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    Long time reader and user of the site.

    1.) Where you are from? Syracuse, NY
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm an all mountain/XC rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? I have 3 at the moment but always upgrading and swapping out frames.
    4.) How long have you been riding? First mountain bike 1988ish and BMX prior to that.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Always reviewing the MTB reviews here and product reviews, always looking for good ideas and good tips. Most most great MTB info I find right here.

    Thats all I have to say about that....

    Stephen

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    Ester, Alaska soon to be Ithaca, NY
    I'm a bike for fun kinda guy until this winter. Prepping for full on commuting
    I ride a Specialized Langster right now. Trying to figure out a LHT build
    Been riding since a babe. Nothing serious until now.

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    Checking in but not really a newbie. I've been on the site for a couple years, just haven't posted much.

    From Sammamish, WA very close to Soaring Eagle trails and a mile or so from Duthie Hill.

    I am cross country/all mountain and road biker. I just tried Whistler on a rented DH bike and had a blast but it's a 5 hour drive.

    I own a 2006 Ellsworth Epiphany but just bought a Ibis Mojo SL frame and components and in the process of building my dream bike. I also own a Cannondale road bike.

    I've been riding since I was a kid so 40+ years. I split my head open when I was 12 trying to ride down and then up a deep ravine and didn't quite make it. Fell and hit my head on a rock. It didn't hurt much and I thought I was cool with blood streaming down my face. Took a few stitches and I was fine.

    Since I have been buying components for my new bike, I've been reading the Ibis and gear forums.

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    1.) Where you are from? Saint John, IN
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner more or less.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Just one.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Grew up on bikes, got into long road rides and some racing in my teens. Then I got into things with engines (dirt bikes, mud racing, rock crawling) for 30 years. Now I'm getting back into riding for enjoyment and exercise.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Just getting started here.

    Just bought an old Schwinn Sierra MOS and am in the process of planning some maintenance and upgrades, so I hope to learn some of the basics of wrenching on MTB's. I'm no stranger to wrenching, just haven't done much of it on bicycles.

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    checkin in

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)

    RENO

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)

    A bike rider, if it's got wheels I'll ride it.

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    Me: "not enough" Wife: "too many"

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    Since there were Stingrays.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    Nor Cal, Nevada, Single Speed

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    Twin Cities, MN

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    Novice level XC rider. My MTB is a "side job", and something I ride for fun. I'm not a big technical rider at all. Okay, I'll be honest...I'm sort of an overly cautious individual.

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Five:
    Specialized Transition TT
    Giant TCR Comp 1
    Fuji Track
    Schwinn Moab
    Gary Fisher Paragon


    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Road=about 9 years (bought my first "real" bike in 2002); MTB=about five years off-road.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    runango; slowtwitch; runnersworld; bt

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    Hi
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    New rider from DFW, TX area saying hey. I'm definitely a beginner. The girlfriend and i just ordered an rz120 and a lexi120 for our first bikes. I've rented a few times and rode with friends so far, pretty darn addicting. I've been sponging information from here and the DORBA forums for the past three to four weeks. I can't tell you guys how much i appreciate all the information for beginners on this site!

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    Hello Fellow Enthusiasts!

    1.) KCMO
    2.) All-Mountain/Trail
    3.) My personal bikes-1 26er, 1 29er, 1 road, 1 commuter
    4.) Been riding 20 years+
    5.) 29er forum mostly

    I love mountain biking the most, but do love road riding also. I have been working on bikes increasingly in the last few years and really appreciate all the advice here in the forums!

    Cheers, ride well!
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    Hi. New guy checking in. I'm Jeff

    I'm from Omaha, Nebraska

    Started riding seriously about 4 years ago. Started with road, have branched out to trails, a little singletrack.

    besides riding, I seem to have a sickness for buying/selling/experimenting with bikes.

    My stable right now:

    2011 Trek Sawyer - just got it, totally stoked about it, need to find some time to actually ride it
    2010 Motobecane Fantom 29 Pro - Nice bike, especially for the money, but probably for sale
    2010 Cannondale Cyclocross 5 - the swiss army knife of bikes, especially with a second set of wheels and road tires, but I already have specific bikes for every purpose. Poor thing has only been ridden once this year - might also be for sale.
    1995 Trek 8700 - rigid fork, hardtail carbon mountain bike - this thing is a blast. Got it 2 years ago, with under 1,000 miles on it.
    2010 Cannondale CAAD 9 - The last great made-in-America aluminum road frame
    2011 Scott CR1 Team - my plastic road bike.
    seven Axiom SG - Custom titanium - my "forever" bike.

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    Hey everyone. Longtime reader, but new as a member.
    My name is Jason.
    I'm in Woodstock, Ontario.
    I rode everywhere when I was young, been off bikes for 16 years, started up a couple of years ago. Year-round commuter.
    I love singletrack.
    I hate derailleurs.
    I have dreams that far outpace my bank account.
    In the meanwhile, I pedal my commuterized hardtail mtb wherever I can, including places full fenders and K-rads should never go

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    1.) Where you are from? (Luton)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (beginner)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 12years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (mtbr)

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    1.) Where you are from? Abilene/San Antonio TX
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 (Sette Razzo 2.0, Nishiki Cascade)
    4.) How long have you been riding? <1years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mtbr, texas4x4.org

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    Hi guys,
    I'm cinna (mike).

    1.) Where you are from? Italy
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? intermediate
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 (Giant Reign X - Scott Gambler)
    4.) How long have you been riding? 4 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mtb-forum.it

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    Hi there, my wife and I just started riding in the spring (again for me, she's brand new).

    1.) Where you are from? Barrie, Ontario, Canada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Definitely a beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 MTB, 1 with a motor, will be buying a new road bike in the spring
    4.) How long have you been riding? This time, 5 months. I took a long hiatus, but rode when I was a teen (10+ years ago). Bikes have definitely changed since then.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? car/motorcycle clubs (local or brand specific) and a couple 'general interest' forums.

    Looking forward to learning lots.

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    1.) Where you are from? Ottawa, Canada

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (beginner, All Mountain / XC)

    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 2011 DB Response Sport

    4.) How long have you been riding? 5 years on and off

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? MTBR

    Cheers

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    Hi from NH

    Just got in to the sport. Bought 2 complete bikes based on the reviews I found here.

    Had to overhaul one of them, but it was a good learning expierience.

    I sold my rock crawler and now I'm in the process of switching into MTBing.

    Wish me luck.

    Kazu

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    New guy

    Whats up everyone!?

    Ryan (rdubbs)

    1.) I am from the Empire State (NY) I currently live in White Plains which is a city in Westchester County about 25 mi North of Manhattan. I am likely going to be re-locating to Stamford CT which is in Fairfield County by the end of September.

    2.) At the moment, I am not a rider. In my teens I was an everyday rider and enjoyed any trails that I could find. I was always partial to All Mountain riding.

    3.) See above. Got on the forum to research and talk to some like minded folks about what bike might be a good fit for someone getting back into the sport. The last bike I owned was a Cannondale Super V Raven...many years ago!

    4.) Rode hard from age 12-18 and have since been looking for the right time to get back into the sport. Looks like that time is now!

    5.) I have worked in the motorsports industry for the last 4 years so most of my posting is on racing/karting sites.

    *Specifically, I am looking for tips on what type of bike I should be looking into purchasing. I have accepted that I will likely have to go used to get something capable of the performance I am seeking. I am 6'1 and 220lbs strong as an ox and have very good endurance...please help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubbs22 View Post
    5.) I have worked in the motorsports industry for the last 4 years so most of my posting is on racing/karting sites.
    Any good karting sites you can recommend? Another past hobby I'll be taking up next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymurr View Post
    Any good karting sites you can recommend? Another past hobby I'll be taking up next year.
    It really depends on whether you are into outdoor or indoor karting but here are two good ones to check out.

    I cant post links yet but try these
    ekartingnews.com
    indoorkartingnews.com

    My facility is
    gpny.com

    If youre just getting into the sport, start with indoor..its turn-key and wont cost you a fortune

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubbs22 View Post
    It really depends on whether you are into outdoor or indoor karting but here are two good ones to check out.

    I cant post links yet but try these
    ekartingnews.com
    indoorkartingnews.com

    My facility is
    gpny.com

    If youre just getting into the sport, start with indoor..its turn-key and wont cost you a fortune
    Awesome thanks!

    A local (outdoor) karting club has 'arrive and drive' so I'll likely do that next year then maybe buy a kart and run the points series the year after. I haven't raced in about 8 years, but I really did enjoy it.

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    1. Utah
    2. Beginner
    3. 2 (hardrock disc sport, diamondback sorrento)
    4. 3 months
    5. beginner, general and passion

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    Closet Mountain Biker

    Hi, my name is Chris. I'm not addicted to cycling, climbing, or mountaineering, or hiking or any other outdoor activity. No really, I'm not.

    Here goes:

    1.) Where I am from? Originally Stanton, KY but these days I ramble back and forth between home in Arvada, CO and work in Golden
    2.) What kind of rider do I consider myself? Bicycle commuter and longsuffering adventurer on two wheels. I like long rides on roads or dirt.
    3.) How many bikes I own? A few and looking for more.
    4.) How long have I been riding? 30 years. Well, not the WHOLE time.
    5.) What forums do I frequent most? summitpost.com, mountainproject.com

    My family is car-lite. We have one car so I ride to and from work every day. I have a 1994 Cannondale M300 that I converted to a dropbar Xtracycle. It's a great touring bike. I dabbled in MTBing since I bought the Cannondale back in 1995 from a friend, but I've never really been serious about it. The bike has always been just a way for me to get where I want to go.

