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    • #262108

      Though I don’t have any interest in having one, I don’t really have a problem with e-bikes. I can see potential conflict with some e-bike users who could ride faster than their ability would warrant and be a danger to themselves and others. I could also see some issues where an e-bike rider may be too aggressive in attempting to pass a slower rider. But really, these are just case-by-case situations dictated by the individuals involved and how they choose to react to one another. As far as I’m concerned, if someone can get on an e-bike and have the time of their life while also respecting others, I’m all for it. If more people are getting out in public lands and and using trails, hopefully it will mean more advocacy for preservation of public lands and more trails being built. It may take time to figure everything out between e-bikes and traditional MTBs, but I think if people are less quick to judge and more willing to have conversations, it will work out to most people’s satisfaction. Just keep in mind that MTB’ers were once (and sometimes still are) the so-called invaders to dog-walkers, hikers and equestrians. Personally, I’ve figured out my interactions with them and have very pleasant conversations with a lot of the people I cross paths with. I expect the same to happen with e-bikers.

    • #262107

      So, would anybody out there be willingly do that climb?

      Sure. I’d lock my bike to a tree at the bottom and start hiking. ;P

      Regarding the “payoff” on the way down, I wouldn’t even attempt that, because I’d definitely crash out and, if I didn’t kill myself, I’d likely never be able to ride again.

    • #261743

      As a lot of people mention, there are a lot of factors. One of the biggest is whether you’re running tubeless or with tubes and since you didn’t say one way or another in your post, I’m surprised no one who replied asked. Maybe I missed it.

      I’m still running with tubes (I don’t know why…too lazy to change from what I’ve always known, I guess) and I have pressures closer to 30 psi than to 20 psi on 27.5 / 2.8 tires (Maxxis Minion DHF front and Maxxis Rekon rear). Whenever I try to go lower than 28 or 27, I almost always get a flat with my rear wheel as soon as I hit a drop. I will admit, though, I don’t pay that much attention to the numbers. I usually inflate the tire pretty hard, like I also used to as a kid, then adjust by letting out air as I go based on feel, since trail conditions can change from day to day.

      It probably also matters somewhat where you ride. The general trail characteristics of, say, Arizona vs Florida vs New Hampshire are all going to be pretty different and require slightly different ideal set ups.

    • #261491

      The biggest complaint I see about padding and body armor is how hot it is. I wear knee pads and sweat my ass off, but it doesn’t really bother me. However, if you could figure out a way to make stuff more breathable while still snug fitting, that might help get people to wear it more often.

    • #260542

      I can’t speak to the Dupont trails, since I’m in NH and have never visited them. But I can say I am more than happy to pay for the trails I use and do so by buying a NH State Parks pass, being a dues-paying member of NEMBA, and utilizing the self-pay kiosks at trail systems that have them and aren’t part of NH SPs (for example, MA State Parks).

      I think if you can afford a mountain bike and all the gear that inevitably goes with it, surely you can kick in a few dollars here and there to maintain the trails we all love to ride.

    • #260187

      Doesn’t really surprise me considering Sam Walton’s  grandsons are avid mountain bikers who have done a lot for MTB advocacy and trail building. I wouldn’t really be surprised if these are really good bikes. But I don’t really shop at Walmart, so I won’t be trying one anytime soon. Still, will be interesting to see how riders who ride them like them.

    • #260146

      Sorry for the old info. On the other hand, if you can find a shop with leftovers, getting a past year’s model might be a way to get a good bike at a more affordable price.

      Have you checked bikesdirect.com? There was another thread about them and the people who chimed in about their personal experiences with their bikes were mostly very positive.

    • #260144

      If the info here is accurate, while the 27.5+ models are a little more, you should be able to get the 29er Timberjack for around $999…

      https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a22739720/salsa-timberjack-nx1-29-review/

    • #260142

      I have a pair of MTB conversion pants made by Zoic. They have legs that zip off to turn them into shorts and the cuffs can be folded up and fastened with a button to bring them above the chain ring to avoid getting caught or tangled. The inside of the cuffs actually have reflective material and I think these might have been conceived and designed for evening and night rides when the days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, but not quite cold. Unfortunately, last I checked, Zoic discontinued them a few years back and had not brought them back. The only reason I can think of is they’re not necessarily “cool” looking to mountain bikers in general. It’s a bummer, though, because they’re one of the most functional items of biking or hiking clothing I own and that I’d love to get a couple more pairs of, but haven’t found a good alternative at the reasonable price Zoic sold theirs for.

    • #260118

      I’m in my early 40’s and I’m not getting any younger.

      I’m in my mid 40s, so I hear what you’re saying, but I agree with FredCook’s post.

