying. Going to obsolete 29ers they say. Don't miss the boat.

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    Im a re-noob and even I know thats a terrible idea. They are like beta vcr tapes.

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    I find it hard to be elitist while wearing spandex and riding through the woods with other grown men...

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    Ok...still a re noob. But even I have learned there are lined mtb shorts that dont make you loook like a gay russian dancer now. Im learming quick!!

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    If you ain't single speeding, you ain't riding!

    Is that elitist enough?

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    I'm not a hipster but I'll tell ya right now...your 1996 rig is completely inadequate to ride these 2013 trails...time to upgrade bro!!!

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    Elitist was when on the other site when they argued with me then attacked cause I said it was stupid to run a red light on a bike. They actually think they have the right to do it.
    Whatever. I'd try and stop if someone got in front of me...but Id beat there ass if it they make me hit them out of smug stupidity. Bikes scratch cars all up. Might even pop a tire....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Elitist was when on the other site when they argued with me then attacked cause I said it was stupid to run a red light on a bike. They actually think they have the right to do it.
    Whatever. I'd try and stop if someone got in front of me...but Id beat there ass if it they make me hit them out of smug stupidity. Bikes scratch cars all up. Might even pop a tire....lol
    That is not elitist. In Idaho, traffic laws permit cyclists to treat red lights as yield signs. It does not mean they can blow through with cross traffic, but it means they can cross on red if there is no cross traffic.

    The law makes sense in light of the fact that many lights on sensors will not trip for bicycles. Especially carbon ones with very little metal. Stop at the wrong light with very little auto traffic and you could be sitting there for hours. Folks in many other states like that law and choose to treat red lights that way.

    There is a crowd who just runs red lights without even slowing or looking. Those riders are the idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    ...I just let the bike Nazis rub my nerves on the other forum today. I went half retard and got banned...
    Doesn't surprise me.

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    I know that, not the Idaho thing...but who lives there anyways? There is like 3 people in Idaho. I was just poking them a little and they went crazy. They were serious.

    Believe me..I mean no one harm. I just like to make myself chuckle here once in awhile. I thought someone would think the spacebike thing was funny at least.

    My toyota site Im on is like PG13 pretty much and we all behave just fine. So this may be me sewing (same sewing?) my oats a little.

    You guys all have such cool bikes and Im evendentally owner of a model T.
    I kinda thought the old GT's were still cool. Now the cool bikes look like girls bikes.
    I supose that saves the nads though. Is riding a full suspension bike like one of these kinda?



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    Listen. If thats you in the avater...you probably are not surprised easliy. Or you would have been captured by now.

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    You don't have to repeat yourself in the same post! I am fairly certain we all get what you're trying to say. Your ignorance is shining through big time. To dis full suspension without ever ridden one, to stand behind a nearly 20 year old bike that was barely adequate in it's day, ***** about people on this forum in your first post, just tells everyone here that all you know about bikes is that they have two wheels. Go get yourself a new ride, roll it a 1000 miles or so then come back. Maybe at that time you can contribute something useful to the boards.

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    He'll crash and burn here just as it seems he has everywhere else.

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    I aint crashing and burning anywhere. If you cant find the inchworm funny as a comparison to a FSB, then you have lost your sense of humor. You didnt have to post in this thread. You just wanted my attention. You are right. I dont know shit yet...but I will. Im a great wrench. Great welder. Funny. I said handsome right? Ill get settled in here just fine. I come through the door loud and boisterous and everyone knows Im here.

    Im not a quiet meek word sniping trollster.

    Im pretty jazzed about learning what kind of bike Ill settle on. Im really not sure yet.
    With the condition of my back...alot of people are PM'ing me and say to go ful suspension. Im still learning the ups and downs of each.

    When I rode last...Full suspensions were around but not many people rolled them. pretty rare. Hardtails were the thing. I have never touched a FSB. The 29'r look good to me...not only looks but approach angle...traction. Its the handling that concerns me. The 26's are more nimble so I have heard. I like to jump. That GT has been 8ft in the air. (wont lie, I about crapped)

    The downhill stuff is way faster than we rode. I see the full suspension shine there .

    For all I know I may get a 3 level fusion and get stuck on a comfort bike if that.

    Ill settle down. Im the nervous new kid cracking jokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Great welder.



    The "great" ones don't brag about it. At least the ones I know and that's a bunch of them.

