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    Hello everyone!

    It was suggested that new users introduce themselves here, so I am here to do just that.

    I'm from the west coast, Northern California, and have lived here most of my life. I am n
    not new to cycling, but it has been a long time, (very long) since I have been actively involved in riding. My old mtb bike is hanging in the garage and covered in dust, but recently my wife and I bought new eBikes. (I guess there is some stigma attached to owning/riding an ebike, but I am not here to debate all that, I just want to enjoy the outdoors, riding, mostly roads, but I do like to go off road on some trails time to time.)

    So much has changed since I was last seriously riding and racing bikes, it feels like I am learning a lot of things all over again, not to mention having an ebike adds additional things to the pot.
    I am looking forward to learning from all of you and enjoying the bond that brings cyclists together. Hopefully, I will see some of you around in the forums, feel free to say hi, haha.

    Mick

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    New to the forums from Az

    Hey guys, my names Alex. I just purchased my first mt bike yesterday pretty excited to start learning more about riding and stuff. I picked up a used Trek Fuel 90 SLR for $150. I’m hoping it’ll be a good entry level bike to learn on. Any advice would be great.

    1.) Where you are from?

    Tucson, Az
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Totally new!
    3.) How many bikes do you own?
    Just got my first one. Hoping to get into riding and learning more.
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Not long. Have gone riding a hand full of time before but still learning
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Just this one.



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    Congrats on the new bike and on beginning mountain biking! I’m sure you’ll have a great time and will find everyone on these forums to be very helpful!

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    Thanks for having me on board. I just got my first e-mtb a Giant Trance E+ 2 Pro.
    I live in Italy 30KM north of Milan, close the the Alps and the Como Lake.

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    Hello! My name is David and I have been riding for about 3 months. I hadn't been on a bike since I was a kid. I am really enjoying getting out and riding. I bought a used Cannondale F5 bike to begin with because I wanted to make sure that I was going to stick with it. Needless to say, I am sticking with it!

    1.) Where you are from?
    Floyds Knobs, IN
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Beginner but getting better
    3.) How many bikes do you own?
    One
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    3 months
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Just this one.

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    Hello everyone,

    Thought I'd take a second to check in. I'm not new to mountain biking but it's been long enough that I might as well be. I was half my current age (37) when I last rode seriously. I've puttered around on bikes here and there over the years but I just learned of a new and supposedly pretty great trail system close to where I live. It's rekindled my interest. I already own a mountain bike, albeit not a great one. It's a Mongoose Deception 29er. It'll get me going for a bit so I can decide whether I want to drop some real money.

    I live in Northern NH so it's already getting late in the riding season, there will be snow on the ground in 2 months. I'm out of shape and overweight at 6'4" and 240lbs so I need to get my but on the seat and start pedaling if I want to hit the trails this year. Wish me luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepfreak81 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Thought I'd take a second to check in. I'm not new to mountain biking but it's been long enough that I might as well be. I was half my current age (37) when I last rode seriously. I've puttered around on bikes here and there over the years but I just learned of a new and supposedly pretty great trail system close to where I live. It's rekindled my interest. I already own a mountain bike, albeit not a great one. It's a Mongoose Deception 29er. It'll get me going for a bit so I can decide whether I want to drop some real money.

    I live in Northern NH so it's already getting late in the riding season, there will be snow on the ground in 2 months. I'm out of shape and overweight at 6'4" and 240lbs so I need to get my but on the seat and start pedaling if I want to hit the trails this year. Wish me luck.
    Welcome back!!!

    I was in your same position about 6 years ago...rode BMX in the 70's and 80's. MTB in the 90's, and then got out of it. Came back in 2011, and it has been the best mid life crisis I could have asked for!

    Sounds like you have a beautiful part of the country to ride in...and hell, you are just nearing the nest time to ride....not as hot, less people out! Don't be afraid to ride in the snow a bit after you have gained your legs and strength back!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    Welcome back!!!

    I was in your same position about 6 years ago...rode BMX in the 70's and 80's. MTB in the 90's, and then got out of it. Came back in 2011, and it has been the best mid life crisis I could have asked for!

    Sounds like you have a beautiful part of the country to ride in...and hell, you are just nearing the nest time to ride....not as hot, less people out! Don't be afraid to ride in the snow a bit after you have gained your legs and strength back!!
    Thanks! Ya the weather is pretty nice here right now and we've got plenty of places to ride. I rode in the snow back in the 90's on the snowmobile trails. I may look into a fat bike at some point, depends on where this all goes. Would like to get my wife out to ride but she's more timid than me. Rail trails and stuff like that are about her extent of "off-road"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepfreak81 View Post
    Thanks! Ya the weather is pretty nice here right now and we've got plenty of places to ride. I rode in the snow back in the 90's on the snowmobile trails. I may look into a fat bike at some point, depends on where this all goes. Would like to get my wife out to ride but she's more timid than me. Rail trails and stuff like that are about her extent of "off-road"
    Same here with my wife. She likes to ride, but only on rec trails. I took her off road once, and she had a major wipe out, and that was it. We had even had a year of training rides, so it wasn't like her first ride, but we encountered a hill that was steeper and more "Chattery" then it looked at first...it was on a snowmoblie trail, but in the summer in Canada, so it was like an overgrown road. We look bak and laugh about it now..it is actually a badge of courage for her now, but she does not want another one

    She likes the off road...like being in the woods, but does not "like the feel of the bike bouncing around underneath me". I have been getting her back out on some of the smoother single track stuff around where we live...mostly trails in the woods in the city parks and stuff.
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    Hey guys,

    New rider here. 24yo 6'5'' pushing 300 and haven't ridden since probably 8th grade. Broke my ankle almost 4months ago and trying to use mountain biking to get back in a shape other than round to maybe save my ankle. Purchased a Cannondale Cujo 3 in XL frame a couple weeks ago. Been riding around the house mostly but took it on a trail last week. Definitely a workout but its was nice!

    1.) Where you are from?
    Glenburn, ME
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    GREEN
    3.) How many bikes do you own?
    One
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    A few weeks
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    MTBR
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    1.) Where you are from?

    I am from NJ (Asbury Park) but currently live in Philly's western suburbs.

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

    I've been riding and racing on the road since 2006 but looking to get into some trail riding.

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    One mountain bike pictured below, one road bike (Pinarello Gan RS), on TT bike (Felt B2).

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    Been riding seriously since 2006.

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

    WW and bikeforums.

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    On here to learn as much as I can. I'm hoping to go out for my first trail ride this weekend when the trails dry up. I've had my Specialized Rockhopper for several years but never took it out on the trails.

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    1.) Where you are from?

    Los Angeles, CA

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Beginner. Cross country is what got me interested.

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    0. mostly the reason why I joined. I wanted to get some opinions from people who know more than me.

