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    Warming Up

    I took my new Highline out for my second day and went back to Sprain.:



    I ran into Bean in the parking lot. He just finished a day of trailwork followed by riding about on his light bike (RFX vs his Stinky) He took me around and showed me some trails I haven't seen yet.

    Shots form my solo ride weren't worth posting but thanks to Bean, today's shots are at leat good enough to prove I actually took the bike out of my livingroom:




    Actually, after looking at the pix, I'm rather pleased with some aspects of my form. Esp my foot positioning on the flats. I think I'm using FM's "wedge" arrangement and I wasn't even thinking about it:


    This was my 2nd day on flats and my feet stayed exactly where I wanted them pretty much the whole day. Seeing how I can clip-out unexpectedly this is actually an improvement. I still felt connected to the bike and able to influence it with my feet.

    That's a lot of compression for a 4'er but it's a flat landing and it didn't feel at all harsh:


    I didn't fiddle with the shock after leaving the lot. I'll play with it some more next time out.


    A bit over to the right it's a bit taller and the landing's a bit flatter:




    Just what I need to feel it out:








    Bean bites the dog and rolls the roller that took so many casualties. This is the one wmbarace posted a video of himself sliding into a sapling:


    No problem on the bigger bike. You'll just have to take my word when I say it was pretty techy.


    This is more driveway than skinny but fun to do!
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    Flats really help with getting set up and take your mind off bailing out if necessary.


    A beautiful day for a roll:



    The rock was so nice we hit it twice. Bean rides it on BlingRex:




    Haming it up, uh I mean hanging it out for the camera:




    Fun ride. On to level-2!

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    Yeah, I hate it when I forget my riding shoes at home too.

    Sweet pics. You make that bike look like a small.
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    I'm digging those Adidas. Hell they even have red trim I didn't even plan that.
    Now if I ever learn to pull a no-footer you'll be able to see it a mile away.


    So you think I should get a 29" Highline?
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    Good stuff. Somehow I'm failing to recognise most of the spots apart from the roller on Sandro's? Clearly I need more Sprain

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy

    Sweet pics. You make that bike look like a small.
    BZ riding the HL has effectively proven the current design is a slopestyle dh bike and not just a dedicated FR bike, small he makes it look like a BMX bike



    Hawt piccs though, and nice riding

    Only you could and Fo could pull off shoes like that BZ



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    You are quite the style maven in those Adidas.

    I like the first shot, of the bike, shot from the interior of the vehicle.

    Great pix!
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    Nice shots Mr.Zilla, I like the Adidas', they match the overall color scheme very well.
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    good chit zilla! that didnt take long.
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    GA has some fun riding there. Nice looking ride Zilla.

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    GA? Is that a new abbreviation for NY?

    6E, there's some Highline worthy stuff back there too... def on my to-do list.
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    Dang, look at you go....

    ....new Highline and a full face even. Looks like you're havin' fun. That one shot with the big grin tells all. Nice.
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    Nevermind the bike...those sneakers are nice....
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    Congrats on the new ride 'Zilla

    I still haven't convinced myself I'd even want to attempt some of the drops you all do there in the backwoods of NY. You know, complete lack of drops/skinnies skills and such.

    But say I did go out on the trails in that area. Could an xcGuy such as myself find trails that went on and on without having to deal with those drops and super rocky sections. Maybe a 20 mile loop of rolling singletrack in amongst that forest splendor?
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    I'm still working on the transition to flat pedals, so I was only doing small drops at the weekend. Looks like you're a natural tho Zilla.

    xcguy, for some of the best XC riding you'll do head to Blue Mountain in Peekskill, Westchester. You can probably do about 30miles of riding, a majority of it singletrack without having to repeat yourself. There's a decent map that will guide you on most of the trails.

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    I love the $h!t-eating grin on the "A beautiful day for a roll" pic... Pure joy! Keep 'em coming!
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    NY. I for some reason still get you confused with Singa who is in Ga.

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    Hey howdy XCG...All the trails in this area are in County parks. Generally tight areas with bunches of short twisty techy trails linked together. Rarely does a single trail go longer than 3 miles but they tie into several others. Great thing is you're never more than a 15mins from the parkinglot but because of the dense foliage and tight topology (lots of hills and gullies) you always feel isolated and deep in the forrest. Even when the lots are full, you hardly come across other riders.

    All the features you see in my threads are trailside. Nothing goes directly into a drop or skinny. C'mon down!
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    yeah, theyre about the same height, weight, build.... wasnt there somethin else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Playdeep
    NY. I for some reason still get you confused with Singa who is in Ga.
    Yeah we get that a lot, being so similar and all.
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    Great pix Zilla. So what are your impressions of how the Highline climbs? Did you find that the bike basically just pedals itself?
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    Alex, I like what I see in this pic. What it tells me is just before you hit the lip of the drop, you slightly compressed your suspension, then you elevated the bike and your body while in the air. Doing so, and moving your hands in a subtle up and forward motion, will keep those pedals under your feet. Look at your body in the air; it's ready to absorb the impact of the landing. In the other pics, your legs are more bent, and your weight is further behind the saddle. Your weight is not as much over your pedals in those situations.

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    Awesome shots, BZ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Alex, I like what I see in this pic.
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    Nice BZ! You know you are styl'n it when the first thing that my eyes are drawn to are the adi dassler bling.


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