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    Dam highlux your full of shiz. But it makes things interesting I must say and you have a good imagination for an old man

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    Is that it. Is that all you have? Im such a dick Im hookin a random stranger up with the exact help he needs tonight on his base. My first day . Im gonna cure herpes before the weeks up. Then you can date again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    I wasn't aware that hipsters rode mountain bikes. Too few opportunities for display. Eventually you have to hit the trail. I rode 18 miles of single track here in central Louisiana today and didn't see a soul. Not so much as a hiker.

    Seriously, I've see hipsters before but never on the trail.
    You didn't even shoot ONE meth addled tea bagger? ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Is that it. Is that all you have? Im such a dick Im hookin a random stranger up with the exact help he needs tonight on his base. My first day . Im gonna cure herpes before the weeks up. Then you can date again!



    You are not the first MFer that ever hooked someone up on this site, here's a cookie. You better bring more game than that to make up for all the weaksauce.

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    welcome to the forum! No eliteism here!

    (Only 28% of my posts are visible to regular forum members, that the "inner circle" has deemed not cool enough)

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    Highlux gets props; as a new doof he is holding up pretty well. Maybe we need to turn up the heat.
    I don't rattle.

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    I'm basically a dick that hates everyone equally. I have nothing good to contribute to this pretty weak thread, but it was fun to read and killed a few minutes of down time...
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    Berkely Mike is gonna turn up the heat? The name alone reeks of hipster.
    I bet you wear some kinda funky hat? If not I'd reccomend one for you.

    Ill settle down by tomorrow. My freaking neck is killing me so I had to load up on medicine tonight. Rutpured discs suck.

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    Gives you the what up nod.

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    You have a bad back, and you aren't sure about FS. So go ride your
    hardtail if you think you can. Let us know how it ends up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    That GT has been 8ft in the air. (wont lie, I about crapped)
    Is that in Pinkbike feet or MTBR feet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    You have a bad back, and you aren't sure about FS. So go ride your
    hardtail if you think you can. Let us know how it ends up.
    Im not riding anything atm. The couch. I got some air on the inversion table. Almost did a back flip. Im working on it.
    I got Doctors and Lawyers fighting over how to fix me. It will be figured out soon. I might get lucky and some cortisone shots and a pain block or something.
    MRI's are nastry though and I have one more to get. I probably have the rare and elusive ruptured thorassic disc. They take out ribs and flatten a lung for a little while to fix that baby. Last thing on earth I want. But contant terrible pain sucks ass. Eventually you will do anything to make it stop.

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    So, I guess because the couch is all you ride, you decided to start $h!t here out of pure boredom. You neither have the ability nor the equipment to ride a bike so I have an idea. Grab your GT, strap it to your 4x4 and head over to your local trailhead and pose. While there, start your "are you all elitist" BS with the guys there and get their opinions, then let us know how it went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    So, I guess because the couch is all you ride, you decided to start $h!t here out of pure boredom. You neither have the ability nor the equipment to ride a bike so I have an idea. Grab your GT, strap it to your 4x4 and head over to your local trailhead and pose. While there, start your "are you all elitist" BS with the guys there and get their opinions, then let us know how it went.

    Wow. Aren't you guys orginized at all? A repeated attack could crack me. It's like the last days when the russians took berlin. You are sending boys and old men to grapple with me?

    I actually have thought about scouting some of the new trails. We have a ton of new ones around here now. Last one I rode was Chub trail out by lone elk park.
    Was a brutal ride. We went backwards and climbed for miles it seemed. It started pouring rain and I was cut up by then. We decided to roll the shoulder of the highway back...up hwy 44 on a hill I call antire hill of death. It was freaking up hill..super steep grade..for miles. I have no idea to this day how it was uphill both ways but it was. We did get a killer ride down froom the beginning or end we started at. I hurt for days after that.

    Which Toyota shall I strap the GT to? I could go...like super hipster with the Trekker. Its not really roadworthy till the floorpans get put in. Its been up and down the street though! I could do the 87 4runner. Thats medium hipster. Its too shiny perhaps. The 99 4runner I could slip in Soccer mom style. But its full of german shepherd hair and dog toys. Tags on my Tacoma are up and I need to do the rear o2 sensor, but I cant get under the truck and the trekker is in the garage. I dont think my wife has thepoop to break the o2 sensor nuts loose, and they are always rusty. Remind me to ask one of my freinds tomorrow.
    The wifes 4runner. She wont let me near it. It's a source of perpetual *****ing, so I leave it alone. I used to get to change theoil though. I am not to take off or install any parts on her car I promised. None are worth enough to be like rich hipster. Maybe the wifes but its a few years old and I cant driveit anyways. (This all stems from the I wrecked the Eclipse the first time we went camping together cause I accidentally drank a 1/5 of jack, and they moved the campground entrance while we drove home from a 2 am everybody lets go get breakfast run.)

