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  1. #201
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    another kent guy checkin in! my friends and i usually ride black diamond, sometimes down in puyallup, and only once in sea-tac so far (car got broken into ). looking to try more places to ride nearby, tapeworm, tiger mtn, st. edwards, etc.

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    Ian here. Been a member here for a while and found it as I was bike shoppin'. Not sure how I missed this thread?!?

    XC riding is preferable but would like to try more technical stuff just don't have the bike for it. Been mostly riding and racing on the road for the past 10 years or so but will venture out with fat tires a few times a year and race once or twice a year.

    I think I did a ride on April fools day with EnduroDoug as he was prepping for his ultra long rides this season.

    Anyway, I look forward to meeting and riding with more of you in the future!

    Oh yeah, BBTC.org is a great place for finding rides and all things associated here in the Puget Sound region.

    Cheers!

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    HI, I'm Dave. Live in Seattle.

    Favorite places to ride:
    - Tiger Mt
    - SST
    - Skookum Flats
    - Colonnade
    - Whistler
    - Black Diamond
    - St Eds
    - Tapeworm
    - Crystal Mt
    - Moab
    - Etc.

    XC & DH for me, and even a lot of road biking. Just started XC racing this season. Have done a little trials.
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    Nate here.
    Sitting in Vancouver
    Was road biking for about a year til I got tired of not being able to ride offroad so I traded my bike for a Haro Extreme EX2 full suspension. Well I also use my bike as a commuter and I couldnt the rear suspension and no lock outs on the fork or rear. Was going to buy a frame and switch over my components but then my swing arm broke (great, they stopped making these years ago) so I got a Cannondale Beast of the East. Its rigid but I like it better than my Haro. After a paint job Im putting my Rock Shox Judy XC on.

    So... I DONT HAVE ANYONE TO RIDE WITH!!

    Ive been trying for so long to find a friend who will ride and plenty of them are "riders" but when I ask to ride they say ok and we set up a time and they all flake. Ive only been to a few trails and Im not very good at the technical stuff but I really want to ride more.

    Anyone else near Vanouver? Or at least in the clark on cowlitz county area?

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    Name is Bob and I live in Seattle.

    I ride mostly the Worm, SST, Ed's and Colonnade again soon hopefully. I moved here from AZ. two years back and have yet to explore the surrounding areas. Definately will this next summer provided I meet some guys that know the area well.

    I like technical XC primarily but the occasional jump is fun provided I don't land on my head...
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    Gary
    Ride Light Freeride, XC.

    I pretty much ride Galbraith in Bellingham (love SST) and occasionally am fortunate enough to make the 3 hour drive to Whistler (only 2x this year)

    I'd like to try anything else in the state, perhaps check out E. Washington, just haven't had the time to get it done...maybe 2009

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    Hi All,

    I'm Jen and I will be moving from the bay area shortly and coming to Seattle area. I would love to meet some people to ride with!

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    mark from sammamish

    everything from road (don't hate me) to xc to a little bit of everything

    i NEED to ride the middle fork trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaRida
    Evan from Duvall
    Kona Dawg
    Cross country to light freeride.
    I build trails in my back yard and i've put in countless hours of volunteer work at Colonnade.
    Another Duvallite here:

    John (yes, the kilted, somewhat overweight, and longhaired guy out here)
    '94 Trek 930 that's been upgraded with many parts from Recycled Cycles
    XC, but am just getting back onto a bike, after not riding for 12 years - didn't really feel like riding on Big Rock Road and dealing with some of our neighbors who like to travel 50-60 mph in the 35 mph zone.
    Lately, been using the section of Tolt pipeline between Odell Road and Big Rock Road, as my trail.
    Bike: 1994 Trek 930
    Car: 1985 Volvo 240 Turbo wagon

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    Cris on Bainbridge Island

    Love to ride Olympics, a nice one is Mt. Muller with Lake Crescent below, beautiful. Hell of a climb, but a sweet long downhill back. Love to ride right here on Bainbridge Island too, just head out the door and go no driving needed. I do love going on with other groups and friends such as up at Crystal (Noble Knob and Palisades, with Skookum thrown in etc. is a nice ride, Moab was fun too. I like to hook up with a group riding out of Poulsbo and another riding out of Magnolia in Seattle. A couple of buddies and I do most of our riding right here on the island and in the Olympic Pennisula though. Let fun have you!

    I just cracked my frame on my Scott Ransom 30, last weekend, BUMMER, and so riding my old Raleigh M-80.

    I am the tall funny looking one in the middle of this picture from a great week of riding in Moab.
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    A little late in the game, but I live in Vancouver. I like going on epic XC rides with some scenery if possible. Finally got up to ride Devils Gulch this summer and would love to explore that entire area some more. Many PNW pics on my website:

    www.trexnfx.com


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    Hello Puyallup

    Chris from Puyallup, Mostly to and from work 6-8mi. roundtrip if I don't get sidetracked Also enjoying riding at the orangegate property in puyallup. Would like to ride out at south seattle park.
    One Nation Under ROGUE !

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    Paul

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    All types of riding
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    Jim Sully here,
    Lived in B'ham from 74-98, currently live in Pacifica, Ca.
    Founding member of WHIMPY(original name)
    Whatcom Independant Mt Pedalers + YoYo's
    Fave bike: still ridin the Bellingham original to and from most trails, Softride
    Fave trails , The one's we built above Galbraith Ln, Rifle Range connector to Lookout Mt,Lake Samish to Upper Chuckanut Mt, Lily+Lizard Lakes,
    Anderson Mt in mid February.
    Bear Ice that tested one's ability to float w/o a twitch
    Squires Lake Frozen thick enough to ride across
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssulljm
    Jim Sully here,
    Lived in B'ham from 74-98, currently live in Pacifica, Ca.
    Founding member of WHIMPY(original name)
    Whatcom Independant Mt Pedalers + YoYo's
    Fave bike: still ridin the Bellingham original to and from most trails, Softride
    Fave trails , The one's we built above Galbraith Ln, Rifle Range connector to Lookout Mt,Lake Samish to Upper Chuckanut Mt, Lily+Lizard Lakes,
    Anderson Mt in mid February.
    Bear Ice that tested one's ability to float w/o a twitch
    Squires Lake Frozen thick enough to ride across
    Super Cool!!! You might not even recognize Galby anymore. Still great riding around here though.....

