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    Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    I rode around some canal trails and had some urban fun.



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    Cool pic

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    Thanks!

    Riding is perfect right now. Trails are tacky, roots are dry, leaves hide the stuff that looks sketchy but isn't so confidence stays up. Able to clear lots of stuff I couldn't over the summer. No trail photos but here is my bike with a buddies Niner post ride.

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    Up in the air, of course!

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    Awesome! How are you liking your Pathogen?
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    I am smitten.

    But only had two runs today - one run down our dh shuttle trail, and then one long 9-10 mile downhill trail. Overall I love it, and usually with any bike I can find nits to pick. Not so far here.


    It seems to do everything just right so far. Didn't get to really pin it today, but I got a feel for its capabilities, and it was super stable at the speeds I was able to push it to.

    Was able to push it hard through some chunky rock gardens - it seriously inspired some confidence when I was a little wishy-washy about pushing it too far.

    So far, it makes me look like a better rider, lol.
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    That's awesome. Never a bad thing when a bike makes you feel so confident that you can actually be better at your sport.
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    Skills practice at the canal path today. Drop offs and stairs were the name of the game.
    Sorry for the grey/blue photos, all I had was my phone and the lighting was less cooperative than last time.





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    What are everyones weekend plans? Fall riding is excellent in the northeast right now - the rain we got should moisten the trails enough so they aren't as dusty.

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    Hoping to ride some trails if they dry out after the rain we've had in central Texas. I just put a RF 30t on my goblin so I am looking forward to trying that out.

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    Right now the trails are wet in the area around Airborne World HQ so I'll probably end up doing a long road ride both days this weekend.........unless they dry out. We also had a lot of bad windstorms last nite so there's probably a lot of deadfall out there on the trails on top of the mud.

    Friday last week early in the morning I had my first sub-freezing ride of the season out at MoMBA metropark. 27F degrees when I started at 8:00am.........brrrrrr!

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    We got the rain last night (and some this morning) and the wind today... hoping it doesn't impact my weekend riding but you never know. This will probably be my last weekend until after hunting season (or I get a deer) so I'd like to get out somewhere, somehow. Our trails were extremely dry before this rain and most of where I ride tends to be dryer anyway so hopefully it works out.

    Sweet black Goblin there, Jeremy. Last weekend when we went out it was 30! Been riding a lot in the cold so far. Love it!

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    The weather here finally cleared up with some fresh snow in the mountains. Three days of riding ahead starting after work - I will try and get a 7 mile ride in tonight around Rigor. The guys want to ride the 15 mile Road Apple Rally course tomorrow to see if they have the wind to do it without stopping. I have already placed my bet...
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    There you go posting pics of that sweet prototype frame again Jeremy. Is that pretty miserable riding in that cold of weather? I ride in 40s and 50s and that's rough lol.

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    shhhhhh!

    I used to have a cycling coach that had a saying: "There is no such thing as bad weather; only bad clothing and equipment."

    Its not bad if you dress for it properly. I ride all winter long, with a threshhold of about 10 degrees F. For me the first few cold rides are the worst as I get acclimated to riding in the cold again, but once I get a few in its not bad at all and I actually enjoy it. I'll be able to ride my 29ers here until around Xmas, then after that I generally switch to my fatbike until late February as we have snow here most of the time or if there isn't snow the ground is a weird mix of frozen oatmeal or slime.

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    Riding today was beautiful. Hit up a well built free MTB park in VT for the first time. Its only 40 minutes from my door... I'll be going back more often now.



    There are bridges everywhere, of all different, unique builds. This one was way different though. All the way on the back side of the hill.



    Unfortunately my glove photo bombed it. That's a suspension bridge... Wobbly and everything. Very trippy to ride over.

    Gotta say, the seeker performed flawlessly over rocks, roots, in bermed downhill trails, and at 30mph over loose babyhead filled carriage roads. Tested out a new front tire and totally changed the demeanor of the bike.
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    ...Airbuquerque! (Pathogen shredding it!)

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    Looks Awesome Jerry!

    I got a little air bombing down a fire road but not quite like that.

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    I ended up doing a 50mile road ride on Saturday with 25-30mph winds and at 45 degrees. Sucked but now I am mentally tougher for it.

    Sunday I road at JBSP and put in 23 miles offroad on my black hardtail. Trails are almost completely covered with leaves, so it makes things interesting with hidden roots and walnuts under them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I ended up doing a 50mile road ride on Saturday with 25-30mph winds and at 45 degrees. Sucked but now I am mentally tougher for it.

    Sunday I road at JBSP and put in 23 miles offroad on my black hardtail. Trails are almost completely covered with leaves, so it makes things interesting with hidden roots and walnuts under them.
    My road bike fought me hard on an attempted tour in early October so we are currently separated. It won't end up in divorce but she needs to change some stuff or will have to pack her bags and go. Mentally tougher is one of the benefits of those miserable rides, though.

    And the hidden roots/rocks/walnuts/apples (in my case) make things very interesting! Especially when the sun is in your eyes and glaring off said wet-leaves, on a trail you've never ridden before. Good stuff.

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    Did my first nite ride of this season last nite at JBSP. The trail was completely covered in leaves, which wasn't so bad while there was still a bit of twilight (like when this photo was taken), but once it got dark, whew! Difficult even with a good light system. But still great fun. Temps were in the 50's and perfect for a night ride.......

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    Sounds like fun, great photo!

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    Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    That's a lot of bike for that trail, Jeremy.

    Isn't it fun though? I know I really enjoyed the HobGoblin at JBSP.

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    Nowhere!!! My seeker arrived last Thursday. Left for Las Vegas 15 minutes after it's arrival. Got home and put it together yesterday. It's a beautiful machine, but the rear derailleur hanger was severely bent from shipping. I don't have an alignment tool so I have to take it to the LBS and get it straightened and adjusted unless anyone has a DIY suggestion. Btw, I didn't win enough in Vegas for any upgrades while I'm there. Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okieff2218 View Post
    Nowhere!!! My seeker arrived last Thursday. Left for Las Vegas 15 minutes after it's arrival. Got home and put it together yesterday. It's a beautiful machine, but the rear derailleur hanger was severely bent from shipping. I don't have an alignment tool so I have to take it to the LBS and get it straightened and adjusted unless anyone has a DIY suggestion. Btw, I didn't win enough in Vegas for any upgrades while I'm there. Ha!
    Email Eric at [email protected] with your order# and problem, and he'll get a new RD hanger out to you ASAP.