    Looking at a Cannondale Trail 7, and an Orbea MX 40 to start out

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    Off and on for a couple years (mostly with friends rigs)

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

    Not many the only other one I use is a toyota 4runner forum.

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    1.) Where you are from?

    Hampton Roads, VA

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Beginner to MTB, been riding MX for 15 years. Found a new added love!

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    I have a Cannondale F5 that I can't stop breaking.

    Patiently waiting to receive my Stumpjumper.

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    I have ridden some over the past few years until I get tired of my bike breaking again.

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

    Vital MX and Vital MTB.

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    Hola

    1.) Where you are from?

    Córdoba, Veracruz, México.

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?

    Medium skilled, currently disabled (L1 Spinal cord injury)

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    3 - Trek hardtail, GT Force 2.0 and Commençal Meta SX. All are 26”

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    Disabled rider since Dec 2015 (currently working on my bucket bike project), had ridden at that time for 2 years but previous 10 years rode enduro motorbikes.

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

    This one mainly

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    Quote Originally Posted by luisof View Post
    1.) Where you are from?

    Córdoba, Veracruz, México.

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?

    Medium skilled, currently disabled (L1 Spinal cord injury)

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    3 - Trek hardtail, GT Force 2.0 and Commençal Meta SX. All are 26”

    4.) How long have you been riding?

    Disabled rider since Dec 2015 (currently working on my bucket bike project), had ridden at that time for 2 years but previous 10 years rode enduro motorbikes.

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

    This one mainly
    welcome to it!!!

    The bucket bike project sounds interesting...pics?

    Did you get hurt riding?
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    Thank you!

    Here’s a pic from last year when I first tried it. I just bought the motor and battery kit, I’m waiting for it to arrive.

    Yes, I got injured riding on a DH track.
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    Hi from Ontario!!

    I ride wherever and whenever I can, trails from downhill to rail trails it's all good to me. There are some good all day trails within 30 min of my house.

    I have two bikes, a new Kona Honzo and a OLD Mongoose Hilltopper
    (which I've trail rode for years but now I'm finding it pretty harsh- hence the new Honzo- hardtail seems way better than rigid but I didn't want a FS)

    I've been riding for a long time on and off. Like a lot of people life- marriage, kids, house, work all got in the way to make it a regular thing. Now I'm trying to get back to better health and figured might as well make it fun. Wife and kids are having a blast too! The kids didn't think the old man could send it!! Weren't they surprised they couldn't keep up!

    If I have an interest or I'm searching for info about a particular subject I lurk on forums that relate. Currently a member here, some Chevy truck forums and a Pontiac forum.

    Seems like a great forum to be involved in. Can't wait to help out.

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    Hey guys,

    New rider here from south Florida. I've been trying to find something I enjoy doing to lose some weight and get back in shape (I hate gyms, and working out in general). Buddy of mine has taken me trail riding the past few weeks and I've been using one of his extra bikes and have really been enjoying it. Purchased a 2018 Trek Roscoe 7 last night. I wanted a good beginner bike that wouldn't break the bank. I debated back and forth about a 29'er vs 27.5. Hope I didn't make the wrong decision with the 27.5!

    1.) Where you are from?
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Newbie
    3.) How many bikes do you own?
    One
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    A few weeks
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    As far as biking is concerned, just this one.

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    Hi everyone,
    Just picked up my first bike in probably 15 years or so. Goal is to get into better shape, build up endurance and overall health. Really enjoy getting out and riding the trails more than anywhere else.
    Picked up a used 2013 Stumpy 29er with upgraded brakes. I soon realized that the forks needed servicing so not wanting to not have a ride for weeks, found a nice upgraded replacement set and put them on. Love the ride so far!
    Looking forward to future input from members and checking out other's rides and advice.


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    Hi mtbr,

    Always had a bike or two or four, starting as a kid on a banana seat, to touring in high school, and then on various MTBs, roadies. I have a home-made 26er 80's unsuspended single speed, a 90's hand-me-down 26er Stumpjumper, 00's Specialized Roubaix and most recently a home-made ebike that I commute on when I can. It's interesting (to me) that I seem to get a new style of bike every decade. To keep my streak going, I just invested in a 2018 Salsa Fargo Rival 1 27.5+. I'll get the bike Friday, setup tubeless, but otherwise stock. This will be my first purple bike!

    I can't wait to get this bike out on gravel/fireroad and trail. I've struggled keeping up with my FS friends with my Stumpjumper on 26x1.9" tires - mostly because of traction issues. I shopped for FS and HT MTBs for the last couple of years before noticing the gravel, plus and no-suspension trends. I wanted both a skinny tire gravel and a plus tire MTB, but my tastes and budget forced me to settle on one. I'm already thinking I need a 2nd wheelset for 29ers, which would fit on this frame. I'm less interested in technical trails/XC; I just want to get out and pedal with a mix of road/gravel/trail.

    It's probably time to let some old bikes go. They all ride well for what they are, but my teenage son is not into riding like I have been my whole life. I'll save one for when he goes to college, but if he shows any interest, I'll get him something newer.

    I'll be asking a lot of questions about newer bikes, components and bikepacking gear. I'm an avid backpacker and learned a ton on Backpackinglight and Hammock Forums. Looking forward to the same great exchange of reviews and feedback here.

    Thanks,
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    New User: *Updated with pics*

    Hi guys, My name is Michael and I ride a Giant Boulder Mountain Bike from around the 2004 model year. I have been riding on and off for years, but I just recently started getting back into serious riding. I use the Under Armor app "Map my Ride" for tracking and I usually split my time between paved trails and unpaved single track mountain bike trails. I am 6'1' and weigh approx. 220 lb. I hope to update this post with some pictures of my actual bike when I get home. Thanks!
    -Mike

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    where r you from?
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    Saying hello

    Hello all. I am an Olympian and former world champion in triathlon with no mountain biking experience other than a couple of ill-fated rides. Now that I am retired from triathlon, I spend my time doing sports science research. I want to be upfront here -- I joined this group in the hopes of gaining some participants for my latest study. I am looking for a cross section of athletes from a variety of sports so I can draw the most valid conclusions. I am going to post the information and survey link in a separate thread under the general forum. Thanks!!