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    I lived just bit further up the road from Sully during that time; I believe Galbraith - and especially living on Galbraith Ln itself - is what turned me into a lifetime mtn biker regardless what twist and turns life throws at me.

    As to not recognizing it now ... Yeah, I was there about a month ago visiting my wife's sister and family. The shape of the mountain is still familiar having lived on it for 10 years, but the trails bear little resemblance to what I rode. One of the biggest shocks was seeing how far homes have been built up the hill near Birch St. I have friends who still live in B'ham and ride Galby; it's funny when they describe a ride and throw out trail names that have me scratching my head
    If you go looking for trouble, you can be sure it's gaining from behind.

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    Iím originally from Prescott, Arizona and I got my first mountain bike when I was 11 or 12 (Giant Acapulco), and rode the crap out of it all through junior high and high school (mostly on forest service roads and mild single tracks and as for transportation). I took a break from riding for six years while I was in the Navy and stationed in Japan. When I got back (5 years ago), I was surprised by how much things had changed (since when did they sell Schwinn at Wal-Mart?). I rode with some guys who were in a whole different league than I was, and rode much more aggressively than what Iím used to. I bought a Giant AC in an effort to keep up, but ended up moving to Spokane (three years ago).

    Left to my own devices, I am much more of an XC guy that a Free ride/flying over the handle bars guy. I havenít had many people to ride with here, and mostly I just putts around riverside state park with my Rhodesian ridgeback/German Shepherd mix whose amazing speed and endurance is matched only by his ability to sprint ahead and stop in the middle of the trail to take a wiz 3 feet in front of me.

    My garage was robbed last month and the AC disappeared. I discovered this site while researching possibilities for a replacement bike (now, being married, the budget was much lower) I Found a Dakar 2008 XC on Sale last week for $650, which actually fits my needs just as well as the AC did (this is not to say I wouldnít have liked to have kept the AC). I am an Avid distance runner, and wouldnít mind getting into some long trail rides or even XC racing sometime down the road.

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    I'm Tyler, I live in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. I'm somewhat new to mountain biking. I mostly do tail riding but I'm slowly trying to get into the more extreme end of the sport. I usually ride at Dry Hill or forest service trails. I'd love to find some new trails to ride I know there a lot in the area, I just don't know where!

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    I'm Andrew, I moved to Seattle recently. I'm in Queen Anne. I'm getting back into riding mountain bikes after spending a few years living in Manhattan and thinking the thing I was doing with my life at the time was more important.

    I learned to ride in Santa Cruz, mainly in Wilder Ranch. So I'm more used to longish trails and rolling singletrack. The trails here are hard! I'm also competitive and hate myself... This picture is from my first cx race this season.



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    Gareth from Seattle,
    I ride a Kona Lava Dome to work and on xc, but i have Tomac 204 Magnum for DH. I just got the Tomac out of storage, sent the shock in for a rebuild and im getting new brake pads and stuff, looking to hook up with some locals to get some DH in, because i dont know many places to ride except collonade (which i still need to go check out) and south seatac. I havnt been riding DH for too long but ive been to whistler once and S. Seatac once other than just riding around town. I wont lie, i didnt read everyones post completely because theres 9 pages now, but if anyone wants to go ride somewhere during the week send me a message!

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    Kurt aka KTrain
    Local to Oak Harbor WA
    Looking to hit any XC trail within 50 miles. Email/PM if you wanna ride.


    (In the Navy, so bear with me on riding schedules)

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    Anyone new to the area looking to meet some other riders should try doing trail work. You really get a chance to get to know people better on a work day than a ride day, because it's just easier to chat. Plus, you get a lot of satisfaction from being a supportive member of the community.

    Find a work party nearest to you on here and sign up, NOW!

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    From Delridge, Sea town

    Taage. (Pronounced: Toggy. Yes it's my real name.)
    I try to ride a new trail every week. During the week I ride Tapeworm since I work three blocks away.

    Just started riding last year on a 98 K2 Proflex, wanted a new bike so I decided to build an 07 Coiler (effin sweet!)

    Wanna ride Tiger when it opens, Whistler, longer trails.

    I'm gonna try hookin up with a trail crew to meet some folks since I ride solo most of the time and it can get boring talking to myself.

    Without Gas


    With Gas

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    Eddie from Seattle here. I'm what one might call a beginner. More into the Downhill and some XC.. I've ridden Collonade and Tokul.
    I like having fun without gas on two wheels....


    and i like having fun with gas on two wheels....

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    Hello everyone-Just moved to White Salmon, WA; Snowden to be exact, from Mosier, OR.
    We ride around the Gorge, I guess Old Man Pass would be my favorite area; 18 miles of mainly downhill singletrack through the woods is pretty good riding.

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    I'm Josh and I ride a bit of everything - XC,All mountain,DH and freeride light.Galby is good,Tiger Mt.,The Nade,Rat Pac,Whistler,Tolt ( east & west ) - many more. Currently I'm the new Trail Crew Chief out at Duthie Hill.The park is going to kick some arse! Looking forward to seeing everyone out there. Check out Evergreenmtb.org.
    Would anybody be intersested in mid week work parties out there ? I'm available any day of the week.Let me know.Also I'm always looking for new riding / trail building buddies -

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    Yeah, White Salmon!

