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    New question here. how do you ride??? like you stole it, or...????

    I hate this but I ride like I don't want to break anything... right or wrong I cant afford to destroy a frame and ride like I stole it... frustrates me sometimes as I would like to put my bike through its paces...but don't get me wrong, I don't ride so cautious it would lead to an accident... I seem to ride smarter, more stable...you know, the path that keeps me riding longer...

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    how do you ride??? like you stole it, or...????

    I ride a hard tail so I ride to my ability and just under the point I break my ass! Lol having said that I also ride to my bikes intended use. For instance I'm not going to DH like my hair was on fire and my ass was catching on a hard tail XC bike.
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    I ride to ride another day...

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    As I get older and more brittle, I try to ride smoother, rather than bashing through a line making the bike fight for every scrap of traction, Finding the smoother line may make me slower in some places and faster in some other places but at the end of the day I don't feel beat down. The metal plates in screws in my arms thank me as well. Besides, what ever speed I lose I can often times make it up in a climb.

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    I ride as hard as I can, but I'm old and don't have
    a high skill level.

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    how do you ride??? like you stole it, or...????

    I'd ride hard all day but I find that my fitness won't let me and after a couple of trials and lots of climbing I've pretty much had it. Saying that I'm a careful rider and I don't wanna break myself up as I can't afford to be out of work.

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    When I'm with a certain friend we usually both ride hard. Most of my crashes are when he is around and vice versa. We both like pushing limits and enjoy the unspoken challenges.

    When alone or in larger groups I slow it down a notch and try to work on any deficiencies, form, etc.

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    Depends on my mood.
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    Depends on how recently I've hurt myself. I notice I tend to get more fearless until I crash out hard, and then it's a confidence rebuilding period. I'm currently nursing a broken tailbone from riding an XC hartail on an All Mountain type trail (basically a technical one I wasn't qualified for). So I'm a bit slower at present.
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    I ride a hardtail with bags and a trailer, fairly weighted down and I come in at 270 at 6.7. That said I will push it through anything I can go through but I still break things.

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    Im still very much a beginner but the way I look at it, if I break something I will just upgrade it.

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    I ride with very little consideration for my bike. I try to be a little more reserved about my body, but I never hold back because I don't want to harm the bike. So far, I haven't broken anything substantial, fortunately.
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    I am a slow rider - had to pull over and let the kids with push bikes pass kind of slow. Just can't get past 7mph average. We have a handful of guys in our local mtb club that fly through the woods like those speeders on Endor from Return of the Jedi - a few of them rode the entire KATY trail (240 miles) in like 15 hours last year - freaking machines they are.

    I am just happy being on the saddle and enjoying life. No need to break any land speed records.
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    I'm sort of the opposite. I think of how much I've paid for bike/components, and that makes me wanna get my money's worth out without crashing. It usually works : |

    In my car is where I drive like a granny to avert replacing stuff.

    Your frame may be under warranty, so you could be holding yourself back needlessly. And, frames are pretty much built for abuse. Red-line the fun meter and come what may!

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    Re: how do you ride??? like you stole it, or...????

    I don't ride fast or slow I'm a med rider im afraid of falling and breaking something now. I'm to old to ride it like u stole it I'm 31 !

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    I ride as hard as I can, but I'm old and don't have
    a high skill level.
    Ya, that's me. If you wanna ride harder on more difficult terrain save up for the proper bike, then you won't have to worry so much. "The proper tool for the job" is my motto, most likely why I have so many bikes for different riding. Regardless sometimes you're gonna break stuff and you will take a spill on occasion, it's just part of the sport, unless you're not interested in progressing as a rider.
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    It depends on where I'm riding, who I'm riding with, and my mood that day. I tend to be a little more careful about my body when I'm riding alone though. I don't worry too much about breaking stuff on my bike though. I don't intentionally trash it but I figure every once in a while you are going to mess something up doing this.

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    I ride just to the point of throwing up...lol. It's such a thrill pushing yourself a little bit beyond what you thought you could do each time and see yourself improve. That said..I date a guy that can always repair my bike

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    I ride as hard as I can, but I'm old and don't have
    a high skill level.
    Same here. I seem to come away bloody from every other ride, still. I don't worry about equipment, only bones.

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    I'm on a cross bike. I destroy uphill climbs and am dainty on the downhills.

    I shouldn't ride my bike as hard as I do, as it's my only means of transportation (except for my Univega fixie which is kinda a P.O.S.) but I can't help it.

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    I'm out there for fun first, exercise second, and social aspects third. I generally ride pretty hard, but I don't want to lose a season on the bike recuperating from an injury, so I'm mindful of the risks at all times. Even so, I went over the bars a month ago and have a couple bruises on me right now I'm not sure where they came from. Seems like I'm riding as close to the edge as I want or need to. When I ride at night, which is almost always solo, I'm very cautious.

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    I like it hard and fast, I push as fast as my legs can push my whale body. Even when commuting, I can't go slow. Not that i am fast by any standard, just fast by my standard. That usually means slow up and a decent pace down. I have a few rigs, so if I have the privilege of chosing the right bike for the trail. I try to do all the small jumps/drops/technical sections a trail allows, nothing too big though as recovery from injuries takes so long now. I geuss I ride for a buzz, and that buzz comes from a little adrenalin.