    Last fall my father-in-law gave me his '09 Specialized Hardrock as an early Xmas gift so he could get himself a new bike. Since then I've dabble a little more around the foothills of the Front Range. And then disaster struck...my wife and I volunteered for the Leadville 100 this summer and now I am possessed. I MUST ride in Leadville next year. I'm on the hunt for a suitable bike and the "training" has begun.

    I've realized I was always a mountain biker at heart and so now I am embracing my true identity and preparing to drive my wife crazy with this new obsession.

    So far my favorite trail(s) are: Strawberry Jack, Buffalo Creek (singletrack) and the Medicine Bow Trail in southern Wyoming (rail trail).

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/An8SbCHNnBoRdfy2lH4vIw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-gFrWW0vJQ24/TaJnAbTxzfI/AAAAAAAAYjU/e7dOKLKNFeQ/s400/DSC05831.JPG" height="286" width="400" /></a>
    My 1994 Cannondale M300 converted to an Xtracycle

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    Self portrait Buffalo Creek, CO

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/aKFLBfj7M2Y_v0O02bBDDQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2ChPsEF4x6I/ThHY9ywsV8I/AAAAAAAAako/rDHMn63l8hI/s400/DSC00090crop.JPG" height="159" width="400" /></a>
    4th of July tour from the plains to the mountains
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    Hey! My name's Nielsen. I'm a US Marine and I reside in Pacific Grove,CA. I have made my decision to start riding, but there is a problem I dont have a bike yet. This is because I dont know that much about what type of bike should I get. I practice bodybuilding so I'm kind off big. I'm 6'0" and I weight 205 pounds. Im very interested in buying either a 29er or a regular mountain bike. Both with front suspension. Now, what types of bike would you guys recommend? My starting budget is $600.00. Whaddaya think?

    Here's my basic info:
    1) I'm from Puerto Rico
    2) Obviously I'm a beginner in this sport.
    3) Bikes? None (YET)
    4) how long? ....
    5)What forums do I frcuent the most? Bodybuilding, Crossfit, General Fitness

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    I'm from Miami, FL. Was born in D.C. but moved here at 3 months of age so I consider myself a native. A rare and dying breed.
    I raced BMX all thru my youth. Then spent the last 15 years traveling and surfing. A friend got into mtb about a year ago and I hit the local trails with him and it has all come back. Since the waves really suck here I find myself riding almost everyday. I really like to hit the 4 trails in the south florida area. I'm pretty impressed with how challenging the can be for such a flat area of the country.
    I don't really like to road ride but have been putting a good 20 miles to the beach and back home a few days a week to build up some stamina.
    As of right now I went the old mans route and bought a Specialized Rockhopper 29er.
    Great bike and trucks over the root and cruises uphill nicely. I'm old school and love having a hardtail but looking to save up and get a full suspension though as my back deserves it after years of abuse.
    I visit mostly fishing forums so as of right now this is my only mtb forum. I've visited here a few times as almost every question you google about mtb this site comes up so why not join.

    Had a big ramp in the backyard as a kid and got the jumping itch back so may be building a small 3 footer to have some fun and hopefully not break anything.
    Also dying to do a trip up north(hopefully Snowshoe) for some mountains in the next month. Not much downhill terrain in my zone.

    Hope too see some of you guys on the trails!

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    Hello Everyone Newbie Here! Awesome Site!

    1.) Richard From Manila Philippines.
    2.) Cross Country Trail for now...
    3.) Owns 1 bike Full Sus 120mm
    4.) Been riding a few months
    5.) Just around where i live South of Manila

    I use to motocross when i was 15 but went KARTING AND BECAME NATIONAL CHAMPION TWICE..WENT FORMULA TOYOTA, FINISHED IN THE TOP 3 OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF ALL THE 4 SEASONS, WENT FORMULA ASIA AND TESTED FOR ALL JAPAN FORMULA 3 TEAM. DID 4 SEASONS IN ASIAN FORMULA 3 AND BECAME VICE CHAMPION IN 2003. RETIRED FROM PROFESSIONAL RACING AND WENT GOLFING TILL NOW.. JUST RECENTLY GOT INTO BIKING AND SO FAR ENJOYING IT...JUST WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT biking...

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    Howdy everyone. My name is Brett, I'm currently in Southern Oregon, loving any trail I can get my bike on. I guess I am a weekend warrior, because during the workweek I mostly just plan the next outing. I am currently riding a Specialized P3 circa 2002 hardtail, but saving up to upgrade to something with a little more freedom.
    Favorite local trail by far has to be the Wagner Gap run. 10.5 miles of mostly singletrack, technical love!! Of course biking down the side of Mt. Ashland (the local ski resort) can be fun too. Been biking since early 1998. Had to take a minor break in 05 when I had a bad fall, but I'm back in the action now!

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    New to MTB

    I am new to MTB and I have two hardtail bikes. I have really ramped up my riding lately and wondered if anybody could provide me with advice on what bike to buy next? I'm looking at dual suspension bikes and I have taken an interest in the Santa Cruz Heckler. I'm 6'2" and weigh 185. I live in Virginia and ride single track easy trails right not but want something that gives me versatility down the road. Any suggestions?

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    1.) Where you are from? Chesapeake, VA.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 - 2011 Trek Cobia.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Just back in the sport since going to college in 1998.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Unofficial lurker of mtbr for about a year.

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    BB adaptor for old skool press in Gary Fisher?

    I need to put a new bottom bracket into an onld Gary Fisher Pro Cal. It has a press fit BB and I want to update to XX. Help?

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    O.G. newbie

    Hello all. My name is Joe and I'm in central california. I started riding in '94 and got back into this two months ago. I still ride my '95 Cannondale M400 and am working to get back into shape to ride trails in the S.F. east bay. My favorite trail is the Morgan Territory loop north of Livermore. Found the site while searching for biking gear and I know it will be a great resource for keeping my ”vintage” bike going.

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    Howdy all.

    1.) Where you are from? Red Bluff - Northern California, close the the Oregon border ;-)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Old and old school, out of shape weekend mountain bike warrior. Currently ride about 85% of my weekend treks, walk the other 15%. Looking to improve that ratio!
    Just LOVE getting on remote/rugged trails away from the rat race so I can focus on the "Big Picture" Also am into geocaching. Currently riding a 29er geary and am looking to go single speed hardtail.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 29ers, one full suspension one hardtail.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Been riding forever, started off with BMX when younger then shifted to mountain bikes. About the last 5 years I just started getting into mountain biking, anything but dedicated or extreme, not that I dont want to be.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Been a lurking visitor on this site for about 5 years.

    Cheers
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    1.Michael from texas
    2. Weekend xc warrior
    3. Own 2 bikes (GT custom and mongoose)
    4. Been riding actively 2 yrs.
    5. Rc car forums

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    1.) Where you are from? Northern California, Bay Area
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Weekend Warrior: XC, All Mountain
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 Bikes: 2011 Specialized RockHopper, Kent Shogun Shockwave (my loaner bike)
    4.) How long have you been riding? Start in 96, stopped in 98, Just started back up this year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Planning on visiting all forums

    Hello all,

    Getting back into riding; been away for over 10 years. Glad to be back on the trails!!

    Andrew

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    "Hello julot,
    Our records indicate that you have never posted to our site before! Why not make your first post today by saying hello to our community in our General Discussion forum.
    Why not start with your first post today and become an active part of the mtbr.com forums now!"
    Ok i am Julot frome France hello !!
    I am old men , my fist truth mtb was 1993 Specialized rockhopper fs ,later I had some other Specializeds . Now I ride on an old Ritchey Ultra .
    I do not speak English, I use an on-line translator.

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    hey guys/girls, my name is Luis and i just started mountain biking. I really enjoy mountain biking, i have always been athletic but decided to try mtn biking now.

    1. I'm from San Diego CA
    2. I consider myself a beginner with a need of an adrenaline rush. If there is a jump ill jump it!
    3. I picked up a used 2004 Gary fisher marlin
    4. Just started about 2 months ago
    5. The forums i am on are mostly car forums

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    Greetings!

    1.) Washington
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    5.) XDA and MTBR

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    Hello All-

    1. I am from NJ, in the NYC sub-urbs.
    2. I am an intermediate rider. I have a family with an 8 year old expert BMX racer who is stretching his legs and keeping me on the trails longer going faster than I am comfortable going right now.
    3. I have an IF. He is riding a Specialized, a custom BMX cruiser and a Redline Flight JR.
    4. I started riding around 1990, took the past 6 years off.
    5. I belong to mtbnj, vintagebmx and njbmxracing

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    Hello Everyone

    1.) Where you are from? Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, several areas
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner, 29er rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, a Giant Talon 29ER 2012 Black/White, picture attached
    4.) How long have you been riding? Started on the Mountain Bike Aug, 20th 2011.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This is the first one I joined.

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    Hi all, this is my first post here! My name is Brandon, I'm from the high desert of southern CA, hopefully moving to the Santa Clarita area soon. Im a total beginner at mountain biking. I'm 27 years old and the last time I owned a bike I was probably 10 or 12 years old and it was a generic single speed (huffy maybe?). Just a few days ago I acquired my first real mt bike, a K2 zed 3.0, I'm pretty excited to get it on the trails but it needs a few things first before it's rideable. I'm gonna try and get some pictures of it soon. Hope to spend some quality time here learning the sport!

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    hey guys! i'm joshua, 33 years old from cebu philippines. i've been riding mountain bikes for more than 10 years. i've never owned more than 1 bike at a time but i've had several bikes in the past. i'm currently building a light xc hardtail because xc riding is what i enjoy most.. i've been an avid user of mtbr.com over the years and it has helped me gather information on products i like.. it's nice to finally be a member. more power!