    Sorry for the trouble,

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    Jeremy,

    Which hanger on site fits the Seeker? I'd like to order one for a spare.

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    Where did you ride your Airborne today?

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    Jeremy,

    Which hanger on site fits the Seeker? I'd like to order one for a spare.

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    It's the same as the Goblin.

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    Well, no photos today. I rode... Right off my bike, several times. Tried some very technical stuff today (locally this place is known as the place where the beginner trails are intermediate-advanced everywhere else) and decided I much prefer berms and buff single track to rock crawling. Ended up spending more time off the bike than on it, and pushing it back out the car.

    Saved the day with a ride at the bike park mentioned in my last photo post above... Discovering new trails, conquering the ones labeled "difficult," and finding new ways to link trails together to get the most enjoyment.


    The day started out rough but ended up awesome. And of course, the Seeker is hardly any worse for wear. The same cannot be said for my right knee and shin, though.
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    Seeker ride pics

    Well I still haven't gotten my hanger, but I rode Draper here in OKC today anyway. Shifting sucked due to the bent hanger, but it was still great getting it out there in the dirt. Eric said he send one out today so I'm sure he did. Here are some pics. That is one beauty of a bike. I think it's even better than the Goblin. Where did you ride your Airborne today?-image.jpg

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    Sorry...uploading these from a phone!

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    Last one!

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    First post on MTBR! I rode at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston, WV today on my 2005 Kona Kikapu.

    I came home from my ride and pulled the trigger on the Airborne Goblin! I've been staring at it online for a few weeks now and really wanted a new HT 29er. What a great deal for the specs. I've been riding a buddies 29er and love how they climb and go over anything.

    Now, I will just wait by the door for the next week or so. Haha

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    Congratulations, both of you! That OK riding looks interesting... dry and tacky compared to our wet fall trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKreitzer View Post
    It's the same as the Goblin.
    Confirmed.

    We have it on our website and also derailleurhanger.com has them, it's #94 I believe on their website in the Airborne section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okieff2218 View Post
    Well I still haven't gotten my hanger, but I rode Draper here in OKC today anyway. Shifting sucked due to the bent hanger, but it was still great getting it out there in the dirt. Eric said he send one out today so I'm sure he did. Here are some pics. That is one beauty of a bike. I think it's even better than the Goblin. Click image for larger version. 

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    Cool! Yeah it should be there soon!

    Just be careful riding with a bent RD hanger. If its bent inward the RD may go past the largest cog in the back and send the chain inbetween the spokes and the cassette, which is a [email protected] to get undone if it happens on the trail. If its badly bent it could even put the RD into the spokes, which is something I would label as "catastrophic".

    Thanks!

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    Thanks Jeremy. I didn't ride hard at all. Just took it easy and enjoyed our last nice day for awhile. We went from about 80 degrees yesterday to 31 with a wind chill of 19 this morning.

    Btw, I noticed when I was done yesterday that I had some oil showing around the seals on my fork. Is that normal or should I be concerned? Already emailed Eric about it but in the meantime, what's your take?

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    I think that's normal for a break in period. My Reba did the same thing early on but now 700+ miles later all is well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    I think that's normal for a break in period. My Reba did the same thing early on but now 700+ miles later all is well.
    Same, I noticed it on my initial couple of rides and then as I used more travel it stopped.
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    Too cold to ride. Having some quality time in front of the tv. Where did you ride your Airborne today?-image.jpg

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    I did our usual lunch road ride today in 27F degrees with a windchill of 14F degrees.

    Rode my Airborne Delta CX bike since its the bike I switch to on the road this time of year due to the larger tires and all-weather braking capabilities.

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    Rode my Airborne Delta CX bike since its the bike I switch to on the road this time of year due to the larger tires and all-weather braking capabilities.

    Jeremy
    Now you're just showing off Just waiting for a other CX bike to appear from you guys.

    Sounds great everyone. Its cold here today but I'm still limping along from last weekend, otherwise I'd be out doing some urban riding.
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    I rode my black Goblin at a place called Shaeffer Farms in MD on Monday:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0a9dun04vg...n%20Biking.mp4

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    I decided to start riding at lunch since after work is no longer an option, so I took a lap around Rigor Mortis. Here is the Garmin info on the loop itself (I did not use today's since I stopped and took some pretty crappy pics) - lost my camera mojo today. Nice day, 61 and slightly overcast. Tomorrow's lunch forecast is 63 nice and sunny with a chance of no bent derailleur hangers....


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    I did 23 miles of mostly single track in Blue Mountain on Saturday. It was pretty much the most worn out I've ever been from riding bikes, Blue has a lot of technical trails(some of the best trails within a couple of hours of NYC) and did another small ride there on Sunday(I happen to live less than a mile from the trails.) I was planning to ride tomorrow morning before heading into the city but am instead camping in my office tonight after working late and having to meet a client at 7am... Planning to do another 20+er on Saturday, gotta get the miles in before it snows.

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    Where did you ride your Airborne today?-image.jpgFelt pretty good between chemo sessions today so my buddy and I rode Case Mtn

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    Wow! Nice job Todd!
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    Great effort Todd.

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    Lovin' the Goblin Green - looks fantastic Todd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patnugent View Post
    I did 23 miles of mostly single track in Blue Mountain on Saturday. It was pretty much the most worn out I've ever been from riding bikes, Blue has a lot of technical trails(some of the best trails within a couple of hours of NYC) and did another small ride there on Sunday(I happen to live less than a mile from the trails.) I was planning to ride tomorrow morning before heading into the city but am instead camping in my office tonight after working late and having to meet a client at 7am... Planning to do another 20+er on Saturday, gotta get the miles in before it snows.