    Name: Scott
    Location: White Salmon (Underwood technically) in summer, Spokane during school year
    Ride: '07 Santa Cruz Blur LT
    Trail: Syncline (in White Salmon), Beacon in Spokane

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    Hello all...

    My name is Landon and I am a (fairly) recent Seattle transplant.

    I grew up in Eastern WA and mostly raced mtn. bikes in high school. This was back when Eric Eaton was putting on the Spring Championship series. (At least that's what I remember them being called.)

    Favorite trails:
    Most of the Taneum trails, and much of Manastash (I know, it's dry, rocky, and full of sagebrush, but it's where I cut my teeth mtn biking)
    Devil's Gulch & Mission Ridge trails
    Skookum et al
    Downieville stuff

    Fast forward to the present and now I mostly ride/race road (), cyclocross, and a bit of track. I pretty much stopped riding mtn when I moved to Seattle 2.5 years ago because hate driving to my rides.

    I just got a new mtn. bike so will be hitting up some of the local races and the 24 hour event in Spokane (2-man team).

    My (off-road) rides:
    Trek '09 9.9 ssl
    GF Kingfisher for big-squish stuff. Up for sale cuz I have an aversion to big air.
    2 Gunnar Crosshairs cx rigs for cx racing and commuting.

    Pic from WA state champ cx race this last season and a recent (yesterday) mtn race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    I'm Andrew, I moved to Seattle recently. This picture is from my first cx race this season.



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    Was this Evergreen? Looks like it!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    hey, I'm Jake aka "Grill"
    from: tri-cities
    i ride BMX MTB and RDB
    next trail i want to hit is the state patrol trails in Kennewick, WA.
    my MtB



    my BMX



    i don't have a pic of my road bike yet
    They call me ...
    "Grill"

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    intro

    Hello, Im Glen, I live for cycling road and mtb, Family, God (don't let that fool you), I love all kinds of single track, xc, all kinds of cycling, I started cycling in 1979 in High school, road raced for about ten years then burned out and quit until about three years ago but I must say its not as fun as mt biking. I got my first mt bike in 86 (Specialized stump jumper) and fell in love with it although never raced mtb until just 4 years ago. I must say though just riding through the woods with my Wife and dogs is much more fun. I feel like a kid again every time i ride.
    The Jackster. you must earn your turns and ride to the top.

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    Jeremy, I live about half a mile from St. Eds so I grew up riding there. Just moved back after living in Bellingham for 5 years and I miss Galbraith more and more everyday. Ride XC, FR, and all mountain. Favorite places; galby, colonnade, tiger, and st. eds. Made it out to Moab last summer and had a blast! Gonna try and make it out to Duthie for a work party in the next few weeks as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eplanajr
    Eddie from Seattle here. I'm what one might call a beginner. More into the Downhill and some XC.. I've ridden Collonade and Tokul.
    I like having fun without gas on two wheels....


    and i like having fun with gas on two wheels....
    nice rides......like the excel wheels and black plastic!

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    I've been a member since September. Just really got back on a bike. As I just moved back to Spokane from way south Mississippi.

    Mainly like anything xc, easy to pretty rough. Would like to get into all mountain. I have a Gary fisher Wahoo I'm building up. Tried too hard putting off buying a crankset, settled on fsa v-drive. Not the best but better than most. Have been riding a Specialized Hardrock for the last few months.


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    Rivers here, yes that's my first name.
    New to Washington and the forum. Just moved to Oak Harbor from Kingsville, TX.
    I've been mostly a roadie as of late, but I've got a new 29er on the way.
    You can throw me in the "technical xc" category.
    I'll be found at Ft. Ebey, Mt. Erie, and I think it's Hart Lake until I discover other local areas.
    Would love to hit Mt. St. Helen this summer. Or any other of the bigger places around the NW area of the state.

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    Hello from bp

    I've been on this forum for several months but haven't signed in on the roll call before.

    My name is Bryan but I go by my initials most of the time. I'm from the Sammamish/Fall-City area. I only recently took up mountain biking (summer 07), and am trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can. I have a strong snowboarding background and mountain biking was a natural cross-over for me. I'll (try to) ride pretty much anything that looks fun and challenging. Favorite places so far include Colonnade, Tiger, Tokul and Soaring Eagle (which is right behind my house). I'm looking forward to getting further out this summer - Ape Canyon, Teanaway, Capitol Forest, ....

    To help build my knowledge & skills and to contribute back to this awesome sport, I've been doing a fair amount of trail building at Duthie Hill.

    Definitely interested in hooking up with some of you veterans so I can keep learning.

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    Chris from Federal Way

    Only been MTB'ing for about 4 months, but have fell in love with it.

    Not sure what kind of style is my favorite yet, as I have not tried them all out. The few trails I do ride, I like a lot.

    I ride a craigslist special '02 Stumpjumper FSR XC

    Lake Sawyer, Soaring Eagle, Paradise, SST are my favorites so far.

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    Been lurking quite a bit as of late, so figured it's about time I threw down my own introduction. Eric from Bothell... rode a ton of city and XC back in the mid to late 90's then switched over to BMX promptly afterward. Stopped riding when I moved to Las Vegas in '04 even though I've been back here since '07 haha, and have recently been recovering from a severe case of transverse myelitis which I was diagnosed with back in October. Still haven't fully recovered, and while it's likely I'll never get back up to 100% I figured it was high time to get back on a bike. Picked up a GT Avalanche, since I've always ridden GT's and I loooove their hard-tails... something about GT's triple triangle geometry wins me over every time. Anyway, wanting to get back into some XC as well as use the ride as a commuter a few times a week. Will probably get my practice in at St. Edward State Park, Carnation or Fall City, and little trips up and down Burke Gillman with the lady since she won't ride on the dirt. I'm also exceptionally close to Woodinville and the Thrilla route sounds awesome, but I haven't been able to find a clear map for the route yet.

