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    • #241726

      I wish! Beautiful bike, man. I imagine it’s painful to let it go.

    • #241725

      Why do we need to have bike access to wilderness areas? I do understand people being frustrated when a trail they have ridden, and maybe even helped maintain, for years is suddenly closed with seemingly no good reason, so I think there’s discussion to be had there where perhaps MTB “corridors” could be designated for trails that are historically used by mountain bikers. But I really don’t understand why people are so adamant that they should be allowed into all wilderness areas with their bikes. As I understand it, the rules governing wilderness areas include a ban on all mechanical transport. Is there a legitimate argument that a bike is not a mechanical transport that one can make? I could maybe understand people’s frustration over this and anger towards IMBA’s stance if we had very limited open space and a dearth of good trails, but I think we can all agree we in the US are very lucky when it comes to the quality and quantity of MTB trails available to us. Sites like this, with it’s lists and rankings of a seemingly infinite number of trails and trail networks seem to prove this point. When I look at some folks’ trail wish lists, it seems we all have more places to explore than time or resources allow. So why are so many US mountain bikers pushing this issue so hard? I honestly don’t get it and I sometimes wonder if we Americans are too spoiled to appreciate what we already have.

      Note: I am not a member of IMBA, so I don’t have a stake in their image or how they are viewed. I am a dues-paying member of NEMBA, and they are adamantly opposed to IMBA’s stance, but I support their overall mission even if I don’t agree with every little detail.

    • #241723

      Dude, if this is how you manage risk and make investments do you have any stock tips you want to share?

      Here’s my advice: if you want to invest in stocks, try to limit the amount you spend on bikes, riding gear, camping gear and hiking gear. I imagine if I took that advice, I might have money to invest! haha

    • #241654

      This past weekend, I stopped debating and got some knee pads. Also finally got myself a MIPS helmet. That was Saturday. Sunday, I went for a ride and had my first crash where I hit my head. The MIPS helmet made it feel like my head hit a pillow and the knee pads saved my already ugly right knee from adding a few more scars. I was a little concerned about the heat, but once I was riding and focused on that, I didn’t notice how hot my legs/knees got until I was trying to get the pads off.

    • #241653

      Have fun.

    • #241652

      This is the main reason I just pushed myself to learn to ride clipped in. I’ve had a few of these experiences where I still can’t believe I didn’t crack a bone. I’d suggest shin guards. I had flat pedals without any real sharp edges and it still hurt like a bastard, broke skin, and left marks I still have.

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      I never made the connection either, but I also never really thought about it. Now that I am thinking about it, it could make sense, but I can’t say for sure one way or the other. It could be names after someone’s dog or cat, for all I know.

      I guess only the folks at Trek know for sure and, if Chris Farley’s family is correct in their contention, it’s kind of disappointing to me that Trek would go there.

    • #241509

      Thanks to all for the responses. Good food for thought.

    • #241465

      Yeah, I have the scars to show for it, too. I’m generally okay with the scars, but I’ve had a couple crashes recently where I was lucky I didn’t do real damage to a knee. Heat is also a concern for me, though I’m in the northeast. I pour sweat within 15 minutes of riding and that’s even on a 65-70 degree day.

      I still haven’t replaced my old helmet with an updated MIPS helmet. I’ve been shopping both at a couple LBS’s and REI, but so far, I haven’t found one that fits right and has the ventilation I want up front. That’s scared me away from my original idea of looking at a bunch of reviews and ordering from the seemingly infinite selection online.

      Anyway, thanks for the reply, fredcook!

    • #241461

      I have a multi tool with me when I’m in the woods, whether biking or hiking. It could be used as a weapon at close range, but I think my hiking poles or bike would serve as a better defense. I feel safer in the woods than I do in a town or city – humans are far and away the most dangerous animals.

    • #240376

      Congrats! I know your joy…I just got my first full-suspensionthis past November. The difference in handling just from the added rear traction is incredible.

      Since I’v only had mine a short time, the only advice I’ll offer is: be safe and have fun!

    • #240300

      I use an OTC store brand allergy med with pseudoephedrine. I know a lot of people don’t like pseudoephedrine, but it’s the only thing I’ve found that works for me and, generally, the meds with pseudoephedrine last 24 hours so you only take it once a day.

      The idea of riding with a mask or bandana seems like a good one, but my head and face get hot when riding and it would be uncomfortable for me.

    • #241668

      Sounds like you already got your money’s worth…

      Yes, definitely.

      Glad to hear you’re ok.  So here’s the question:  Did you crash because you took more risk knowing that you had the extra protection or would you likely have had the same crash anyway?

      It would’ve happened either way. I was riding a fairly technical trail that I’ve only done a few times and it had been a while. Came to a quick turn and slowed down maybe a little too much, right after the turn was a small drop, front wheel dropped, I either accidentally hit the front brake or the front wheel hit a rock, and OTB I went. I did ride a bit more aggressively, but can’t blame the fall on that. You live, you learn…and crash again later. :^)

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