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    hey new to the forums from Nyc been biking for about a year never owned a bike (always used rentals :P) but about to buy my first bike pretty excited i've only done trails but want to expand to other areas maybe start doing some downhill. Glad to meet everybody and hope to get to know you all.

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    1.) Where you are from?
    --> Hey, Im Kyle from New Jersey (Work in North Jersey, Live in South Jersey)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    --> All mtn/trail rider, 29er
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    --> 2 Jamis's 29ers (Exile I and Exile II)
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    --> BMX for 5 years, then got away from bikes for another 5 and now getting back into mtn biking

    Im just getting back into riding, been mostly sticking to ATVs and Dirt bikes but NJ law enforcement doesnt let much fun happen on off-road motor vehicles anymore. With my BMX background and the new technology of mtn bikes I was pretty quickly sold on getting back into the sport. With working only 20 mins away from Ringwood State Park, I can really put my new bikes to the test and have some great fun in the process! Always looking for people to ride with, as myself and cousin just purchased bikes this week and have put 40 miles of trail riding on them in 4 days

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    East Coast rider

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    1.) Where you are from? Attleboro Falls, Ma 1/2 hour south Boston
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? All mountain/cross country
    3.) How many bikes you own? My wife and I each own 2 bikes. 2 Specialized Epics, Stumpjumper and Rockhopper.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Me about 20 years. My wife about 8.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? NEMBA for New England Mountain Bike Association.

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    New Bike

    I just bought a Motobecane 700 HT XC MTB. Im excited!

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    UPDATE:

    (1) Where: Gainesville, FL
    (2) Type: Recreation, for fitness rider (more fun than running!)
    (3) Trails I ride: City of Gainesville nature trails by my apartment, The Rock trails, San Felasco, Lake Wauburg UF
    (4) Current rides: Trek 3700 stock, GT All Terra rigid, Denali road bike (I don't have $1000's to spend on fancy bikes) These do me just fine.

    Anyone want to recreationally ride in the Gville are without pressure of keeping up or going beyond your capabilities, email me

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    1.) Where you are from? Ellensburg Wa
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Newbie
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 Camber Comp
    4.) How long have you been riding? Just getting started
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Moto

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    1) Pittsburgh, PA
    2) Beginner
    3) 1, Trek 4900
    4) About a year and a half, just moved from Orlando, FL so I'm facing "real" trails for the first time (or at least, hilly trails)
    5) MTBR, bikeforums, roadbikereview

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    1. Portland, Or and Flint, MI
    2. Intermediate
    3. 3 bikes. Trek 8500 hardtail, Novara Safari Touring, Cannondale R400 Road
    4. I guess on and off for 10 years or so although never super consistent.
    5. Bikeforums, Pnwriders, and honda599

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    1. Sparta, Wisconsin

    2. Beginner

    3. One bike

    4. See number 2.

    5. Any Mopar or Motocross forum.

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    1.) Where you are from? grew up in Asheville, NC but I've been living in St. Cyr l'Ecole, France for almost 10 years
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? used to get pretty crazy riding bmx as a kid, but not so much now
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 at the moment
    4.) How long have you been riding? all my life
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? UMGF & Mandolin Cafe

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    Tri and MTB forums mainly

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    Yepper

    My 1996 Rocky Mountain Hammer is the best purchace I have ever made!
    It has been my one and only.
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    1) SF Peninsula
    2) Beginner
    3) A couple of road bikes, one old Bridgestone
    4) Road for longer than I care to remember, a little taste of Mtn in the 90's starting up again
    5) Going to find out!

    Please respond with:

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    Add anything else you care to share.

    And feel free to post a photo of your bike or even better, you riding your bike on your local/favorite trail!

    Thanks,

    -gregg

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    Rocky Mountain High

    Moved from Florida to Colorado as soon as I could. Too flat and hot.
    I love to bike the Colorado Divide Trail- where ever. Rode to "The Citadel" peak next to Hager Mountain last Saturday.
    Wanted: Shuttle drive- start Jones Pass, over to and down Herman Gulch. Epic...
    Teocalli Trail and Kenosha Pass kick ass. Super yep.
    To boldly take my old hardtail where not even many hikers go.

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    Smile 14 years old

    I'm from petaluma
    I ride mtb which is my fave. I also ride a little bmx and I love dirtjumping
    I'm only 14
    I want a riding buddy that's my age

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    1.) Broken Arrow, Ok
    2.) Beginner
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    4.) 10 years
    5.) bikeforums.net, gixxer.com, beginnertriathlete.com, and roadbikereview.com

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    Hi all...

    My name's Brian. I live in western New York state, Ontario County more specifically. 43 year old divorced father of two.

    I'm a newbie mountain biker. Used to do the BMX thing as a kid, but haven't done any serious riding in a very long time. Getting back into biking for fitness reasons and as an activity that I can do with my daughters.

    Just picked up a '96 GT Avalanche LE off Craigslist yesterday. I also have a hybrid Nishiki that I got for free a few years back but is way too small for me.

    Other interests include old Harleys, hunting and guns.

    Looking forward to learning lots here.

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    hi everyone

    I'm in Southwest Michigan
    Been riding seriously 2 years - long commuting and 2 to 3 day tours
    Mostly I ride a Bianchi Hybrid
    Soon plan to be a Fatbike Snow/Sand rider

    I really appreciate the valuable content in this forum!!! Thanks!!!!

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    From Boston, MA
    I'm a weekend warrior who just found a love of speed.
    I own an older Bianchi full suspension and a 09 Gary Fisher Tassjara

    Appreciate all the content and looking foward to joining the community.

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    1) From San Antonio, TX. Been riding in CO last few years, now in OK
    2) Cross Country, Single Track, Weekender 'til it starts to drop below 100 degs.
    3) One bike: Rockhopper Pro 29er
    4) Been riding for about 10 years now
    5) New here, so I don't know yet. Have been using the MapMyRide App to record my routes and such.

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    My name is Drew,

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) New Jersey
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...) all mtn/trail rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2 "real" bikes and many more toys from my youth
    4.) How long have you been riding? 14 years; I made the conversion to mountain bikes about 4 years back after 10 yrs of riding and racing BMX. I haven't looked back since but I still hang onto the old lineup for sentiment.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) The 29er threads I'm looking to make my first move into the big wheeled future.

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    1)Hello!I am from Chelyabinsk (Russia)
    2)I am a XC racer. but sometimes i like to ride AM
    3)I really have one bike for training and XC racing, and i want to build AM hardttail.
    4)I have been riding for 4 years, but i started riding regulary two years ago.
    5)I always use velomania and velochel forums.
    P.S.Sorry, if i do some mistakes, English is my second language.
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    Howdy, I'm Brian

    1.) Where you are from? Originally from Las Cruces, NM... now live in Waco, TX
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? all mtn/trail rider all the way
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? Been doing serious mountain biking for 10+ years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? I'm the forum admin and web admin for centexoffroad.com.

    My newest toy, an Ellsworth Joker. Been a sweet ride so far, always wanted a full suspension disc-braked bike... finally had the money to make that dream come true.




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    1.) Where you are from? Near Seattle, WA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I'm currently a casual rider. I'm trying to get more heavily involved in free riding.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Currently just an old Cannondale. Am now shopping for a free ride bike.
    4.) How long have you been riding? About 20 years on mountain bikes. Another 10 years on a BMX.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Really nothing yet. Found this site while searching for some purchase advise and haven't explored it fully yet.

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    1.) Pacific Northwest
    2.) I ride around town a bit
    3.) 2 bikes
    4.) Took off my training wheels at, what, 5?
    5.) Reddit!

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    I'm BACK!

    Ahhh....I missed mountian biking. I'm back and loving it. I just finished 6 months of Ironman training witht the race at Lake Placid last month. Awesome experience....but it's certainly good to be back in the dirt.

    With all the training I took a gamble and signed up for a 24-hour mountain bike race at Great Glen, NH (last week). I placed 3rd in my Solo 0-39 class! Crazy. Even though my legs were ready for it, my BUM was not. Sitting surface is a totally different area than tri riding. I paid dearly for it. But 3rd place was awesome.

    1.) Where you are from? Central Connecticut
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? occasional XC racer and ride 2-3x per week
    3.) How many bikes you own? too many! Tri bikes, road bikes, mountain bike...even a unicycle
    4.) How long have you been riding? Mountian biking since 1993
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites). Mostly triathlon sites.

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    I'm Max. Ride 3 times a week a good system (F.A.T.S.) here in North Augusta SC.
    All I need is one bike. Built it myself GT Pantera AL.

    Favorite trail: Transvesubienne in France.

    Need to buy a new set of gloves: Which one? Fox Racing Dirtpaw Empire or Fox Tahoe Short Glove...thanks

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    Hey everyone, name is Josh, was a member of this forum many years ago but I had stopped riding back in '02. My interest has been rejuvenated now that my son likes to ride his bike more often.

    1) I live in CT
    2) I consider myself an intermediate rider at best
    3) I own one, a 2002 Cannodale Jekyll 800 I bought back in '02 (yes, before I pretty much gave up trail riding)
    4) Started trail riding in '99, pretty much gave it up '02-'11, slowly getting back to it
    5) I frequent guitar forums and truck forums

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    hello everyone my name is mikey





    1.) La mirada, CA
    2.) i am an all mountain bike rider that usually rides a 29er!
    3.) i have two at the moment, two giants, a 26er and a 29er
    4.) about 4 years started once a week, the grew to about 4 times a week
    5.) first time on an actually forum for bikes!

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    1.) Where you are from? San Diego, CA

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Hmm, an inventive guinea pig. I like to try new stuff so long as it won't break the bike, I'll heal.

    3.) How many bikes you own? One, a Mongoose Boot'R. I swear it's a big for tall skinny people.

