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Dude, you rock. Thank you for your comments, and keep on riding.
Well said. Thanks for your comments.
Thanks for your comments. I totally agree. I ride with a faster rider and doing so has greatly helped me find the right lines.
Thanks for your comments. Just as with other kinds of trails, there are different levels of flow trails. A black diamond is hard whether it is a flow trail or a traditional singletrack.
Good points. Thanks for your comments.
I agree, although I have never been on any of the wide machine-built trails. It would be interesting to compare the riding experience between them and the singletrack flow trails I am used to.
Thanks for your comment. I agree that the term "flow trail" has been overused. I consider a flow trail to be one that, like you mentioned, helps you maintain momentum without constant pedaling. I don't think all flow trails are wide, machine-built trails though. My local one is fairly narrow single-track. It started out as…
RJShoop   3 weeks ago
I would be interested in articles about battling back from injury. I am in that situation now, and am struggling to regain confidence in myself.
Very good article. Your tips are spot-on.
I agree to a point. Too much body armor can hinder your movements, and cause an otherwise avoidable crash. It's a balancing act.
Excellent point. I've learned that lesson the hard way.
Great point. Thanks for your comment.
Thanks for your comments. I definitely agree that focus is another key to avoiding injuries.
Wow, that's a new one for me. Glad you came out okay.
Great point. I too am a big believer in knee pads. I'll wear them even on the easiest of trails because you just never know, and bashing your knee into a root or rock is no fun.
I'm glad you liked it. Yes, learning to let go of the bike is a hard thing to learn, but very important. Having your bike land on top of you after a crash is just adding insult to injury.
RJShoop   on Feb 5, 2019
added a review of NiteRider Lumina

Provide ample lighting, and have a great battery life.
I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I understand dealing with limits caused by an injury. I am currently working around a shoulder injury I sustained in a crash. I've had to vary both my workouts, and my rides to work around it. It's been tough, but it has also given me some unexpected benefits, such…
RJShoop   on Feb 5, 2019
Absolutely. That's a great progression. I wish I had started mountain biking when I was your age.
RJShoop   on Jan 8, 2019
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.
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