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    Hello all!. My name is Tommy, I live in Central New York. I decided to take on mtb'ing as a new hobby, I already spend most my $ on my other 2 wheel hobby(motorcycles/trackdays), but not a lot of time, 15-20 days a year. So, I'm hoping to fill in my spare time, and keep in shape, by riding some trails. I picked up an entry level bike, Motobecane 527DS, which may be a stretch in some people's minds, but I plan on upgrading some parts to make it trail worthy. I'm definitely a beginner, and plan on learning a bunch on here!.. thanks for the add!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joannazeiger View Post
    Hello all. I am an Olympian and former world champion in triathlon with no mountain biking experience other than a couple of ill-fated rides. Now that I am retired from triathlon, I spend my time doing sports science research. I want to be upfront here -- I joined this group in the hopes of gaining some participants for my latest study. I am looking for a cross section of athletes from a variety of sports so I can draw the most valid conclusions. I am going to post the information and survey link in a separate thread under the general forum. Thanks!!
    You might a few people willing to help you out here. Pretty sure you don't need a Canadian in his fifties with severe osteoarthritis who keeps mountain biking though unless your study is on "The psychology of aging males who keep doing things that common sense says they should quit!" Of course, I did see my orthopaedic surgeon today and he said that despite things, he encourages me to keep going, so there's that!

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    Hello everyone, I am a retired Design Engineer (mech) that started riding in April with a local group on the south coast of Sydney, Australia.
    Try to do 2 to 3 rides a week mixture of road /mtb trail,beach and bushtracks no DH but some steep wash aways that catch you out time to time "I am bit to quick,its to steep/loose moments".
    Currently riding 20yr old bike 1st gear ratio 0.96 need an easy 1.6/5 to stay with my group and stop walking so much.
    Really having a hard time atm deciding on an E-bike or a good f/s thinking Trek Fuel Ex8, Scott Genius 930 I am on the cusp between Trek ML 18.5"-L 19.5".
    Just ridden a friends Trek Fuel 18.5 2017 felt really good light and nimble but 15-20mm (5/8-3/4')from max line on seat post (5'10' and 33"1/4 inseem 210/200lbs) just a couple of issues with bike,it creeks under load uphill,and rear Fox Float Re-Aktive DPS shock would not lock out knob just turns , any shock Doctor wizz guys here, it seems like lever has worked forward and slipped off damper valve rod.
    Hoping to get some good guff on biking
    cheers

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    1.) Where you are from?

    Manila, working in Singapore

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?

    Just Roam around SG

    3.) How many bikes you own?

    2 FNHON Foldie,1 Giant MTB and Trek Superfly7

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    since grade school(BMX time)


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

    27.5

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    Hi everyone.

    Me looking to get a 2nd bike,...more enduro setup

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    Hi all,
    Long-time lurker, finally signed up since I am looking at buying a mountain bike. Last mountain bike purchased was a Cannondale F500 in '96/'97(still my main ride!). Seems like a whole new world with modern technology, so wanted to ask for advice/tips before taking the plunge!

    I like technical riding through rocks and rock gardens, especially climbing through them. I am not into super fast downhill. I posted a few examples of what I have been looking at and test riding in the general forum.

    Thanks & Peace.

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    well hello from central IL

    Hello My name is Joren I should say I have lurked on here for a few months. I drug my old diamondback out of the barn and started fixing it up and a friend got me hooked on the local trails now i will be upgrading in the spring of 19. In the mean time I work on cnc machines and love to waterfowl hunt. I rode a bmx bike for many years and went to skateboarding now I am back to two wheels and ready to give this a try. I will be looking for recommendations on new xc bikes in the next few months.

    thanks for all the knowledge i have stolen so far and will probably keep stealing for a while.

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    Hello all/1st post/ seattle wa native/ I got rad mini with rear geared hub motor. Want leave it on as it still works as intended. However my commute to work is 11miles each way. I live on top of hill above space needle. Want to add mid-drive motor to give me enough torque to get up these hills. Looking@HPC 250W mid-drive motor. Probably will buy 100 mile range battery. Sounds like incredable upgrade!! Folks at dealer, where I purchased, unknowlleg able about such a powerful torque upgrade. I would like to do this in my garage, hopefully try upgraded min before snowfall, then first snow break out the new&improved (lean'mean'mini). I am here to accept ideas&recommendations. I truly would like a bike like that&with all your peoples intensive ebike skills, hope to accomplish such a fine machine. Kinda like the Roadrunner Cartoon, Coyote probably ugly, but can make some crazy contraptions. So I hope to use u folk as my sounding board like ACME=big name in gadgets. I got to go sleep now as early real job starts kinda early. Please feel free to post any&all comments about my post. Sorry if I carry on. Will check back later today&seek help on my (lean-mean-mini-machine.

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    1.) Where you are from? Name's James. London born, though I've ditched the city life for the countryside more recently.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? Beginner. Or, maybe pre-beginner? I'm looking to get my first *real* bike so I'm researching a lot.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Two, though they're pretty standard road / cycling bikes. Nothing too special. At least for me they aren't! Haha.
    4.) How long have you been riding? A few years on the road - I took it up as a way to shed the extra pizza weight collecting around the ol' stomach. Haha. I've had friends who mountain bike for *ages* though and have been pretty envious of them. A recent weekend out with the guys has finally convinced me...it's time.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? General, Commuting, Tooltime, and Racing, mainly. Though my interests are pretty broad.

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    Hello everyone, my name is Alexander, I was born and raised in Colorado, I have a 26in Northrock XC6 that I use mostly as an urban commuter bike I have done a little bit of easy single track riding at my local open space but nothing major. I'm a complete beginner when it comes to mountain bikeing. Currently, I have an interest in POV videography, I recently started developing a GoPro backpack strap mount. check out my pics on imagur

    https://imgur.com/a/yW8wAgt

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    Hello MTBR. My name is Ed and I am from New Jersey. In addition to casually riding around town with my family, I either road ride or trail ride with close friends every other weekend.

    Currently own three bikes: a vintage Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, a Nashbar Carbon 105 and Mongoose Juneau. Been riding for 18+ years now.

    I chose my Fisher through all of the helpful information I found on this site. Look forward to learning more about road and trail riding. First task is to find a way to make my Juneau’s brakes stop squealing.

    Happy to be a part of this community!

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    Hello all,

    Bruce here, forum newb.

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

    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    I've ridden since I was a little kid, used to race BMX in the 70's, MTB'd quite a bit, but have been away from it for 10-15 years so I'll say beginner again. Mostly riding some decent canyon trails close to my house.

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Two... Bought a Cannondale Habit 6 to get back into it, then had a VERY good deal fall into my lap on a Specialized SX Trail

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Ummm, 50 years or so.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) Probably be in the 50+ forum a lot... lol On a couple of other sites; RV, gun, surfing related.

    Avid (maybe rabid) surfer since I was 13, the bike and SUP should help keep me in shape and entertained when there's no waves.

