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Hey guys. Any mountain bikers out there? I just picked up my first real bike. Another very addictive hobby to add to the list. They seem to have a bait (component) monkey too!!!

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Shimano gets ya again

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nice! what kind???

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http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-suspensio/haro/shift-r7/prd_436807_1526crx.aspx

Same spec as listed on the site. I have this pedal on it: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm?stylePkey=21114

From my understanding, Haro only made this model for one year. It a special bike. :D I still have my hardtail, but I destroyed the drive train. When I get out of college I'm strip it to the frame and rebuild it so I can have a really good hardtail and a full-suspension. I want a road bike too. After I get the road bike and fix up the other bike I will have three quality bikes and it will be all I need. I'll just update or replace parts when necessary.

The other day my roommate and I were riding the ETSU Trail System (my school got a wooded area next to campus which the bike club carved out a 6 mile bike trail) and he hit a rock the wrong way went off his bike and whack his body into a tree. Left a nice lump on his forearm. lol. Funny stuff. This trail system was created with imagination, I don't believe anybody in the bike club goes to class. They just dream about their ideal trail and go create it. It got some crazy man made obstacles and it's a lot of fun to ride. 2,300 feet of climbing within half mile to a mile if you take it counter clockwise. It's really a lot of fun and the best part, it's right next to my apartment. I don't have to gas up the SUV when I want go to the park for a ride everyday. B)

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Well, a mountain biker, you asked ? Let's put it this way > with my whole whacked out / destroyed hand-eye coordination (long story) I'll never even be decent, at anything technical......

But I did just get my first, full suspension mountain bike last Fall, mostly for cardio exercise. I think it's absolutely the best value on the market. It's a Jamis Dakar. It had an MSRP ofd about $1000, but I got mine for $489 from Jensonbikes.com. Pretty heavy {for about $5000 or $6000 you can have one that has all the same features, and is literally half the weight}

But seeing as I bought mine mostly for exercise anyway, the weight doesn't really make much difference.

I've really enjoyed it though. Even on pavement, I think I prefer it over a road bike.... especially when I hit bumps, potholes, etc ;)

Oh, and it's a 24 speed, with the lowest gears being stupid LOW ! I guess 1 and 2 must be for technical stuff, because I crank up 15% grades in 3rd and 4th (not that this doesn't kick my arse.... but that's the whole point of my rides :)

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Peace,

Fish

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http://www.logoffrideon.com/trails/index.php?title=Main_Page

alot of the trails on here have very detailed maps. keep scrolling down and clicking on the map at bottom of each trail description until you see the Full Resolution version.

i did Schaeffer Farms in Germantown, MD this weekend for the first time. great trail, not very difficult but fun.

Frederick Watershed is next. unfortunatley a detailed map does not exist yet for this trail. the is the best ive found so far:

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Well, a mountain biker, you asked ? Let's put it this way > with my whole whacked out / destroyed hand-eye coordination (long story) I'll never even be decent, at anything technical......

But I did just get my first, full suspension mountain bike last Fall, mostly for cardio exercise. I think it's absolutely the best value on the market. It's a Jamis Dakar. It had an MSRP ofd about $1000, but I got mine for $489 from Jensonbikes.com. Pretty heavy {for about $5000 or $6000 you can have one that has all the same features, and is literally half the weight}

But seeing as I bought mine mostly for exercise anyway, the weight doesn't really make much difference.

I've really enjoyed it though. Even on pavement, I think I prefer it over a road bike.... especially when I hit bumps, potholes, etc ;)

Oh, and it's a 24 speed, with the lowest gears being stupid LOW ! I guess 1 and 2 must be for technical stuff, because I crank up 15% grades in 3rd and 4th (not that this doesn't kick my arse.... but that's the whole point of my rides :)

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Peace,

Fish

I like the looks of that F-150 Chris..... :D :D :D Anything done to it?

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Don't want to hijack the thread, so I'll PM you...

Fish

I like the looks of that F-150 Chris..... :D :D :D Anything done to it?

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Someone gave me a negative rep on my first post on this thread? If it had to do with price of the bike..It amazes me how people that don't ride thinks these prices are outrageous when they're no different than any other hobby..Especially when they have never ridden a bike to tell the different between prices... ;)

Fish Chris, nice bike, but for 5 grands you won't see a bike with mechanical brakes nor coil type shocks. At least I haven't. Pretty much every high dollar bikes has similar features, but you're buying the components. It kind of like fishing where every baits, rods, reels, are all different. Bike components are the same way.

I don't buy Shimano for fishing and I don't buy it for biking either. :D :D There are no Shimano on the new bike except the hub, which totally baffles me. Tell me if this makes sense, Haro put Sram products on the drive train, shifters, and brakes. Then they put a Shimano hub on it..Really? lol. Oh well. I guess the manufacturers aren't brand snobs when it comes to putting components on their bikes. lol.