    4.) How long have you been riding? Only been doing the freeride/downhill thing for a while. Use to bmx at Sheep Hills in Huntington Beach in highschool, then did motocross until I was 21 and went off to the military. Got out in '07, missed the action on two wheels and exercise, got a Mongoose 14 days ago, haha.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? None, just this here ( []D [] []V[] []D btw )

    Really enjoy the freeriding thing, there's just something about just going out into the urban wilderness, or real one, and just see what needs to be messed with, haha. Only been doing it for two weeks, but have the motocross gene in me. Just really missed going out for a cruise, jumps, trails, whatever on two wheels. Aside from not owning a truck (Celica), just got tired of the break downs, fuel, people whining about noise, etc., plus the work out doesn't hurt .

    But hey, if it's within 20 miles of the ocean, and is in between LA and SD, I'm down for a shred day

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    1.) Where you are from?
    Antwerp,Belgium

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    All mountain, Singlespeeder

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Endorfin VP-4 sl (2008)
    Be One Team Titanium (1997) > converted to singlespeed

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    since 2005

    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    mostly mountainbike.be > Belgian mtb forum

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    Hey folks...

    1. Harrisonburg, VA - Rockingham County
    2. Intermediate rider - likes to ride trail and mountain
    3. 1 bike
    4. Started on BMX as a kid and always loved all forms of bicycling but got back into riding trails/mountain the last couple of years.
    5. Just this one for mountain biking.

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    Hi my name I's Stephen I just started riding last week commuting about 16 miles a day in Orlando fl. I'm a big guy and really enjoying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazin05 View Post
    Hi my name I's Stephen I just started riding last week commuting about 16 miles a day in Orlando fl. I'm a big guy and really enjoying it.
    Welcome fellow Floridian. Hope you enjoy sandy rides. Some of the top places near you are Santos, Alafia and Carter. I go to Carter most frequently. PM if you want to ride sometime.

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    Hi Guys

    Hi I'm Max

    1.) Where you are from? South Africa
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Total Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? None at the moment
    4.) How long have you been riding? Started this year
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Not that into forums till now

    I have just started out and looking for a great start up bike for some mountain biking being from South Africa we are crazy about outdoors over here and have some amazing trails, so now just need to find a good bike to ride them with
    Cheers for now

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    1.) DFW, TX
    2.) XC, Trail, All Mtn, its all good,
    3.) Own 3 currently
    4.) Bought first mountain bike in '95 and have been riding since
    5.) Mtbr lurker

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    Hi forum!

    1.) Where you are from? Calgary
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I consider myself an old, slow xc rider, also polite and a little deaf.. so use your *@%$*!! bell when (or before) you pass me.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Currently own 3 bikes and maintain a fourth for my SO.
    4.) How long have you been riding? I learned to ride 45 years ago.. that's right.. before Mountain Bikes.. got my first "mountain" bike in 88, still miss that Rocky Mountain Hammer (it was stolen! damn the thieves!! )
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Mostly I'm on the newx.org

    Add anything else you care to share. I like bikes... especially cheap ones.

    And feel free to post a photo of your bike or even better, you riding your bike on your local/favorite trail! You're going to have to wait 8 more posts for these.. but don't worry.. I'll come back n edit.

    Here I am..
    Cascade trail Mountain Biking by Saint Urho, on Flickr
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    1.) Where you are from? South Carolina
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Mostly paved trails but I want to get into more mountain
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 at the moment, '11 GT Aggressor 3.0, old bike was a Mongoose Revolution
    4.) How long have you been riding? On and off since I was a kid. Just started getting back into it after a few years away.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Explorerforum.com but I have a feeling I'll be visiting this one a lot more now.

    Just looking to get some tips/tricks and learn a few things while I'm here. Will probably look to do a few add-ons/upgrades in the near future.

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    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner/ weekend warrior
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 20 yrs. mountain bikes just recently
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

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    I'm Ed. I'm 25 and live in Las Vegas
    I'd consider myself an all mountain/trail rider. I prefer shuttle runs but my friends like the uphill so I don't mind tagging along for some of that.
    Currently just have 1 bike. A specialized Enduro. Looking into getting burlier bike and lightening up the one I have.
    Started riding in 08. Took the last 2 years off recovering from knee injuries but I'm up and at it again.

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    1.) Where you are from? Melbourne, Australia
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? XC
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 20+ years (but not much recently)
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? nil

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    Hi all, my name's Simon, I'm a Brit living in the Hautes Alpes in France.
    I ride a lot on the road and love to mix it up with as much time off road as possible.

    I have a Rock lobster HT and and an old style Anthem 3.5"/80mm up front. Love to use a lightweight-ish XC bike as the uphill here is so long that its far outweighs any lack of performance on the downs,
    not too much flat terrain to be had in these parts

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    Long time rider/MTBR user first time poster.

    Hi fellow addicts, this is an addiction, or is it a sickness, 'cause we do some sick stuff.

    I've been an addict my entire life.

    I did a stint for a few years back in the industry with a product called The Chin Lock.

    1.) Where you are from? Burlington, Canada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Good all rounder
    3.) How many bikes you own? Too many; DH, XC, All MTN, BMX, Road, DJ, etc. NO 29er, not yet anyway
    4.) How long have you been riding? 40+yrs, original BMXer from the '80s
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? PB buysell, and here.

    I'm 44, I started riding at age 2.

    I'm not one to join in much when it comes to threads, I' rather ride my bike and hang with friends. I use MTBR for research.

    Peace, and good riding.

    Curtis

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've been perusing the forums for a while now, gathering tons information on purchasing a new MTB. I ended up with a 2012 Trek / Gary Fisher Marlin. It's only been a week, but I've been loving riding on this bike.

    Thanks to all the insight and discussions on this board.

    foujin

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    1.) Where you are from? Atlanta, GA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? off and on for 10 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

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    In our second year Outerbike 2011 is sure to please! 2012 Demo bikes will be available from most major bike brands and some of the small companies you have come to love. Check us out at Outerbike .com

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    1. Just purchased a home in Mission Viejo, CA
    2. Beginner-Intermediate
    3. 10+
    4. Off and on for 21 years
    5. The Cabe
    6. Can anyone tell me if there is a buy/sell/trade forum or section on MTBR? I'm looking to build a Turner 5 spot.

    Thanks!

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    Hello from western WI

    Hello all, hopping on from La Crosse, WI

    I guess I'd consider myself an average level rider, I don't really race, but I'm not new to riding (been about 10 years now). Still always something new to learn though.
    I own 6 bikes, I think, two are mountain, my old Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo and my 2010 Marin Indian Fire Trail.

    I look forward to reading a lot, and sharing knowledge in the Advocacy forum, as trail-building is a passion of mine.

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    Hello!
    John here, from Atwater, CA
    Bought my first MB in 88, rode mainly at Cal Poly & down in the Santa Monica Mtns (CA)
    Didn't ride for years but drug my old Trek 7000 out about 5 years ago to get back into shape.
    Am getting a serious MTB bug bite right now, so I am on a new Specialized Epic 29er!
    I've checked out the 29er forum & the GPS forum so far.

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    1.) Where you are from? Melbourne, Australia
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?Intermediate
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 35+ years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?MTBR and Rotorburn

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    Hello all,

    My name is Joe and I'm in Lynnwood, WA north of Seattle. I stumbled across this site doing research before buying my first MTB.

    I just bought a used Kona Mountain Fire, it's around an '02-'03'-04' and I gave $120 for it. I think I got a good deal.

    This is my first MTB and I'm a beginner all the way around, I haven't been on a bike since it was my primary mode of transportation in my early teens. I bought it to get some exercise and because I have been borrowing my Dad's hybrid to ride in and out on the logging road I've been hunting bear on. It's 4.5 miles to where I'm hunting, mostly uphill and I had been riding/walking in with Dad's bike and then riding it out. Being a hybrid his bike is not the best for coming out quickly on a rough gravel road and I've already had two flat tires.

    I enjoyed riding Dad's bike, so I bought my own that's better suited to using it for hunting, and I've decided I'd like to get into some trail riding. I'm doing as much research as I can to learn the terminology and the different types of riding. Hopefully I'll find someone local that rides and can learn from them too.

    Tonight was my first time taking my bike in to hunt bear. The gearing is very different from the Hybrid and I can ride much more than walk with my bike. I am carrying a backpack with the stuff I need to hunt, water, and my rifle, so it weighs about 30-45 pounds depending on the stuff I need to take with me.

    Everything was great except the saddle hurt my butt like crazy and my right foot went numb at times. When it got too bad I just got off and pushed.

    How long before I get used to the saddle? I would like to buy a new one with gel padding, any suggestions for a saddle that won't break the bank, say $60 or less?

    I'm going to post this question in a separate thread too, might get a better response.

    Thanks,
    Elkaholic

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    1.) Hi all, I'm from Cantabria, Spain
    2.) XC
    3.) 2, a XC and a road bike
    4.) 20 years
    5.) forocantabriamtb and here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkaholic View Post
    Hello all,

    Everything was great except the saddle hurt my butt like crazy and my right foot went numb at times.
    How long before I get used to the saddle? I would like to buy a new one with gel padding, any suggestions for a saddle that won't break the bank, say $60 or less?

    Hi Elk

    Some saddles you'll never get used to. Did you have any problems with the saddle on the hybrid? If not.. I'd get one the same as that for your bike. Maybe just swap saddles between bikes. The right foot going numb is a bit more of a concern to me. It happened to me on occasion and seemed to be due to seat position and / or clothing/ shoe related. Do you wear bike shorts when you ride?

