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    Heeeeeere's Johnny! live311's Avatar
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    I'm a New Englandah. Wicked.

    Hey peeps,

    I recently discovered this forum and have been lurking for a couple weeks. I'm from central CT and have been mountain biking for about 6 or 7 years but I still feel like a beginner. I ride a 2000 Stumpjumper pro and I'm going to ride it into the ground (hopefully not literally ). I'm a hardtail purist but my lower back disagrees with my heart. Oh well, I just dumped a couple hundred bucks into a drivetrain overhaul so I better get my use out of it before I ditch for a fs model. Too bad you guys don't have regional forums here. I always like meeting new people on the trails. Oh well, I'll lurk some more and see what I can learn. Happy trails!

    Jon

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    hey live311-
    nice to have some more mountain bikers in the forum!
    i think hardtails are great, and in many cases f/s is unnecessary.
    glad you decided to join in.

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    Live,
    We do have some great riding in CT. Have you riden Case Mountain in Manchester Or Soapstone in Ellington yet? I ride f/s most of the time (not as young as I used to be ) But every now and then I grab a hardtail for a ride. Welcom to the forms
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    Heeeeeere's Johnny! live311's Avatar
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    Bentb,

    I've never been to Case or Soapstone, but I've heard the former is really rutted out and not too comfy for someone without a DH rig. A couple of my favorite places to ride are Hartman in Lyme and Cockaponset in Chester. I also frequent a few smaller places near my home for a quick spin after work. I went riding at Hartman Saturday and got a flat tire, then lost a rear brake pad 5 minutes later (that's never happened before). I basically drove 45 minutes to ride for about 25. I was not happy, but it happens. I will rebuild. We have the technology.

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    Senior Member bentbaggerlen's Avatar
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    Soapstone has a little of everything, the aera is mostly glacial till. Its not "rutted out" it is just very rocky. I've been riding there for years and the trails have changed very little. They do log sections of the forest from time to time, and some trails have been lost. But new ones have been built.

    I have ridden Cockaponset a few times.
    Bentbaggerlen
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