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    Yoyo, my name is RJ Wright, just moved to Mill Creek from lake placid, NY. Loving it so far with the skiing and biking places all around!

    I will ride anything on 2 wheels. My main passion is DH and freeride, but I will ride XC, all mountain, and even 500-800 road miles a year.

    New to the area so I have hit the hot spots, gailbrath, whistler, paradise valley, colonnade, and working on my own trail now.

    I am looking to get into evergreen alliance and share my strong back and trail building knowledge to help progress our sport!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bighitboy
    Yoyo, my name is RJ Wright, just moved to Mill Creek from lake placid, NY. Loving it so far with the skiing and biking places all around!

    I will ride anything on 2 wheels. My main passion is DH and freeride, but I will ride XC, all mountain, and even 500-800 road miles a year.

    New to the area so I have hit the hot spots, gailbrath, whistler, paradise valley, colonnade, and working on my own trail now.

    I am looking to get into evergreen alliance and share my strong back and trail building knowledge to help progress our sport!
    You'll be stoked to know that we have pretty much zero ticks out here. Oh, and none of that 85 deg and 99% humidity.

    You've just hit the tip of the iceberg for sweet trails. You'll have years of new riding to do out here. I've been riding here for 10 years and have only done half of the trails in the state, at best.

    I assume you're into DH racing? Check out the Fluidride cup.

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    Better late than never?

    Hi. I'm Megan. I live, work, and ride like a turtle with polio in Kittitas Co. I have no enviable skilz (some would say no skilz at all) or killer bikes. I just like to ride when I get the chance, preferably XC-ish so I don't end up walking too much or whimpering for my mommy or both. I skijor with my little dog team in the winter so Bob/Borneo only gets to thrash me for part of the year.

    Probably the highlight of my MTB career so far was buying husband a surprise bike for Mother's day '09. He hasn't taken it back for a refund yet, so that's good.


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    I eat paste.
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    Hello from Everett

    Hi there, my name is Russell. I'm currently living in Everett, so I ride at Japanese Gulch a lot. But I moved down from Bellingham. Galbraith is still my favorite riding spot. But I ride at SST, Capital Forest, Tiger Mountain, Mt. Washington, and Whistler as well. I mostly prefer the FR/DH stuff, but I do have a trail bike that see's a lot of action.

    Hoping Stevens Pass will open a bike park soon!!

    My rides:

    KHS FR2000, current Whistler and general FR bike. Certainly taken a beating:



    Ironhorse MKIII, my trail bike. Love this thing!!




    And this is my latest purchase. Going to be replacing the KHS. Can't wait to build her up!!



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    Noob

    My name is Mike and I live in Woodinville. I'm a total noob but am hooked and have found my sport...I live real close to Paradise Valley and am out there 3 times a week on average. I'm still learning skills and am getting in shape but I love to ride. I joined Evergreen and have been meeting cool people there. I will also be doing Evergreen's bootcamps and other various classes. I've been riding for about 6 weeks now and am getting better and better with each ride. I look forward to hitting all the basic trails like Soaring Eagle, Beaver Lake, Banner Forest, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizm05
    My name is Mike and I live in Woodinville.
    Welcome aboard Mike... Eric here, the guy who's canceled a few of your posted rides out at Paradise in the last couple of weeks. Going to try getting out there a time or two before the weekend. Send me a PM if you wanna ride, or an email. You have my email still I assume. Either way.

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    When I'm not riding I'm writing...

    It just occurred to me that although I've been hanging around this forum for years and know several of the posters, I've never officially checked in or introduced myself. I'm Paul Andrews in Seattle, blogging as BikeIntelligencer.com and riding (for the time being, at least) a mix of XC and what might charitably be called "light freeride." (I'm also just a bike phanatyk, witness below.) So hey, hello Borneo and Skooks and DaveS and ebextreme and MikeW and others whose handles are familiar even if we've never met. See you on the trails!

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    Joel here. just wanted to throw my name in the roll call. This has been my first full year riding. I do all my riding over at Duthie since its near my friend's house. It makes for easy riding after work. I've been searching for something to satisfy the adrenaline addiction outside of the snowboard season and have finally found it.

    Just picked up a 2006 Devinci Chilipepper with a lot of aftermarket parts from craigslist. I've been riding a Giant Warp DS3 for most of the summer and this is a ginormous step forward for me.

    Looking forward to doing some exploring away from Duthie, but i'm having a really good time there. Currently just trying to learn how to jump and drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojotherider
    Joel here. just wanted to throw my name in the roll call. This has been my first full year riding. I do all my riding over at Duthie since its near my friend's house. It makes for easy riding after work. I've been searching for something to satisfy the adrenaline addiction outside of the snowboard season and have finally found it.

    Just picked up a 2006 Devinci Chilipepper with a lot of aftermarket parts from craigslist. I've been riding a Giant Warp DS3 for most of the summer and this is a ginormous step forward for me.

    Looking forward to doing some exploring away from Duthie, but i'm having a really good time there. Currently just trying to learn how to jump and drop.

    -joel
    Good for you Joel! Not too far from Duthie is Tokul East. There's some advanced XC lines there that are really fun with some kickers and a few fun tight corners. Also, if you want progressive jumps and drops, go to Colonnade downtown. Lots of stuff to work on there.

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    Hi, my name is Trevin. Originally from San Antonio, Texas but was born in Tacoma. I just moved here from Idaho where I did some very mild downhill and XC with friends. Never did comps or trials but would like to try some. Looking to do some XC, DH, FR, and anything else on my '07 Kona Coiler. I live in Olympia and have gone to a couple trails around here. I want to hit a few more before the real cold weather hits and I switch to snowboarding

    Fav trails right now: SST (what's left ) and Olympic Park (I think that's the place). I want to hit up all the trails you guys keep talking about in this thread. I'll tag along anytime if you guys want a riding buddy.

