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    I LOVE NEW YORK!! Lots of Pic's

    I turned 45 this year and it seems to be that time in life when high school friends start dying and loved ones start getting ill. For these reasons and others I"ve had a chance to go back to where I grew up in westchester county new york a couple times this year. It's been 22 years since I moved to Northern California, I stared riding about 11 years ago, and racing 4 years ago. Since I live about an hour from Lake Tahoe and Downieville, I've become a n MTB snob and always assumed there was NO MOUNTAIN BIKING where I grew up. Before My first trip back home I checked out WMBA.ORG to see if there were any trails in Westchester, I was surprised to see there were and that one place(Sprain Park) was just a few miles from the house I grew up in many years ago.
    I arrived in July to drop my kids off at summer camp and had a chance to ride with some of the guys from WMBA at the Sprain Park. I could not believe how technical and fun the riding was and how friendly the WMBA crew was. I did more log crossings in one ride then I do all year here (not an exaggeration!)


    We flew back for a week over thanksgiving and I had called an old Collage buddy who hooked me up with my new hero Craig


    Craig not only lent me one of his bikes for the week , he also lent me a vest which I forgot as well as a set of body armor, something I never tried before



    Craig and Gil took me to Graham Hills first.


    This was the coldest ride I've ever done, the temp was 25 when we started then "warmed" up to 34 by the time we were done...brrrr. There must have been 10-20 cars in the lot when we started, the east coast riders are hard core! Next day Blue Mountain. More awesome technical trails. Can you tell it was cold?




    One of weirdest parts of the ride, Eating the PB&J sandwich my "mommy" made for me for the ride. Lucky my wife is therapist.

    Lunch time


    Last ride was solo and back to The Sprain. There were some of the best technical riders I've seen out there that day. I think his name was Ian, here he is doing a big drop


    Can't remember this guys name, here he is about do a monster drop much bigger then it looks!


    I've been to Moab and Sedona twice, and I thought the trails in NY were almost as much fun. Yeah the scenery was not as good and there were no real long epic climbs, but the trails were a blast. Lots of NY slickrock


    Me going down some NY Slickrock




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    I'm a girly man when it comes to riding the real technical stuff




    East coast set up.. Big Ring? I got your fockin big ring right here!



    There is a reason where everyone wears body armor there.
    Logs, logs and more logs



    Maybe I was just on vacation but the NY riders sure seemed a lot more friendly to me. After only 2 rides with the guys from WMBA I feel like I have a gang to ride with.
    As our governor says


    I'll be back!
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    Great write up Rick! Whats with all the tiny images? FWIW, 25 sounds WARM now! And I will say you're brave for posting a pic of you with Armor over TIGHTS!

    No one makes a better PB&J than Mom...

    JK



    edit: looks like your on the way to fixin' up the images/links! cool - better do a few at a time, resave thread, then edit again.....
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    Is it just me or are those pix postage stamp size???
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    East coast scenery is as good as anywhere. You just can't see it except in small glimpses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zon
    Is it just me or are those pix postage stamp size???
    try again I fixed it
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    Both Blue Mountain and Sprain are real gems- with all of the sweet, technical lines you could ask for. You wouldn't think there would be riding that great a mere half-hour from Manhattan.

    I couldn't make it out to that ride on Sunday, but went out to Sprain on Monday with a friend. Was up into the mid 50's, and we were in shorts! A nice change from the 20 degree ride the Friday before. Pics and vids here:

    http://www.nycmtb.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=27

    Yes, no real views to speak of, but I'll trade the views for being able to live in NYC yet ride great terrain like that only a short drive away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    Lots of NY slickrock



    East coast set up.. Big Ring? I got your fockin big ring right here!


    Shhhhhhhh! You'll have everyone in the country headed this way! ;^P

    The difference between Moab slickrock and NY slickrock is that Moab slickrock, while bare, offers some grip. NY slickrock is frequently covered with moss, leaves, mud, or any combination of the above, rendering slicker than a wet bar of soap.