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    Hey everyone just wanted to stop by and say hello, I'm a long time lurker here and just recently joined. Just got my first mtn bike a few months ago. I bought a 2012 trek wahoo in blue. I've upgraded to wellgo platform pedals, odi grips, 2.5 inch dissent tires( they're beasts!). My next upgrade will be a new fork. What's a good fork for around 400 for all mtn riding? I will eventually get into dh but for now just singletrack.


    1.) Where you are from? Northeast p.a

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Rode bmx my whole life and just got into some singletrack and I Love it!

    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 bmx 1 mtnbike

    4.) How long have you been riding? 8 yrs

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here

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    Newbie Checking In

    1.) Where you are from? Lakewood, Colorado (real close to Golden, Colorado)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner (I rode motocross and Enduro motorcyles for years as a younger person :-)
    3.) How many bikes you own? Just the one I just bought
    4.) How long have you been riding? About 3 weeks now.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? CO-Front Range mostly to get tips and ideas for trails and other MTB activities going on in the area.

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    Hello!!

    I'm Ashley and live near Boulder, Co. I've been riding since the mid-80's and am a XC rider. Until recently I'm been riding a Klein Rascal (1992) that I've pimped with Mavic rims, Marzocchi Bomber fork, and XT components. Now I'm riding a new hard tail 29'er, and life is good.

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    Hi everyone, I'm Mike from Albany Oregon, I ride mostly in Corvallis. I currently ride a Specialized old school Y-frame and a Mongoose Slayton Comp. I am definately a Weekend Warrior at best but I like to think I'm better lol...
    I'm 38, been riding MTB pretty much since the early 90's.

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    1.) Temecula, CA
    2.) Beginner 29er.
    3.) 1 at a time. Old mid-90s FS Schwinn broke on Santa Rosa Plateau. Have a Gravity 29.4 on order.
    4.) Off & On (mostly off) from mid 90s and most of it on the trails in Anchorage, AK.
    5.) MTBR. Are their any others?

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    1. Park City, UT
    2. Long time all mountain and downhill and single speeder, now just a single speeder
    3. '93 Trek 850 Townie, '73 Schwinn touring bike, '98 Independent Fab SS
    4. Forever, BMX as a kid and grew into mountain biking
    5. MTBR, TGR

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    Not new but feel new to North County SD

    1.) Live in North County San Diego
    2.) I am a bi-weekend warrior (do more transcendental riding than actual riding these days)
    3.) I own a - Specialized StumpJumper
    4.) I have been riding since I was 8 but on single track since early '90s
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? This is it!


    The photo is of me and my most favorite biking lady friends on The Ridge in Park City, UT summer of 2011. I hope to be able to make that ride each year for the rest of my life. I am sure God lives there. If your bikin' keep smilin!

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    Hello All.

    Good evening, er morning, whatever time it is if you ever read this.

    I'm getting back in to the hobby after a 18 year hiatus. I'm a Clydesdale rider having recently dropped myself down to 286 Lbs and I'm looking for a bike. I'm thinking bout a 29er hard tail.

    Any suggestions would be more than welcome.
    1. Riverside Ca.
    2.Getting back into the game after 18 years
    3. None Yes
    4. Forever, BMX as a kid and grew into mountain biking
    5. MTBR

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    Hi name is Manuel
    Been biking about 4 months
    Started with a walgoose just got a cannondale trail 5 29
    I think I am hooked!!!
    I love rocks and roots ; )

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    Hey I'm Jason. I've been riding trails on dirt bikes since I was eight and recently sold my roadie and bought my first mountain bike in June. I spend a lot of weekends in Lake Arrowhead (I'm here now) as my parents have a second residence here. I'm about to go on a 14 mile loops. Happy Trails!

    1.) Orange County, have lived in LA since '04.
    2.) Weekend warrior, generally ride XC but go to Snow Summit every once in awhile for some fun downhill singletrack.
    3.) My mountain bike (SC Heckler) and spin bike. (Also have 3 dirt bikes, but those don't count)
    4.) I rode mountain bikes growing up in the bluffs behind my house, but first year on a real bike.
    5.) MTBR- socal

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    Howdy. New member, figure it's time for a quick intro!


    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    I live in the south Chicagoland area. I recently wrecked my Suzuki Katana and the cycling bug bit me soon after. I found out about the Palos trails in my area so I figured it's time to pick up a decent bike.

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all
    mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)

    Beginner/Weekend warrior/trail rider.. All in one I guess.

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Right now I only own an older mongoose 4tec (or something along those lines.) I am in the process of purchasing a Trek 4500.

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    I been riding frequently for a few months now.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    T-Nation.com I am an amateur bodybuilder and I got my pro strongman card a few years back.
    FriendlyFireGaming.net a gaming community that I actually run myself.

    Either way, it's good to meet you all!
    -Tomas

    PS- Here is a photo of my buddy and I after we hit the trails. I am the one on the right.

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    Canada

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all
    mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    Beginner mountain biker, weekend warrior, soon to be 29er rider maybe...

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    1 - a Supercycle Hooligan purchased from Canadian Tire for $150. I have used it for everything - rough trails, cycling races, cruising while on vacation, etc. ... and it's barely holding together.

    I am looking to purchase an XC Hardtail now - possibly a 29er

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    I have been riding fairly consistently for the past 2 years.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    Here now I guess

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    Hi everyone! Haven't had a bike for a long time but want to ride again just for fun/on vacation etc. Trying to decide which bike i should get, it will be an entry level bike since i'm on a budget!!


    1.) CT

    2.)beginner/weekend warrior

    3.) None yet

    4.)Been riding since 1986 Bmx/road bike, about the get my first mtb!!

    5.) No other bike forums

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    Hello

    New to forums. Was riding a Surly Crosscheck. Got wiped off the road by a PU truck. Recovered from that now have a Salsa Casseroll. Lost 140 lbs in the last 1.5 years. . . not much else to say

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    1. Arizona
    2. About 3 to 4 days a week
    3. 1 bike
    4. Since my parents bought me my first tricycle
    5. not many other forums

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    Hello Everyone!

    New to the forum, and look forward to learning as much as I can about bikes and riding!

    A little background:

    I live in the great state of Utah and have been riding for just under 1 year. My ride; 2010 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc, with upgraded Rockshox Recon Silver Solo Air TK fork w/poploc (love this bike!). Been lurking around for awhile, and everyone is really helpful, which is nice!

    See you on the trails!

    HighUintas

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    Hello!

    I've been Mountain Biking since the mid '90's, but have been pretty inactive the last few years. This summer, I've got back in the swing of things again and I'm enjoying it just like old times.

    1.) Where you are from? Southwest Missouri - I'm an Ozark's Hillbilly!
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I guess the term now is "All Mountain" - a new term to me! I ride off road 99% of the time, mostly singletrack, just for fun.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Just one, my trusty old Giant ATX 980 Full Suspension... from '97 I think.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Since the mid 1990's.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) Mostly train forums.

    Good to be here!
    - Jim

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    Hi, my name is Mike
    Live in Rosemead, Ca
    I'm a trail rider just getting back into it after a 2 year hiatus.
    I ride a rocky mountain slayer.
    Been riding since 2000
    I ride Marshall canyon and Turnbull canyon most of the time.
    Not a fast rider, just love to ride.

    "earn the downhill"

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    1.) Where you are from? Olympia,WA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 1 month
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? here and pbnation

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    Lovin my new home Bend

    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    - Moved to Bend, Or in Jan '11 from San Clemente, Ca

    - I would consider myself in XC/AM ridder, newer to the sport but charing harder every day

    - I own two bikes, first is my starter bike a Kona Hoss HT, and now Im pimping out my radical '05 Jamis Dakar Sport. Im enjoyin the new hobby that is regularly draining my bank account.

    - Started riding back in Cali a few years ago, but after poison oak showed up after every ride, I quit that. No poison oak in Bend!

    - Love the reviiews, use them to aid in my purchases. Ans now am on the verge of doing a 650B build and those forums are great. Oregon forums are good too.

    thanks for the mecca of good MTB feedback, and appreciate all the cool people that share .

    Cheers

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    1. I'm from SLO county, California
    2. I do a lot of "all mountain" styled riding and like to hit some nice sized jumps when I find them.
    3. I own two bikes. My mountain bike and my road bike.
    4. Nearly as long as I can remember. My dad got me on a bike when I was at least 4 years old and I loved it. My earliest memory of riding is the day I got my training wheels off and ate it.
    5. as far as forums go, I browse two. this one and GC

    My favorite trail isn't a local one as I loved Canada a lot when I was there.
    My bike is currently a Norco Range 3 with an X0 drivetrain, Specialized Phenom saddle, Loco rear wheel, WTB Freerider front, Straitline Defacto pedals, ODI grips, and the rest is stock.

    realized I never checked in

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)

    1) Napa, CA
    2)Hoping to be born again
    3)One broken classic
    4)Havent been in 15 years but as stated, I wanna get back out.
    5)NORCALVETTES.COM, Cowboy section...

    I mainly registered here in hopes of finding a new (old) frame so I can rebuild my classic fisher and start doing something healthy between beers...

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) Canton, Ga
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? Casually for a while
    5.) What forums do you frequent most. This is my first one.

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    1.) Asheville, NC
    2.) Beginner, all mountain
    3.) Santa Cruz Heckler
    4.) Just started
    5.) North & South Carolina

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    Hello,
    1.) Where you are from? I live in Escondido CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? I ride a single speed 29er on XC trails. I got into triathlons a few years back now I ride centuries.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3 Vassago Jabberworky is my favorite. I'm looking into a Salsa Fargo
    4.) How long have you been riding? grew up riding bmx got my first mtn bike in 1990.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) bikepacking,net
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    1.) I'm chris and i'm from the philippines
    2.) beginner!
    3.) I am riding an orbea oiz
    4.) 10 months
    5.) philmofo, pmtb

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    i'm thinking about taking the spacers off between the top of my head tube and my stem and moving them between the fork and the bottom of the top tube on my 4300 to make the frame feel bigger. anyone try this before? thoughts?