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    Hello, My name is Ian, 25yo and I live in Everett
    I grew up BMX everything, Race every sat & sun, ride street all week long. Then I went to college and the last 5 years I didn't get out of bed before noon much, and even then to just move to the couch in front of the TV.

    Now I am really getting into XC, although almost every time I ride I break another component. The job I scored gives 4 days off a week to ride,(or help trailbuild). I am currently researching what kind of bike I am going to buy for next season.

    The trails I seek are anything fast, twisty and can get my tires in the air. I cannot wait to try FR at stevens next year.

    Currently me and a couple buddies have been trying out the local spots, trying to find the ones we like the most. I've been having fun at Paradise Valley, Colonnade and Japanese Gulch. I really need a better bike though. I just bought a whole new snowboard setup and seasons pass, So I will probably have to wait a while.

    I plan to not be a lurker to the site, and I'm excited to get to know you all!

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    I'll be headed for Vancouver this coming Sat. Looking for some bikin friends to show me around. I think there is a place called Larch Mountain I need to check out. I like really technical long trail rides. Rocks and roots. Got some pix of the stuff I like to ride in my gallery. P M if your willin to show a newbe to the area around.
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    I'm Jeff living in Puyallup. I have been SS for 3 years and love it. Have been staying local but would like to try going over Naches pass. I also want to figure out the logging roads and trails from Pe Ell to the coast.

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    Hi, guys! Dave from Pasco, the flat, dry corner of the state.
    Not a tree-hugger, no trees to hug over here. Some gullies and treeless mountains, but mostly flat. If you look hard, you can find some pointy rocks to land on, though.
    I'm a weekend poser. I've been lurking for awhile while I built up my 29er. I love my new bike, even though she bucks me off once in awhile. I think I'll name her "Attractive Nuisance". Or is that weird? She's a used Asylum OCD (Titus Racer-X) build-up w/ misc parts.
    Does anyone else have tackweeds? AKA goat-heads or "puncture vine"?

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    Hello, my name is Corey.
    I just got back into mountain biking after taking a decade or more off.

    My first mountain bike was a Raleigh Instinct I bought from Angle Lake Bikes back around '88.
    I use to ride it local at Alki back then and take it on camping trips and ride fireroads and trails.

    Took time off as indicated above for reasons, then I drove by a bike store (Center Cycle in Renton) by accident one morning going into work via having the nav system guide me for kicks.
    It took me down a street close to work I had not been on, and all of a sudden I got the urge after seeing the store to start checking into a new bike.

    Within a week or so I had a new 2009 Rockhopper Pro.

    I am looking for places close to Auburn to ride singletrack, but I do not think any exist this close to me.
    Probably the closest would be Black Diamonds Lake Sawyer Trails (have not made it there yet), or in Renton.
    If anyone knows a place closer to ride, let me know.

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    My name's Andrew Fletcher-Love and I'm from Bellingham, WA. I am new to this site and looking to make some contacts. I am a professional trail builder. As a company we mainly build hiking trails, but I build motorcycle tracks and trails on my own and am looking for any opportunity to build more mt bike specific trails. The gnarlier the better. I have 1000's of operating hours on all kinds of small equipment. Hit me up if you have any questions cause I'm full of free advice.....amongst other things. peace
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    Hello Andrew, I would like to see some trails near Auburn.
    Closest trails are a few towns over in Black Diamond I believe.

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    Cory, not to sure about good riding trails near Auburn, but with your killer van looks like you would be pretty comfortable just about anywhere. I dig your rig... edit... I just realized that is not a van... my apologies..... still a cool rig.
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    He he, thanks Andrew.
    It has been called a Hummer before, but no one has even called my FJ Cruiser a van

    So many areas of woods around the Auburn/Enumclaw area though, a nice trail system out here would be cool, especially with views of Mt. Rainier too.

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    Enumclaw has lots of trails around it. I've built and maintained trails down there for years. There is a development outside Bonney Lake called Cascadia. They never got any houses up or anything, but they had us put in 3 miles of walking trail around it. There were miles of other user trails all around that area though. They were probably built by motorcycles, but I imagine they would be sweet to ride on a mt bike.

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    Thanks, I did not know those trails excised.
    Have not seen them listed on the Evergreen Trail site or others, or how to get to them.
    It would sure beat having to drive up to Greenwater to bike during the summer months.

    The only info I could find on the Bonney Lake one (use to live there years ago) was this site.
    http://www.livecascadia.com/article....=/articles/17/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fletcher-Love
    Enumclaw has lots of trails around it. I've built and maintained trails down there for years. There is a development outside Bonney Lake called Cascadia. They never got any houses up or anything, but they had us put in 3 miles of walking trail around it. There were miles of other user trails all around that area though. They were probably built by motorcycles, but I imagine they would be sweet to ride on a mt bike.
    Probably wrong but I believe that area used to be called Victor Falls which Cascadia closed to mtb.

    Single Track Mind MTB club used to run there annual 4 Hours of Adrenalin there. It was a fun place to ride when it was open.

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    I have heard of Victor Falls in the past, but I had not gotten back into biking yet.
    And when I did again this past summer, I head they had closed it down.

    We do need some good areas around here to go to.

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    That must be the same area, I read something that referenced a christmas tree farm and we were working right next to one. There were lots of trails around there.... and we added another 3 miles. Cascadia is going bankrupt I heard.... don't know if that changes the rules or not.

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    Idea! I'm new, and I guess Lame.....

