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    Mountain biking zeal. Pass it on.

    If for any reason you feel a little ho-hum about riding your mountain bike, try hooking up with a beginner. It's all so wonderful and new to them, and their learning curve means that almost every ride they will accomplish at least one thing they've never done before.

    I've posted a couple of pics of Carla in the past. Here's a few shots from a hill-repeat training ride at Walnut Creek in Austin, Tx. (Oh, and check out her new steed. She's loving it.)

    1) Making that ledgy climb that always poses a big challenge.
    2) Taking a less-steep and less-technical climb with some speed.
    3) Hunkering down for that last push over the crest.
    4) The divided highway that leads to the exit. All done!

    [These were taken with Carla's little pocket digital. Sorry if the quality isn't great.]
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    Thanks for all the nice pics and topics you bring so often.

    I was brought into the sport a couple of years ago by some incredibly generous and knowledgable people. They have been invaluable to me and my enjoying mountain biking to the degree that I do.

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    I just started riding with a beginer and it is kind of neat to stand back and watch them. I remember it started with the phone calls and emails about this and that bike. Then there was the first trail ride and the excitement after clearing a section that he couldnt clear before.

    The important thing to realize is that when you come up on someone on the trail that is a beginner just remember you used to be one to!

    congrats on the new ride
    LIVE TO RIDE - RIDE TO LIVE

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    Great pics! Carla has pretty nice gear for a beginner. Carla, if you're reading this, that's an awesome Kona!

    Ant

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    Great story... its great to be able to help someone else enjoy what we already know is an awesome sport. Need more of that...

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    Spin classes sometimes help more with climbing than actual climbs.

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    amar la vida de dos niner
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    Thanks, all. Fun stuff, isn't it?

    [Poff, Carla loves playing outside. She does trainer workouts occasionally, but an essential part of her character is to be in the great outdoors. (She's also a kayak instructor.)]

    She's loving the new ride, but I must admit that my (and others') ardor for big wheels has her contemplating a 29er.

    In any case, she's having a blast and improving by leaps and bounds. Go, Carla!
    "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin

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    Congratulations! You have succeeded where I failed miserably. I tried hard to tempt my wife into mountain biking. Eventually, she squeezed from me a yearly pass to our local health club instead. Even worse, she goes to spinning classes there, which is nothing short of being unfaithful!

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