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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Changed the cranks before the ride so I have much more reasonable gearing, 32/24 instead of 38/26 (WTF Shimano? Who has the knees to climb in the 38/26? Gah, what was I thinking that the XT double would work for me).
    Nice to see your ride report and pic Stripes! So glad you are able to enjoy the trails more now. I'm curious - what chainrings/crankset did you get? Did you have to change derailleur at all? I too am using the lowest possible Shimano XT 2x10 gearing and completely agree - it leaves much to be desired on steeper climbs. Mr. Shred doesn't seem to notice, of course. But I do.
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    Tonight's story...

    A bottle sails, THUNK.

    Misses me, skids in the snow

    But leaves me angry

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    you are in the northeast right? how you feelin bout this storm?
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    pretty sure mtbxplorer is in VT if i'm not mistaken.

    be glad you're in cali!
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    Yes,I'm in central VT. Here it changed to rain this morning, but I stayed home getting ready for company. Hope they get here soon, as it's down to 32F now. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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    Milder weather this weekend

    -1c and foggy. Some snow melted but ground is frozen and Humber River remains ice covered
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    -1c mild? Sheesh? So good to see you're out riding for sure.

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    I took the fatbike and the boys out for a ride before work...

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    Unseasonably warm weather today in upstate New York. Did a nice 2 hour solo ride at Chenango Valley State Park near Binghamton. Felt amazing to get back out on the bike again after a brutally busy semester that didn't allow me to ride as much as I would have liked. Also the first ride on my bike since I rebuilt my fork..happy with how it feels.
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    ^^ for some reason i thought you were in wyoming? or was that somebody else?

    btw, got a fat bike only had it less than a week, and i've had three rides. the snow is starting to get a little slushy so i need some colder temps to firm it up. then it's game on!

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    ^Haha nope, I'm from good ole' upstate NY. And that's an awesome fatbike! Been dying to give one a try!

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    Nice fatty, selfie, and a cute pup too, Nicole. Sadly this weekend's rain, freezing rain, and temps as high as 45F has just about killed our snow for fatbiking here in central VT. I have about 2" left in the yard but it may not survive the day. Then I see we're back to below zero tomorrow night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    ^^ for some reason i thought you were in wyoming? or was that somebody else?

    btw, got a fat bike only had it less than a week, and i've had three rides. the snow is starting to get a little slushy so i need some colder temps to firm it up. then it's game on!

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    Wow! I see you rollin' and I'm hatin'...hating the fact that you got a fat bike and I want one! Nice pics. You're smaller, so tell me how the Pugsley feels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailrider92 View Post
    ^Haha nope, I'm from good ole' upstate NY. And that's an awesome fatbike! Been dying to give one a try!
    CVSP - my stomping grounds, too. I'm originally from Bingo but now live in Ithaca. However, I frequent CVSP most weekends. I recognized those trails right away - nice pics .
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    Petey, it's an XS! surley is one of the few that carries that size. Most others are 17in and up
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    ^ How does it handle? I've been interested in the XS Mukluk, in part because I wanted to get into off-road bike touring. I think Fatback also makes a bike down to 14"? But it's really $$$.
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    i've only had it a week, and it's been less than stellar conditions. the good thing about the pugs is that the lowest model, still has decent wheels and tires (something that many budget fatbikes need upgrading). The mukluk is a bit more pricy. the major diff between those two, is i believe geometry. The mukluk is slacker.
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    ^ Nice pics Nicole and congrats on your new fatbike.
    I have to wait til next season to get one
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    Ice storm here in southern Ontario... so what to do but check out the conditions!

    Every home had a tree that cracked and broke branches under the weight of the freezing rain building up on the trees
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    Beautiful effects
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    Checking out the river valley
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    We rode in the open areas because of the danger of falling branches.
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    Found a schoolyard with glare ice. Thank you studded tires
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    Ducking the hanging boughs
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    Great ride. Now time to head home and shovel the driveway
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    ^^ Awesome pix, story, and exploring. Hope your power is on, some further north in VT don't have theirs back on for Christmas from last weekend's ice here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Warm day in Santa Cruz last weekend. Wonderful conditions, no one around. Good to get out and ride 4 months post-op. Need to get fitted for my new bike though (Mojo HD), because it's sooo much fun and I want to maximize what I can do it on it

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    Sweet! Love the bike. Love the smile, cool hair too. And the pup! All in all, great set of pics.

