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    25 year of dirt

    I've lurked about on here looking at all the great pictures for a while and with my 45th birthday a month away, they've started me thinking about all of the rides I've done. So here's my last 25 years of riding in images. I just hope I've got 25 more ahead of me. Not so many pictures from the first 15 years, nor many pictures of me (I’m usually carrying the camera) but thanks to digital cameras and cell phones, there’s plenty in the last 10. So enjoy if you can and flame away if you must...

    The Big 80’s:
    My first ride was a Trek Antelope 830 like this one. I went through 3 of these in 3 years. Sold the 1st to pay rent, the 2nd was stolen off my deck in Vail, and I broke the frame of the 3rd. Lost a lot of skin in those 3 years as well.


    Late 80's:




    The 90's:
    Bought a Giant after a year without a bike and went through 1/2 dozen early forks on that thing, as well as some dislocated and separated shoulders. My fashion sense improved though...


    My first race, Winter Park





    Camping after a race in Moab


    Spent a year living in NorCal




    2 of my best friends that are no longer with us


    And moved back to the Rockies




    The 21st Century in the next post
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    25 years of dirt continued...

    The 21st century started out with a new FS frame, and my first Santa Cruz





    Gotta love my home state





    Moved back to the Best Coast for Grad School, but stopped for one last ride on Slickrock


    Living alongside Monterey Bay






    Summer road trips home...







    Last 5 years up next

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    25 years of dirt, part 3

    Missed the mountains so moved to Tahoe for a bit






    Made it back to Colorado and Monterey now and then




    A rare moment where I actually lost weight as I age...


    Treated myself to a 40th birthday trip to Europe






    The day a good friend won at Sea Otter and went Pro


    Moved back to Durango, this was the trail out my front door:





    My favorite trail -out of the 200+ I have ridden- anywhere


    Colorado singletrack in January



    My now Pro friend racing the Short Track at Sea Otter


    If you haven't fallen asleep yet, one more page left!

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    25 years of dirt; the end

    Moved back to California, again, this time for a girl that didn't bike

    Still have that same orange jersey...




    Talked the girl into trying a mountain bike. This is her second day:


    She liked it


    Then she loved it




    So I married her. This is the day before the wedding


    And this was our honeymoon:












    This was January above our house


    And these were last week



    Get out, ride, and make some great memories!

    Since you guys seem to like this thread, here is the video from our honeymoon this past summer. Some fun riding in it. Sorry about the shaky POV, still trying to refine that mounting set-up...

    Last edited by huntermos; 03-08-2011 at 01:26 PM.

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    Great pics

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    Awesome!!

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    Very cool story! Looks like you've made the most out of it.

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    That was great, thanks and congrats.
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    Sofa king cool dude! I'm glad you saved the best for the ending. I think I figured out why you lost weight as you got older...you're pedaling around a Nomad every whwere!

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    great story, and pics
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    Great post, just awesome dude makes me wish it wasn't snowing so I could get out and ride.
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    What a cool story. If I were so lucky......
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    Great post!!! I love your personal pictorial on your history of mountain biking.

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    Loved it!

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    What a great story and congrats. There is hope!

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    Awesome.
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    not being corny, but that was beautiful

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    some mondays start out alright. that was nice. thanks for that huntermos!
    i really should type less and tread more

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    How can anyone flame you for these? Pure classic pictures!
    I give positive rep all around but then I get negative rep from all the clowns.

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    Really neat biking/life pictorial...... Looks like you've followed your dreams and made some of the best biking destinations your home town and ridden in a lot of really cool places (and as a bonus made the right decision when you decided to settle down)........ but you can't post a picture of your favorite trail out of all those great places and not tell us where it is!!!
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    I like these kind of posts. Thanks for sharing.

    Though I have not been riding as long, I put up a similar post in the Eastern Canada forum. Fee free to take a look.

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    Wow...

    What a great post and a great life story. I'm 48, have been riding for 24 yrs... Most of my riding has been east coast, with a few very memorable trips out west thrown in (Moab, St George, Aspen, Winter Park...). None of my S.O's have been MTB'ers. I'm about to get divorced for a second time... so there's always hope!

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    Huntermos, and others... My 44th B-Day is today, March (lucky) 7th. Your story sounds very much like mine. First ride, Summer of '85, and 26 years later there is nothing I'd rather be doing. My wife of more than 12 years has been riding since we were dating, and we've travaled all over the western U.S., and even to NZ to ride. Happy Birthday to everyone that will have one this year!
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    You have done a great job documenting all of this! Nice pictoral. I'm behind you a bit with "only" 20 years of mtbing in me. Does BMX before mtbs count? Just kidding. Nice story.

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    Aloha,

    Great post!! Thanks for sharing. What great history. Congrats to you and your wife.

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