    I've got that same bashguard on one of my bikes.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbogner
    Both Blue Mountain and Sprain are real gems- with all of the sweet, technical lines you could ask for. You wouldn't think there would be riding that great a mere half-hour from Manhattan.

    I couldn't make it out to that ride on Sunday, but went out to Sprain on Monday with a friend. Was up into the mid 50's, and we were in shorts! A nice change from the 20 degree ride the Friday before. Pics and vids here:

    http://www.nycmtb.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=27

    Yes, no real views to speak of, but I'll trade the views for being able to live in NYC yet ride great terrain like that only a short drive away.
    Wow those are some big drops, nice pic's!
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    Whenever I get "upgradeitis" in regards to where I live, it's nice to be reminded that there aren't as many technical features on the west coast. So if I were to move out west for the riding, I'd start missing the log piles and rocks.

    The WMBA group is definitely one of the nicest, most accommodating bunch of locals you can end up with.
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    Hey Merlin! sorry I missed you this trip! I'm SURE you'll post up next time your out here. I see you went to Blue MT. - Thats where all the real goodies are!!!!

    Next year we will introduce you to Ninham Mt. - can't wait to read your recap after riding there ;>)

    See ya soon
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    and hopefully next time I'll have a bike for you....sorry about that.

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    Westchester is where its at in the Northeast! The WMBA dudes have done a bang up job and have turned the destinations there to dare I say some of the BEST places in the country to ride (not that Ive been too far). Its that good (and fun!).

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    The northeast is great all around...There are great trails all over the place. CT, NJ, Upstate NY & PA all have some great offerings.

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    The riding looks great there. It is nice to see pics of places people ride.
    thanks for sharing

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    Hi Merlin...sorry to have missed you last week. I'll hopefully catch you the next time you're here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattireb
    Hey Merlin! sorry I missed you this trip! I'm SURE you'll post up next time your out here. I see you went to Blue MT. - Thats where all the real goodies are!!!!

    Next year we will introduce you to Ninham Mt. - can't wait to read your recap after riding there ;>)

    See ya soon
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    and hopefully next time I'll have a bike for you....sorry about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edvig
    Hi Merlin...sorry to have missed you last week. I'll hopefully catch you the next time you're here.
    Did'nt we ride together for a little while at the sprain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine
    Whenever I get "upgradeitis" in regards to where I live, it's nice to be reminded that there aren't as many technical features on the west coast. So if I were to move out west for the riding, I'd start missing the log piles and rocks.

    The WMBA group is definitely one of the nicest, most accommodating bunch of locals you can end up with.
    Come to the Northwest! It's got logpiles, rocks and a longer riding season. Well, a lot of higher elevation stuff closes for the winter, but the low elevation stuff is open.
    We all get it in the end.

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    I'm a recent transplant from San Francisco to NYC. I think I've said that exact same thing to some of my friends back in norcal:
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    I did more log crossings in one ride then I do all year here (not an exaggeration!)
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    westchester rocks. in addition to Ninham, also make sure you ride Trumbull, Stewart Airport, Ringwood (none of which are in Westchester, but are less than an hour away).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dirt
    It is nice to see pics of places people ride.
    It is also nice to see photos here of places that I ride, too.

    Nice write-up ...chalk up another for tiny east coast vistas.

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    Great pix. Hope you were able to find a decent cup of coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider
    Great pix. Hope you were able to find a decent cup of coffee.
    Plenty of good coffee, and the PIZZA was amazing!
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    Great Photos, I'm going to add Sprain and Blue Mtn to my list of places I need to investigate.

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    Fun place! I went there this summer - I thought it'd be so tame since there aren't any REAL hills in NYC. Wow I got quite an awakening. Rocks! Logs! Leaves! It was so fun I went back 2x more!

    THanks for the pictures, good memories. Sure looks cold though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    Did'nt we ride together for a little while at the sprain?
    Yup...until I broke my rear derailleur. I wanted to meet you this time around, but I couldn't get out there on that day.

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    Cool write up!

    Great Pics!

    East coast baby!!!

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    Good job! Oh and New York rocks...

