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Old 08-06-07, 08:14 PM   #1
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Roadie to MTB'er

So I took the bass ackwards approach to cycling and got into road cycling first a few years back and then decided to try mtb'ing and went out and bought a '08 Specialized FSRxc. Any suggestions for a newbie mtb'er? I already made the mistake of wearing road biking attire on the trail and thought I was going to get beat with a multi-tool in a sock (just kidding, however I did receive a great deal of flak for it). I had enough forethought to get a large size camelback along with some eggbeaters and shoes. Anything else I'm missing here? I'm also moving to Charlotte, NC in September. Recommended places to ride would be super.
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Not sure what you're looking for help with.

Don't worry what others think of what you wear. Just go out and have fun. Take pics of your trails and post them here when you have a chance.

Also be very wary in the NC woods. I heard some freaky things happen on those trails.
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I'm not really sure either. I just know how the people on the roadie forum will give a plethora of suggestions and I can usually pick out useful information that I need amongst the psychobabble. And what kind of "freakish" things do you speak of?
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Here's a start of what you have to watch out for: http://bikeforums.net/showpost.php?p...55&postcount=6

In all honest just go out riding. If you want to find people to ride with then check the local bike shops for organized rides or find a local bike club. These people will know the best place to ride and help out with the learning curve.
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Anything else I'm missing here?
Things you are missing:

1) A "I bought this bike at Walmart, what do you guys think?" thread.
2) A "I found these 72 different bikes, which do you think would be best for me?" thread.
3) A "What size bike should I buy?" thread.
4) Attitude when BF MTB members try to give honest advice.

And we thank you for missing these items.

Also, there are a few NC riders around these parts. I'm sure they can help direct you to some worthy trails.
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Here's a start of what you have to watch out for: http://bikeforums.net/showpost.php?p...55&postcount=6

In all honest just go out riding. If you want to find people to ride with then check the local bike shops for organized rides or find a local bike club. These people will know the best place to ride and help out with the learning curve.
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I don't live in the area but have you checked out MTBR for location specific trails?

http://trails.mtbr.com/

Should give you a good start. Welcome and enjoy the dirt
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Do not worry about what others think of yer attire. Hell, I will wear my roadie stuff when mtb'ing (even DH) and my mtb stuff when on the road. All depends on what is clean and doses not smell at the time I go riding.

Places to ride? Can't help there.

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I had enough forethought to get a large size camelback along with some eggbeaters and shoes. Anything else I'm missing here?
Small first aid kit. Nothing serious just some alcohol swabs/Iodine swabs and maybe some gauze and tape.

Spare tube or patch kit, multi tool, pump or CO2 cartridges.

Also bring along some type of energy food. Powerbar, hammer Gel etc etc. You will find that once in a while you will get in the zone and just ride and ride and the next thing you know you are three hours out and hungry and about to bonk. Be prepared.

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Small first aid kit. Nothing serious just some alcohol swabs/Iodine swabs and maybe some gauze and tape.
first aid kit = duct tape around the seat post.

If you can't duct tape it shut and ride out, they'll have to fetch you with the chopper.

Otherwise, man up, tape it back together, and sew it up right when you get home.
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Don't know any good trails around Charlotte but athere are a couple of good ones about two hours away.
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Congrats on the MTB purchase. IMO, mountain biking is much more fun than road riding. I lived in Charlotte for 6 years or so. The best trails I was able to find were the Catawba River trails off Sam Wilson road. Weekdays are best there if you can. Otherwise, your roadie attire will fit in just fine at 9 AM on a Saturday. Other places to ride include Renaissance Park and UNCC (although these trails are disappearing as the University clears them for construction). If you have a holiday weekend to get out of the city, head west to Tsali - some of the best riding on the east coast.

Enjoy Charlotte. Its a great little city. Wish I was still down there.
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If you have a holiday weekend to get out of the city, head west to Tsali - some of the best riding on the east coast.

