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  • in reply to: winter trail riding #289202

    I ran warm socks with cross trainer sneaks for feet, sometimes some plastic bags(haha) to keep the cold air off. Shorts with just sweatpants on the legs. For upper body a long sleeve under armor shirt a turtle neck and the a lite weight wind breaker. Sometimes a lite nylon vest if it was super cold. take two different hats a thin and a thick cause as you warm up you’ll wanna shed some thickness.Ski googles so you eyes will work and not just tear up. Takes a little getting used to but you will ride much longer.And last but not least I get away with fleece gloves and asi warm up regular riding gloves with bar mittens like you would use on a hunting quad.  As Podiumcrashe said you have to keep moving because you will sweat and good chance you’ll be soaked after the ride so ya tend to freeze up if ya stop. Biggest thing is to keep the wind of you dress warm enough but not to warm. Take a pack so ya have options and have two different type gloves,hats, thick and thin. You’ll be surprised how cold it can be and you can still have a great time on the trails. Take a dry shirt to change into and hat for the car ride home.Hats off to you downhill mike, I thought I was manly riding in the 20s.

  • in reply to: What MTB trend do you want reversed? #289174

    I’ll tell ya what needs to be reversed , the PRICE of mtb bikes. Seriously, a mm here a mm there justifies the money they get these days. Just ridiculous, shame on them!

  • Cannondale dropbar  gravelbike for road and gravel get the long rides in. Trek  midfat hardtail gets the roughest of trails and climbs in. Two completely different bikes that can do both types of riding. The tiny gravel bike tires really make ya think and make sure line choice is  perfect on trails.The change up on type of bikes keeps it interesting and the skills sharp. After riding these types of bikes ya learn to be very light on the bike. Full sus someday will be like riding on a cloud.

  • in reply to: e-bikes #277845

    Ahhh, back at we are! I’ve always been a bike rider dating way back to my bmx days. As for the trails i agree about dirtbiking and where is there to ride. I have a 2017 ktm i raced  harescrambles with last year and only ride time i would get was at race days. Only four rides this year and and again at a race. Takes the fun out of it when that seems to be your only option to ride a dirtbike. On the other hand i got back into biking last january in the freezing cold and cant say enough of how glad i am about riding bicycle again. The trails are plentiful always different and within a half hour in any direction to ride.Skills are still improving and can ride any day or everyday. A ebike i’m sure would be fun at some point but i think ill be back to finding areas to ride as you can cover sooooo much more area on a ebike. 20 miles of mtb trails is nothing for a ebike therefore  i would be back at the same spot im in with the dirtbike, a expensive toy just sitting. At my early 50s i still ride like a kid, jumping, wheelies , manuals,just flicking the bike around and feel with the weight of a ebike you would loose alot of that fun factor.  The fitness is good for us old guys also! If im lucky enough to grow older and still trail ride, a ebike would be very good option no doubt.

  • in reply to: Help a beginner… 2016 Diamondback Overdrive ST #270755

    As yapidoscar said, as long as it fits i’m sure its fine. Heres a little story for ya about the bike someone rides. Few weeks back i purchased a gravel bike to change up the work out and improve my endurance. First real ride clipped in i headed out from my house and within 5 minutes came up on another rider. I pedaled up to this guy and he was probably mid to late 50s in age and on a old mongoose mtb  clipped in and what looked like from behind as a tried to catch up was a slightly twisted frame. As i made the effort to get by him said good morning and headed to the gravel trail. About 6 miles in i took a few minutes to make a adjustment and here he comes. He was no joke and was gone before i could get back to pedaling . My point is it doesnt matter what you ride. Until you get some fitness nothing will make a difference and that will take some time. You have to put in the effort and discipline and enjoy riding is what matters. Dont spend alot but get a bike that fits and tailors to your needs and enjoy the rewards. Also ,diamond back has been making excellent bikes for a long time.

  • in reply to: e-bikes #266452

    Well folks , all  I can say is dont ride a ebike. I road my buds 2g rear hub drive ,crappy full sus fat ebike and I’ll have to say it was serious  fun especially since I have some fitness in my legs. Still prefer to ride my hard tail as much as I can but on a off day a full sus  nasty ebike for some down hill would be pretty darn cool. Issue is something that’ll be fun is probably in the 5g range and they  are definitely heavy and expensive. You do not want to ride them without the assist I can tell you also. So beware if you haven’t ridden one because you might be surprised,I was.

