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My son was stationed just south of Richmond for a bit. I was not impressed with Richmond itself but the history that surrounds the area is immense. I would love to have...
 
I was just having this conversation with some women riders at one of our local riding areas, an area where there is absolutely ZERO beginner terrain so for sure these ladies know how to ride. Two of them were in their 30's and the other was in her 40's. In reality, the fact is that…
Been to Sedona and Outerbike, chaotic bike demo process. Been to (3) of the Fruita events and they were run the best by far, followed by Hurricane's festival. Admittedly, Hurricane's is much smaller so less moving parts. At least people don't have to run to demo bikes like a bunch of fool at War-Mart's Black…
mtnryder   on Mar 17, 2018
replied to Non-negotiables
 
1x12 (but 1x11 would be acceptable), no SRAM brakes....I'd get the Canyon....or a YT....or an Intense. It's hard to touch what these "direct to consumer" guys are offering right now.
mtnryder   on Mar 12, 2018
replied to Where to ride in Scottsdale?
 
The best place to go ride in the metro Phoenix is South Mountain which interestingly enough is on the south side of Phoenix. Check out the National Trail which most people think...
mtnryder   on Mar 9, 2018
replied to Riding partner in Los Angeles
 
<p style="text-align: center;">First off, you might want to be a little more specific on where you’re staying. As if Los Angeles isn’t big enough, you’d be amazed what some people think of...
mtnryder   on Mar 8, 2018
commented on What Type of Mountain Bike Should I Buy?
 
I've taken several friends mountain bike shopping for their 1st "real" bike and they all end up spending more than they expected but haven't gone crazy. I explain all the difference the best I can and then put them on several bikes so they can see & feel the differences. At one time, I was…
mtnryder   on Feb 23, 2018
commented on Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack Review
 
I have an older 10 and a newer 14. The newer 14 is actually lighter than the 10. I love these packs (obviously) and don’t have any gripes, other than the price keeps creeping up. I think I paid $80 for my 14 two years ago. It was on sale but the full MSRP is…
 
I just picked up a 2018 Tracer frameset after demo’ing the bike a couple weeks back. Luckily my demo was built up with SRAM Eagle since that’s what I prefer on my own bikes. The knock on this bike in some reviews thought it didn’t climb well. You seem to disagree, as did I....wholeheartedly. What…
mtnryder   on Feb 7, 2018
replied to MIPS Helmet
 
rmap01 has the general idea although I wouldn't call MIPS a "layer". It's a thin piece of plastic that supposedly allows your head to rotate a bit upon impact, thereby lessening the...
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There's a guy on MTBR, goes by the name Harryman and he is the expert on ebike stuff in Colorado. I believe he works on some sort of committee working on ebike...
mtnryder   on Feb 2, 2018
commented on Why I Quit Mountain Biking
 
Passion comes and goes. While I think for most people, it mostly comes down to time and priorities, others just get burnt out. I know I was "core" from 1989-2002 and to be honest, mostly got bored. Back then, I hadn't discovered to potential to travel for the purpose of mountain biking. I did that…
mtnryder   on Jan 15, 2018
commented on a photo of Meander
 
Crested Butte?
That guys narration is annoying as hell.
mtnryder   on Jan 6, 2018
replied to Best online shop to get upgrades?
 
Jenson USA, Backcountry, Competitive Cyclist, Tree Fort Bikes, Art's Cyclery, Universal Cycles, Merlin (UK), www.bike24.com, www.bike-discount.de (Germany), www.hibike.com (Germany).... I order mostly from Jenson because I live in SoCal and whatever I order...
mtnryder   on Jan 4, 2018
replied to Best MTB retirement community?
 
NorCal for retirees? This state is one of the absolute worst for retirees with all the taxes and will only be getting worse in the future. Florida? Alligators is every body of water,...
 
For starters, if you're going to allow one version of a motor, it's a slippery slope that leads to the next motorized users wanting access and the obvious concern is that will eventually lead to trail closures. Besides, anybody that thinks they can limit access to "e-bikes with X amount of wattage" is not very…
 
Admittedly, I didn't listen to the podcast. I don't have the patience to listen to 44 minutes of talk about e-bikes when the topic can be summed up in less than 5. As Super Slow eluded to, e-bikes have a motor which makes them motorized. Nothing motorized should be on MTB trails....period. As far as…
mtnryder   on Dec 18, 2017
 
1) Braking bumps from people riding trails over their skill level and riding their brakes in transition areas 2) Enduro-bros who think they need to skid around every corner, thereby blowing out the corners and trashing the trail in the process. They need to work on their skills so they can "rail" the corners instead…
I'm not anti DHF and actually run a 2.4 DHR but still think the E13 tires are the best if you need a beefy tire. The Bontrager SE5 is my second favorite FRONT tire when riding appropriate terrain. The High Roller being so high is purely because it comes stock on soooooo many bikes and…
E13 TRS tires are the best front tire I’ve ever used but they’ll never make a list like this because they aren’t stocked by millions of shops and most minions just buy whatever the shop has or what their friends ride.
mtnryder   on Nov 26, 2017
replied to Bike Sell/buying/ rookie mistake
 
If you think you like the Mojo 3, DEMO IT....even if you have to pay to demo it.....and not just one day if necessary. Don't listen to anybody else on what they...
mtnryder   on Nov 22, 2017
replied to Bike Sell/buying/ rookie mistake
 
All the advice you've been given is good. I was also going to suggest a shorter stem and moving the seat up.....especially since I'm 5-8 and fit just fine on the large...
mtnryder   on Nov 6, 2017
commented on Do Women's Mountain Bikes Offend You?
 
I'm not the target of the article but I agree with Mr Mojo. If the article was titled "What do you think about women's specific mountain bikes?", I don't think there would be the same backlash as implying that the bikes "offend" you. Nobody is forcing anybody to buy any bike they don't like so…
mtnryder   on Nov 1, 2017
commented on POC Octal X Helmet Review
 
I have to say that I do not know a single person who rides mountain bikes that doesn't wear a helmet with a visor. I guess maybe XC racers might be interested in what appears to be a roadie helmet.
Standard Singletracks article heading worded to draw controversy, almost clickbait in nature....at least to actual mountain BIKERS. As you can see by the overwhelming majority of comments posted here, the opinions on e-bikes are NOT shifting. 90% of the people I ride with on a regular basis are 50+ and not a single one of…
mtnryder   on Oct 16, 2017
replied to What makes Mountain Biking GREAT
 
I agree that MTB riders are generally very helpful and polite to each other. I know we always ask if riders have everything they need when we see them "broken down" along...
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I'm with Jeff in that I agree that the signs will at least re-enforce the concept that skidding isn't good for the trails and maybe you can make an effort to avoid...
Very nice. Nice skills and I'm sure it helps that kids are fearless. I can get down about half of it before my brain says "that's enough" and I go into me...
Once again, "most used" or "most popular" rather than a "Best" list but as the former, I'd say the list is dead on. I myself have used Shimano XTR or XT clipless for the last 20-25 years and still have XTR on one of my bikes. I have just started migrating over to flats (less…
mtnryder   on Oct 2, 2017
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Headed up on the 401 Trail
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