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    I've got your Trail Bike, right here...(Austin, TX neighborhood trails)

    Plenty of terms get thrown around on these forums. I like "trail bike". It helped me sell bikes to people when I worked as a wrench.

    Mostly, the Trail Bike spends its time on the forums, shown doing things such as Sitting Next To Vehicle or Standing Inside Garage. Occasionally, you will find the native Trail Bike cruising around inside someone's kitchen, a fresh XXI drivetrain installed and ready to sparkle and shine.

    My Trail Bike wanted in on the action. She might not be as pretty as the other girls, but it's the ride that counts. I tried explaining that to my girlfriend, but she hit me.



    Jamis Durango 2, 2010 frame.

    Front wheel Mavic Crossride, 4k miles
    Fork, Fox Float 100mm, 4k miles
    Original Tektro Draco brakes. Flawless.
    180mm Truvativ Stylo cranks/bb. They have been on 5 bikes now.
    I think the most modern addition is the Manual Seatpost Dropping Mechanism, also known as a seat post clamp. Who needs all those extra cables, anyway?

    Trail: A little trail system 0.8 miles from my house. I can put in about an hour and a half of riding before I get bored.

    As per Austin, TX trails, it has rocks, drops, smoothness, a few dirt jumps, punchy climbs and beautiful cedars.

    I've got your Trail Bike, right here...(Austin, TX neighborhood trails)-imag0248.jpg
    Yes, it's a 26". Yes, it's a single speed. No, it's not a boutique frame. No, the parts are insanely old, and very well used.

    Yes, it's faster than your bike.

    I've got your Trail Bike, right here...(Austin, TX neighborhood trails)-imag0251.jpg


    I've got your Trail Bike, right here...(Austin, TX neighborhood trails)-imag0249.jpg
    The dog likes to take lead occasionally.

    I've got your Trail Bike, right here...(Austin, TX neighborhood trails)-imag0252.jpg

    I've got your Trail Bike, right here...(Austin, TX neighborhood trails)-imag0254.jpg
    Hey, girlfriend! Come back! I didn't mean it!
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    Made me smile Thanks

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    sweet post!

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    Nice ride. It's Klunker meets XC meets Cruiser. some interesting DNA there. Ride that girl.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando Gutierrez
    The only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down. To keep riding the bike.

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    "Manuel Seatpost Dropping Mechanism"

    You have a guy named Manuel follow you around to raise and lower your seat post, that is awesome.

    Great post.

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    As someone who just built their first blingy bike, I feel almost like a hypocrite in this thread.

    But this is a truly great post. I love it. Nice job.

    Good luck getting out of the dog house.

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    I think she's real purty, even with that funny little belly hangin' down.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Nice, what trail is that in Austin?

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    Moved to Austin for 2 months for work. Last day is tomorrow. Really sad to leave the trails and the great people.

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    A few limestone ledges, some cedars, a good dog, a great bike and a wonderful Austin trail. What could be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by can't get right View Post
    "Manuel Seatpost Dropping Mechanism"

    You have a guy named Manuel follow you around to raise and lower your seat post, that is awesome.

    Great post.
    He's a good sport, truly. (That's what I get for not proofing)

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    Nice, what trail is that in Austin?
    Longview Park, just south of William Cannon.

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    I lived in Austin for a couple of years. Love to come back and visit. Mostly try to wake surf while there, but now I'll have a bike next time I come back I'll have to hit some of those trails!

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    Looks like a nice bike to me.

    But none of my bikes are fancy, carbon, expensive, or blingy. They are functional

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    I'll be in E. texas for christmas and Im hoping to rent a bike and do a day of riding near Austin.

    Any suggestions on where I should rent a bike and which trails I should take it on? I like what I see in your picture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    I'll be in E. texas for christmas and Im hoping to rent a bike and do a day of riding near Austin.
    Any suggestions on where I should rent a bike and which trails I should take it on? I like what I see in your picture!
    East Texas is a long way from Austin!
    Austinbike dot com is an excellent way to investigate central texas trails; it is thorough, up to date and has photos as well as a beer recommendation for each trail.

    Depends on what type of riding you want to do -- everything from techy to relatively mellow is available both in austin or within an hour's drive.
    Check in with the VooDoo forum on BikeMojo
    or Austin Ridge Riders.

    Bicycle Sport Shop
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    Mellow Johnny's
    both have have good quality rental bikes.

    The Austin Mountain Bikers Meet Up Group has regular rides.

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    If you are in East Texas hit Tyler State Park.
    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    I'll be in E. texas for christmas and Im hoping to rent a bike and do a day of riding near Austin.

    Any suggestions on where I should rent a bike and which trails I should take it on? I like what I see in your picture!

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    Guess I'm wrong about my geography, I'll be in "central Texas" according to my wife. I'll be in the tiny town of Mexia, 45 minutes from Waco. I can't imagine going down there and not doing some riding in Austin. I just hope the weather cooperates, 5 days stuck inside with my right-wing-christian in-laws will likely mean some hurt feelings! Hopefully I'll at least get to hunt some wild pigs!

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    yes, the feral hog scene is out of control; happy hunting.
    Mexia -- your closest riding will be in Waco at Cameron Park, reviewed, of course, at austinbike dot com
    Not sure of the bike rental scene in Waco.
    You'd be about 2.5 hours from Austin, depending on time of day & traffic conditions on I-35

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    The fact that you love it is all that matters. I've ridden around Town Lake but never hit the trails.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Never the Greenbelt? Walnut Creek? Emma Long? Man! You can't come to Austin and not hit up those spots. Town lake is fun for my CX bike, though...
    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    The fact that you love it is all that matters. I've ridden around Town Lake but never hit the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    Never the Greenbelt? Walnut Creek? Emma Long? Man! You can't come to Austin and not hit up those spots. Town lake is fun for my CX bike, though...
    Only my boy rides the trails with me. Too bad you're leaving Austin or I'd come up and ride with you.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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