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  • in reply to: Colorado skiing recommendations #292437

    I lived in Denver for a couple of years.  Locals don’t eat in the expensive/crowded slop side restaurants.  They eat a PBJ on the lift in between runs.

    Breckenridge is a great family friendly mountain with lots of beginner terrain.  It’s got advanced stuff too if you feel saucy.  Keystone sucks (north facing mountain gets icy).

    Accommodations will kill you.  Don’t stay in some slope side villa.  Find the Best Western by the interstate (or some such).  Maybe AirBNB?

  • in reply to: Thoughts on purchasing used from Winter Park #290524

    I dunno, I rented from a shop near Park City at the end of the season this year.  It had been abused pretty good.

  • in reply to: Breaking in…. #271764

    Forget that nonsense about a $2000+ bike to start with.  You don’t know what you want so how can you make a good decision on a $3000 bike?

    Spend $400 on a craigslist hardtail.  Disc brakes, the right size.  Get a helmet, duh.

    Find the easiest unpaved trail you can.  Have fun.  goof around.  Ride with other people.  In 6 months if you love it then you can start trying your friend’s bikes.  Get to a demo day early and try some dream bikes.  Then you’ll know what you want and how to use it.

  • in reply to: Supercaliber commercial #269727

    My favorite part might be the kid on crutches that yells “cross county sucks!”

  • yes, knee pads have saved me a few times.

  • in reply to: Sea Otter racism #264199

    Racism is not strictly political unless you assume one party is pro-equality and the other pro-white nationalism.

    Laura Ingraham’s long history of reciting white nationalist talking points is well documented.

    Is Sea Otter about mountain biking?  Then yes, it’s sponsors are a valid topic for a mountain biking forum.  In the specific case of Sea Otter being at Laguna Seca I’m not sure that’s totally relevant.  Weathertech does not own the facility and doesn’t get revenue from it’s activities.  They just have naming rights.  Not buying their products would be more relevant.

     

     

     

  • in reply to: Sea Otter racism #264126

    Don’t listen to the haters Truculent.  I appreciate the heads up and I have no desire to support Laura Ingrams White Power Hour.  Do you have a suggestion for a Weathertech alternative?  Husky Liners maybe?

    The full list of companies keeping her brand of racism on air https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2018/03/29/these-are-laura-ingrahams-advertisers/219785

  • in reply to: best bike watches? #264122

    I’ve used a Garmin Forerunner 235 for a few years and highly recommend it.  A screen protector is a must though.  Great accuracy, simple, uploads easily, not too expensive.  My only minor gripe is that if the band is loose you can accidentally hit the “lap” button while riding with the back of your hand.

  • in reply to: Looking for help/guidance #260097

    You might consider sticking to the lower price range to start.  As you progress you might decide you’re a XC racer, a dirt jumper, an enduro or downhill nut, whatever.  The more variety you ride the more you’ll know what you are looking for.  If you drop $3000 on a bike now you may have a hard time justifying it’s replacement once you learn more.

    That being said you’ll never regret a 1x drivetrain and a dropper post.

  • in reply to: Tarp Shelters and rain #260045

    agree, totally weird to ask a hunting question on a mountain bike site.  But since we’re all here…

    I’ve endured some significant storms with just a tarp for shelter.  If you avoid laying in a low spot you’ll be fine.  Don’t pick a spot that looks like a stream used to run through it.

    If bad weather looks possible pitch the tarp pretty low in an A frame style.  If you run the ridgeline cord under the trap you need to position 2 small drip lines at the edge of the tarp to keep water from running in.  At least one of the trees should be right up against the open end of the tarp to sort of “close the door”.  Put a scrap of Tyvek or HD painters plastic under your sleeping bag.  methods that wrap the tarp around to serve as a floor are terrible.  That just creates a bowl for water to collect in.

    This method is about as good as I’ve seen https://youtu.be/UlJE_SkN_ng  but again, picking the right spot is a big deal.

  • in reply to: Recommended Camping: AR, TN, NC #259008

    Near Brevard on the Blue Ridge Parkway there are hundreds of good spots.  The top of Black Balsam Knob is very popular for good reason.
    The treeless summit is just a mile up from the parking lot.  The tall grass makes for a soft bed.  When the weather is good the sunrise bakes the entire valley in a surreal orange glow.  The wind is always kicking so there are no bugs.

     

    When the weather is bad you’re exposed to lightning and the fog often makes it hard to see 20ft in front of your face.  So there’s that too.

  • in reply to: Atlanta #258930

    what part of town will you be staying in?

    a little out of town is Blankets Creek, which is incredible.  I’ve heard Sixes Pit rents bikes.

  • in reply to: how hard is Downieville Downhill? #258626

    Thanks for the heads up everyone.  The older kid is a shredder and can handle more than I can but the younger one may have to hang out with his cousins for a day.

  • in reply to: Mountain Bike Trip to California #258624

    sorry, wrong thread!

  • in reply to: Mountain Bike Trip to California #258622

    Thanks for the insight everyone, appreciated.

  • I think you can’t decide until you see what your local trail is like wherever you move.  That’s what you’ll be on after work and most weekends so better to have something that works great there.  Life happens and you won’t get to that awesome trail 2 hrs away as much as you think.

    After riding the local: If  you want to go down the hardest thing you can and live to tell the tale, FS.  If you want to blast laps or jumps, HT.  And whatever you get go do the other stuff too.

  • in reply to: Tarp Shelters and rain #260058

    Well, I learned something new today!

    I’m picturing you firing while riding like the hunt scene in Dances with Wolves.  Much more exciting than hunting in the south which mainly consists of sitting in a tree freezing your butt off trying not to move.

  • in reply to: Atlanta #259100

    I’m not 100%, but I don’t think that’s a safe assumption.  You’ll need to rent in town and then get a ride up to the mountains.

    If you are staying downtown it’s a 2 hr drive to Mulberry Gap and there is no public transportation to those majestic rural environs.   Renting a car and then renting a bike would be the way to go.

  • in reply to: easy bikepacking for scouts inGeorgia #256267

    awww man, that’s great.  Thank you so much.

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