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    Aloha Licious! Awesome! Love it. Looks too damn cold for me but you still have that smile. Real passion....

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    New Year's Day selfies

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    Rang in the new year with one of my favorite rides- headed out from my house and rode up and around and back down the mountains which bisect El Paso. Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.
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    ^^It looks like you've started off 2014 in great style!

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    welp. this is what i did today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    welp. this is what i did today.
    Love all the little details you use to personalize your bikes! How's the Pugsley treating you since you've had some time in the saddle?
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    Well I couldn't get the jumping pic to upload, but here's one from yesterday's ride while I screwed up the courage to descend this. I made it, but it looks much worse from this angle than it really is. Been splitting my time this winter between DH and XC and probably spending more time on the DH bike, which is just way more fun!

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    Oh how I miss that terrain and weather. Don't get me wrong, winter and rock gardens can be cool but I miss that open ground. West coast?
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    This week has been perfect for ice biking.
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    Last weeks storms caused quite a few trees to get knocked down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post

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    Yikes, I would be scared to ride that close to open water. How did you decide it was OK? Follow someone bigger? Or was it shallow and pretty warm like it was here yesterday (30F)? The glare ice shot is impressive!

    I went to Uberwintern, a fatbike event in Stowe Saturday, and the trails were great! This spot is called the Green Chair and has a great view of the mountain.
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    Yesterday I took the dog biking on local trails and was really happy he did not chase any critters and was very well behaved when we met skiers and walkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Yikes, I would be scared to ride that close to open water. How did you decide it was OK? Follow someone bigger? Or was it shallow and pretty warm like it was here yesterday (30F)? The glare ice shot is impressive!

    I went to Uberwintern, a fatbike event in Stowe Saturday, and the trails were great! This spot is called the Green Chair and has a great view of the mountain.
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    Yesterday I took the dog biking on local trails and was really happy he did not chase any critters and was very well behaved when we met skiers and walkers.
    The ice is several inches thick (we've had a couple weeks of freezing temps) but it's true you don't want to get too close to the edge. In some sections you can see the multiple layers of ice (which looks like escarpment rock) Although I've been riding on the ponds and rivers for 4-5 year (some years did not get cold enough to freeze) I only ride with experienced riders who know the conditions and safe sections. I've developed more confidence so I'm ok riding near the open sections.


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    Looks like fun, what tyres you using on that ice?
    It's a ton o'fun! On the last ride, we had 11 people in our group. 6 riders had never experienced ice biking before and all reported they couldn't wait to go out again !

    Studded tires are best on ice. 3 folks in our group rode fat bikes, no studs. The fat bikes did well on snow covered sections but not so well on glare ice and off camber stretches. It's also better to run less air pressure in the tires. After some trial and error (many wipe-outs) riders were letting more air out of their tires.

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    ^^Thanks!

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    Year round commuting is an adventure every day. -17F this morning.
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    Wow! I commute year round but it only gets down to high 40's here. Gets quite wet and nasty though.

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    ^^ Cool! Cold wet rain is plenty rugged and worse in some ways! At least at -17F, you and the bike stay clean and dry!

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    No pic for my ride today but all week I have been hitting the local rail-trail in the snow. Nice super-cold powder snow, about 7 inches and 10 deg. It got a little rough today when it was all tracked up by a snow mobile, oh well. At least the scenery was picturesque with the light coming through the trees and glaring in on the creek beside.
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    Enjoying this thread!

    We're having another deep freeze. Hoping to get out there and ride soon
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    If you are within striking distance of Gorham NH...

    ...the trails at the Moose Brook Fatbike Race were fun, even at 5F and windblown! There is camping too, I may go back for that.
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    I love the bar mitts

    Today hubby wanted a treat from the Turkey hill outside the neighborhood. Fortunately he mentioned it before I was going to hop on the indoor bike 18 deg and the clerk was like 'OMG you are out riding?" I laughed, because my work crew is always outside anyway. It just felt good to get some wheel time in
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    I love all the fat bikes in this thread! I took mine on an 8 mile solo ride yesterday in about 2-3in of fresh snow. One other fatbiker had been out, but most of the trails were undisturbed snow Today we got another 12in, with freezing rain on top, so I don't know when I'll get out again, but yesterday was fun!
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    <looking longingly>

    Today I was tempted to go ride the rail trail on mondays 6 inches of powder, but it got freeze rained and melted into the point that there was several inches of water. Tomorrow will be an ice ride maybe
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    Sucking wind today at the local "Frozen Onion" fatbike race! My throat is sore from all the heavy breathing. The hills were tough because the trail had not set up from the snowstorm earlier this week, so everyone was pushing through soft snow, and the footprints and sun only made it worse with successive laps. The downhills were super fun and fast, though, which is pretty much what I say about any trail. Stuck it out for the 4 laps, the 4th one was pretty lonely and DFL, but folks were really nice to stay around to cheer me through the finish line. Thanks to the Elks and Country Club for letting Onion River Sports have the race there.

