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  • in reply to: How frequently should I tune-up? #94463
    "kvnrbrts" wrote

    [quote="garbanzo":c3k2103r]I go over my bike before every ride. A full tune one a week.

    Wow…how much do you ride in a week? Do mountain bike for a living…? 😮[/quote:c3k2103r]

    usually 4 days a week , 20,000 vertical feet per day ( lift access bike park ) DHing is very violent.

    I’m not a pro biker. I’m just a pro at being a biker.

    in reply to: How frequently should I tune-up? #94461

    I go over my bike before every ride. A full tune one a week.

    in reply to: Electric DH bike conversion kit #94346

    Really??!! ya, lets add more weight to these beasts and more components to break. Adding a motor to a dh bike is the most ridiculous thing i’ve heard in a looong while.

    in reply to: Fruity colors are in again??? #92913

    I just puchased a new dh bike with a wicked A-TEAM black and red colour scheme. love it !

    in reply to: The Issue of Hikes vs. Bikes #92521
    "trek7k" wrote

    [quote="CraigCreekRider":2w2nddp2]I believe in defensive riding – just like you drive a car. Always expect that there’s a horse or hiker around the next bend.

    [/quote:2w2nddp2]

    Great point! Turn off the iPod and slow down enough that you can see 5 seconds ahead of you on the trail and run-ins with hikers won’t happen nearly as often. That means slowing down a little extra around blind curves, etc.

    There has to be Hiking trails and then seperate mtbing trails, they just don’t mix.
    I am not going to slow down while out riding. I ride to progress as a rider, getting better , faster and stronger. And When I’m out hiking, I don’t want to always be listening for riders. They are two very different activities. That way it’s a non issue from the begining. Everyone has a great day.

    in reply to: Prepare to Eat My Dust (Photo) #92238

    The kid on the left is cheating !! get him back on the line. the hemet probly told him to do it.

    in reply to: Humbled by a MTB’ing Motto/Phrase….. #92201

    You can have the wine, I’ll take the hero dirt and cow fat !!!

    in reply to: Clemson DH #90993

    Thanks for posting !!! Looks like a super fun place to ride.

    in reply to: New member to the 2 bike club #90961

    Hey, A good find is a good find, your wife will forgive you soon!! Riding and being stocked on it makes us happier husbands, in turn she benifits from your new ride. Mtb’ers are just happier people, it’s been proven again and again.

    in reply to: Tour of wusses #91012

    Tour of wusses indeed. Did any of you catch that poor effort of a fight between two riders the other day? One guy trying to hit the other guy with a spair tire. I’ve seen better fights in MLB 😆 😆

    I like trek7k’s idea, just one day on dirt, will never happen but good idea still

    in reply to: whether the weather will ever let me ride #91026

    Ride anyways. Grab an old jacket , crappy shorts/ pants and ride, maybe for not as long a usuall. Beats doing nothin’. Also justifies making a huge lunch. Enjoy!

    in reply to: How many bikes do you have? #90601

    I have 3 and they all get used

    DH Specialized Big Hit

    Hardtail/xc Canadian Tire special

    BMX Diamondback

    Best part of owning multiple bikes, when one breaks, you have another one to ride.

    in reply to: Mountain Bike Hater Taken into Custody #90361

    This story, to me, just goes to show how important it is to mark ALL trails.

    Here in British Columbia, it’s pretty rare to find trails that arn’t marked stating the usage of the trail. If the trails are not marked, they are usually an animal trail that has been widened out by hikers and riders or fishers and hunters even. So if it’s not marked, well you can come across anything and expect anything.

    I didn’t read the blog, but I did read the paper story and the comments on that, who were mostly hikers who are not fans of mtbers. This bring me back to why it’s so important to post to usage purposes of all trails at trail heads and intersections. I understand that all municipallities and counties don’t want to fund projects like this but that’s were local cycling groups and outdoor groups come into play.

    Even riding on multipurpose trails, when we come up on hikers, dog walkers and so on, I have never been cused out or yelled at. It’s usually a nod and a smile and carry on. Even if you roll up on them with alot of speed unexpectidly ,it’s a round of sorrys from both party’s and carry on. I’ll get flamed on this but I think alot of this has to do with where in the world you are. Some parts of the world just breed people how get it more than others.( reacreation use of land )

    We also have a local frizbee golf course that is full of bike trails, no problems. Sure we joke about "if you hit one it’s a birdie" But we gladly share the land.

    On a side note, what enviromentalist walks around with a hand saw?

    in reply to: SINGLETRACKS named… #90191

    Congrats! great site

    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="Goo":2lxapwwe]…..all the massive lifted trucks, four wheelers, etc etc doesn’t help the bike cause much.And the high speed limits and lack of bike lanes aren’t good either

    Another excellent point! So many trails are being closed there, that is makes me sick. Such beautiful country![/quote:2lxapwwe]

    Washinton has the same issues and they came first. :?:

    in reply to: A Reminder #72046

    The wife and I were watching a tv programe last night about helmet laws for ATV riders.
    It all comes down to the same thing weather your talking about bikes, motorized or not, atv’s snowmobiles, skiing or bombing hills on a long board. It’s just common sense.

