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    • #243335

      I use AfterShokz Trekz Titanium they use bone conduction and your ears are exposed. You can still hear your surroundings as long as you dont have them too loud.


      I’d never heard of these until reading your post. They definitely look interesting, if a little pricey, but that might be okay if….well, how do they sound?

    • #243334

      I live in NH and won’t be hooking up for a ride anytime soon, but just wanted to welcome you to the forum, Noneed2hate. Welcome!

    • #243333

      I have a long and eclectic ride playlist on Spotify that I continually add to. Some of the tunes I’ve really been enjoying on rides lately include…


      “Thunderstruck” – AC/DC

      “I Would Love To” – Steve Vai

      “Unchained” – Van Halen (really, anything mid- or fast-tempo with EVH playing guitar is great to ride to)

      “The Lying Lies & Dirt Secrets of Miss Erica Court” – Coheed & Cambria

      “Cliffs of Dover” – Eric Johnson

      “Letterbomb” – Green Day

      “Severed Hand” – Pearl Jam

      “Rockin’ the Suburbs” – Ben Folds

      “Till the Morning Comes” – Grateful Dead

      “Forks” – Umphrey’s McGee

      “Dear Dead Days” – Frost*

      “Death By Triple Fiddle” – Joshua Bell & Edgar Meyer with Sam Bush & Mike Marshall

      “Razorblades” – Story of the Year

      “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man


      I love extreme metal, as well, and have a ride playlist mostly made up of fast death metal and black metal, but I don’t listen to it much just because it’s obviously louder and that makes it a little more difficult to be aware of what’s around me.

    • #243262

      I know Whyte has a 30 day no questions asked return or exchange if you don’t like it deal.  And they expect it to have been ridden (reasonably).  I believe YT and Canyon have similar terms.  Sadly, when I asked most LBS’s I visited about a “don’t like it return”, the answer was no.

      Fezzari, another direct-to-consumer in Utah, also offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee trial period.

    • #243099

      I understand why a bike shop would be hesitant – MTBs aren’t cheap and they can take a beating when we get to ride them how we really want to. I guess if I really wanted to test ride a bike, I would look at similar options from direct-to-consumer brands and then ask the LBS why you should buy their bike over the other option. Perhaps they’ll have very good, convincing reasons. If it’s just a benefit of support and service, then what does that have to do with the actual bike?

      I bought a Fezzari Cascade Peak last year and Fezzari gives you a ’30-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee’ test ride period during which you can return the bike for any reason. I didn’t test that guarantee and aspect of their customer service because I love the bike, but that’s their posted policy. I think if a LBS doesn’t at least allow one to rent a bike or test ride after putting down a damage deposit, then they might be putting themselves out of business. It’s a tough reality for sure, but most realities are.

      As for service, I haven’t had any big problems, but I also haven’t run into any resistance when I’ve asked about getting service for the bike at a few different shops. The one time I did bring it in, the bike was ready in a day with no problems. I have spent a decent amount of money at that shop on accessories and equipment, so it probably does help to not just walk in out of the blue, but service is a big part of their business and I’ve found most are more than happy to service whatever you bring in as long as you bringing money, too. I’ve also implied that I’d be coming there when I started looking at upgrading the bike, so there are ways to work with and build a relationship with your LBS that don’t require you to buy a bike from them first. Successful businesses are forward-looking, so I think a good bike shop is not going to be concerned with where you brought your business in the past, but rather where you’ll bring your business in the present and future.

    • #242411

      As if the sport isn’t already dangerous enough. I hope justice is served and these guys serve lengthy sentences.

    • #242315

      Okay, well I guess I’m crazy. haha Ah, well…

      Still, if some enterprising mechanical engineer came up with a derailleur and drivetrain design that would work efficiently while moving the derailleur up and further out of the way of obstacles, I’d give it a try.

    • #242216

      I don’t think wearing a helmet should be a law, but I think people who ride without one are some of the most inconsiderate people you’ll find on the trails. Sure, it’s their choice to ride without one, but if and when they seriously hurt themselves, it’s going to suddenly be someone else’s problem, too.

      And yes, since I’ve already acknowledged going on one helmetless ride, I include myself in that and it’s something I’ve reflected upon more than once since that ride.

    • #242212

      The climb I do everyday to get out of bed and go into work. lol


      Anytime a bike or hike is involved, I don’t mind climbing and actually enjoy it…even the climb out of bed. 😉

    • #242048

      It’s an annual thing that occurs on different Forest Service-managed and BLM-managed lands. It’s controversial for a few reasons, but mostly seems to divide along political lines that has more to do with the group’s ideology than their activity. Some interesting introductory historical reading in the Wikipedia article…

    • #242030

      If money were no object, my first thought goes to where would I go to ride it…


      Had the same exact thought. If money were no object, I might just travel to different destinations and rent the sickest, most blinged-out bike I could find each place I went. That way, I could try all the trails AND all the bikes!