    Its good to know that there is quality riding downstate as well. I had heard of Blue Mountain but never have been down there, let alone to ride. I'm pretty bad at what I do but if you ever venture upstate and want to see what I know, give me a shout.
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    Re: Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Did my first nite ride of this season last nite at JBSP. The trail was completely covered in leaves, which wasn't so bad while there was still a bit of twilight (like when this photo was taken), but once it got dark, whew! Difficult even with a good light system. But still great fun. Temps were in the 50's and perfect for a night ride.......

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    Rode at one of the local trails today. Amazing to see the improvement over the past few months. Was holding back today since it was just a casual fun ride with a group of people and still setting PRs. No photos that I know of but if any pop up I'll post them.

    This week the Airborne will go in for maintenance so I may be on the backup bike next weekend, but I do plan on putting in some miles over thanksgiving week, so more photos then.

    As a side note, rode with a guy that just put a 120mm tower pro on his GT. What a smooth fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    How do you like the manitou? I'm considering the thru axle version for my goblin
    The one I'm testing is a thru-axle as well. Initial thoughts were that I liked a lot. Now after I've had it awhile its developed a bit of a "clunk" at the top of the rebound stroke. It could be an anomoly with just the one I have. The thru-axle insertion and removal takes some getting used to, especially if you are used to a Maxle. It is a very stiff fork with little flex and when tuned correctly is very plush.

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    Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    Looks like a great trail!

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    Went to the local NY trail I ride. Just a small park but some great trails... good mix of flowy single track and rutted rooted downhill sections, nothing overly difficult but enough to challenge.

    Airborne is in the shop but I still represented Airborne on the trail.

    No trail photos but here is my trusty steed. A little slower (ok, a lot) on her than on the Seeker. 15 years old now and thinking about retiring the frame as its a touch too small (my knee ended up eating the front shifter today, that isn't fun) and holds far too much sentimental value to risk breaking off the hanger or something.



    And the airborne representation
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    The High Desert... Albuquerque, NM

    Winter storm blowing through today, but been jonesing all week to get out, so layered up appropriately and got out...


    The mountain was angry today, like an old man sending back soup at a deli (borrowed from George Castanza - Seinfeld)


    The ghostly object there is the Sandia Tram. Would NOT want to have been on that one today (goes from ~7,000ft to just over 10,000ft.... winds were beyond ridiculous.


    Pretty, but these really suck when (not IF) you fall on them. Notice the little white stuff on them...


    Snow/ice was on and off, but the wind was mostly on. Every once in a while the terrain offered a little reprieve, and we got to play so to speak.


    But as we neared the South foothhills, there was much more exposure to the weather and little terrain to block it. Snow and ice accumulated in small amounts, just enough to make it "Fun".


    Nearing the trail head, mostly downhill with lots of turns and medium rock things every where. Go fast, but pay attention.

    What a gnarly day. Just physically being exposed to that weather was tiring, but worth every pedal stroke and a couple hike a bikes...
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    I thought it was warm in the desert!

    Just kidding... bet that was some pretty tough riding. Great photos as always Jerry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    I thought it was warm in the desert!
    Well, that's what they told me before I moved here anyhow, lol. And thanks
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    17F degrees here in Ohio this morning. A large group of us are riding at MoMBA at 10am. Should be a lot of Airbornes out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Airborne is in the shop but I still represented Airborne on the trail.
    What's wrong with your Airborne? And where in NY are you riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BodyLinksystems View Post
    What's wrong with your Airborne? And where in NY are you riding?
    I had an issue with the engagement of the rear hub. At 250lbs and being that I climb less than elegantly, this isn't the first hub I've had issues with (including a 105 road hub.) Airborne is taking care of me, though.

    I rode at Luther Forest (Malta, NY) yesterday. I split my time pretty evenly between Luther Forest and Pine Hill Park in Rutland, VT.
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    I know the area. Rode some fun ski areas in the summer around NY/VT. Hope you get your bike back to 100% soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BodyLinksystems View Post
    Hope you get your bike back to 100% soon.

    Thanks Eric from Airborne is sending out a new hub and my mechanic is ready to swap the guts into the already laced up hub. Should be 100% by next weekend as long as FedEx doesn't run slow.
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    Took my Goblin X0 on it's maiden voyage today, my first ever ride on a MTB. I'm not sure if my face hurts from the blistering cold, or the 45 minute smile. It's a whole new ballgame compared to hammering away on a TT bike.

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    Southern Wisconsin ride, the kettles.

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    Hit the southern kettles today. It was pretty cold, about 13 degrees good enough to freeze your breath in your beard

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    First ride on my new Goblin in Kanawha State Forest in Charleston, WV. Two miles of fire road climbing, five miles of rolling singletrack, then flying back down the two miles of fire road to the truck.

    It was a little wet with a lot of leaves on the trail. I bit it a few times in some turns that I normally handle fine wet.

    Anybody have issues with the Geax AKA's in the turns? Still an awesome bike that rides smooth and handles well. The drivetrain on the X7 is much better than I thought it would be. Going 1x10 next week!

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    First ride on my new Goblin in Kanawha State Forest in Charleston, WV. Two miles of fire road climbing, five miles of rolling singletrack, then flying back down the two miles of fire road to the truck.

    It was a little wet with a lot of leaves on the trail. I bit it a few times in some turns that I normally handle fine wet.

    Anybody have issues with the Geax AKA's in the turns? Still an awesome bike that rides smooth and handles well. The drivetrain on the X7 is much better than I thought it would be. Going 1x10 next week!
    The AKAs aren't the best in the wet, but they are significantly better if you run them the reverse direction and at a lower pressure than you expect. I ran them around 30psi and had no pinch flats on new england single tracks (rocks and roots are the norm.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    The AKAs aren't the best in the wet, but they are significantly better if you run them the reverse direction and at a lower pressure than you expect. I ran them around 30psi and had no pinch flats on new england single tracks (rocks and roots are the norm.)
    Thanks for the advice! I'll probably give it try after the weather breaks here. Looking nasty over the next week or so.

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    John Bryan State Park - Yellow Springs, OH. Twelve mile loop, trail was wet in spots but took it slow, so not to damage trail, bike, and me. My last ride for November. Hopefully ground will freeze soon in December so riding can continue.