    I am in Tacoma, I used to ride bikes A Lot when I was in Germany thanks to the US Army, A Looooot of time has passed, and I really do miss riding. I have tried trail walking, too slow, the only way to coast down a hill for me is to fall and roll.....

    SO....., back when I returned home (Washington) in 1992, I had my Trek shipped back, but never had time to ride with my work and class schedule. I ended up selling my bike to buy upgraded Dive gear.

    Then...., I got married in 94 and we bought matching Specalized hard rock bikes...I know how sweet...Anyway, I have never liked the bike, I always felt like either it was too big or the geometry was wrong. So, we only rode a few times and here I am 41 and have gained more weight than I wanted, I know of no person that rides a bike...Seriously. I am not a slob, but I never thought I would let my self get to be one of the people that was not "Outside".
    Lately for some reason I have really,really been wanting to get back into riding, but man do I feel like my Dad! All of the new terms, and the bikes...oh,My! I am still trying to find the one that fits like back in the day, as I would really like my entire family to get into this the way I was when I was in the service.

    Now, that I have rambled, if this is ever actually read (I am also new to the "Forum" thing) Is there anyplace that I can read and/or find out about where to ride, what are good trail manners, but I guess my biggest one is is it frowned upon to let your dog run with you in the woods? I would'nt let him go an a paved trail with lots of people, but I would really like to like on logging roads (he is a 100% Benji Look-A-Like)

    any point's in the right direction would be great, I feel like I typed a lot, and I'm not sure if I got my point...or anything across, and I refuse to proof read this!

    In Closing thanks for letting me in to your exclusive community....the regrestration was tough! Hopefully I will have something to contribute in the near future, until then I will go back under the bridge and think up three questions for the next person to come by...

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    Not quite up there yet but figured I would say hi. I am moving to the Seattle area in mid January from Texas. Im not quite sure where I am looking to move to in that area yet so any suggestions would be great! I am only looking to spend about $700/mth on a 1bed apt in the Seattle area as I will be working at Nordstrom. My next question is will my current bike handle the trails up there? I ride an 09 GF Advance that is completely stock for the moment and it holds up well to the 2' drops and few tree roots and rock gardens we have here. I would be doing larger drops and bigger trails if we had them here. So will the bike at least get me started up there until I turn it into a commuter after I break it?

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    Alrighty then.

    Moved back here to Ferndale (N. of Bellingham) a month ago from Phoenix.

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    Would like to find some trails around here. Thinking of hitting up Whistler at some point this year... Evergreens and forest is a nice scenery change from cacti and desert..

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    Patrick from Bothell

    I like singletrack of all flavors. Just got a new FS 29er a few weeks back, so my riding preferences may change (become a bit more aggressive).

    One of my favortite trails thus far - Mission Ridge out near Cashmere. Without total focus, you could get into a lot of trouble very quickly. But it was FUN!

    Possibly going to Whistler this summer.

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    Hello people!
    Name is Chris and I hail from Vancouver Wa! woo! the 'couve! Im somewhat new to actual mountain biking and would say I enjoy AM riding....pretty much just whatever i can ride. Havn't been able to really get out there and hit the trails I know are out there because of the weather but soon enough i hope to be hittin all that the surrounding areas have to offer!
    Yeah! I can bust a wheelie!

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    The only riding Ive done here is Capitol Forest, I ride on Wed and Sat mornings.

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    Hey guys, Im Kevin.

    I live in Bremerton originally from Texas, Been here for a few years but never had time to do anything because of the Navy now that im out I have alot of catching up to do. I recently bought a bike, a Rize4 my first full suspension, Havent rode in 7 or 8yrs and damn my butt hurts. So far Ive only rode Banner and Wildcat. Banner seems cool for now so I can get my stamina back up and get used to riding again, Today I went out to wildcat trail that was alot more fun. So see yall out there Ill prolly be the guy going the wrong way.

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    Checking in on Fidalgo Island

    Jon here...currently living on Fidalgo Island, been riding off and on for a long time, but just bought my first mountain bike in sixteen years and it has me very excited to ride again. I'm pretty familiar with Ft. Ebey, I'm working hard on learning the trails here on Fidalgo, and I'm very interested in exploring the rest of the state.

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    hey, Joe here,

    Just moved out here to Wenatchee, Wa last summer, got some awesome trails out here. Just started rebuilding a full susp given to me last year, decided to start a new sport. I have only done Sage Hills trail, and some mission ridge trails, looking to do Devils Gulch once the snow clears!!



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    Hey hey, the name's Dustin. I live in the U-district (of Seattle for those who aren't familiar) and I ride at the Colonnade. I'm not totally sure what niche of riding I like to do best right now, dirt jumping has been fun though. As for what trail I'd like to ride... the new Stevens Pass park once it's up and going.

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    Name's gabe. I have just started in this. I have no idea where I like to ride or what my style is. I have had my bike for about 4 days now and had it out 3 times at saint edward.

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    Hey there, the names Dima. I just bought a new Dimaondback Sortie Black, I mean Sortie 1 haha. I started off on a regular department store MTB but finally stepped up to a more reliable, less aching bike(from what i heard). I have only ridden Tiger Mt area all last season. I hope to find new trails and explore more and hopefully find some fellow friendly riders. Im not sure what kind of riding i prefer but i just like to go out and kill the trails.This forum is great, and happy trails!


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    Capitol Hill, Seattle.
    Got a mountainbike last year at this time, so I'm one year deep. I spent a lot of time riding solo at Tokul last summer. Mountainbiking is the first thing I've found in a long time that I can enjoy by myself (RDRR, jokers)...
    I like "mountain biking," I'm terrified of wood and gap jumps. Too bad I have a squishy bike that makes everyone think I want to jump off stuff.

    ...looking to get more involved in the trail maintenance stuff.

    carry on.