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    Hello - I'm new to this forum and need help picking a new mt. bike. I'm in Philadelphia area and mostly ride a Specialized Epic. Love the bike, but as I get older am looking for something with a little bit more travel. Have test ridden a Trek Fuel Ex and loved everything except the geometry. The cockpit felt tight and short. I love the feel of my Epic and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on a bike with a little bit more stretched out cockpit and a little more than the 100 travel of a typical cc bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillriding50 View Post
    Hello - I'm new to this forum and need help picking a new mt. bike. I'm in Philadelphia area and mostly ride a Specialized Epic. Love the bike, but as I get older am looking for something with a little bit more travel. Have test ridden a Trek Fuel Ex and loved everything except the geometry. The cockpit felt tight and short. I love the feel of my Epic and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on a bike with a little bit more stretched out cockpit and a little more than the 100 travel of a typical cc bike..
    Welcome! Hit up the beginner's corner and you will get plenty of replies.
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    Hey all,

    I'm a 53 year old man from central Nebraska (4 hours from everywhere). I got into cycling about 5 years ago to lose weight and avoid the health stuff I inherited from my dad.

    I have a nice fat bike that I ride on any and all surfaces and a road bike I picked up used for a song to put on my trainer, but I like it alot and put a lot of real miles on it.

    I had a Giant X-Road and a Giant Cyclo-Cross prior to the fat bike and now I wish I wouldn't have sold them. I've riden mostly in Nebraska with the hills, wind, rattle snakes, and mountian lions but have some miles in Iowa and Minnesota as well.

    I mostly ride gravel and unimproved trails. I'm looking forward to some fresh snow because the trainer is more boring than I thought, even with music or a movie playing. I've never riden in the winter so get ready for questions...

    I look forward to reading and answering posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cederic View Post
    Hey all,

    I'm a 53 year old man from central Nebraska (4 hours from everywhere). I got into cycling about 5 years ago to lose weight and avoid the health stuff I inherited from my dad.

    I have a nice fat bike that I ride on any and all surfaces and a road bike I picked up used for a song to put on my trainer, but I like it alot and put a lot of real miles on it.

    I had a Giant X-Road and a Giant Cyclo-Cross prior to the fat bike and now I wish I wouldn't have sold them. I've riden mostly in Nebraska with the hills, wind, rattle snakes, and mountian lions but have some miles in Iowa and Minnesota as well.

    I mostly ride gravel and unimproved trails. I'm looking forward to some fresh snow because the trainer is more boring than I thought, even with music or a movie playing. I've never riden in the winter so get ready for questions...

    I look forward to reading and answering posts.
    winter riding is the best!!! Less people out; better scenery; can ride for longer periods of time if you dress correct...
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    Hi all, I'm Andy, just dropping in to say 'hi' after lurking around for the last few weeks.

    1.) Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    2.) Previously rode BMX when younger (15 years ago). Also had a dirt jump bike that was stolen. Like a bit of everything really, keeps it interesting!
    3.) Currently 1, my 15+ year old Specialized Fatboy 415 BMX
    4.) As long as I can remember, however very little in the last 5-10 years (hoping to change that!).
    5.) Been doing a lot of research for buying a new HT, mainly browsing here, Bikeradar forum and Youtube!

    Thanks all for the knowledge I have gained so far, I plan on posting a thread asking for experience/advice on the HTs I have shortlisted, if allowed. I thought I had decided, but the more I look, the more I doubt my decision!

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    The records are wrong. I registered here in 2008. More than a little surprised to see I still had an account! I used to post here when MTBR was getting started. I remember you could post as anonymous, or whoever you wanted to be. At the time it was pretty popular to pretend you were Gary Fisher (never did that). I digress. OK here it is...In no particular order.

    1) I'm John from WV

    2) I have ridden about everything. Mostly XC/Trail.

    3) Number of bikes (N+1). Fourish. If you count former bikes given to my significant other and kids 10.

    4) I started riding a MTB in 1990.

    I lost count. Reason I logged back on? I have a Norco Sight ordered, looking into racing an Enduro race next season.

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    Ouch! New Castle! Relegation?
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    Hi all :-)
    I'm Maniek from Poland - next year I will be in M4 category ;-)
    Now I'm riding mostly XC and Trail/All mountain. I have carbon Hardtail 29'' and Giant Trance 27.5''. I'm riding over 30 years.
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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    Arizona
    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 convert from racing track and crits.
    3.) How many bikes you own?
    8.5 ( .5 for the tandem)
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    42 years with some breaks where I didn't ride seriously. 5 years mtb.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    Have used some tech forums in the past but am not really a forum person

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    1.) Where you are from? (as specific as you care to share)
    I'm out here in Tallahassee, FL.

    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, for sure. Weekend warrior for now as well. Just getting started riding trails and doing jumps.

    3.) How many bikes you own?
    Two! My 1991 Trek 1000 dumpster-salvage (it was going to be thrown out), and my new 2018 Nishiki Colorado Comp 1x.

    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Road for a few years, then a few of the guys from my local car club and groups convinced me to ride a few of their $4000+ enduro and downhill bikes, at which point I decided to jump into a cheap hardtail bike to see if I like this stuff enough to hang around. Let's just say I'm here to stay! It's not NEARLY as boring to ride alone on the trails as it is to Trek (har-har) along by yourself on the roads.

    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites)
    Honestly a lot of reddit, and a few other sites like XDA forums for ROM and kernel updates for my phone. Some game stuff, nothing major.
    Oh, and pretty much every bike component site lately, waiting for a sale on some GX shifters and a dropper post for this new Nishiki bike 

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    Hey I'm Rick and used to reside in S.Fla but now living full time in our RV traveling the country. Currently in the Phoenix area for the winter. Active road rider past 10 yrs but MTB about 3yrs now. Consider myself intermediate/advanced rider who prefers challenging single track. Primary MTB Santa Cruz Nomad and road Cervelo S3. Been a very infrequent lurker on this site over the past couple years but looking to get some more information and meet new people as we travel.

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    Hey guys, name is Sam as for where I am from, well that depends, are you looking for where I was born? That would be Pittsburgh PA, if you are looking for where I am now, that would be Fairmont West Virginia, Ok! Onwards with the other stuff

    2, what kind of rider am I? That would be a Free rider, I don't want worry about winning a race or looking good to strangers, and that will happen if I did race because I am very competitive, takes all the fun out for me, so I just ride on a nice trail, and just enjoy being out there in the forests, on a mountain, just enjoying the trip, and riding. man, don't mind if I share company though.

    3. How many bikes do I own, that would be 3, 2 big box brands, and my lovely Trek 800, she is a old bike, but she was my first real mountain bike and I love it, she's my rig and baby.

    4. how long have I been riding? Well since 2005, I was 10 years old and my neighbor taught me how to ride a 2 wheeler for the first time, after that, I met my good buddy and mentor who introduced me too mountain biking, and until he moved out to Utah, we rode every week, when we lived in the same town, and every now and then after I moved the next town over, been wanting to ride again, but frankly my car is just not made to haul rigs, Street Riding gives me my exercise, so I got that at least.

