Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: UMBC, Maryland
Bikes: custom built by me: fisher frame, deore/xt/king parts
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Urban Freeriding on a MTB
I grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC and I now live on a college campus in Baltimore. I live next to a huge state park, with great offroading, but I find myself strangely attracted to urban freeriding around campus.
Are there any advantages to having a BMX/freestyle bike over a MTB? I've worked in one of the most awesome high end bike shops but my knowledge about bikes doesn't really apply to actually riding them unconventionally.
Does a lower center of gravity help that much? I know pegs and a gyro stem would allow me to do quite a few things I can't do on my baby monkey. I call it my baby monkey because it's a fisher frame stripped of the paint (all silver), running deore components with xt front derailleur and brake levers/shifters. A king headset, shimano m515 clipless pedals, and the cheapest wheels I could pick up ($10 to be exact.... because all the nice parts were donated to me, whereas the lower end stuff was actually purchased. made for quite an awesome deal). Also rocking a Pilot fork. Anybody that does "urban freeriding", what do you guys ride? Conventional mountain bikes? And what kind of stuff do you do?
I find myself working on balance, with whatever I do. I try and sit on one of the wheels, do rotations around it, work on landings, balancing, and even repeating. Today I've started working on "plants"? (I don't know what anything is called). I look like such a dork trying to freestyle on a mountain bike, but I don't really care. I'm only curious as to who else out there does the same and what kind of stuff you do? What bikes do you ride? What kind of tricks do you do?