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    New Rider...

    In Capitol Forest, WA. I bought my niece a Specialized Hotrock last Monday for her 11th birthday and we have been ripping up Capitol Forest here near Olympia. Her fitness has improved so much since her first short ride that it's hard to believe. We did near an 11 mile loop today, climbing a road for a 5 mile singletrack descent and when we were done she was still pretty fresh.

    I'll throw in a pic of me up at Mount St Helen's on the Plains of Abraham as well.
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    That is one very cool looking bike, and a very happy 11 y/o - nothing but smiles.

    Well done favorite Uncle.

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    Great piccs TB, good on yer for sharing the stoke, nice bringing someone new into the fold too props dude, Spots looking doog there too
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    Awesome pics, haven't ridden there for 12 years, did you hit Ape Caves?

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    Good job uncle! I really enjoy riding with my boy. It brings all the excitement back for me.

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    Very cool! Looks like your niece got some stoke there.
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    I did ride up Ape Canyon, nice!

    My niece has been riding for 2 weeks now and she has really impressed me with her fitness and climbing ability. Probably helps that she is only 70lbs. Her dad, my little brother decided to get a bike so he can ride with her which is great. He has been on my Spot the last 2 days and I have been riding my Highline as a xc bike. Surprisingly it does much better than I thought. As a bonus I can go for short rides and get a killer workout. We checked out entry level hardtails and I wasn't impressed by what I saw in the $600-$900 range. I'm going overseas at the end of August so I decided to loan my bro the Spot and send him my backup HT. When I get home next Spring I'll pick up the Spot and If he's still riding then the HT is his. I really hope that he sticks with it, and I figure that a good bike will help with that. He's going to send in my RP3 to Push, as it badly needs a rebuild anyway
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    Cool pics-looks like she could be the next Allison Dunlap. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to partake in mountain biking. Your niece seems to be having a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle
    He has been on my Spot the last 2 days and I have been riding my Highline as a xc bike. Surprisingly it does much better than I thought. As a bonus I can go for short rides and get a killer workout.
    I do hear that it pedals like a much lighter bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle
    I'll throw in a pic of me up at Mount St Helen's on the Plains of Abraham as well.
    That Plains of Abraham place looks familiar....
    bj at st helens.jpg
    St. Helens is letting off a little steam in this pic.
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