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Old 09-14-05, 04:57 PM   #1
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My interesting day of 'firsts'

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* My first post here since getting my mountain bike
* My first ride at Blanket's Creek, in Woodstock, GA
* My first ride that lasted less than 4 minutes (3 minutes, 57 seconds to be exact)
* My first 'endo' (well, first one since I was teenager)
* My first tacoed wheel
* My first shed blood related to mountain biking

Gah, what a day. Out of town for training so I naturally take my bike along. I brave the 8 lane congested Atlanta traffic and make my way to what I hear is a great place to ride. I get on the beginner loop and start having some fun. I've been riding for several weeks now and I'm starting to get a little confidence... maybe too much. I'm looking around at the great scenery and next thing I know my face is buried in weeds, vines, and dirt. I stand up, completely astounded at the turn of events. A few seconds later I'm laughing my ass off and glad that no one saw the endo. *note to self: pay attention to the trail ALWAYS... even on the beginner loops.

My laughs quickly turned to groans when I saw my front wheel (pictures below). Ah well, 'tis part of the territory I suppose... especially for a newb. Regardless of my unfortunate luck today, the past weeks of riding has been some of the most fun I've ever had. Plus it's getting my rear end out of the house/office and into fresh air and exercise.

So I hoist my bike on my shoulder and strike out for the car. The really nice gentleman I met at the parking area (about 15 minutes earlier) gave me a hilarious double-take as he saw me walking up. "Short ride huh?" <sigh>

In a strange sort of way, I feel like I went through a rite of passage today with my first endo. I hate to admit it, but on my way back to the car I couldn't help but whisper in my best Beavis (and Butthead), "That was sooo cool".

I am going to have to get a backup bike... this is the 2nd time in a week that I've been out of commission because of me breaking something (bent the crap out of my derailleur at Haw Ridge on Friday).

So I'll kick back with a Guinness Extra Stout here in the hotel room and await your good-natured teasing.
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Old 09-14-05, 06:32 PM   #2
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Good atitude man. I flipped about 3 times in the first month I rode. Have scratches all over my new frame. Today I flipped over and also got a soaker doing a creek crossing.

You keep at it and you will get many more first's. First time you clear those hills. Oh yeah@!
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Ouch to that rim! Hopefully your face and hands ended up in better shape

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*note to self: pay attention to the trail ALWAYS... even on the beginner loops.
I know how that goes. I installed a cyclocomputer last weekend, and yesterday I had it out for the first time on the trails (with the computer). On a stretch of beginner/intermediate singletrack, I wanted to see how fast I was going. Well, I looked up in time to see the tree, and ended up washing out the front wheel. At least I didn't hit the tree

Keep up the good attitude about it.
BTW, what are you riding? That wheel looks strangely like the one on my Gary Fisher Marlin.
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Luckily I landed in a pretty cushy area, so other than some crunchies in my mouth, my face was unscathed. Got a few gashes on my leg, as you can see in pic #1... some on the other side too, not sure how that happened.

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BTW, what are you riding? That wheel looks strangely like the one on my Gary Fisher Marlin.
- I'm on a Trek 4500.

I am assuming that wheel is trash? I hope to get a replacement tomorrow at lunch so I can give that trail another run.
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I am also on a Trek 4500. I got mine early August. 2006 version. It's decent, works for me. I've swapped grips, seat, tires, all seems good now. Hey, you should get a rubber mallet and straighten out that rim yourself!...












...just kidding.
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I really like the 4500 so far... but I don't really have anything to compare it to. It's definitely great for me though. It was 2nd on my list, 1st being a Specialized Rockhopper. My experienced bike riding friend deals with a Trek dealer, so I ended up with the 4500 more or less by default. Great LBS, they have really taken care of me.

Rubber mallet huh? Don't give me any ideas!

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I am also on a Trek 4500. I got mine early August. 2006 version. It's decent, works for me. I've swapped grips, seat, tires, all seems good now. Hey, you should get a rubber mallet and straighten out that rim yourself!...












