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    Flatlander
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    First time going to a trail...

    Not really asking for much advice unless you guys have some. Just letting you know you might have a new noob to pick on in the coming months if I get hooked. Did road biking for about a year but am getting a little bored of it.

    Gonna go to Amelia Earheart Park on a Mongoose wal-mart bike. Sounds like fun eh?

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Have fun and pay attention to what the bike tells you right before catastrophic failure.

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    yea the bike is scaring me more than anything, but it's the only one i can come across. My friend who has been trying to get me to ride with him just finished building his Orbea, it's lighter than my roadbike. So he wants to break it in and i'm coming along for the ride.

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    make sure and pick up all the pieces of your bike that you leave scattered around the trail (seriously)

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    Don't forget to snap off all the reflectors before you ride.
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    the bike is nicely used btw

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    Then flog it for all its worth!

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    yea i snapped my bro's rim when i dropped into a creek on his mongoose. u shoulda seen his face

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    update, i'm gonna ride a Specialized Hardrock. Now i'm a little more excited.

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    cocoasprinkles, you're a n00bie with honest and reasonable questions about mountainbike riding. Have no fear, someone on BikeForums will come along to viciously attack you for no reason!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jays
    cocoasprinkles, you're a n00bie with honest and reasonable questions about mountainbike riding. Have no fear, someone on BikeForums will come along to viciously attack you for no reason!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jays
    cocoasprinkles, you're a n00bie with honest and reasonable questions about mountainbike riding.
    What "honest and reasonable questions" are you referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro
    What "honest and reasonable questions" are you referring to?
    The OP wrote, "Sounds like fun eh?"
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    gastro, the last line of the original post contains his question about the "riding experience" at Amelia Earhart Park while on a not-so-good rig. That will be kind of funny, actually.

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    cocoasprinkles, the two kinds of riding go well together. The road miles give you that long-term endurance...the ability to push a big gear further and further. The mountainbike gives you enhanced levels of explosiveness, balance, and agility. You'll see as you toggle between the two the improvements in each. Hitting the trails definitely gives you and your friends something to laugh about when you return to the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin
    That's a single question, not "questions," plural.

    Blue Jays is just getting his smarm on again.
    I was just trying to stoke the fire.

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    It's gotten boring around here since you've been spending all your time in the A&S forum.
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    Ignore them, and have fun.

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    well i did it, my buddy rode the Mongoose through the trail.

    Needless to say i had a blast. I'm going back tomorow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocoasprinkles
    well i did it, my buddy rode the Mongoose through the trail.

    Needless to say i had a blast. I'm going back tomorow.
    It's the ride that counts. Glad to see you had fun.
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    cocoasprinkles, that is excellent news. It's still pretty early in the main riding season, so your fitness will continue to climb as you keep at it. Have fun tomorrow.

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    Cocoa:

    Sounds like you are on your way to enjoying mountain biking ! Don't let any of the elitest set shame you for riding the Mongoose, no matter where it came from. Most people were riding about the same or lower bike technology 15 years ago and it had "Acceptable" Brand names on it. Check it over regularly to be sure that nothing is loose or cracked and remember that bike is not made for 2 foot dropouts. Once you get the hang of things you will be passing slackers on expensive iron all day long.

    Go have a blast, find out what type of riding you enjoy most, then you can invest in a ride that will really rock.

    jT :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    It's the ride that counts. Glad to see you had fun.
    You are incorrect. It is not the ride nor the fun. What counts is having a red, fast bike. That is what counts.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
    You are incorrect. It is not the ride nor the fun. What counts is having a red, fast bike. That is what counts.
    What is the benefit to a red, fast bike?
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    Comfort in knowing that you have the fastest bike on the planet.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    And its red (don't forget the fact that its red).

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