    You let me know. Ill tig weld up myself an artificial spine tonigt so I can even make a lap.

    You havent knives sharp enough to cut through old man troll skin.

    But for realz. Ill ride. I went through a back surgery 10 years ago. Building core strength was a key to my recovery then. I know biking is better than running for your back. Im by no means some weak old man. Im strong. Big legs. Good heart. Just took advantage of my back and forgot to treat it good, When I got hurt...I had been working 17 days straight to finish a house for a customer who needed to move in on a certain date. I had 400-500 pounds come down on me and squish me.

    All right enough medication induced babbling. Have some donuts for me in the morning. And I take my coffe black.

    oh...as far as seeing what guys would say. I know its ethug and all...but honestly...people dont get smacky with me in person often. I dont go around all bully bully., but I am a formidible presence. Wounded or not. But they would most likely make freinds real quick, cause I am fairly funny.

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    Highlux you crack me up.

    Those must be some killer meds, got any extra? Sending a little rep your way for making me laugh this morning!

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    I'd never drive a Toyota. Kind of scares me that they randomly decide not to stop and go high speed into walls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Toyota 4X4s are cool, and Audis crush Bimmers.
    Actually that was in jest. I have owned 3 Audis with the first being a pristine 1990 Coupe Q.

    Hmm, sounds a little elitest Good thing I only drive an old Xterra now!

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    Just got done with a mtb weekend, 9 guys on the trails all day staying in a condo at night, all busting balls constantly. This thread reminded me of the good times. Thanks highlux.

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    Dunno but you lot, but this is the best introduce yourself to your new forum thread ive read in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    (peaks out of scenic woodlands with moon in the background, you are not sure if it is real...or a velvet painting at the flea market)

    At least you guys are funny. Ill stick around. I just let the bike Nazis rub my nerves on the other forum today. I went half retard and got banned.
    (never go full retard)

    I got smoked by a car on a Roadking about 10 years ago and it took out a couple disc and a vertabrea. Ive since ruptured 4-5 more disc in back and neck at work (I own a cutsom tile shower business) So I have been pretty gimped up and home since May. I was thinking dusting off the bike would help with some core strength when/if I get a this dealt with. I might have to get surgery again.

    Thats why Im here. I want to get the GT roadworthy...was like new when I put it up, It replaced a trek I snapped the frame on.

    Im a mountain bike guy. But not some elitist hipster. Cant stand em.
    Was just prodding to see if anyone had a sense of humor anymore.

    Here she is....
    Old School Mtn bike. Cool. Ride it and ride it hard! Don't give a crap what anyone says you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    ...You havent knives sharp enough to cut through old man troll skin.

    ...
    All right enough medication induced babbling. Have some donuts for me in the morning. And I take my coffe black.

    oh...as far as seeing what guys would say. I know its ethug and all...but honestly...people dont get smacky with me in person often. I dont go around all bully bully., but I am a formidible presence. Wounded or not. But they would most likely make freinds real quick, cause I am fairly funny.
    Highlux... I sent some positive rep your way. Worth it because you can take some ribbing and keep on going. Realize there are those here that think you need the latest and best equipment to ride. However there are plenty others than believe the bike is merely tool and it is skilled craftsman (rider) that makes the difference.

    In the years since 96 alot has changed, but not alot has changed either. Bikes have more travel slacker and geometry, but still need to be pedaled. The market has gotten more segmented, but despite what most people aspire to ride like, most guys ride the same stuff as back then. A few ride some really crazy stuff, but it has always been like that. Some will always say you NEED a this part or that part on your bike to be able to ride XX trail. Don't listen to that. Just ride and make you own decisions.

    The one thing that will get you in trouble here is to over talk your riding skills. If your skills need work or you need to develop fitness don't try to say that you don't. Just accept it and work on that stuff.
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    Highlux if you can ride your GT well and have fun doing it, keep doing it. Dont let to anyone tell you different (from what ive read im sure you wont). Good riders on an old dated bike get more cred than sh1te riders on $5k bikes in my book. I have no doubt that the latter have posted here already.

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    I so wanted that exact GT model for the longest time. I saved up and everything but I was too late to get one by the time I had cash, so I ended up with a VooDoo Bantu instead. Cool to see one in showroom condition again!