  • in reply to: Trek X-Caliber 8 vs Roscoe 7 vs Stache 5 #266188

    Roscoe 8 is a excellent bike and hard to beat with components and price. I run 12 psi for the comfort and traction and seams to be a good air pressure for me at 170 and lite in the saddle in the rocks and roots.The judty air fork is just fine as i ride some nasty single track and a occasional downhill tech sections and do just fine with the float concept. If your looking for comfort and faster downhill then rear sus is a given but if your looking to just ride everything and not race then roscoe hardtail is a good option.

  • in reply to: Easier climbing #263934

    Low and slow. Take a break or as many as it takes then work on eliminating the breaks one at a time.Once you can do the climb straight through move up a gear and go as far as you can before dropping back. Before you know it you will be  climbing hills you couldn’t do but be three gears higher. Cardio ,leg strength, technique and time will get it done.

  • in reply to: "UUHHGGG! Well, I feel stupid" forgetting stuff #263834

    Wow, those are great stories with no harm done. What a chuckle I had from them, just good stuff. Left my phone on my car roof after a really good ride and eventually it was found but it took a day and a half. Least It didnt prevent me from having a really good ride!

  • in reply to: dropper post user fee #263815

    My bike came with a no name dropper and has been used to death with no troubles(knock on wood). I’ll have to say  though if i didnt have a dropper  i’m  not sure now that i would spend the money on one. Are they nice, yes, do you need one ,no. I do think it adds to the distraction of learning or perfecting your skills. I like to keep it simple and tires are first then bars, seat and pedals. If you set up those four components with good quality stuff and correct fit you wont ever miss a dropper.

  • in reply to: Should I wear a helmet for biking? #263781

    I always wear a helmet. Took one ride in some heavy rocks and spooked me good.I recently fell doing some trials type riding on a serious rock path at 0      mph. Nearly snapped my wrist ,skinned up shin, blood all over  but without a helmet could have been knocked unconscious with know one to find for knows how long. We grow rocks here in eastern PA. Gotta protect the cells that do work lol

  • in reply to: Pet Peeves of the Trail #263683

    Wow rmap01 didnt see the thread. Glad and not so glad to see that other mountain bikers are not just enjoying themselves to the fullest riding their mountain bike lol. Ill have to say something as simple and easy as common curtesy is not that easy or simple to some.Guess there is always people that are gonna take something or everything of  pleasure to the negative side no matter. I’m out riding to cure the evils that lurk inside of me and then some bonehead wants to bring them back out lol. Most of the time people are decent but if they are not, whats their purpose i ask? Stay away from those of us who love the sport no matter of weather, bike problems, injury,all the mishaps that can tear down a person thats not there for the love of riding trails of all kinds. Its not a job you hate but a sport to love and  grow on constantly and learn and make friendships and so on and so on. Quite possibly might have saved my life more than once so im very grateful to ride and use that thought towards the respect of others and the trails and the wildlife. Even e-bikers lol

  • in reply to: e-bikes #263068

    I did see a older women on a e-bike yesterday on a rail trail and I’ll have to say I took a step back.  She was just cruising along with what I would guess her daughter and grand kids and just enjoying the ride at the same pace everyone else was. Guess if ya look it in a positive perspective  and not with your head in the sand it’ll be just fine. I know my wife gripes about the slightest hill and if she had a button to push ,well she would ride more. Then again if she would just give her legs 20mins to warm up and understand its good for your health she would feel some sense of fitness after just a few 10mile rides also and she is starting to see that. But I get its  not all about fitness for some and just getting out for a ride is enough. Yesterday opened that up to me. Still wanna take my buddy and his e-bike on a couple of hours of killer climbs just to make him pedal that lead sled back home crying all the way about how it sucks not having any battery left. He’s way to young for pedal assist and my old a.. just wants to prove it.

  • in reply to: e-bikes #263020

    Well, the bike showed up and needless to say I have no interest in it at this point. Didn’t even go check it out and heres my b…h. Of course I  was notified the bike showed and a pic and all that but when he said he took it down the rail trail me and the wife ride sometimes and 30mph down and 25mph back kinda irked me.  Around 12 miles  down and back. Let me just say on average we ride around 7 to 10 mph having fun so thats three times the speed of a recreational biker. I have a problem with that and like i said wheres the first trails you’ll see them, rail trails. Needless to say we wont be biking together I would think, but maybe and if we do it  will be on terrain he’s gonna be uncomfortable with for sure. I might add that he is 38 and me well I’m old and grumpy and broken but I’ll still put it together and ride with the kids on all types of terrain. Maybe by the time e-bikes are excepted on trails I might be a little more receptive.

