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Absolutely. That's a great progression. I wish I had started mountain biking when I was your age.
RJShoop   1 week ago
Great article! It gives me hope that I'm not too old to push my limits. I hope you'll write more articles chronicling you and your wife's progress as mountain bikers.
RJShoop   on Nov 16, 2018
commented on Bike Shop Mountain Bike "Tune-Ups," Explained
Thanks. I'm glad you liked the article.
RJShoop   on Nov 16, 2018
commented on Bike Shop Mountain Bike "Tune-Ups," Explained
Good points. My LBS does not include fork and shock service in a tune-up, but they do recommend doing it at least once a year, depending on your riding style and frequency. They replaced the seals on my rear shock in-house, but send out forks and shocks to another company for rebuilds. As for tubeless…
RJShoop   on Nov 14, 2018
Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.
Good deal. Riding with someone like that will definitely push you to get better.
I totally agree. I ride with an older gentleman on a regular basis who has been riding bikes off-road since he was 5. He has taught me so much about riding. I have made some great gains over the past 2 years as a result of my rides with him, but still have a long…
You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
RJShoop   on Oct 25, 2018
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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RJShoop   on Sep 12, 2018
That is a downside for me as well. I have to travel to get to the trails in my town too. It would be nice if cities designed integrated trail systems where driving wasn't necessary, and you could bike to your local trails without having to use roads.
Sweet ride. If ground clearance wasn't important, I'd have one too.
Glad it was helpful. I test drove a Crosstrek with a manual and really enjoyed it, but I am a pickup man at heart and got too good of a deal to pass up.
Love the anacronym. I like SUVs too, but price was a big factor in my decision-making. A SUV with a similar drivetrain would have cost me $10k more than the truck. Personally, I would never use a roof rack because of my forgetful nature.
Excellent point. I only carry one bike, so I didn't think about that being a potential issue.
I have found that the Febreze air fresheners that clip on to your vehicle's air vents do an excellent job of eliminating the locker room smell.
Glad you liked the article. I had a 4-cylinder truck before I bought my new one, and always felt like it was underpowered. I think a V6 is the least you should have for driving in the mountains, regardless of what type of transmission you have (and manuals are becoming an endangered species these days).…
RJShoop   on Sep 6, 2018
Yes, there is an art to falling. Staying loose and rolling helps a lot.
Excellent point. I use 3M safety glasses or sunglasses during the warm months and goggles during the winter.
RJShoop   on Aug 14, 2018
RJShoop   on Aug 7, 2018
added a review of Park Chain Wear Indicator

cheap and easy to use.
Excellent tips! I use safety glasses for my night riding as well, and used athletic shirts for a long time until I found a good deal on some jerseys. With the cost of buying a bike, as well as maintaining one, it's great to save money whenever possible.
Totally. My best rides are the ones where I'm relaxed and not focused on being fast or doing something epic.
Very well said. I am lacking in the rad-skills department myself, but I'm still trying. For me, mountain biking is both an escape from reality and a cheap form of therapy. I live for each ride and try to enjoy every minute of them. Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.
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