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  1. #1
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    What did YOU Learn This Year?

    December 31st -- a time for reflection

    I had a few two-wheeled epiphanies this year I'd like to share:

    Latex tubes are cool
    Yep -- been cycling for years (ok, decades) and never tried a latex tube. I picked up a used bike recently that came with a latex tube installed in the back -- otherwise I would never have had the opportunity. I would never have bought one. Well, I gotta tell ya' this thing rocks. Virtually say good-bye to pinch flats. They do lose a bit of air between rides, but the thing holds up great at low pressure. If you're having trouble with pinch flats, or want to run low pressure (say, for that rigid hardtail), think about trying a latex tube. You wont be disappointed.

    Diversify
    I finally broke down. As a family man, I picked up a road bike out of necessity. Some days, you want to get a ride in -- but you need to be somewhere. The reality is, it's pretty hard to get a mountain bike ride in and be home by 9 or 10am. With country roads just minutes away, I can get out with relatively few cars and pound out 2 hrs of non-stop riding and be home in time to take care of family business -- fully satiated.
    On top of that, the roadbike community has killer organized century rides that have guided me through new places. I've met new people, knocked out a hundred miles, and got a T shirt. Now I actually look for excuses to ride the road bike -- something I never thought would happen. That sweet, svelt, sexy carbon fiber hottie in the stable has me feelin' ten years younger. So, expand your horizons. Share your love. Have more than one mistress.

    Singlespeed
    When I'm feelin' kinky I break out a singlespeed. They're cheap, fun, low maintenance..and they're friggin' cool!
    My singlespeeds have made rides that are routine a challenge. They're stealthly quiet and no nonsense. I have fully rigid vintage beauties that I've converted to SS and I have a SS specific beaut as well. Now, when it's time to mountain bike, I only want to grab one of the singlespeeds. It's like crack. Need a winter project? Do a Convert -- become a convert!

    Choices keep the fire burnin'

    So, in short, this year I learned
    1) Latex tubes are good
    2) I love my road bike
    3) I love my singlespeeds, and
    4) having choices has kept the passion higher than ever.

    So, what have you learned this year?

    Cheers my brothers and sisters~

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    This year I really got back into biking after having been out of it for a long time. I also quit smoking, and moved from FL to VA.

    1) Living in a flat state wasn't all bad
    2) Passion is better than addiction
    3) Mountains hurt going up and going down
    4) MTBR is handy to have around
    Dang it, now I'm running a coolness deficit for sure.

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    Things to live by

    1. Riding home takes two water bottles.
    2. Sand sucks.
    3. When your battery dies, your going to flat.
    4. Just when you finally can clear an obstacale, some dick-head sanitizes the trail.
    5. Two for a dollar, three for a buck.
    6. NM drivers suck.
    7. The downhill from the Heidleberg castle isn't legal
    8. The singletrack in Neustadt and Bad Durkheim IS legal.
    9. Owning a home means you always have a chore.
    10. You need to boil at least 90 minutes for all grain.
    Slow-core. -.. .-. .. -. -.- .... --- -- . -... .-. . .--

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    Oh, interesting thread!

    What did I learn? LOTS! Coming back to it after an 8-year hiatus....

    1) I learned about MTBR - that's my number one, but it also ties-in with ...
    2) there's a lot of great people here (and also locally! met some great people)
    3) while i'm not a half-bad (or is it half-good?) rider I always find ways to improve, even if only in small ways
    4) telescopic fork's "ain't that bad"
    5) working on bike's hasn't changed in the past 15 years, despite the "technology" - it's still easy
    6) while biking isn't as expensive as car's (as a "hobby", or call it whatever you want) this depends on you as an individual. I'm easy, not cheap!
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

    ... and cookies.

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    Hmmm

    1- Singlespeeding 29er is a blast. I test rode/played on different ones over the year and now have one.
    2- Riding with my kids has been great. The oldest got a real 24" and is learning to tear it up now. The 4 yr old will follow suit in '06.
    3- I need to ride more. I hate knowing that the trail obstacles (hill, tech moves etc) are often not clearable because of my lack of saddle time and whatever mental block I have.
    4- Doing your own work on bike is a good thing but its nice to have a good LBS just in case....
    5- Stone brewery doesn't make any bad beer.
    6- Ride with better riders. (every year this is a good one)
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    1. You don't have to hammer all of the time!
    2. Put about a 3 to 6 degree outslope when bench cutting trail
    3. Trail building is VERY hard work
    4. Ride with your kids! Let them decide how much they want to ride, and what they want to ride. They may surprise you, and both of you will go home with a grin.
    5. I like to stop for ice cream after a ride too!