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    2. Weekend warrior but fairly new to urban trials
    3. Specialised p2 specialised p1 onza zoot
    4. Few years
    5. Mtbr- rfuk

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    Roscoe II in Park City, Utah

    Hi, I'm PCBiker (Park City, Utah)
    I have a Gary Fisher Roscoe II All-Mountain -- Fabulous Bike!!
    I ride the Wasatch Mountains top to bottom.
    I own 7 bikes (who doesn't?)
    Been riding now for 12 years.

    Favorite rides are Mid-Mountain (Park City), Gooseberry Mesa (Southern Utah), and Thunder Mountain (near Bryce Canyon). Oh yeah, and Moab. All of it.

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    Hi Everyone
    1.South Africa, Durban
    2. weekend warrior
    3. mongoose amasa super and a old giant rincon(1st bike) looking to upgrade my goose.
    4. the last 10 years on and off.
    5. thehubsa

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    1.) Netherlands, 80k above Amsterdam on the North sea coast
    2.) Try to be a XC racer. I come from road race cycling and think this is a good addition to that besides my hobby of giving track instruction on motorcycles.
    3.) I own a Cannondale Fatty 26" that is 16 years old so looking for a new bike in the near future. Probably a 29" (niner) but not sure about HT or Fully
    4.) All my life, well from 6yo, competition from 14 till 22, after that only recreational. Now looking for some competition for fun road and XC
    5.) Dutch mountainbike forums and 29squadron, dirty pages

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    1. OC
    2. i piddle around. i really need to get in shape and it was fun when i was younger.
    3. GF HiFi dlx 2011
    4. Well I learned to ride when I was 5. but uhhh its been probably 15 or more years since I did anything. Did a few 150mile road tours when I was in middle school and played around the neighborhood on a mtb when i was a kid.
    5. i guess im a nob here so the 29er forum and beginner forum. trying to pick up some skills. I belong mainly to tech forums and lists. Im in IT.

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    Hello everyone

    1.) Northern Virginia
    2.) Weekend warrior
    3.) 2 - a Kona Fire Mountain and an old Schwinn road bike
    4.) Many years
    5.) Bullshido

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    Hi, my name is Julie
    I was born in San Francisco, CA. I grew up in Santa Rosa, CA. I lived in Davis and Nevada City, CA.
    I'm intermediate/advanced I suppose, it's all relative.
    I own one MTB, one road bike (with cob webs), and one crusty cruiser (Schwinn corvette).
    I've been riding for 15 years more or less.
    I frequent reddit.com and anything MTB-related.

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    New to mountain bikes

    40 years old- never in to to bicycles or mountain biking. Recreational dirtbiker since high school, kids ride dirtbikes too. Recently moved to Slovenia (from US) so we sold our dirtbikes and bought mountain bikes. We were told riding dirtbikes is quite expensive here but mountain biking is very popular and easy to access. The riding here is great but bikes are quite expensive.

    Layne

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    1.) Where you are from? Las Vegas, Nevada
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? combination of weekend warrior, XC 29er rider. definitely dont mind a little bit of downhill riding either!
    3.) How many bikes you own? one - 2011 Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29er
    4.) How long have you been riding? Been riding mountain bikes since I was little. But just recently got into riding trails. Got about 10 trail rides under my belt so far (as of Aug 2011)
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? I'm a huge car fanatic so before I got into mountain biking I frequented a lot of car forums (ClubLexus, IS300.net). But now mtbr is my most frequented forum!

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    Greetings

    I live in western Kentucky, we have some great trails in the area, including the Canal Loop in LBL and the Harrisburg Mountain area in southern Illinois.

    I'm 58, I raced USCF 3s and 4s in the 80s-91 or so. My first mountain bike was a Ross that weighed more than 40 lbs. I then got a no suspension Gary Fisher, followed by a dual suspension Y bike and a Jekyll 700. I currently ride a Trek HiFi Deluxe.

    I ride to stay in shape and maintain my weight. I get to the trails every weekend that I can, and ride on the street during the week.

    I ride a Kawasaki Concours when I don't want to pedal up hill, so I frequent the COG forum a bit.

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    2. Aspiring beginner. Right now I'm all XC
    3. 1 Gary Fisher Mamba and 1 Trek 1000 road bike
    4. Just started mountain biking this year
    5. Bass Fishing and now mountain biking; here and the MORC website

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    Hello Everyone!

    Hello everyone,

    I wanted to make a quick post to introduce myself. I'm from Moncton, New Brunswick in Canada, eh . I am not a pro rider by any means, I enjoy single track and tend to mess around a bit with anything that I wont hurt myself on, I started riding motocross when I was 6 and kept going on MT bikes or dirt bikes most of my life.

    I currently only own one bike and that is my 2010 Trek Fuel Ex 5 which I'm loving.

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    Hello guys! New person here. Just letting you know.

    Bikes:
    Trek 2.1 for the road
    Trek X-Caliber for the trail
    Old, trashed Nishiki for the daily 5 minute ride to work

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    Hello! New here.
    .) Where you are from? Santa Clarita, California
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner 29er rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? GF paragon
    4.) How long have you been riding? 2 weeks, getting my bike in two weeks
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? so far only here

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    Howdy

    1.) Live in Frank's Kraut farmland, Wisconsin
    2.) Love riding dirt, gravel, singletrack, but I can be found on the road some as well.
    3.) Salsa Muk3, Trek Madone 4.5, Specialized Stump Pro hardtail
    4.) Started riding this year again after about a 9-year hiatus

    Love hangin' in the Fat Bike forum here, but it's not necessarily good for my wallet.

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    Smile Reborn Newbie

    Name is Sean. Michigan Rider
    Trail or XC Riding...Some pavement...
    Second season of riding over 3000 miles in the last 2 seasons.
    Use to ride a Cannondale in the 90's started up again 2 years ago..
    I ride a Trek 820 (a gift when I got back from overseas) 2005, with RaceFace, Rockshox, Easton, Serfas,Old school Beartrap,Vredestein tires, and a few other upgrades.

    One bike will keep this forever.. but next season looking to purchase a Sette Carbon frame..and build it up.."Work hard on a steel and cruise on a future carbon."

    I like a Steel Frame...makes me work harder. (plus sentimental value)
    Guess I am old school wear my Skate/BMX helmet with Vision Skate Shoes, I hate bike snobs and enjoy passing someone up on a 3000 grand rig...
    Will push a 50 mile day and working towards riding a century with in the next few weeks...Have learned a lot from this website. Love the reviews. Support my local LBS but order all my parts online...(of course they install everything..)
    Ride everything from Simple Stoney Creek...Bloomer State Park, and hit the U.P a few times a year..

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    3) '93 StumpJumper M2 with Judy XC and more recently, a 2009 Dakar XCR pro
    3) Been riding since '89 - '90 thereabouts

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    2. True beginner. Want to do XC mostly.
    3. Road bike and a Stumpy
    4. Started last year

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    Washington State! Currently Breckenridge, Colorado.

    I'm a downhiller and freeride trails once in awhile.

    How many bikes do I have....hahahaha s##t, one costs enough!

    Santa cruz bullit, triple 8, 5th element

    I ride as much possible, but need to know more DH trails in Summit County. I haven't found or heard of much DH trails in the county. The ones I know are boring help me. Hoping I can find some through this forum

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    Hi !!!

    Hi, all. Jason from Florida, here.
    I guess I would consider myself a beginner XC rider although I grew up racing BMX, but just got back into riding XC a little under a year ago.
    I was riding an entry level TREK 3900 untill about 2 month ago when I upgraded to a specialized 29er. What a change!!!
    This is the first forum I've been on and was hopping to get some suggestions and feedback from other who have gone to the 29ers!

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    Hey mtbr, my name is Alex and I'm from Sacramento, California.

    I'd consider myself a beginner/intermediate trail/all-mountain rider. Have been riding since I was a kid starting with BMX in grade school and I'm just now starting to get more serious into biking.

    Right now I'm riding on a Hardrock, looking to buy a new FS bike soon.

    Been riding since about 2000 when I got into BMX for a few years and then became just an occasional recreational rider. Started getting more serious back into riding trails a few months ago.

    Been reading up here and on pinkbike to try and soak up what I can. Love all the great info from both sites so far.

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...)
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    1. Florence, Oregon
    2. Mtn, trail, single speeder, downhill, xc
    3. 2
    4. 4 yrs.
    5. atv drag racing.com; yfztech; gary.armstrong.racing/facebook

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    ok, so does that do it? Can I post a thread here now cuz I need some help!

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    wow

    This seems like a very unfriendly site. I've given the info required. I need some advice from riders, but can't even post here. Mountain biking is all about freedom, no restrictions. The owners of this site should try to remember that...too many rules, restrictions on this site. Can't even join up without being slammed first thing. Just sayin' )
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    Hi, I'm Chad...

    1.) Where you are from? Grew up in Minnesota, now I'm in the navy stationed in Fallon, NV2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? all mtn/trail rider, singlespeed(commuting)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3; '08 Stumpy 29er Comp, '08 Langster Chicago & '10 SingleCross
    4.) How long have you been riding? A lot when I was a kid. Got the Stumpy 4yrs ago.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Here, RBR, gun forums & truck forums...



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    David here.

