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I've been riding a MTB since 2012, but really got addicted to singletrack trail riding in the summer of 2017. Now I can't get enough and got my first full suspension bike, a Fezzari Cascade Peak Plus, at the end of 2017.
Does this work with both iOS and Android OS?
Really cool idea and I would buy one once it came out and I could read reviews of other people's experiences over time. But I also agree with everyone about not riding...
charding   on Sep 28, 2018
replied to Newbie from Northern Illinois
 
I can't help with recommending trails where you are, but wanted to welcome you to the sport and forum, comfortablycurt! As for taking a tumble or two, it won't "probably" happen...it will...
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charding   on Sep 28, 2018
replied to Best MTB routes across the US?
 
Hi jenny, I can't help with your question but I'm replying to give it a bump back to the top in case it slipped by someone who can help. Plus, I'm also...
charding   on Sep 22, 2018
rode 46.9 miles at Depot Road Singletracks/FOMBA
 

Rockingham Recreational Trail via Strava
Done as well. Thanks to you both.
charding   on Sep 17, 2018
replied to Newbe middle aged man
 
I'm 45 and became hooked on riding singletrack last summer shortly after turning 44. Mountain biking has become my favorite thing to do of all time and I notice improvement in my...
charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to No more REI or Dicks for me.
 
I enjoy having conversations with people with whom I disagree. When it's a real conversation, you can learn a lot about other people and their different perspectives, which helps build connection and...
charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to Chest Protector
 
I've finally decided to heed the voice of wisdom after all. I'm going to stay off technical singletrack for at least a few weeks and get my miles in on rail trails,...
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charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to What used mountain bike should i get?
 
If your main concern is for the bike park, I agree with the 'rent instead' advice. Edit: Maybe consider buying a full face helmet to bring to the park. Rental helmets worn by...
charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to No more REI or Dicks for me.
 
I love REI and shop there as much as possible and I'm going this weekend. Keep in mind, they are a co-op and when they announced this policy, they were responding to...
charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to Fat bike or new trail bike?
 
I ride in ungroomed snow up to 4-6 inches with my + bike. It can be done and it is fun, it's just a bit more work. Look for places with fewer...
charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to Rack Adaptor
 
FredCook, I'm curious...when you were hanging the bike from your dropper post, was the post partially compressed? I would suggest anyone using a rack adapter with a dropper post or hanging a...
charding   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to Winter Apparel
 
Everyone who has posted has given great advice. I agree with Jeff on the no coat thing. As iliketextmex said, you don't want to sweat too much in cold weather. Aside from...
charding   on Sep 11, 2018
replied to Familiar Trails vs. Exploring
 
rmap (or anyone else), if your job or travels ever send you to MA or southern NH, I can direct you to or guide you on some great trails.
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charding   on Sep 11, 2018
replied to Crashing Spectacularly
 
My most spectacular crashes are usually the least interesting from an injury or bike damage standpoint. Each time I’ve gotten hurt or damaged my bike, it resulted from pretty lame, often embarrassing,...
charding   on Sep 11, 2018
replied to Chest Protector
 
I landed on my rib again this past weekend. Not as badly as the first two times. Still no chest protector. lol As for...  I stayed off my bike for weeks until healed. That is...
charding   on Sep 9, 2018
rode 12.8 miles at Harold Parker State Forest
 

Harold Parker SP via Strava
charding   on Sep 9, 2018
updated Harold Parker State Forest conditions to Good
 
charding   on Sep 8, 2018
rode 12.9 miles at Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest
 

LDT SF via Strava
charding   on Sep 8, 2018
updated Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest conditions to Good
 
charding   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to Chest Protector
 
The last thing I want to do is where more stuff while riding. Yeah, I agree that the thought of wearing more gear is definitely not appealing, but the last things I want...
charding   on Sep 7, 2018
started a topic: Chest Protector
 
Does anyone use one (other than for downhill)? Any thoughts on them? I never gave them any thought, but 4 weeks ago I was taking a turn on loose dirt, lost my traction...
charding   on Sep 7, 2018
started a topic: Familiar Trails vs. Exploring
 
The threads regarding "Minimum Ride" and "How hard do you push" have had some interesting responses and conversations just in how they've revealed different riders' preferences and habits. I figured I'd expand...
Everytime I read an article about eMTBs, I make a face. lol Still, it's nice to know that as I get older and less physically able, there are options that may still allow me to enjoy riding trails, even if I need a little help or assist. I'll bet eMTBs really irk riders who are…
charding   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to How hard do you push when you ride?
 
It always depends on the ride for me - how familiar I am with the trail/route, weather, who I'm with, energy level. If I'm riding one of my regular trails, I tend...
charding   on Sep 6, 2018
replied to Moab...yes another ?
 
Thank you mtnryder and Brian87. Good food for thought. When I evetually go to Moab, I'll bring both bike shoes and my day hikers and decide then. I would probably avoid all...
Timely article for me, as I have been car shopping the past month or so. I really want a pickup, but I don't really need it and can't justify it to myself. So I think I've settled on the Subaru Crosstrek. A manual transmission is a 'must have' for me.
charding   on Sep 5, 2018
replied to Moab...yes another ?
 
  I switched over to flats last Fall. That’s all I ride anywhere now so will be on flats when I’m there in late October. mtnryder, what made you switch to flats? I'm just...
charding   on Sep 4, 2018
replied to Minimum Ride?
 
I don't think too much about distance until I'm done, so the only minimum I have is at least 45 minutes for the ride. Anything less than that is just a tease. As...
charding   on Sep 2, 2018
rode 11.5 miles at Wompatuck State Park
 

Wompatuck via Strava
charding   on Sep 2, 2018
updated Wompatuck State Park conditions to Good
 
charding   on Sep 1, 2018
rode 20.3 miles at Bear Brook
 

Bear Brook Beatdown via Strava
charding   on Sep 1, 2018
updated Bear Brook conditions to Good
 
charding   on Aug 31, 2018
rode 11.4 miles at Russell Mill
 

RM>BSF>RM via Strava
charding   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Old Schl BMXR new to MTB
 
I apologize for being too harsh. To clarify, I wasn't offended or angry. Was just confused why one would ask advice and then seem to immediately discount the advice received. I know...
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charding   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Bad crash
 
Yeah, probably true, Jeff. I know I was wishing that on a ride last month when I did a faceplant on the ground. lol
charding   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Bad crash
 
Ugh! Ouch! I'm glad she's okay. I kind of wish I hadn't watched now. I hope I'm not distracted thinking about this when I'm riding later today! LOL But this will also be...
charding   on Aug 31, 2018
updated Russell Mill conditions to Good
 
charding   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Old Schl BMXR new to MTB
 
Most of the people on this forum are riding intermediate to advanced technical singletrack. Your bike's components would have a tough time handling sime of that stuff. Not just as far as...
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