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Old 07-29-07, 01:27 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone

Hello everyone.
Just wanted to introduce myself. I just got back into biking after being out of it for a while. I was looking for something to get me back outdoors and enjoying nature so I figured biking is it since I enjoyed it so much in the past. I know that I will probably hear grief about this but I am riding a Mongoose mtn bike with full suspension and disc brakes but with the riding I do, which is not very technical, this bike has been doing just fine for me. I have added some small things to the bike. I am more into just riding moderatly flat local trails along the rivers and stream beds which sometimes cross running water so I am not looking for a crazy out of control bike. This bike fits me well, and I am just having a blast on it being outside and looking at scenery so I really have no complaints. Look forward to getting to know alot of you.
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Old 07-29-07, 02:44 PM   #2
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Hello Ryan, you're right, there are those who would laugh at your bike, but not me! Whatever gets you outdoors and enjoying cycling is where it's at . If you don't need serious suspension and you aren't doing ten foot drops--why not?

Where are you located, and what kind of animals and birds are you seeing?

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Old 07-29-07, 02:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome. If people want to laugh thats their decision. But the way I look at it is when they get on their bike and go for a ride, they are doing just that going for a ride. But on a more expensive piece of machinery. I am doing the same thing but just on something not as technical as the other peoples. But I am out there enjoying myself and having fun and isnt that what its all about anyway? I am from Northern NJ. I usually ride alongside the Passaic River. So far I have seen lots of smaller animals like the squirrels and chipmunks, too many geese, I dont wanna see anymore. Occasionally ducks will appear in the river with their babies. I love watching the deer graze in the fields and roam around. Its just the sound of birds chirping and water running that calms me down and makes me realize there is more to life than the hectic work day.
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But I am out there enjoying myself and having fun and isnt that what its all about anyway?...Its just the sound of birds chirping and water running that calms me down and makes me realize there is more to life than the hectic work day.
For many of us, yes, getting out and enjoying ourselves and having fun IS the whole and entire point. Most of us aren't racers, and never will be. I'd rather get out there and watch the deer too (in fact, that's what I've just returned from doing).

I agree, there's usually too many geese . Here where I am they take over some of the parks .


So, just enjoy yourself, and don't take life too seriously (and especially don't listen to the people who would sneer at your choice of ride).

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Old 07-29-07, 03:28 PM   #5
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I'd rather get out there and watch the deer too (in fact, that's what I've just returned from doing).

I agree, there's usually too many geese . Here where I am they take over some of the parks .



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Excellent. You see alot of deer? I think of all the woods dwelling animals, they are one of my favorite animals to watch. They are peaceful and mind their own, and are actually quite intelligent when it doesnt come to running in front of cars.

As for the geese.... I dont know what to tell you. I think everywhere has a problem with them. I wouldnt mind them if they didnt leave their food from an hour before behind everywhere they go. They are over running everything.
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Yes, I live not far from a reservoir (which holds water for the City of Seattle), and I mountain bike around the reservoir. There are always deer to be seen. Today I spotted three does with fawns on the 9 mile loop around the reservoir.

Geese can be a problem wherever there is grass, an open field, and water. Pretty much all they need to be happy and reproduce. Eventually they get to the point where there are so many that the water quality suffers, and then they get...removed. We'll just leave it at that...

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