    Happy New Year!
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    1. Helping younger riders learn the sport is very gratifying
    2. It's always good to have friends close by when your light batteries die at 4:00 am
    3. Finding good help for a trail crew can be difficult but rewarding
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    ... and if we just ... I'll play...

    1. If you can see the tree at eye level it is already too late
    2. Riding alone is good sometimes, but riding with a friend, even one who is not a hard core MTBer is excelent too.
    3. Take out your anger by repeatedly trying extremely hard tech sections until you clean them... you will feel better about yourself.
    4. Use rides w/ the gf as intervals... sprint up the hill then come back downto where she is, turn around and repeat until she is at the top.
    5. Doughnuts are not good 6 hr race fuel (or alternatively: sugar highs suck when racing)
    6. Attack on the climbs cause when you do you smoke 'em.

    That is the extent of my knowledge...
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    Lets see..

    1. You cant let work take over your life....
    2. Ride your own ride and have fun
    3. 5 man 24 teams are tough..
    4. Cars ARE evil (falling on asphalt and steel sucks)
    5. a mcd's belly bomb is good for 4 hours on the trail

    Oh yeah? ...wait till next year..

    Happy new year...
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    hmmm

    how to split an AVI file
    how to use Pinnacle 9
    how to take slightly better pics w/ my rebel
    ..and probably every week I learn something new and useful consumer electronic/computer-technolgy wise.
    that the eastern culture is not all against all US people and all our ways
    that I still think I'm a youngster.

    not learned:

    how to permanently keep off a yo yo diet.
    how to be diplomatic 100% of the time with superiority.
    how not to cramp after 40 to 70 miles.

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    Top 10

    top 10 things The Media taught me in 2005:

    1) my leaders read my email because they care.
    2) camping with cowboys may get me more than I bargained for.
    3) I should call my doctor to see if Celexa is for me.
    4) if I become famous, the judge will most likely dismiss my case.
    5) I'm gay because I listen to Coldplay.
    6) carbon fiber is better, lighter, stronger, and sexier all around. I should buy some.
    7) If I have 4" of travel, I need 5". If I have 5", I need 6". If I have...
    8) I need to pay more attention to Nick & Jessica's marital status.
    9) I can "put the fork in" 29er bikes. (thanks MBA)
    10) saying "Merry Christmas" hurts others.

    My personal tip for 2006: You better lose yourself in the music, the moment. You own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.

    champagne wishes & caviar dreams,
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    ROFL!

    1) Hollywood always entertains.
    2) A good friend is better than a good ride.
    3) Biking is 90% mental, but that other 10% is really painful.
    4) Use the lock valve on the Camelbak.
    5) Pee downwind.

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    At least three things

    1. I can ride solo at night. I discovered this after imjps fell and broke his collarbone half way through our night ride and he refused to continue on.
    2. The Stumpjumper is a lot more fun to ride than the Epic.
    3. I can not ride three times in one week. I kind of knew this but I tried it this week for the first time since double knee surgery more than three years ago. The knees are killing me!
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    1) There is no cure for upgradeitis- sorta like a cold, it has to be waited out.
    2) Wet cement does not look like wet cement if you're riding directly into the sun.
    3) Never test-ride a bike while dressed in a suit (ref. #2).
    4) Hangovers now require one full day of recovery and aren't worth lost riding time.
    5) Use the absolute minimum required amount of denture tablets for bladder cleaning.
    6) It really is amazing how so many people can go through life without a bike. Baffling.
    7) A tidy car isn't worth the trouble when the bike is the main passenger.

    For 2006:
    1) Survive another 24hr race (at least three laps w/o wanting to die.)
    2) Get to at least one new riding destination.
    3) Convince a certain tandem owner to let me try riding it on a trail.
    4) Convince somebody to try #3 with me. Maybe even a newbie
    5) Give SS a try for one full ride (and not quit at the first hill.)
    6) Pre-qualify potential friends/employers/suitors for mtb tolerance.
    7) Hope that OLN runs footage of Lance on a mtb (preferably shirtless)
    "We sat outside the dentist, tooting a horn on the guy's bike."-overheard in the Underground

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    Good job! Lessons learned..and re-learned...