    5. Not many, in fact this is my first one, why it took so long? Well simply because I didn't have reliable internet till now.

    Look, I am not exactly green but I am not exactly as good as I want to be, I'm hoping to learn more, perfect my techniques and finally get out there and out of my little nursery of trails I am used too and have more confidence into tackling better, more difficult ones, I love Mountain Biking, its freedom itself in my opinion, I feel right when I am on my bike and just out there enjoying myself.. hope you guys have a good one!!!

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    Just joined a few minutes ago.

    1. Eastern Idaho, not too far from Targhee, Kelly Canyon, and Pocatello.

    2. Rider type? I try to get in at least three rides a week, weather permitting. I'll ride anything from casual trails up to and including bike park DH runs. Don't mind hauling myself up a couple of thousand feet feet of mountain for a good downhill run either. I don't get there fast, but I'll get there.

    3. One MTB, a Norco Sight Carbon 29er. Without a doubt the best bike I've ever owned.

    4. Riding career? About 25 years now. I was big into it in the 90s, had a GT Zaskar LE with all hand picked parts. Rode some off and on through later adulthood, but work and life interfered. Got back into it beginning of last season after a coworker/friend bought a bike. Realized that I had more free time now, bought a hardtail. Thrashed it pretty good, realized I still remembered most of my skills, upgraded to my Norco last winter.

    5. This is the only MTB forum I'm on. Hoping to keep inspired to train hard this off season and just chat with other riders.

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    1.) Originally NYC, been living in Hanover, NH past 26 years
    2.) I'm into touring. First tour was back in '81 at 17. Took my Schwinn LeTour over to Brussels, hopped on and wound up doing 1700 miles. Remember seeing a grandfather biking with his grandson over the Alps and thinking... nice future.
    3.) Currently I own 2 bikes, a Fuji touring bike that I last used in Romania too long ago, some kind of Specialized thing and waiting on my 3rd that I just ordered: Gravity Monster 5X... thought I'd skip mounting the Specialized onto the trainer for the winter and commute to work by Fattie instead.
    4.) Including the Schwinn banana bike many years ago, been riding 50 years.
    5.) I'm basically new to forums. Dabbled a little in a woodworking forum ("sawmill creek"). It took me a few minutes to figure out how to post!
    Can't wait for the Monster! Pogies arrived today (Odiers) and right after this, it's checking into rack options. Cheers!

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    Hey Guys,
    Greetings from a new forum member from Michigan. Hi, my name is Darrel and some of you may know me from other forums. I recently reentered the cycling world by purchasing a pre-owned 2015 Surly Troll. I intend to use it to commute back and forth to my commercial cut flower farm and use it as an adventure bike when time permits.
    I have done a few mods already with more in mind. I am basically setting it up as a commuter, cargo, light touring bike.
    Highlights include an Alfine 8-speed IGH, Velocity Cliffhanger rims, Brooks B17 saddle, racks, and new North road handlebar setup with Black leather grips, retro mirror, and bell. Next up is front rack, Wald 139 basket, Surly Extraterrestrial 26 X 2.50 tires setup tubeless.

    Looking forward to meeting many new bike buddies.
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrelH View Post
    Hey Guys,
    Greetings from a new forum member from Michigan. Hi, my name is Darrel and some of you may know me from other forums. I recently reentered the cycling world by purchasing a pre-owned 2015 Surly Troll. I intend to use it to commute back and forth to my commercial cut flower farm and use it as an adventure bike when time permits. I have done a few mods already with more in mind. I am basically setting it us as a commuter, cargo, light touring bike. Highlights are an Alfine 8-speed IGH, fenders, racks, and new North road handlebar setup. Next up is front rack and Wald 139 basket.

    Looking forward to meeting many new bike buddies.
    Cheers,
    Darrel
    there is something very "James Dean" about that bike....like the best of today with the best of a 50s' looking cruiser

    at first I was like "why is a Surly Troll all grandma'ed out"....but then I was like...that is pretty freaking bad ass...a wolf in sheep's clothing. Giving me some ideas!!!!
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    Hey Snow Dog,
    Thanks for the response! Thanks also for your spot on observations on the Troll.
    "why is a Surly Troll all grandma'ed out"
    As a 61 year young, grandfather of 8, this bike reflects my age, riding history and current needs as both a work bike and a fun bike. I wanted a bike with a design focus aimed at being robust, super versatile, elegant in its simplicity yet sort of cool in a James Dean rebel sort of way.
    A rebel cloaked in an old man's shroud of practicality with purpose-built, except no substitutes intent. Besides, all the cool kids are riding Surlys.
    Cheers,
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    My most recent mods include North Road bars with Black leather grips to match the Brooks saddle. I added a bell and retro looking mirror. I also made some mud flaps to help keep the drive train cleaner. Here are some closeups.
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    Before replacing the bars to these North roads, I used a bar from Jones. I currently have that bar, grips and stem listed in the classified section (https://classifieds.mtbr.com/showpro...product=115830).
    For some unknown reason, I was not able to include a description? Here is that missing description: All Jones H-Bars™ use a 31.8mm stem clamp diameter, 22.2mm clamp size for controls (standard mountain bike style). 45-degree sweep. 710 mm wide. Uncut, original. 355 grams.

    Some minor cosmetic scuffs from mounting controls, computer, lights etc. See actual pictures. Included in this sale are a pair Jones™ rubber grips and end plugs. These are the 205mm long style which offers more hand placement options. I will even toss in a Bontrager G7 stem,(120mm X 17 degree).

    Well over $100.00 if bought new. Will take 50.00 for all plus shipping to your desired location.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrelH View Post
    Hey Snow Dog,
    Thanks for the response! Thanks also for your spot on observations on the Troll.
    "why is a Surly Troll all grandma'ed out"
    As a 61 year young, grandfather of 8, this bike reflects my age, riding history and current needs as both a work bike and a fun bike. I wanted a bike with a design focus aimed at being robust, super versatile, elegant in its simplicity yet sort of cool in a James Dean rebel sort of way.
    A rebel cloaked in an old man's shroud of practicality with purpose-built, except no substitutes intent. Besides, all the cool kids are riding Surlys.
    Cheers,
    Darrel
    I hear ya about Surly. I am an unabashed Surly fanboi for sure. I love my Krampus.

    And, I really think this is probably one of the coolest bikes I have seen on the site!!!

    In fact, I have always been proud to say that I do not fall pray to the N+1 bug....but now you got me thinking of doing a similar build for a rec/paver trail bike. So much so that I was online last night looking for used Troll frames....and you might be getting a "wagging finger" e mail from my wife (who is also from Michigan) because she was like " are you looking at bikes again?" I said: "hey, at least it is not porn"..Se said: "yeah, but porn is cheaper. You can afford porn"

    I love it that the bike is a representation of you. You nailed it. I also said to my self that every element was well thought out...from design to structure choice. In fact, I teach music, and a lot of time I am trying to tell the kids about the ideas of "total package" in music writing/ show design. They all know I also love bikes, and I might be using these pics in class sometime to explain the idea of "Total package design"
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    What up guys. New to the forum here. New to the sport as well.