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Yep. I've taco'd a wheel or two as well. Never fun but yeah, you have to laugh after and go, "that was AWESOME". I couldn't stop smiling after my first taco endo. I've straightened them with a mallet too when I've needed to get home from someone;s house. I wouldn't rely on it though. Something about a wheel that was bent nearly in half(exageration) that makes me think it has to have fatigued and can't possibly be as strong as before. You should keep the hub if it's nice and get it relaced to a new rim. Maybe a Rhynolite, or something beefy. Freeride even.
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That rim should work great for riding around trees. What did you hit? That thing took a pretty good lick.
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You know, I really don't even remember. It had to be a hole concealed by vines and weeds. All I remember is going fast, then being airborne, then having a mouthfull of crunchy stuff. I'm not exactly a skinny fellow (260 lbs). Honestly I was too stunned to think about it much!

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So I'll kick back with a Guinness Extra Stout here in the hotel room and await your good-natured teasing.
Good man! ill get plowed off Guinness tonight, just for you! Ahhhhhh Guinness, pure genius.
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Yep, that's common with a wtb rim.
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I also like the scab on your right calf muscle. A chainring tattoo is another right of passage. Add that to your list.
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Good man! ill get plowed off Guinness tonight, just for you! Ahhhhhh Guinness, pure genius.
Close... but this is actually what I have. My goodness! My Guinness!
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Nice. Just remember, endoing doesn't necessarily involve falling.
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i ws cycling home one day, the road was slightly downhill, i had been down it like 1000 times and there was very little traffic. i had one of those bike computers on my handlebars but for some reason it wasnt working, so i was bending over the front handle bars looking at the wheel to see what was wrong. i looked up just intime to see the rear end of a parked jeep about 5 meters away. i was just like what you see on tv when a truck is speeding straight towards someone. i slamed on my brakes but it was too late, i crashed straight into the baclk of it. luckly i didnt really harm myself or the bike, even more luckly no body saw me ;-)
that was a fun day!
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You bent that just by endoing and falling off? congrats.. lol
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Close... but this is actually what I have. My goodness! My Guinness!
OH.. DEAR.. GODDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!! i've tried that stuff, its just bad.. I had that stuff in japan a few years ago, didnt have a pint in 3 months, so it was ok to have the taste, but i cant drink it anymore. Im a big fan of the Draught though. (Been to St. James's Gate many, many times )

Sorry to hear about yer bike though
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You bent that just by endoing and falling off? congrats.. lol
It all happened so fast (plus I had my head in the clouds) I am still not sure exactly how it happened. The only thing I can figure is that I hit a really big hole that I didn't see.

New wheel, tire mounted... I'm ready to hit it again tonight!
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OH.. DEAR.. GODDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!! i've tried that stuff, its just bad.. I had that stuff in japan a few years ago, didnt have a pint in 3 months, so it was ok to have the taste, but i cant drink it anymore. Im a big fan of the Draught though. (Been to St. James's Gate many, many times )

Sorry to hear about yer bike though
I really like the Guinness Extra Stout... it has a nice bitter chocolate flavor. Now, I've never gotten loaded on it before so I may change my mind after 12 or so. I learned my lesson on overdoing stouts with Left Hand Brewing Co.'s Milkstout. Let me tell you, THAT is some dark beer. No light can escape it's surface. http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/
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I really like the Guinness Extra Stout... it has a nice bitter chocolate flavor. Now, I've never gotten loaded on it before so I may change my mind after 12 or so. I learned my lesson on overdoing stouts with Left Hand Brewing Co.'s Milkstout. Let me tell you, THAT is some dark beer. No light can escape it's surface. http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/
You are in colorado are you? If i ever go riding/skiing in that area, ill give you a call, and we'll go for a few pints

edit: oh wait, the brewing company is from colorado.. upon further investigation, yer from TN. So if im ever in TN, ill give you a call for a pint
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You are in colorado are you? If i ever go riding/skiing in that area, ill give you a call, and we'll go for a few pints

edit: oh wait, the brewing company is from colorado.. upon further investigation, yer from TN. So if im ever in TN, ill give you a call for a pint
You got it! In fact, we have a local watering-hole that serves Left Hand Milkstout... on tap!!!
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Hey, you should get a rubber mallet and straighten out that rim yourself!...

...just kidding.

I did that once, on a wal-mart grade bike, back in middle school or so. it actually worked, once i got the spokes back to the right tension. not sure i'd try it again, tho.
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it looks fixable to me . with a spoke wrench and rubber mallet. maybe Im wrong. I still do the B&B "cool" when I get a new scar survive a crash in a new way, or manage to get over a log pile without crashing. I even do the "change it change it" when I get bored with a trail
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