    1: Cars really really are a necessary EVIL.

    2: Time accellerates exponentially once you pass your 40th birthday.

    3: The older you get, the more you appreciate simplicity.

    4: Global Warming is a reality that will only get worse.

    5: Money, Power and Sex runs this world.

    6: It is possible to be fitter at 60 than you were at 40.

    7: 29'ers are the best thing to happen to off road bikes in a looong time.

    8: Singlespeeds *are* harder.

    9: Your family and loved ones are the MOST important things in your life.

    10: Riding, building, wrenching and playing around with bicycles is fantastic fun.


    Happy New Year to everyone.


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    good thread.

    things I have learned this season would be

    even if the you dont think you're going to make the obstacle your trying, atleast try it, bail ...whatever, then atleast you've tryed it instead of just looking at it.

    Never give in, never give up.
    Try your best, even if everyone is still way better than you.
    Ride your bike, doesnt matter how you have it set up, as long as your on it. ( people in my area are bike snobs )
    when your out there on the trail, or in the mountains or wharever. Just have fun
    Ibex bikes

    2007 Ibex Trophy SS
    2006 Jamis Komodo 3.0
    2006 Ibex Zone FR-1
    2004 Special-Ed P.2 A.1

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    1. When you snap off your presta stem, apparently you can still put air in, you just can't get it back out.
    2. Speed defies gravity, but would someone please tell my break lever fingers that.
    3. Buying a house was easier than I thought. (gulp! what have i gotten myself into)
    4. Watch were you stick the lube.
    5. Never listen to the car dealership.
    6. One day with a great man is still better than 900 days with a mediocer one.
    7. Let your Yes mean Yes and your No mean No. (this one's harder than you think)
    8. I am not the person I thought I was at age twenty. Thank God because that person was an unknowing fool. At least now I am a self aware fool. I kind of miss that younger fool though; what I've gained in thoughtfulness I seem to have lost in boldness.
    9. Having weaknesses is okay. Having needs is what brings people closer togeather as they share what they have with one another, whether it's on the trail, wrenching the bike, or over a cup of coffee.
    10. Well I don't have a tenth one. Darnit, I only learned nine things this year. Geez.
    I've defected. Viva la pavement.

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    Getting Older

    - My 30's are better than my 20's were
    - Hangovers are bad, no matter how much fun you had
    - Mountain biking has been a great investment in my life
    - Buying a house is a pain in the A@@
    - You will never be the fastest rider on the trail
    - The U.S. should take lessons from Europe on building city bike lanes

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    Smile This is an excellent thread!

    Some of the things I learned last year:

    How not to say that's the last patch of sand or the last "big" hill - how do you think I got my name??!!

    That if you're a woman racing the 50 - 55 category it's a blast to beat ALL the younger ones starting with the 17 & up category!

    That it's more fun to fall in cryptobiotic soil (sorry!) than slickrock!! That's your first clue I ride alot in the desert!

    How not to curse too loudly going down rocky downhill courses on a hardtail in the wind.

    That going through brush might not be as fun for other people.

    And last but not least - that I might have the least expensive bike at a race but I'm having the most fun!!!

    Happy New Year!! My bike is calling me..............I'm off to ride!!

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    It's all about weight distribution and momentum. Figure those 2 things out and the rest is easy.

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    What I learned this year.

    MTB related:

    1. Sometimes "upgrading" makes you very unhappy. (How could a $500 used Gunnar Ruffian be the best bike I ever owned? I miss it!)
    2. Very few upgrades make a significant difference in the riding experience.
    3. I handle corners worse than a lifted 4X4, driven by Rosie O Donnell and with Star Jones as a passenger, with 2 refrigerators in the truck bed.
    4. My bike can usually handle much more than I give it credit for. My brain is the main limitation.
    5. Singlespeeding is a blast, but I can't do it full time. I miss gears too.
    6. I like mountain biking much more than road biking, though all bikes are cool.
    7. Many of the riders I see on the trail are half my age, so I should give myself a little slack.
    8. Even when I was their age I still would have sucked, so I deserve no slack.
    9. Air forks will never satisfy me.
    10. I love the ride of a good steel frame.