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    Not sure why photo wasn't included, and shows up as an attachment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    17F degrees here in Ohio this morning. A large group of us are riding at MoMBA at 10am. Should be a lot of Airbornes out there!

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    Not sure why photo wasn't included, and shows up as an attachment?

    I'm guessing the upload failed for some reason... not sure why. If you need to, feel free to PM me and we can work out a way for me to post the photo for you.
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    Good job!

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    Any photos Jeremy? I bet the trails were awesome at that temp!
    Trails were great! No photos though, I forgot to bring my camera. We managed to get in a total of about 20 miles. I saw at least 8 other Airbornes there on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crank2Go View Post
    John Bryan State Park - Yellow Springs, OH. Twelve mile loop, trail was wet in spots but took it slow, so not to damage trail, bike, and me. My last ride for November. Hopefully ground will freeze soon in December so riding can continue.

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    I just rode there this morning. Saw your tracks there, there were 2 sets. Were you riding with someone? Leaves were slippery on Powerline and Frankenlight.

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    Yes, a friend (who is my Spinning instructor a Troy YMCA) and I usually ride together every week at JB. I agree it was slick in spots, but was still a blast. We're hoping to ride every week this winter. We're planning on riding Bikerpeli next May, so we need to log miles all winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crank2Go View Post
    Yes, a friend (who is my Spinning instructor a Troy YMCA) and I usually ride together every week at JB. I agree it was slick in spots, but was still a blast. We're hoping to ride every week this winter. We're planning on riding Bikerpeli next May, so we need to log miles all winter.
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    Cool!

    I'm riding there again tomorrow morning before I put the turkey in the oven. It's about 20 minutes from my house so its great for a quick ride before pre-determined plans.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Shakedown Cruise

    In the woods!

    First time out on my new Goblin X0. Love'n it!

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    Great looking ride Geezer!

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    Well, it's not my Airborne, but my mechanic has been on vacation since I got my new hub (Thanks to Eric for super fast response and expedited shipping! Got it Wednesday,) so I am still on my 26" bike for this weeks ride. We got some snow, then a LOT of rain, then it got super cold, so my NY trails were nothing but sheet ice. Tough to even walk on. Headed over to my favorite place to ride, which is in VT, and the trails there were just all snow. Surprisingly grippy, even with my crappy tires. Its amazing how much harder I work on the 26" bike vs. the 29" bike, and a lot of that is tires and their terrible rolling resistance (even down steep smooth straight trails these roll slow), but having a nice cushy fork and big wheels that roll over stuff helps on the technical climbs.

    Enough blabbering, photos.






    A little bit of tech... was just a taste of what was to come.


    Gotta stop and chat with the trail troll. He just happened to be inside a tree that marked a sharp switch back. We were running this trail backwards from the direction you normally run it, so the sort of technical downhill was a quite technical climb... it was a natural chance to stop and see him.
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    Great pics man! Glad you got out and pedaled under turkey-power!

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    We talked about needing a Passion thread, maybe this should be it!

    Got good news that my bike will be ready to pick up this week, which is perfect timing, because I finally made my Trek unrideable. Derailleur cable in the rear shredded itself on a ride today and the bike wouldn't stay in any gear but the granny gear and the rear hub engagement is suspect after 15 years and well over 10,000 miles of hard riding. So I essentially had a 3x1 drivetrain for my 9 mile ride today. Good times! I don't think I've done a proper tune up on that bike since 2002 or 2003, just bandaid fixing little things, so its time. Mechanic says she is salvageable, so it still go back to being my backup/around town bike. I have so much sentimental attachment that it will be a bad day when I have to retire that frame. Good news is that there are cheap, durable 26" wheelsets everywhere and I'd likely recycle many of the parts onto an On-One Inbred frame and turn some of its parts into an aggressive hard tail.


    Now both bikes are at the shop but I'll be able to post proper Airborne photos again soon, maybe even next weekend. Riding is getting good again after a warmup last week - mud is freezing and the snow we got is pretty much cleared leaving the trails tacky and FAST. I don't know why people stop riding in the winter - seems like it just gets better!

    Sorry, no photos today. I rode in Malta, NY at Luther Forest and it doesn't lend itself to photos like Pine Hill Park does. Its not very scenic but a very good trail system for what it is.
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    Alien Run was a mix of greasy mud, sand, and lots of snow on the far end of the loop. That was my first time trudging through snow - unbelievable how much it slows you down! We got to the five mile loop escape, and saw that there wasn't a single track through the snow toward the ten mile loop but decided to take it anyways. I couldn't get a lot of the tough part of the trail cleared as I kept getting sideways not being able to see past the snow on the trail, not knowing what was underneath. I got my workout today, almost felt like I hadn't ridden in three months! Supposed to snow tomorrow, too - might just have to go ride again!

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    That is kind of how my ride today was... But replace rocks with roots. Luckily enough the roots poke up enough and the trails are easy enough that it wasn't as treacherous as your ride! Do love the fresh track cutting though.
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    Trails northwest of town seem to have missed the snow (White & Red Mesa) for the most part. Still, ended up in the South Foothills. Some snow cover with trails/dirt beginning to poke back through, and it some sections, it was the opposite - but key was that trails were rideable. Temps were hovering around freezing, with a very slight breeze - so it was rather comfy with the appropriate layers and snowboard helmet (my ears are stupid sensitive to cold). I enjoy days like this, as long as they remain the exception.

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    That bike is White, Jerry... I don't think I've seen that one before. Appropriate for a snow ride!
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    I'm curious about the fork and the two different braking systems (by the looks of it) too. And that is what, a 60mm stem?

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    Brakes: Left hand is Avid Juicy, right hand is a Hayes Stoker I'm trying out. Fork is a Marzocchi 66. My Sunline stem is a 50mm, my "go-to" size.

    These "off parts" have nothing to do with the white frame as far as Airborne is concerned (they are my parts used to build up the frame, not "necessarily" endorsed by Airborne).
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    Is it a "hobgoblin evo" type bike?