    I just moved to Utah last year and my first season biking was fun/painful. I'm looking to learn more about technique and gear.

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    Hey Snow Dog,
    Thanks, much appreciated! I have no less than three Surlys I would love to one day own. Krumpus, just because the name is so cool and it would be an ideal bike to use for bikepacking trips. My wife and I love to backpack (see Avitar) and Bikepacking would be a natural extension of this passion. I also would like a LHT or disk trucker for road touring. And finally, a Big Dummy to pull a 'Carla electric assist trailer' for the flower business. Save having to use the Ranger pickup for deliveries. Very cool that you teach music. We had a high-end audio company for about 12 years. I designed and built high-end audiophile speakers which we marketed internationally (45 countries). A fun job that afforded us a creative outlet as well as made it possible to travel and meet new friends. Music has always been near and dear to me. Songs are like waypoints in time for me. They can instantly transport me back to a time and place from my past. I have found the troll thread and started posting there. I will be sure to share updates as they happen.
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrelH View Post
    Hey Snow Dog,
    Thanks, much appreciated! I have no less than three Surlys I would love to one day own. Krumpus, just because the name is so cool and it would be an ideal bike to use for bikepacking trips. My wife and I love to backpack (see Avitar) and Bikepacking would be a natural extension of this passion. I also would like a LHT or disk trucker for road touring. And finally, a Big Dummy to pull a 'Carla electric assist trailer' for the flower business. Save having to use the Ranger pickup for deliveries. Very cool that you teach music. We had a high-end audio company for about 12 years. I designed and built high-end audiophile speakers which we marketed internationally (45 countries). A fun job that afforded us a creative outlet as well as made it possible to travel and meet new friends. Music has always been near and dear to me. Songs are like waypoints in time for me. They can instantly transport me back to a time and place from my past. I have found the troll thread and started posting there. I will be sure to share updates as they happen.
    Cheers,
    Darrel
    Sweet!!! I got my Krampus for bikepacking as well. Was gonna get an ECR, but liked the versatility of the Krampus. I did more hiking in my younger days, but vividly remember being on the AT and thinking "this would be cool to do on a bike as well"

    Sounds like your job was awesome. My dad was an audiophile back inthe 60's, 70's and 80's. WE always had sweet sounding stereo systems. A couple of my student's dads are also into it as well. What are your speakers called? There is one guy who probably has over $70,000 in his system. I am so jealous...especially of his power amp. We get together and listen to jazz albums and it is a religious experience. I totally get what you say about songs. I am that way with songs, artists, album art etc. I play drums and bass guitar. Still play in 3 bands: thrash metal; surf punk; and jazz

    I wish I could get into it, but i already have too many hobby irons in the fire...

    where are you in Michigan? My wide is from Trenton, and we head to the Rose City/Rifle River Recreation area every summer for vacation. Looking to possibly get a retirement place up in that area in the future
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    Hey Snow Dog,
    We are over in Marshall.
    I specialized in open baffle (dipole) speakers. More specificaly we developed the drivers and electronics that were purpose built to excel in free air. We sold these as kits to DIY'er as well as built finished speakers for those folks not into woodworking. Below is my personal pair here at the shop. Our speakers were hyper realistic, robust and super efficient. We could effortlessly play live levels with just a few watts of power. This and their DIY potential endeared us to audiophiles with a very high performance demand but with a limited budget. We had products ranging in price from 300.00 to 22K . Fun times but I am ok with it being in the rear view mirror. On to new adventures now. More mountains yet to climb. That's the secret to life. Never stop learning and never become rigid in your thinking.

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    Hello forum community!

    Just joined up, thought I'd say hello.

    Mostly into exploring my area on what they call a gravel bike but when the woods get thicker or the bumps bigger I also dig my 29er hardtail.

    Hoping to take part in some conversations and learn from this site.

    Happy trails

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    welcome!! where do you ride?
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    Currently living in San Diego and like the Mt Laguna system best around these parts

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    Welcome!
    I visited a friend there a few years back, some good riding around!

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    Welcome. How do you feel about upgrades, eBikes, and Elenor Roosevelt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by faded501\'s View Post
    Currently living in San Diego and like the Mt Laguna system best around these parts
    Welcome, I did live in SD for 25 years but I’m back in Colorado now. I know the Lagunas well. Lucky you, it’s a great area to ride. Make sure to go to the SoCal forum and meet some locals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott O View Post
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    Ha I love upgrades! My favorite type is a Craigslist gem for a bargain. As for ebikes, never tried one but they seem to make sense for some people. I think when more energy-dense batteries become widely available ebikes will be appealing to weight weiners too. Eleanor Roosevelt literally never crosses my mind, but I often wonder what would Teddy do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by faded501\'s View Post
    Ha I love upgrades! My favorite type is a Craigslist gem for a bargain. As for ebikes, never tried one but they seem to make sense for some people. I think when more energy-dense batteries become widely available ebikes will be appealing to weight weiners too. Eleanor Roosevelt literally never crosses my mind, but I often wonder what would Teddy do?
    I think Teddy would bikepack on a full rigid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    I think Teddy would bikepack on a full rigid...
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    And most likely 53/11 fixed gear

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    Hi Guys. New here, somewhat old out here (not jaded yet, just starting to get a patina).

    1.) Where you are from?
    Madrid, Spain (you know... the right side of the ocean).
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    Pretty normal guy. Like to get out to the mountain when have some spare time.
    3.) How many bikes do you own?
    Actually two. A 2015 Giant Trance 1.5 27.5" and a 2018 YT Capra CF Pro Race.
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    Over 25 years (with some longer or shorter hiatus) leaving and returning when time allowed.
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Bike related? Other but in Spanish language.

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    Hello there, I'm Andy!

    1.) Where you are from?
    Poland.
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself?
    I own 29er and currently I'm a night rider, since when I'm off from work it's already dark.
    3.) How many bikes do you own?
    Only one 29er, don't have room for more.
    4.) How long have you been riding?
    About 25 years I guess?
    5.) What forums do you frequent most?
    Polish ones like swiatelka.pl, forumrowerowe.org, this is my first English forum.