    Non MTB:
    1. You really have very little control over many of the things in your life that you think you do.
    2. Divorce brings out the very worst in people, despite how you hope things might go.
    3. Falling in love never loses its magic.
    4. Follow your instincts.
    5. Intentions aren't very meaningful without action.
    6. Live in the moment.

    Joel
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    Bike-
    1. A very used carbon bike is expensive, but worth every penny
    2. Carbon does not make you faster, but the ride is more fun
    3. A carbon addiction will make you poor
    4. A road bike can be a good investment
    5. 12 stitches in your ankle July 5th will ruin 6 weeks of riding

    Non-bike-
    1. Working for a non-profit and having a carbon addiction will break you
    2. Some people and other things in life will go away and you will have no control over it
    3. Taking an Organic Chemistry class for fun is a really dumb idea
    4. Always have another plan
    5. You really can work through anything


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    Thanks for sharing, everyone... here's mine

    I learned in 'O5

    1. Nothing matters more than your health. Coming back after a horrible back injury to place 4th in the local mtb race series felt really, really good.
    2. Getting abruptly dumped by the love of your life really hurts. But as long as you can ride, it's truly okay.
    3. Grab life by the handlebars, and be sure that you're the one steering it.
    4. Ride somewhere new as often as possible.
    5. Let your legs do the talking, not your mouth.
    6. Trust that you can ride obstacles that scare you.
    7. A life without regular riding partners is a bummer.

    In '06 I'm sure I'll learn a bunch of things I'm not even aware of yet, but I'm hoping to:

    1. Clean a local tough trail all in one go
    2. Travel to awesome riding destinations
    3. Win a race in my category and upgrade
    4. Create that group of rock-solid riding peeps that I've been looking for
    5. Regain my faith in the world of dating -- cheeseball, but true!

    I hope the coming year is great for all of you!
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. -- Mario Andretti

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    1. Never pull a manual without a finger on the brake lever (it hurts)
    2. Never missed the last steps on a ladder (it hurts even more)
    3. Ride Ride lots its great for stress relief
    4. Riding is better than staring at your computer all day
    5. Don't work if you don't have too they'll be lots of time for that later
    6. Play harder than you work
    7. If you get injured at least have a good story about it
    8. Free Money is a good thing and it buys bike parts
    DMR

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    These are bike and non-bike.

    1. I am learning to follow my instincts.
    2. Transition Preston medium size frames fit very small. My Preston is a tad small for my tastes.
    3. I will never own a set of older Hope M4 brakes again.
    4. Mtbr is by far my favorite mountain bike site.
    5. Women are difficult most of the time, but I still dig them.
    6. Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding activity.
    7. There are more important things than money.

    Have a good 06 everyone.

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    Gravity never sleeps (ouch!).

    I'm getting older, and healing takes longer (reference above item).

    I only need one gear.

    Racing SS is harder than racing with gears, but more fun.

    These MTBR people are really cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mindhole
    I learned in 'O5

    1. Nothing matters more than your health. Coming back after a horrible back injury to place 4th in the local mtb race series felt really, really good.
    2. Getting abruptly dumped by the love of your life really hurts. But as long as you can ride, it's truly okay.
    3. Grab life by the handlebars, and be sure that you're the one steering it.
    4. Ride somewhere new as often as possible.
    5. Let your legs do the talking, not your mouth.
    6. Trust that you can ride obstacles that scare you.
    7. A life without regular riding partners is a bummer.

    In '06 I'm sure I'll learn a bunch of things I'm not even aware of yet, but I'm hoping to:

    1. Clean a local tough trail all in one go
    2. Travel to awesome riding destinations
    3. Win a race in my category and upgrade
    4. Create that group of rock-solid riding peeps that I've been looking for
    5. Regain my faith in the world of dating -- cheeseball, but true!

    I hope the coming year is great for all of you!
    good stuff mindhole. your number 2 fo 05 is one of my learnings as well, and so are the rest of your 05 and 06 valid for me. will take your number one on face value though or maybe add it to my 06.
    Let it flow, let yourself go, slow and low, that is the tempo.