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    I like seeing a single crown long travel fork on what is presumably not a downhill bike and still built by Airborne. Makes me excited. Jeremy is going to hate us if we start badgering him about this one like we did about the slack hardtail.
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    I don't mean to mislead - for the record - my bike is "over-forked", if there is such a thing - I'm working on scrounging up a 160mm. Other than the photo, I can't say anything about it. MUM is the official word, and I wouldn't recommend the badgering route

    (there was a photo posted on Airborne's FB page a while back that shows a little more, but hard info is being withheld for the foreseeable future).
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    I sent Jeremy a pm a while back about what I thought would be cool to see in the future, and it wasn't a long travel FS bike, so no worries about badgering from me. Wouldn't expect any leaked info, just thought a white bike was appropriate for a snowy ride!
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    it blends nicely!
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    Got out for about 2.5 hours in the snow and 20-degree weather today. Thank goodness for SIDI Diablo winter boots and good clothing! The VEE Rubber tires that I've been testing did great in snow/ice/oatmeal conditions.........

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    Hah! Then there goes Jeremy posting another white bike

    Which VeeRubber's did you go with? I run a Speed-R on the front of my Seeker and picked up a set of Trax for my 26inch bike. Absolutely love them! So much tire, especially for the price.
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    Re: Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    I just picked up a set of vee mission 2.1's for my fiances bike. She won't be able to ride them til spring, but at first glance they look like pretty solid tires. Especially for the $8 they cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Hah! Then there goes Jeremy posting another white bike

    Which VeeRubber's did you go with? I run a Speed-R on the front of my Seeker and picked up a set of Trax for my 26inch bike. Absolutely love them! So much tire, especially for the price.
    I've got the Fluid 2.5's on there right now. They have tons of grip in the snow, and even in the areas where the substrate was sort of like crunch oatmeal they did great. Something tells me that on super smooth trails they are going to give up a little in the rolling resistance department, but we'll see. Initial impressions are good. They were a little bit of a [email protected] to get the bead on the Rail 50 wheels, but that may be true of any tire as I haven't tried anything else on the wheels yet.

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    Jeremy, are you using flats on that bike because of the snow or just due to the style of bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Jeremy, are you using flats on that bike because of the snow or just due to the style of bike?

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    They actually aren't flats. They are an NOS pair of Shimano DX pedals. I hoarded several pairs of them as they are my favorite clipless style pedal with a cage around them. They work great in the snow and are rebuildable.
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    Ah, they kinda looked like the forte converts in the pic. Im actually going to give clipless a go soon after riding on flats for my whole life. Should be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I've got the Fluid 2.5's on there right now. They have tons of grip in the snow, and even in the areas where the substrate was sort of like crunch oatmeal they did great. Something tells me that on super smooth trails they are going to give up a little in the rolling resistance department, but we'll see. Initial impressions are good. They were a little bit of a [email protected] to get the bead on the Rail 50 wheels, but that may be true of any tire as I haven't tried anything else on the wheels yet.

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    Interesting. I looked at a set of those for my 26" bike since I wanted a big, fat volume tire for the front (my rigid fork fits up to 26x2.7) but decided it was too aggressive and I'm sick of fighting rolling resistance with DH oriented tires for XC riding. The Trax are definitely an XC/light trail tire but judging by how Ardents/Ikons handle the snow I'm not too worried.

    I've only had my Speed-R in light snow and frozen mud (and those cool reverse icicles from the frost pushing up out of the mud) and it felt exactly the same as being on loamy ground - awesome. Definitely becoming a big fan of VeeRubber/VeeTire. Once I kill both of the AKA's I've got (I run it as a rear tire) I'll probably get another Speed-R. On the stock wheels for my Seeker the tire mounted up super easy but seated well on the bead shelf. Might just be that wheelset because the AKA's were pretty loose too.

    Also, interesting choice for pedals. I considered getting the modern equiv of that but decided to go with the 530's instead and pick up a set of true BMX flats at some point. How do you solve freeze up issues with the cleats/mechanism? I know, walk less, some people say silicone spray, or PAM. Just curious what your method is. I've been riding SPD since 1998 and have it on all of my bikes so switching to SpeedPlay (what most people around me recommend) is a pricey option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post

    Also, interesting choice for pedals. I considered getting the modern equiv of that but decided to go with the 530's instead and pick up a set of true BMX flats at some point. How do you solve freeze up issues with the cleats/mechanism? I know, walk less, some people say silicone spray, or PAM. Just curious what your method is. I've been riding SPD since 1998 and have it on all of my bikes so switching to SpeedPlay (what most people around me recommend) is a pricey option.
    I'm all SPD as well. Not a Speedplay fan, and Crank Bros pedals don't have enough retension for me. Haven't had any real freeze-up issues in the cold. "Walk less" is good in theory but trails that are easy in warm weather can be slow in the winter and involve a lot of bike pushing and hiking. I replace the cleats on my shoes every year and also make certain I put a liberal amount of chain lube on both the pedal interface and on the cleat on the shoe. I also cut away a little of the shoe tread material around the cleat to ensure snow and muck has an exit path when clipping in.

    I've also got a few sets of those XT Trail pedals that have the small immobile platform around them, and they are pretty good also. I have a set on my fatbike and have had zero troubles with them. They don't offer as much room to put your foot on if you can't get clipped in, but in reality I've never had a problem clipping into them.

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    I might have to modify my shoes then. I kept having to find a rock to scrape snow from the cleat so I could clip in. Once I got clipped in I never got stuck and unclipping and only putting my feet on snowless surfaces worked. Also, the white bike looks sweet.
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    St. Edward State Park - Kenmore, WA

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    Cockpit looks good. Edge is at a weird angle on the stock stem, though.

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    Looks great! Glad to see you're out enjoying your new ride
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    Well, my plan was to go out and get some riding in on the fast hard packed snow tomorrow to test out the new brakes, but with morning temps being between 1 and 3 degrees with a windchill well below 0F and me riding solo 45 minutes from home, I decided I probably should call it a day. We're predicted to get 7-10" of snow Saturday night into Sunday so by next weekend the trails should be pretty interesting to ride - haven't ridden trails in snow that deep ever and its been a long time since I've ridden in snow that deep at all. Good thing we're getting all this before the fatbike demo day on the 1st of 2014. Should make it a great time!