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    We snowshoed a new trail alignment. Snow in the forest was deep (knee to thigh deep in spots). We snowshoed down to the river which was snow covered, and solid but spongy in spots. Great day snowshoeing ~10km

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    found another deer leg on the trail
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    built a fire to warm up
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    Roasted some mushrooms
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    It looks like someone's standing inside that big camp fire and I hope those shrooms ain't the same ones those dudes in the Phillip Seymour Hoffman dead thread have been eating ^^

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    ^^ I would have to agree with manbat - your friend does look a little warm! Great pix & adventure, thanks for sharing.

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    Aloha! Awesome pics. Keep 'um coming. How fun!!!

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    Third ride on my as-yet-unnamed bike. The scene: Syncline in the Columbia River Gorge. I had one of those horrible days where it felt like I was learning to ride a bike all over again, but it was a gorgeous day & I was with friends, so who really cares.

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    Aloha, Nice!! Yay, riding season's return in many parts of the country.

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    So great to see green grass and a new bike - can't wait!

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    Weather is drying up here again so being as its a lovely day we took the camera n got some action shots for a change.





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    ^ Great shots! I took advantage of the gorgeous weather this weekend and got some riding in as well. Can't beat 80 in April after the winter we've had in upstate New York.
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    Gab, is that a Feed Bag I see on your handlebars? I guess I won't make one for you now....

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    Gab, is that a Feed Bag I see on your handlebars? I guess I won't make one for you now....
    Yep! That's MBO guide swag from several years ago I can always use another...maybe a leftie.
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    My cartoonish Saturday morning ride:

    So on what will probably be one of the last "spring" rides this year, before it gets stupidly hot here in the El Paso, I was riding up the road into the local state park. Out of no where a coyote runs across the road. I kid you not, 5 seconds later a roadrunner darts across in the opposite direction. I'm pretty sure he would have said "beep, beep" had he not had breakfast dangling from his mouth.

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    ^^ hahahaha Cool, didn't know the roadrunners were for real, but we do have coyotes here in VT. One grabbed a neighbor's mini-dachshund, but it lived.

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    HAHA!! That is hilarious. I love those moments when I laugh to myself in my head...........

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    Finally got to have an hour long ride around Mt Gretna. The day job has had me so worked up almost 70 hrs a week with hardly a chance to squeak out a 15 min roll around town. It felt so good 8 miles and a perfect evening...
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    I am very stoked to be reconnecting up with some gals for rides. Out of my local bunch most gals have drifted away, become runners, soccer moms, whatever.... Anyway, finding new friends who want to go play. We had an impromptu get together the

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    Sweet! As my friend says, we all need more "T.I.T.S" - Time In The Saddle. My GF said I have more but hers will always be bigger.

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    Yay for new riders.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabrielle View Post
    +1 that is funny.
    Gab and I need some post-worthy photos from this weekend. I did get to ride with my bbb (best biking bud) after a few years of it not happening since we live lots of hours apart. It's pretty easy to just get too busy and let life get in the way. So we made it happen and I did the 6 hour drive. We got in two great rides before the rains came in. We have been bike adventuring together since 2002 and somehow let a few years get in the way.... not going to happen again, is it??!!

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    The local trails (Millstone) opened and I took the dog for a nice ride. I went 6.85 miles plus sawed a few blowdowns, while he ran 9.2 (he has a GPS collar). Saw an owl trailside...
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    Our new local riding group is really gathering momentum
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    First post here Yucky pic!

