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    Toaday's Ride

    A few pics from today's ride:





















    Anybody else on the trails today?




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    That bike is bright

    I did some riding around home on the cheapo Kona I bought Friday but that's it.

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    Anybody out today besides me?




























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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    A few pics from today's ride:





















    Anybody else on the trails today?




    Steve

    I think I might be blinded from those handlebars!

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    yup

    A buddy and I went to French Creek.
    It was sweet.

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    Holy cantilever brakes batman! Retro is cool and all, but I'm never going that route again.

    I was up at French Creek last weekend. It's easily one of my favorite places to ride. My forearms were burning when the ride was over; every mile you ride there is like two anywhere else.

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    Try riding Neversink Mountain man. That one will kick your ass if you're on a hard tail. Fun though. We should all get together and ride at French Creek one weekend. I'm relatively new the scene and don't know many of the trails well enough to ride by myself and gauge time.

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    EastCoast Steve...you should def.....

    Post those photos over on the VRC boards (if you haven't already)
    Those guys will be DROOLING over those bikes! Nice rides!

    I ride some older equipment as well. My daily ride is a 1997 Eastern Woods Research Original Woods Bike frame. I have it as "updated" parts wise as I can get it though. Not much on it is "to the period" of '97. But, I love it.

    I was out at French Creek on Sunday and yesterday. Quick loops each evening after I got done work.
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    Anyone got some old school parts they want to sell me? I need a quill stem (green), handlebar (green), and canti-cable-splitters.

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    Found a nice little spot to ride close to home:












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    Finally back on the trails now that the kids are back in school....






















    It was good to get my feet wet again, so to speak.



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    Anyone out today?

    Spent a couple hours on the trails today...

    I love riding in the fall. Crisp, cool weather, and colorful crunchy leaves to break my falls.


    A few pics for you poor souls who where stuck at work today:



















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    Any one else out today? Glad it finally stopped raining and I got a chance to got out and play in the puddles...


















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    A responsible rider would have stayed home and let the trails dry or take a road ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinsj
    A responsible rider would have stayed home and let the trails dry or take a road ride.




    Wasn't aware that my mother was a poster on this forum...




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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinsj
    A responsible rider would have stayed home and let the trails dry or take a road ride.
    I agree! We all want to ride but if we ride on trails after that much rain we will not have any more legal trails to ride. Please give the trail a chance to dry out before going out.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnold74
    I agree! We all want to ride but if we ride on trails after that much rain we will not have any more legal trails to ride. Please give the trail a chance to dry out before going out.

    Thanks,

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    Sorry, but you guys are way to PC for my taste. These aren't manicured "trails" for posers. I'm riding on deer paths in a stretch of public woods, and no amount of "irresponsible behavior" will impact your enjoyment and use of the sheep lines you guys covet. (IMO).

    Lighten up and ride your bikes nancies.



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    If you get some snow ride pics in here you'll have all four seasons represented! Cool pics, I'm looking to get out this weekend when it hits the mid 50's
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    That looks like fun Give the trails a day or two to dry out. It has nothing to do with being PC it has everthing to do with having a brain.

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    Taking pictures of your bike in a puddle...bunny hopping a twig....you are hardcore Steve! You are definitely not a poser.

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    Onegeargood,

    Look, I started this thread with the intent that others would post (add pics) of their "Today's Ride" and we could all get a taste of riding locations across the state. Silly me, I never thought it would be a "let's critique Steve's pics, pound our PC chests, and whine without adding our own photos" thread.

    That's ok though, I have thick skin, enjoy RIDING my bikes, and posting pics for the few that enjoy them, so I will continue to do so. If you don't like my pics, my attitude, or the look of my mug....feel free to post, ignore, or PM me. I'm going out to get dirty and enjoy myself.

    Cheers,

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    BTW: I see from your profile you ride a single-speed 29'er and you started riding way back in '97...sounds like you're much more HARDCORE than this old man...I bow to our greatness, lol.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd97
    If you get some snow ride pics in here you'll have all four seasons represented! Cool pics, I'm looking to get out this weekend when it hits the mid 50's



    Judd97,

    The snow pics are just a matter of time. I'm looking forward to having some soft white stuff to fall in. Glad to hear you liked the other shots. If you get a chance, snap some shots when you hit the trails this weekend I'd love to see 'em.


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    Check your messages. I replied to your nonsense.

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    Rode Gretna today, it was fine. Get out early and the ground will still be hard. The new trail will always be hard, its mostly rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siv
    Rode Gretna today, it was fine. Get out early and the ground will still be hard. The new trail will always be hard, its mostly rocks.

    Cool.

    Any chance you snapped a few pics...I'd love to see some new spots.




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    Well in keeping with the OP's original idea I'll share some shots from a ride I took in May or so this year: Blue Marsh Lake Ride

    That's the only shots I have right now as my computer failed on me in August taking most of my pics among other things with it.