    The wife will be happy that the bathroom project will get some good progress made on it, and I might just do some urban riding. I'll post some frigid photos if I go out on the urban trail system but otherwise the only thing I'll be riding is up on the handle of a paint brush this weekend. Hope everyone else is getting out!
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    Snow is supposed to be falling again here in Ohio tonite and continuing thru the day tomorrow. I'm planning on riding tomorrow morning and Sunday morning on the trail. I may be riding two different bikes depending on temps. If the temps are only down to 30 tomorrow morning like they are saying, I'll probably ride a non-Airborne bike (fatbike) so as not to muck up the trails under the snow. But Sunday its supposed to be 20 degrees in the morning with a high of 22, so the trails will be frozen good and solid. I'll probably be on some sort of Airborne product that day.

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    I'll probably be on some sort of Airborne product that day.
    Living vicariously through you, so post photos please, and have fun!
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    I lied. Can't go a weekend without riding, so why not ride in the woods.

    It was... Fairly chilly


    Cold enough that the lens on my phone kept fogging up.


    My Seeker, with a buddies GT, on one of the many log obstacles in this trail system.


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    excellent update. out for a quick jaunt myself - same place but will do the climb twice for more cardio. hot mulled cider sounds good!

    by the way, how does the cold affect tubeless setups? Beyond the obvious materials effects.

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    I am still using tubes (just grabbed some stans today to try my ghetto setup,) but the guy with the GT is tubeless... he didn't seem to have any problems at all running low 30's and upper 20's in the front.

    Only issue I had was after a while of riding and some full compression strokes of the fork, it started to get a little sticky and sluggish. We had been outside for close to 2 hours at that point in temps as high as 9F and windchills well below 0, so I figure the oil in the fork was getting a little thick and after one particularly quick and rooty downhill it stayed compressed. I extended it manually and it functioned fine (if a little sluggish) after that. Having been in the house for a while, it's been fine, so I'm thinking I just found the cold threshold of the Recon Gold TK

    Looks like when the temps are below 15 degrees F I'll be sticking to the 26inch bike. The Recon performed flawlessly in sub freezing temps but I think 9F was juuuuuust a little too cold.

    Hot apple cider? Now you're talkin'. As you know, I live right in the middle of NY apple country. Warm mulled hard cider will probably be my dessert tonight.
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    Looks like you had a blast skyfix! I still can't get any of the guys to ride - they all think it is too cold. It's going to be warm enough today to get some of the snow melted which means there will be some slippin' and slidin' on the trail!

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    Took my new Zeppelin Elite out to Hidden Falls in Auburn CA with a local group FATRAC, got to say the more I ride this bike, the more I love it!
    I curse myself for waiting, thinking there was something better was coming up in the warehouse cleanout. I even warned the Mrs. that I was ready to pull the trigger on the next best deal to come along in a full squish...

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    Went for my first real winter ride...eh..Ice ride
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    Awesome! Love the snow rides. We've got 10+ inches (its around 7-8" packed) and even 29x2.4's sink in and make it basically unrideable. Time for some fat tires, I think
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    It was pretty sketchy for my first time. It was either slick, oily mud or sheets of ice. Taught myself a lot today about shifting my weight around. Always a learning experience.

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    Went for a 16mi ride in Granite Bay & Folsom Lake. Just got my Zeppelin Elite and am stoked at the progress I am making in rock gardens, climbing and banked turns ( I am bit of a noob). Anyway, had a great time and met some cool folks from UC Davis and SacraWhere did you ride your Airborne today?-1c44d674-085b-48c2-9585-f126930140bc.jpgmento State... Will be back for more.

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    Awesome to see people still posting, and great photos! That desert riding (with snow?!?!) looks very, very interesting. Weird to not see trees.

    As for me, it will be a while before I ride again... we've been getting this

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    Yep, high desert, that is. Just over 6,000 ft elevation so we still get some winter chill. However we don't see much more snow than this (on this side of the mountain), and about 50 miles west its stay even more dry.

    Cool thing about the riding here in ABQ, at least in the NON winter months: Riding can be here in high desert, or in 30 minutes one can be riding alpine forest with pine trees and forest loam and dirt.

    As for that photo of the ice layer on your vehicle - sorry I don't miss that stuff at all. When I lived in Columbus, and even Toledo, I remember chipping layers off in the mornings. Yuck. Hang in there, the days are getting longer now!
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    First rule about Flight Club - Do not talk about Flight Club. ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Yep, high desert, that is. Just over 6,000 ft elevation so we still get some winter chill. However we don't see much more snow than this (on this side of the mountain), and about 50 miles west its stay even more dry.
    I'm hoping to get in a little bit of high desert riding in March, though not quite 6000ft, just along the California cost line (1500-2000ft.) Been hiking there the past 3 or 4 years... thinking this year a bike will be more fun! sounds like ABQ needs to be a place on my list of destinations... I love the loamy forest riding and it'd be pretty cool to go from forest to desert in one day.

    As for the ice... we got dumped on with snow a little over a week ago, but that's not so bad... warming up and raining on top of it makes everything ugly, muddle, and no chance at riding anywhere without studs. At least with the snow, fat bikes are an option! I still love New England and couldn't ever live somewhere that didn't have a proper winter.
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    Around three weeks with the new Goblin.

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    Today, a few pals and myself made the 90 minute trek to Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island. Sweet trail, a very cohesive loop. It's still a bit muddy in Central Connecticut, but we were ready to ride, so we had to make the short trip. There's a big mtb race there next weekend that kicks off a circuit, we saw a couple of folks scouting out the trail.

    The trail was great, 8 miles or so of flowy, technical singletrack that was so much fun on my new Goblin Evo!

    This was my fist ride on the new hog and I must tell you, I had a smile on my face the whole time. No pics right now but my riding partners were taking photos left and right, so I hope to update this thread later on.

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    went riding at Enterprise south nature park UB Chattanooga TN. Great trail system of 3 loops for a total of 10 miles. My new Goblin now has 30 miles on it in the last week .

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    Today, a few pals and myself made the 90 minute trek to Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island. Sweet trail, a very cohesive loop. It's still a bit muddy in Central Connecticut, but we were ready to ride, so we had to make the short trip. There's a big mtb race there next weekend that kicks off a circuit, we saw a couple of folks scouting out the trail.