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    Hi! I'm from Perth, Western Aus. Just bought myself a new bike, looking forward to joining the MTB community.. locally and online

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    New Member - Nuevo miembro




    Buenos días, me gustaria presentarme como nuevo miembro que soy:

    Soy Fernando, de Narón en España (Spain)

    Vivo muy cerca de la costa y disfruto saliendopor las montañas de los alrededores. Tengo una Santa Cruz Hightower y una Scoot Scale 920

    Espero aprender mucho del foro

    Saludos

    EDIT: I used google translate to change this to English. - klurejr
    Good morning, I would like to introduce myself as a new member that I am:I'm Fernando, from Narón in Spain (Spain)I live very close to the coast and I enjoy going out through the surrounding mountains. I have a Santa Cruz Hightower and a Scoot Scale 920I hope to learn a lot from the forumregards
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    ¡Bienvenidos al forum! ¡Qué tengas un buen día y montas la bicicleta cada día puedas!




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    ¡Bienvenidos al forum! ¡Qué tengas un buen día y montas la bicicleta cada día puedas!
    You guys are talking about me, aren't you.

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    Eles estão obviamente a falarem mal de ti

    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    You guys are talking about me, aren't you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    You guys are talking about me, aren't you.
    ¡Claro que sí!


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    newbie with a new bike

    Just picked up a trek roscoe 7, and excited to ride this thing on some trails soon. I had a dirt jumper back in college, but other than that I have mainly just been riding a road bike over the years.

    Just saying hi to the forum, and would love some suggestions or tips on keeping the bike nice and maintaining it, or should I just go and ride?

    Not sure about frame protection or if it's really needed? I got the hi-viz green color, I'm not too concerned about but was maybe thinking on the bottom of the frame to protect from rock chips etc.

    And as far as performance upgrades I'm thinking I'll just stick to what I have until stuff breaks over time. I do need some new pedals though, and was thinking of picking up the Race Face chester pedals.

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    Silicon spray would be good if you’ll like any mud or dirt to be easy to wash off post-ride. Also, lube wherever and whenever applicable.
    Frame protection (race shield or likewise) is optional, especially since the Roscoe has an aluminium body. If you still decide on getting the frame protected, AMS is a good choice especially if you would like some patterns on the frame. You could also get a downtube mudguard if you wish though.
    The chesters are solid and bang for buck, can’t go wrong with that choice!


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    Been many years as lurker, and just registered now. Im from Philippines.

    see my GPS tracks in my signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Reportado.
    Clarificado!




    Holla, Fernando! Bienvenido!

    Tienes fotos de tu bicicleta?

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    Hi all,

    Just joined today. Used to ride all the time as a kid. Started at four with my dad and road all the time up until moving to Florida for college. Still have my 04' Kona coiler, but it is sad shape. Now my wife wants to give riding a try, so may try and resurrect the coiler.

    Haven't ridden seriously in probably 5 years, and my knowledge of what components are out there is even older than that. I know I need a new fork, rear shock spring, and a new front wheel. But not too sure where to start. I've looked for a 550x2.3 fox spring, but haven't had much luck. Don't know how much larger I can go, whether a 2.5 would be ok or not... Any help would be appreciated. With any luck, my wife will love the sport as much as I did back in the day, and this'll become a weekly thing we can do together.
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    Chester pedals ordered and gonna try some 3m paint protection film on the frame. I just wanted a clear film to protect from light scratches and rock chips etc and it comes in a roll so I can cut it to what size i want.

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    Whassup everybody,
    Just joined the forum today, haven't ridden in awfully 6 yrs. I am joining the Fixed gear club once again, in fatherhood this time and Husband. I recently have been fixing my oldest son's bike, and fixing his littlw sisters so much. Not only have I been rekindling with riding around with them, but I sometimes take their bikes on runs to the near store. One day, I hopped on my son's Nashbar. He has it prettt solidly built, complete with the forks and spoons. I felt like I was riding on a cloud that ride, so I kept on going. I ended up to the landfill, took about an hour, but I was zipping on the seat so smoothly, I fell in love with riding again. I recently found the cheapest frame I am going to upgrade. Sorry, you all, I know, but, I have three kids and a wife now, sold my Takara Schwinn, for my son's Nashbar. Which was cool, he liked the Takara, but, I made the upgrade for him after he turned in a superb report card. His sisters have Schwinn's, fixies as well, flop road, 22inch. My Mrs. Has an amazing 6KU city cruiser, its pretty legit as well, has a front and rear fender, back rear rack, and front tray fork rack. She uses hers for Postmates alot on the weekends, the kids sometimes join her, but I am always around. So we all decided to make this a delivery thing at first, now, we are back into riding everywhere carefully. We ride to the nearby beach, we ride to the public festivals, and I have started commuting to work on my Kent. The car and gas, is being saved in my Truck, which is also saving us a lot of money. She works to far to bike in, but, the kids have started to ride the bus, and their bikes sometimes to school. The girls not so much, I just don't allow them yet, but my son, he hops on his Nash and dips sometimes before we can get up and say good morning, he plays sports, so early practices he leaves before the house wakes. He has his whitts though, he knows all the safety, and of course potential dangers of traveling alone, and on his bike. He has some little things we gave him just in case he gets harrassed and can't get away fast enough. Dogs, bandits, beware. So I have joined this forum in order to learn best my little rinky dink life, and ride bikes.

    Thank you for having me.

    Sincerly,
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    Hey everyone. I'm Dan
    1.) From Oceanside CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner I have been road riding and want to get back into trail riding which I haven't done in years
    3.) How many bikes you own? I have a road bike and I'm shopping for a MTB
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Beg., 27.5, General

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    Hi friends, I'm Nate.

    Just joined today to gain more insight into riding and chasing after my dream bike. Currently ride a 2018 Trek Roscoe 8 and I love it, but I feel like I quickly reached its potential after this first year of riding. This is my first year doing actual mountain biking and have done bear brook, FOMBA trails, and even Cady Hill in VT (im from NH), but I have ridden bikes for most of my childhood (rode a bright orange huffy with a sweet front fork from wally world).