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having air shocks is not any better than having coil shocks. they both have their positives and negatives.

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I only see high end coil shocks on downhill bikes. I never see 'em on cross country bikes in this area. I've never ridden one, but I like my shocks. B)

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I only see high end coil shocks on downhill bikes. I never see 'em on cross country bikes in this area. I've never ridden one, but I like my shocks. B)

agreed, but the only reason for that is weight. they are heavier than air shocks.

we cant go straight from XC bikes to DH, however. you would be missing out on trail bikes, all mountain and freeride type bikes.

all im saying is that coil has nothing to do with quality/price. its just a different tool.

all that being said, i own a hardtail with an air fork ;)

soccplayer07- what bike did you buy? have you ridden fountainhead(i know you fish there)? i always have a mini stroke by the end of that ride...

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I got an 11' Gary Fisher Wahoo hard tail. Nope, I have not hit up Fountainhead yet. I'm still trying to get into biking shape. I've heard that place is tough. I've hit wakefield and burke so far. Where do you ride?

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the other side of wakefield, accotink park, has a gravel loop which is very easy but great for training. on the other side of accotink there are some single track trails. (see map on logoffrideon link above.)

laurel hill in lorton VA is nice although it was way overgrown last week, they are supposed to cut it soon. picked two ticks off me after that ride.

lake fairfax is another good one. park behind the ice rink on michael faraday drive in reston va. it goes all the way down difficult run to the potomac if you follow it far enough...

if you feel like wandering into MD i highly recommend schaeffer farms. i hear gambrill and the 'shed are really fun but a little more challenging...

join the mtbr.com fourms if you havent.

here is a local club that does a lot of work on MD/DC/VA trails: http://www.more-mtb.org/

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RootBeer, my cheapy bike actually has a coil, over a hydraulic shock. Works great, although it weighs a bit more. But as for "mechanical brakes"..... what other type of breaks are you talking about ? The $5K to $12K Jamis bikes all have the same basic design of brakes that my bike does.... Again, I'm sure they are lighter / better.... but just as "mechanical" as mine. Just curious...

Fish

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Hydraulic brakes. I'm almost positive I saw a wire coming out of your brake pad housing and assumed it was mechanical brakes. You mention you only ride on the road, so mechanical brakes suits you just fine and dandy. I loved the hydraulic as well as many other "hardcore" mountain bikers because it's very sensitive to touch. In another word, we can ride down technical paths using one finger to come to a complete stop if necessary while keeping more fingers on the handlebars. I'm very spoiled by the hydraulic brakes, they're easy on the finger. :D When I get a road bike, it'll take me time to get used to squeezing the cables on the V brakes. :D

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Here is my 8 year old pond-hopper take it with me every time I go to the local 26acre lake. Only ride the trails here in town about 2-3 times a year.

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GT Zasker with a bunch of upgrades, use to ride often, but haven't done it in years.

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I used to do triathalons and had a trek 63 cm road bike. I traded that on a Fisher Opie XL and belong to several clubs in the Tampa/Lakeland area.

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I spent all day today on a mini excavator with the trail crew building a new trail at Boyette Scrub Preserve. The best trails around here are built in the old phosphate pits. Some of them are SCARY. I mosty ride the intermediate trails but try the black diamonds occasionally and have the scars to prove it. B)

This is one of our local guys. He has great videos of Fla mountain bike trails. http://proedgebiker.com/

This is my favorite trail. It's only 5 min from the house. http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/loyce-e-harpe-park-carter-road.html

As far as the "Bike Monkey" goes. I only have about $600 in the bike but I have spent at least that in a superlite helment, crank bros candy pedals, shoes, ergo grips, gloves, glasses, camel back, etrex gps with handlebar mount, ect,ect,ect...

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For you Florida guys, what that trail system called outside of Ocala? I think it's Santos? A friend of mine rode it last year and he said it's a lot of fun. He showed me an article about it in Mountain Bike Action and they had a picture of a guy going off a small drop decked out in body armors while he took a picture of his buddy going off a bigger drop with nothing but a helmet on. lol. I may have to take my bike next time I go on a fishing trip to Florida and try to squeeze a ride in at this park.

FishingDaddy, my Crank Bros pedal failed me the other day. I came unclipped while riding and couldn't get clip back in. I had to release the spring with my hands then try get clip back in. I noticed the cleats looks a little worn at end of my ride. So, that could be it..I couldn't find damage on the spring on the pedal.

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Yep, Santos is the bomb but it is 2 hours away from me. omba.org

Where those eggbeaters that failed? I bought the candy c's because you still have a platform when you are unclipped.

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It's the candy.

I have had that happen a couple of times. They were just real dirty. I ride in the clay a lot and had not cleaned them in a while.

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