    Yes, we are all d-bags, hipsters, elitist here. Were you expecting 4 pages of "no we aren't"? Oh wait......

    These sorts of threads only pop up on running websites on Fridays....it is always nice to be called an elitist mid week. Ah, that's better
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    Wow I was whacked out last night. Sometimes those meds hit me wrong. I usually tough it out all day and take them before bedtime.

    Thanks for all the encouragement guys. This was nice to wake up to this morning. Im hungry. Be back after bit.

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    Thats not the Toyota. When someone not worthy drives one. It is programmed to kill them. It has been dishonored by the human who sat it in. Since they are Japanese...they have no choice put to head off a cliff.

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    IME i have just as much fun and get just as much exercise whether riding my 1989 canti brake 26" rigid, as my newer 29" disc brake fs ride, and on everything in between.
    Now to share one of my favorite things in the cycling world that many of you have experienced and may have heard me share already....I just love it when a guy shows up on a beat up old clunker and all the guys with their shine new bikes and just as shiny color coordinated clothes have something to say, either in front of or behind his back. Then they just can't hang or keep up and the inevitable, oh my shocks are wrong for these trails, or my psi or nutrition is off today. It's just the best, makes me laugh, and is such a clear marker for how personal responsibility and accountability is vanishing from society. Hence the douchbagery found on forums where you can front and lie and be a legend in your own mind without the humdrum of reality.
    There's certainly some enjoyable, colorful, helpful, and informative personalities around here, then again there's some that're certainly and as should be expected in this world not. So far it seems you will add to this sites enjoyment, welcome aboard.
    Round and round we go

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    I still hate everyone on the trail but me. This discussion has not changed that fact.

    Highlux. How do you feel about a diesel FJ Cruiser to replace your junk box 4Runner (that probably has bogan ARB all over it)? MetalTech FJs all the way.

    Also. Serious note. You'll want to get something the absorbs trail chatter for the back. Suggest start with short walks, then stationary bike, then some rail trail if you have access, then mtb trails, then whistler double black diamonds (park & valley). This worked for a loved one who spent 21 days in an ICU.

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    Highlux, did you catch the banhammer over in your Toyota forum?

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    On a serious note and I'm not being elitist or judging your fork, only trying to help a fellow mtbr.
    After so many years those elastomers that are most likely in your fork are done. Even if un-used they either get hard or turn to moosh over time. Check 'em out, maybe coil springs in that fork? With 1-1/8" headset, that it appears you have but don't take my word for it, you have many options, including rigid. You can find newly made elastomers here suspensionforkparts - Home , as well as parts diagrams, only use synthetic grease on these.. Or maybe replace them with spring or air conversion for your weight if you can still find em.
    Same thing with old brake pads. Even if you think the pads seem ok get a new set and you'll see immediately results. Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977 is a good choice and pretty easy to find.
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    Nope. They love me there. I try and help diagnose issues and offer repair advice. I have the Trekker build underway so thats a big draw. They are really really rare.
    My 87 is built to the hilt for a 22re truck, head, cam. etc...but no arb crap. I dont bash my stuff up. I like clean mechanical devices. like clockwork clean.

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    Goal is to look like my freinds...NJTrekker

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    No...not my welds.



    Im into toyotas obviously. Im getting back into bikes. Im sure I'll end up with a few. There are sweet old vintage bikes all over that need fixing!!
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    Fork is 1 1/8 threadless...I need to take the forks apart to clean and grease. Measure the doodles. 6" is spec. If they have shrunk much they are toast. I have the Rock Shok Quadra 21r and I found the manual online!! A youtube rebuild as well. I can go up to 80-100mm with a newr for...but make sure i get one with canti brakes. Im gonna keep her as is...but dissassemble everything and clean. Tune. When my bike tools show up Ill get to it. Ordered a little cheapie kit for now. But I have my eyes on a Park tool kit. I love tools.

    My only real question at all has been about the bb. Its sealed so...I wonder about the old grease. I cant get the original un51 anymore so I have to do a diff one or just run this one and see....or I have been thinking maybe...inject some new grease in the sealed unit with a hypo or something. I have some good literature on bike repair stuff thanks to torrents...cough cough.

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    Replacement for that bb is cheap. UN51 if I am not mistaken is a cartridge type and you cannot grease it. Just pick up a new one. When you remove the current one, it will say whether it's 68 or 73mm, I think 68 in your case.