    I've been to Manhattan twice and each time I've found the people there friendlier than you would find here in Toronto Canada.

    Unfortunately I havn't ridden there - yet.

    Although Ontario Canada has some awesome trails and a big racing scene too.

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    Mmmmm.... P&B sandwiches...

    Ever since I got into MTB racing and training I rediscovered peanut butter and jam sandwiches. I guess its my way of making cheap "Powerbars".

    They are even better if made on a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel.

    Thought I'd just get that off my chest!

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    The whole Northeast is littered with great riding like this. I always think that the NE gets short changed when it comes to MTB destination status. I literally have a dozen areas to ride within 30 minutes of my home in CT. With a little road riding, I can link up a bunch of them and ride for as long/far as I care to.

    My wife and I spent our 20's travelling all over the US and riding. The west has some great places to ride, but we always considered them better to visit than live.

    We always thought that the thing with Mountain/West riding was the scenery. The thing with NE riding is the trail itself...we don't have much in the way of vistas.

    I would miss being in the middle of the forest and seeing the old farmer's rock walls and barn foundations, etc. CT is more forested now than it was in 1700...it was basically clear-cut back then.

    Glad you enjoyed your time here.

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    Love the pics

    One of the nice things about westchester is the riding is close. I work near Graham Hills and love to get out and do a loop at lunchtime.

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    Thanks for the memories of home! The wet, leaf covered trails with slick mossy rock and frequent downed trees...

    I moved from CT about 6 yrs ago. Started mountain biking after a stint of absence from BMX about 7 years ago on some trails in central/eastern CT around Naugatuck, Cheshire and Southington but never got into real mountain biking until moving to CA.

    Now I want to go back and check out the trails I rode as a BMX kid in Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY) but it will probably be a couple of years before I can set aside the time to get back and ride.
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    Rick,

    Glad you hooked up with some locals and had a good time. Hopefully next time you're out this way we can get together for a ride. Or maybe I will finally make it out West for some riding out there. Anyway I might be checking out Blue Mountain myself this weekend (I've never been there even though it's only about an hour away). Catch you on the flip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LacticAddict

    Or maybe I will finally make it out West for some riding out there. ..
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    Ahhhhh that makes me miss Sprain, Graham Hills, Trumbul, Blue Mountain...
    I only rode at Sprain twice, but it's lots of fun. Big ups to the guys who built those trails.
    now the world is gone i'm just o n e

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky
    Shhhhhhhh! You'll have everyone in the country headed this way! ;^P

    The difference between Moab slickrock and NY slickrock is that Moab slickrock, while bare, offers some grip. NY slickrock is frequently covered with moss, leaves, mud, or any combination of the above, rendering slicker than a wet bar of soap....

    :^)
    Ha, I was thinking the same thing. The northeast has everything, just in a smaller scale.

    Great post, Rick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    Plenty of good coffee, and the PIZZA was amazing!

    Nice slice of joe!

    I love East Coast Riding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kary
    One of the nice things about westchester is the riding is close. I work near Graham Hills and love to get out and do a loop at lunchtime.
    Yep, nothing beats a nooner!
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    missing it!

    I just moved from westchester to oakland ca this summer, and I've been going through some withdrawls. I loved being able to ride graham hills or sprain after work...still getting things dialed in out here. I realize how lucky I was to be living in westchester for riding- you can easily get up to pkill, diablo, graham, trumbull, sprain, etc.... I will say that I agree that out here it's often more about the scenery than the trail itself. I found some cool techy stuff locally, in Joaquin Miller Park, but it's not the same as back east, damn pretty though. Zooming through buff singletrack through a redwood forest has it's positives.

    One thing I've been grappling with a little is my gear. Out east, big meats and a heavier bike are the typical spec, but out here my bike looks like a monster next to the spindly xc rigs that most folks ride. You can get away with a lot lighter setup here....plus, in my "newbie west coast" experience, you end up putting on a LOT more miles here than back in, say, westchester. And talk about long climbs! I'm definitely feeling in better shape.

    It's all good- both coasts have their allure. Can't wait to get back east for a couple days of riding in the spring!

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