  • in reply to: tire inserts #262705

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  • in reply to: I guess I am alright with not going (that) fast #262641

    Well whats the definition of not going that fast i ask. Most of my enjoyable riding has been on average of under 4mph. Slow climbs technical sections and just easy flow trails. Was telling the wife how i just did this steep climb and missed a  stroke at the top and said well good time for a swig and a bite. Next thing ya know a woman came hiking by and was in running gear but walking, as this was pretty steep terrain. Well i said to myself ,self, theres a good chance she a runner so get moving and off i started. sure enough i got around her but it wasnt the end and somehow i knew she was gonna start running soon. Sure enough she did and at 4mph climbing ,a runner will catch you but i turned it up knowing the downhill was shortly to come. So almost got passed by a hiker on a climb so i hope that makes ya feel a little better. The downhill that came was sure to run off on most and never saw her after that. Didn’t bother me that i almost  had gottin jogged by, it just made me see it didn’t matter, we were both there on a good climb for the same end result.

  • in reply to: Sram Eagle 1×12 help! #262640

    Had to respond on this one. I pick up sticks and twigs all the time. Its just crazy when ya square up a stick on the ride and it gets caught in the the drivetrain or spokes . Cant tell you how many times this has happened. In the  beginning  it was frustrating now i just stop and take care of  it so no damage done. The 1×12 can be a little tricky on set up I’ve noticed but once the cables are broken in and adjustment is good you should be trouble free. One reason i dropped a couple teeth on chainring is so i could use the middle of the cassette so chain alignment wasn’t so offset. It helped quite a bit

  • in reply to: Hard Tail with Dropper, help! #262628

    Marins are on my radar for a full sus bike. I don’t wanna put to much into the roscoe although I have done a little. Dropped to a  wolf 28 chainring, also had the bontrager rapid drive hub laced up with the tighter engagement for the killer climbs. Was it necessary, not really but I love the upgrade. Also put new odi grips on and dety composite flat pedals. Still on tubes and not sold on tubeless. Just did bottom end service on judys and had some 20wt fork oil around from dirtbikes instead of the 15wt they call for.  Very nice improvement, took the cheaper feel out of the  fork and is much more aggressive. Other than that its a great bike and I’m always pumped to ride it wether its easy or hard, the bike is just all around fun.Most better quality bikes  good are good and its just a matter of components that make a difference. A lot of people bash trek for way more than I need to know but they do a pretty good job of making a excellent ride at a fair price. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the roscoe, I know I look forward to riding mine every chance i get.

  • in reply to: Hard Tail with Dropper, help! #262496

    I’m on a roscoe 8, which is more than you wanna spend and if you can get a Kona with dropper and decent front fork for under a G thats a awesome deal. As for the hardtail I love mine coming from a bmx background. 27.5 plus tires are like suspension in itself, as for is it for you, well best bet is to test ride one. No doubt full suspension bikes are super sweet but i feel ya need to get into the 3 grand area for it to be worth doing. I had a budget when I was buying and feel the roscoe8 fit the needs I was looking for. Hardtails are definitely a bike that requires you to pay attention to more when your riding.They buck harder deflect harder so depending on the trails you ride you might be disappointed if you dont test ride one before the buy. Personally its the best all rounder I feel with the plus tires,dropper and somewhat decent fork . One pinch flat so far after months of riding and it was on some heavy PA rock trails and was probably running to low of pressure. I would love a nice full squisher but for the amount sharps rocks i ride it wouldn’t pay to spend the kind of money ya need to to get something nice. You might be pleasantly surprised with a  decent hardtail.

  • in reply to: e-bikes #262364

    Well said, my buds e-bike should be showing up any day and I’m dying to try it out. Guess for some biking is about the fitness , some its transportation and a lot of people are in it for fun. I’ll report back about the beast as soon as it shows up.I know he is super excited to get it and since he wouldn’t ride his old cannondale with me it looks like he will ride the e-bike with me.

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