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I started riding at age 50 through the prompting of my sons. Now I am totally addicted and only wish I would have started earlier in life. Having lived in Mongolia for over 20 years, my favorite riding experience is exploring the many mountains of the country for new trails.

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Honestly, it doesn't sound so original to me. It reminds me a lot like the Pivot Firebird which Pivot has been building with upwards to 180mm travel for several years now. The Firebird climbs technical amazingly and descends like a runaway freight train. The only complaint I have had on the Firebird in the past…
Aaron, any idea how much it weighs? I looked on their website and didn't see a number. Maybe I missed it.
Hey stumpy, that reminds me of when my youngest son got hit in the forehead by a baseball in a high school game. When it happened, I thought, "Oh boy, that's stitches for sure." Somehow his forehead didn't blow open, but he had about an inch long mark of the laces indented in his forehead.…
mongwolf   2 days ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to
 
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mongwolf   2 days ago
updated Spring Creek conditions to
 
mongwolf   2 days ago
updated Stratton Open Space / The Chutes conditions to Fair
 
mongwolf   2 days ago
updated Buckhorn Loop conditions to
 
Great story John. And I think the doc read you right ... ... nooooot normal ... ... not at all normal. =) But then again many mountain bikers are not. And why would we want to be? I'd much rather be out riding on a Saturday and get a gash on my arm, than watching…
In very remote spots when I would be away from my truck for days, I have placed a key under a random rock somewhere near the car.  But in general I carry...
One of the biggest differences between American culture and third world cultures is that many ordinary Americans try to control nearly every detail of their lives (and even the details of other people's lives), while many ordinary persons in third world countries do not. Managing is a great skill to have in life. Knowing what…
Life requires vision, preparation, discipline, exploration and adventure, passion, taking risks, taking on challenges, overcoming one's weaknesses, giving of oneself for others ... I find all these things in mountain biking. Some rides are primarily just a good time (high speed thrill for me). Other rides are deeply satisfying, especially those requiring long arduous climbs…
Wow, carbon rims at $700. Pretty nice. Hopefully, we'll see a strong downward trend in carbon rim prices across the industry.
mongwolf   5 days ago
updated Palmer Park conditions to Good
 
mongwolf   6 days ago
updated Stratton Open Space / The Chutes conditions to
 
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mongwolf   6 days ago
updated Spring Creek conditions to Fair
 
mongwolf   6 days ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to Good
 
mongwolf   1 week ago
added 3 photos.
 
The little saddle at the top of Buckhorn.
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mongwolf   1 week ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to Fair
 
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mongwolf   1 week ago
updated Buckhorn Loop conditions to Fair
 
mongwolf   1 week ago
updated Stratton Open Space / The Chutes conditions to Fair
 
Thanks for the fun podcast.. Always fun to dream about CO. I'm looking forward to riding Doctor Park and also the Reno-Flag-Bear-Deadman's Loop in Crested Butte someday. That loop must feel pretty remote. I also need to do Monarch Crest some day and Agate Creek. Finally, for basically an in town shuttle after work, it…
mongwolf   1 week ago
updated Buckhorn Loop conditions to
 
 
I've looked at those tents, but I'm always looking for duplicity in my gear.  So I'm still car camp with my backpacking tent.  The rooftop tents just seem so limited in their...
Great line kay oh. All too true. And having both is the best of all.
mongwolf   2 weeks ago
commented on a photo of Hymasa
 
WOW !!!!!!!!!!!
mongwolf   2 weeks ago
replied to How much suspension is enough?
 
It so much depends on the bike and how that bike is being used imo.  I tried to go with a more trail-like bike and got an Ibis HD with 145 mm...
Greg, if you didn't have such wussy legs and could get your butt up the mountain faster, I think you might make it some day as a writer/editor. =) ... ... I loved that comment on the latest podcast about drivetrains. Hell, I'd probably need an e-bike to keep up with you on any mountain.…
mongwolf   2 weeks ago
commented on a photo of Meadow Mountain
 
Really nice. :) This photo looks so much like Mongolia in the late fall.
mongwolf   2 weeks ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to Good
 
Agate Creek, Fancy Creek and Granite Basin are all potentially "on the way" for me in my various travels. Looking forward to checking them off the wish list someday. I hope to make a trip to South Dakota someday and do the Centennial Trail and now Rimrock/Little Spearfish.
John, I always enjoy reading your articles about trails -- such a vast experience. The only trail I have ridden of the 10 you listed is Rampart. I wholly concur with your assessment. I have ridden it once and have no intention of riding it again.
mongwolf   2 weeks ago
updated Stratton Open Space / The Chutes conditions to Good
 
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mongwolf   2 weeks ago
updated Palmer Park conditions to Good
 
mongwolf   2 weeks ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to
 
 
I'm like Greg.  I carry a lot of things on every ride and pretty much the same things.  I carry much the same as Greg, so I won't repeat an entire list....
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Maybe we should come in state for one massive event but boycott at the same time.  Buy all our necessities before we cross the border, camp dispersed (not in campgrounds but dispersed...
mongwolf   3 weeks ago
replied to Trail Posts
 
This may be helpful, I'm not sure.  Find the Trail Features section on the main page of one the trails you want to delete.  It is the second section below the photos....
This year my goal is just to do multiple over nights and then maybe a 3-5 day bike pack trip if I can work it in late in the season.
Wow, great list Alec ... major wanderlust material. I think all of these interest me except the FL race. But I would have to start small and work my up for sure.
mongwolf   on Mar 31, 2017
commented on a photo of Submarine Rock
 
Sedona ... unique in its beauty and riding.
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