    One of the staff of transportation canada, that they interviewed for the programe had a great line " you can’t regulate stupidity"

    I’m a very avid snowmobiler and we see people all the time riding with no helmets, not to metion no gear but that’s …. i’ll stop there. If they want to push triple digits on the speedo, though the trees, with no helmet, that’s on them.

    I for one don’t like to wearing a helmet, there heavy and restrict vision. But I wear one, it’s just dumb not to.

    in reply to: Mentality of a Mountain Biker #89674

    Should have you road the trail ?

    Let’s see…
    You have a solid bike
    You have a helmet
    You’re riding with a friend

    Sounds like the ideal time to try a new trail. Go find more

    in reply to: Rant on prices of new bikes #89081
    "dgaddis" wrote

    [quote="garbanzo":1b6cviur]I’ll give you an example of what I would like to see more of.
    Here in Whistler we have a local snowboard shop who makes there boards in the first level of the shop, and the showroom is upstairs.

    There you can walk in, Talk to someone who knows what they are talking about. You can get a custom made board, and I mean full custom. The cost is about 60% of any other ,run of the mill, board of the shelf in regular shop. Why because it’s made inhouse. Quality is top notch, I have 2 of them.

    This is what I want from a bike Shop.

    Not a good comparison IMO. Snowboards are much more simple than mtn bikes, especially big hit bikes. The big costs in mtn bikes are the components, especially the wheels and suspension components. Have you seen the price of some of those dual crown DH Forks? WOW.

    Even if that wasn’t the case, have you seen the costs of a custom frame? Ouch.

    When I built up my 29er around Christmas I spend nearly twice as much on the wheels as I did the frame. The frame was a little over $400, total bike cost came to over $2k. And it’s not super high end stuff. It’s what I’d call ‘lower high end’. Nice light dependable stuff, but not blingy (there’s wheels and frames that cost more than my whole bike). Well, maybe the carbon fork is considered ‘bling’ but that’s it. And it was half the price of a Fox suspension fork.

    Bikes are expensive for sure, and it’s worse for you DH/freeride guys. Everytime I see a DH bike I think "how can some one spend that much $$ on something they’re going to beat the crap out of?"[/quote:1b6cviur]

    And that’s the problem with bikes, is that there are all these different components from different brands to make one product. Where boards are , well one board. So ya it’s different.

    As far as the cash we spend on our downhill addiction, it’s the same as your ride, it’s good for the soul.

    in reply to: Rant on prices of new bikes #89077
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="nanook":3j52wdlj][quote="garbanzo":3j52wdlj]Riding, Riding, Riding it fully consumes me, but if I’m looking at 7 grand to replace 2 of my bikes, My bmx is fine, then I might get bumped out of the sport.

    So… just curious, but why are you replacing 2 of your bikes? I agree, a lot of new bikes are very spendy. In this economy (and on a teacher’s salary), I certainly will not be purchasing a new bike any time soon. I’m just going to maintain and ride what I have at the moment.[/quote:3j52wdlj]
    He was just using a two bike scenario to make his point if he ever did have to replace them at one point. Unfortunately, the discipline riding we do (FR, Gravity, Big-Hits) causes a lot more wear and tear on our frames and components on a regular basis. Stress fractures/cracks are common on our disciplined bikes due to the beating they do receive, so maintaining the frames and or keeping them in tip top shape can be futile at times, especially if you are an aggressive rider. Yes, I would rather buy a used bike over a new one any day, but purchasing a used gravity/FR/big-hit bike you are taking greater chances than purchasing a new one. Unfortunately new ones are rather expensive, though they due have some lower cost rigs too, but far and few. Not every one can afford to just dish out $3,000 you know, which is the lower end of our riding realm. Ya know what I mean bro? 😃[/quote:3j52wdlj]

    There we go, I wish I could still ride a cheap bike and get away with it, but that’s just not the case. curse progression 😆

    Not to sound like a " I’m a pro " But ya the lower end bikes, witch are still not cheap by any means, just don’t cut it. It’s like the old saying " Bringing a knife to a gun fight "

    in reply to: Rant on prices of new bikes #89075
    "nanook" wrote

    [quote="garbanzo":3s895jyq]Riding, Riding, Riding it fully consumes me, but if I’m looking at 7 grand to replace 2 of my bikes, My bmx is fine, then I might get bumped out of the sport.

    So… just curious, but why are you replacing 2 of your bikes? I agree, a lot of new bikes are very spendy. In this economy (and on a teacher’s salary), I certainly will not be purchasing a new bike any time soon. I’m just going to maintain and ride what I have at the moment.[/quote:3s895jyq]

    Because both my hard tail/xc and my downhill bikes are done.

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