    The bike:

    Its a 2007 Cannondale Caffeine F3 frame sized L

    This one is unique in that it has no F designation on the top tube. I got from a guy off of Ebay. He got it as a warranty replacement and sold it on ebay instead of building it up. He advertised it as an F4 (different frameset) and so I got a killer deal on it. ($150)

    Its a work in progress as you can see in the pics.

    Specs:
    Marzocchi Mz-3 fork 120mm...will be replaced ASAP with a good 100mm air fork
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    generic man eating bmx pedals. (scarred for life from these things!)
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    Race Face Deus XC 31.8 bar w/ WTB lock on grips
    FSA seat post w/ generic painful seat. (hence the gel pad)

    So there it is. All on a budget. The fork was free for example.

    Can't wait for spring! More pics! Hopefully by then I'll have some more upgrades like a good fork.

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    Energetik,


    Thanks for adding your pics...


    Blue Marsh looks like a nice ride and this shot might make me head for Reading:










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    I don't see any puddles for you to splash around in.

    Sorry, just felt like adding a little sarcasm........
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinsj
    I don't see any puddles for you to splash around in.

    Sorry, just felt like adding a little sarcasm........


    No problem, I'll just wait 'til it rains before I go.


    Sarcasm and humor are always welcome.


    BTW, the place I rode today was wet too:









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    A couple of snow pics for Judd97...

    Didn't expect to get them so soon, but I'm still waiting for a deep blanket to mess around in.






    No, I'm not leaning against the skinny tree, and yes, I did fall off about two cranks after the pic was taken.






    Thought this one came out well.



    Anyone else out in the cold today?



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    Rode Mt. Gretna in the skim of snow last Sunday. Made trail 15 as much of a mental game as a physical one. They did a great job on that trail. Not many technical trails like that created these days.

    Had a great ride!
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    One from yesterday:










    Anyone else out playing in the snow?




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    I rode this past Sunday, but it was over in the armpit of America. I wanna see about riding here in PA this weekend if the trails aren't like soup.

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    I think everything is soup right now. Maybe the southern part of the armpit is the only place you can ride without getting muddy

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    Much warmer today....










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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Much warmer today....










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    Good work, where is that? Its time for me to get out and get dirty!

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    Yeah I was going to ride too, but I am replacing the crankset on my ride, and the bolt is completely seized. I've tried to drill it, I broke a large easy out, and right now the bolt has a load of PB Blaster catalyst setting in it. Hopefully that'll help. I also need a new front brake adapter as the set I got didn't come with one. After all that my ride will be ready for the mud that the next couple of months will unleash!

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    What type of adapter do you need?

    Quote Originally Posted by Energetik
    Yeah I was going to ride too, but I am replacing the crankset on my ride, and the bolt is completely seized. I've tried to drill it, I broke a large easy out, and right now the bolt has a load of PB Blaster catalyst setting in it. Hopefully that'll help. I also need a new front brake adapter as the set I got didn't come with one. After all that my ride will be ready for the mud that the next couple of months will unleash!

    I have a 185mm post mount adapter in front of me if you can use it.

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    I need a 160mm adapter. I'm fairly certain I have one laying around here somewhere, but thanks for the offer. I'm more concerned with getting that bolt out. I think its time to break down and take it to a shop. There are some good ones around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jk
    Good work, where is that? Its time for me to get out and get dirty!


    Nothing fancy, just riding the banks of the Wissahickon in Flourtown.

    It's absolutely time to go out and get muddy before it gets cold again. I'd post a few more mud shots, but I don't want to rankle the "trail police",





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    A few more from the other day. Yes the "trail" was soft, yes I left a bunch of tracks, yes I'm sure a few will object, but yes I had a lot of fun and was out riding while most guys were watching tv.
















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    Where do you ride man? That looks like a nice place.

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    Thanks for the snow pics! Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of my own... yet. No excuses, either. Just not getting out enough .
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    Yes riders like you and tracks like these in conditions like that is the reason that all of us, including you, will get to enjoy a whole lot more tv when the land manager closes the trail to the bikers permanently...

    thank you for sharing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzm3
    Yes riders like you and tracks like these in conditions like that is the reason that all of us, including you, will get to enjoy a whole lot more tv when the land manager closes the trail to the bikers permanently...

    thank you for sharing...

    Quote Originally Posted by dzm3
    Not to be a party pooper, but the "trail with the rock" is a rogue trail, it's a fall line trail, meaning that it's causing extensive erosion and is is really bad for the park and for the nature. Please, do not take that trail.
    Ditto goes to the "berm" riding. As much fun as they are, by riding berms you're erodin sides of the trail and causing undue demage to the park.
    We (PMBA) and other organization are working very had at improving mountain bikers' image in eyes of other park users and officials, and working hard on maintaining the trails, to make them sustainable. Sustainable trail means a trail that will last for many many years and will not damage the park.
    The fall line and rogue trails erode quickly. Eroded trails have to be closed. Before you know, most trail will be closed if we do not make a conscious effort to protect them.

    Sorry for the rant and thank you for listening and cooperating.

    Please, take a look at FOW STI and PMBA


    Why is it that the Wissahickon s/s 29'er riders that have been riding less than 10 years are the biggest PC trail police?

