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    3/25 Moon Lake Park Evening Cruise

    First off, there were other people on this ride, other than me ( photographer ) and Buddy's care-taker ( subject of photos ) but alas the only photos I had worth sharing are of the latter.

    Too bad. Horrid subject. Tee hee hee.

    Still, she's all broken up about riding MLP in prime condition.

    The gang corralled up about 6pm as usual. Many of the usual suspects, some surprises. Three dogs included.

    We did a basic circumnavigation of the lake, counter clockwise.

    We avoided The Dark and the other low-lying trails at the bottom of Screamer though, figuring they'd still be pretty damp.

    SOMEBODY was rolling a brand new Gary Fisher HiFi 29er FS bike. Whether she needs clipless pedals or not remains to be seen, but if she does then she needs good ones.

    Like my Straitlines maybe.







    And yeah, we ended up needing lights, even though that wasn't the plan.



    ps. I wrote this post at a nice even moderate pace.

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    Bear,great ride and pics.Wish you wouldn't have put that medium pace comment at the bottom.Lost a mouthful of water on the keyboard with that one.lol

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    I'll have to agree on it being tough to get decent pictures. That whole darkness thing hurts. Three out of twenty being good enough for mtbr is pretty weak. I'm not even linking to the full size versions today because even these three aren't all that good.


    The group after Buddy's trail


    Watch out or Lee will run you over


    Roger escorted by Buddy

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    I am going to dream about this ride. Not only was it a great ride, but I have Great Powers in my dreams so I can keep up with you guys. Sort of like when those kids fought back against Freddy Kreuger in Nightmare on Elm Street....LOL!!!
    Waging war on my pedals every chance I get!!!

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    Hey Bear!!!!

    Great ride last night. It felt good to be back at the park.

    Thank you for helping me try to understand "Gary". He is a bit overwhelming. I will think about the clipless pedals.

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    Hey there Buddy, it was great to see your paws out on the trail again. Gary sure is sweet looking, if Chuck ever gives him back I'm sure you'll have lots of fun together.

    As far as pedals go, my 25c advice goes like this.

    No. 1 : TIME ATAC series, either Control or Z Control (as they have larger platform areas in addition to the clipless function) or the Alium or ROC ( they still provide good foot support with a smaller platform. The XS is a newer-generation ATAC pedal with adjustable tension, but tends to be more expensive.

    No. 2 : Crank Brothers EggBeater style, Mallet (larger platform-with-clipless), Acid (less burly platform-with-clipless) or Candy (minimal platform with clipless) series. I'd advise aganst the actual minimalist Eggbeater style as someone coming from platforms would have a hard time with that teeny pedal.

    I'm NOT a personal fan of actual Shimano SPD type pedals (or their knock-offs). I'm sure they work great for some but for me they just haven't been All That and a Slice of Bread. I think they lack in muck/sand/mud/crud/snow performance - but keep in mind that it is a) my opinion and b) I haven't ridden SPD style since 2002 (but rode them from 94 through 02).

    Examples....

    TIME ATAC

    Time Z : - linky ROC : - linky Alium : - linky XS : - linky

    Crank Brothers

    Mallet : - linky Acid : - linky Candy : - linky

    ***IMPORTANT*** if you end up going with Crank Brothers, be sure to get a pair of the premium cleats if the pedals do not come with them. The premium cleats are made of a more durable brass alloy than the basic model and will last a lot longer. I always had my cleats wear out quickly and it was very frustrating! linky

    Shimano SPD

    PD-M424 : : linky

    Frighteningly enough, we have a pair of these at home going to waste - take-offs from Maria's MTB. Maybe even have cleats. Make offer if interested, or if you want to borrow to try out.

    PD-M520 : - linky

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    What a great ride for the first official mOOn lake opening, it was great seeing everyone and meeting new riders, especially nice to see Buddy out on the trail again!

    It's been a while since I rode tight technical trails and they were a fun challenge, especially Salamander in the dark.
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    "salamander in the dark"

    Don't forget, Uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear
    "salamander in the dark"

    Don't forget, Uphill.
    [SIZE="3"]Hills?[/SIZE]
    [SIZE="5"]What hills?[/SIZE]
    [SIZE="6"]There were hills? [/SIZE]
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    If someone is new to clipless, IMHO, they should start out with those shimano 520s. Those are really good beginner pedals because there is not alot of float and easy to get out if panicking. Also, they offer a tension adjustment as well. Mud is also not an issue on that design either. I was riding clipless, but its just not for me. I went back to flats with 5.10 shoes. I just couldn't get that crash clipped in thought out of my head; eventhough I did go OTB and unclipped and ran from the bike. Go figure.
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    Yeah, save one incident, i've never NOT gotten out of clipless pedals in a crash situation - it was always the "stopping at a stop sign" kind of thing.

    That one time though, ick. Almost went really bad.

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    Love that Fisher!

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    These are great photos. I need to get out there and ride the Moon. Never had the chance yet and I was stoked when I read that it was once again open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexetr30
    These are great photos. I need to get out there and ride the Moon. Never had the chance yet and I was stoked when I read that it was once again open.
    You can join us on a wednesday night ride.We meet at the main gate at 6.

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    Everybody is very welcome to join us for the fun, Dexetr. Just meet us outside the main gate at 6. Lights are not necessary, but if you have them bring them just to be safe. Last Wednesday's ride went a little longer than expected.
    Waging war on my pedals every chance I get!!!

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    3/25 Moon Lake Park Evening Cruise

    Unfortunately, I didn't get very many pics, either. Here is what I was able to get!
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    Waging war on my pedals every chance I get!!!

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    3/25 Moon Lake Park Evening Cruise

    And Then?
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    Waging war on my pedals every chance I get!!!

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