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J. M. Richardson

Any other mountain bikers here?

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Just picked up a mountain bike today. Took it out for a ride on the streets. Can't wait to hit up some trails. Definitely can see this turning into a great passion

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Yes ! I just bought a Jamis full suspension Dakar XT late last Fall :) I knew it was a bad time, as far as, I knew the bad Winter weather was coming, but because of that, + because I got it as a closeout special, I got a $950 bike, for $498  :)

Anyway, I've had it on some dirt trails / hills a few X's, and I had a blast ! However, with no amount of practice will I ever be even in the same ball park as some of those outrageously skilled hill climbers !

The first day I took mine out, I saw a guy fly down a swirvy, lumpy, bumpy, dirt downhill at about 20-25mph.... hit his front break, and proceed to ride about 75 feet on his front wheel only, rear wheel about 2 feet off the ground, before finally dropping his rear wheel, straight into a controlled slideout ! Holy %$#$ !

With my screwed up hand/eye coordination, it's enough of a challenge to stay upright on "two wheels"  :)

I bought mine mainly for cardio exercise though, and it's great for that :)

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Peace,

Fish

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Present! I've spent more money on mountain biking this year than fishing. I rode bikes 4-5 days a week last year. Spring break I'm going to Tsali trail system near Bryson City, NC for a 40 mile epic ride then going on a backpacking adventure. I got a Haro Shift R7, 2009 model. I got a pretty decent discount on it since I bought it in 2010. My other bike a 2008 Haro Flightline 2. Which I'm wanting to rebuild. My Haro Shift, is a full-suspension with clipless pedals and all the bells and whistles. Here a recent picture of it:

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2009 Gary Fisher Opie.  We have some nasty trails built in old phosphate mines around here and I have gottten pretty good at crashing without getting hurt to bad. ;)

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2009 Gary Fisher Opie. We have some nasty trails built in old phosphate mines around here and I have gottten pretty good at crashing without getting hurt to bad. ;)

Me too. Remember kids, always wear a helmet!

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Remember kids, always wear a helmet!

That was the first accessory I bought :)

This was the second: http://www.ebags.com/product/camelbak/hellion-100oz/136178

It has a 6 liter water reservoir, and big enough to hold my DSLR with 400mm lens :) + other assorted bike stuff....

Oh, I got mine in the winter weather (kind of a grey camo)

Peace,

Fish

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Sounds good guys. I am just getting into so don't know any of the details on how to do the technical trails yet (and my bike isn't as good as some of those mentioned here), but I am sure with a little perseverance and some practice (sounds similar to fishing actually), I will tearing up the trails in no time.

Also, the first two accessories I bough were a helmet and a high quality bike lock (got to chain this thing up when on my college campus).

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Yes ! I just bought a Jamis full suspension Dakar XT late last Fall :) I knew it was a bad time, as far as, I knew the bad Winter weather was coming, but because of that, + because I got it as a closeout special, I got a $950 bike, for $498 :)

Anyway, I've had it on some dirt trails / hills a few X's, and I had a blast ! However, with no amount of practice will I ever be even in the same ball park as some of those outrageously skilled hill climbers !

The first day I took mine out, I saw a guy fly down a swirvy, lumpy, bumpy, dirt downhill at about 20-25mph.... hit his front break, and proceed to ride about 75 feet on his front wheel only, rear wheel about 2 feet off the ground, before finally dropping his rear wheel, straight into a controlled slideout ! Holy %$#$ !

With my screwed up hand/eye coordination, it's enough of a challenge to stay upright on "two wheels" :)

I bought mine mainly for cardio exercise though, and it's great for that :)

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Peace,

Fish

That's a nice bike, but the first thing I noticed was the emblem on your truck. Did you have that custom made?

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before i bought a new car in 2004, i had a $2000 mtn bike being carried by a $1000 honda civic!

priorities...

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Just ride, man. Best advice I can give you when hauling arse down a trail is to look down the trail not at the front tire. Keep your eyes fix down the trail as far as you can and pick the line you want to ride, and just ride. Your bike lose control when you brake on a sharp turn, so if you feel you need slow down on a sharp turn, tap your brakes slightly beforehand.

80% of your stopping power comes from your front brake, with that being said, if you got slam your brakes on a downhill, hit both brakes at same time to avoid flying over the handle bars. Two fingers on back brake and one on the front should do it. I got hydraulic disc brakes, so it might be different for you depending on feel of your V-Brakes.

Lot of the trails I ride have drops, berms, rocks, roots, big rocks, big roots, steep downhills, steep climbs, et cetera. It's a good way to keep your stress level down. :) It keeps my stress down better than fishing. I guess all of those tournaments I fished in couple years ago stressed me out. lol.

P.S. I don't carry a hydration pack unless it over 15 miles and I haven't drunk a lot of fluid leading up to riding. I try to drink all of my fluids before riding then drink Gatorade after the ride.

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Great sport !  I have a Specialized and three Cannondales hanging in the garage.  Future back surgery may put a stop to my riding.  Also, get the multi-tool called the " alien ".  It's the deal.

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Me to!

This is a frame I designed for Niner Bikes and the International Mountain Bike Association.  Right now I have a custom "Royal Cycles" built by a friend of mine.

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Nice bike!!

I downgraded to a Rocky Mountain Vertex after the kids came.  When I was riding every day and racing I had an S works Carbon.

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