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Old 01-17-04, 03:16 PM   #1
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How was your Mountain Bike Ride Today?

There is a similar thread to this one over in commuting but I wonder what a typical mountain biker does in a day? How was your ride? Where did you go? Any pictures?
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Old 01-17-04, 03:22 PM   #2
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Sadly mine was non existent I was working on the bike today, ready for tomorrow!
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Old 01-17-04, 03:22 PM   #3
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Left at 9 AM this morning. Sky was overcast and temp was around 38F. I rode 12.39 miles on the dike. The wind was a constant 25 + MPH out of the North. That coupled with a headcold made this one of my toughest rides ever. Give me cold temperatures over wind any day! Took me 1hour and 3 minutes. Averaged 11.5 MPH.

Still better than sitting on the couch watching Saturday morning cartoons and eating Lucky Charms.
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I have way too many photos of my ride today...

http://mtbkanata.fotki.com/2004/cros...winter_race_3/
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Old 01-17-04, 03:32 PM   #5
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No ride here. Can't get these der. screws adjusted properly.

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Old 01-17-04, 03:44 PM   #6
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No ride here. Can't get these der. screws adjusted properly.

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Uh-o! Check this out:

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Old 01-17-04, 05:21 PM   #7
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Hit the local trails around me in single digit F weather, fork was a brick because of the temps, couldn't let go of my bars without the help of someone else. I've discovered that my crappy Specialized tires are completely worthless in 2 feet of snow, thank God for the FireXCs I'm getting next week...
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Missed a solid opportunity to ride...we had sleet overnight but the temp warmed to above freezing today..so ice was then slush but i was too lazy today to change my tires to semi-slicks to head out...
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How was your Mountain Bike Ride Today?

I ride at minimum, 12 miles per day. I have missed maybe 5 days since August. I also know that the beauty of bike riding is being on the bike, not arguing with someone in a forum comparing numbers. Perhaps the level headed people are all Commuters?

They have 3,916 posts over there and it is hard to find one that is inflammatory. I think it is because anyone that spends the type of time and energy on a bike like those folks do, doesn't have the energy or inclination to argue. Wisdom is often related to suffering. Suffering makes things like hitting keys on a computer keyboard pretty inconsequential. I admire those that do it. They don't need Talk to prove their worth. It is way more spiritual. They know what they have.

It is inspiring to read the stories of the tourists and commuters. Anyone that has spent more than an hour on a bike or understands discomfort, understands their amazing committment.

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Old 01-17-04, 08:14 PM   #10
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Today would've been a nice day to ride. One of my friends just finished building up his brand new Heckler, but when I ran over to his dorm to see it, he had already disappeared. Bummer...I really wanted "see" it (by see I mean try it out).
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I had a trip planned to one of my favorite places this afternoon, but after a big rain moved in we all bailed. So.... out to the shop for an hour and a half on the trainer. I hate stationary trainers... nuf said hehe

We will go tomorrow, rain or shine. Probably 2 hours on some pretty technical trails and it sounds like several dudes will be going, that's one of the best things about mtn biking, the more the merrier...
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ride was okay but could've been better if some of the trails weren't closed off...
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Old 01-17-04, 10:31 PM   #13
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My ride today was fairly short due to a sprained knee...so aside from a lot of pain when pushing uphill, it was great!
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just thought it would be good to mention due to some of the chatter that's occurred in here... there's an old arabic line of poetry that roughly translates to: she accused me of her own inequities, then slowly slipped away.

as for my ride... i haven't been able to get out to ride for the past little while. unlike some of the guys up in ottawa, i'm not a big fan of -30C windchill type weather. i'll wait till it's warmer outside, hehehe.
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Old 01-18-04, 10:20 AM   #15
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my bike is in pieces in my basement! major upgrades this winter. my new crankset and BB are on and my XT rear D is on but the cables arent all hooked up. while doing all this turns out my free hub was about to bite the dust so i just got a new one of those yesterday. ALSO exams start this coming week so I dont know if i'll have much time to get alot done we shall see. ALSO i have an XT front D on back order at jenson which is due around the 23rd. So hopfully i can get my shifters and cassette on just in time for the new front D.
Once all this crap snow goes I'll definately be out riding!........and think of the mud.......oh the glorious mud. We bikers must have awesome skin because of mud faceals!
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We have a lot of mud over here in the south of England, and that coupled with bikes makes fun. Out with a couple of friends for a quick 30 miles with only 6 of that not offroad. It is surprising how little grip you get when :A, going up a well worn path. B, Going down a well worn path. C: there is only one true line grip but you want to pass the one in front.
Fantastic ride, only fell of twice, and once again the bike did not clog and the mud tyres worked. 3 cheers for the wife that bought me the power washer for christmas.

P.S. Mud riding is tiring and I am shatterred
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Mud riding is brutal! Plus I am so anal I end up spending hours in the shop cleaning everything up after I ride. I avoid mud when I can.

It's out to the trails for me in a few minutes, today is much better than yesterday, it's sunny and around 40 F, just about right for a ride..
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Mud riding is brutal! Plus I am so anal I end up spending hours in the shop cleaning everything up after I ride. I avoid mud when I can.

It's out to the trails for me in a few minutes, today is much better than yesterday, it's sunny and around 40 F, just about right for a ride..
Hey Mike, up here we have mud in the winter which is frozen solid! Sure you don't get anything on your bike, but it's terrible on the hands!

I personally love mud... nothing that a hose can't take care of.. and well, it's super fun!
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i havent touched my bike for at least a month now...i look at it everyday...it begs for me to ride her...but its too cold outside.
come to think of it...why cant i ride INSIDE!!!
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Hey, I've ridden my bike down my stairs...put a hole in the wall, but hey.

I've also taken my 21 inch frame to the local indoor skatepark just to get some riding in when it was 2 degrees outside...Man, the looks I got riding a 21 inch XC monster, decked out in XC gear
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Rode 12.57 miles today. Took me 57 minutes. Wind was 25 MPH out of NOrth gusting to 30 MPH. Temp was around 32 F. At least the sun was out, lots of blue sky. Ran over my water bottle for the first time. Knew that was going to happen eventually.

There was a guy on the trail that was teaching his dog to stay by kicking him in the head. That should work pretty good.
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Old 01-18-04, 02:43 PM   #22
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I thought about getting out today but it's something about a minus 3 windchill that makes me think otherwise.
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Did not ride too much beacause of the rain. Did just go on a short ride on the roads, but not for long. I came home and I was soaked.

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I did finally get in a good ride. It was in the mid 30's today with north wind gusts over 30 mph but we went anyway. I rode a trail that runs along a cliff next to the Illinois River not far from Tahlequah, OK. There is one steep narrow trail climb that runs just a couple feet from the edge of a 200' + cliff and the wind was quartering behind me, it blew me off my line and caused me to nearly go off the edge. It was fun. We're going back tomorrow, supposed to be colder but hopefully not as much wind...
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I rode yesterday with the family. My son in the bike seat on my SS, my wife (still recuperating), my Father-in-law and my Mum-in-law(Nana).

Nana came so it was brutally slow!

Good Family day though!

I rode by myself today (o.k., my dog came too!) We had some rain come through right at sunrise and I thought I'd not be able to, but it cleared up and was a beautiful day. About 70 degrees with about a 5 knot wind. I'm preparing for my 50 mile ride next weekend so my plan was to ride about 25+ miles. My dog is outta shape, so she gave up after 16.5 miles. The rain softened up the trails, so I didn't complain. Those 16 miles felt like 30.

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