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    On my '96 Jamis that has many miles and has been bb submerged a few times still has original bb running fine. The aluminum crank to square spindle is the weak link here.
    On that same Jamis I went up to 100mm travel and after months still didn't like it enough that I went back to 80mm. Your bike's geo is not identical and of coarse ymmv.
    oh, there's a vintage/retro forum on here you may find useful
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    Here are its specs. 73 not 68. Thanks for the link to the parts source though!


    1996 GT Karakoram (01)
    Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
    MSRP (new) $889.00
    Weight Unspecified
    Sizes 14.5", 16", 18", 20", 22"
    Colors Fade, ghost flames, red
    Item ID 57009




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    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded steel
    Frame Tubing Material Chromoly, double-butted, oversize
    Fork Brand & Model Rock Shox Quadra 21R
    Fork Material Magnesium, triple-clamp crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

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    Component Group Shimano Deore LX
    Brakeset Shimano STX M-System brakes, Shimano Deore LX levers
    Shift Levers Shimano Deore LX RapidFire SL
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX top-swing, bottom-pull/clamp-on 28.6 mm
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX GS
    Crankset Shimano Deore LX, 22/34/42 teeth
    Pedals Victor VP-517S
    Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-UN51, 113 mm spindle
    BB Shell Width 73mm English
    Rear Cogs 8-speed, 11 - 28 teeth
    Chain Shimano CN-HG51, 1/2 x 3/32"
    Seatpost Kalloy SP-263, 26.8 mm diameter
    Saddle Vetta TT Tri-Shock, chromoly rails
    Handlebar GT alloy
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Kore lite
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless Tioga Alchemy

    Wheels
    Hubs
    Rims Mavic 238, 32-hole
    Tires 26 x 2.10" WTB VelociRaptor
    Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 2.0mm straight gauge
    Spoke Nipples Brass nipples


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    It was a quick guess based on a GT I had in the 90's.

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    Its all good. Im just happy you went from attack to helpful mode.

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    This thread took a turn to one with a topic with real world issues and solutions...welcome.

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    Are you guys elitist hipsters too?

    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    I'm not a hipster. I'm a hippie.

    Learn the difference.
    As one of the latter as well, I think the difference is around 40 years (a generation). Plus, I'm pretty sure hipsters think hippies are/were lame (because everything is lame, especially anything that was formerly cool. And we F'ing were). Repack INVENTED mountain biking for crisake, you ungrateful punks. Hippies don't ride bikes with fixed gears, especially off road. Hippies drink microbrew and look down on PBR. Hippies revere their predecessors, the Beatnicks.
    But both hippies and hipsters, I believe crave Delta 9. We hippies owe props to the Gen X and millennials for breeding weed with Delta 9 THC.

    Good job kids. Your parents appreciate your perseverance and creativity.

    Old enough to know better. And old enough not to care. Best age to be.

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    Okay I was kidding about the roadies getting hit by cars.
    I also ride road, but not as much as MTB. I was trying to make a joke (this is a mountain bike forum site by the way.)

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    Are you guys elitist hipsters too?

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Berkely Mike is gonna turn up the heat? The name alone reeks of hipster.
    Actually, it reeks of hippie

    Hipster, circa now:



    Hippie, circa now:

    Old enough to know better. And old enough not to care. Best age to be.

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    Been scrambling all day. One of my yotatech buddies is coming up to my area for National Guard weekend and is goint to swap my transmission and transfercase in my 87 4runner for me tomorrow. It has a light input shaft bearing growl that is driving me nuts. Trying to line up a helper for him. I am a tool ***** on this one at best.

    Ill take my back meds in an hour or two and be back to entertain, Im sure. Im glad you guys accepted me. (not that i matters *****es!!...lol kidding) Was like getting jumped in by a gang there for a minute.

    Didnt get to piddle with the bike today.

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    You might wanna look into what mm of fork travel your specific bike is designed for.
    In that era of bike building think most were designed for around 60mm. In the years to follow 80mm became the norm and many went up to 80mm on their 60mm frames without much downside, but go to 100mm and the bad might out weight the good.
    Now some opinion. For the riding you describe and the frame you have I'd sooner put a rigid fork on it for more bike. Especially if you're a bigger guy, don't have lock-out, and don't have the fork tuned for that weight since most forks are made for 160-170 pound riders. This is coming from someone who cares not what others think of my bike and weights 165. If you want a 100mm travel bike then get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlux View Post
    Wow, looks like a cherry Quadra 21R? Elastomers still good? Might want to get new ones. No need for a 100mm fork.
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