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    Quote Originally Posted by bbob View Post
    Hows are the trails week? Are they rideable
    yeah, inquiring minds want to know.. Coming down Sunday for a week of riding. plan to hit at least one day each at Amelia Earhart park and Virginia Key.

    Spent last saturday at Santos fat tire festival

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    Trails were awesome as of yesterday.

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    I have a Trek 3700 and was looking to put some new adequate tires on the bike so that I could get out and bike some at Markham park to discover if I was passionate enough about the sport to invest into a "real" mountain bike.

    Apparently though one of the local bike shops doesn't think it would be smart to get on the trails with this lower end bike.

    So my question is what are some used bike types that I can be looking for that will be adequate to get me on the single track trails at Markham to get into the sport. I obviously would prefer to keep under $350 as I just want a bike to get me out there to see whether it is worth spending $1500 on a quality one.

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    Rt 66 was open last Thursday; ride it while you can!


    Trek 3700, this bike will be fine. Maybe just avoid the harder bigger drops (do the by-passes). Many people forget that the sport was started on hardtails and/or converted clunkers.

    While you might enjoy riding a 5,000 FS carbon fiber bike more that your trek, your trek is more than capable of doing 80% of the park. I would take my old rockhopper from the 90's and ride this park.

    Sadly, Alex's bike just did a demo at Markham yesterday, I guess you missed it. Keep an eye out for demo's it is a great way to try a bunch of different bikes.

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    thanks for the advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawhoo View Post

    Apparently though one of the local bike shops doesn't think it would be smart to get on the trails with this lower end bike.
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    What shop told you this?

    You'll be fine with your Trek. Go have fun! Once you start breaking stuff, you'll know it's time to invest in something else.
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    I am not gonna give out name of shop as he was nice about it... but it was obvious in this choice of words that he was slightly offended that I thought it was possible( after not being serious about mountain kinking prior )that I could go on his favorite trails with a used lower-end Trek and have fun with it. It is a hard sport and not for everyone he reminded me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawhoo View Post
    I am not gonna give out name of shop as he was nice about it... but it was obvious in this choice of words that he was slightly offended that I thought it was possible( after not being serious about mountain kinking prior )that I could go on his favorite trails with a used lower-end Trek and have fun with it. It is a hard sport and not for everyone he reminded me.
    Was it a Trek dealer?


    My son started biking here in S. Florida with his Trek. I think it the 3500. He did great and we upgraded him when he grew into a larger size bike.
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    I have never ridden Markham, I would love to ride this trail with a local with experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbob View Post
    Maybe just avoid the harder bigger drops (do the by-passes). Many people forget that the sport was started on hardtails and/or converted clunkers.
    While I wouldn't ride anything but a FS bike now days, that is totally correct. I started on a converted clunker hardtail. Actually saw a guy kick butt riding Gun Range at Markham on a hardtail today.

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    I concur. I also ride a FS, but I've also ridden Markham plenty of times on a rigid single speed, and was able to clear the whole park on it except one climb that I had to dab (crime scene). And many people do the same. The big difference between that and my full suspension is how hard certain sections can be ridden, not whether they can be ridden. A hard tail is perfectly fine, as long as it's in good working order.

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    I was ridding a FS with 100mm rear 120mm front. Just got a new rig...140mm rear 150mm front and such a big difference at Markham....so much more fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawhoo View Post
    I have a Trek 3700 and was looking to put some new adequate tires on the bike so that I could get out and bike some at Markham park to discover if I was passionate enough about the sport to invest into a "real" mountain bike.

    Apparently though one of the local bike shops doesn't think it would be smart to get on the trails with this lower end bike.

