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    Best bike for jim thorpe?

    I'm planning to do some camping and biking trips in PA. I live in NY and JT is about 2hrs ride. I never been on any trails in PA and i wanna know what bike is best in those trails? 6" trail/AM or a 5" AM/light FR bike? I dont have a HT nor anything below 5" travel.


    Is it ridable in late march?

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    either is fine... the downs defintiely will take as much suspension as you can throw at them but then you have to pedal back up.

    think extensive hilly rockgardens and you'll get an idea of the trails.

    they'll be ridable in march if it is dry enough for them to be rideable in march...

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    I'd go with the lighter bike, we do have a far amount of hills. We don't have any snow this year, thanks global warming!, so the trails should be fine by this weekend. Assuming no freak storms this should remain true. Email me if you want some maps. Mauch Chunk Lake Park is a nice spot to camp, I'm not sure when they open for the season. Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MADnifico
    I'm planning to do some camping and biking trips in PA. I live in NY and JT is about 2hrs ride. I never been on any trails in PA and i wanna know what bike is best in those trails? 6" trail/AM or a 5" AM/light FR bike? I dont have a HT nor anything below 5" travel.


    Is it ridable in late march?
    try a bike made in PA for PA riding.

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    no really, pull that old hardtail out of the garage and re-capture that youthful feeling.
    No leaking air, setting up proper sag, adjustements etc.. You will be happy when your the first to get to the top of the montain.
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    trek remedy 6, c-dale rush 1000, or the santa cruz nomad. i'm not just sayin that cuz i sell them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Ro
    try a bike made in PA for PA riding.

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    no really, pull that old hardtail out of the garage and re-capture that youthful feeling.
    No leaking air, setting up proper sag, adjustements etc.. You will be happy when your the first to get to the top of the montain.

    Man, I love that bike. When I first got a MTB I really wanted an EWR. When I could finally afford another bike, EWR was gone.

    As for Jim Thorpe, just bring your legs and your lungs. You can ride those trails on any kind of bike you want. I rode those trails on my old fully rigid Rockhopper hundreds of times and loved every minute of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Ro
    try a bike made in PA for PA riding.

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    no really, pull that old hardtail out of the garage and re-capture that youthful feeling.
    No leaking air, setting up proper sag, adjustements etc.. You will be happy when your the first to get to the top of the montain.
    Hey there,

    Super bike. Jay is a really nice guy too. Its a shame ewr isn't around anymore.

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    I saw a dude shear the headtube off of an EWR trying to jump the pit at the spring mountain race before they made it a nice gravel walkway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwnhlldav
    I saw a dude shear the headtube off of an EWR trying to jump the pit at the spring mountain race before they made it a nice gravel walkway.
    It always seems to rain before every race there making for some serious fun in that pit.
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    Jim Thorpe has plenty of hills, rocks, and roots. I've ridden JT for years on a HT without a problem -- just can't go really fast down things like Uranium Road. A FS XC bike is perfect though...IMHO. Lugging a 6-7" FR bike bike up some of the hills would get really old.

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    J Ro.....

    Quote Originally Posted by J Ro
    try a bike made in PA for PA riding.

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    no really, pull that old hardtail out of the garage and re-capture that youthful feeling.
    No leaking air, setting up proper sag, adjustements etc.. You will be happy when your the first to get to the top of the montain.
    Right on, man! Right on!

    Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastcoaster
    Right on, man! Right on!

    Eric
    Thanks Eric! I knew you would have my back. I't at the powdercoaters as I write. In fact I'm on my way to the printers to pick up my new decals.

    Let's see a pic of yours in it's current configuration.
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    One of these will work quite nicely as well
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    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Hey there,

    Nice grove. Are those Cook Bros. RSR's I spy.

    -scoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoon
    Hey there,

    Nice grove. Are those Cook Bros. RSR's I spy.

    -scoon
    Thanks.

    The cranks are 2nd generation Cook Bros. CBR's, circa 1993. Not as light as RSR's but not as heavy as my CBR's from '88.

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    Good stuff. That mavic HS is hot as well. Its to bad Mavic could make more componentry. I even liked their zap road line. Which was fun to ride.

    -scoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Ro
    Thanks Eric! I knew you would have my back. I't at the powdercoaters as I write. In fact I'm on my way to the printers to pick up my new decals.

    Let's see a pic of yours in it's current configuration.
    I will. When I can. Lately...haven't been on it much. New job...18 mo. old at home...new baby due in May...yeah...gave up my one year and 8 months of FULL time bike commuting job...(only drove to work 4 times)... my Surly Cross Check that I was riding to work each day is crying...
    BUT, to go to a job w/ a little driving...that will take me past French Creek State Park every day...to/from work...will get in a TON more mountain riding than in the last year plus!
    You give some...you take some....
    Will try to post something soon. 1X9 now. 2.3 fr 2.1 rear. New seat. Only minor changes...
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