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Just read about it… Props for going out man!
Yeah, that snow was crazy. Even worse than just the snow is the damage out there. Rode Foxboro last Monday after the snow and it was worse than when Irene came. Trees down all over the place. Spent more time sawing than I did riding. Sunny and clear this weekend!
Snowboard, exercises and stretches from PT, and rides whenever it gets warm enough. Lots of pizza and beer and couch time 😀
Still got that or get rid of it already?
My buddy lives in the Bronx and usually rides Sprain, Blue Mtn, and Graham Hills. He just started DH a couple weeks back and has been to Diablo twice and loves it. If you’re heading north, Mt Snow or Highland (which would be a hike).
Sounds cool. Is there a map anywhere?
Start with flatter, smoother trails with the GF. Go only to places you know well. Minimize the hike a bike. I’m working on this one too. For some beginners there is nothing worse than being lost in the woods pushing bikes over rock gardens and up hills. Even downhills that I love to rip (best part of riding!) are not always as much fun for beginners. Good luck!
I ride flats. Only been riding consistently for a year but flats just seem to fit my riding. Where I ride there are lots of technical features and rocks so I like being able to bail easily and then get right back on and go without having to clip in. I just switched from Primo to Wellgo pedals. The more pins, the more grip (and the more they tear your legs up). Loving the Wellgos, just want a slimmer profile on them. For shoes, 5 10s are probably the way to go. I wore some Etnies all last year, didn’t work so well. Was going to get 5 10s but had to spend too much money on bike parts and ended up finding a cheap pair on Converse shoes to wear for now. Look for thick, sticky bottoms on the shoes and they’ll suffice.
I do have some Crank Bros pedals I’ll be trying out later this year when I can get some shoes to go with em and when I find a few local trails with fewer features.
Nothin like the feelin of masterin a hard climb that’s whupped your ass a bunch. just keep on goin for it. if the front wheel is gettin stuck sometimes you just need to go up and over it. have you tried pulling up the front wheel a bit before the obstacle? i still ride flats (love bein able to bail easy when i screw something up) but spds will let you pull the pedals up and give you that much more power. on something this steep it may not make a difference.
anyway, go get some and keep on tryin!