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    Here's my mixed list. Unfortunately, I'll be relearning a few items on this list over and over again.

    1. Unexciting upgrades can be the most worthwhile. I "splurged" for a new bed and it's the best upgrade I made all year. Beats out every single bike part I ever bought.
    2. Most bike upgrades are disappointments. Unfortunately, they're usually expensive disappointments.
    3. Don't assume that you'll beat the fat guy to the top of the mountain.
    4. Don't assume that the guy with the $4K Intense will beat you to the bottom.
    5. New trails are as important as new gear.
    6. Good riding partners are really hard to find.
    7. Cheap bikes are fun but Deore XT parts are worth the money. If you're going to upgrade make it count. Even if that means waiting a while to come up with the money.
    8. Full cable shift housing is well worth the effort. It's the best cheap upgrade you can make.
    9. Simplicity is a virtue that few understand.
    10. Complacency is a slow killer. Most everyday stress can be avoided by not waiting until the last possible minute to get important things done.

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    Well, I guess I'll play!...

    Things I've learned this year...

    1. It takes allot longer to heal at 49 that it did at 29.

    2. Life is too short to waste your time on mean people.

    3. God created more a$$holes than he did people to put them on.

    4. A$$holes are fully capable of surviving as a living breating entity free of attachment to a humanbeing. (see 3 above) (for those that haven't had enough coffee yet, 3 and 4 pertain to dealing with people! )

    5. If you are in a hurry NOBODY else that you deal with at that time will be.

    6. Spend as much time with your children as you can when they are young and they will like to spend time with you when you are old.

    7. Don't just spend "quality time" with your family. That's BS! You need to spend every moment possible with your loved ones. Good times, bad times, quality times, all the time. That's what makes families close and strengthens relationships. "Quality Time" is a fantasy that cannot take the place of just plain old being there.

    8. Being in Iraq for a year SUCKS!!!!

    9. Being home after being in Iraq for a year is a little piece of heaven!

    10. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

    Well, okay some of this I learned before this. But this last year I've had them broght home to me more clearly than ever before.

    Good Dirt
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    This year I learned that:
    1) A short commute to a job you hate is 10 times better than a long commute in traffic to a job you sort of like... (mistake #1 this year)
    2) Even if everyone else does it NEVER leave your bike unattended at a transition area for an adventure race (OH my sweet Enduro how I miss you!)
    3) Even if you buy a good bike, you will spend thousands of dollars in upgrades and replacement of worn out parts by the time it hits the 6 month mark.
    4) Racing hurts the body, but it's good for the mind.
    5) Time flies...next year 30
    6) Never look back when your wife is drafting you on the road (Sorry honey for the horrific crash!)
    7) I don't ride enough (can it ever be enough?)
    8) Your work does not define who you are
    9) There's nothing that riding a new trail won't cure.
    10) The most important thing to me in this world is my wife

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    2005...hmmm.

    Got upgradeitus enough so that the result will be satisfying for a little while.
    Turning 30 can be a mind-f***. (but I'm sure it can't compared to how I'll feel in a decade... )
    All trails can flow.
    SSing rocks.
    If you aren't happy in a situation be proactive and make the necessary changes.
    Don't be scared of the unknown...look forward to the possibilities and make the most of them.
    You never know who you're going to meet.
    Get off the beaten path every once in a while.
    RaceFace bb's suck.
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    fun thread!!

    1)ALWAYS pre ride a jump and wear full body armour at all times while freeriding.I am too old to recover from my ouchies...but i will keep freeriding because I had the best year in 05.
    2) Watching one of you best friends do her first teeter totter and to see her smile was so great.
    3) That I forgot how much I love xc biking...so I think i will do a few long distance races this year...I swore I would never race...I was wrong.
    4)Whistler showed me how good of a rider I am...so stop doubting myself.
    5) Having a BF who loves to Freeride is so great and he will support my xc races this year what more could i ask for.
    6)MTBR is such a great thing to be part of!!
    7)beer is not always your friend and it's not worth wasting a great day for.
    8)riding with girls that kick your a$$ rocks...It's nice when it's not alway the guys.
    9)I have a really great life finally Have a great new year of riding!!
    Boobs to the tube.......