    The trail was great, 8 miles or so of flowy, technical singletrack that was so much fun on my new Goblin Evo!

    This was my fist ride on the new hog and I must tell you, I had a smile on my face the whole time. No pics right now but my riding partners were taking photos left and right, so I hope to update this thread later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobb860 View Post
    Today, a few pals and myself made the 90 minute trek to Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island. Sweet trail, a very cohesive loop. It's still a bit muddy in Central Connecticut, but we were ready to ride, so we had to make the short trip. There's a big mtb race there next weekend that kicks off a circuit, we saw a couple of folks scouting out the trail.

    The trail was great, 8 miles or so of flowy, technical singletrack that was so much fun on my new Goblin Evo!

    This was my fist ride on the new hog and I must tell you, I had a smile on my face the whole time. No pics right now but my riding partners were taking photos left and right, so I hope to update this thread later on.

    -James
    Glad to hear that you like it James!~

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    Laurel Lake, London KY.

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    rode Jackrabbit trail system in Hayesville NC today. Very smooth and trail with perfect flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon5132 View Post
    went riding at Enterprise south nature park UB Chattanooga TN. Great trail system of 3 loops for a total of 10 miles. My new Goblin now has 30 miles on it in the last week .

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    I ride my Goblin out there a few times a week! That's the third Airborne bike I've seen here in Chattanooga this past week

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    My Airborne is at home waiting for some trails to harden up so I'm in California riding a rental... But it just felt great to be out.

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    My Airborne is at home waiting for some trails to harden up so I'm in California riding a rental... But it just felt great to be out.
    That looks like some great riding Skyphix! Looking forward to seeing the upgraded ride this spring!

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    Thanks! Can't wait to get out. The new (non-Airborne) build is getting closer and turning out way nicer than I expected and I've got some plans for my Airborne this year that should make a big difference, so I can't wait.
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    Brushy Creek in Cedar Park, TX

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    Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    That looks like a great place to ride! I have friends in Leander that I try to visit once a year. Is there anywhere to rent a bike down that way?

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    Nice to see another airborne on the brushy creek trails! I ride my goblin out there (as well as my trail bike).

    Krazy, there are plenty of bike shops in the area that I'm sure you could rent from.

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    This picture is from the brushy creek trails.



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    Heading home tomorrow, missing my Airborne, and riding in general, so I'm reminiscing about my ride earlier this week here in Cali. Figured I'd share the rest of the photos.







    This is an exclusive Ti 650b designed by Topanga Creek Bicycles. I know its not an Airborne but it was pretty and a sweet ride (even if the saddle was terrible!)
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    KrazyKreitzer - I'm not from the area either so I'm not sure about bike rentals. I can tell you that Brushy Creek is awesome!

    trevor_b - Great picture! I didn't have the balls to try that drop off...maybe next time. This was the first ride on my new Guardian. What a great place for it to lose its trail virginity. I will be back out there for sure.

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    today's ride at Chicopee Woods in Gainesville GA.

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    We were just talking today here in the office about getting down to Raccoon Mountain this year to ride. Are there other trails in the area where we could make a couple days of it down there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon5132 View Post
    There are plenty it the area and within an hours drive. Please post when you would be planning on riding. I would make a trip to ride with you guys.

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    OK, we'll keep everyone posted. We're taking a few trips to ride some new locations this year and will open it up to anyone that wants to ride with us.

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    Tsali and Tanasi are 2 trail systems also close by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon5132 View Post
    Tsali and Tanasi are 2 trail systems also close by.

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    Cool! Eric is riding Tsali this weekend.

    I'm sticking closer to home and riding some Ohio and Indiana trails this weekend.

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    I will be hitting up jackrabbit tomorrow afternoon.

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    Finally! No mud. No snow. Just actual dirt to sink my tires into. Up at Emma Carlin WI

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    Finally! No mud. No snow. Just actual dirt to sink my tires into. Up at Emma Carlin WI

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    Emma Carlin, WI? Can't find this location on Google maps. Where is this?

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    Emma Carlin, WI? Can't find this location on Google maps. Where is this?
    Sorry my post was confusing. This part of the trail system is called Emma Carlin. It's by Palmyra Wisconsin you can link the Emma and Muir systems via the Connector trails for some good mileage. It's all pretty good but I prefer the Emma side. It's a little more technical and challenging. Link to map:

    Palmyra Area Attractions : Kettle Moraine Trails-Southern Unit : Palmyra Area Chamber of Commerce: Heartbeat of Kettle Moraine

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    Great day of riding at Jackrabbit in Hayesville NC
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    My wife and I at SABA beach today. Jackrabbit Trails in Hayesville NC

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    Dig it~!

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    Cool shots, the second one with the doubles is particularly cool, very nice!
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    Alpine DH in the desert southwest. This is stair section that sits between two sections of the downhill... Airborne Pathogen

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    Day ride at balm boyette, gotta love that trail system
    That's some serious badassery!

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    Thanks guys, those stairs look pretty rad jhazzard

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22ndhrglass View Post
    Thanks guys, those stairs look pretty rad jhazzard
    Thanks!!

    Escaped work a little early to catch some gravity this evening too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22ndhrglass View Post
    Day ride at balm boyette, gotta love that trail system
    I see a photo of the day in there!

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    Alright Jerry, are you using a GoPro or something else to capture those photos?

    Either way, awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    OK, we'll keep everyone posted. We're taking a few trips to ride some new locations this year and will open it up to anyone that wants to ride with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Alright Jerry, are you using a GoPro or something else to capture those photos?

    Either way, awesome.
    This particular day, I was using my GoPro strapped to a tree (spent all of 20 seconds on composition), and my Canon T2i on a little tripod. GoPro was set to 1440/48fps, Canon was on 1080p mode, white balance biased towards warmer, and an old Pentax manual focus lens.

    This has been my crutch for a while, culling stills from some video stuff. But only because my remote trigger died. It was a cheapie from Amazon, but I prefer that control of controlling what moment is captured, rather than going back and looking at frame-by-frames. I guess, in the end, it's not really much different - technically anyhow. I've learned that many fashion shoots and mag spreads are now being captured this way. They can use a high res video cam like a RED and just let it roll. The resolution on those cameras are mouth-watering....