    If my only choice was to ride the same manicured, marked, "maintained", over-used trails with no berm or rock riding, in only "perfect" conditions, I'd cut my bikes up and sell them for scrap.

    Maybe you'd be happier riding a trainer in the basement with a "virtual" image of endlessly boring bike paths, but I like to get dirty, feel the mud on my legs, and smell the sharp scent of a wet trail every chance I get. You won't change me, but you will entertain me...



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    Mountain biking is about having fun but its also about realizing when is appropriate to ride without damaging the trails that hundreds of other riders have come to know and love. Imagine if everyone had the same selfish attitude of going out and riding on the soupy muddy trails like you showed in that picture. The trails would become completely destroyed and soon enough mountain bikes would be banned, eliminating the fun for those responsible enough to wait til it freezes or dries. I am sure none of this will pass through your thick-headed skull but the efforts of PMBA in the Wissahickon are great, people like you will ruin everything they have worked so hard to attain.

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    Glad I don't ride that trial... I am not even sure how that can be fun... To each his own.

    Not sure if you do trail maintenance, it would be a good idea if you contribute to trail maintenance unless you already do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbooz
    Mountain biking is about having fun but its also about realizing when is appropriate to ride without damaging the trails that hundreds of other riders have come to know and love. Imagine if everyone had the same selfish attitude of going out and riding on the soupy muddy trails like you showed in that picture. The trails would become completely destroyed and soon enough mountain bikes would be banned, eliminating the fun for those responsible enough to wait til it freezes or dries. I am sure none of this will pass through your thick-headed skull but the efforts of PMBA in the Wissahickon are great, people like you will ruin everything they have worked so hard to attain.


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    Like I said in my previous post, 29'er+Wissahickon+2005=

    I don't think you have to worry about "hundreds" of riders riding in my footsteps, as most of the guys you refer to probably wouldn't want to soil their lacey white panties.

    I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one, as I don't plan on changing my riding to suit your concept of trail respect and I don't feel the need to justify myself further, or outline all I've done in the last 35 years to protect the environment. I respect your right to have an opinion and I wish you'd do the same.


    Best wishes and happy trails,

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve

    I don't think you have to worry about "hundreds" of riders riding in my footsteps, as most of the guys you refer to probably wouldn't want to soil their lacey white panties.

    I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one, as I don't plan on changing my riding to suit your concept of trail respect and I don't feel the need to justify myself further, or outline all I've done in the last 35 years to protect the environment. I respect your right to have an opinion and I wish you'd do the same.
    It's not an opinion, you're breaking the rules of the park:

    By accepting these term and conditions you, and / or anyone recieving a trail permit tag agree that The Fairmount Park hereby grants permission to use the facilities as outlined, subject to the terms and conditions of the rules and regulations of the Fairmount Park, and as contained herein and attached hereto all of which form part of this agreement.

    - All trail users shall us the trails with common courtesy and safety for other park users.
    - All trail users shall observe a seven (7) mile per hour speed limit.
    - All trail users, except pedestrians, must proceed single file.
    - All dogs/pets shall be on a leash of no more than six (6) feet.
    - Anyone using Forbidden Drive or designated access roads will not require a permit.
    - All trail users over the age of sixteen (16), except pedestrians, must have a permit.
    - Cyclists are limited to the green blazed trails, Forbidden Drive and designated access roads.
    - Horse drawn vehicles any be driven on any equestrian trail of sufficient width.
    - Bicycles are not permitted in the Andorra Natural Area.
    - Cyclist must relinquish right of way to all other park users, except during sanctioned bike races.
    - No person may ride a bicycle or horse in the park between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    - Cyclists are not permitted to use trails when muddy conditions exist.
    - Motor vehicles are not allowed on Forbidden Drive or any park trail at anytime.


    All permits granted shall be subject to Park rules and regulations, and the persons to whom such permits may be granted shall be bound by said rules and regulations as fully as though the same were inserted in said permits, and any persons to whom such permits any be granted shall be liable for any loss, damages or injury sustained by any person whatsoever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permits may be granted, their servants or agents.


    The simple fact of the matter is that the park specifically prohibits riding in the mud. You're free to have opinions about what constitutes environmental damage, but the rules are specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one, as I don't plan on changing my riding to suit your concept of trail respect and I don't feel the need to justify myself further, or outline all I've done in the last 35 years to protect the environment. I respect your right to have an opinion and I wish you'd do the same.
    I don't think anyone here gives a crap about whether or not you respect one's rights to an opinion, the problem Steve is that you have ZERO respect for the environment as you arrogantly display in your photos, let alone the view others have of mountain bikers. People like you are the people that get us banned and despised by other user groups. And when you're called-on for your selfish self-centered behavior, you start name calling? All of your low class antics on the trail or online never cease to amaze.

    All you've done in the last 35 years to protect the environment? Ha right, bull****.

    PS: That "Wissahickon s/s 29er rider that has been riding for less than 10 years" would serve it to you ANY day of the week, guaranteed -- a far, far better rider than you. You couldn't hold a candle to him.
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