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    I learned this year:

    Riding a trainer in winter really makes the first spring rides more fun.
    A bike that <i>really</i> fits right makes a difference.
    I too can break my collar-bone.

    You make your own luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Steel
    December 31st -- a time for reflection

    I had a few two-wheeled epiphanies this year I'd like to share:

    Latex tubes are cool
    Yep -- been cycling for years (ok, decades) and never tried a latex tube. I picked up a used bike recently that came with a latex tube installed in the back -- otherwise I would never have had the opportunity. I would never have bought one. Well, I gotta tell ya' this thing rocks. Virtually say good-bye to pinch flats. They do lose a bit of air between rides, but the thing holds up great at low pressure. If you're having trouble with pinch flats, or want to run low pressure (say, for that rigid hardtail), think about trying a latex tube. You wont be disappointed.

    Diversify
    I finally broke down. As a family man, I picked up a road bike out of necessity. Some days, you want to get a ride in -- but you need to be somewhere. The reality is, it's pretty hard to get a mountain bike ride in and be home by 9 or 10am. With country roads just minutes away, I can get out with relatively few cars and pound out 2 hrs of non-stop riding and be home in time to take care of family business -- fully satiated.
    On top of that, the roadbike community has killer organized century rides that have guided me through new places. I've met new people, knocked out a hundred miles, and got a T shirt. Now I actually look for excuses to ride the road bike -- something I never thought would happen. That sweet, svelt, sexy carbon fiber hottie in the stable has me feelin' ten years younger. So, expand your horizons. Share your love. Have more than one mistress.

    Singlespeed
    When I'm feelin' kinky I break out a singlespeed. They're cheap, fun, low maintenance..and they're friggin' cool!
    My singlespeeds have made rides that are routine a challenge. They're stealthly quiet and no nonsense. I have fully rigid vintage beauties that I've converted to SS and I have a SS specific beaut as well. Now, when it's time to mountain bike, I only want to grab one of the singlespeeds. It's like crack. Need a winter project? Do a Convert -- become a convert!

    Choices keep the fire burnin'

    So, in short, this year I learned
    1) Latex tubes are good
    2) I love my road bike
    3) I love my singlespeeds, and
    4) having choices has kept the passion higher than ever.

    So, what have you learned this year?

    Cheers my brothers and sisters~
    JmZ

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    good thread...

    I ignored this thread for a while, expecting it to be more of the same. I read it today - nice.

    2005 learning -
    1) I can ride more technical stuff than I think I can.

    2) Even if I had the baddest FR bike in the world, I probably wouldn't drop anything higher than 3 or 4 feet. I had a FR bike at my disposal for 6 weeks this summer.

    3) Road rides are ok with other people along.

    4) The wider the tire the better (ok I learned this one at the end of 2004, but still).

    5) Swamp riding is cool.

    6) Solo rides are still fun.

    7) Its about the people, bikes and trails are the means.

    8) While a lot of people rave about SS, riding a FS/geared with someone on a SS is not ideal (I don't own a SS).

    9) While a lot of people rave about rigid bikes, after riding one on hard pack snow and ice a few weeks ago, I know why I "upgraded" to FS.

    10) My family rulez.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch
    8) While a lot of people rave about SS, riding a FS/geared with someone on a SS is not ideal (I don't own a SS).

    9) While a lot of people rave about rigid bikes, after riding one on hard pack snow and ice a few weeks ago, I know why I "upgraded" to FS.

    .

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    Funny, I learned the complete opposite of these two.

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    It LOOKS like fun...

    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish
    Funny, I learned the complete opposite of these two.
    I'm just speaking for myself - I have a geared HT with a seized fork on it. I rode it two weeks ago and found the ride very harsh and not at all to my liking.

    I just recently rode with two guys on rigid singlespeeds. While it was a good ride, the trails I like on my FS were brutal on those guys. The trails they liked were somewhat boring on my FS (no steep hills, not overly technical).

    John

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    What did I learn?

    THAT SCALES LIE and this whole time I thought my wife was telling me a lie but I stood on the scale and it told untruths right to my face... Yes it did.....
    If you wish to be out front, then act as if you are behind

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    I've learned to be satisfied with the bike I have and not get caught up in more debt in buying a full-suspension bike. The times the trails beat the %$^& out of me are not often enough to justify another several thousand dollars spent. My resistance to "upgraditis" has kept me out of a sea of debt. Car repairs will do that do me

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    Umm...