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    I have broken the last 3 frames ive ridden. Last Jan i bought a trek specifically because of the lifetime frame warranty. I love my bike, but the lines and speed i ride are most definitely not chosen to spare it any wear and tear.

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    When I ride with a fellow biker stronger than me, I'm pretty tame. When my fellow rider is weaker than me, I ride it hard. When I ride alone, I ride it hard especially if I'm recording it on Strava.

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    I ride like I am enjoying riding my bike

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    I tend to mosey around at a pretty sedate pace... mainly that's a byproduct of the fact that I'm mainly a roadie so my dirt rides are fun /recovery / break from "serious training" so I just prefer to have fun and don't mind going slow or stopping to take pix. Plus, I'm just not a very confident / competent mtb bike handler anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anom View Post
    I ride to ride another day...
    oh I like that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    When I ride with a fellow biker stronger than me, I'm pretty tame. When my fellow rider is weaker than me, I ride it hard. When I ride alone, I ride it hard especially if I'm recording it on Strava.
    funny you mention strava... i tend to push it when I want to better a time in the trail on a segment i created... thus part of the reason i put this thread up... i can take a component breaking but if I get frame damage... oh boy i cant afford to buy the same bike...eeek!

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    I ride as hard as my body and ability will allow (as long as it's not a mellow group ride or whatever). I don't ever consider any limitations of my bike. Yes, I sometimes break stuff; frames, wheels, etc.. and it sucks, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    I ride to have fun and push myself, if the bike can't handle it then I'd rather not ride (until I can afford something that can).

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    On my first ride, a technical descent far beyond my ability, a young man with a beautiful accent said to me, "Walk today; ride tomorrow. Your feet are just one more way to play on the mountain." His words stuck.

    To quote my husband explaining my presence to a friend, "she can ride everything you or I can, she just rides it a little slower."

    In other words, you have to try new things from time to time to improve. You have to come up the edge of your comfort zone and skit across the line. But that doesn't mean that you disregard the line. I'm getting faster - but that's not the point. I develop the skills first and slowly increase speed as the skills become second nature. I don't ride like there is no tomorrow. I ride like I want to ride better tomorrow.

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    how do you ride??? like you stole it, or...????

    I ride like I stole it. It's mostly xc/light single track around here so crashes usually are not too hard on my body. As for bike, it's got a warranty. So I'm not worried about that either.

    Now if I'm riding with my wife. I just stick with her and have fun, just a relaxing enjoyable ride! Plus the view from behind isn't all bad.


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    I tend to be a little more leisure in my rides lately. Wanting to get a good workout but not going "all in". I tend to save my strength for the more playful parts of the trails I ride.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    I ride very cautiously. There is no way I could instantly make up enough money to buy another good bike, so if I break my Cobia, no more riding every weekend for at least a year.
    Sure I have my F9, but my Cobia brings a whole new meaning to MTBing that I would miss.

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    Does anyone here ride like a Ridezilla on crystal meth? This bloke has definitely escaped from somewhere and needs a triple dose of Lithium ... MTB Rage - YouTube


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    love the red line

    The cost of replacing a bike has been an influence for me too, but it doesn't keep me from wanting to dominate a new challenge.

    But I think it is all good. I have found casual recovery rides to be helpful ( only if I have someone to chat with). But I love to dig deep and rock well past the point of feeling like vomit is coming. As crazy as it sounds, the more extreme you push, the more addicted you become.

    With technical or dh, I go by mood. If I worked a lot of hours, or if I'm low on sleep I consider those things. I often ride alone...so I look out for myself.

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    I push the envelope at times on most every ride I do and I don't care as much anymore if something breaks. I'm no maniac though, XC to aggressive trail is my comfort zone. You might beat me to the top of the hill, and then again you might not. Same can be said about going back down.

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    I usually ride my rigid singlespeed so that I have the strength to keep the cranks turning until a 2, 3, or 4 hour ride is done.... That means a pretty low average speed.

    Yesterday evening, I went racing the sundown for 45 minutes. With no need to go sparingly, I hit some of my regular trails faster than usual. Great fun.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Average 10-15mph depending on my mood. If I had a high intensity ride the day before, I would go easy that day, but this is on a near 50lb bike though. DHs I go as fast as the decent allows.
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    I ride like during competition. I chose one of trails in shape of circle and I try to ride is as quickly as possible. After the ride I compare time with previous. But on real competition I was one of the last ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    I'm sort of the opposite. I think of how much I've paid for bike/components, and that makes me wanna get my money's worth out without crashing. It usually works : |

    In my car is where I drive like a granny to avert replacing stuff.

    Your frame may be under warranty, so you could be holding yourself back needlessly. And, frames are pretty much built for abuse. Red-line the fun meter and come what may!
    That is kinda funny....They don't replace frames for abuse.... ie wrapped around a tree

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    I ride like I'm having the time of my life.

    Every single time.
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