      Mountain biking, if you really catch the bug, has a way of making you feel like you are getting younger! 😀

    • #260094

      After reading your first post more closely and seeing that you intend to do black runs….again, I’m no expert, but I’m not sure these are the bikes you want if you’re going for super-technical trails with features. I don’t think these bikes are bad, I’m just not sure they’d take that kind of abuse for long. I could be wrong.

    • #260093

      Of those two, I’d go with the Mason for the 10 gears versus the 8 gears on the Hook. Also, the + size tires are nice to have if you’re new to the sport because they’ll provide a bit more traction and help you roll over stuff easier.

      But I’m no expert, so that’s just my look-at-some-of-the-specs-real-quick-and-offer-an-opinion opinion.

    • #260091

      I’m more concerned about what I weigh than what the bike weighs.

      Anyway, my bike changes weight. After grinding up a climb, it sheds about 10 pounds when I point it downhill. True story.

    • #260090

      Hey, Brandon…welcome!

      My suggestion to people new to MTB’ing is find a bike you’re happy with. It doesn’t matter if the components suck, it only matters if you ride it and have fun. You just need to make sure you get a bike appropriate to what you want to ride. So, get a mountain bike you feel good on and you know you will ride. If you grow to love the sport, like many of us here, then you can start upgrading components on the bike you have or start shopping for a higher-end model.

      I think the Giant Stance for $1500 you mentioned is a solid bike to start on (I, and many others here, started on less) and Giant is a good and trusted company. If you rode it and liked it, get it, ride it some more, and don’t worry what other people say.

      On a final note, I agree with rmap01…you ought to find a different bike shop.

    • #262136

      Comparing the use of e-bikes, which is legal and as far as I can see has only health benefits for older people, to the use of anabolic steroids, which are illegal with many potential side effects, is a real stretch.

      I never mentioned anabolic steroids in my post and I’m pretty agreeable to other people using e-bikes, so I’m confused as to why you replied to my post with that. Was that reply intended for someone else?

      Edit: Ah, I see the steroid reference now in the post above mine. Now it makes sense. Yeah, I agree…the comparison is silly.

    • #261745

      regarding knee pads, light and breathable is key, no harsh material, a long sleeve so that it goes maybe midway down your calf and midway up your thigh, but only protection where it is needed.

       

      I wear TLD Raid knee pads and they pretty much tick all those check boxes IMO.

    • #261031

      I live in a state with no income tax and no sales tax. I’m not really sure why people expect others who don’t use the parks to share an equal burden of the cost with those who do use it. Anyway, whenever there are budget cuts to be made, the parks are the first thing to be slashed. If there is an expectation that people are to pay an entrance fee, how much do you think that park is getting in taxes? Not much is a pretty sure bet.

      It’s funny that people will complain about trails getting closed for repairs and also complain about having to pay something to maintain trails.

    • #260690

      If the parks need more money (and I am sure they could use more), let’s wring the funds out of the government waste and fraud. Further, let’s fund the services through charitable and volunteer organizations. And let’s lobby for suitable allocation of tax revenue (even if it means increase) to pay for our parks (which we value so highly) for all to enjoy.

      Paying for stuff by reallocating all the waste and fraud is a great idea that everyone can get on board with…until they start discussing what those things actually are. No one agrees on what waste and fraud is and these days, that’s probably an insurmountable mountain to climb.

      I think public lands need to be funded in multiple ways, part of which comes from taxation and part of which comes from user fees. I think a model like that works best and is the most fair. While having public space benefits us all in some way, either directly or indirectly, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to have a small day-use fee for those who are directly benefiting, actively using the trails and land, and possibly causing damage that needs to be addressed later.

    • #260207

      I don’t support Potheads.

      Well, at least you showed us proper respect by capitalizing. lol

    • #259661

      I am sick of seeing “blue ” doggie bags on the sides of some trails!

       

      I’ve never understood the folks who take the time to pick up the poop, just to leave the bag on the trail or at the trailhead. Do people who do that honestly think the added plastic bag makes it okay to leave behind? If the choice is to just leave the poop there or leave it there in a plastic bag, I’d take the no-plastic option. This might be controversial, but personally, considering there are plenty of other animals pooping in the woods, I’d prefer they leave the poop in the woods and move it off-trail than put it in a plastic bag. I just don’t see how more plastic bags will make anything better.

      I pick up other people’s trash (no poop, though!) sometimes, more when I’m hiking than riding, but I also sometimes wonder if that enables the litterers. When their trash disappears, do they then think it’s okay to leave it because someone will come to pick up after them? Still, better to pick up trash if you can than just leave it. Especially plastic bags, wrappers and bottles.

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