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    My name is Garren. I live in Wenatchee. I sport a 2008 Hard Rock Comp Disc.
    I'd say technical XC.
    I'm ready for Devils Gultch.

    I need some riding buddies.... Send a PM if you want to ride.

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    Hi. I live close to Vancouver in a town you've likely never heard of. Name's Victoria. I'm not a trailrider so much as someone that constantly uses a bike because I've never liked driving cars
    I've got two lovely 1970 era cruisers to fix up over the summer, and I've been looking for a good community that's based in WA (and not OR for once!) for sharing and support and general rants.

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    Hola Washignton,

    Shawn from Seattle... Took a couple year break from MTBing, but am ready to get back to the dirt business.
    I bought a Diamondback (!!!) Sortie 3 last year and all it's missing is mud.
    I Love grinding up and flying down equally. I've done a bunch of the well known trails but am into trying new ones as well.
    Anyone have time to give me a tour of Duthie? I went to the fundraiser today and am royally stoked to check it out... Cheers!

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    Will here..

    I recently moved back to the yak after living in a few different places around the West. Been shralping my Transition Covert on lots of different singletracks. Mostly quick rides out at Cowiche Canyon, but we've made it down to the S. Fork Walla Walla, Echo, Ancient Lakes, etc...


    We've been riding desert since the end of Feb. time for the mtns to open up!

    I also am an avid dirt jumper. I've got a brand spankin new Simple 26" djer that Oscar built here in the yak.

    Theres a road bike in my stable also. It's an 86' Guerciotti. I love it, but would rather play in the dirt

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    Name: Rick

    Location: Spokane

    Where I ride: Riverside State Park, Beacon, Mt. Spokane, High Drive...

    Bikes: Ellsworth Epiphany
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    ????? (always looking for a new toy)

    I sort of lost track of mountain biking after having my second child and buying our first house, so I took about 7-8 years off. Decided to go all out and get a decked out ride to get back into it last spring after contemplating it for a couple of years. I'm hooked again and also got bit by the DH bug and decided I needed a full-on DH bike too. I'm looking forward to trying out some races this year and venturing out to some new areas, especially some resort riding (lift accessed)!

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    Chris from Bellevue

    Tech XC/AM/light FR

    Usually ride Paradise, St. Edwards, or Tapeworm, but I think I'm going to be spending a lot of time out at Duthie Hill this summer. I also love to get out to Suntop/Skookum Flats, Mima Falls loop in Capitol Forest, and tried the Crystal Mtn. loop for the first time last year.

    This year, the goal is to get down to St. Helens and do Ape Canyon, and Nason Ridge is pretty high on the list, too.

    Currently riding a home-built BMC Superstroke 01 with lots of goodies, and boy do I love this bike.
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    Ben from Mount Vernon. DH/Freeride. Spoiled at Galbraith. Looking to branch out, meet new people. Curious about NorthFork and Duthie....

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    What's up peoples? I'm Erik from Redmond. I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, and smooth jazz... Oh wait, no I don't. Except our sweet Olympic Mts Sunsets.

    I currently ride (and are breaking) a Specialized Epic. Mostly at Duthie or where ever I can drop off things and damage this bike that's not meant for doing things as such. Haha.

    I'm looking to get into an Enduro soon! W00t! All Moutain FTW!

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    good to see you around these parts Erik.

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    Thanks Joe! We need to hit up Duthie!

    P.S.- Those springs are still sitting in my garage... Haha.

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    Hi everyone! Mike here from Puyallup...

    I was riding pretty hard 4-5 years ago then stopped for a while. I just got a '10 GT Zaskar and loving it! I've mostly been riding Dash Point and Clark's Creek lately as well as the short loop behind my house. Pretty much a standard XC rider, but getting more aggressive and clearing more obstacles lately.

    I really want to check out Duthie and some of the other new stuff that popped up while I was on hiatus. Anyone who wants to meet up for a ride give me a hollar!

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    I'm Craig in Moses Lake. I've been out of biking for 20 years but enjoying it again. I have a Trek 4500 and a highly modified Y-frame Trek. My wife has a Diamondback something-or-other and a Trek Y-33. We like the Trek Y's for their plush ride which is easy on us. and they are easy to find at decent prices. Favorite trail is across the trestle and up along the freeway to the cut. I like X/C in the desert. We also like to visit Idaho with our kids and grandkids and ride the CDA trail. We hope to get onto the gondola-fed beginner trails at Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho soon.

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    I'm Walter and I'd like to say hi to everybody. Biking has always been a major part of my life but mostly on the road side. Mountain biking has always been something I've wanted to do much more of but obligations on the road never allowed for any real trail riding except for a few weeks in the off season. I may be older and slower now but my passion for riding has never been stronger because I mainly ride mountain bikes and it's something I do with close friends and on dirt. I like to ride all types of trails from XC to DH and my favorite trail is the one I'm riding at the moment with my friends. Hope my body can keep itself together long enough so I can keep enjoying many more years of riding and to explore new places.

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    Dave from Gig Harbor. Bought my first Mt Bike back in 87 or so. Specialized Hardrock. Had lots of different bikes since then. I have not ridden much in the last 10 years. This spring retired the GT LTS_team and picked up a Stumpjumper s-works and have rediscovered my love of Mt. biking. Ride mostly out at Banner Forrest but occasionally get to other trails. Even have the wife riding and we are really having a good time.

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    Hello from Bellingham/Issaquah. On my way back to school next week (Western Washington University) but until then I will be up at Duthie on my days off. I'm just getting back into the sport and will be looking for people to ride with in the Bellingham area. So if you feel like doing some XC/AM riding, throw me a PM.

    Just bought an 09' Kona Cindercone. Happy with the way it feels so far. I did however discover that finding the right bike for a 6'4" person is not the easiest task, but i lucked out.