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OH!!!!!!! Stop!!!!!!! Your killing me!!!!!!!!! He'll pass up some of the best riding on the way to Tsali,
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I did the same thing.. traded in my trek 500 road bike and upgraded to a stumpjumper fsr expert... can't wait to get out now (just picked it up tonight). Have fun and happy trails!
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Just got into cycling about 5 weeks ago. Bought a roadie and have been riding it a lot. Then just got a mtb (Giant Yukon) Road it a couple of times on paved trails with wife (she has Giant Cypress) as it is easier to go at her pace on it than on the roadie.

Well I hit my first real mtb trail today. It is a very hilly single track with all sorts of twists, roots, rocks and primitive log bridges going over creeks. It was a BLAST!. But at the same time VERY intimidating. Makes riding with cars doing 60-70mph along side you pale in comparison.

I took it very easy as I was totally unfamiliar with the trail. It was very narrow and had a lot of steep hills with sharp turns.

But I ended up with a flat and no tube or kit. I had to walk it back which was harder than riding through those dang trails.

I was paranoid about flats on my roadie as I am a clyde and I thought I would destroy those 700x23 tires. I had spare tube and frame pump before my first ride on it. But 300 miles and no flats on the roadie. The mtb seemed indestructible so I did not get a frame pump and tube right away. First trail ride and I get a flat on my mtb. Go figure...
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welcome! I'm also a roadie first..a mountain biker second....

I wear my roadie kit on the trails too...only I've never gotten flak for it...
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Things you are missing:

1) A "I bought this bike at Walmart, what do you guys think?" thread.
2) A "I found these 72 different bikes, which do you think would be best for me?" thread.
3) A "What size bike should I buy?" thread.
4) Attitude when BF MTB members try to give honest advice.

And we thank you for missing these items.

Also, there are a few NC riders around these parts. I'm sure they can help direct you to some worthy trails.

don't forget the "What's a good bike for me for around $500?" thread
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If you get flak from other MTBrs for the lycra, drop them. You are, after all, a roadie.
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I'll wear lycra when I do XC. When I'm fooling around on stunts and drops, I have a pair of baggy MTB shorts w/ a liner, just for some abraision protection. They're a fairly heavy denier nylon.

And not only for abrasion protection, but I'd hate to tear a pair of expensive lycra out on the trails. But I don't care what people think I look like, I go practical, 100%.
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Both crackerjab and gnamsu, maybe the biggest mistake getting the FSR's! I will save you the agony & pm you my address so you can ship them to me!

Honestly, congrats on the new bikes & welcome to the Specialized Family!!!! I ride a Stumpjumper myself, though a bit older.

Some things I would suggest to carry on the trail, at least this is what I carry in my seat pack.

Spare tube, patch kit ( you never know! ), multi tool w/ chain breaker, extra chain links & a quick link, & tire levers, & a bike pump on the braze ons. I think that is all.

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If you get flak from other MTBrs for the lycra, drop them. You are, after all, a roadie.
Don't worry, I did. I was last on the trail when we came to a rather steep and long incline. Everybody (5 of us) but myself and another guy had to stop and walk the bike up. Funny thing is, down on the other side of the hill there there were bricks laid out on the trail to keep from going into the mud... well, I missed the bricks and my front wheel went about 8inches deep into the mud. The trip over the handlebars did trail very much farther. No damage to the bike or myself (in that order for a reason) I apparently have a knack for falling the right way. Happy trails.
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well, I missed the bricks and my front wheel went about 8inches deep into the mud. The trip over the handlebars did trail very much farther.
That'll teach you to get your weight back over the soft stuff ;-)

I find it a challenge to find the right seat height.

If I raise it up so I can pedal (spin) with all my roadie power, then when I need to maneuver, it's all jacked up in my a** and I can't move around. But if can move around effectively, then the seats too low to put down the power on long power sapping uphill trails.

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.................. when we came to a rather steep and long incline.

You have those in Louisiana?
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Don't be like that.
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Hello. I live in Greensboro and they have a pretty good trail system there. If you stop there, definently do Owls Roost Trail. Its probably the best in Greensboro and its in Bur Mil Park. Also, www.mtbikewnc.com has a list of really good trails about 2 hours away from Charlotte in the mountains. My preference would be Black Mountain Trail because of the wicked awesome down hill toward the end...coughs" after 2000ft of climbing" under his breath. But welcome to NC and have fun with your bike. You look to be pretty much set.
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