    2nd year racing Cross Country this year...

    1. Moving up to Sport Class was the best thing, after only a year of minor racing but i got serious about in 2005 and started actually placing 2nd and 3rd in Sport class..not bad for my first year of serious racing.

    2. During October it finally occured to me I should get a 29er, after testing a few from my area on the trails I fell in love with the 29er! So much i sold my 26" specialized xc pro, then bought a X-caliber...Here we are still waiting for that x-caliber Its coming soon though!

    3. Discovered the 29er board, greatest place ever if you want answers on 29ers.

    4. 29er stuff costs more then 26er stuff.

    5. I also learned i do better in 12 and 24 hour races rather then races where you do laps...Endurance races are the way to go!

    6. A haro Escape 8.2 can handle 15-20 foot gaps just fine, I'm still beating on the thing i got for 250 bucks<<<great deal!

    7. Riding on the road alot on a mtb wears the tires awfully fast

    8. Last but not least, Hammer Gel is your bestfriend.

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    1) Riding improves more with 40lbs off the body than 2lbs off the bike.

    2) The longer I ride the better I get.

    3) Riding is fun again.

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    Riding is easier thatn

    running a Team.

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    Here's a few things I picked up in '05
    - the trick to going faster downhill is to stay off the brakes
    - tire choice is important
    - make sure your bike is in working condition before you get to the trailhead
    - ride with people you like, not just with people who ride
    - always bring extra water
    - eating and hydrating correctly before a ride makes a huge difference
    - heal quickly
    Sanity is the trademark of a weak mind.
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    What I learned: Nothin' but jive in 2005

    -The ride back is much longer and much harder than the ride out. And yet, this never factors into the ETA. Strange. Perhaps this mystery will be solved in 2006, but I hope not.

    -The dude riding an 80's stumpjumper in cutoffs and no shirt may be onto something. But you probably don't want to ask him about it.

    - Saving five bucks should definitely not factor into choosing a bicylce seat.

    - If it has a zipper, use it. This is particularly true of anything that may contain tools, maps or food.

    - You can save a lot of money by doing your own maintenance. This may be because it never actually gets done.

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    Recently I learned that it is not the big stuff you have to worry about: It's the little things.
    The little things can get you in the end...

    and also, riding indoor BMX park takes a whole lot of different skill. ...and man, it hurts so much more when crashing on the concrete floor!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTIMIDATOR
    Recently I learned that it is not the big stuff you have to worry about: It's the little things.
    The little things can get you in the end...

    and also, riding indoor BMX park takes a whole lot of different skill. ...and man, it hurts so much more when crashing on the concrete floor!!!
    1.brocken back hurts !.
    2.14 foot drop on to a ladder can cause 1.
    3.there is no one bike to rule them all
    4.its the rider dummy!
    6.Giveing in to people dosent make you a happier person,it makes them happier.

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    speed is your friend
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    1. Doing hill intervals on a SS can hurt your knees.
    2. Road biking is good.
    3. Racing is addictive.
    4. 24h races are a very effective way to lose weight.

    Looking forward to 2006!

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    Great Thread :)

    1. What goes down must come up
    2. Try to go up first so you can enjoy the down (doesn't happen here very often)
    3. Whatever tool you forget to bring, you WILL need.
    4. Always try an obstical/section once it's not dangerous to your health (trying that techy section right next to a cliff w/ a 30ft drop isn't wise if you're not confident)
    5. Always wait up for the last guy ( on some day it might be you and you'll appreciate the gesture)
    6. Remember to eat at least 1 1/2 hours before you ride (preferably 2+ hours, and don't make it too greasy if you'll be climbing lots)
    7. You don't always have to be a stud, there are other rings besides big ring.
    8. Fill your Hydration pack up (even if it's a 3 litre and you think you'll only be out for a couple hours)
    9. Gu can save the day, always keep a couple packs in you pack in case you or someone else needs one.
    10. That wasted day after a night out is NOT worth it and missing a ride.

    Happy New Year to all. Some good tips and advice here.

    Oh and ....11 it's amazing what getting/having a confidence inspiring bike can do for your fun and skill level.
    One day your life will flash before your eyes, will it be worth watching??
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