    Hey Ladies. This is my first post so here goes. Here's my badly swollen knee that doesn't even look like a knee with 3 stitches from my crash. Been back to mtn biking a couple months now after a few years off. Got some new pedals and installed them myself. So I didn't tighten my shoe bolts on my cleats down tight enough. After 14 miles of rough riding I must have lost a bolt. This made my left foot be able to spin in my pedal but would not let me out of the pedal. Rocky section I come up on fast and decide to hike-a-bike. Put on the brakes and Boom, can't get out of the pedal and wipeout into gravel, rocks,sticks,leaves and junk. Pulled a stick out of the hole and a river of blood started. Got up and started walking and yelling for the hubby up ahead. He came and checked my shoe and tightened that one remaining bolt down like a brute. Got on the bike for 3 more miles of riding to the truck. With blood pouring down my leg into my shoe. I can't believe how mad I was, didn't even shed one tear but let out a few cuss words. I'm mad I didn't make him take a pic with it all nasty and blood everywhere though! LOL, it's a trophy now!

    Moral of the story I won't ever try do fix anything on my bike again without making my hubby do it.



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    Ouch!Heal up!
    I learned to always carry/wear a bandana. Tie it around an injury so I don't bleed all over on the way out.

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    That idea for the bandana is great! Thanks for the tip. Plus it would have kept the extra mud I got in it out from that last part of the ride. Doc had to scrub it all out and gave me a tetanus shot too. Thank goodness for the numbing shots he gave me first.

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    I suggest just having hubby check your work. Knowing how to fix most things on your own bike is a good things. I have my hubby check my bolts as my hand strength is non-existing. I can't tighten things very well.

    Carrying a first aid kit in addition to a bandana is a good idea, too.

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    Yeah I agree. I have zero hand strength too. When we first started biking years ago he got me in the living room and made me change my tubes out and do a couple easy things like that. I never ride without him though. He carries around a first aid kit but we didn't have a band-aid big enough for the hole. We put a smaller one over it at the time but it came off pretty quick with the blood running. He'll usually just change my tire if it gets flat (which is not that often) since it would take me so much longer and you are standing there hot and sweaty and the mosquitos are swarming.

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    Bandana- takes up almost no room in the pack and is good for many things in addition to first aid. Mine gets used as a under-the-helmet layer in cool weather. Thin enough to fit comfortably under the helmet and yet surprisingly warm. In warm weather, dip it into a cool stream, put it around your neck and it provides instant cooling.
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    Ouch! I've had some hard lessons about tightness early on, but they were just derailleurs and such. Had a bear trap pedal to the shin once with a 3 stitch gash, that hurt bad enough without being speared...

    One good recommendation I took when I was getting used to wrenching was to get a small torque wrench. There are some small handheld ones for bike work that don't cost much and then you know for sure its set to the factory torque. Never had a loose one since, almost 12 years later.

    Shoe bolts are a bit odd to tighten the first time. Tighten, use a while, tighten again when the rubber squishes a little. Then they are a real pain to loosen once the corrosion sets in. Glad to hear that was all the injury from that, no collar bones and such. Live long, recover quickly
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    mini torque wrench, great idea!

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    Yeah, I think we already have one actually. Hubby doesn't like me messing with his tools though, he's kinda crazy about that LOL. He absolutely loves messing with bikes and really it was dumb of me to do that because he would have done it but I was in a hurry. We were going to ride that day and I just slapped em on and didn't give it a 2nd thought until I was pulling the stick out of my leg. I don't really enjoy tuning bikes or doing much other than just riding, so I gladly let him do it. Thanks for the great tips! Going to definitely pickup a couple bandana's - plus they look cool !

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    Today was the perfect day for some in-the-trees singletracking. I didn't have time for going to the bigger park(Mt Gretna) but Lancaster Central park was good enough for some solo trails. In fact I didn't give the park as much credit as it may be due because there were several trails that I didn't know existed even though I've been going there for almost 10 years. It's nice being surprised in a park 5 mi from home


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    Yeah, ah, as I said I can do the basic things needed. Except tighten things tight enough obviously, LOL. I would never go mtn biking without my husband though. We have always ridden together unless I'm sick and he goes with our friends. If he can't go I wouldn't go anyway. Call me old fashioned, and I would never consider going alone. I've road biked without him a couple times on local group rides but that's it. Not as fun if he's not there.

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    Awesome how those hidden gems pop out on you. Love discovering something like that! Cool pics.


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    Here are a couple from today. 16.5 miles, 4400'. All the climbs were forest roads, all the descents buff old school singletrack. I feel great. It's pretty early in the season to feel great on a big ride like that so I feel GREAT. Today's Pic or Story-img_1866.jpg

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    ^^Nice! That is a lot of climbing!

    Two rides so far on the new bike. The first one was the day after a hailstorm, and it looked like a Cuisinart had gone through the tree canopy - shredded leaves everywhere.