    1.) Where you are from?
    Born in Georgia. Moved to Loch Sheldrake, New York at 15. Lived in Kodiak, Alaska for 3 years. Now I live in Uncasville, CT.
    2.)What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    I'm a complete noob.
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    I'm so noob I don't have one yet. Or does my Ducati 748 count? Vacation check next month will be fixing this! Have a lot of bike shops in the area. Lots of test riding and talking price.
    4.) How long have you been riding?.
    I rode a lot when I was a kid. Rode a bike to work in Alaska. Didn't have a car. Led a pretty lazy life as a adult. Time to get back to having some fun outdoors!
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    backpackinglight.com, mtbr.com, about it these days.

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    1.) I'm from Sweet Home OR
    2.) Weekend Warrior/Beginner
    3.) just one, 2011 KHS Alite 1000, had a sick 2006 Fuji Nevada 1, but it got stolen
    4.) since i was a kid, but i didnt get serious about riding until 2007
    5.) For bikes, just this one.

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    Listen! Howdy Folks!

    1. I was born in Belize, Central America. Grew up like a military brat. I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Texas.
    2. Commuter & Weekend Warrior. In high school, I lived 10 miles (16 km) from school. Biked to/from school most days. A cheapo 24" road bike with a child seat on the back. Now, I commute to work most days (6+ miles / 10+ km each way) on my 26" Mongoose Blackcomb. I am also an Assistant Scoutmaster with the BSA. My Blackcomb goes camping with us.
    3. A mostly stock Mongoose Blackcomb (Red) 26" MTB with a few accessories.
    4. I've been riding 2-wheelers about 85 - 90% of my life, since the late 1970's.
    5. For bikes, just this forum.

    Yup! There's my brain-bucket resting on my rear luggage rack.
    Brain-buckets are both Fox3 mandatory and BSA mandatory.

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    Smile Hello

    Hi all,

    I'm going to combine this as my 'hi there' thread and a question I'm hoping someone can help me with. :-)

    I live in Melbourne (Australia) and I've been riding since I was a kid. Raced MTB seriously for a few years and did pretty well. Had a massive smash at Whistler in Canada and tore apart my shoulder so had to stop MTB for a bit. Have had a road bike since then and am getting an MTB again soon. Currently riding a SRAM Red road bike w/ Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL wheels (I'm digitalformula on flickr, if you want to look for a photo of it - can't include a link as I haven't posted 10 posts, yet). My favourite MTB so far, even while racing, was the one attached to this post - Maverick ML7 that I had to sell before going travelling.

    Anyway, I'm pretty close to buying a Cannondale Scalpel 2 but I'm currently a fat b*stard at around 91kg as I've been unable to train for ages. My usual race weight is around 74kg and I'm aiming for that again. It'll be a while but in the mean time ...

    Will I break a carbon fibre bike like the Scalpel 2? I don't want to spend $6000 and then break the bike ... that'd suck. As I said, I raced for years and know what I'm doing so I'm confident I won't break the break due to bad riding - it's my current weight that concerns me.

    If I'm too fat, tell me. I've got thick skin. :-)

    So, hello, and thanks! :-D
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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by RazeR1970 View Post
    Hi digitalformula

    Who said 91kgs was fat? :-)

    I'm 90kgs - but then again I don't ride a carbon MTB.

    Good luck with it

    cheers
    Andrew
    Haha, thanks for replying Andrew. 91kg is fat for me - I'm only 175cm tall. :-)

    Can I ask what you ride?

    Cheers!

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    Hi digitalformula

    Who said 91kgs was fat? :-)

    I'm 90kgs - but then again I don't ride a carbon MTB.

    Good luck with it

    cheers
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    Hey I'm Jake
    I'm From Winslow, ME
    I Love All Mountain And Trails
    Currently Own 1 Bike right now
    Been Riding 1 Year
    Love every topic but learning to do my own Maintenance is prob my fav on forums.

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    hi my name is Joe and I live in tucson, az. I own a pivot mach 4 which i love and ride as much as i can. Always looked to mtbr for advice and decided to finally post on it. happy to be here.

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    Hello I'm a newbe Jim

    I live in OC, Ca
    My style of riding is all mountain/single track
    I have a half of a bike right now because I snapped my Azonic hardtail at the headset
    I'm currently looking for a Trek Fuel or Remendy mountain bike. May be another hardtail.
    I have been riding mountain bikes for about 18 years
    The sites I look on the most are MTBR and SoCalTrailRiders

    Have a fantastic day!!!!

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) Ohio
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? (ex: beginner, weekend warrior, all mtn/trail rider, XC racer, downhiller, singlespeeder, 29er rider, etc...) AM and Trail and urban when I have to
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 Trek 4300
    4.) How long have you been riding? 2 months now
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) here and pinkbike for vids

    I was looking for a summer hobby/outdoor sport to keep me going until snowboarding starts being an option again. I've found it. Wish it were cheaper! My poor back needs full suspension

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    Hey everyone! Name's Dan. I'm from (and currently reside in) Loretto, PA. I'd describe myself as a beginner, xc, 29er rider, and forum roamer. As of today, I own 3 bikes: a '11 Trek Skye SL Disc (the wife's), an '09 Trek 3900 swapped to Sram x7 and Hayes Stroker Ryde (I use this as a sort of commuter/road/trainer bike), and a brand new '12 Giant XTC 29er 1. I've been riding for about 2 years now. It all started one day at the Allegrippis trails (central PA). I couldn't believe how much fun the rolling, smooth single track was. After that, I was hooked. I also enjoy the serenity of being in the outdoors with just myself and a bike. The exercise certainly helps too!

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    Howdy...

    I'm Chris from No. VA. I'm primarily a roadie (raced in '80s and early '90s). Back in the day I used my USCF license to race MTBs in cyclocross races. My 1st MTB was an original Fisher HooKooEKoo (rigid - 29.5 lbs). My second MTB is also my current one... a 1995 Giant ATX 890.

    I joined the forum to get upgrade advice, but can't start threads till I've posted more (DOH!).

    The ATX 890 was a pro level bike in its day (full XT, 24sp) - it's weakest part was the heavy (5.5lb) Marzocchi XC500 air/oil fork. For awhile, I put a 3 lb. Manitou SX Ti fork on it and the bike - at just under 24 lbs - was a top-performing hard tail. However, the SX Ti is not around anymore and the Marzocchi is leaking like a seive. Rebuild kits for the Marzocchi were rare in the day and impossible to find now.

    SOooo - I'm looking at replacing a fork on a 16 year old bike so I can ride singletrack with my 15 year old son - the question is whether it is worth it?

    While I learned to ride off-road on a rigid bike and know how to float over obstacles, I've also put on weight (200lbs), so I'm afraid that cheap Dart/XCM/RST forks won't last.

    The original ATX geometry is for a fork with 63mm of travel, but it handled the 80mm SX Ti just fine and is already set up for a 1 1/8 threadless steerer. A 100mm travel fork would probably slacken the geometry too much, so I think an 80mm XC fork is what I would want. A Rock Shox Tora or above would be nice, but they all have too much travel. The new 2012 Rock Shox XC32TK is equivalent to a 2011 Tora TK (but only comes in 100mm) and the XC28TK (that comes in 80mm) is equivalent to a Dart with Turnkey lockout. In the middle is the XC30TK that comes in 80mm form, has 30mm stanchions that fall between the Dart (28mm) and Tora (32mm). None of these sub-$200 forks has replaceable bushings, but spring and seal kits are available.

    So, at ~$200 ($165 for XC30TK + $40 installation), is it worth it to upgrade, or should I save the money and put it towards a new bike?

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    ... and if we just ... Hello

    Hello everyone my name is Bradford Ricardo-Hyde
    1.) I'm From Norwich, CT
    2.) I consider myself to be a beginner / weekend warrior rider.
    3.) I own one really cheap "Walmart" bike I got for my birthday a long time ago. Its not even ride-able anymore However I am on here because I am ready to invest a good amount of money for a great bike and begin ridding very often.
    4.) I have been ridding bikes since I was a young child, now 24 I have some spare time and am sick of being inside so much, I want to get out and get fit while having a blast. I really do believe biking can be the therapy I need lol.
    5.) I frequent these forums the most: passion / general

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from some of you. I can't wait to get into biking!!

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    My name is Beth, I am 33, and currently expecting our first baby in November...
    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share) Originally from Nebraska, Now living in Aurora. My husband is Airforce and we are stationed at Buckley AFB
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? 2-3 years, just basic trails
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Usually military related or cooking

    Add anything else you care to share.
    I was referred here from someone on another forum I belong too. My husband and I are currently looking for some insight on selling a 2 year old spin bike that has hardly been used. I thought with winter coming that you all may be able to offer some suggestions where I could list this for some one looking for equipment for indoor training.
    Thanks so much and I look forward to being part of the forum!

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    1.) Where you are from? Austin, TX
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner (but crazy enough to try and ride anything)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? 2 weeks
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Excel Help Forum

    Name: Michael
    Age: 26
    Loves: Outdoors (camping, hiking, exploring, climbing, fishing, and now riding)

    Hi there.

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    Hey! Here's another bike rookie..

    I'm from OH.
    I'm a beginner and a XC rider.
    I currently own an old cross bike but trying to decide a new hardtail...
    I started to ride again after 10 years or so.
    MTBR

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    Hey
    Im from MN going to college at MSU in Bozeman, MT
    Just started riding, to and from class and a little on weekends
    Just bought a 2004 giant stp2 for 200 bucks
    looking forward to all the good info on this site!

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    1) Boulder, Colorado
    2) Beginner
    3) 0
    4) not since BMX free-riding a decade ago
    5) a few soccer forums.

    I look forward to "meeting" all of you!

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    Hey!