    • #241981

      I never cared for putting on my helmet, but always did because…well, to not do so just seemed unnecessarily dumb. That said, I have done one ride without a helmet. I’d driven about an hour to get to the trailhead to meet up with someone and realized when I was getting ready I had forgotten my helmet. So, having put the drive time in and not wanting to let down the other rider, I went for the ride. I did have some fun – just about any ride is better than no ride – but I rode so cautiously that it was hard to find a rhythm. I felt tight the whole way and I finally cut the ride short after about 5 miles, figuring if I was feeling stress and couldn’t loosen up properly, I was just going to injure myself even worse if and when I did fall.

      I mentioned on another thread that this past weekend, I had my very first crash where the helmet definitely saved me a lot of pain and probably worse. At the very least, I wouldn’t have gone for the rides I went on the following two days – at worst, you all might have been reading on this website about a NH MTBer who died in a trail accident. It only takes once and a split second to permanently alter (or end) your life. Next time I forget my helmet, I’m either going home or just going for a hike. I want to do all I can to ensure I get to go for the next ride.

    • #241979

      Riding alone, I listen to music. I keep the volume low and the earbuds aren’t all the way in, so I am able to hear other bikes (and hikers and trail runners) around me with no issues. When I hike, I don’t listen to music because I want to have the full ‘woods experience’, but when I’m riding, it’s all about the ride and I’ve found the right music enhances the experience.

      I have two ride playlists on Spotify which I’m always adding to – ‘flow’ which consists mostly of up-tempo rock with a lot of soaring guitar solos (Van Halen, Steve Vai, Phish, Pearl Jam, Allman Brothers, Coheed and Cambria all work well there) from the past few decades; and ‘shred’ which consists of metal ranging from the most extreme modern metal to the classics like Megadeth, Metallica, Maiden. It’s funny though…the volume is usually turned down to the point where all I really hear consistently is the rhythm and low end; only occasionally do I hear or notice the guitar.

      If I’m riding with people, it depends on who I’m riding with and how annoying they are. ;^)

    • #241960

       not trek but his family…

      That’s a weird take, considering this has been settled by Trek and it has pretty much been acknowledged that Trek was using Chris Farley’s fame and identity to sell bikes.

    • #241884

      If you can’t fit the long drive to East Burke, VT into your plans, Highland Mountain Bike Park in NH, a lot closer to Boston (about 1.5 hour drive), might be a good alternative. I have not been there, but the people I know who have been there LOVED it. And they have all the gear you need available to rent.

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    • #241873

      I just bought a new TLD A2 helmet with the MIPS system and it was far from the brand, helmet or price point I had initially aimed for. Compared to how older style helmets fit, the MIPS system just feels weird, at least at first, and I was surprised at how many helmets I tried on that just didn’t feel right – I must’ve tried on about 25 different brands, models and sizes. I also found myself trying on some Small sizes whereas older Small bike helmets would never have fit, so I don’t know if MIPS helmets are always consistently a tighter fit. The helmet I eventually got is a MD/LG, which is the size I was wearing before with my old Bell helmet. It might be more of a brand/model/design thing.

      I don’t know anything about how the 661 EVO AM Patrol would fit for you and my recent experience tells me the only way you’ll know is when you try it on. So my advice based on my limited experience is if you’re going to mail order a helmet without trying it on first, first make sure the return policy is easy and efficient.

    • #241872

      Thanks for the links and suggestions…I’ve checked each of the 3 URLs briefly and can already tell they will all be very helpful. I’m going to look into getting the Park Tool Big Blue book aes5455 mentioned.

      For me, working on my bikes is part of the hobby.

      I can definitely understand that and it seems to be true of a lot of mountain bikers, as I often see other riders in the TH lots with their tool kits working on their bikes before, after and during rides. I’m sure there’s also a certain sense of satisfaction knowing you solved a problem and fixed a mechanical issue on your own without having to pay someone else for their time and labor. I’d like to progress to the point where I can at least do the basic stuff on my own, but I need some way to learn and don’t have anyone to teach me. That’s why I wanted to see what people here thought the best resources were in the absence of a personal teacher.

    • #241733

      Compared to a lot of MTBers, I don’t know if I’m really ‘in shape’ and my Strava times seem to indicate I’m somewhere in the middle. Remember, though…with mountain biking in particular, a lot of that has to do with experience, ability and the trail you ride.

      Having said that, I’m going to be 45 later this month and when I look at my friends who don’t ride, I feel pretty good about my shape versus theirs! haha

    • #241728

      I flip mine to do trail repairs and also flip it in the lot after a ride to clean it up a bit with brushes. As long as I’m careful when I do it, there’s no danger to the controls on the handlebars, since they don’t touch the ground. Considering the beating the bike takes on the trails, flipping it (with TLC) doesn’t seem like a big risk.

      Edit: I should also mention I don’t have anything extra, like a GPS or light, attached to the handlebars.

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