    Ride on,
    -Justin

    Here's a pic with my rig.

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    Ryan from Seattle/Windermere. I just moved out here a few weeks ago for my masters from UW so trying to ride a bit of everything for now to see whats out there. Grew up in Michigan riding XC, went to school for 4 years in Chicago so got out of riding for a bit and now getting back into it. I ride a Giant Trance X and am getting into more all mountain type riding. Anyone in the area wanna ride/carpool to any trails just shoot me a PM

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    Chris from Renton.
    I live a few blocks from the Tapeworm, so I've been riding it several times a week since 97ish. I took a few years off from riding after my kids were born, but back in March I got back into riding and picked up an 09 specialized XC Pro. Now I ride with a group of buddies every weekend, and we ride all the great local spots (Tiger, Tolt, Lake Sawyer, Duthie etc.) and I'm always up for trying new trails and people to ride with!

    I'm currently working on repairing the Tapeworm/parasite, and we have some cool plans for a newly fallen tree on the tapeworm. Hope to have it up and running next week.
    By buddies and I are also putting in a new trail in that area that should be a nice change of pace to the worm/parasite. We got permission and plans, now just need to get to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch
    Chris from Renton.
    I live a few blocks from the Tapeworm, so I've been riding it several times a week since 97ish. I took a few years off from riding after my kids were born, but back in March I got back into riding and picked up an 09 specialized XC Pro. Now I ride with a group of buddies every weekend, and we ride all the great local spots (Tiger, Tolt, Lake Sawyer, Duthie etc.) and I'm always up for trying new trails and people to ride with!

    I'm currently working on repairing the Tapeworm/parasite, and we have some cool plans for a newly fallen tree on the tapeworm. Hope to have it up and running next week.
    By buddies and I are also putting in a new trail in that area that should be a nice change of pace to the worm/parasite. We got permission and plans, now just need to get to work!
    Good to know that the Worm is going to see some love! It really needs it. We were out there last night and there's significant wind damage on the Worm and Parasite. Unfortunately a saw was needed or possibly a chainsaw and of course our saw was back at home. We tried to move what we could but some things were just too big and long.
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    I need to get over there sometime, have never been there, and Auburn is not to far away.
    I work in Renton.

    Sure wish there was a nice trail network near Auburn besides the Black Diamond area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxOverFence
    Good to know that the Worm is going to see some love! It really needs it. We were out there last night and there's significant wind damage on the Worm and Parasite. Unfortunately a saw was needed or possibly a chainsaw and of course our saw was back at home. We tried to move what we could but some things were just too big and long.
    The huge 60ft+ tree that is in the middle of the run on the tapeworm was brought down by us. The tree blew over a few years ago, but a couples buddies and I have noticed it was slowly dropping lower adn lower each week. Last week it was so low you could barely walk under it, so we decided to bring it down before it fell on someone. Luckily a group of 4 or 5 guys came riding up to that spot and they all had saws! We were able to de-limb it and bring it to the ground.

    I've been trying to gather lumber this past week so we can turn that log into a nice bridge. It will start off wide with an easy ramp that drops off to the left to the old trail bed, and a more advanced "skinny" coming off the root ball and dropping back down to the trail. Unless someone with a chainsaw gets to it before we do. I'd rather have it became a nice new feature and not just cut up and cleared away. We also ahve plans to repair a lot of the older ladders and bridges. They need some love.

    One tree fell on the parasite about a month ago and we were able to position it across two parts of the trail and add some more technicallity to the Parasite. With all the wind we have recieved I'm sure there are a lot more tree down, so we may bust out the chainsaws and see if we can add more "fun" to the trail!

    If anyone knows of a good place to get free scrap lumber we could definitely use some! We want to help make the Tapeworm and Parasite great trails again, because anyone who rides them knows they need some TLC.

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    Hello Again....

    Hola all. I have been off the bike for over a year and a half from injuries and general laziness but I am happy to say the fire is getting stoked again.

    Went and rode Duthie for the first time since it has become "all that" and wow, sure is a cool place to ride. I even worked on the skinny's and jump (small one out of the 5) to find some dormant skills. The last time I rode Duthie before this it was just an itch in Westra's pants.

    Well I am out in Snoqualmie now and will be riding all winter and have the lights charged up for some night riding. The wife has been commuting some and will be joining me on the trails as well.

    We are riding a hardtail 29er and SC Juliana and if anyone wants to sample the 29er goods just hit me up. The bike is a large Kona 1X9 with front suspension.

    Hope to see you on the trails...
    db

    Picture of Melanie at the "old" Duthie. Can't wait to show her the new...


    And one from local training rides here in Snoqualmie...
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    Hey my names scott
    I just started ridding Mountain bikes this year and im loving it.
    So far the only places i have ridden are Banner forest and black diamond
    I want to hit up some fun trails this winter, and maybe this summer get up into the mountains and do some climbing. Im mostly intrested in cross country and trails.
    I'm hopping to make some contacts and find some people to meet up with and go ridding with, cause at the moment i only have one friend to do it with haha.

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    Hey Scott. Where you live? We have a pretty good group of guys we ride with out at Banner. All different skill levels. Going out there tomorrow (Sat). Email me if you want to meet up out there some time.

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    Hope new to forums but not to biking

    Hey everyone... I somehow stumbled upon this forum looking for a new bike rack lol. Anyways. My name is Cassandra but most everyone calls me cass of cassie. I live in Battle Ground, WA. I am a casual trail rider, and a avid mountain biker. I am doing a trip to Hebo,Oregon this weekend. Then upgrading going down the coast to Brookings. Then riding down to Santa Rosa, CA. Then the kicker:riding the Transamerica Trail from portland to Virginia. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures up yet. I will do so soon. If anyone else has any fave spots or what to take, let me know!

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