    I grew up in NJ and I came out to Colorado in '93 and love this Longmont area! I've been riding about 10 years. I've got a K2 road bike, a Trek Fuel EX8 all mountain, and a vintage around-town Canondale. I like the trails around the Boulder area but I've been to Fruita and it sure is beautiful out there!
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    Adam checking in:

    1.) Where you are from? Baltimore MD
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner all over again
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, a 95 KHS Montana Pro FZ just scored off CL
    4.) How long have you been riding? just started for the second time
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Reddit, Jalopnik, Gizmodo

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    Howdy

    Schmarbs

    1.) Where you are from? Jackson, MS but grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in VA

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Although I've been riding since I was in middle school, due to the long layoff from riding I took during late high school, college, and the few years after I'd say I'm a beginner. Started riding seriously again about 2 years ago. Love trail riding. Recently got into road biking as well.

    3.) How many bikes you own? 2: Late 90's Giant Iguana SE and a Felt F85 for my road biking.

    4.) How long have you been riding? Since '96-ish

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? I'm a newbie so don't have forums I frequent here.

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    Brand New Member/Rider

    Hello all.

    Absolute new to this world of bikes.

    Checking in from San Diego, CA.

    I bought a Diamondback Overdrive 29er a few weeks ago and now looking to sell it.

    I rode it twice around the block twice and got chased by a few dogs, so back to the gym I go.

    Anyways, I know this is not the classified section, so I will post an ad for the bike.

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    Hello All...

    1.) Where you are from? East-central IL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Fairly experienced; mostly trail & CC
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1, now... have owned several
    4.) How long have you been riding? Bike enthusiast since childhood; raced BMX in the 80's; been mountain biking for years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? First mountain bike forum for me; usually visit career-specific forums

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    1.) Where you are from? New Mexico
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Born-Again Beginner, want to work my up to DH
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? A few years stopping 10 years ago. 1 week as of late.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Here and PB once in a while.

    Hello Everyone!

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    I've been reading the reviews here for probably 7 years or so and just now joined the forum community, I'm a bit of ******.
    1.) I live in Casper Wyoming
    2.) I consider myself a seasoned beginner as I started back in 1984 on a Diamondback around the Rock Springs, Wy area.
    3.) I own 2 bikes soon to be 3 as soon as it's finished.
    4.) off and on since 84ish
    5.) OTG, AVS and here.

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    Hi all I'm Marcus, originally from the U.K. now living in Florida. I've been riding mountain bikes since 1989 and was working as a mechanic at a bike store in Philly until the move to Florida in the spring.
    I currently ride a 2001 fully rigid 9 speed Kona Roast and a heavily modified 1987 Specialized Hardrock single speed.

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    Hi there. Long time lurker, 1st time poster. I'm female and I've been riding for a while.

    1.) Where you are from? Washington, DC area
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? All mountain rider
    3.) How many bikes you own? 3
    4.) How long have you been riding? 15 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Various

    Thanks!

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    1.) Where you are from? Michigan
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Fat, but really enjoy trails the most. Finding that the older I get the more I enjoy.
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1 now but too many to list over time.
    4.) How long have you been riding? Back at it since summer 2010 after a couple of years living out of boxes while moving. Started riding with my wife back in 1997'ish.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? mmba.org and greatlakes4x4.com

    Back to riding and loving it.

    Brian

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    Hello

    Just registered, First post. Trying to get back into riding....bought a Trek Marlin 29er now it's time to start upgrading.


    Brian
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    Checking in

    Hello All,

    1.) Where you are from? South Carolina, but currently residing in New Mexico
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2, 2007 Specialized Rockhopper and 2011 Trek X-Cal
    4.) How long have you been riding? Since 2007, but only really seriously in the past few months.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Not any in particular

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    Hi all. Noob here.

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    Hi there! I'm a raider from Catalunya, in Spain

    1.) Calella a town near Barcelona and with sea and mountains
    2.) All mountain rider
    3.) I've got an EX9 Fuel from Trek
    4.) About 6 years, but I've rode more than 4 years before, many years ago when I was 16
    5.) New on this site but I use to read on Foromtb

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    Hey guys, new rider from Tennessee here!
    I consider myself a noob all mountain rider.
    My set of wheels right now is a Specialized Hardrock Sport 29er.
    I've been riding for about all my life, but on MTBs only about 2 months ago.
    I frequent Tennesseemountainbike.com alot, and lurk on here too.

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    Hello all
    My name is Tim and I live ride and work in southern NH
    Due to health reasons, and getting burnt out on riding I hung up my Kleins 8 years ago.
    Due to health reasons I am back.
    I was an intermediate XC racer. My current mtb is a 98 Klein Attitude pro.
    Been riding off and on since I could push a pedal.
    The other forums I frequent are 1130cc.com (My road bike is a HD VROD) and Totally Yamaha (snowmobile)
    I am impressed with this site and the general advancement of bikes.

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    Good job!

    Hello all. Name is Brian, live in Fort Mill sc, just south of Charlotte NC, btw any intermediate riders in area please fell free to give me a shout, ride single track mostly, and my wife's not into that, so anyone wants to teach me a few things would love to ride.
    Anyway all MTB
    Gary Fisher x-cal 29 hard tail
    Has been 12 years since I have rode but road raced as teenager, then MTB for several years, so physically a beginner again, but pretty good technically with my experience
    This is my favorite forum

    On my I pad, can't get pic to load, will post soon!

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    Hi folks, I'm Geo from Ottawa, Canada.
    Recently began riding again after a long hiatus.
    I own a MTB bike as well as a Specialized Sirrus road bike.

    Great website!

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    NE N00b

    The quick version...

    1.) Jamie from Papillion, NE
    2.) I'm a beginner 29er mtbr
    3.) I own two bikes, a '11 Trek XO-1 and a shiny new '11 GF Superfly
    4.) I started riding again after a 12 year lapse this February. Doing gravel rides, charity rides and commuting.
    5.) I lurk on the 29er forum and then on bikeforums.net

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    Hi All,
    Dave from RI here checking in....I'm not necessarily new to biking but I am the whole Mt bike thing, I've logged many miles on my 11 yr ol Trek 720 Multi Track, and decided to go another route for my next.
    I still currently own and ride the 720 but looking at a Specialized Rockhopper I've found used.
    This is the first mtbr forum, usually on the fishing and kayaking sites.
    Looking to learn alot here.

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    1.) Where you are from? tx
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own? 1
    4.) How long have you been riding? 2 years off and on
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? none yet

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    Hi, I'm Steve:

    1.) I'm from Hornchurch, Essex in the UK
    2.) I'm a beginner I suppose. I have ridden at Cwm Carn, Bedgebury, Cannock Chase, Epping Forest and local trails. I'm fairly competent technically but lack some fitness. I'm currently looking at upgrading my Hardrock 2004.
    3.) I only own one bike at the mo, but I'm in the middle of choosing a new bike.
    4.) I've been riding since 2005 but the last few years have been the more interesting stuff.

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    Newbie

    1.) Where you are from? Green Cove Springs, FL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?total beginner
    3.) How many bikes you own?1 walmart special
    4.) How long have you been riding?riding seriously? Not started yet.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? backpacking, hammock camping

    Just getting into biking. There are plenty of places to ride around me... just want to take advantage of it.

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    1.) Where you are from? The OC, CO
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Advanced hacker
    3.) How many bikes you own? 2
    4.) How long have you been riding? 15 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? The ones that interest me at the time...

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    Im from SOFLA
    Into BMX, FR, DH, XC and AM(no fixies....they suck)
    I own 5 bikes-1 cust DJ bike, 1-Custome Spec epic sworks, 1-cann synapse rd bike, 1-custom OS spec hemi bmx race, GT bmx race bike
    Been riding since 1999
    freeridesouth.com, clubmud.com, dirtrag.com, pinkbike.com, mtbr.com

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    Smile Newbie Here

    From Nor Cal
    I am a weekend warrior
    2 bikes DimondBack Overdrive and Giant Anthem 2 both are 29ers
    been riding less the 6 months
    this is the only forum to go to

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    1.) Where you are from? Spokane, WA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? re-entry mt biker (5 year break)
    3.) How many bikes you own? 5, Gravity 29Point1 (shipped),'11 Cervelo P1(Tri), '06 Trek 1500(road), '80 Schwinn Typhoon, 60's Huffy 3 speed
    4.) How long have you been riding? 20+
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) a number of tri, motorcycle and tech forums

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    1. (south) philadelphia, pa
    2. i do a bit of everything. i earn my keep as a mechanic; attempting to get into some cyclocross this season.
    3. currently 2, but due to my trade im constantly buying/trading/building something.
    4. ive been riding since i've had cognitive memory, though i've been cycling dependent (car-free) for 5 years or so.
    5. i lurk here and there. i'm one to read but not post.

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    1.) Hey all. Howard from Miami Beach, FL USA
    2.) I am a weekend singletrack rider and a bike commuter during the week (occasionally). I like to crank my singlespeed over our mountains (causeway bridges) for exercise at night.
    3.) I currently own a Gary Fisher Clunker reissue and am building a Ventana Dinglespeed 29er
    4.) Been riding since my BMX cruiser days in the early eighties, but fairly new to Singletrack

    Thanks to all for the great info on this forum!

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    My name is Danny.
    I'm from Bay Area, CA.
    I'm a brandnew to MTB, never had a MTB before, last time i got a road bike was almost 30 years ago.
    I just got a Raleigh Talus 5.0 a month ago but i could not find a sub forum for Raleigh. This a very good forum for MTB, just want to say Hello to everyone, i think i'll be hanging around this forum for a long time.
    For now i just ride with family on bike trail around the bay, no off road yet.
    Thank you all so much for good infos.
    D.

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    hello

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    why hello

    hey there

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    hola amigos

    how are you this evening

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    guten tag

    guten tag bpoys

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    last one

    sorry for being annoying and yes my name is gay

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