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    Our womens' rides are an unqualified success. We are having lots of gals show up, from the racer chicks to newbies. There is nothing like watching the Lady Train snaking up the trail...
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    Today was so hot in my work truck/station. The thermometer inside said 97 deg F with almost no wind. If there was an up side it would be that my diet is a lot more effective when I have no urge to snack/eat heavy in the heat.

    After getting out a little before sunset, trails were calling so I donned my suit(thank goodness for breathable fabrics instead of work jeans Central park along the Connestoga river. Close enough to be on the way home without being significantly out of the way. In the woods it was a chilly(as if) 77 deg. Wooo hooo

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    I was tempted when work finished early to go jump in the lake(which has a nice sand beach on the one side), but stuck to riding Did 10.5 miles of fire road and rail trail, then went back up to the top of the mountain to the car. Fwew that was a hard hill, lol.

    Then My S.O called and suggested I ride down to meet for dinner... another 10 miles away. If only that was every Friday
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    I did two rides this weekend with my hubby. He's had a bum knee since ski season so this was a test. Yesterday's went well enough that we went back for more today, this time at our favorite techhy area. For all of you with SOs, you know some days are great and some are not. We had a great day... He took some pics of me ( aww)

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    Nice shots I know how those knees can be. Only thing that keeps mine moving and relatively pain free is riding trails. Now to just get the carpal tunnel figured out...
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    Great contributions, all. Cross post from the commuter forum...

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    I pressed the commuter into shuttle service for my paddle today. 8 miles by river, 4 by road to return to the put in and car. This is in the Northeast Kingdom, north of Kingdom Trails by 20+ miles. Worked like a charm, the beaver dams were more challenging than the bike shuttle. I locked the bike at the downstream take out and then locked the kayak after the paddle until I returned with the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Great contributions, all. Cross post from the commuter forum...
    That's so cool! Yeah, love using my commuter (cargo bike) to do errands and stuff.

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    Me and Keeper at Millstone today...before the fawn. That turned out OK too. Also before I realized I locked 2 sets of keys in the car - DOH!

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    Today's story: I learned to jump this weekend!!!
    I had pretty much given up, and made the decision to keep my wheels on the ground as all I've done over the years is hurt myself.

    One of my new riding pals convinced me to go to the Sugar Showdown in Seattle this weekend, and I am so glad I did. It cracked me up to be a biker with 10+ years of riding but zero experience jumping but there you have it.

    Kat Sweet and her coaches are amazing. I do really well in that kind of environment... breaking it into little pieces and building on progressions. Short version of the weekend is that I learned how to do drops and tabletops. I flew! I think the biggest drop I did was about 2.5'! Not huge but hey it's a drop! We also did tabletops, wall rides....Duthie park is set up as a learning park so it was the perfect place for an event like this.

    A big pat on the back to me.... Lots of successes. I may not have been the raddest novice but I was off the ground successfully doing all new stuff to me... Whoo hoo. I wish there was a pic of me on the biggest drop I did but one hasn't surfaced yet.

    I really need to learn how to add more "punch" to my preload but that's a different thread.

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    Kudos! I've never gotten past 2.5 ft but with growing up with friends who were into crazy free-riding it made it almost mandatory to try a little. It's kinda funny though, now that age has caught up a bit I look back and think what we did was crazy. LOL The craziest one was the plank see-saw. If you ever get the chance they are a hoot but all in your mind
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    Awesome ride last night with the hubby! No pic sorry. We had to haul butt to beat the rainstorm - got caught it in the last 30 mins of ride.
    It was the best I've felt on my bike since I started riding again (late last year). I did awesome and everything just clicked. I went WAY faster than my last few rides and my legs felt great the whole time. Not sure if it was just a nutrition thing or what but it was an amazing ride.
    We ran almost smack into a family of 4 skunks on the trail. Thank goodness they didn't spray us. Then a deer jumped out in front of me and scared me to death. Once the rain and thunder started I went even faster. Kind of scary because the trail got really dark.
    FUN STUFF though and can't wait to get out there again.

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    I hit the trails with five other ladies for my very first night ride on wednesday night - the coldest night of the year so far!
    Had a fantastic time trying to recognise trails in the dark that I have ridden hundreds of times before - so glad I wore my wooly gloves and longs!

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    So here are some pics from the Sugar Showdown

    The littlest of the Three Little Pigs
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    First tabletop ever... now I have to work on how to get (more) air off these things.
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    I need to remember that this is FUN and not to be so fricken serious
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