    So my question is what are some used bike types that I can be looking for that will be adequate to get me on the single track trails at Markham to get into the sport. I obviously would prefer to keep under $350 as I just want a bike to get me out there to see whether it is worth spending $1500 on a quality one.
    I rode Markham, Santos, Alafia, and Balm on this thing until 2013. That guy was talking out of his ass. I would hit drops, gaps and jumps with it. All on the original fork.
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    Sunday July 31 is Trail maintenance day as the regular day falls on the day of the Rumble race. We need to remove a lot of wood from Gunrange and Rte 66 as we removed Skelator and the Rock Bridge in 66 is rotten to the core....
    Hope to see some of you there or at the Rumble!!
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    Do you guys have a recommended bike shop?
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    There is a new shop called Rock and Road. 153 Weston Rd, Weston Fl 33326. They are really good peeps and open on Sunday too!
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    Would love a chance to ride Markham with someone that is experienced and knows the trail system. I live in Miami, anyone interested in riding send me a pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
    Would love a chance to ride Markham with someone that is experienced and knows the trail system. I live in Miami, anyone interested in riding send me a pm.
    Just show up on the weekends and you'll find plenty of peeps willing to show you around. The bike patrollers are always up to show you around as well.
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    Lots of trail closures the last two weeks, guess they are getting flooded with all the rain.
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    Coming down to Miami for our annual Christmas vacation, and planning on riding either Markham or Virginia Key on Dec. 27.
    It's been 10 years since I left Miami, so I'm a little rusty on Markham's trail layout, and have never ridden Virginia Key.
    I know Markham is a technical MTB trail, which is what I'm looking for, but have seen and heard good things about VK. Which park would y'all recommend? I ride a 140mm AM full-sus bike, and prefer a technical trail with as many jumps as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VT1 View Post
    Coming down to Miami for our annual Christmas vacation, and planning on riding either Markham or Virginia Key on Dec. 27.
    It's been 10 years since I left Miami, so I'm a little rusty on Markham's trail layout, and have never ridden Virginia Key.
    I know Markham is a technical MTB trail, which is what I'm looking for, but have seen and heard good things about VK. Which park would y'all recommend? I ride a 140mm AM full-sus bike, and prefer a technical trail with as many jumps as possible.
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    Plenty of good technical trails at Markham, but VK is also good and as better marked trails. Biggest problem with VK is where it is and traffic in and out. Also if you have time check out Amelia Earhart trails. Very different than anything else I've ever ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    Plenty of good technical trails at Markham, but VK is also good and as better marked trails. Biggest problem with VK is where it is and traffic in and out. Also if you have time check out Amelia Earhart trails. Very different than anything else I've ever ridden.
    Thanks armii! Actually, I was born in Miami and raised in Hialeah, and rode Amelia when the trails were first being cut! In fact, I lived 9 blocks from Amelia off of Palm Ave., and my parents still do. I still remember riding the "car" trail with the huge teeter-tooter that we would send instead if ride down. I've been back to Miami every year since I left in '07, usually twice, so I've never forgotten Miami's fubared traffic!
    Thanks for the info. man!

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    NO problem, we spent a week staying a mile from Markham last spring break, road almost every day, had a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VT1 View Post
    Coming down to Miami for our annual Christmas vacation, and planning on riding either Markham or Virginia Key on Dec. 27.
    It's been 10 years since I left Miami, so I'm a little rusty on Markham's trail layout, and have never ridden Virginia Key.
    I know Markham is a technical MTB trail, which is what I'm looking for, but have seen and heard good things about VK. Which park would y'all recommend? I ride a 140mm AM full-sus bike, and prefer a technical trail with as many jumps as possible.
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    If you have to choose between Markham and VK, Hit up VK, they have done a lot of work on it. It has a little bit of everything. You won't be sorry. Traffic is bad after 10AM.
    On the weekends Markham is annoyingly busy with riders

    EDIT: Markham does have more jumps
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    Quote Originally Posted by VT1 View Post
    I ride a 140mm AM full-sus bike, and prefer a technical trail with as many jumps as possible.
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    On the way down or back, if you could swing the time, you would love Santos trails at Ocala FL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wa3LDoUTCY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0xvJwY0tjs

    Or make a trip back down March 10th for the Santos Fat Tire Festival

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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    On the way down or back, if you could swing the time, you would love Santos trails at Ocala FL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wa3LDoUTCY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0xvJwY0tjs

    Or make a trip back down March 10th for the Santos Fat Tire Festival
    Funny you mentioned Santos and the FTF! I rode Santos once back in 2007, and loved it. With all the new stuff that's been added, I'm looking forward to riding it again one day.
    I'm actually thinking of heading down there for the weekend of the FTF! Judging by the pics, it looks like a damn good time!
    Thanks for the info man!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by VT1 View Post
    Funny you mentioned Santos and the FTF! I rode Santos once back in 2007, and loved it. With all the new stuff that's been added, I'm looking forward to riding it again one day.
    I'm actually thinking of heading down there for the weekend of the FTF! Judging by the pics, it looks like a damn good time!
    Thanks for the info man!!


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    Santos is my favorite place to ride in Florida, Markham second,, Alafia third. Don't get to Markham much as it is 5 hours away. Santos is only 2, so I do day trips there a few times a year, plan to be at the FTF on Saturday this year. And I have a good friend and riding buddy that lives 5 miles from Alafia so ride there regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armii View Post
    Santos is my favorite place to ride in Florida, Markham second,, Alafia third. Don't get to Markham much as it is 5 hours away. Santos is only 2, so I do day trips there a few times a year, plan to be at the FTF on Saturday this year. And I have a good friend and riding buddy that lives 5 miles from Alafia so ride there regularly.
    Since I lived 9 blocks from Amelia, that's where I did most of my riding after work. But Markham was/is my favorite trail in S. Florida, Oleta 2nd, Amelia 3rd.
    I wish I would have rode Santos more, but we usually just stayed local. Hopefully I can convince my wife and kids that we need to spend spring break in Ocala this year. haha

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    Saturday we are cutting a new trail at Markham. Volunteers are welcomed. Meet up at 0830 by the maintenance shed. No need to bring tools (except if you have a chainsaw).

    .5 more miles of Markham joy coming soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErVikingo View Post
    Saturday we are cutting a new trail at Markham. Volunteers are welcomed. Meet up at 0830 by the maintenance shed. No need to bring tools (except if you have a chainsaw).

    .5 more miles of Markham joy coming soon!
    I would love to help, but I live in TN now, and will only be down for a week for Christmas!
    Thanks for what y'all are doing out there though!


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