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Old 09-24-05, 05:06 PM   #1
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Although I'm away for school right now and don't have my road bike up here or anywhere to keep/ride a mountain bike ( Well, keep it ) I want to bring my road bike up here and might if I can find room. I've been doing spinning classes at least 3 times a week if not more. Been cycling for about 5 months now. Not to toot my own horn but I am pretty fast now on my bike now, anyways..


When I get home ( December ) I plan to get myself a mountain bike to mix up with my road biking. I know the basics of the basics about mountain biking and have never really done real mountain biking and need to know everything. I have a camel pack my sister left and my mountain biking shoes that I use on my road bike. So I know there is a hardtail ( cross county? ) downhill, and full suspension? I'm still not exactly sure what I need. I know the more suspension/travel the harder it will be to get up hills? If anyone lives in my area ( Orange County )you could probably help me out better. The trails I plan on hitting are nothing too intense and seem to have a variety of ups and downs? I haven't ridden them yet. My LBS carries Trek and Specialized. I am kind of partial towards Trek since that's what my bike is but from what I've gathered Specialized makes the best MB's. I don't plan on downhill only and want to do everything else. Let me know everything I need to know.

Also I believe the 2006 models should be out or out soon? At any rate, my budget is somewhere around $1,000 and up maybe for the bike. What does a typical mountain biker wear anyways? I know they aren't cruising around in flashy roadie clothes. Mountain bike shorts, gloves, long sleeve shirt? Let me know. What do I need and what is nice to have? I also have a pump, tire levers, patches, will get tubes... I will probably use my helmet ( It has a snap on visor ) Thanks again.
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Old 09-24-05, 10:15 PM   #2
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I am kind of partial towards Trek since that's what my bike is but from what I've gathered Specialized makes the best MB's. Not in my opinion, they are a very good company.

Also I believe the 2006 models should be out or out soon? At any rate, my budget is somewhere around $1,000 and up maybe for the bike. What does a typical mountain biker wear anyways? I know they aren't cruising around in flashy roadie clothes. Mountain bike shorts, gloves, long sleeve shirt? Let me know. What do I need and what is nice to have? I also have a pump, tire levers, patches, will get tubes... I will probably use my helmet ( It has a snap on visor ) Thanks again.
No pants, leggings\ thermal underwear and shorts here.. Armour, heavy gloves, bmx or fullface helmets. Some wear shin guards.
Fly the flannel, or wear a jersey, most mtb guys only care about bikes and riding.
A nice jersey might get trashed.

If you like road bikes, check hardtails and XC. Mtb are designed for terrain, maybe you'ld like XC.
If you can't ride worth a damn....wear something bright?

Brush up on something called trail etiquette, same thing as group road rides, a few rules.
Mtbing has no parameters, wear what you like, you don't even have to do runs...go camping and fool on fireroads.
Anything goes. Most try to minimise enviromental impact and erosion. Well, here anyway.

Hope you enjoy you new cycling avenue.....through the trees.
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Old 09-24-05, 11:11 PM   #3
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Hardtail vs. Full Suspension
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How much are you in the saddle? Do most mountain bikers wear lycra with regular shorts? I'm not sure if I'll need all the armor and protective for what I will probably be doing. I am leaning towards the HT it seems.

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No pants, leggings\ thermal underwear and shorts here.. Armour, heavy gloves, bmx or fullface helmets. Some wear shin guards.
Fly the flannel, or wear a jersey, most mtb guys only care about bikes and riding.
A nice jersey might get trashed.

If you like road bikes, check hardtails and XC. Mtb are designed for terrain, maybe you'ld like XC.
If you can't ride worth a damn....wear something bright?

Brush up on something called trail etiquette, same thing as group road rides, a few rules.
Mtbing has no parameters, wear what you like, you don't even have to do runs...go camping and fool on fireroads.
Anything goes. Most try to minimise enviromental impact and erosion. Well, here anyway.

Hope you enjoy you new cycling avenue.....through the trees.
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You have many trail options in Orange County and 1000$ will get you a very nice ht.

Specialized is not the best but they are one of the best. For the most bang for your buck then check out Specialized, Giant, Kona and Jamis. I am missing a few but those would be the easiest to find.

If you want the closest fit/feeling to your road bike you should look into a XC hard tail(ht) with race geometry. It will still be a lot different then the roadie set up but not as far off as an all-mountan/trail bike would be.

As far as clothing, where your road shorts/bibs and if you feel uncomfortable with the jerseys then just get one that is a bit looser. You can also use your road helmet (if you use one).
Just about every XC rider I know wears lycra kits. If you feel the need to "fit in" then you could get some baggy shorts with a chamois sewn in, a baggy jersey and a MTB helmet.

For armor, I would say get some light shin/knee guards. No need to get full armor for now. If this is going to be your first time mtb'ing then you might even think about getting some light elbow/forarm pads like these 661.

The length of time you are in the saddle depends on your riding style and the terrain. If you do long rides on fire roads or non technical trails then you wil be in the saddle anout the same as if on your roadie. As the trails get more technical you will need to stand more


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One trail I plan to hit constantly is the trail from Top of the World in Laguna Beach through Aliso Canyon and to Laguna Niguel. I live 4 miles from the entrance. I haven't been on it yet but I see it all the time and it looks like an awesome ride. What does XC mean? I want to try to get Specialized or Trek since that's what my LBS carries with lifetime tune-ups and such.
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this is perfect!!! Im in exactly the same situation. Im a cat.3 road racer, and have decided that I would like to try some mountain biking this off season. Though, having read the tread I realize that all of 'my' questions have not been completely answered. I would like to know what kind of bike I will need to do all of the following: Ride to school (on pavement), hit some trails, and possibly enter into a mountain bike race. Theres been a lot of arguement about HT vs. FS, but quite honestly, I really don't know which one to get. I feel really silly, considering Ive been riding for a while now, but I have no idea what mountain bikes are all about. If someone can give me a clear explaination without a long tread of silly arguements, then that would be great. Thanks in advanec and hope to hear from someone soon.
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One trail I plan to hit constantly is the trail from Top of the World in Laguna Beach through Aliso Canyon and to Laguna Niguel. I live 4 miles from the entrance. I haven't been on it yet but I see it all the time and it looks like an awesome ride. What does XC mean? I want to try to get Specialized or Trek since that's what my LBS carries with lifetime tune-ups and such.

I have some friends that ride those trails all the time. i do not because I am up near Simi Valley.
XC = cross country.

For a list of the different styles of mountain biking see thread #16


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