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Old 06-04-08, 05:30 AM   #1
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Respect

I have a new respect for you hard-core mtn bikers.

After many miles as a wimpy road cyclist, got my first mt. bike, a BD Fly Ti and took it out yesterday. Rode the trails of Devil’s Den in Arkansas. That may have been a less than optimal place for a newbie.

I can barely limp around today.

Fell about a dozen times that I remember. Did an endo. I have never crashed or fallen off a bike before! Not in 10s of thousands of road miles. My right hip, where I cushioned the rocks on most falls, is a huge hematoma. Left blood on the trail.

In short, a great ride!

My first endo at 58; time to htfu.

The bike was great and so caked with mud, you couldn’t even see the derailleurs, but it kept on shifting and braking and rolling. Amazingly tough.
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Old 06-04-08, 06:27 AM   #2
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Ahhh another (young?) soul corrupted, welcome brother.
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Old 06-04-08, 06:29 AM   #3
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Congrats on falling off the bike multiple times, that takes some real commitment. You're gonna do just fine in this sport.
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The obstacles on a MTB trail will tend to do that to you!
I always find it kinda funny when a pure roadie says he has GREAT bike handling skills...
Yeah...

Welcome to the dirty side!
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Old 06-04-08, 01:10 PM   #5
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You are so right! I would have said I had some handling skills too, before yesterday. Now, I'm damm sure I don't have.

Thanks for the encouragement. It does feel a little...wickedly sinful...after road riding for so long.





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I always find it kinda funny when a pure roadie says he has GREAT bike handling skills...
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Ha, I catch myself doing things on the road bike, like cutting down through the ditch and across a gravel parking lot, that the other road bikers just don't do.
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. . . and bunnyhopping small pets?

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Old 06-04-08, 01:35 PM   #8
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Ha, I catch myself doing things on the road bike, like cutting down through the ditch and across a gravel parking lot, that the other road bikers just don't do.
I was on a club ride in a pace line when some guy in a car pulled out in front of us and caused a crash. I didn't want to hit the guy in front of me, nor did I want to slam on my brakes and get rear-ended so I simply took to the soft shoulder, rode through the sand, over some rocks, back on to pavement and behind the car. I didn't think twice about doing a little off-road excursion but the guys behind me who saw it were sure I was going to crash on that terrain. They were pretty impressed that I managed to keep the bike upright (and thankful because the hole I created in the line allowed them to stop in time and not crash) but to a mountain biker it really wasn't a big deal. Pretty non-technical basic stuff...
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There is a lot I like about the Fly Ti, but how do those light wheels hold up over time?
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It can help your road biking... like in moments like this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RtZhG2kWVLY&feature=related (Lance Armstrong in the TDF)

Although he should have jumped the last ditch
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You're making me miss Fayetteville. Arkansas is so beautiful this time of year. Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy it between falls.
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Welcome to the dark side brother.

And yes, it is true, we are not snobs.
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You're making me miss Fayetteville. Arkansas is so beautiful this time of year. Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy it between falls.

This area is absolutely beautiful and I love living here. Yes, there are issues in this part of the country, but there are everywhere.

Did you ever get to Devil's Den? It's only about 20 miles from Fayetteville. Great place to hike or bike.

Thanks for the warm welcome. I can tell I'm going to need to lean on some of you for help!

If you were here now, I'd lean on you so I could walk
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Lol Welcome to the dark and dirty side!


Is Armstong a Mtn Biker as well?
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All you road guys are getting on that Fly Ti. Glad you had a good time.
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Is Armstong a Mtn Biker as well?
I assume you refer to lance? Last time I checked he had a few xc races under his belt.
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He raced a offroad marathon in Comfort,TX and bonked with a lap to go. He had a very nice Trek 9.5 hardtail.
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He raced a offroad marathon in Comfort,TX and bonked with a lap to go. He had a very nice Trek 9.5 hardtail.
What a butt. Seven TDF's wins and he bonks on a MTB race?


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All you road guys are getting on that Fly Ti. Glad you had a good time.
Yeah, I know they just hammer on Mike and BD in the road forum, but my experience with him and BD was spot on. He helped me with the order, shipped when he said he would, the bike took two days to get here, and I assembled it with no issues at all. Perfect service from BD.

I cannot believe it still works after the beating it got on the trail rocks. I pounded the piss out of it (except for the occasional cushioning provided by my body), covered it in mud, and the bike took it all without a whimper.

Had that been my road bike, it would be dumpster junk.

Here's to Mike and that seriously tough Fly Ti!
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I never new lance mtb biked
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Lance wouldn't make a wart on Wade Simmons' ass.
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Correct; Lance Armstrong is not bacteria.
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I believe Lance was once a very good mtb racer in his youth prior to the cancer. Theres a quote around somewhere about the mtb teaching him real bike control...
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The course was extremely rock and he was on a hardtail using bottles. They kept bouncing out of the cages.
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