    In my spare other time, I am a FIRST Robotics Mentor. So I mentor high school students to build robots and compete in a world-wide robotics competition. I also am on committees to put on robotics tournaments in NH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikekook View Post
    Hey everyone. I'm Dan
    1.) From Oceanside CA
    2.) What kind of rider do you consider yourself? beginner I have been road riding and want to get back into trail riding which I haven't done in years
    3.) How many bikes you own? I have a road bike and I'm shopping for a MTB
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? Beg., 27.5, General
    Hey, whassup Dan. Awesome you chimmed in from Oceanside, CA. I am in Linda Vista, CA (Old Town USD area). To answer a few questions about my riding and style, I am a BMX kid, so I do know how to remove obstacles from pathways, however, I am more older now, and took a hippy approach to my daily biking. I am a daily commuter on bi-wheel. I also consider myself a recreational rider, however, I do know enough to take long swaths of touring in a day. I am athletic mostly, love thr outdoors, moreso, Hip-Hop oriented from the early 90's. Bicycles have always been my path of less resistence when even owning a vehicle. I work close to home, so I am able to use my bikes to get to work without much hassle. When I have to drive in to work, I tend to leave later, and mozzy into work. Gas, prices also started me doing deliveries after work, on weekends. My wife started doing Postmates on her bike, so I would accompany her until I started doing it myself. Now, I am laid back on my bike, I know it, I know my roadways as well, born and raised here in San Diego, I can't get lost.
    I own two Kent bikes. 1. Kent Thruster 700c Road Flop. 2. Kent Raodtech 700c 21 Speed. Between the two, I love them because they are both so simple. I bought them and placed some minimal parts for maximum efficeiency, and reliability. I chose the Kent's; 1. My first bike I ever owned was a Kent. 2. My family has all the pretty bikes, I put all the money into all of our bikes and on this build for myself. I decided to go classic and simple, inexpensive, and maximum performance. Which is what I ride like, pretty fast, smooth, I know breathing techniques, and I also like to sight see. So I am in my own world with these Kents. I know plenty of dislikes have been issued towards the walmart brand Kent bikes. Although, my budget is not affording a Cannondale right now. So, I went Stock.
    This is the only forum I have been on after asking my son where I would meet other road bikers. He is from some sort of club where they all ride around together, mischief soundings, but he enjoys himself. So I popped on here thinking I'd meet some riders in the area. I am still adding parts to my Kents and wanted to also share the build, and open to instructions. I like Fixed gear best, but, I am lazy now, and usually just free ride. Although, I can carry a great distance, being that I do take frequent longer trips than usually with the family, and myself on plenty occassion, ride to and from work - sometimes take a longer route to enjoy the ride, stop at a local record store, or just go home. The Kids love riding with me, but the girls, you have to watch them, because they don't know much, and are still pretty new born on the road. My son and wife however, leave me behind. I like to slow them down, because they kinda know their bikes better from being with them everyday. She bombs hills, he dips crossways, I stop at signs LOL. When I am alone or just with the two show'offs, I tend to run a head of the tail. My son also has a Redline, I gave him my old school bike when he was 9. He doesn't use it, says its vintage. I take it out from time to time. Store and back, grabs attention, which is also why he stays off of it. Refurbished, BMX from 1989 Redline Series. Beautiful - So we have a total of 7 bikes ... all working, all have their personal touches, except mine at the moment. Completely stock and undergoing build.

    Maybe we can get together sometime and ride out. I love hotting PB which is literally a 30 minute ride for me on my fixie, about a 22 minute drive on my Roadrunner. I take the kids down there often.

    SKDR - Southeast Bread.

    Peace to all the Bike Riders of America.

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    Hi,

    my name is Jörg, i am fron Switzerland, Europe and love riding Mountainbike, when i got time for it. Started riding about 6 years ago, but paused for about 2 years. Now i started a few month ago again with an Trek Roscoe Hardtail. :-)


    1.) I am from Switzerland, Europe
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    Hi

    Just joined.

    1. I’m in Atlanta, Ga, USA

    2. Previously rode road bikes (a long time ago....). Getting into mtb as I want to ride with my family without the silliness of nutty traffic/cars.

    3. I have 2 bikes - road and mtb. Four bikes in the household (hoping to make it 5 bikes soon) - looking forward to riding with my youngest.

    4. Been riding since a kid, but got into it seriously in the 90’s. Have been away from it too long, but looking forward to learning and getting out with family & friends.

    Thx
    Frank

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    1.) We are from San Jose California
    2.) What kind of rider. Hope to be a mtn/trail riders on our yet to be delivered Ventana ecdm Tandem. We currently ride a Comotion Speedster tandem. We are weekend warriors and tour riders.
    3.) How many bikes you own? Two tandems two 1/2 bikes
    4.) How long have you been riding? 9 years
    5.) What forums do you frequent most? (either here or on other sites) MTB Tandems, SOORTA on facebook

    We like to travel with our bike. Both of our tandems are coupled.

    Add anything else you care to share.

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    Newbe at 66

    First time on the forum. So much info here.
    As for me, I'm 66 and started riding mountain bikes 5 ish years ago. My back ground is in motorcycles having rode dirt bikes and racing over the years. I wish I had started Mountain biking much earlier as I really enjoy the whole aspect of the training and thrills of mountain biking. I started on a hard tail and just purchased a 2019 Giant 2 29er. What a difference. My hard tail is 10 pounds lighter at 25 lbs and the new bike is much heavier and I feel it almost everywhere. The plus's are when flying downhills and over rough terrain but otherwise the hard tail is much easier to ride.
    I'm looking forward to more reading and learning in the forum.
    Nice to meet you all.

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    Welcome!
    It's s great hobby and keeps you healthy as long as you don't run into a tree.
    One of my favorite parts of riding a bike it's how it allows you to see places you might not ever get to see. (I probably won't hike 30+ miles)

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    Check the Fifty+ Years Old mtbr forum to hobnob with other wizened shredders:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/fifty-years-old/
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Check the Fifty+ Years Old mtbr forum to hobnob with other wizened shredders:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/fifty-years-old/
    And be sure to answer the poll over there, welcome btw.

    https://forums.mtbr.com/fifty-years-...d-1086272.html
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Welcome kiddo! Enjoy
    The Steel Fleet:


    '14 All City MMD
    '12 Kona Unit Rigid
    TBA - There is a hint in the Purchase thread

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    [QUOTE=DIRTJUNKIE;13929165]And be sure to answer the poll over there{/QUOTE]

    Poll is bogus because it goes in 5 year increments except between 60 and 70.
    Do the math.

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    Welcome the banter, the sometimes friendly insults, all the rest. Lots to be learned. Also, no shortage of whining and complaining. Good on you for picking up a physically demanding pastime so well into your march to decrepitude :-). I can say that cuz I'm closer than you to the big 70. Velcro shoelaces and shuffleboard are right around the corner, mate.

    Welcome, and like it says at the bottom, use it, use it while you still got it!
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    New member

    But kind of not.

    I was a member way back when the site got started (‘95 ?) then spent more time on the road bike review and other forums. My account got dropped at some point and I could not find any info on my user name, password, etc.., so just signed up as new. Hope that’s OK

    Road and mt. biker from Long Island, been riding 30 seasons (a slow old fart here) started as a mt. biker and still do that predominantly in the winter. Sorry to have been gone so long. I re-signed up as I’ve noticed a ton of stuff has changed, 1x gearing, Di2 for mt. bikes, 27.5 & 29 ‘era (I’m still on 2 - 26’ers). So here to learn about the new stuff mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catmandoo View Post

    Welcome back. Lots of changes...some good, some, not so much. Still mostly just folks doing their thing.
    MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

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