    One day... but first I need to get another remote!
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    You know, its interesting. I can't imagine carrying my dSLR with me on the bike, and never realized that the quality of video was so high you could get captures like that by going frame to frame.

    Was always curious how people got photos of the quality you and others have posted so many times. Don't have a gopro yet but I imagine this season sometime.

    I'm not sure I would call it a crutch to go back through video to get images. After all, the trail sections you're taking photos on dont much lend themselves to clicking the remote shutter!
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    Re: Where did you ride your Airborne today?

    Reimer's Ranch. Great technical uphill to start, fun and long downhill from the top with jumps, and miles of switchbacks at the end. Mostly smooth and fast. We did about 15 miles in the hot Texas afternoon. I recommend going in the morning as there is not much tree cover.

    Okay, so I just realized that this is my buddy's Kona...I don't have a picture doing this on my Airborne. Cool place to ride though. Bring lots of water.
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    Got a chance to take a ride in the Auburn Ca, SRA. Rode up Clementine then down Culvert & Confluence. Culvert had some of the best flowing and banking turns I ever done. The trip through the Culvert is like flying blind, you can only see the light at the end for most of the tunnel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    You know, its interesting. I can't imagine carrying my dSLR with me on the bike, and never realized that the quality of video was so high you could get captures like that by going frame to frame.

    Was always curious how people got photos of the quality you and others have posted so many times. Don't have a gopro yet but I imagine this season sometime.

    I'm not sure I would call it a crutch to go back through video to get images. After all, the trail sections you're taking photos on dont much lend themselves to clicking the remote shutter!
    It's not too bad carrying one, I have a nifty neoprene cover for it that keeps it fairly protected, and it's not a very heavy model. For the DSLR, as long as exposure and focus are on point, you can usually get a great image. The GoPro is another story, it likes to have a lot of light and does extremely well in bright conditions. In a dimly lit forest though, not so great. This is for still images I mean. For video it does pretty well in medium to low-light.
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    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/93837913" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/93837913">Sympathy</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/jerryhazard">J Hazard</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Very nice. Where is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    It's not too bad carrying one, I have a nifty neoprene cover for it that keeps it fairly protected, and it's not a very heavy model. For the DSLR, as long as exposure and focus are on point, you can usually get a great image. The GoPro is another story, it likes to have a lot of light and does extremely well in bright conditions. In a dimly lit forest though, not so great. This is for still images I mean. For video it does pretty well in medium to low-light.
    I'll have to try it. I've got an old DSLR (Canon 30D... roughly 2006) so its pretty heavy compared to the new gen cameras. I'll try to rig that and my tripod up to a pack for a ride. Doesn't shoot video though so not positive how I'm going to handle the timing/capturing while I ride, but I'll figure it out.

    And the go-pro... I've just got to recover from the recent bike build and maybe a wheelset for my Airborne first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion_ View Post
    Very nice. Where is this?

    Thanks! It's local to where I live, but I am not at liberty to give direct location as it's a sensitive issue. (it's legal, but just barely!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    I'll have to try it. I've got an old DSLR (Canon 30D... roughly 2006) so its pretty heavy compared to the new gen cameras. I'll try to rig that and my tripod up to a pack for a ride. Doesn't shoot video though so not positive how I'm going to handle the timing/capturing while I ride, but I'll figure it out.

    And the go-pro... I've just got to recover from the recent bike build and maybe a wheelset for my Airborne first.
    Nice! I've got a 300D (the original "Digital Rebel") as well as 20D. The XXD series (20d, 30d, 40d) are indeed pretty robust cameras, but not prohibitive to put in a back pack. Tripods have always given me an issue though, at least securing them to the pack and riding.

    Trick with the 30D: There should be a self timer mode - I believe you can set the timer to 2 seconds, 10 seconds, and maybe a longer increment before it fires. But that only gets you one frame. A great way to increase your odds is to set the "AEB" setting to 3 exposures. This mean, once the camera fires in timer mode, it will shoot 3 frames: one at the optimum exposure, one over exposed, and one under exposed. You control how far over/under is shoots, so just keep them one stop on either side of optimum and you'll get three frames to choose from instead of one.

    Might sound a bit confusing at first, but after you try it a couple times, it's second nature for selfie stuff. I shot the cover for Dirt Rag in April 2006 with that trick:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Might sound a bit confusing at first, but after you try it a couple times, it's second nature for selfie stuff. I shot the cover for Dirt Rag in April 2006 with that trick:
    Great advice! I've also got a 300D - was the first DSLR I got. I've had several SLR's or other 35mm's (including a German Leica bring back from WWII,) but my 30D is what I use the most.

    I never even though about trying to time a self shot while on the MTB. Guess I just need to time how long it takes me to get to the photo op sections and try it a few times. The AEB trick is also a great one. Could even do a half-stop (I often shoot a half-stop down in bright light anyway to copensate for poor lenses blowing out the brights.) It has been so long since I've had much inspiration for photography... just another thing returning to the MTB has done I guess. Thanks a ton for the advice and great shot on the cover!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Nice! I've got a 300D (the original "Digital Rebel") as well as 20D. The XXD series (20d, 30d, 40d) are indeed pretty robust cameras, but not prohibitive to put in a back pack. Tripods have always given me an issue though, at least securing them to the pack and riding.

    Trick with the 30D: There should be a self timer mode - I believe you can set the timer to 2 seconds, 10 seconds, and maybe a longer increment before it fires. But that only gets you one frame. A great way to increase your odds is to set the "AEB" setting to 3 exposures. This mean, once the camera fires in timer mode, it will shoot 3 frames: one at the optimum exposure, one over exposed, and one under exposed. You control how far over/under is shoots, so just keep them one stop on either side of optimum and you'll get three frames to choose from instead of one.

    Might sound a bit confusing at first, but after you try it a couple times, it's second nature for selfie stuff. I shot the cover for Dirt Rag in April 2006 with that trick:

    What glass were you using for that cover shot; 10-22mm maybe? Any filters? How did you maintain the detail in both the sky and rider? Fill flash?

    Anyway nice stuff!

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